Foundation Friday: Physicians Formula The Healthy

Claims
–Longwearing
–Buildable
–Lightweight
–Breathable
–Healthy, satin finish
–Medium coverage
–Hyaluronic acid and Vitamins A, C, & E

Price
–$15.99 at Ulta
–$15.99 at Target
–$10.77 at Wal Mart
–$15.99 at Walgreens
–$15.99 at physiciansformula.com

Shade Range
–24
–My shade: FC1 (Fair Cool 1)

Pros
–SPF 20
–Availability
–Good ingredients
–Vegan
–Fragrance free
–Buildable coverage
–Undetectable on the skin
–Hypoallergenic
–Paraben free
–Gluten free
–Cruelty free
–Non-comedogenic
–Shade match for me
–Lasted all day

Cons
–Expensive for the drugstore
–Shade range
–Packaging, I had to dip in several times

Final Thoughts
If you like full coverage, you need to pass on this one. One layer is light coverage and you can build up to medium coverage with 2 layers. It builds nicely and doesn’t cake up. You don’t get a lot of product on the wand and I had to dip in several times. I used a green corrector on a few red spots, but nonetheless, it still covered all of my redness. I stippled it on with the Sonia Kashuk foundation brush and then went over it with a sponge to smooth out the finish. It worked well with my other complexion products and didn’t cake when set with powder. I like this and approve it, but it is expensive for the drugstore. There are cheaper drugstore foundations that work just as well. However, if you prefer light to medium coverage, I think this one is worth trying.

Primers: Urban Decay b6, CYO Illuminating Cream + Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic HydratingΒ  (I do a pump of each, mix with my fingers, and apply), Revlon Pore Reducing
Powder: LOreal Hydra Perfecte
Tools: Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Foundation Brush, Sonia Kashuk Sponge

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approved

Foundation Friday: Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless

Claims
–Natural skin fit
–Best suited for normal to oily skin
–Pore minimizing
–Blurring micro-powders erase pore
–Naturally matte & poreless looking finish

Price
–$7.99 at Ulta & Walgreens
–$5.94 at Wal Mart
–$5.99 at Target

Shade Range
–38
–My shade: 102 Fair Porcelain

Pros
–Affordable
–Shade range
–Dermatologist and allergy tested
–Shade match for me
–Easy to blend
–Buildable coverage
–Didn’t cake when set with powder
–Easily accessible
–Oil free
–Not too matte, works for my dry skin

Cons
–Not cruelty free

Final Thoughts
This used to be my tried and true favorite foundation, but I haven’t had it in my collection or used it in a long time so I wanted to try it again. I had oily skin when I last used so I was curious to see if it would still work for me now that my skin is dry, The Dewy & Smooth was a HOT MESS and I was hesitant that this would be but it wasn’t. I love the formula, coverage, price, staying power, and you sure can’t beat the price. Even if you have dry skin, I still think is worth trying. It’s one I plan to keep in my collection.

Primers: Urban Decay b6 Primer Spray, Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Hydrating Primer, Revlon Pore Reducing, CYO Illuminating Cream
Powder: Coty Airspun
Setting Spray: Jane Iredale Hydration Spray

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approved

 

Foundation Friday: Sephora Collection 10 HR Wear Perfection

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Image is from Google

Claims
–Oil free
–Weightless
–Buildable coverage
–Blurs imperfections and conceals blemishes
–Smooth and natural finish
–Lasts up to 10 hours
–Medium coverage

Price
–$20
Sephora

Shade Range
–60
–My shade: 03 Pearl

Pros
–Affordable
–Shade range
–Oil free
–Shade match for me
–Packaging, pump!
–Ingredients :: Vitamin E and hyaluronic acid
–No mineral oil, parabens, fragrance
–Buildable coverage
–Didn’t cake with powder
–Long lasting

Cons
–Cruelty free status is unclear
— Not enough coverage to conceal blemishes

Final Thoughts
This foundation is not full coverage, nor does it claim to be, but medium is all you’re going to get with this is light to medium. It claims to concealer and cover blemishes, but there’s not enough coverage for that. I went in with Tarte Shape Tape to spot conceal. It didn’t cake when set with powder which is a major plus. The shade I got to test was too light, which never happens, but I made it work with bronzer. The cruelty free status is questionable. Some sites say it is cruelty free, but the Sephora Collection is sold in markets where animal testing is required. If you only purchase cruelty free makeup, I’d just skip this one. This is just a MEH for me. I need full coverage or high medium at the lowest. The formula is good, just not a foundation I would buy in the full size.

Primers: Urban Decay b6 Spray, Revlon Pore Reducing, CYO Illuminating Cream, Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic
Powder: Coty Airspun
Setting Sprays: Jane Iredale Hydration Spray, Tarte Shape Tape Stay Spray
Tools: Pretty Fresh Sponge

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Foundation Friday: Juvia’s Place Shade Stick

Claims
–Full coverage
–Creamy
–Long lasting
–Weightless
–Glides on seamlessly
–Covers imperfection
–Provide radiance to the skin

Price
–$16
Ulta, juviasplace.com

Shade Range
–30
–My shade: Aberdeen

Pros
–Shade range
–Shade match for me
–Paraben, sulfate, phthalate free
–Full coverage with 1 layer
–Affordable
–Easy to blend with brush or sponge
–Weightless on the skin
–Didn’t cake when set with powder
–Lasts all day
–Lives up to all claims

Cons
–Ulta or online only

Final Thoughts
I loved the liquid I Am Magic foundation from Juvia’s Place and I had high hopes for this formula. I like stick foundations because they provide full coverage in a flash. They’re perfect for mornings when you’re running short on time. Swipe, blend, powder, and go. This one is very easy to blend with a brush or sponge. It’s creamy, but not too emollient. It sets nicely with powder and lasts all day. I highly recommend this and I’m glad to have it in my foundation line up.

Primers: Urban Decay b6 Spray, CYO Illuminating Mixing Cream, Revlon Pore Minimizing
Powder: Coty Airspun
Tool: Morphe Sponge

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approved

Foundation Friday: PUR 4-in-1 Love Your Selfie

Claims
–Skincare infused
–Medium-to-full coverage
–Natural, skin-like finish
–Longwear
–Foundation and concealer that conceals blemishes, dark spots, and imperfections with doe foot or flawless, allover coverage with the pump

Price
–$36 for 1.0 oz
Kohl’s, Ulta, purcosmetics.com

Shade Range
–100
–My shade: LP1

Pros
–Shade range
–Vegan
–Cruelty free
–Gluten free
–Paraben, phthalate, and sulfate free
–Full coverage
–Coverage builds nicely
–Long lasting
–Shade match for me
–Lightweight/undetectable on the skin
–Packaging :: pump or doe foot
–Easy to blend

Cons
–Not all shades available at all stores
–Shade range can be a bit overwhelming

Final Thoughts
I got this half off at Kohl’s during a beauty sale so I got a deal. I FREAKING love this foundation and it’s one of the best foundations that I’ve tried this year. It claims to be medium-to-full coverage, but I think it’s full right off the bat which is fine with me. I got full coverage with one layer, but I added a little more to my chin and cheeks where I have redness. It built up nicely and is super easy to blend. It didn’t cake up when I set with powder and the finish doesn’t accentuate my dry skin. I got the lightest shade Kohl’s offered and it’s just a bit dark so I add a little white mixer to make it work. With 100 shades, surely there is a shade for everyone, but it’s a bit overwhelming and could be difficult to find your exact match.

Primers: Urban Decay b6 Spray, CYO Illuminating Mixing Cream, Revlon Pore Reducing
Powder: Coty Airspun
Setting Spray: Jane Iredale Hydration Spray
Tools: Morphe Sponge, Powder Puff

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approved

Foundation Friday: Kat Von D True Portrait

 

Images are from Google

Claims
–Lightweight
–Medium coverage
–Liquid-to-powder formula
–Matte finish
–Longwear
–Won’t clog pores
–Ideal for normal to oily skin

Price
–$36 for 1.0 oz
Sephora, katvondbeauty.com

Shade Range
–40
–My shade: Light 002

Pros
–Vegan
–Cruelty free
–Interesting/innovative formula and packaging
–Shade range
–Buildable coverage
–Lasted all day
–Lives up to all claims

Cons
–Expensive
–Availability :: Sephora or online only

Final Thoughts
I’ve never seen a foundation like this so props for originality. The tube is very slim and chic and you have to shake it A LOT before using it. I got a sample from Sephora to test, but I played with it in the store. It’s recommended for normal to oily skin, I have dry skin, but I can usually make more matte products work with proper prep and a good base. Kat Von D is a controversial person, but I’m only here for the makeup, not the drama and what not. She always does a great job with the shade range of her products and doesn’t leave us pale girls out to dry. The lightest shade was too light for me, which never happens, but I made it work. This is definitely medium coverage, it does build nicely, but you’re not going to get full coverage with this one. I added in some Tarte Shape Tape to cover my blemishes and make the color work a little better. It recommended using with a brush so I did one layer with a brush and then built it up with a sponge. It didn’t cake when set with powder except above my lip, but that’s nothing new. I used a glowy base and that helped it not look so matte and dry on my skin. It lasted all day too. I like this, but I prefer a fuller coverage so I won’t be purchasing the full size. If you like light-to-medium coverage, give this one a shot.

Primers: Urban Decay b6 Spray, CYO Illuminating Cream, Revlon Pore Minimizing
Powders: Maybelline Fit Me Loose in Fair
Tools: Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Foundation, Morphe Sponge
Setting Spray: Jane Iredale Hydration Spray

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approved

 

Dupe or Duped? Lavender Setting Powders

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Fenty Pro Filt’R Insant Retouch Setting Powder
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Makeup Revoltuion Conceal & Fix Setting Powder


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FENTY PRO FILT’R INSTANT RETOUCH SETTING POWDER

Claims–Superfine, weightless, filtered, photo-ready look :: reduce shine :: blur the look of pores and fine lines :: set, perfect, and brighten without caking or settling :: hypder smooth filter that won’t flash back

Price–$32 at Sephora, fentybeauty.com for 0.98 oz

Shade Range–8
My Shade–Lavender

Pros–Cruelty free :: finely milled :: smooths and blurs :: under eye area looks PERFECT :: doesn’t cake or settle :: lavender is the perfect brightening shade for my my fair skin :: mess free packaging with cap :: shade range

Cons–Expensive :: Sephora exclusive

Final Thoughts–This the under eye powder that I measure all other powders against. There is nothing I don’t like about this product, except the price. It’s expensive, but I am more than willing to pay the full price because it’s THAT good. My under eye area looks FLAWLESS no matter what concealer I use. This is the perfect tone for my fair skin and I can’t say enough good things about it. I take the sifters out of my loose powders because I like to be able to dunk my sponge in. Even though the sifter is out, it still doesn’t make a mess and I’ve traveled it like this as well.


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MAKEUP REVOLUTION CONCEAL & FIX SETTING POWDER

Claims–Ultra finely milled :: melts into the skin to set makeup in place :: water resistant :: flashback free :: talc free :: serious staying power

Price–$11 at Ulta, revolutionbeauty.com for 0.45 oz

Shade Range–10
My Shade–Light Lavender

Pros–Talc free :: affordable :: vegan :: cruelty free :: brightens :: shade range :: unique packaging

Cons–Availability (Ulta online only for this shade) :: Packaging is a little bulky and messy if you take the sifter out

Final Thoughts–I was so STOKED when I saw this on Ulta’s website because I just knew it was going to replace my beloved Fenty powder. Wrong. The packaging is unique in the fact that you can use it like a compact or a loose powder, but it’s a little bulky. As I mentioned above, I take the sifter out of every loose powder and I shouldn’t have done that to this one. It makes SUCH a mess and powder falls out every time you pick it up and move it. It feels a little heavy on the skin, the shade is more white than lavender, and it doesn’t give the same blurring effect. The Fenty powder has a very smooth texture and though this one is formulated without talc, it has a very heavy, talc feel. Mine made such a mess that I ended up tossing it.


So, dupe or duped?!

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Images are from Google. I wanted y’all to see what they look like with the sifters in place.

duped

These are not dupes formula wise, but the MUR is not a bad option if you don’t want to pay $32 for setting powder. I totally get it.

P.S. Fenty has smaller sizes of some shades for $18 so you could grab the smaller size to test!