What a nice product! It avoids the fake-looking semi-shimmer that a lot of mineral foundations produce, and I found it to be totally non-irritating. No nasty artificial ingredients, no chemical preservatives, no bismuth oxychloride. It also has only a mild, natural scent. Its coverage is a bit more sheer than some other similar products I've used, which may be a plus or a minus, depending upon your perspective. The packaging is fairly standard, and the pricing, while certainly not cheap, seems fair to me; there are a lot of options for getting kits with small sizes, and the larger sizes are good value.
I personally would not purchase again, but that's only because of shade matching--I have to mix the two lightest shades to get a great match here, whereas Alima (my other favorite mineral foundation) makes one that suits me perfectly right out of the jar.
The shade range is slightly limited, but if one of them fits you, or if you're willing to mix a little, I do recommend this product.
Hated all mineral makeup till i tried this , it makes my skin look really good , and it isnt ! Pores , acne scars and thread veins , it also has really improved my skin since using it , it has no shimmer in it like a lot of other mineral powders , and doesnt make my skin itch on application , im soooo happy i have found this makeup ! I pray he never discontinues it , i mix cream and light together to get the perfect match for my nc 25 ish skin , but i will get paler so cream will be fine on its own , its pricey but so worth it ! I will buy it again and again ! fANTSTIC mr christopher drummond a job well done and your nice to look at as well x
My favorite foundation!!! beyond mineral!! i have tried all of the mineral brands out there and they all irritated my skin (JANE IREDALE, BE, LAURA MERCIER) the ingredient in here are natural no crazy chemicals that are hidden NO JOKE. This is the only one that is hydrating and natural looking. Makes my skin glow and healthy. Highly recommend. For reference i am a mac nc42 (mac is too yellow pro long wear for me) perfect match is chantecaille future skin - sand, i purchased this in the medium kit and found out that the color 120 golden beige works perfectly with alittle yellow undertone. My skin color is so hard to match so i was very suprised when i found this!
I received this product from trying CD "dicovery kit" from his webiste. I will say this is an amzaing mineral foundation in the fact that it does not make your skin look, or react like some other mineral based foundations. I am not super fair, but the lightest shade which looks really light in the packaging blends beautifully with my skin. Like the other post stated, this is not a product that is going to give you full coverage. It is going to give you lighter coverage. So if you are looking at using this product on its own for a full coverage face, this may not be for you. That would be the only con, along with its price to purchase the full conatiner. ($$65) What I like is that it is good for sensitive skin (acne prone), does not cake, magnify pores, and provides pretty coverage. I will finish my trail size of the product and perhaps repurchase the fuller size. I want to make sure I LOVE LOVE it before dishing out 65 dollars.
I am SO sorry to drop the stats of this product because I really wanted to love it as much as everyone else on here did, but that was not the case. I am not new to mineral makeup; I have used several different brands over the last 10 or so years, so I know what to expect. That being said, this is my breakdown of the product:
- doesn't irritate my skin like some other MMUs
- doesn't have a shiny finish like other MMUs (great because my skin is oily and I don't need help looking shiny)
- doesn't have titanium dioxide like other MMUs (I specifically purchased this for that quality since i wanted to use it for flash photography
- doesn't contain some of the bad ingredients that most other MMUs do
I really only have 2: first is that there is that the color selection is too small and I would have to blend 2 products to match my skin. At $65 per jar this just isn't practical, however I would consider it if it wasn't for the second con which is that it only gives what I would call light coverage. It claims to be buildable, but I couldn't achieve even medium coverage no matter what method of application or form of face prep I tried. I have some melasma and hyperpigmentation and I had to cover the majority of my face with my concealer. FYI, I also tried the CD concealer and it was not the worst I had ever tried, but it had the same problem as the foundation, that being that it was not opaque enough. I ended up having to use another mineral powder over this one to get the coverage I needed. So, I can see why someone with less need for coverage would love it, but if you have melasma, or you suffer from acne or have anything else that you want to hide, this product is not capable of that, so don't expect to get full coverage out of it.
I have extremely (and that's an understatement) sensitive skin, so lots of makeup brands tend to break me out. After being recommended by my facialist, I tried Christopher Drummond and was hooked. I honestly can't recommend this foundation enough.
I was always a more liquid foundation kind of girl, but the Veludo foundation is easy to apply, doesn't cake (unless my skin is really dry) and is concentrated, so it can easily last you months. (Which is a good thing, since they are on the pricer side.) But anything that is free of all kinds of cheap fillers, doesn't make me break out, and allows me to build upon my coverage is a plus in my book.
I simply lost all faith in cosmetics form the cystic acne, flaking skin, horrible textured skin that they gad given me over the years. Christopher Drummond has renewed by faith in beauty products. I would highly reccomend his products. I would reccomend reading his online blog, which can easily be found from google, and ordering a starter gift kit from his website in order to trial the products at a smaller size and cost than the fuller sizes. I have fair skin that has yellowish undertines, tans nicely in the sun, but can burn when I get too much all at once. I thought I would be a shade 'light' from his description, and I was right. I have been making a mix of all 3 of the lighter trial kit powder foundations, and this has worked fine, though obviously I have been left with more of the 'fair' shade, which will be useful for when (if) I am looky enough to go on holiday during next year. These products can be used in a very natural radiant way, or built up with the bronzer that comes in the pack for a real glamour-puss glitzy evening look that's still on the sophistacated side. The serum that also come in the pack has faded my acne scars on the sides of my cheeks, right the way down either side underneath my cheekbones from all the cystic acne a cleanser I was using had given me previously (containing mineral oil). I am very excited to try Christopher Drummond's eyeshaddows and liners. I am trying to wait until the January Sales, to be sensible on the financial side. These products are not cheap, but they are also not ridiculously priced for the quality. Just looking at the ingredients of the serum again this evening on the internet helped me to understand why these products are doing so great with my skin. What a relief that these products are there! I can no longer go and buy things that bedazzle me when I am out shopping, i.e. pretty eyeshadows of another make because I know that they will not look as good on the skin, and will be very superficial in terms of what they mean to my skin. That is, a mask of chemicals that looks good for one evening, but has long-term detrimental effects to my skin health. Christopher Drummond is a world appart from this. The powders do spill a little form their screw-on lidded pots, but does this really matter? It would be nice if the packaging was better, but what is of utmost importance is my skin. I am no longer looking when it comes to make-up and that is a big statement for somebody who is always on the lookout for things to make my skin look better; it is now skincare that I want to perfect, before I turn my complete attention to haircare.
I just received this, and it's exactly what it claims. It's very soft and when you apply, it doesn't look like "powder" or mineral foundation. It has a creamy texture and looks like a tinted moisturizer without the slip. I've worn it for several hours, and I've had no itch or breakouts so far. I'll give it a few more days, but wanted to comment on how natural it is. Because it has none of the irritants that effect me (bismuth and titanium dioxide) are in it, Im just waiting to see if anything else in it might be a problem. Ive tried BE, Larenim, Alima, Terra Firma, JI, and Earth's Beauty. Either they broke me out with huge bumps, or stlll had that powdery look. Im getting a good feeling with this.
One thing I have make note of how the shades are labeled. It was disappointing since I really wanted to order the full size like as SOON as I tried the samples and gave it time to adjust to my skin. I ordered two samples, medium and fair since I'm around a NC 40 mac, so Im generally medium in almost foundation shades. Even the fair is a bit too dark for me and it really showed against my neck. As far as my medium sample there's no point of opening that one, and one of my best friends who's darker would be excited to snag that from me. lol. Maybe during the summer when I'm tanned it would work, but it's not the standard 'fair'. On my next order, I'll be requesting the light and see how that goes. If it's too light, I might see if the two colors can be mixed. The samples come in the cutest little containers with tiny sifter and puff. Only thing is, the shipping to me was almost 8.00 so add that to the 5.00, I'd rather wait until I can buy more product since shipping is
free over 50.00. Not that I'm cheap, but i hate to spend 13.00 on a sample that might not work.
Overall, it's definitely a wonderful mineral makeup, and even if it's more expensive than alot of mineral makeup companies, this one is worth it since it truly is a cut above the rest. With the price, you not only get the dark glass jar of foundation, but a travel container and a quality animal free brush. If you need a refill, you can order it at a 15.00 discount.
UPDATE: The light worked great on me, and my face matched my neck. It goes on a tiny bit light, but transforms beautifully. I also have skin on the oily side, so it does a bit of oxidizing. Looks like I may have found a HG in mineral foundation.
Update 12/22. Started a GoW resurface/retinol regime with their vita resurface serum. I had some flakes and patches of peeled skin on the third day. Foundations always eccentuated them and it looks yukky scaly. Not CD. It was barely noticeable and natural, with just enough coverage to even it out. I didn't have to worry about cd bringing out the ugly side of exfoliation.
I have super-duper sensitive skin (think puss-filled cysts and red flare-ups whenever I apply something disagreeable on my skin, which can be many things), and this product, VELUDO VELVET FOUNDATION, is the best out of all the mineral foundations I've tried out there, hands down. I've been searching for 1.5 years, and this is it. It is, however, on the expensive side. But it is worth every penny to me. The CONCEALER (the old version that came in a pot) is amazing as well. Thank god for Christopher Drummond. I feel so much better about my skin and myself already.
Background: I have been searching for the right foundation for about 2 years now. I used MAC Select SPF 15 foundation for years, but as I got older I had problems with it settling into fine lines and pores. Benefit's Hello Flawless! was pretty good, but I felt that I could do better. I moved onto mineral make-up and tried Coastal Scents and Everyday Minerals. I loved the coverage and glowy finish of these products, but my sensitive skin did not. Over time, my skin became irritated and dry and looked so bad. I thought at first that it was seasonal dryness, but It finally occurred to me that the foundation could be drying me out. I was new to mineral make-up so I didn't realize that this could happen. A Google search confirmed my suspicions. I stopped using it, and in about a week my skin was better. I read about Christopher Drummond on a beauty blog where women were discussing mineral make-up that would not dry out skin, so I decided to try it. Samples are just $4.99 so why not?
Review: This make-up is perfect!!! You get the beautiful glow of mineral make-up without the irritation. As I was trying this out I would alternate between Benefit's Hello Flawless! and Veludo Velvet, and I was always amazed at how much better my face looked when I used VV. I can't really tell that I am wearing make-up, even up close, but my skin definitely looks more even toned and it just glows. Coverage is light to medium so if you need a lot of coverage this is probably not for you.
At $65.00, this product is not cheap, but it is worth it, especially if you have sensitive skin. This product is both organic and vegan. It does not contain potentially irritating Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, or Bismuth Oxychloride.
I have light skin with pink undertones and use shade Creme/Cream. I found that Luz/Light and Justo/Fair were a bit too yellow for me.