People ask all the time whether clean beauty is just as good as mainstream lines; the answer is yes and no. It really depends on the line, but oftentimes longevity is an issue with clean formulations. That said, Vapour Beauty's collection of primers (and foundations) are going to usurp whatever pedestal your Georgio Armani or Tom Ford primer had previously claimed. Their signature formulas are just that good.

The liquid primer, (shown here in Stratus 904, a sheer pink) has become a beloved staple. There's no expectation that this illuminating primer hasn't lived up to. It's sheer, it makes your skin look beautiful – no pores, just near ceramic texture. It makes your powder foundation look like satin and blend in seamlessly and layers well on top of every moisturizer, oil or sunscreen with no pilling or weird chalky residue. The formula is lightweight, waterless and imparts enough dewiness to negate any need of for a highlighter. It makes your blush look like it's coming from within, and your foundation last into the evening flawlessly. If you've got sun damage, accumulated sleep deficit, or suffering from breakouts, you'll be delighted at how this holy grail product both improves how your skin looks and boosts its health. 

I had forgotten how much I loved it, until having lunch with a colleague who was looking impossibly glowy that day. She attributed her glow to self tanner, the Josh Rosebrook tinted SPF and the Vapour Beauty Primer layered over it. No foundation? I asked incredulously. No foundation, she confirmed. The combination of tinted moisturizer + this primer is cosmetic alchemy. One has to experience it for oneself. 

Vapour Beauty Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation

That seriously glowing, lit from within, complexion we all aspire to takes a lot of work. Genetics does play a role, but to get there, most of us need a combination of sleep, adequate hydration and nutrition, exercise, fresh air, sun protection, regular exfoliation, and a steady stream of nourishment to the skin through an involved skin care program.

Or an easier hack is to use Vapour Beauty's foundations. Their Atmosphere Luminous foundation, which comes in a stick (light to medium coverage), and their Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation comes in a pump bottle and offers medium to heavy coverage. It behaves like a tinted moisturizer with a whipped consistency, and is incredibly easy to apply and blend in. This manages to smooth out discoloration and uneven texture (large pores, slacking skin, dry patches) while looking like you're now wearing any make up. The effect is dewy, well-rested skin.

If there was a foundation that could turn back the clock, this would be it.