NU EVOLUTION Cosmetics: FAB coverage without breakouts!

NU open concealerAs any woman who has struggled with breakouts knows, the way to creating the illusion of a flawless face is paved with trial and error.

For me, foundation is not an occasional luxury but a daily necessity, so I’ve gotten to know many clean cosmetics brands and their performance. When it comes to fantastic long-wearing coverage, NU EVOLUTION Cosmetics ranks among the best that I’ve tried. The real clincher is that it doesn’t leave me with a slew of new breakouts by the end of the day and provides just the right amount of coverage to give the appearance of gorgeous skin.

Indeed, Founders Nadine Cormier and Sandra Anderson Diaz designed their coverage options with the intention of not disrupting skin in mind. When Nadine and I met in person to learn more about the line, she described her challenge with finding decent foundation that wouldn’t lead to incessant breakouts—even from among the mainstream brands that claimed to be hypoallergenic or non-comedogenic (both bogus marketing terms in my opinion). In the creation of NU EVOLUTION Cosmetics, they made clear skin a priority.

Prepping skin

One thing that I’ve learned the hard way: the key to great coverage begins with well prepped skin. I always make sure to prepare a smooth canvas by exfoliating as needed, so that skin doesn’t flake out on me during the day. The other element is good hydration. Usually that means a spritz of Crazy Cat Lady Chamomeow Calming Face & Body Mist on face to tone down redness, then mixed in with Laurel WPO anti-inflammatory serum that I press into skin, followed by a quality moisturizer with sunscreen. Josh Rosebrook’s Nutrient Day Cream or Pratima’s Neem Rose Sunscreen perform well for me under makeup.

Then I continue with my liquid foundation next.

Complete Coverage Foundation, $47

As I mentioned before, I’ve used my share of foundations. My favorite applicator is a pump for creams primarily because it’s the most hygienic and doesn’t expose the product to bacteria-causing air or fingers. It’s also the easiest and cleanest application method which is crucial for most people. I’m head over heels for NU EVOLUTION’s packaging design in every way and you will hear me wax on about it in every post. It’s evident that considerable R & D went into these.

NU foundation sampleWith the Complete Coverage Foundation, you don’t need to use a lot of product. I like to start with a drop on my hand (as shown) and apply small dots on my face from there. Sometimes I use a beauty blender instead of my fingers, but fingers work fine in a pinch. I tried using a foundation brush to apply once but didn’t like the finish, as the foundation tends to dry quickly, so you’ve got to work fast to spread it. The brush didn’t blend it as well as the beauty blender did.

Nu foundation sample3

I’ve got some sun spots and uneven skin on my hand. You’ll see what happens to them in the next photo.

NU foundation sample2

As you can see, all those tiny lines and freckles virtually disappeared. This creamy foundation does the same for enlarged pores, scars, blemishes, and other discolorations. The finish looks like my skin but better. Actually, during the course of the day, what often happens with other foundations that I’ve used that offer matte coverage is that my face gets that cakey look after a while, and my skin flakes or look dehydrated. Not so with this foundation. It’s matte without being drying or cakey. It imparts an even, smooth sheen.

The only drawback is the color. I’ve got 102 but I’m probably between a 102 and a 101, so I’m kinda hoping for more options eventually. I just purchased 101 and will mix the two together to see if the combined shades work a tad better.

Pressed Powder Foundation, $45 & Camouflage Cream Concealer, $32

nu evolution concealer and foundation powder

NU EVOLUTION Cosmetics offers four types of coverage options: liquid foundation, loose powder, and this pressed powder that you see here, plus the best-selling Camouflage Concealer, also shown, lauded as a fan favorite. Again, check out that sleek packaging.

nu pressed foundation

Not only are the compacts thin enough to slip right into a purse for use all day, but the camouflage concealers and pressed powders tout a mirror too.

I dab the camouflage concealer over spots that need extra coverage and to delete under-eye circles.

The best way to apply the concealer is with fingertips or a concealer brush like this one by Antonym and then to pat it in with fingertips to blend and smooth it out. Voila! Lovely, even-toned look. Particularly in Summer, I complete my daytime foundation with a setting powder, which is in this case the pressed powder.


Having a pressed powder option this chic for a clean cosmetic brand feels almost indulgent! I can’t say that I’ve found one of this caliber before. While I wouldn’t use it as my first layer of coverage, which would likely be too drying for me, it’s ideal as a light dab of finishing powder. My favorite brush to use with it is the flat-edged Wayne Goss Brush 12 that I purchased on Beautylish. (shown in fifth photo from top and in featured image).

Mainly I use a touch of powder on cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin. It helps set foundation, blur any imperfections (—UGH! I don’t like using that word, but you know what I mean), and blot excess shine.

Lately I’ve been playing with adding a drop of Gressa’s Minimalist Illuminating Serum to foundation (though I usually don’t need it with NU EVOLUTION’s foundation), then after applying makeup, misting my face with Josh Rosebrook’s Hydrating Accelerator for a lit from within glow.

Interested in shopping the look? Use coupon code SARITA15 for 15% off NU EVOLUTION Cosmetics.

Plus you can now shop for NU Evolution on EcoDiva Beauty too!

What are some of your favorite coverage techniques for a flawless finish?


Accessories in this post (in case you’re curious):





19 thoughts on “NU EVOLUTION Cosmetics: FAB coverage without breakouts!

  1. These sound intriguing. For the pressed compact, do you think a small puff would fit in it? I love to carry a compact and use a little puff during the day. Thanks!


    1. Hi Linda! Isn’t it sweet? It’s designed to be very flat but you may be able to sneak in a small one that’s not puffy at all. Hope that helps! Maybe NU EVOLUTION will add one at some point. It’s a great idea, though I’m wondering if they don’t for a particular reason (like application is better using a brush or something). I’ll ask and maybe Nadine or Sandra will chime in to answer. XO

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  2. thanks for your review 😉 how would you compare pressed powder foundation (where can i find ingredients?) with gressa liquid foundation? i mean mainly finish (I said that gressa is on my skin “invisible” but I do not too like liquid consistency and I was always more choose of a powdery version, e.g. MAC Studio Fix) i have combination skin and use josh rosebrook tinted nutrient cream + gressa foundation shade 2 (because of red spots around my mouth), under eye RMS un-cover up…
    I am thinking that a little change my routine and I liked the place rms nu evolution camouflage cream – threw it under the circles and the occasional pimple? and please lightest color is Nude? RMS i have in shade 00 🙂 thanks


    1. Hi Peta! The ingredients are listed on the website here and listed next to the item description. Here they are: Mica (CI-77019), Silica (Amorphous), Boron Nitride, Buriti Oil, Zinc Stearate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon) Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Lavendula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Hydrastis Candensis (Goldenseal) Root Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI-77891), Zinc Oxides (CI-77947), Iron Oxides (CI-77499) (CI-77491) (CI-77492).
      No Parabens, No Artificial Dyes, No Synthetic Fragrances, No Talc, No Bismuth Oxychloride, No Phenoxyethanol, No Triclosan, No BHT, No Dimethicone, No Gluten, No animal testing.
      I love Gressa’s foundation and find that it gives excellent coverage. That said, it’s hard to compare a liquid to a powder. I have not used the powder as a foundation coverage but rather to set the cream foundation, which does give me plenty of coverage that my skin needs. Powder in general would offer more opaque coverage than a liquid typically. Yes, lightest color of the concealer is nude. I use these to cover redness, spots, and discoloration and they work incredibly well. I hope that this answers your questions. Please let me know if you have any others!


      1. Hi Sarita,

        thank you for your recommendation, I would like to try liquid and powder mu and concealer in samples, do you think it would be possible? Unfortunately I have not found anywhere on the e-mail contact for nu evolution 😦
        and still have 2 questions for you – you’re trying Kjaer Weis mascara and how would you compare it with the NU Evolution or W3ll people? I’ve tried Kjaer Weis which irritated me eyes and smudges a bit (i want to like it so much :()
        And the second – tried to RMS uncover-up concealer ? thanks a lot again

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  3. I was so excited to see the promise of a great concealer, but this one has coconut oil as the second ingredient. coconut oil clogs my pores terrible and creates breakouts. I would love to hear if anyone loves a concealer out there that has a great ingredient list.


    1. Great point, Amber. Actually, I can’t use coconut oil either and dedicated an entire post to it too. That said, I have not had any problems with the concealer, which is pretty unusual! Laurel from Laurel Whole Plant Organics once mentioned that coconut oil on its own may cause some issues but when combined with other ingredients, it lessens the potential issues with coconut oil. Just thought that was helpful info. Thanks for mentioning! XO


      1. Thank you! I’ll look at your other article and possibly try this concealer. I’ve been at a loss for a good one for quite some time. Love your blog, btw, as an esthetician turned stay at home mom, I really enjoy staying in the loop with your articles.

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    1. The concealer is great for dark circles. That’s how I use it. You have to work it in with a stippling motion and then it blends seamlessly. As for the blender vs brush, it could be that the blender is more spongy and helps spread it better, whereas I find with the brush you still have to work it in after use. Since it settles quickly, it’s best to work fast.


  4. Thank you for this brand introduction! Foundation is an essential for me as well and I cannot deal with foundations that leave my skin irritated afterwards. I also love ones that deliver coverage, but can still look natural like skin. I’ll have to check this sleek brand out!


  5. I’m really interested in trying the Complete Coverage Foundation but there aren’t many descriptions regarding the colors. I’m afraid to order the wrong color and there’s no email address to ask them! 101 seems like it would be good but I’m wondering if it’s a little too light for me. Also, I currently use the Gressa foundation (3.5). Do you think Nu Evolution is better for coverage? Should I just stick with Gressa since I like it? Not sure what to do… Thanks!

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    1. Hi Michele! I just checked the website and see that they have a phone number listed. Does that help? If not, you can try to reach them on Twitter or Facebook, though that’s not ideal. If you’re already loving Gressa’s foundation, stick with it and when you’re done, try this one. In terms of coverage, they’re comparable. If I don’t exfoliate and hydrate well under Gressa and NU Evolution, I tend to flake because they both have a matte finish. I honestly love both the foundations, so it would be hard for me to choose a favorite! Can’t wait to hear what you decide. If you’re in or near NJ, there’s a shop in Hoboken that carries them so you can check out the colors for yourself. 🙂


  6. Thanks so much, Sarita!! You’re the best. 🙂 I think I’m going to stick with Gressa for now. (Thanks for the quick response!)


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