Monday, 30 January 2012

Vapour Organic Stratus Soft Focus Skin Perfector (s902)

Stratus Soft Focus Skin Perfector by Vapour Organic Beauty is quite different to other primers that I have tried before. It isn't silicone based, instead it is oil based: the first ingredients listed are Camellia Seed and Sunflower Oil. It is described as a 3 in 1 moisturiser, primer and no colour foundation.

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It also contain silica, mica and titanium dioxide and I think these are responsible for the 'soft focus' effect. As you can see from the close up of the product, it has very small light reflecting particles. These are only really apparent in close up and give the skin a soft glow rather than full-on sparkle. Silica is often used for oil control but I'm not sure whether it would have this function in an oil based product. In the picture directly above I had massaged the blob of product into the skin, I appreciate it's probably hard to see anything obvious but it improves the texture of the skin, gives a soft glow and reduces redness.
Although the Skin Perfector is designed for all skin types including oily and combination skin, being oil based, I wondered how it would fare on my often combination skin. My skin needs more hydration in the winter months but my T-zone can look very shiny if a moisturiser is too rich. I find the Skin Perfector makes my skin feel very comfortable, especially if the foundation I am wearing is a little drying. My skin doesn't look greasy, it feels silky and hydrated but it obscures imperfections in a different way to the more common silicone based primers. My skin looks healthy rather than flawless if that makes sense?

Interestingly, the Skin Perfector comes in 3 'shades': s902 for fair to medium skin with neutral or pink undertones and to colour balance redness, s903 for medium tan skin with yellow/olive undertones and dark skin and s904 for light to medium sallow or olive skin. There is also a stick form of the Skin Perfector but I can only see this on the Vapour Organic website so I assume this isn't available in the UK.

Organic/Bio Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Organic/Bio Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Silica, Organic/Bio Cera Alba (Beeswax), Lysine, Organic/Bio Lecithin, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E) Organic/Bio Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil & Organic/Bio Lecithin & Organic/Bio Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil & Organic/Bio Papain (Papaya), Sambucus Nigra (Elderberry Fruit Extract, Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Essential Oils & Natural Fruit Essences, Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense)*, Organic/Bio Ocimum Sanctum (Tulsi/Holy Basil), Organic/Bio Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus) Flower Petals. *Wildcrafted ingredients.

The Vapour Stratus Soft Focus Skin Perfector is available from Content Beauty and costs £47 (30ml). 

Disclosure: PR Sample


  1. I am really interested in trying this and the foundation, as the texture seems like it would be lovely. Good to hear your experience of this.

    1. I was really interested to try the foundation after reading Grace's review. This has a really comforting texture, I'm hesitant to say that it will suit my skin in warmer weather though. If you get chance to go in and have a play with samples, I'd be really interested to hear what you think.

  2. How did this wear on you, though? Did it hold up well in heat? cold? D: Details!

    1. You know, you totally have me here. I started writing more but I thought 'people must get bored of me wibbling on and on'! I've only had it in the colder months so I'll have to give it a try in the warmer months and get back to you. In all honesty, I wouldn't think this would prolong my makeup but I don't tend to have that many issues with my makeup not lasting. It's more about blurring imperfections and in my case, hydrating my skin in the cold. I do wonder if it might feel a little heavy on me in warmer weather but I need to reserve judgement for now!

  3. I like the sound of that, I also like how it comes in different shades as such, not something you tend to see with primers. Thanks for the review :) x

  4. I like the sound of it too but could never justify that price!

  5. I use this on a singer I look after! In fact, I use Vapour bases, exclusively, on her as her skin takes issue with silicon. It's a dilemma that has flummoxed makeup artists before me but her skin just loves this and it photographs beautifully. I even made her up on new years day after a VERY big party the night before, proceeded to go on a two mile trek to a fen where we took some photos and she still looked gorgeous on camera. It's pretty great stuff! xx

  6. I love Vapour! I use this and their bases on a singer I look after. Her skin takes exception to silicon and it's an issue that's flummoxed artists before me. This photographs like a dream and her skin loves it. I made her up on new years day after a VERY big party the night before, trekked a couple miles to the location we were taking pictures in and she still looked gorgeous on camera! It's pretty awesome stuff! xx


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