Did you ever find yourself dating the same kind of guy over and over again? You get infatuated, you think things are going to turn out great, you get each other perfectly, it’s a match made in heaven, and then suddenly he turns out to be not right for you at all and you wonder why you ever got involved in the first place? And then, instead of learning from the experience, you do the same thing with That Guy 2.0, and That Guy 3.0, etc.
For me, LUSH is That Guy. Versions one through infinity. It always starts out great, you know? Maybe this time, this time it won’t end in tears, irritation, and breakouts.
Fortunately, it’s not often that I’m actually at a LUSH store, so opportunities for falling down the rabbit hole don’t cross my path that frequently. However — you guessed it — while on my summer travels I flirted with disaster and bought some. Dammit.
LUSH Colour Supplement was something I was curious about when it first came out, but I definitely wasn’t going to spring for it unswatched. It’s an opaque tinted cream that you mix with your moisturizer to create … uh, a tinted moisturizer. I’ve previously used Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronze Concentrate for this, but I’m always open to other options, and right now, in my infatuation phase, this seems like a very nice alternative. Like many LUSH products, it is vegan and contains lots of natural ingredients; you’ll the expiration date (and the name and picture of the person who made that particular batch) on a sticker on the bottom of the container.
The product is not moisturizing on its own, so it definitely needs a moisturizer as a carrier. I think even if you have oily skin you will still want to mix this with something, because it doesn’t spread and settle nicely on its own. Mixed with a dab of moisturizer in the hand, though, it’s quite nice. I used this often while I was away for days when I didn’t want to put on a whole face of foundation but wanted a bit of coverage. It stayed on well all day, performed just fine under makeup, and was easy to remove. You’ll have to determine the right proportions for you; since it’s opaque, you can sheer it out to a certain degree, but it will never be as sheer as a tinted moisturizer made with, say, the Dr. Hauschka product. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a little more coverage, this might work well.
The only caveat I have is that the shades are limited and mixing with (white) moisturizer only changes the tint, not the actual hue, so your skin tone needs to fit into one of their categories for this product to work with you. You might be able to mix it with other tinted moisturizers or with moisturizing foundation if one of your current products needs a color adjustment, but it isn’t one of those super-adaptable color-changing hoop-de-doos. The four shades are Light Pink, Dark Pink, Light Yellow, and Dark Yellow. My NW20 skin is almost a perfect fit for Light Pink.
So right now, after about 2 weeks of use, I’m tentatively giving this a thumbs-up. If it turns out that this product is That Guy — if it breaks me out, irritates my skin, clogs my pores, or makes me greasy — I’ll update and let you know.
The link below contains info on the ingredients and suggested application techniques as well, so be sure to scroll down if you want to read that info. I’ve linked to the Light Pink shade, which LUSH describes as their “most versatile,” but you can get to any of the other shades as well.
LUSH Colour Supplement: $13.95
Price/Value Ratio (mid-range: poor/fair/good/excellent): Excellent.
Purchase again? Ask me again after the honeymoon phase is over.
(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)