Foundation Friday: Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation Fluid

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Claims
–Hydrate & smooth
–Medium-to-full coverage skin care foundation
–Vibrant, glowing skin
–Lightweight
–Radiant finish

Price
–$45 for 1 oz
Sephora, Dermstore, josiemaran.com

Shade Range
–14
–My shade: Dynamic RG5

Pros
–Shades by undertone
–Packaging, pump!
–No parabens, phthalates, sulfates, or mineral oil
–Cruelty free
–Shade match
–Buildable coverage
–Easy to blend
–Lightweight
–Longwearing
–Looked good on my dry skin

Cons
–Sephora exclusive
–Shade range
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
I thought this was going to be super dewy and I was thinking I wasn’t going to like it. I have dry skin, but I don’t love the super radiant, dewy, “wet” look. I got medium coverage with one layer and full coverage with two. The shade and undertone match is PERFECT for me. The $45 price tag is STEEP, but I LOVE this foundation and would pay full price. I’ve tried lots of foundations so far this year and so far this is my favorite. I’m debating purchasing it during the upcoming VIB Sale. I don’t need another foundation right now, but I hate to miss getting a good deal on it!

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Rimmel Stay Matte Concealer

Claims
–Creamy
–Long-wearing
–Humidity-proof
–Feels comfortable all day
–Hide imperfections and dark circles
–Sweat-proof
–Heat-proof
–24 hour shine control
–Skin looks less fatigued

Price
–$4.97 at Wal Mart
–$5.49 at Walgreens

Shade Range
–20
–My shade: Porcelain

Pros
–Affordable
–Easy to blend
–Worked with powder & corrector
–Minimal creasing
–Full coverage
–Easily accessible

Cons
–Not cruelty free
–Shades lean yellow
–Applicator is small, had to dip in several times

Final Thoughts
This concealer is really affordable and has really good coverage. I didn’t love that I had to keep dipping back in to get more product and I don’t go crazy with concealer like some people do. The shade is more of a perfect match, rather than a lighter shade for brightening and I have the lightest shade. I used a little bit of the white Colour Pop concealer to give a more brightening effect. There was minimal creasing and settling. This isn’t anything to rave about, but it’s not bad either. Just meh!

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Foundation Friday: Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid

 

images are from Google and not my own

Claims
–Deliver instant full coverage with half a pump
–No primer needed
–Highly-concentrated
–Smooth & flawless complexion
–Waterproof, transfer proof, and sweat-proof
–Soft-focus finish

Price
–$56 for 0.84 oz
Sephora, Nordstrom, hourglasscosmetics.com

Shade Range
–28
–My shade: Blanc

Pros
–Paraben free
–Vegan
–Buildable coverage
–Finish, soft-focus like it claims
–Cruelty free
–Shade match for me
–Long lasting

Cons
–Clung to dry patches
–Expensive AF
–Less than standard 1.0 oz

Final Thoughts
I got a sample of this from Sephora so I could test it before committing to a damn near $60 foundation. Therefore, I can’t speak to the “only need half a pump” claim because I just got a sample in a little plastic thing. It says you don’t need primer, but I always prime. I have to. I didn’t get instant full coverage. I did one layer and you could still see my redness. Two layers have full coverage. It clung to dry patches and just sit well on my chin and around my nose where my dryness is the worst. In the other areas where the rough, dry spots aren’t an issue, it looked flawless. I’m secretly glad I didn’t love it because $56 for a foundation is not for the faint of heart aka ME.

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Before & After
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AM & PM :: You can really see how my dryness is emphasized in the PM photo, especially on my chin and around my nose.

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Huda Beauty The Overachiever High Coverage Concealer

images are from Google and not my own

Claims
–Disguise the appearance of dark circles, redness, hyperpigmentation, age spots, and discoloration
–Luminous-matte finish
–Water-resistant
–Transfer-free
–Long-wearing

Price
–$30 for 0.34 oz at Sephora

Shade Range
–20
–My shade: Whipped Cream

Pros
–Shade match for me
–Cooling tip
–Cruelty free
–Full coverage
–Easy to blend
–Minimal creasing (all concealers crease/settle into my pesky little fine lines, it is what it is)
–Worked will with my under eye powder and corrector
–Little product goes a long way

Cons
–Sephora exclusive and not available at all Sephora locations

Final Thoughts
I got a sample of this to test and I freaking LOVE it. I would/will probably buy the full size at some point. It’s super full coverage and dark circles disappear in a flash. It’s pricey, but it will last a long time because you only need the tiniest amount. The shade range isn’t massive in number, just 20, but I do think the colors and tones are good and that most everyone could find a shade that would work for them.

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Foundation Friday: Tarte Face Tape

Claims
–Longwearing
–Full coverage
–Transfer proof
–Sweat proof
–Hypoallergenic
–Mattifies, hydrates, and brightens
–Waterproof

Price
–$39 at Ulta, tartecosmetics.com, qvc.com
–1.01 oz

Shade Range
–50 shades
–5 undertones
–My shade: 8B Porcelain Beige

Pros
–Vegan
–Cruelty free
–Shade range
–Full coverage
–Buildable
–Worked on my dry skin
–Packaging :: pump!
–Shade match for me
–Hyaluronic acid
–Longwearing
–Worked well with my other complexion products

Cons
–Expensive
–Accessibility/availability :: Ulta exclusive or online

Final Thoughts
This foundation is everything the first Shape Tape Foundation release should have been. I thought this was going to be a cakey mess because of the matte finish, but with proper skin prep, it definitely worked on my dry skin and I loved how it looked. I got full coverage with 2 layers and it built up nicely. The shade match was perfect and this lasted all day. I initially used this with an It Cosmetisc brush, but it was super streaky so I used my sponge to blend it out. I went back to using my normal foundation brush, the Morphe M439, and I didn’t have that problem/ I love and recommend!

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AM & PM

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Milani Conceal + Perfect Longwear Concealer

Claims
–Creamy
–Full coverage
–Conceal under eye circles, blemishes, and skin discoloration
–Water resistant
–Lasts up to 12 hours

Price
–$8.99 at milanicosmetics.com

Shade Range
–18
–My shade: 01 Pure Ivory

Pros
–Affordable
–Cruelty free
–Minimal creasing
–Shade match for me
–Didn’t settle into fine lines

Cons
–Shades lean yellow
–Hard to access (I ordered online and I haven’t seen it in any stores)

Final Thoughts 
The lightest shade matched better than I thought it was going to, but it’s a bit too yellow for my skin tone. I used a bit of the white Colour Pop Concealer (Fair 00) to help brighten and cut the yellow. The shade is an exact match and I like a brighter under eye. I’ve heard mix reviews on this, but I like it. It’s full coverage, minimal creasing, and worked with my corrector and powder.

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Foundation Friday: It Cosmetics Confidence In A Foundation

Claims
–Oil free
–Velvet matte finish
–24 hours of coverage and hydration
–Full coverage
–Humidity proof
–Weightless on the skin
–Perfect for all skin types
–Flawless finish

Price
–$32 for 1.0 oz
Ulta, Sephora, itcosmetics.com

Shade Range
–48
–My Shade: 100 Light Ivory

Pros
–Skin loving ingredients i.e. hyaluronic acid, ceramides, collagen
–Shade range
–Shade match for me
–Packaging :: pump!
–Cruelty free
–Not a flat matte finish
–Didn’t cake or cling to dry patches
–Long lasting
–Weightless on the skin
–Lives up its claims

Cons
–Expensive

Thoughts
I love this foundation! Thank Heavens there is finally an It Cosmetics complexion product that works for me. The CC Cream and their powder foundations are too dark for me. I got full coverage with one layer, but I added a little extra to my chin because my foundation tends to rub off there. My only concern with this foundation was the matte finish, but it’s not a flat matte and it works on my dry skin. It got a little cakey between my brows, but everything cakes there. It lives up to all of its claims and love all of the skin loving ingredients.

Primers: Too Faced Hangover Rx, elf Blur Stick
Powder: Milani Prep+Set+Glow
Tools: It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Bye Bye Foundation No. 22 & Wet n Wild Sponge

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