The Human Nature 100% Natural Perfect Coverage Mineral Foundation is the best makeup find I’ve made this year so far, and I don’t see another product surpassing it. I’ve been using it for a couple of months and I still can’t get over how good it is, especially because it’s locally-produced. You may be familiar with Human Nature from seeing their little displays in supermarket aisles or at Chrismas bazaars over the past few years, but did you know that the founders of the brand are sisters Anna Meloto-Wilk and Camille Meloto? I didn’t and was pleasantly surprised when I found out! If you live in the Philippines, the name Meloto will definitely ring a bell. Gawad Kalinga founder, Tony Meloto, is actually their father. GK, for those not familiar with it, is a huge outreach program/movement whose aims center around building communities for the poor (there’s a ton more to know about GK, so click here to visit their website if you’re interested).
Philanthropy and good business sense obviously run in the bloodline. Camille and Anna have built in Human Nature a brand that is pro-Philippines, pro-poor, and pro-environment. They’re a pretty young company, having started only in 2008, but already the range of products they offer is impressive. I believe they began with citronella-based insect repellants and quickly branched out into lotions, shampoos, beauty oils, other personal care products, and even coffee! What all of the products have in common is that they are all produced locally (often in GK communities) using locally-sourced materials, and are all at least 95% natural. They create local job opportunities, help the environment, and provide consumers with affordable, useful products. What is there not to love about them?
Because Camille Meloto is a makeup artist, it’s no surprise that Human Nature came up with a mineral makeup line. The line is cruelty-free (not tested on animals), all natural, and really, really affordable. Again, totally in line with their socially responsible business ethic. They also provide a full ingredients list on the back of all of their products–very useful for people who may be allergic to certain things and have to look out for them. Now the only product I’ve tried is the powder foundation, but I do want to check out their lipsticks and blushes soon. If they are anything like the foundation in quality, then I will love them for sure. For now though, I just want to share my thoughts on this awesome product which I love to bits and pieces!
What it is: A full-coverage, pressed powder foundation that comes in a compact. The description on Human Nature’s website reads: “Perfect Coverage Mineral Foundation is formulated with multi-functional rice powder,bamboo powder, and Vitamin E to give medium to high coverage and help seamlessly cover imperfections! It leaves you only with a velvety soft matte finish, perfect complexion, a flawless-looking, shine-free face… and none of the harmful chemical ingredients found in regular foundations! Just the perfect match for your skin you’ve been waiting for!” No SPF, but also no harmful anything in this! Just wear SPF underneath if you want to use it during the daytime, but I love this for evening looks and for touch-ups! The packaging is not my favourite because of the colour, but it is handy and sturdy enough… and it totally reminds me of the Shu Uemura foundation compact, except it’s not black.
How I use it: I use this as a setting powder for my tinted moisturizers when I want a heavier coverage (usually I use my MAC MSF) and also as a setting powder over liquid foundation for nights out. I apply it using a large powder brush or a kabuki, again depending on the amount of coverage I want. You can definitely get a light coverage with a light hand but it can be very full coverage if you push the product into your skin. Oil control is amazing and it leaves a nice demi-matte finish without feeling or looking too heavy on the skin.
Extra Points: It’s pressed, which is not a very common form to find mineral powders in. In my opinion that makes it incredibly practical. There is a huge mirror on the back of the cover and a separate space for the sponge to sit in (with little holes behind it so that the product can breathe). I don’t use the sponge except in the rare situation that I need to touch up and am without a brush, but I appreciate its presence. Haha! It’s also a nice, soft sponge–not rubbery like the ones that some other local brands provide. Human Nature offer refills for this foundation, which again is a huge bonus since you save money and you don’t end up wasting packaging. You also get a new sponge along with the refill.
Extra extra points for coming in such a cute box and for calling me gorgeous! *blush* haha
“Filipina Friendly” Shades: A lot of Asian brands forget about the dark-skinned girls. Not Human Nature! There are four shades to choose from, which span a pretty good range, but arguably still not enough for everyone. I use the shade #03 Caramel, which is a good match for me, but I can imagine there will be girls who find themselves between shades. For this particular foundation, I suggest going a shade darker since it seems to lighten after some time sitting on the skin (weird!). **Photo directly above is from the Human Nature website
The best part: To get your hands on this foundation, you will only have to shell out 495.00 php (roughly 11 USD). I don’t know any other foundation at that price point that performs at this level of amazingness. None. To get a refill, it’s only 395.00php. Both are on special offer for a little less on the Human Nature online store right now, but those are the prices you’ll pay at Beauty Bar branches. I’m not saying there are no cheaper powder foundations out there, but they’re definitely nothing like this.
There used to be a big gap between cheap, crappy foundations and higher-priced (not cheap, not expensive) drug store foundations which can very often turn out to be only okay in quality. While I am someone who definitely believes in investing in a great foundation, why spend more if there’s something else of the same quality at a cheaper price? Before this foundation, I could not have said that sentence because there just wasn’t any low-priced product that could compete with the high end powders I’ve tried. I really can’t get over it (in a good way), haha. :)
The rating can hardly be a surprise after all the praise I’ve given this product. I highly recommend this foundation, but I suggest checking out the shades in person before making a purchase. My love for this is compounded by its Filipino-ness but I most certainly would not have given it a glowing review based on just that. It’s a quality foundation that I see myself repurchasing again and again. Definitely going to check out the rest of Human Nature’s products soon, too! :)
Have you tried any Human Nature products? Does this look like something you’d be interested in? :)