Foundation Friday: Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Hydrating

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Claims
–Long-wearing
–Won’t settle into pores and fine lines
–Won’t oxidize
–Transfer proof
–Buildable coverage
–Hydrates
–Natural matte finish

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

Shade Range
–40
–My shade: 0.1

Pros
–Hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E are ingredients which are great for my dry skin
–No parabens, phthalates, or fragrance
–Vegan
–Cruelty free
–Oil-free
–Shade range
–Buildable, medium to full coverage
–Lightweight
–Packaging–>pump!

Cons
–Tacky finish, doesn’t set
–Not good on my dry skin, looked SO cakey with powder

Final Thoughts
This looked HORRIBLE on my dry skin. I think it might because I used powder to set it, but it felt so tacky so I had to. I can’t stand the feeling of a tacky foundation and I’m not waiting around for a foundation to set. My blush and bronzer would definitely not have blended over top had I not set it with powder. I got full coverage with 2 layers and I prefer full coverage so that was a positive. However, this was a total fail for me. I’m so glad I got a sample at Sephora to try before buying!

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Before & After
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No makeup :: Just foundation :: Full Face
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AM & PM

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Foundation Friday: Almay Clear Complexion Make Myself Clear

 

Claims
–Help clear & prevent blemishes while it conceals
–Covers, clears, calms, and controls
–Non-cakey
–Non-irritating
–Helps control oil breakthrough

Price
–$14.99 at Ulta
–$12.57 at Wal Mart
–$8.99 at Target
–$15.49 at Walgreens
–1.0 oz

Shade Range
–12
–My shade: Porcelain 99

Pros
–Packaging, pump!
–Salicylic acid is an ingredient, my skin reacts well to this
–Medium to full, buildable coverage
–Lightweight
–Lasted all day
–Didn’t cling to dry patches or accentuate dry skin
–Easily accessible
–Fragrance free
–Hypoallergenic
–Non-comedogenic

Cons
–No shade match for me
–Not cruelty free
–Shade range
–Expensive for drugstore

Final Thoughts
I thought with the shade name “Porcelain,” I’d get a shade match. WRONG. I had to use a good amount of white mixer to get this to work. I was really impressed with the coverage and wear time though. I hate the shade range is so bad! If there’s a shade match for you and you have acne prone skin, go for it! I’m not approved because there isn’t a shade match for me and I’m too lazy to be mixing foundation every day.

Primer: Too Faced Hangover Rx
Powder: LOreal Hydra Perfecte

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AM & PM
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Shade swatch comparisons

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Foundation Friday: 2018 Recap

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Wet n Wild Photo Focus
–Full review here
LOVE

elf Flawless Finish
–Full review here
MEH (don’t love, don’t hate)

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 HR Breathable
–Full review here
LOVE

Paula’s Choice Anti-Aging Serum Foundation
–Full review here
NOPE (horrible on my dry skin)

LA Girl Pro Matte
–Full review here
LOVE

Makeup Revolution Fast Base Stick
–Full review here
LOVE (no shade match for me though)

BH Cosmetics Naturally Flawless
–Full review here
MEH (don’t love, don’t hate)

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CoverGirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir
–Full review here
LOVE (no shade match for me though)

CoverGirl Matte Made
–Full review here
LOVE

Revlon Full Cover
–Full review here
LOVE (no shade match for me though)

NYX Mineral Stick
–Full review here
LOVE

Colour Pop No Filter Stix
–Full review here
NOPE (horrible on my dry skin)

Colour Pop No Filter Natural Matte
–Full review here
NOPE (horrible on my dry skin)

Makeup Revolution Conceal + Define
–Full review here
LOVE

3

Milani Conceal + Perfect
–Full review here
NOPE (horrible on my dry skin)

Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage
–Full review here
NOPE (horrible on my dry skin)

Ulta Moisturizing Stick
–Full review here
LOVE

Mary Kay Mineral
–Full review here
LOVE

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick
–Full review here
NOPE (horrible on my dry skin)

Benefit Hello Happy
–Full review here
NOPE 

Fenty Pro Filt’R
–Full review here
MEH (don’t love, don’t hate)

4

LimeLife Botancial 
–Full review here
LOVE

Makeup Forever Matte Velvet Skin
–Full review here
LOVE

Jouer Essential High Coverage Creme
–Full review here
NOPE (horrible on my dry skin)

Too Faced Born This Way
–Full review here
LOVE

Tarte Shape Tape Hydrating
–Full review here
NOPE

Estee Lauder Double Wear 
–Full review here
LOVE

Becca Ultimate Coverage 
–Full review
NOPE (horrible on my dry skin)

Foundation Friday: Colour Pop No Filter Stick

Y’all know I love some Colour Pop and almost lost my mind when I saw they were releasing a stick foundation. I love a stick foundation because they’re super quick and easy to use.

I did not like the liquid No Filter Foundation, review here, so I was a little hesitant about this, but of course I had to buy it and try it anyway.

Claims
–Conceal, correct, and perfect for a flawless complexion in seconds
–Medium-buildable coverage
–Instantly blurs pores, covers blemishes, and blends effortlessly
–Natural, skin-like finish
–Never cakey or drying

Price
–$10 for 0.34 oz
colourpop.com
Compared to the Ulta Moisturizing Stick Foundation that is $14 for 0.3 oz

Shade Range
–30
–My shade: Fair 0.5W

Pros
–Shade match help, can match by brand
–Cruelty free
–Vegan
–Lasted all day
–Easy to blend
–Creamy
–Shade range

Cons
–No shade match for me
–I set it with powder but it didn’t feel like it actually set down
–Looked a little cakey on my dry skin

Final Thoughts
This foundation wore fine throughout the day, but I didn’t love how my skin looked. This shade was too warm for me, but the fair cool shade would have been too dark. They need a 0.5C. I had to use a white mixer to make it work. The Ulta foundation stick is better and there’s a perfect shade match for me. (review on the Ulta stick here) I think this is better suited for normal, combo, or oily skin. Not good, not bad, just meh..

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Before & After
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Bare face :: Foundation + Mixer :: Foundation only :: Full face
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Ulta swatch on top :: Colour Pop Swatch on the bottom

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Foundation Friday: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Liquid Makeup

I wore this foundation in high school and college and then they changed the shade range and there was no longer a shade match for me. I wore “Shell” forever, but the “Shell” of today is HELLA dark.

Once I got into makeup and started following blogs and watching YouTube, so many people raved about this foundation. I’m over like, “I KNOW IT’S GOOD. I USED IT BEFORE YOU!” I was salty.

Estee Lauder came to their senses and expanded the shade range and when I saw there was one for me, I couldn’t add to my cart fast enough.

Claims
–24 hour wear
–Oil free
–Non-acnegenic
–Medium-to-full coverage
–Matte finish
–Waterproof
–Transfer resistant
–Dermatologist tested
–Fragrance free
–Cool, neutral, and warm undertones available

Price
–$42 for 1.0 oz
Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom 

Shade Range
–56
–My shade: 0N1 Alabaster
*some shades are online only at some retailers

Pros
–Shade range
–Shade match for me
–Lightweight on the skin
–Full coverage
–Long lasting
–Fragrance free
–Matte finish but can work for dry skin with proper skin prep

Cons
–Packaging :: You can by a pump separately for $10
–Not cruelty free
–Expensive
–Some shades are online only at some retailers

Final Thoughts
There’s a reason this foundation has a cult following and is loved by so many. It is full coverage and will last all.day.long. I definitely need to get the pump, otherwise it pours out and there is potential to waste product and it’s too expensive for that to happen. I have to moisturize, use a glowy/hydrating primer, and use a hydrating spray to make this work for my dry skin, but the end result is worth it. If I don’t hydrate properly, it will look like crap on my dry skin. I also like to mix this with other foundations for a little extra coverage and wear time. I usually wear something lighter for day to day, but I like this for special occasions and long days. I am so glad this foundation is back in my life.

Estee Lauder recently came out with Double Wear Light Soft Matte Hydra Makeup and I want to try it, but there isn’t a shade for me. I need them to expand that line and help a sister out.

Warning my fair looks fabulous like crap in these photos. I’m lazy. Sorry not sorry.

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Before & After

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Bare face :: Foundation Only :: Full Face
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AM& PM
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Shade comparisons

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Foundation Friday: Becca Ultimate Coverage 24 Hour

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Claims
–Full coverage
–Weightless
–24 hour wear
–Water resistant

Price
–$44 for 1.0 fl oz
Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom, beccacosmetics.com

Shade Range
–24
–My shade: Linen

Pros
–Cruelty free
–Oil free
–Packaging, pump!
–No parabens, sulfates, phthalates
–Full coverage with 2 layers

Cons
–Thick consistency
–No shade match for me
–Looked awful on my dry skin
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
I DO NOT like this foundation. I got a sample from Sephora and I am so glad I didn’t buy this. This just looked horrible from the start, I really didn’t want to wear it all day, but I powered through. I had to use A LOT of white mixer to get the shade to work for me and it just looked cakey and bad on my dry skin. There are better, cheaper options.

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AM & PM

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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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Before & After
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No makeup :: Just foundation :: Full face
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AM & PM

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