Drugstore foundation can be hit or miss, especially if you're in the market for anything with parameters wider than fair-to-medium shade ranges, comfortable wear, and a finish that lasts. Now, if natural ingredients are also a must for you, that list of choices gets even narrower. Quality makeup with quality ingredients may largely be a wealthy person's sport, but things are changing, largely due to demand and changing attitudes in beauty. Good thing that Burt's Bees came through with makeup at affordable prices, easy access (hello, drugstore impulse purchase-fodder), and actual colors — not just tints — so you don't have to sacrifice coverage or creativity for natural ingredients. Burt's Bees' powder foundation was such a hit that it won an Allure Best of Beauty Award, but for those looking for something with a bit more flexibility, the Goodness Glows Full Coverage Liquid Foundation gives you a bit more play room in terms of your whole makeup look.
Available in 18 shades, the formula is 98.9 percent mineral makeup and features meadowfoam seed oil so it's a richer and more nourishing foundation than any old thing. There's also sunflower seed oil, honey (it is Burt's Bees, after all), and vitamin E, making this perfect for dry or normal skin types that benefit from some extra moisture. It also doesn't have parabens, phthalates, SLS, petrolatum or synthetic fragrances.
I'd say this is a medium-to-full coverage finish. It's sheer enough to dot on and blend out if you just want to even out your skin tones and any blotchy parts. But if you prefer to build it with a foundation brush or Beautyblender, you can really stack coverage on. It'll give you a radiant, satin finish — not too dewy but not what I'd call matte either. It just looks like your skin but evened-out.
Personally, I'm a fan of applying foundation with my hands, but I used my hands and a Beautyblender for this one and both methods worked just fine. I just squirted a pea-size of the shade Pecan onto the back of one hand, dotted it underneath my eyes, the sides of my nose, and my chin, and then pat it in with the pads of my fingers, blending outwards. I really like how it sank into my skin seamlessly — it doesn't feel like I'm pushing around a silicone-y layer of makeup that ends up pilling if I over-blend it (the worst).