Foundation Friday: Juvia’s Place I Am Magic

Claims
–Long lasting
–Designed for ALL skin tones
–Refine texture
–Flawless coverage
–Even out complexion
–Smooth application
–Suitable for all skin types
–Erases blemishes
–Soft matte finish
–Full coverage

Price
–$20 at Ulta and juviasplace.com 
–1.0 oz

Shade Range
–42
–My shade: 740 Marisol

Pros
–Cruelty free
–Shade range
–Affordable
–Lives up to claims
–Worked well with my other complexion products
–Easy to blend with brush or sponge
–Affordable
–Packaging
–Full coverage
–Shade match for me
–Longwearing

Cons
–Online or Ulta stores only
–Shade matching with the descriptions was a little difficult
–Felt a little heavy on the skin, but to a point where I wouldn’t wear it

Final Thoughts
I could not wait to try this foundation. I am all about full coverage so as soon as it was on the Ulta site, I purchased it. I originally purchased 730 Isla, the next to lightest shade because the description sounded like the best match. Wrong. I’m always the lightest shade so I don’t know why I thought this would be different. Of course, I wore it anyway. The first day I wore it mixed with the LA Girl White Mixer. It was a hot mess. The color was off, it was cakey, it broke up, just overall not cute. I went to Ulta and exchanged 730 for 740 and tried again. The second day, I mixed in the elf Hydrating Booster Drops and those few drops made a world of difference. My face looked flawless and filtered. The formula is thick, but it’s easy to blend with a brush or sponge. With my dry skin, I can only wear this if I use the hydrating drops, it does not work for me on its own, and that’s fine. With this foundation, you can tell you’re wearing makeup, but it doesn’t look heavy or sit odd on the skin.

The only other Juvia’s Place product that I’ve tried is this highlighter and I am OBSESSED. It is so pretty and so affordable. I want to try this eye shadow palette and the concealer that was released with this foundation next.

Primer: Urban Decay b6 Spray, Catrice Aqua Fresh + Physicians Formula Rose All Day (mixed), Becca Skin Love Blur
Powders: Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage (nose & chin), Catrice Prime & Fine Waterproof Mattifying Powder, Too Faced Peach Blur
Tools: Sonia Kashuk Sponge
Setting Sprays: Essence Keep It Perfect, LOreal Shake & Glow Dew Mist

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Foundation Friday: Too Faced Peach Perfect Comfort Matte

It’s Foundation Friday on Saturday. I wanted to get this post up on Friday, but time got away from me. Better late than never!

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Claims
–Oil-free
–Transfer-resistant
–Smooth, flawless, and comfortable
–Never cakey or mask-like
–Photo friendly
–Medium-coverage
–Up to 14 hours of wear
–Soft-focus, velvety finish

Price
–$36 at Sephora, toofaced.com

Shade Range
–30
–My shade: Cloud

Pros
–Cruelty free
–Vegan
–Oil-free
–Shade match for me
–Smells good
–Paraben free
–Gluten free
–Packaging, pump!
–Shade range
–Buildable coverage, medium to full

Cons
–Tacky, have to set
–Not good on my dry skin
–Looked cakey
–Too Faced foundations tend to lean yellow/warm
–Didn’t hold up well on me, started to separate

Final Thoughts
This did not look good on my dry skin. It was a cakey mess and I know it wasn’t the powder causing the cake because it doesn’t do that will other matte foundations that I use. If you zoom in on the pictures below, you can see how bad it looks on my skin. I can usually make matte foundations work with proper prep, but not with this one. This product is scented and while it didn’t bother me, keep that in mind if you are sensitive to smells. I got a sample at Sephora to test out and I am so glad I didn’t buy the full size. The coverage is medium, but it builds up to full and it covered all my redness. If you have combo to oily skin, I think you’d like this.

Primers: Ulta Youthful Glow Primer Serum, elf Blur Stick
Tools: Morphe M439, Real Techniques Sponge

Powder: Jeffree Star Magic Powder in Rose

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Foundation Friday: Hard Candy Glamoflauge 16 HR Wear Full Coverage

Claims
–Oil free
–Hydrating, contains Vitamin E
–Won’t settle into lines or wrinkles
–Full coverage
–Super smooth
–Lasts up to 16 hours
–Skin looks naturally flawless without caking, creasing, or fading
–Transfer proof
–Water resistant
–Matte
–Long wearing
–Weightless
–Comfortable

Price
–$6 at Wal Mart, hardcandy.com

Shade Range
–18
–My shade: 1500 Ivory

Pros
–Shade match for me
–Packaging
–Affordable
–Buildable coverage
–Weightless
–Worked with other complexion products
–Looks good on my dry skin
–Not cakey
–Held up all day
–Agree with all the claims

Cons
–Availability–Wal Mart or online only
–Shade range

Final Thoughts
I definitely didn’t think this was going to work on my dry skin because of the matte finish, but I was pleasantly surprised. It’s a great shade match for me, full coverage with 2 layers, and it didn’t cake up when I set it with powder. My skin looked so smooth and poreless. I love this and for $6, you can’t beat it!

Primers: elf Blur Stick, Ulta Youthful Glow Primer Serum
Powder: Jeffree Star Magic Setting Powder in Rose

Tools: Sonia Kashuk Brush and Sponge

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LA Girl HD Pro Concealer

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Claims
–Crease-resistant
–Opaque coverage
–Creamy, lightweight texture
–Longwearing
–Camouflages darkness under the eyes, redness, and skin imperfections

Price
–$4.99 at Ulta
–$5.99 at lagirlusa.com

Shade Range
–30 concealers
–10 correctors
–3 highlighters
–My shade: Fairest

Pros
–Affordable
–Shade range
–Cruelty free
–Full coverage
–Easy to blend
–Worked with my corrector and powder
–Minimal creasing and settling (I have fine lines under my eyes so everything creases and settles a little bit)
–Shade match for me

Cons
–Packaging
–Availability

Final Thoughts
This is has been a hyped up, raved about concealer for years, but I was never able to test it because there wasn’t a shade light enough for me. Fortunately, LA Girl fixed the problem and there is an amazing shade range. The packaging freaking sucks, but I can look past it because this product is so good. I’ve been reaching for it every day, over my Shape Tape and Jeffree Star which I both love. If you haven’t tried this, give it a go, you won’t be disappointed!

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Foundation Friday: Tarte Babassu Foundcealer Skincare Foundation

Claims
–Makeup/skincare hybrid
–Natural radiant finish
–Custom coverage
–No cracking, caking, or settling
–Hydrates and gives the appearance of fuller, healthy-looking skin

Price
–$39 for 1.0 oz
Sephora, Ulta, tartecosmetics.com

Shade Range
–30
–My Shade: 8B Porcelain Beige

Pros
–SPF 20
–Hydrating
–Vegan
–No parabens or sulfates
–Shade match for me
–Radiant finish
–No caking or creasing when set with powder
–Longwearing
–Shade range
–Packaging
–Cruelty free
–Good ingredients i.e. hyaluronic acid
–Buildable coverage
–Weightless

Cons
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
I got a sample of this at Sephora, tested it, loved, and bought the full size. It’s a perfect, more lightweight foundation for the warmer months. I love the buildable coverage, but you’re not going to get full coverage with this one. I’ve been looking for a more medium, lightweight formula to wear this summer. Something with just enough coverage to even out my skin tone without being too heavy because it’s just going to melt off. There’s a shade match for me, it works for my dry skin, and it’s packed full of good ingredients. I can’t ask for much more!

Primer: elf Blur Stick, Smashbox Primerizer
Tools: Morphe M439, NYX Sponge

Powder: Jeffree Star Magic Star in Rose

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Foundation Friday: Flower Beauty Light Illusion

Claims
–Buildable coverage
–Soft luminosity
–Weightless
–Wears endlessly

Price
–$14 at flowerbeauty.com
–$12.98 at Wal Mart
–$13.99 at Ulta

Shade Range
–15
–My shade: L0 Shell

Pros
–SPF
–Long lasting
–Packaging, it’s very heavy & lux feeling and it has a pump
–Cruelty free
–Weightless
–Buildable, medium to full coverage
–Lives up to all of its claims
–Worked with other complexion products
–Luminous, but not overly dewy, finish

Cons
–Shade range
–Not all shades at all retailers

Final Thoughts
I feel like the shades all lean very warm and yellow, but L0 did work for me. The coverage is buildable and builds to full which I prefer. The finish gives a healthy glow which I prefer to a very wet, dewy look. The shade range was recently expanded, but it still needs improving. The first day I tested this, I used a moisturizing, luminous primer and it was a fail. I don’t have oily skin, but I got very oily/dewy and had to use a blotting sheet. Once I used the blotting sheet, everything was fine, but it’s been a LONG time since I’ve had to blot. The second day, I used a more mattifying primer and it held up and looked much better. I do like this, I just had to figure out the best way to use it for my skin.

Primer: elf Blur Stick
Tools: Morphe M439, Wet n Wild Sponge

Powder: Jeffree Star Magic Star Powder in Rose

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Jeffree Star Magic Star Setting Powder

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Claims
–Ultra-fine
–Infused with Vitamin C & E
–Weightless
–Soft-focus finish
–Silica blend to help control oil
–Airbrushed, blurred effect
–Soft velvet matte, perfected skin effect
–No caking or creasing
–Soft-focus finish

Price
–$22
jeffreestarcosmetics.com, morphebrushes.com, beautylish.com

Shade Range
–8
–My shades: Translucent (under eye) and Rose (all over set)

Pros
–Cruelty free
–Vegan
–Finely milled
–Works on my dry skin
–Doesn’t cake
–Skin looks blurred and flawless
–Packaing

Cons
–Scent
–Online only or Morphe stores
–Contains talc (con for some, doesn’t bother me)

Final Thoughts
I FREAKING love this powder. I didn’t think any powder could live up to my beloved Fenty, but this one definitely does. It lives up to all of its claims and I can’t get over how flawless my skin looked. It worked on my dry skin and didn’t cake up or accentuate dryness. I really don’t like the scent, but it doesn’t linger and the product is so bomb that I can overlook that. I can’t say enough good things about this product. I tried with different foundations and powders and it worked with all of them. I highly recommend it!

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