Using the Yensa Super Serum Silk Foundation

I have to say, this Yensa Super Serum Silk Foundation had a lot to live up to. I recently tried out the Yensa BC Full Coverage Foundation and absolutely adored it. It was easy to see why it is a long term best seller. This Yensa Foundation is a bit newer on the market.

In general I like serum style foundations. I generally find I have good luck with them. According to Yensa…

the  serum foundation that is supercharged with skin-loving peptides and an age defying complex of Vitamin C, E, Ferulic and Bakuchiol Oil. Helps brighten, firm and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Provides full, flawless coverage. 8 BENEFITS: Full coverage foundation, Vitamin C brightens skin, Graceful aging moisturizer, Ferulic Acid reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles & dark circles, Provides brighter and even skin tone, Helps minimize the appearance of pores, Nourishes skin with 8 SuperBlacks Essence, and Bakuchiol improves skin elasticity

Yensa
dotted on to face

I love the fact that when you open this foundation it smells like skincare. It has a very skincare like scent and I have to say my skin has looked fantastic during my trial. I have had no break outs and if I am going to wear a product on my skin for eight hours at a stretch adding in skincare seems like a really smart idea.

Two weeks isn’t enough to see if there were improvements in my fine lines, but over time my skin usually reacts well to Bakuchoil so I am pleased with it. I am also pleased they went with a skin care ingredient that doesn’t make me sun sensitive. For those who aren’t aware, bakuchoil functions like a retinol but doesn’t have the sun sensitivity that a retinol can give you. Which is great in a product you are going to be wearing all day long.

blended in just the foundation

I generally found that i needed one pump of product to cover my entire face. This gave me a coverage that was on the lighter side of full. I’m sure if I went in with more product i could get a fuller coverage, but personally I didn’t se the need. One pump worked well for me. Sometimes I used concealer and sometimes I didn’t. As my skin was looking really good while I used this, i didn’t have all that much to cover, just around my eyes and a few dark spots. There were days i forgot the concealer and didn’t mind it. With one pump I would still recommend using a concealer, if you go two pumps you really won’t need it.

I was a little concerned about the shade of the product at first. When it pumped out it had a slightly yellow cast to it. My shade is Light Medium. When blended it worked out well though.

There is a slight shine to the foundation. If you are a fan of dewy skin it might not be enough for you and in that case I would use a dewy primer underneath. I am not a huge dewy skin fan and found that I could wear any primer I wanted underneath but if I went for a moisturizing or dewy primer then I would most definitely need my setting powder.

Over all this was a good foundation. Towards the end of the day I did notice there was some slight settling around the fine lines of my mouth but it was really towards eight plus hours that I noticed it and it was minor. When i used a pore filling primer it wasn’t an issue. This was in general a good foundation.

My only real problem with it was that I tried it right after the BC Full Coverage foundation. It is a skin on skin formula that i just like a little better. That doesn’t mean that this isn’t a great foundation, it just means I prefer the other one from the brand. There is a lot to love with this foundation though and I am certain I will use the entire bottle. And if the skincare benefits prove excellent long term it may rise in my estimation.

Will I repurchase? Honestly I would probably go for the BC full coverage foundation first when shopping from the brand, however I would happily use this Super Serum Silk Foundation again or pick it up it the BC foundation was unavailable. It is a very close second, but it is still second.

Trying out the Yensa BC Skin on Skin Full Coverage Foundation

Recently Yensa sent a package to me for the purpose of review. Inside were a few of my favorites. The Pumpkin Turmeric Exfoliating mask is a long term love and I have purchased so many of the Yensa Tone Up Primers that I have lost count. Under a matte foundation it is one of my favorite primers. Included in this box was the Yensa BC Full coverage Foundation from their Skin on Skin line.

I believe i might have tried out a sample size of this product a while back, but truthfully it has been long enough that I couldn’t remember. So I was thrilled that I had a full sized version to try out. I really enjoyed wearing this foundation for the duration of the trial and i can tell you that I will be reaching for it until not a drop remains in the tube. But let’s cover what the product is supposed to do before we get into the details of how it performed.

Achieve your SUPERFOOD GLOW with our all in one BB, CC and full coverage foundation. Our BC Foundation is our #1 best seller that provides killer coverage and is infused with our exclusive 8 SuperBlacks Essence to feed your skin while you are wearing it.

8 BENEFITS FOR A SUPERFOOD GLOW™: Full coverage foundation, SPF 40 protection, Graceful aging moisturizer, Built in concealer, Provides brighter and even skin tone, Helps minimize the appearance of pores, Nourishes skin with 8 SuperBlacks Essence, Blurs imperfections, fine lines and wrinkles

Yensa

I love when brands give you a checklist for a product. I can say that as far as I can tell this foundation hit them all. It was full coverage, and it had SPF 40 in it so it had some sun protection. And while I appreciate that in a foundation, you should never count on your foundation as your only sunscreen. As good as it is to have in the product, it isn’t enough. You need a regular sunscreen. That being said this foundation layered beautifully over the sunscreen i am currently using. (Currently Sunday Riley Light Hearted).

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In addition during the trial I didn’t have to use any concealer. I ended up using it as a lid primer when I used it, but it wasn’t needed on the rest of my skin.

I think the thing that most impressed me about this foundation was that even though it was full coverage, it felt like a BB cream on the skin. For me this is especially nice to know going into the warmer months. Often in the summertime I will only wear tinted moisturizers and BB cream simply because foundation feels a bit too heavy. even the light weight formulas sometimes feel heavier due to the high humidity. This actually felt light enough that it felt like wearing nothing, hence the skin on skin name i suppose. It also looked really natural.

blended in with nothing else on

This is a somewhat glowy foundation which did take me a bit of getting use to. I tried it with a non matte primer and it was far too glow-y for me. In the spirit of fairness I have to admit that I did get several complements that day so it looked nice, it just wasn’t my personal preference. with a matte primer underneath it was the exact right amount of glow for me. It worked well with all of my matte primers. Once I found I liked it better with the matte primers I didn’t really try it with all of the glow-y/dewy skin ones.

while it does have some pore blurring to it, I still felt the need to add a primer underneath it. It did a good job on it’s own but it performed even better with a partner. The two primers I preferred to use it with were the Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer and the Elf Poreless putty. While I adore the Yensa primer (and it did really well with pore minimizing) it was too glow-y for me when I paired the two together.

full face

Those of you who have read my reviews for a while know that my go to foundation brush is the bdellium 999 Master Blender. I did try it with this foundation but a Yensa also sent a foundation brush (pictured up top) I also tried that out. My normal foundation brush was just a little too stiff to work well with this foundation. The foundation brush that Yensa sent worked perfectly with it. it is an angled brush and while the bristles are densely packed it has a little more movement to the bristles that made it work better with this foundation.

I am going to be trying this foundation brush with other foundations and I think there are several formulas that it might work better than my usual. I’ll have to get back to you on that when I do a brush review. The take away here though is that with this BC formula a really stiff bristled foundation brush might not be your best bet. I would go for a densely packed one that has a bit more flexibility in the bristles. Using such a brush meant there were no lines that had to be buffed away. I simply didn’t need a makeup sponge with this formula and that style of brush.

Most days I wore the foundation about eight hours with no problems. I did have one day where I was in my makeup for over fourteen hours. On that day I did notice a little sinking into the lines around my mouth. Admittedly I would have been surprise if it hadn’t. It was one of those days where I looked exhausted both with and without makeup. In the normal course of an eight hour day there were no issues, it simply isn’t a 24 hour foundation.

I was honestly very impressed by Yensa’s BC full coverage foundation and I would definitely use it again. I loved the way my skin looked during this trial. I had some minor break outs due to my Easter candy extravaganza (seriously I had more sugar this month than I have in the past two years) and this foundation worked really well in concealing those. It is a great light weight formula that worked well now but I think will still be wearable as the weather heats up.

Interestingly enough, in this month’s IPSY bag, I received a different Yensa Foundation. It is the Serum Silk Foundation. I will be trying that one out next and comparing it to this one. While I may have tried a sample size of this BC cream once upon a time, I have not tried the other one (I believe it is a newer product). It will be interesting to see how the two compare. But for that, we will have to wait and see.

Trying out the Charlotte Tillbury Flawless Finish Foundation

For the last few weeks I have been using the Charlotte Tillbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation to see how it performs. Interestingly enough I have used the magic Cream from the brand but never any makeup. The Magic Cream Moisturizer is quite good actually.

This foundation was interesting to work with. It is full coverage which is not my everyday wear for foundation. However as my go too full coverage foundation was from Becca and Becca is sadly no longer with us, I do need to find one full coverage foundation that I can count on when I need it.

nice pump top

As Always I tried the foundation on it’s own with no primer. I then tried it with a variety of primers. I have also started using the Embryolisse Lait Creme as a pre makeup base (which I love, BTW) so I tried it both with and without the Embryolisse.

First off, tools. If applied with just a makeup brush there will be streaks galore in the foundation. You can then smooth them out with a makeup sponge, easy peasy. Even easier is if you just apply this foundation with a makeup sponge to begin with. It just applies better that way. So give the makeup brush the day off when you reach for this foundation and it will work better.

dotted on face then blended in with a makeup sponge

Second, Primer. This is a foundation that needs a primer. Actually it needs a pore filling primer. I had the best luck when I paired it with either the Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer or the Elf Poreless Putty primer. Both have a similar consistency and this seems to be with this foundation works best with as a base. Without it, the foundation will sink into the fine lines. I particularly had issues around my mouth. By mid afternoon, the foundation had settled in the lines and emphasized them. which is not really what i wanted.

witout a primer it immediately settles into the fine lines around my mouth

Third, Embryolisse. I know this sounds strange to add in as part of the foundation test, but in general I found that this foundation performed better if I had the moisturizer on my face before I started applying the makeup. I applied the Embryolisse and let it sit for ten minutes before I applied the other products and everything was great. Without the moisturizer this foundation tended to look a little dry by mid afternoon. With the extra hit of moisture underneath that wasn’t a problem. For those with oily skin, this might not be an issue for you. If you have dry skin then you really should look at the moisturizer pre makeup application with this foundation.

with primer, makeup sponge application and Embryolisse as a pre-makeup base it worked well all day

Having said that, when everything lined up, this foundation did look beautiful and it lasted all day. There were just a lot of conditions for getting it to look good and stay all day. None were impossible to over come, they are just things to remember when reaching for this foundation. In the end I think I will use up this foundation, but I don’t think I will be repurchasing it in the future. The Charlotte Tillbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation is good, it just won’t become my standard for full coverage.

Tatcha

Transforming with the Transformatte Foundation by Natasha Denona

For the past week or so I have been using the Natasha Denona Transformatte Foundation. I know some people know right away how they feel about a foundation, but for me it takes at least a week of use before I fully determine if I like a product. It may sound strange, but I’ve had products that I tried once and absolutely loved and for some reason that one time the stars aligned and it was perfection. A perfection that was never repeated on subsequent uses. I’ve also had products that I absolutely didn’t like the first time, but then as I figured out how to work with them, I cam to love.

Let’s start with what to expect from this foundation.

A medium to full coverage modern matte, liquid-luxe foundation that blurs pores,  smooths uneven texture and protects your skin from environmental damage. Use any foundation brush or a damp makeup sponge, starting at the center point then moving to the sides.

Natasha Denona

When I first opened the foundation I expected a creamy foundation that was a little thick. I think it is because the coverage is medium to full and that is the texture i associate with fuller coverage foundations. So when I pumped the foundation out, I was surprised to find it has more of a serum consistency. For me that is fine, some of my favorite foundations have been more of a serum type consistency. So it was a pleasant surprise. I was also pleasantly surprised that there was no scent to the product. I may be a fan of perfumes, but i am perfectly happy with a foundation that is content not to have a scent to it.

Typically I do wear primer with my foundations and while using this foundation I rotated through a variety of them from mattifying primers, prefilling and blurring primers to brightening primers. I also tried the foundation without any primer at all.

clean face

Without the primer under the foundation, the foundation does show a little bit more of the texture of your skin. If you have large pores, you are going to want to put a primer under the foundation. The foundation itself is pore vanishing, but I found it vanished more if it had the primer as a back up singer. I also found the foundation applied more smoothly and lasted longer.

applied foundation before use of foundation brush

While I do prefer a matte foundation, in general I found that because this is a matte foundation, a brightening primer actually worked out the best with the foundation. The primer I preferred during this test (and will probably reach for the next time I use this foundation, is the Banana Bright Primer from Ole Henriksen. This primer worked fantastically well with the Transformatte Foundation. The two worked well, gave me beautiful looking skin and lasted all day.

just foundation blended out

In the description, it states that you can use either a foundation brush or a sponge to apply. Typically I use a brush for application (usually my 999 Master Blender from Bdellium Tools) but I have been known to use makeup sponges. In fact when I used the Bite Beauty Changemaker foundation I found it applied much better with a sponge than with a brush (and looks fantastic too actually). So I tried applying the transformatte first with a brush and a second day with the makeup sponge.

full face

what I found was that when I applied the foundation with the brush (Pumping foundation on the back of my hand, dabbing it on my face with a finger and then blending it in with the brush) I used only one pump’s worth of product. When I used the sponge, I ended up using two pump’s worth of product. The single pump gave me medium and edging into full coverage. Two pumps was flat out full coverage.

I do prefer medium coverage with my foundations. However it wasn’t just about coverage. With one pump, the foundation blended in smoothly with my skin and felt weightless. It lasted all day with no problems. With the two pump fuller coverage it looked nice and lasted all day, but I sort of always felt the foundation there. It looked fine and I received complements on both uses, personally I prefer the brush method with the single pump of product. It provides me with the coverage I want and pretty much does everything I want in a foundation.

I was very impressed with this foundation and I look forward to using it again. The Transformatte Foundation by Natasha Denona at it’s full price is $45. I think it is well worth that price. At the moment it is on sale for 50% off. While I think it is worth full price, I am never upset about saving money. I have no idea how long the sale is going to last (I’m not an affiliate, I just saw the sale was up when I went to the website)Over all this is a really easy to wear foundation and I felt beautiful wearing it. What more could I ask?

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Making Changes with Bite Beauty Changemaker Supercharged Micellar Foundation

Bite Beauty has, for a long time been my go to for lip products. From their Amuse Bouche Lipsticks that not only look good and feel good, but smell utterly delicious, to their Agave Lip masks, I have been a fan for years.

However I have never branched out of my little lip zone where Bite Beauty is concerned. I tend to have that habit with a lot of brands actually. I will find one category of product that I really like and suddenly I will think of them as the brand that does great lip products, or mascaras, or foundations and forget that they usually have an entire array of products, some of which I might also enjoy. I remember seeing that Bite Beauty released the Changemaker Supercharged Micellar foundation and I remember thinking, I should probably check that out.

And then the next time I visited the site I picked up the maple scented Agave lip mask in a tube. (regardless of what lip masks I end up trying out, it remains a personal favorite.) Yeah, I completely forgot about the foundation I wanted to try.

Luckily for me the Bite Beauty Changemaker foundation was a choice item in a Boxycharm Premium so despite my memory lapse I finally got to try it. I’ve been using it for almost two weeks now and it has been interesting. At first, I didn’t really like the foundation. I used a brush to apply it and it didn’t spread very well and felt heavy and streaky. I was using my usual foundation brush to apply it and then going in with a makeup sponge to clean it up a bit.

In the places where I used the makeup sponge, I liked the way the foundation looked a little bit better. So the next day I left the brush alone and just used the makeup sponge to apply the foundation. It was a complete game changer. The foundation felt less thick and heavy because I was using less product when I applied it with the sponge. It went over my skin smoothly and easily and I was very impressed with the way it looked.

Because I was using less product, I also had no problem with it wearing away or peeling around my nose or mouth. I only had those issues when I applied it too thickly. Otherwise it worked beautifully. After I used the makeup sponge to apply it, I went to the Bite Beauty website. They recommend either using a brush or your fingers to apply it. While I had no luck with my brush and really good luck with my makeup sponge, it also applied really well with my fingers.

The foundation is also described as a light to medium coverage foundation that you can build up in areas where you need it.

I would describe it more as light coverage that might possibly be considered a light medium coverage if you wanted to stretch the term. And I didn’t have any luck building it up. It was a beautiful lightweight foundation that offered a great natural looking finish, but building it up to achieve more of a medium coverage didn’t work for me. Any attempt at building it up made the foundation look and feel heavy.

Which is a shame as it is such a good lightweight foundation. Making it feel and look heavy seems like an insult.

What I ended up doing on the areas where I wanted a little more coverage, was to go in with a concealer first and then blend in the foundation over the concealer. The foundation blended really well with the concealer and everything looked more natural. The concealer I used was one from Pretty Vulgar. It’s formula really blended well with the foundation and made it mostly undetectable.

I know a lot of people put concealer over foundation, but I’ve always found it easier to blend if I put it on my troublesome spots first and then blur the edges of the concealer with my foundation when I apply it. When I do it the other way around you can always see the spots I am trying to conceal as though I was highlighting them. So my preferred application actually worked really well with this foundation.

In the end I really enjoyed using this foundation. The foundation I have is just a shade too light for me. While I can get away with it when my skin is winter pale, if I am to use this foundation when the seasons change, I will have to get a darker shade. I think this foundation may just be worth keeping a seasonal shade around. It feels light weight enough that I might actually be able to wear it in the warmer months. Recently I started sticking with tinted moisturizers in the summertime instead of actual foundations, but this one is light enough that I could probably use it as a tinted moisturizer on days were I actually wanted the coverage of a foundation.

I think it’s natural look would really lend itself to summer wear as well as winter, providing of course that I can get the shade correct. They do have 32 shades so I’m sure the right one is in there, it is just a matter of finding it. I have pretty high hopes though. The shade I have is L20 and the image on the foundation splotch matches the foundation I squeezed out onto my hand almost perfectly so it is just a matter of finding the same undertone one shade darker. with luck, that shouldn’t be too hard a task. If you are interested in this foundation, when I popped onto the Bite Beauty website to check out the links, I found that this foundation is currently half off the usual price. Typically it sells for $44 but is currently $22.

I don’t think it is a sitewide sale, but they do have several products listed on their sale page and this foundation happens to be one of the items. I’m not sure how long the sale will last, but it is up now if you are interested in shopping for this foundation or any other Bite Beauty product. Several of their Agave Lip masks are on the list and as always, I will highly recommend them. And after this past trial, I have to say, this Changemaker Foundation from Bite Beauty is something I highly recommend as well.

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Trying out the AOA Prowear Foundation from Shop Miss A

I’ll admit, I was skeptical of a $1.55 foundation. But I will admit, I am willing to give most anything a try at least once. At least as far as makeup goes. And in general I will try it at least twice to make sure the first time wasn’t a fluke.

For the past two weeks I have been trying out this AOA Prowear Foundation to see how it performed. The shade I picked out may be a bit to light for me, which is totally my fault. with lipstick and foundation I am really bad at picking shades in the store. With the low price tag attached to this though it meant that there was very little risk.

Plus with a light foundation I can always work a bit of magic with a bronzer to balance it out. If the foundation works that is.

When the foundation arrived, I opened it and found I couldn’t squeeze it out. to use it you have to snip the top of the inner nozzle to release the product. I know, sometimes you have to be smarter than the packaging. I won’t tell you how long it took me to figure that out. But in the end, I did figure it out. After that I did like the dispensing of the product. It came out well and not in too large an amount. It is a classic creamy foundation formula. So it won’t run out like a serum will. I don’t think you have to shake it, but I found myself shaking it just because of the bottle shape.

I applied the foundation to my skin and then blended it in with my foundation brush. Streaks were left behind. I had to call in a beauty sponge to get rid of the lines. Once I did, all was well.

The foundation was a fairly decent medium coverage product. It will last all day, but you need to wear a pore filling primer underneath. It will settle into the fine lines around your eyes and the corners of your mouth. This is not a foundation that you can wear without a good primer underneath, unless you do not have a lot of fine lines. While I use many good skincare products, that ship has sailed for me.

just the foundation

Even with a good primer, you are looking at about eight hours of ear before it starts to really sink into those lines. This is one of those foundations that I found easy to apply in a hurry, if I had a surprise meeting as it does blend very well and very easily. It is just not something that I am going to pull out of my makeup drawer when I know i have a long day.

full face done

I have to say even with it’s slight issues, the foundation performed better than I thought it would. And to be honest I often find myself with unexpected meetings that I hadn’t prepared for rather than a full day of meetings.

settling in the corners

So for me, the longevity is not that big an issue. I just have to remember that f I quickly apply it for a meeting, I can’t leave it on and wear it when I go out. Having said that, I would definitely be willing to invest $1.55 more in picking up a shade that is more suitable for my skin tone and keeping this AOA Prowear Foundation around. I just need to remember it’s limitations.



Trying out the KVD Vegan Beauty Lock It Powder Foundation

For the past couple of weeks I have been trying out the KVD Vegan Lock It Powder Foundation. It is not a completely new product to me as I used to use this a long time ago, when the Lock it Powder first came out. I had the old round compact formula. I always found it a pretty good formula, at least what I remembered of it, and when I received this in a subscription box I was curious as to what changed.

The packaging has changed a bit. It is still a compact, but it is a square compact with the lid designed to look like an old wax seal. I find it rather aesthetically pleasing to be honest. The compact dose come with a small late application sponge. I didn’t use this. Actually what I found to be the best tool for applying this powder foundation was the older style flat foundation brushes. I used the one I have from the Billion Dollar Beauty brush kit and it worked fantastically well. Actually that entire brush kit has made its way into my favorites list.

However for the powder foundation, the flat brush from the kit was prefect. It could get into the edges by my eyes and it spread the foundation out well. I tried a fluffier brush with this foundation and it simply wasn’t the best tool. For me the flat foundation worked the best.

I did find that when I used a primer under it, I had to let the primer dry and sort of settle in before I applied the foundation. If I didn’t give the primer time to dry down a little, I would get more of the foundation powder clinging to the damp spots than the rest of the skin. Because this is a shade lighter than I would normally go with my foundation, the spots were noticeable. And this was really only an issue with a wet primer. When I used something like the Benefit Porfessionals, which had a thicker consistency, the foundation didn’t have a problem. I was however testing out the Figs & Rouge Primer this week as well and it is a very wet primer, so I had to wait for it to dry down a bit.

Just the foundation

The foundation was more full coverage than I expected and I was very impressed by it’s performance. I did find that after applying the foundation, if I went over it with a damp makeup sponge it completely illuminated any powdery look the product might have. Even without that step it didn’t look all that powdery once it was blended in. It only looked powdery if I applied powder over it. When I did that, my skin tended to look powdery. As a result I skipped the face powder when I used this foundation.

By the end of the day, the foundation looked a little faded, but there was no peeling or oily spots. Over all I was very impressed with it’s performance.

End of the day

I would like to end with a small but rather significant feature of this foundation. This packaging is refillable. Thee is a pin hole in the back of the compact so that when the product runs out, I can pop out the empty pan and replace it with a new one.

As the KVD Compact is not only pretty, but sturdy enough to last a while, I find this to be an excellent feature and one I will take advantage of when this pan runs out. I might choose to order a pan one shade deeper though. Just for a better shade match. Other wise, this KVD Vegan Beauty Lock It powder foundation was a winner.



The Best Drugstore Foundations

Oh my darlings we have reached that time of year. It is the time of year where inventory is taken, gaps marked out and the list of current sales grows longer each day. So each year I look at the products I use or have used throughout the year and decide which ones are worthy of repurchasing. Because the one thing better than getting a product you like is getting it on sale. while some sales have already been activated, some are yet to come, as they approach I’ll try to list them. For now, we look at products worth bothering to pick up. After all, even if it is on sale, somethings don’t need to be purchased. It is only a deal if it is a good product.

Since I reviewed a drug store shampoo this morning, I thought it only fair to continue with another drug store item, foundation. Now some of you may be looking at the above photo and thinking that you see some Ulta products. When searching my Drug store foundations, I saw several I liked that I knew were from Ulta so I addend them onto this list since they didn’t really fit anywhere else. There is an Ulta in my town so I can pick them up just as though I was running to the drug store, hence their inclusion. I don’t have a Sephora in town so I order from them on line, but generally pick up Ulta products in person.

As with all my foundations, I go with medium coverage and I wear primer underneath them.

So on to the items.

  1. No 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation: It does have SPF 15 in the mix, but that is just an extra perk and not something you should count on. What I like about this foundation is that the serum consistency makes it fairly melt into the skin. It is suitable for sensitive skin and I have never had any issues with it. Because of the bendability of the formula the shades are fairly flexible. I can actually use the same foundation year round and simply adjust it slightly at the extreme light and dark times of the year (aka mid-summer and mid-winter). It is a beautiful medium coverage foundation.
  2. E.L.F Acne Fighting Foundation: I’ve tried quite a few Elf foundations at this point and I think this one may be my favorite from the brand. It is excellent if you are in the midst of hormonal break outs (or any other breakouts actually) as it doesn’t irritate them at all. While I don’t know if it actually does fight blemishes, it doesn’t make them any worse. I apply in a thin layer at first and then blend it in. Going light with this foundation helps it not to streak with a makeup brush. Of all of these foundations, it is probably the most long wearing. It doesn’t melt into the skin like the serum foundations on this list, but it blends really well and stays in place all day.
  3. Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless: This is a classic must have for a reason. It applies well, stays on all day and looks fantastic. The only reason I don’t reach for it more is because of the bottle. The glass bottle has an open mouthed top. I always end up pouring out more product than I need. I know that in some places like Look Fantastic, you can order the foundation in a squeezable tube that is easier to control. If you can find this at your drugstore, go for it. My drug store only sells the glass bottles. Normally I am all about glass, but it is the open pour that bothers me. I tend to appropriate a dropped from a now empty skincare product to use it. It is a great foundation, it is just that pour.
  4. Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation: I know there are a lot of people out there who dislike this foundation for one reason or another. I actually like it. I think I like it because I don’t wear it more than about ten hours at a time. The bottle says 24 hour coverage. I’d say 12 is more realistic. As I said I rarely wear makeup more than 10 hours at a stretch. And in that time, this foundation looks great. It is a fuller coverage foundation than the others on this list. It is still medium coverage, but it is on the higher end of medium. It is what I lean towards when I have to give a presentation and know I’m going to be under some bright lights and the focus of the room’s attention. Again, I wouldn’t wear it more than 12 hours, but in those 12 hrs it performs beautifully.
  5. Ulta Youthful Glow Foundation Serum Drops: I was very impressed with this Ulta Foundation. It actually came as a bit of a surprise for me. I tried a couple of other Ulta foundations and hated them. I tried this one honestly because I liked the look of the bottle and i think it was on sale. The bottle of course, has changed. I am actually almost out of this and will have to repurchase it soon. So I don’t feel too bad about the old packaging as it will soon go away. I do however like the older packaging more than the new. I will happily repurchase this foundation again. I don’t there are many Ulta products in general I would say that about, and certainly no other foundations. Part of that is that I like the serum style foundation. I prefer foundations that blend into the skin and feel weightless. This one does. It looks good on the skin and lasts all day. It doesn’t have as high a coverage as some of the other foundations on this list so I generally use it when I am having a pretty good skin day. The big thing to remember with this foundation is to shake well before use.
  6. Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick: I seriously debated whether or not to include this on this list. But then I realized it is the stick foundation I find myself reaching for more often than the other products. Stick foundations are great when you are traveling or in a hurry. Well they are great in a hurry if they blend well. This one does blend well and gives good coverage that lasts throughout the day. It has a fairly wide shade range, however it doesn’t have a lot of flexibility. I have to keep two shades, one for summer and one for winter. As it is a very inexpensive product and quite contained, having two isn’t a problem, it is just something to keep in mind when shopping. It is a creamy formula and one that I tend to choose when traveling.

So there you have it, the top drugstore foundations I am currently using and would consider replacing. All of the links will take you to sites where you can find them. I believe some of the sales have already begun. If not, then just wait a few weeks for Black Friday sales to really get underway and then stock up. For me, all of the products but the Catrice (which I tend to use for public presentations which haven’t happened in a while) and the No7 (which I just repurchased) are getting low enough in product that I have them on my repurchase list. The elf and the Revolution products are the two I will repurchase first, the others will depend on the other items I need to replace. I hope when planning your shopping lists, this helps you out.



Trying out the IPKN Moist and Firm BB Cream

While I occasionally make fun of some of the small sample sizes that arrive in some subscription boxes, with makeup products, especially face products like BB creams and foundations, sample sizes really help keep me from making a lot of wrong purchases. Because that’s the thing with foundation type products. You really can’t tell how they are going to perform for you until you wear them.

And trying out a bunch of products can be pretty costly. I’ve used a lot of, not really for me but since I’ve already spent the money to buy it I’m going to just figure out how to make it work until I can justify purchasing something else’ products.

I know sometimes my list titles are a bit much. I’m working on it.

Samples of BB products are my friends.

IPKN is a brand I have tried before however it was quite some time ago. I remember a friend recommending them and liking the items I tried, but that is about it. Other than a basic mental familiarity, I have one lip product in my collection that came from them. It is a nice protective lip gloss that actually works well as a balm and I like to wear when I know I’m going to be outside in the wind during the winter. Which of course is of no help when evaluating a BB cream. For those curious about the name IPKN, I looked on their about page…

IPKN was originally defined as “Independent Professional Korean New Yorker”.
It launched in 1999 as the first NYC-inspired South Korean beauty brand, bringing a universal beauty sense to Korea and helping to shape what we now call K-Beauty.

IPKN Website

And while we are on the site, according to the brand…

This all-in-one BB cream combines protection and control for 1-step perfection. Moist & Firm BB Cream promotes brighter and more even skin tone, increases the skin’s radiance, and supports firmness and elasticity. 

IPKN product page

I have no problems with skincare mixed into my makeup. It doesn’t always pan out, but I do like the thought. So how did this product work? Well actually. It is a BB cream so there is not a foundation facemask’s worth of coverage. I’ve posted the two photos side by side below to show my skin with nothing on it and then my skin with just the BB cream. While I am a huge fan of primers, for this photo, I skipped the primer. But only because of you. With this BB cream I would use a primer.

Without a primer the IPKN Moist and Firm BB cream did cover red spots and blemish marks fairly well. And it did last about six hours without an issue. I noticed after hour six, there was a bit less coverage. With primer it was better and the BB cream. With a primer underneath it, almost any primer actually, the BB cream lasted the full work day.

Bare Face

While it does blend into the skin well and for me this shade worked out fine, if you need any sort of pore filling, you are going to want a primer underneath. Because this BB cream is so light and melds into the skin so well, it tends to emphasis larger pores as the day goes on.

As I usually wear a primer, my main issue with this was the moist part of the moist and firm. I’m happy to have a BB cream firm all it wants, lord knows my skin could use it. The moist part was a bit of an issue. Sometimes with BB creams you can get away with applying it, then adding a brief kiss of blush and calling it good. I can’t wear this BB cream without powder. I have several good powders to choose from, but the moist aspect left my face looking a bit on the greasy side if I didn’t pat some powder over it. And periodically throughout the day (mid morning, lunch, mid afternoon) I had to pat away a bit of shine.

just the BB cream
full face in natural daylight

If you have dry skin, this may not be an issue for you. It may in fact be a large benefit and keep you hydrated throughout the day. It was too much for my skin and I looked greasy without powder. I also live in an area of high humidity, so that was also a factor. It is just something to watch out for. Think about your skin, before purchasing. As far as purchase prices go, it is not that expensive. A full sized bottle is $24. I think that is quite reasonable.

With this IPKN Moist and Firm BB Cream I think that I could probably use it more in the winter when my skin is dryer and there is less humidity. It is a good product that works well and looks lovely, but for my skin there is just a small window where I could use it without feeling overly hydrated and worried about looking greasy. I would love wearing the product during that window, but as I have other BB creams that I like using year round, I think I would pass on a full sized purchase. However, trying this product does make me want to look into the brand more and possibly see if they have a BB cream that is less moist. I’m fine with the firm though. I didn’t notice a difference, but I’m willing to be hopeful on that score.

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The Purlisse Radiant Glow Illuminating BB Cream

When my skin is looking good, and the weather is warm, I often reach for BB creams and tinted moisturizers instead of foundations. While I have several tinted moisturizers that I love, there are fewer BB creams that I actually like. One of my absolute favorites is the Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream. I tried it in a sample and liked it enough that I now have the full sized tube. It is the original one however.

I am not a glowy sort of foundation person. They dewy look is not for me. If I apply a dewy looking formula to my skin I tend to feel like I look greasy and then end up applying too much powder to counteract the dewy/glowy look. However, I have been known to pair illuminating primers under matte foundations to add more depth to the foundation.

illuminating and the original side by side.

And because I really enjoy the regular Purlisse BB cream, I thought the Illuminating version might be interesting. Plus it was only a sample size. and even I can put up with a week of glow if need be.

The illuminating BB cream applied really well. It blends into the skin to give you a your skin but better look. It evens out the tone of your skin but isn’t as heavy as a foundation would be. There is only the skin tone evening not foundation like coverage.

The Illuminating BB Cream feels weightless and it is easy to forget that you are wearing it. On it’s own, it gives a slight brightening effect to the skin, with a matte primer beneath it, the BB cream just gives a slight illuminating effect. In other words, it brightens but it doesn’t have me reaching for the powder to counteract the glow.

With an illuminating primer beneath it, the product was far too glowy for me. If you like the glowy look, you will be fine. For me, it was too much. I enjoyed the BB cream with both matte primers and on it’s own, but not with illuminating primers.

The Purlisse Perfect Glow Illuminating BB Cream has the same fantastic formula as the original Perfect Glow BB Cream. It has the same SPF 30 in the mix. Although you should still wear sunscreen. It is an oil free product and it is a rather natural look. Personally I prefer the original Perfect Glow BB cream and will continue to buy that. But really it is only a matter of preference.

Both perform spectacularly well. If you like an illuminating BB cream, the Purlisse Perfect Glow Illuminating BB cream is a good one to have in your arsenal. If illumination isn’t your thing, then the Purlisse Perfect Glow is the one you want to lean towards. while I won’t be picking up the full size of the Illuminating version, the regular bb cream is a summertime staple for me. I am however glad I tried it and quite frankly I am super excited that they have a primer now released into this collection. It is definitely on my list of products to try soon.

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