Saturday, May 31, 2014

Foundation Reviews: Quick & Simple




     Yikes! I haven't updated on this blog in almost nine months. I apologize for the lack of posts but now that it's summer vacation and I have a bit more free time on my hands I'll be able to be a little more active, fingers crossed! Anywho, I've been on the hunt for the ultimate foundation for the past few months and have decided to give you all short and sweet reviews on a few of the ones I've tried out thus far. Keep in mind I do have combination skin; oily in the t-zone and a bit drier on the cheek area. Everyone's skin is different but here's how these ones worked for me. 


MAKE UP FOR EVER Mat Velvet + Mattifying Foundation
Price Point: $36.00 at most locations, I got mine at Sephora.

Shade: Alabaster No.15 - this is the first foundation I've found that is truly pale enough for my skin tone. It was so nice not having to worry about it being blended down my neck. HALLELUJAH.

Finish: It gave me a really soft, matte finish that wasn't chalky or cakey but still felt light on the skin.

Coverage: One thin layer gave me a medium coverage, I definitely had to go in with a bit of concealer on my blemishes and under eyes, but another layer of foundation would have done the trick. 

Wear: It lasted a decent amount of time on my skin, especially when I paired it with a setting powder and setting spray. Without setting it I definitely got a little oily within the first four or five hours of wearing it. It also seemed to settle a little bit later on in the day.

Would I repurchase: Definitely. I loved almost everything about this foundation. The one downside was the price and the settling into lines. 

Overall: 8/10



Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Supercharged Foundation

Price Point: $48.00 at most locations, I got mine at Sephora.

Shade: Ivory Light - this was also a pretty good match for my pale skin.

Finish: Natural, hydrated, dewy finish. 

Coverage: I wanted to try this foundation for days I wanted light, natural coverage. It definitely gave light coverage.

Wear: This foundation was incredibly hard to blend, it would gather and break down on my nose and chin area and would cling to any sort of texture on my face. It definitely did not have great staying power for me and greatly settled into any fine lines after a few hours. 

Would I repurchase: Probably not, this foundation just didn't work with my skin. Especially for the price point, I feel like I could find something much better for less money. I had high hopes for this product and was sadly let down. This foundation would probably work better for someone with very normal, smooth, and even skin.

Overall: 4/10 (especially considering the price point)



NARS Sheer Matte Foundation

Price Point: $45.00 at most locations, I got mine as a gift from my cousin.

Shade: Siberia - again, another foundation that really worked for my skin tone. Yay!

Finish: This foundation gave me more of a natural finish rather than a matte finish.

Coverage: This foundation isn't so sheer - it's more of a light-medium coverage. 

Wear: This foundation is really nice and light for days I wanted more of a natural look. I didn't like it as much the first few times I tried it, being that it clanged to dry patches and was hard to blend, after applying it with a Beauty Blender, I enjoyed it much more. It didn't seem to settle into lines but the staying power wasn't the greatest.

Would I repurchase: Possibly. I definitely enjoy this foundation but it didn't make my skin look amazing enough to want to spend $45 bucks on it. I'm considering trying out Sheer Glow to see how it applies differently! I'll keep you all updated :-)

Overall: 5.5/10



bareMinerals Bareskin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation
Price Point: $29, however I got mine at work for free.

Shade: Bare Porcelain 01, this shade works really well for me, it might be a half shade too dark if anything.

Finish: It's marketed as a natural finish but I definitely find it to be a dewy, glowy finish.

Coverage: 2-4 drops on the Perfecting Face brush gives medium coverage, but it's super buildable.

Wear: It does last long on the skin, especially when I pair it with my Fair Matte powder foundation, but it does settle into fine lines later in the day but was easy to smooth out. However, it looks incredibly natural on and really does look like your own skin, which is awesome. It's unlike any other foundation I've tried.

Would I repurchase: Yup! The price point really isn't bad, considering you need such little product to complete your whole face and it's an awesome item to have in my collection for when I do want a more natural, dewy look. 

*I definitely recommend using the Perfecting Face brush with it. 

Overall: 7/10


Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation

Price Point: $38 at most locations, I got mine at Sephora.

Shade: Fair - this one was a tiny bit darker than my complexion but was easy to work around.

Finish: Definitely a more natural, airbrushed finish - it wasn't completely matte but also was definitely not dewy. 

Coverage: A pearl sized amount gave awesome full coverage, I didn't have to use nearly as much concealer as I usually do.

Wear: This was the downfall for me; when I first apply this foundation in the morning it looks amazing but within a few hours it just seemed to deteriorate, which is a bummer considering it's marketed as 12-hour wear. 

Would I repurchase: Most likely; although the wearing power wasn't phenomenal, the little amount of product you have to use and the flawless effect it gave to my skin, it makes it worth the money. I recommend getting the Bamboo Kabuki brush with it - it gives a gorgeous airbrushed finish.

Overall: 7.5/10


I hope this was helpful! Let me know if you have tried any/your results & tips! xo