Foundation Friday: Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15

Claims
–Evens skintone
–Sweat, humidity, and water resistant
–Hydrates and smoothes
–Creamy formula
–Natural finish
–Moderate coverage

Price
–$29 at Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom, clinique.com
–1.0 oz

Shade Range
–56
–My shade: CN 0.5 Shell

Pros
–SPF
–Buildable coverage
–Non-acnegenic
–Shade range
–Worked with other complexion products
–Packaging
–Long lasting
–Allergy tested
–Fragrance free
–Ophthalmologist tested
–Shade match for me
–Worked on my dry skin
–Didn’t cake when set with powder
–Lightweight on the skin

Cons
–Not cruelty free
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
I got this free from Ulta, it was a Platinum Perk, so I had nothing to lose in testing this one. There’s a shade match for me and it has built in SPF. The coverage is buildable and I was able to build it to high medium coverage, but you’re not going to get full coverage from this one. Clinique products are gentle and great for sensitive skin. I don’t think this would work for oily skin. I liked it, but it’s not my ultimate favorite. I’m a full coverage gal, but if you like medium coverage, I think you’d like this.

Primers: elf Blur Stick, Ulta Youthful Glow Primer Serum
Powder: Jeffree Star Rose
Tools: Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Foundation Brush, Sonia Kashuk Sponge

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Foundation Friday: Maybelline SuperStay Multi-Use Stick

Claims
–Cream-to-matte finish
–Conceal, contour,  highlight, and cover
–Up to 24 hour wear

Price
–$11.99 at Ulta
–$11.99 at Walgreens
–$8.49 at Target
–$11.99 at maybelline.com
–$9.98 at Wal Mart
–0.25 oz :: comparison Anastasia Beverly Hills Foundation stick is $20 for 0.32 oz

Shade Range
–16
–My shade: 102 Fair Porcelain

Pros
–Creamy
–Full coverage
–Doesn’t look too matte or cakey on my dry skin
–Lightweight
–Shade match for me
–Buildable coverage
–Works with my other complexion products
–Easy to blend

Cons
–Pricey for the drugstore and the amount of product you get
–Not cruelty free
–Sponge on the other end isn’t necessary or useful
–Not all shades available everywhere (my shade was online only)
–Not a lot of product

Final Thoughts
I thought this was going to be a cakey mess on my dry skin, but it didn’t. It’s very creamy and easy to blend with a brush. I prefer a brush to a sponge when I use stick foundations. It’s full coverage in a flash which I appreciate because I stay running late. I hate that you get so little product for such a high price tag. If I used this daily, it would not last long at all. I really like this though. You can’t beat the ease and convenience.

Primers: Urban Decay b6 Spray, Catrice Aqua Fresh, Becca Skin Love Blur
Powders: Maybelline SuperStay Full Coverage, Catrice Prime & Fine Waterproof 
Tools: Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Foundation Brush

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Foundation Friday: Clinique Even Better Refresh Hydrating & Repairing Makeup

Claims
–Full-coverage
–24-hour wear
–Hydrating
–Natural finish
–Smooths & plumps fro younger-looking skin
–Virtually poreless look

Price
–$32 for 1 oz
Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom, clinique.com

Shade Range
–27
–My shade: CN 0.75 Custard

Pros
–Ingredients :: hyaluronic acid, peptides, salicylic acid
–No parabens or phthalates
–No fragrance
–Oil-free
–Non-acnegenic
–Buildable coverage, medium to full
–Packaging
–Allergy tested
–Non-streaking
–Won’t clog pores
–Shade match for me
–Worked with other complexion products

Cons
–Not cruelty free
–Expensive
–Deeper shade ranges needs to be expanded

Final Thoughts
I liked this and I approve it, but it didn’t LOVE it. I didn’t blow me away, but there’s also nothing I can say that I didn’t like in regards to formula and wear. With one layer, you get medium coverage, but it does build to full coverage. The primer and powder I used in combination with this foundation did give a poreless look. I like the ingredients and the benefits of this as well. The fair and medium shade range is good, but there are not a loot of deep shades.

Primer: elf Blur Stick, Ulta Youthful Glow Primer Serum
Powder: Jeffree Star Magic Setting Powder in Rose
Tools: Morphe M439, Real Techniques Sponge

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Foundation Friday: Maybelline Dream Urban Cover Full Coverage SPF 50

Claims
–Lightweight
–Anti-oxidants to protect against pollution
–Natural finish
–Full coverage
–SPF 50 protects against UVA and UVB
–Breathable
–Even skin tone and cover imperfections

Price
–$12.99 at Ulta
–$10.98 at Wal Mart
–$10.99 at Target
–1.0 oz

Shade Range
–16
–My shade: 102 Fair Porcelain

Pros
–SPF 50
–Packaging
–Shade match for me
–Full coverage
–Worked well with other complexion products
–Lasted all day
–Weightless on the skin
–Easy to blend with brush or sponge
–Dewy finish
–Didn’t cake when set with powder
–Lives up to all its claims

Cons
–Shade range
–Price :: This is expensive compared to the Matte & Poreless which you can get for ~$6

Final Thoughts
I think this is a total dupe for the It Cosmetics CC Cream. It’s a thin formula and has full coverage. It covered all my redness and you can’t feel it on the skin. It has a dewy, tacky finish so you’re definitely going to need to set this one. The shade range needs work, but there is a shade match for me. The shade Fair Porcelain in Maybelline products is a perfect match for me. This is the perfect summer foundation for the pool or beach, You get coverage and SPF. (Tip: If you want lighter coverage, mix it with your moisturizer.) In the PM picture, you can see where it’s rubbed off on my nose and chin. Thanks to allergies, I blew my nose 89239 times that day and I tend to rest my chin in my hand and rub off foundation. I love and recommend this and will be reaching for it all summer.

Primer: Urban Decay b6 Primer Spray, Catrice Aqua Fresh Hydro 
Powders: Maybelline Super Stay, Catrice Waterproof Mattifying
Tools: Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Foundation Brush, Sonia Kashuk Sponge

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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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