Foundation Friday: Ulta Moisturizing Foundation Stick

Claims
–Blurring effect
–Smooth & silky texture
–Medium coverage
–Natural finish
–Applies & blends seamlessly

Price
–$14 at Ulta for 0.3 oz

Shade Range
–16
–My shade: Very fair with cool undertones

Pros
–Shade match for me
–Blends out easily
–(my) Skin friendly ingredients: hyaluronic acid, Vitamins C & E, titanium dioxide
–No parabens
–Oil free
–Convenient and quick
–Buildable coverage: medium to full
–Weightless on the skin
–Sets nicely with powder on my dry skin i.e. no cake face!
–Lasted all day

Cons
–Expensive for a small amount
–Shade range

Final Thoughts
I FREAKING LOVE THIS PRODUCT. It looks good on my dry skin and gives me full coverage in a flash. It is so quick and easy. You will want to set this because it does feel tacky and doesn’t dry down. I have several foundations so I don’t use this every day, but if I did, I think I would run out quickly. The only things I don’t like are the price and the amount. The shade I got is a perfect shade match for me and y’all know that is RARE. If you have oily skin, this will be way too emollient for you, but if you have dry skin, you’ll love it. I also love to use this to spot conceal when I don’t want to wear makeup, but need a little coverage in certain areas.

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Foundation Friday: Makeup Revolution Conceal + Define Full Coverage

Claims
–Lightweight, buildable coverage
–Suits every skin type and tone
–Long lasting
–Demi-matte finish
–Won’t settle into fine lines or cling to dry patches

Price
–$12
–Ulta, ulta.com, revloutionbeauty.com

Shade Range
–24
–My shade: F0.5

Pros
–Affordable
–Oil free
–Cruelty free
–Vegan
–Paraben free
–Shade match for me
–Full coverage with 1 layer
–Applicator
–Glass bottle, solid packaging
–Weightless
–Didn’t cake when I set with powder
–Blends easily

Cons
–Ulta exclusive
–Select shades, including mine, are online only
–Had to dip in several times throughout application

Final Thoughts
Full coverage in a flash is the first thought that comes to mind with this product. One layer is full coverage, but I did 2 on my chin because I always need extra coverage there. I was hesitant to try this because I was scared it would be too matte for my dry skin, but the finish is perfect and worked well on my dry skin. I used a brush and a sponge and it blended easily with both. I love this and have reached for it daily since I bought it.

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Primers: Becca First Light, Catrice Smooth & Refine
Powder: Maybelline Fit Me Loose in Fair
Tools: Japonesque Brush, Sonia Kashuk Sponge

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Foundation Friday: Fenty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear

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Claims
–Instantly smooth, pore diffusing, shine free finish
–Buildable medium to full coverage
–Resistant to sweat and humidity
–Won’t clog pores
–Undetectable on the skin

Price
–$34 for 1.0 oz
Sephora, fentybeauty.com

Shade Range
–40
–My shade: 100

Pros
–Shade range
–Price
–Packaging, pump!
–Cruelty free
–No parabens
–No phthalates
–Oil free
–Longwearing
–Shade match
–Medium, buildable coverage

Cons
–Sephora exclusive

Final Thoughts
–This looked a little cakey on my dry skin, but I tend to go crazy with powder, so I think that was my fault.
–The redness on my chin was still visible with 2 layers. It built up nicely, but I don’t think you can get full coverage with this without it caking up.
–I did the first layer with my Artis brush dupe and then did the second with a beautyblender.
–It wore off on my chin, but every foundation does.
–I got a sample of this at Sephora so I could try before I buy and I’m glad I did. I like it and I think it’s good, but I wouldn’t buy the full size.
–It didn’t look horrible on my dry skin, but I think this is better suited for normal, oily, and combo skin types.

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Foundation Friday: Makeup Forever Velvet Skin Full Coverage

Claims
–Breathable
–Full coverage
–Lightweight
–Smaller pores
–Non-cakey, matte finish
–Up to 24 hours of wear
–Doesn’t flake or fade
–Zero shine

Price
–$38 for 1.0 oz
Sephora, makeupforever.com

Shade Range
–40
–My shade: Y205 Alabaster

Pros
–Oil free
–Shade range
–Full coverage
–Shade match for me
–Buildable
–Long wearing
–Doesn’t look cakey on my dry skin
–Weightless on the skin

Cons
–None

Final Thoughts
I got a a sample of this with a Sephora order and Y205 ended up being a perfect match for me. I was hesitant to try this since it has “Matte” in the name, but it looked good on my dry skin and didn’t dry me out or cling to dry patches. It was really easy to blend in, didn’t feel heavy, and lasted all day. It also gave full coverage, which is what I prefer. It also worked well with my concealers and powders. I’ve got several foundations that I’m working through so I’m not going to buy the full size right now, but I definitely would purchase it.

Primer: First Aid Beauty Coconut Smoothie, Catrice Smoothing Refiner
Powder: Hourglass Veil
Tools: Artis dupe and beautyblender

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Foundation Friday: Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging Matte Serum

Claims
–Diffuses imperfections
–Medium, buildable coverage
–Skin looks visibly younger and smoother
–Anti-aging benefits
–Soft, matte finish

Price
–$7 @ paulaschoice.com
–$19.97 at nordstromrack.com

Shade Range
–8
–My shade: Level 0

Pros
–Good ingredients
–Packaging:: pump!
–Cruelty free
–Buildable coverage

Cons
–Shade range
–Accentuated my dry skin
–No shade match for me

Final Thoughts
For starters, I think this might be being discontinued since it’s on SUPER sale and available at Nordstrom Rack. It’s totally fine that if it is because this was not for me. I know it’s a matte foundation and I have dry skin and those things don’t usually go together. However, I prefer a matte finish and with a hydrating, glowy primer and a good moisturizer, I can usually make a matte foundation work. I did full coverage with 2 layers, but I had to use a white mixer because the shade was too dark. This was a no go for me.

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Foundation Friday: Mary Kay Mineral Powder

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Claims
–Buildable coverage
–Long wearing
–Transfer resistant
–Skin perfecting
–Controls shine
–Matte finish
–Weightless

Price
–$20 for 0.28 at marykay.com
Compared to Bare Minerals Foundation that is $29 for 0.28 oz

Shade Range
–12
–I tested shade Ivory 1, but I really need Ivory 0.5

Pros
–Good price for powder foundation
–Very natural looking
–Lightweight
–Buildable: sheer to medium coverage

Cons
–Shade range
–Not cruelty free
–Online or through consultant only

Final Thoughts
My friend gave me this to try and I thought the shade might work, but it was just a little too dark. I mixed the Makeup Revolution Ghost powder in and made it work. You can build it up to medium coverage, but that’s as full as it gets. You can still the redness on my chin peeking through. To get a more full coverage look, I recommend using a flat top brush to buff the product into the skin. If you want a more sheer look, use a fluffier, powder brush to just sweep over the skin. It’s perfect paired with a little concealer for light makeup days. Powder foundation can look rough on dry skin, but I really like how this one looked. This a great product and I recommend it!

Primer: Becca First Light Priming Filter and Catrice Prime & Fine Smoothing Refiner
Concealer: Kylie + Tarte
Undereye Setting Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte Loose

Tools: It Cosmetics Flat Top Travel Size Brush, beautyblender

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Foundation Friday: Too Faced Born This Way

 

 

Claims
–Oil free
–Medium to full coverage
–Natural looking, radiant finish

Price
–$39 for 1.0 oz
Nordstrom, Ulta, Sephora

Shade Range
–35
–My shade: Cloud

Pros
–Cruelty free
–Vegan
–Packaging, pump!
–Shade match for me
–Buildable coverage
–Weightless on the skin
–Doesn’t cake up when set with powder
–No parabens, sulfates, phthalates
–Infused with coconut water and hyaluronic acid

Cons
–NONE!!!!

Final Thoughts
I’ve heard people sing the praises of this foundation since it came out, but I wasn’t able to try it because there wasn’t a shade match for me. Too Faced recently expanded the shade range and finally there was a match for me! <<Now, can they do this to all of their products?! I want to try the Peach Foundation and the Sculpting Concealer SO BAD.>> Back to this foundation—It played well with my concealer and powder and wore so well. It wore off of my chin, but every foundation does that. I wore this for over 12 hours and I unfortunately had to sweat out in the heat and it still held up fairly well. I know I wiped some off when I blotted the sweat off my face, but a little powder would have fixed that. I’m not done testing foundations for the year, but this is sitting in the #1 spot for 2018.

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