I am very privileged to have a friend who is not only a qualified Medical Aesthetics Therapist but also has her own salon, Sherilee’s Beauty Box, just around the corner from my house. Part of my bestie-benefits is that I can pop in for a massage or a manicure as often as I need some pampering. The best part of it all is that her skincare brand of preference is 100% cruelty-free! Sherilee only uses VANDA COSMETICS in her salon – a qualified brand on the Beauty Without Cruelty SA approved list.
VANDA COSMETICS, a wholly owned South African Company, is one of the oldest Direct Selling Companies in South Africa. They manufacture superior quality and value for money products at its very own factory in Benoni, Johannesburg, South Africa. The products Sherilee use most in her salon includes the skincare, body care, and color cosmetic ranges. Since I am in such a search for cruelty-free cosmetics, Sherilee was kind enough to let me test their VANDA Complete Make-up Foundation and report back on what I’ve found.
Now the VANDA Colour Cosmetics face range actually consists of four steps to a complete look:
- VANDA VEIL – a stick concealer used for covering blemishes, pimples, and scars, as well as disguise dark shadows under the eyes.
- VANDA CAMO which is the Complete Make-up Foundation I tested
- MATTE – a lightly pressed pigmented face powder used after the foundation to give your face a smooth finish.
- and BLOOM which is a lightly pressed, pigmented powder blusher with added shimmer.
Even though there are four steps, you don’t necessarily need to follow them all – especially if you are someone who prefers not to wear too much make-up. The VANDA Complete Make-up Foundation was given its specific name for a reason: it is a moisturizer, foundation and powder blended into an all-in-one, creamy, satin-smooth base. So it is good to go as is. It is also formulated with light reflecting particles to reduce the appearance of fine lines – bonus! Available in eight different colors from Natural to African Fudge to Espresso, you are sure to find a color that matches your skin tone.
I tried both the Natural and Bee Beige variations as I use a slightly darker foundation in summer than in winter (as most of us do). I can honestly say that my personal opinion on the VANDA Complete Make-up Foundation is a good one. I found it to be a very light-wearing make-up, which allows my skin to breathe and therefore I would recommend it to ladies who opt against the plaster-effect. It definitely makes for a great summer foundation when you merely need a slight tint of cover. In winter I would probably go for something with a thicker consistency or perhaps use the VANDA pressed powder over the Complete Make-up Foundation – but that is just my personal preference. The foundation has a soft, silky feel to it that applies easily with a brush or with your fingertips. Note that ii does not contain an SPF though, so make sure a good SPF is included in your daily beauty routine.
The VANDA Complete Make-up Foundation comes in a 30ml container and sells for merely R69.95. It is not available in retail outlets as all products in the VANDA range are sold, directly to the public, by VANDA’s own Beauty Counsellors. You can purchase your VANDA products from Sherilee’s lovely mom, Lucille, by contacting her on 082 699 9702 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For regular updates on VANDA products and promotions, follow VANDA on Facebook here.