Altilis Beauty is a Canadian skincare company using eco-friendly, sustainable ingredients, namely the breadfruit flower; the “BFF” in their liquid foundation. The BFF foundation is made in-house, is all-natural, sustainable, cruelty-free, organic and comes in 14 shades.
Altilis Beauty says this anti-aging foundation provides weightless, medium to full coverage with a satin, radiant finish that claims to instantly smooth and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, pigmentation and blemishes, making the skin look younger and giving a natural radiance that lasts all day. One to two pumps of this buildable foundation can be applied using a brush, sponge or fingertips.
Ingredients: Squalane, Silica, Tapioca Starch Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Cetyl Alcohol, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Artocarpus altilis (Breadfruit) Flower Extract, Mica, Natural Fragrance, Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499)
With only 10 ingredients, the first is squalane. This is naturally found in the skin and decreases as we age. Squalane provides non-greasy hydration.
Tapioca starch polymethylsilsesquioxane is tapioca powder modified with a silicone that is often used as a thickener, can reduce the oily feeling on the skin caused by some products and provides a soft feeling to the skin. This foundation contains vitamin C in the form of L-ascorbyl palmitate. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can brighten the skin and can lighten pigmentation over time. According to Altilis Beauty, breadfruit flower extract is an antioxidant with soothing and protective properties while evening out skin tone and reducing redness. BFF foundation contains natural fragrance, mica and silica.
This is the first product I’ve tried from Altilis Beauty. The company offers up to three free samples (pay for shipping) so you can try the shade you think you are, one shade lighter and one shade darker. I was looking for a natural, light coverage foundation that would cover redness and blackheads, but still look like my skin. I have combination skin in colder weather (it is winter in Canada now) and more oily skin in the summer. When using foundation when my skin is dryer I use a cream and when oily I use an oil absorbing lotion (like Balance from Your Best Face Skincare) under the foundation.
After purchasing a few samples, I bought the shade “Melita” for tan skin with olive undertones – it matches my skin perfectly.
I tried this with and without primer to see how long it lasted throughout the day. I very rarely wear makeup, but used this for a month, five days a week, to see how it affected my skin. Throughout the month, I used the same products under the foundation; Caudalie Grape Water, The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics, Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream mixed with The Ordinary’s L-Ascorbic acid powder; and over the foundation, Becca Hydra-Mist Set and Refresh Powder. I didn’t use concealer, as I wanted to see how the foundation settled into the lines around my eyes and covered the breakouts and texture on my skin.
This separates in the bottle, so needs to be shaken well before use. This is a rather thin foundation that goes on the skin very smooth and silky. I put two pumps on the skin, spread it with my fingers and then used a Sephora Pro foundation brush to buff it into the skin (this applies nicely with fingers alone as well). There is a fragrance to the foundation that doesn’t really dissipate and I’d catch a whiff of it with a breeze or when turning my head. Even after cleaning the brush used, the fragrance still lingers. It’s not a bad smell and not a deal-breaker. The ingredients state “natural fragrance;” so I assume it’s added and not just the natural scent of the foundation itself.
The above photo is the foundation on its own, no primer. It covered the redness and blackheads quite well and some of the freckles. I used two pumps over the face and added more to the darker blemishes. Some of the darkness under my eyes was covered, but it settled into the creases under my eyes. Overall the skin looked smoother and younger.
For the above, I used Elf Poreless Face Primer under the foundation. I had some dryness around my eyes and mouth that the foundation seemed to stick to and it settled into the creases under my eyes.
Despite claiming to be a medium to full coverage foundation, I could only get light to almost medium. If I continued to build it up, it didn’t look good and wouldn’t blend in.
Altilis Beauty claims this foundation lasts all day; it didn’t day say how many hours, but to me all day should be 8 to 10 hours. With and without primer (granted I used a cheap Elf primer), the foundation started to fade between 4 and 6 hours, however, is easy to touch up.
The packaging could use some work; once I used the foundation for the first time, and put it in my cosmetic bag, little drops of the separated oil would leak out. Being a rather runny foundation, it gets a bit messy at the spout as well. The bottle doesn’t come with a lid, so I store it in a plastic bag.
I like how the BFF foundation feels light and silky on the skin and gives a smooth and natural finish. I think using the right products under the foundation, it would be suitable for dry to oily skin types. The color is perfect for my skin tone. Over the month I didn’t get any unusual breakouts. I would likely purchase again, though wish it lasted on the skin longer and came with a lid.
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