Time To Switch Up My Foundation Routine

Time To Switch Up My Foundation Routine - COOLA Primer & BB Cream in original packaging

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Even though we’re still in winter, I want to switch up my foundation routine for a product that’s more natural. There are days that I want that full coverage, but most of the time, I don’t need that. It was great timing too since I had the opportunity to test out two products from COOLA.

I always see this brand at SEPHORA, and for some reason, I’ve never picked anything up. I’m pretty sure I have a few items on my SEPHORA loves list as well. For now, I’m testing out the COOLA Rosilliance Organic BB+ Cream in Light / Medium, and the COOLA Dawn Patrol Classic Primer. I’m always on the hunt for the next, great primer.

I really got to put these to the test, because when I received them I was really sick and couldn’t really go anywhere. I should add, most of the time when I get sick, my skin gets a little dry and I have mine breakouts. So not only cause I test out how moisturizing it is, but also, what the coverage is like.

To start, the brand COOLA is Vegan and Cruelty-Free, something that I’ve been looking more into and buying from brands that don’t test on animals. This is something that is really important to me.

COOLA Organiz BB+ Cream next to packaging

COOLA Organiz BB+ Cream Pump Up Close

Organic BB+ Cream As Part Of A Foundation Routine

The BB+ Cream is 70%+ organic and features a bouquet of pale, damas, white and apothecary rose stem cells. According to SEPHORA’s website, it’s a lightweight mineral BB cream that’s going to leave your skin looking even-toned and flawless, while providing broad-spectrum spF30 sun protection and anti-aging benefits that are long-term. This will be great for people who what solutions for fine lines and wrinkles, dullness and uneven texture, and sun protection.

This is dermatologist tested, non-comedogenic, broad spectrum SPF 30, and water resistant for 80 minutes.

You’re getting 1.5 fl oz of product for $52, which is up there in price. However, if the ingredients are great, then it’s definitely going to be worth the price. This is great for people with normal, combination, dry, or sensitive skin. Typically, my skin is combination oily, but since we’re in the colder months it’s gotten drier.

I did smell something when I opened it and popped off the lid. Not a fragrance or horrible smell. In fact, it’s a familiar scent that I can’t quite put my finger on. When I opened it up and took the bottle out, I was a little confused. The product looked so dark, even too dark for me. When I applied it, it wasn’t as dark, but definitely not my winter shade. I will point out that even though it’s a little darker than what I am used to, it’s not super noticeable.

This felt great on the skin and covered up my minor imperfections. Now, this isn’t a full coverage foundation, so keep that in mind. This is more if you’re looking for a light-coverage product that’s going to even out your skin tone. It didn’t itch, it applied nicely with my beauty sponge and brush, and it lasted a full workday. During the summer, I definitely need a primer, but for now, I’m able to use this without one.

SEPHORA has an amazing return policy, and they always give out samples. I highly recommend getting a sample or checking it out the next time you’re in their store.

COOLA Primer next to packaging

Dawn Patrol Classic Primer As Part Of A Foundation Routine

I’m always on the hunt for a great primer since my skin tends to get super oily during the summer months. The Dawn Patrol Class Primer features a bouquet of iris, white lily, and honeysuckle plan stem cells. According to SEPHORA’s website, the primer is a long-lasting, transparent and non-greasy spectrum SPF 30 primer that’s going to blur away pores and provide a smooth, matte finish for amazing makeup application. It’s water resistant for up to 40 minutes.

It’s going to work for anyone with normal, oily, combination, or dry skin. Even if your skin type doesn’t match this, it’s still worth checking out because it could still work great. This primer is meant for people looking for solutions for fine lines and wrinkles, or uneven skin tone.

I forgot to mention, but like the BB+ cream, this has a pump applicator. I always prefer pumps when it comes to makeup and skincare for sanitary reasons. It’s a clear, gel-like consistency that does have a scent. Not a perfume or chemical smell, but like the BB+ cream, I can’t quite figure out what it smells like. Neither of the products gave me a migraine or irritated my skin.

Even though it says it’s good for dry skin, I don’t think the primer was needed for me. Using it did help keep the BB+ cream in place, but it still stayed put when I didn’t have a primer on. I feel like this primer is going to be a necessity for me come spring and summer when I’m more combination oily.

It did make my skin look a little more matte, but I’m not sure on the pores. I have pores around my nose because of my glasses, and I don’t know if I could say it blurred them out, it definitely made it less noticeable though.

When it comes to a foundation routine, things could work out great for me, but not for you. Or vice versa. This is why, I always say it’s worth at least getting a sample if you’re browsing through SEPHORA or Nordstrom. If it doesn’t work out, you toss the sample out. Check out another Coola product we tested and loved.

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  1. Calvin says

    Looks like a clean, effective product.

  2. Stephanie Z says

    I like that the primer has a spf 30. My skin is really sensitive to the sun so I have to wear some kind of sun protection to avoid sunburns.

  3. Wonderful that sunscreen is included! I love that this product is mostly natural too.

  4. Carol G says

    I like the fact that it is 70% organic. I am all for safer ingredients.

  5. Phyllis P says

    I’ve been searching for a good foundation. I would really love to try this.

  6. Ive been playing with foundations. I haven’t found one I really love. This sounds like a great product!

  7. Debbie P says

    I had never heard of these before,but I do really want to try them

  8. love that it is organic

  9. Gabrielle says

    I use Coola’s makeup setting spray and really love it. I’ll have to give these a try as well.

  10. Lindsay A. says

    Oh! Great timing for me since I’ve been eyeing the Coola brand for a while (since I use only mineral SPF), but hadn’t had a chance to try it. Super useful post, thank you!!

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