Lumene Natural Glow Foundation – honest review

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Lumene’s Natural Glow Foundation is one of their most popular products and for a good reason: it’s an affordable foundation that evens out the complexion leaving – as promised – a beautiful glow on the face.

I love foundations, but I’m quite picky on them. Several boxes need to be checked for me for them to make it on my beauty blog. However, I have reached for Lumene’s foundation so many times now, I have to admit: I do love this foundation. I’m a busy bee nowadays and my makeup needs to happen fast. This I can just apply with my fingers so it saves me time and effort.

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Lumene Natural Glow Foundation review

Lumene is a Finnish brand that all Finns know. I would think most women at least have used a product from them. It’s funny, but I feel a sense of pride every time I see Lumene mentioned in a review or in a video abroad.

Three out of four makeup customers of mine bring a bottle of Lumene foundation with them. Several of my friends have said they wear this particular foundation. To be perfectly honest – for me it wasn’t love at first sight with this foundation. I’m pretty sure my skincare products at the time didn’t mix that well with some ingredients, because I couldn’t make it work. But then one day I tried it again and I was amazed.

And now I use it too.

Natural-looking foundation, that gives glow

What I like most about this foundation is the gorgeous packaging, easy-to-apply consistency and a natural look and feel on the skin. Most of the time I apply it with my fingers, but it also works with a beautyblender. Brush I rarely use, just out of habit.

The foundation evens out my complexion by hiding small imperfections or redness – yet it’s glowy and light enough so that my skin still looks like my skin. The texture is smooth, creamy and buildable. Though I don’t think you need that much product, because a little goes a long way with this one.

My shade is 1.5 fair, which I would describe as quite neutral. It has more red than most of my foundations, but not so much I can’t use it. Usually I prefer yellow-based shades, because those disappear into my skin best.

As to the longevity, I think this foundation performs just fine. It lasts a regular day with me. At the end of the day I might shine a little bit more, but there’s powder for that. Anyway, I’ve always thought that foundation can and should live a little on the skin. That’s also why I prefer natural-looking foundations – it looks great even if it wears out a bit. With a full coverage matte foundation however – you notice easier if it starts to wear off.

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All in all, a lovely foundation

The only minor aspect I would change on the product is its scent. It’s not particularly strong, nor unpleasant, but it’s something I notice. I should mention, though, that I rarely use perfumes. Most of my skincare products are either unscented or have natural scents that evaporate quickly, so I’m more accustomed to those. Nevertheless, I continue to use this foundation because it’s great. Plus, its application is just as swift on my skin as tinted moisturizers, which I happen to adore as well.

But since I’m on the subject of perfumes and scents. In a perfect world, everything would just smell like vanilla. I love vanilla.

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All in all, this is a lovely foundation and I understand why so many love it.

Have you tried this foundation? 

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P.S. If you’re interested in the brand, I have also tried some of Lumene’s skincare products!


Studying cosmetics’ chemistry & marketing – the first semester at Laurea

The first semester studying cosmetics’ chemistry and marketing is behind me. And I dare say I passed with flying colors! I’m studying at Laurea to become a bachelor of beauty and cosmetics and so far it feels like the perfect match for me.

Applying to school and getting in was definitely the highlight of 2023. In short, it has felt really fulfilling. I thought I could talk a bit about my experience. How has it been studying online and what have I learned so far.

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First day of school and all the feelings! But you can only read tired and pleased from that face.

Studying to become a bachelor of beauty and cosmetics

My class is online-only. I get to do my own schedule and work from home, which I’m already used to. There were some days on the campus and I also met my group in-person, but other than that it was me and my laptop at home.

It’s been a while since I’ve studied anything, so in August, when my school begun, everything felt new. And while new is good and exciting, it’s also difficult.


At first everything – and when I say everything I mean chemistry – felt really difficult. I was never that good at chemistry at school, but luckily it’s quite straightforward and learnable. You just need to put in the time and effort. Our teachers have also been great and they reply to messages quickly. You bet I’m the one to send questions. Now I have learned the basics and a little about cosmetics. There’s so much that goes into creating a product, I almost feel stupid not thinking about it that broadly before (and marketing also plays a big role in a product).

Obviously, there’s still a lot to learn! It feels like chemistry is a whole another world with endless possibilities and rules. For this whole time I have repeated the same sentence: chemistry is super interesting, but difficult. I’m equally terrified and excited about the things I get to learn about. And that about sums it up.

I know many are surprised just how much chemistry there is in this degree, so just be prepared. Knowing some basics and studying a bit in advance helps.

Actual school assignment. We created a cosmetics line for fairies using AI. I consider myself quite magical and would buy, would you?

Marketing & other courses

When it comes to other courses such as marketing, they have felt easier. It helps that I have already done digital marketing. I feel like especially with the marketing courses we got to be more creative and independent. We did group projects and those were really fun and teachable. One of the best zooms we had was the one where all the groups got to showcase their projects. I learned the benefits of hyaluronic acid (in short, it’s a great ingredient) and forest extract (I did not know it may improve collagen production) , dived into the world of fragrances’ marketing (hello misogny) and korean skincare (still don’t love it, sorry). My group’s project about K18 and Olaplex products also got positive feedback. I learned a lot about hair; what it consists of, how traditional and innovative hair products work and why we use water and heat to style our hair.

There was also a funny coincidence, where one of the photos in teachers’ material was taken by me. Marketing also feels really interesting to me and I’m very motivated to learn more.

Besides chemistry, some technical aspects – such as Laurea’s own report template – have almost caused some grey hairs. But I’m sure it will get easier once I get more familiar with it and some other stuff.

All in all – everything’s learnable.

Next semester starts soon and I will learn about cosmetics’ legislation, English (for the cosmetic industry), writing, chemistry and marketing. The English means I will have to actually speak out, so I will probably try to speak to you in English in my Instagram stories. I wrote it here so I have to. I want to get more confident on that skill.

One of my favorite thing about zoom classes: I can do my makeup while listening. It actually helps to focus!

Personal & professional growth

The reason I applied to this school and this degree, was to gain more experience and knowledge. I’m already a beauty professional (a cosmetologist), but I want to be a better beauty professional, really taking a deep dive into the beauty world. I also want to have experience on different fields. After this first semester I know more of my strengths – writing, creativity, team work and being able to learn and process new information. I feel more confident on my skills and that’s actually pretty huge.

Who knows what kind of work I will end up doing? Something that I’m passionate about, that’s for sure.

Do you have any question regarding to my school? Comment below or send me a DM!

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