Foundation Friday: Anastasia Beverly Hill Luminous

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Claims
–Water-resistant
–Natural finish
–Longwearing
–Medium coverage
–Blur imperfections without caking
–Easy to blend
–No flashback
–Won’t oxidize

Price
–$38 for 1.0 oz
Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom, anastasiabeverlyhills.com

Shade Range
–50
–My shade: 100N
–4 shade categories, 3 undertones

Pros
–Vegan
–Cruelty free
–Shade range
–Paraben and mineral oil free
–Packaging, pump!
–Easy to blend
–Buildable coverage
–Didn’t cake when set with powder
–Lasted all day

Cons
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
I got a sample of this at Sephora and my Sephora inside JC Penney didn’t have the best shade range. I went with 100N as that was the closest match, but I think 110C would be a better match. Regardless of shade, I wanted to test the formula. ABH’s previous foundation, the foundation stick, was a major flop for me so I had high hopes this one would work better. It was very easy to blend out and the coverage built up nicely. I set it to prevent transfer and it didn’t cake up or look too matte. I really love this foundation and would definitely buy the full size.

Primers: Urban Decay b6 Spray, CYO Illuminating Cream, Revlon Pore Minimizing
Powders: Maybelline Fit Me Loose in Fair
Tools: Elcie Sponge, Wet n Wild Sponge
Setting Spray: MAC Fix+

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J Cat Beauty Staysurance Water-Sealed Zero Smudge Concealer

 

Claims
–Medium to full coverage
–Won’t creak or cake
–Hydrated, flawless look
–Lightweight
–Combats dark circles, redness, and imperfections
–Waterproof

Price
–$7.99 at Ulta, jcatbeauty.com
–0.83 oz

Shade Range
–16
–My shade: Shell

Pros
–Affordable
–Fair skin shades!
–Cruelty free
–Easy to blend
–Wand holds enough product for both under eyes, don’t have to keep dipping in
–Covered blemishes and dark circles well
–Lightweight

Cons
–Online only
–Shade range :: need more medium & deep shades

Final Thoughts
It’s very rare that a brand has awesome fair/pale shades, but lacks medium and deep shades. Props to J Cat for thinking of us pale people, but the shade range REALLy needs some work. I hate this online only because this is a really good and affordable concealer. It worked under my eyes and on a pesky blemish.

Corrector: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Brightener
Powder: Fenty Pro Filt’r in Lavender
Tool: Wet n Wild Sponge

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Foundation Friday: Smashbox Studio Skin Full Coverage 24 Hour

 

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Claims
–Weightless
–24 hour wear
–Full coverage
–Oil and shine control
–Waterproof
–Sweat resistant
–Won’t look cakey or cause blemishes
–Matte finish

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

Shade Range
–40
–My shade: 0.1

Pros
–Cruelty free
–Shade range
–Packaging
–Ingredients :: Vitamin E, hyaluronic acid
–No parabens, phthalates, or sulfates
–Shade match for me

Cons
–Expensive
–Availability :: online or Sephora only

Final Thoughts
I’m always here for the full coverage foundations so I nabbed a sample from Sephora to try out. I’ve only tried one other foundation from Smashbox and I wasn’t a fan so I wasn’t very hopeful with this one. When I read the claims, I figured this wouldn’t work for me, but I wanted to test it anyway. Sadly, I was right this was a total bust. I tried it a few times and took pics from 2 days of my trial. It caked up, separated, and wore off in some spots. It wasn’t very easy to blend and just looked a hot mess on my dry skin. It settled into my smile lines pretty bad too. My upper lip is a problem area for me and Y’ALL it was looking ROUGH. Adding in the elf Hydrating Booster drops definitely helped, but it still wasn’t a good look. I have some matte foundations that work on my dry skin with proper prep, but this one isn’t it. I also don’t know how well it would last on oily skin since it broke up and separate on my dry skin, I would think it would be even worse if you were oily.

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Primers Day 1: Physicians Formula Rose All Day Serum, elf Blur Stick
Primers Day 2: CYO Illuminating Cream, elf Blur Stick

**Day 2 I mixed in the elf Hydrating Booster Drops

Powder Day 1: Catrice Prime & Fine Waterproof Mattifying
Powders Day 2: Revolution Pro Hydra Matte, Laura Geller Baked Balance-N-Glow Illuminating Foundation

Setting Spray: MAC Fix+ (used both days)

Tool: Elcie Sponge (used both days)

Day 1 photos are on the left, Day 2 on the right

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Foundation Friday: Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth

Claims
–Moisturizing
–Flawlessly smooth, hydrated, and more even skin tone
–Smoothes skin’s texture
–Naturally luminous and radiant finish
–Ideal for normal to dry skin

Price
–$7.99 at Ulta & Walgreens
–$5.34 at Wal Mart
–$5.99 at Target

Shade Range
–24
–My shade: 102 Fair Porcelain

Pros
–Affordable
–Easily accessible
–Fragrance free
–Non-comedogenic
–SPF
–Dermatologist and allergy tested
–Shade match for me

Cons
–Not cruelty free
–Shade range
–Broke up when set with powder
–Not long lasting

Final Thoughts
This claims to have a “naturally luminous and radiant finish” and it dang sure does. This is HELLA dewy. You can get high medium coverage, but you’re not going to get full coverage with this one. I always set with powder and this foundation broke up and looked a mess when set. I did 2 layers and you could still my redness peaking through. It wore off on my chin, nose, and cheeks. This is cheap, but not worth it.

Primers: Physicians Formula Rose All Day Serum, Catrice 1 Minute Face Perfector
Powders: Catrice Prime & Fine Waterproof Mattifying Powder, Maybelline Fit Me Loose
Tools: elf Sponge, Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Foundation Brush

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NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

Claims
–Hydrates, firms, helps skin to retain moisture
–Lasts up to 16 hours
–Creamy, medium-to-full buildable coverage
–Natural, radiant finish
–Ideal for all skin types
–Masks imperfections
–Blurs the look of fine lines and wrinkles
–Hide dark circles

Price
–Full size :: $30 for 0.22 oz
–Mini size :: $13 for 0.05
Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom, narscosmetics.com

Shade Range
–30
–My shade: Chantilly

Pros
–No sulfates, parabéns, phthalates
–Shade match for me
–Mini size for travel and/or testing
–Easy to blend
–Buildable
–Under eye area looked blurred and smooth

Cons
–Expensive
–Not cruelty free
–Wish there was a lighter shade to give a more brightening effect

Final Thoughts
I’ve been wanting to try this concealer forever, but they didn’t a mini size that matched me and I didn’t want to jump right in and get the full size. NARS recently expanded their shade range and you can now get all the shades in the mini. YAY NARS!! The mini size is perfect for travel/testing and it takes forever to go through an entire concealer. Chantilly matches, but I usually go a shade lighter because I prefer a brighter under eye so I mixed in a little Jeffree Star Concealer in C1. I get why this is such a raved about product. My under eye area looked blurred, flawless, and smooth. I do have to add in a lighter concealer to get the desired effect, but I don’t mind doing that.

Corrector: Maybelline Age Rewind in Brightener
Powder: Jeffree Star Magic Setting Powder in Translucent
Tool: elf Total Face Sponge

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Foundation Friday: Makeup Revolution Conceal & Hydrate

Claims
–All day radiance and glow
–Won’t settle into fine lines or cling to dryness
–Particularly beneficial for dry skin
–Medium to full coverage

Price
–$12 for 0.7 oz
Ulta, revolutionbeauty.com

Shade Range
–16 at Ulta
–50 at revolutionbeauty.com
–My shade: F0.5

Pros
–Affordable
–Hyalouronic acid
–Packaging, pump!
–Cruelty free
–Shade match for me
–Easy to blend
–Lightweight on the skin
–Medium to full, buildable coverage

Cons
–Availability :: Ulta or online, not all shades available at Ulta
–Less than standard 1.0 oz
–Couldn’t find a primer/powder combo that worked on my dry skin. Looked dry, cakey, and clingy

Final Thoughts
I usually test foundation using a primer and powder that I love and that I know works with my other foundations. I can also tell pretty quickly if I like or don’t like a foundation. I tried several different combinations over a few days trying to get this one to work because I was so excited about this release. I love the original formula and knew this one would work even better for my dry skin. At the bottom of this post, I’ve included the different combinations I tried and some notes. I love the packaging update with the addition of the pump. F0.5 is my perfect shade in MUR products, but Ulta didn’t have it available in this product so I went with F0.2 which is the next closest thing. It definitely worked, but definitely leans a little more yellow. I’m super bummed this didn’t work for me, but I’ll be sticking with the original formula.

Primers:  Urban Decay b6 Primer Spray
Powder: Maybelline Fit Me Loose Setting Powder with damp sponge
Tool: Elcie Sponge

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DAY 1
Primers: First Aid Beauty Coconut Smoothie, Urban Decay b6 Spray, Revlon Pore Reducing
Tool: Elcie Sponge
Powder: Catrice Prime & Fine Waterproof Mattifying Powder with Equate Brush
–Skin looked cakey and dry, Nose was a hot mess. Overall, it just looked awful and I could not get home to remove it fast enough.

DAY 2
Primers: First Aid Beauty Coconut Smoothie, Urban Decay b6 Spray, Revlon Pore Reducing
Tool: Elcie Sponge
Powder: Revolution PRO Hydra Matte with Equate Brush
–I tried the Paint Pot trick (Nikkia Joy) on my nose and upper lip, hooping it would help the foundation stick and not break up. NOPE. Overall, it was improvement from Day 1, but still not good. Nose, chin, & upper lip were all a clingy cakey mess.

DAY 3
Primers: Urban Decay b6
Tool: Elcie Sponge
Powder: Maybelline Fit Me Loose Powder in Fair with damp Wet n Wild Sponge
–I still didn’t love how it looked, but it was the best combo thus far. My nose still looked rough and it wore off on my chin. It was the first day that upper lip didn’t look like a cakey clingy mess.

DAY 4
–I mixed the Conceal & Hydrate with the Conceal & Define
Primers: irst Aid Beauty Coconut Smoothie, Urban Decay b6 Spray, Revlon Pore Reducing
Tool: Elcie Sponge
Powder: Catrice Prime & Fine Waterproof Mattifying Powder with Equate Brush
–Looked dry, cakey, and clingy around my nose. Upper lip looked better, but not the best. Best combo of them all, but still not good.

After this, I just gave up and label it a no.

Juvia’s Place I Am Magic Concealer

 

Claims
–Full coverage
–Blendable
–Evens and blurs out skin imperfections
–No heavy feel, weightless, coverage
–Formulated for all skin types and tones

Price
–$14
Ulta, juviasplace.com

Shade Range
–24
–My shade: J24

Pros
–Affordable
–Large doe foot applicator
–Simple, sleek packaging
–Shade range
–Shade match for me
–Cruelty free
–Easy to blend
–Full coverage
–Under eye area looked blurred and smooth
–Lives up all claims

Cons
–Availability :: Ulta or online only

Final Thoughts
I loved the foundation and was hoping the concealer would be just as good and it is! The shade range is impressive and there is a shade light enough for me as a skin tone match and to use as a brightening shade. I prefer a brighter under eye so I went with J24. If I wanted to use this for spot concealing, I would go up a shade. Like the foundation, it gives a blurred, smoothed finished. It was very easy to blend and sets so nicely with powder. You can’t beat the coverage or the price. This is definitely worth checking out and a product I am glad to have in my collection.

Corrector: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Brightener
Powder: Fenty Pro Filt’r in Lavender

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