Buckle up, cause it’s time for a foundation round up!

The Foundation Quest

Buckle up my darlings, because this is a pretty long one as you might have guessed from the above photo.

I know product round ups like this are usually done at the end of the year, but I have been testing foundations for about a year and a half now and I decided that with both the Singles Sales (November 11th) and the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales all kicking up a review might not be a bad thing. Not only for you, but for me as well. 

While I still have foundations that I want to try out, working through some of my existing products doesn’t seem like a bad idea.  I have to say, there were some I forgot about until I pulled them out of the drawer. So let’s do a quick rundown of foundations past. The links will take you to the more in depth reviews of each product. As there are around twenty products I’m covering I just wanted to keep it to the basics (sort of a foundation review cheat sheet). And yes there are some I left out.  The ones on this list are the ones I liked enough to keep around.  Because I was trying so many, if I didn’t like the product and knew I wasn’t going to use it, I passed it along immediately rather than keep it around so someone else could get a use out of it.  These are the products I kept around.

The first one I have to mention is the Pretty Vulgar Cool AF Lava Water Foundation. Mostly because the shape of the bottle insures it will remain out on my dressing table. Which is not a hardship.  It is a pretty bottle. I tried putting it in the drawer and the little birdie bent. I really liked this foundation.  It was lightweight and wore well throughout the day.  When using it, I would go for a water based primer rather than a silicon based one as it plays better with the water based ones.

So having covered the one foundation that is constantly out on the dressing table, let’s move into some of the drug store foundations that made the top of my list.

The Pacifica Alight Oil Free Anti Shine Clean Foundation was one of my earlier foundation trials and to be honest I forgot it was in my drawer even though I reached for it a lot in the spring.  It is too tall to stand upright and rolled right to the back and hid. I may have to figure out a way to keep it out.  I added it to my makeup bag this week and I have to say I also forgot how much I liked it.  It was one of the better drugstore foundations. In fact it was in the top three of the drug store category. It had about a ten hour life span on it so it isn’t the best for transitioning from office to night out but for a consistent work day drugstore foundation it is in my top three.

To continue with the drugstore products, we’ll go to the Wet ‘n Wild Photofocus. This is one of those that got a lot of publicity and it is easy to see why.  It does perform really well and it is one of the least expensive products I tried. The applicator is a cheap plastic wand so I would recommend either replacing it with a pump top (you can generally pick them up in the dollar store, or at least there were some there on my last visit to the dollar store.  If not they can be relatively easily ordered on line) or dabbing it on your hand.  Trying to use the plastic wand on the face was just a mess, at least for me.  The biggest issue for me was the paint smell of the product.  It is strong, really strong.  I did notice however that If I used the Wet ‘n Wild foundation consistently then throughout the week the paint smell sort of aired out.  If I let it sit capped for a week, the scent returned as strong as ever.  Scent and wand aside, it is a good affordable product.

The Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless and the Catrice HD Liquid coverage both rank slightly higher than the Wet ‘n Wild on my personal foundation meter.  I enjoyed using both and really liked the price of these products.  They are good products and don’t break the bank.  I also had no issues getting them to work with any of the primers I used this past year.  The Maybelline Fit me was slightly better than the Catrice because occasionally I could wear it without a primer if I wanted.  The instance was rare but the Maybelline looked pretty good without a primer. Better with of course, at least with my skin.  My only issue with it was the fact that is was an open bottle without a dropper or pump.  I am actually looking to find a pump that fits the bottle.  If it does I will be a happy camper.  The issue with the open top is user error to be honest.  I just dispense more product than I need if I have to pour.

The NYX Professional Makeup Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil was fantastic to use when I wanted a very light make up day.  It covered up redness and dark spots but felt light against the skin and blended really well.  It was one of the best light day drug store foundation products I tried and it is one that I will consistently repurchase.  It looked really good with a primer but okay without.

And then we get to E.L.F. I’m going to be honest, E.l.f.  took the drugstore/affordable foundation category for me.  While the tinted moisturizer I adored was discontinued and shall be mentioned no more, this left me with two e.l.f. foundations. The ELF acne Fighting Foundation and the Elf Flawless Finish Foundation.  The acne fighting foundation is one that I could happily reach for every day. I could very easily see myself picking up two shades and using it year round. In fact since I am already putting in an order with elf for the holidays (I have several 12-13 year old girls on my list who are just getting into makeup so I’m putting together a little bag for each and let me tell you each of those bags is getting one of those Bite Sized Eyeshadow Palettes) I will probably be picking up a backup of the elf Acne fighting foundation.

This is not to say the flawless finish foundation is not fantastic.  It is more of a conference call, speaking in public, out to dinner sort of foundation, for me anyway.  I would happily reach for it then.  The acne fighting foundation is just an everyday sort of product that I know I’ll go through fast.

While all of these products are ones I will be using down to the last drop and all are ones I have no problem repurchasing, for those interested in an absolute ranking, here we go. The two Elf foundations share the number one spot.  I love them both and will keep both around.  I just wear them for different reasons and can’t really decide between them. NYX Bare With me takes the number two spot with Pacifica coming in a very close third. Maybelline fit me comes in fourth with the Catrice HD Liquid coverage a close fifth and Wet ‘n Wild hitting at number six.

While I didn’t include it in the drug store foundations I also tried a foundation from the Ulta Brand.  I used the Ulta Beauty Youthful Glow Foundation Serum Drops. It is one of those foundations you really have to remember to shake.  The lid got a little messy on me.  It is the curse of the screw top lid. I will say the messy didn’t stop me from using it.  I would definitely repurchase this foundation.  And in all fairness, since I put this in a separate category (at least mentally) from the drug store foundations, I did try out a Sephora foundation.  As you can see it is no longer in my foundation drawer.  I didn’t use it up.  After a week, I passed it on to someone else because I knew I wasn’t going to be reaching for it. Which sort of says enough about that one.

From the drug store foundations we are going to move into the stick foundation category.  There are three that I tried out and quite frankly I would purchase all three repeatedly. The Anastasia Beverly Hills stick foundation requires a little bit of warming up before it blends into the skin so what I tended to do was open it and turn it upside down, placing the product against the back of my hand for a moment while wrapping my other hand around the tube.  After a few seconds it was warm enough to apply well by brushing my foundation brush across the top of the product.  I ended up with a circle of foundation dotted onto my hand, but it wasn’t a lot of wasted product. And it really only took a few seconds.  After that it blended beautifully into my skin.  The shade I picked up is more for summer wear for me so it will be set aside and used up once my tan returns. 

The Nars Velvet Matte stick is a winter shade for me so I am pleased to see it emerge from the drawer.  I have enough product left in the tube that it can easily be used up this winter.  It is still a little too light for me right now but soon…soooooon it will be called into use.  It is a fantastic formula.  It is creamy enough that I don’t have to warm it up and it stayed in place all day.  I know that shouldn’t surprise me as Nars is just a fantastic brand, but this is one of my favorite products from them.  To be honest, I actually like the formula of this better than the liquid foundations I’ve used in the past. 

The Kristofer Buckle Triplicity stick foundation was the top of the top for me in this category.  It melted beautifully into the skin with a fantastic matte finish that wasn’t too cakey or heavy.  It was light and looked beautiful on the skin. This year when I found myself between foundation trials I often found myself reaching for this to fill the gap.  As a consequence I am actually running quite low on this product and will need to reorder.  I picked this up in one of the Kristofer Buckle Vanity kits. I had already fallen in love with their Cashmere slip lipstick and one of the vanity kits came with a lipstick, mascara, powder and this foundation stick. I think the entire kit was $28 and I thought it a great way to test out the brand.  I also thought the products would be travel sized but it turned out they were all full sized products so it was a fantastic deal.  I enjoyed all the products, but this foundation stick is tops.

The Kosas Tinted Face oil was the only oil foundation that I tried…well…ever actually.  So I have no other oil based foundation products to compare it to.  However it is a really good foundation.  As it is oil thee is a bit of a shine to it, but the shine is easily powdered away.  The oil is absolutely weightless and the foundation stays in place all day.  The only issue I had with it was one of texture.  Because it is an oil product it sort of flows onto the skin and takes up the shape of the skin below.  It is perfect for a no make up look, but not so great if you have large pores or texture.  With a pore filling primer underneath this worked fantastically well and was quite frankly one of my top products. And yes that means it beat out both the Kristofer Buckle and E.L.F. While it does need a primer underneath, choose your primer wisely.  Oil and water don’t mix so chose a silicon based primer and make sure it is a pore filling one to give yourself the smoothest canvas possible.

There are two foundations that I liked when I used them initially, but as I’ve tested other products have slid down the scale. They are both excellent products and I have no problem finishing them out, but in all fairness, they have slipped low enough on my list that I probably wouldn’t repurchase them.  These two are the Too Faced Dew You Full Coverage Fresh Glow and the Wander Beauty Nude Illusion Liquid foundation.

I liked both of them when I used them, and I still like them enough that I have no issues continuing to use them until they are gone.  They were among two of my earliest foundations to test out and quite frankly several of the ones that came after them were better.  That is just the nature of the trials. It doesn’t make them bad, because nothing that actually made this list is bad.  It just means they are on the bottom of the best I’ve tried.

With Wander beauty the issue is the doe foot applicator.  While I appreciate that it is in the package tightly every time I pull the applicator out, the product sprays out and makes a mess. That, more than the product is why I rank it so low on this list.  It falls down on packaging and not product. The product itself is still fantastic, I just don’t like the mess and get annoyed by it. If the packaging were different, this would be a different story, because it is a good product.

The Too Faced is just more dewy than I like.  It is not over the top dewy but it is dewy enough that when I use it I feel the need to apply more powder to balance out the dewy. So in this case it is more of personal choice in finish. It is a good product, I am just not a dewy person.

The Ciate Extraordinary Foundation was a new one for me this year as well, and I have to say I liked the foundation.  Actually this seemed to be the year of Ciate.  Every time I turned around Subscription boxes were sending new Ciate products my way.  I think I am one bronzer away from having an entire face of Ciate London products.  Their blush is one of my favorite blush formulas actually while their primer was only so so.  The foundation I would purchase again. It was a good solid foundation that didn’t look cakey or peel up around the nose and mouth. It wasn’t heavy on the skin either which I always consider a plus.

There were two Becca Foundations in my trials recently; the Becca Ultimate Coverage 24 Hr. Foundation and the Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation.  I would buy the Becca Luminous Perfecting Foundation again in a heartbeat.  I like the way it looked and I liked that it was buildable.  I would probably not buy the Ultimate coverage foundation because it is ultimate coverage no matter how you apply it.  I am just not an ultimate coverage kind of person. My wheelhouse is medium coverage.  There are occasions where full coverage is necessary and I have no problems using this for full coverage necessities, but to be honest, those sort of events are few and far between right now. So for me the Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation is a Becca hit for me, but the Ultimate Coverage is a pass because I m just not going to enough events to justify repurchasing it.

Despite claiming to be full coverage I found the Yensa color + face Skin on Skin BC Foundation Full coverage to be a light medium coverage product.  Which for me is well in my wheelhouse.  It is part of their Super 8 line and I have to say I have been having really good luck with that line.  I’ve repurchased the primer from that line at least twice and I have to force myself not to use the Yensa lip oil every day and to try reaching for other products. It is an absolutely fantastic lip oil.  But we are not discussing lips (they just sort of sneak in when I’m not looking), so back to the foundation.

For extremely light weight products the Hey Honey Trick and Treat cc2 Active Moisturizing cream with Honey and Propolis and Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream Spf 30 are my go to products.  Both I tried out in sample sized form.  The Purlisse Perfect Glow I finished and now have a full sized in my dressing table.  Resisting opening it until I use up a few more products has been quite difficult. I still have a week or two left in the Hey Honey trial sized tube but once it is gone a full sized replacement will definitely be ordered.

And finally, we come to the most expensive foundation on the list.  I tried this in a sample packet.  Koh Gen Do lets you order the samples in ranges so that you can determine your shade.  I read so many raves about this and saw so many fantastic reviews that I had to try it.  As it is a $77 foundation it is a little pricy so the samples were also a cost effective way to test it.  After all, I didn’t want to pay $77 and be stuck with a product I hated or that was the wrong shade.  And I will also confess that I was secretly hoping I hated it. Yes, I know there are much more expensive foundations out there, but the foundations I usually purchase tend to be in the $35-40 range. I did not want to fall in love with a more expensive foundation. 

But I did. 

The Koh Gen Do Aqua foundation was fantastic. I cannot recommend it highly enough. The only reason that I did not purchase it immediately is because I wanted to clear out some space in my foundation drawer before I did.  It is one of those products where I know once I purchase the bottle I am going to use the bottle until it is gone and simply not reach for other products.  Part of that is the cost. I would not want to purchase it and then let it go to waste.  I also wouldn’t want other products to go to waste while I was using it.  So what I am doing is watching the sales to see when the foundation does go on sale so I can plan when I want to purchase it.  If you are interested I would highly recommend picking up one of their sample packets.  They come in bundles with two packets for each shade in that range (Light, Medium, etc) and there is some overlap.  The shade that worked best for me was the darkest shade of light which is also the lightest shade of medium.  I ordered both packs to make certain (I think the sample packs are $6-8). I got two uses out of each packet.  I kept a little jar with the product so that I could just squeeze the packet into the jar. Because it is a thin enough formula that was the best way not to make a mess (and to not waste product). It also let me be confident in ordering my shade. 

So after a year and a half of testing foundations, these are the products that made the top of the list.  They were worth remembering to me at least.  While I did make some attempt at ranking them, to be fair all of them are ones I would use again, minor annoyances aside.  Anything I wouldn’t use again has long since been escorted out of my dressing table. So even ‘bad’ on this list is still pretty darn good. I know I covered a lot of products her in very little detail, but the links with the products will take you to my full review of each of the products if you want more information.  I figured this was already going to be a long post without adding the nitty gritty details to it, but I also figured a foundations list might be helpful for anyone looking to stock up during all of the lovely sales that are just around the corner.


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The Make Up Bag: September 4th, 2020

The Makeup Bag used August 29 – September 4th,2020

This week I had a very light make up bag.  Don’t get me wrong, I pulled a lot of things that I just didn’t end up using.  The reason I ended up not using them was mostly due to both the foundation product and the eye shadow palette I chose. Before I get into that, I do want to mention the makeup bag itself. As those of you routinely reading this know, I have a subscription to IPSY. With each month a new makeup bag is delivered.

At the moment I am alternating using them and deciding which ones I want to keep and which to give away. The goal is to only keep the ones I like using and get rid of the ones I don’t. Also there is a Kusshi makeup bag I’ve been eyeing for a while as I think it would be perfect for my everyday use and I can’t justify purchasing a makeup bag when I have a drawer crammed full of bags I don’t use.

KUSSHI

So, I am undertaking the methodical clearout before purchase. The bag featured above will be staying. I like the way that it opens wide and because it has no real internal supports I can open it wide. I will be keeping it more for travel than everyday use though. The lack of internal support is great when packing, as is the quilted interior and it is a good bag to keep with the luggage. I need a bag with a little stiffer structure to it for everyday use so items don’t spill out all over my bathroom.

So in the end a good bag I am keeping, but not for everyday use. So on to the products.

The foundation I used was the Hey Honey Trick and Treat CC2 Cream.  While it is an excellent product, it is very light coverage.  It took away my red spots and covered my dark spots.  It made my skin look like skin only better.  I really liked it but because it was so light coverage, I found myself not wanting to reach for the more pigmented lip products I chose for the week. 

The Hey Honey cc Cream and the Cargo Palette

Even though I pulled several new lip products to try out I ended up reaching for my OFRA liquid lip in the shade Passadena which is a nice neutrally pink that goes with pretty much everything and my Perricone, MD No lipstick lipstick which is essentially a lip balm with the barest tint of color.

I did use the Banana Bright Face Primer from OLEHENRCICKSEN this week though and I absolutely loved it. It smelled fantastic and sat well under both my Hey Honey CC Cream and my Volition Sunscreen.

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While it is a brightening primer, it is not a dewy skin sort of primer.  It doesn’t give your skin that dewy/wet look.  It is still a mostly matte primer, it just sort of brightens the darker spots to help even your skin tone out.  Working with the CC cream it was fantastic.  The primer also felt really hydrating on the skin.

Lip swatches, the Ofra is at the top and the Perricone, md is below

It also smells like banana flavored candy.

Which I kinda liked.

The Cargo Cosmetics Nude Beach Eyeshadow Palette I wrote a post on which the link will take you to.  The simple break down is that the shadows are a good quality and easy to work with but the shade range of the palette means that it is really limited.  It would be good for a quick office look when you don’t have much time to get ready in the morning, but it is ultimately kind of boring. If putting it into a makeup bag I would add a couple of extra single shadows to back it up.

My blush, bronzer and highlight all came from the Real Her Ultimate Glow Getter Cheek Trio Palette.  Because it is small and I currently keep it with much smaller palettes I tend to forget about it as it hides in the shadows.  Which is a shame because each time I take it out I realize just how much I really like it.

I enjoy using all three products in the palette.  They work well for me.  As I am currently at my darkest skin tone of the year, the blush is a little on the lighter end of the spectrum for me, but still workable.  The blush I like better when my skin is a little lighter.  What I like about this trio is that I could go as light or as dark as I wanted with the products.  It is easy to apply just a little bit.  Usually I build it up, but this week with the light coverage CC Cream on my skin, light was the way to go, and this Real Her trio delivered. 

I really do need to find a better place to keep it though because I do want to use it more.  It is one of those gems that I tend to forget I own until; I am reminded of and then I really enjoy using and wonder how I could have possibly forgotten.  Although I am starting to see the dim outline of the pan in the bronzer and blush so clearly I don’t forget it that much. 

palette and brow pencil

The reason I remembered that I had the Ultimate Glow Getter Cheek Trio Palette from Real her this week was because I was trying out the real her eyebrow pencil.  It is a very thin pencil and has a spoolie on the other end.  The pencil is a little stiff getting started.  It is not a terribly creamy product which took some getting used to.  However it is a good shade match for me and I really like the precision point. 

Once it got going it was a decent enough eyebrow pencil.  Would I go out and repurchase it?  Probably not.  I will however use it until it is gone.  If nothing else it prompts me to remember the very excellent Cheek trio Palette. So while not my favorite brow product it works well enough and I will keep it around until it is used up.

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One product I won’t be keeping around is the Brown eyeliner by Antonym.  I was very excited as this is a clean brand and I was also happy that Petit Vour includes some makeup products in the box as well as skin care. This however was not for me.  I’m sure it is partially because I am used to using either liquid liners of gel pencils but I did not like using this pencil liner. 

It was hard and it felt like I was jabbing my eyes out.  It took a lot of effort to get the pigment on and I had a really hard time getting a smooth line.  Oddly enough when I tried it on my hand it glided smoothly over the skin and left a deep brown line.  When I went to put it on my eyes, it didn’t. 

The only thing I can think of is that I tilt the pencil more when testing on my hand and use the point more when applying to my eyes. It did apply better when I tilted it a bit and used the side of the pencil, but then the line was too thick.  I have slightly hooded eyes and using the side just put too thick a line for me. I did wear it like that for a day, but the brown faded down fairly quickly and was mostly gone by the time I went to remove my make up at night.  I am very sad as I needed a brown liner and I really wanted to try incorporating more clean beauty products into my dressing table. Unfortunately, this will not be one of them.

This week I used the gifted mascara from Tarte and I loved it just as much as I did the last time I used it.  This and Maneater might be my favorite Tarte Mascaras. It defined my lashes and really treated them well without being overblown on the low makeup looks the other products were creating.

Last but certainly not least are my powders.  I am happy to say that I finally finished my Ciate London Everyday Vacaay Coconut Scented loose translucent powder. T was an excellent powder and I enjoyed using it.  I do have a back up already stashed in my dressing table, but I will not be opening it for a while. 

While I liked it, I am about coconutted out for the time being.  The scent isn’t strong it is just that this was the summer of the coconut scented products and I need a little break.  Next week, I’ll have a different powder. But I am pleased that I used it up.  It always gives me a feeling of accomplishment when I use a product up in it’s entirety.

Its weird but the sight of the empties makes me happy. And sometimes a little sad.  But still like I accomplished something.

I had a sample of the Mac Studio Fix Pressed powder plus foundation in my makeup bag this week. I used it to help darken the slightly too light Hey Honey CC cream.  It worked well as a powder.  I don’t think I would use it as a foundation powder as it seemed more of a pressed powder product.  A really god pressed powder product but still not a foundation powder. 

Perhaps that could be because of the size.  It is after all only about the size of a quarter.  Perhaps with a full size I could better evaluate it.  I will say from the sample I would be willing to give the fill size a try.  It might not work as a foundation but it was a very good pressed powder.  While I will keep it in my dressing table and circle it back through, I am very much looking forward to using a regular sized pressed powder this week instead of the Lilliputian sample.

This week I forgot to add a setting spray to my makeup bag.  I got so used to having the Revolution Spray around that I simply didn’t think to grab one.  However I did have Timeless Skincare send several products to me, one of which was a spray that can be used as a setting spray.  It is more skin care than most setting sprays so I may have to look into a few details, but I think I will be incorporating it in my make up bag for a while.  As it is skin care it should be an interesting addition.

But that is for next week.  This week is complete. 

I pulled more lip products to use, but never got around to using them.  I also pulled a concealer but likewise never touched it.  While I have a couple of foundation products I want to try out I also have the QMS tinted moisturizer to use.  I suspect it will be as low key as the Hey Honey and will lend itself to a no makeup look.  So what I think I am going to do is put a regular foundation into the bag next week and use the QMS the following week.

Mostly because I want to try out an eyeshadow palette that looks to be more on the brighter side and I really want to use some of my newer lip products. I will be packing my makeup bag later this evening so I’ll see then how I feel about the foundation products then.

As my cousin (who adores the QMS tinted moisturizer) is eagerly awaiting my thoughts on it, there is always the possibility of a switch up. So we shall see. For now it is back to work for me.  I’m still trying to play catch up from the giant monkey wrench tossed into my week by the bank kerfuffle so I will be hard at work and eagerly anticipating my Friday afternoon Masking break. Also as there are too many Labor Day sales to actually cover in a regular post I will be posting a Labor Day Sales post later this afternoon covering all the sales you might want to look into this weekend. If you aren’t shopping, no worries just skip it, if you are looking to stock up and trying to find the best price,tune in. So until then my darlings, have a great Friday.

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Hey Honey Trick and Treat CC2 for this week’s foundation product

This week I used the Active Moisturizing Color Correcting Cream with Honey and Propolis Trick and Treat CC² CREAM as my foundation. In general I have good luck with Hey Honey Products.  Their Good Morning Facial Serum is fantastic and I have tried several face masks of theirs that I love.  I can’t say I am a big fan of their Take Away the Drama Peel off mask as it was one of the most painful peel of masks I have ever tried. But it was the only mask I wasn’t terribly fond of that they produce.

Don’t get me wrong, it worked fantastically well. It just made me cry and contemplate life with a copper face mask as part of my new identity. But every time I used it my skin felt fantastic once it was removed.

As a CC cream, this product has relatively light coverage. It is good for a no to low makeup day. It is supposed to more or less be a cross between a moisturizer and a cc cream. And I have to say, they kind of hit it out of the park with this product.  Normally, I am very suspicious of products that try to do too much, but this CC cream gave me good coverage with very little product, it didn’t seep into my fine lines or accentuate any of my blemishes. It felt like a moisturizer going on and stayed in place all day while covering the redness from blemishes. 

Now, I will say it is a very light coverage cream.  If you are used to full coverage foundation, you probably won’t like this.  If you are looking for medium coverage, you might not be a fan either.  This is very light coverage that is very natural looking.  It is your skin, but a little better. I used it both with and without a primer this week and while the primer smoothed out the look of pores, the CC cream still was light coverage that looked really natural. The primer just worked as an assist in the enlarged pore areas.

clean skin on the left, the CC cream on the right, the shade is a little light for me but not too bad.

While I didn’t wear it on my walks this week, I did wear it outside in the garden.  Not only did it work well with my sunscreen, but it stayed in place even when I was doing a little bit of sweating.  I was just taking out some vines that were now spent and needed to go to the compost bin so there was some sweating, but it wasn’t buckets. However, when a drop rolled down the side of my face it did not leave a track behind where it took the CC cream with it. 

start of day

I think that was partially due to the light coverage and partially due to the quasi-moisturizer nature of the product.  Either way, I really liked that aspect.  It also didn’t show any marks from my face mask either when I wore it to the gas station. Normally I just worry about the product settling into fine lines.  With masks on a whole new pattern of wear concern is emerging.

In general I tend to go for medium coverage and that tends to be where the bulk of my products fall.  Occasionally, I will try a full coverage as I do want to have a full coverage foundation I can rely on, but for daily wear I tend to go medium.  Even the BB Cream from Purlisse that I really like is technically medium coverage.  I have nothing that could really be considered light wear that I have tried (although I still have the QMS tinted moisturizer to try that may fall into this category).  For $38 I might actually add a full sized version of this to my list to have a light coverage foundation around. 

end of day

The color is slightly too light on me, but I do still have my summer tan (and probably will through October). I think that instead of using the rest of this tube (it is half full after a week of use) I might put it back in the dressing table and wait a month or so to see if the shade matches me more closely then.  It is only a slight bit too light so I think that will be enough time to tell. And truthfully it is the sort of light that can be adjusted with powder and a little bronzer.  The concern I have with this is that there are only 5 shades.  Because of the lightness of the coverage, I think the shades are capable of covering a wider variety of skin tones.  I just want to make certain that if I do decide this is the light coverage foundation I want, that I get the right shade.

Incidentally if you are wondering about my list, this year I am trying out a bunch of foundations, BB Creams and CC creams to create a list of go to ‘foundation’ products.  While I will keep rotating all of the open products that work decently well on me until they are used up, I am making a list of products to order once they are empty.  Ideally, I would like a full coverage, medium coverage and light coverage, but I suspect I won’t be able to pair it down to just three products. While there have been a couple of bad products and a couple of so so products, I have found quite a few at varying price ranges that have been really good. It will be an interesting end of the year recap for certain. But until then, there are several more foundations to try.


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