Foundation Friday: BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Stick

Claims
–Medium, buildable coverage
–Easy to blend
–All day wear
–Lightweight, not cakey
–Radiant finish
–Water-based
–Use as a foundation, contour, and concealer

Price
–$32
Ulta, Sephora, bareminerals.com

Shade Range
–20
–My shade: Opal

Pros
–SPF 25
–Convenient, nice heavy packaging
–Cruelty free
–Vegan
–No sulfates, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil
–Non-comedogenic
–Protects against pollution, environmental aggressors, heavy metals, and blue light
–Made with over 30% enhanced mineral water (give me all the hydration)
–Creamy, glides on easily and doesn’t tug
–Buildable coverage

Cons
–No shade match for me
–Shade range
–Expensive

Final Thoughts
As it says in the name, it’s super hydrating and looks great on dry skin. However, there is no shade match for me and I had to use a white mixer to make it work. The shade range isn’t very vast and the lightest shade is more warm/orange and at least 2 shades too dark for me. It claims to be a medium, buildable coverage and I agree with that. I would even say I got full coverage, all my redness was covered, but I think that’s due to the white mixer. It worked well with my other complexion products and I love the ingredients and benefits. I think is a great product, just wish there was a shade match for me.

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Before & Afer
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No makeup :: Foundation only :: Full face
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AM & PM

approved

Foundation Friday: Milani Conceal + Perfect Stick

Claims
–Full coverage
–Blends seamlessly
–Transfer-proof
–Natural matte finish
–Lasts up to 12 hours
–Waterproof

Price
–$9.99 at milanicosmetics.com

Shade Range
–20
–My shade: 200 Porcelain

Pros
–Affordable
–Cruelty free
–Buildable coverage

Cons
–No shade match for me :: lightest shade too dark and too yellow
–Difficult to blend
–Not very creamy, tugged at the skin going on
–Broke up in certain areas of my face
–Availability

Final Thoughts
The original liquid formula is a great foundation, but not for dry skin. I knew it was likely that this one would have similar result, but I wanted to try it anyway. I didn’t look awful, certainly not the worst foundation I’ve ever used, but it didn’t look good. The shade was too dark and too yellow so I used the Models Own Foundation Stick in White to lighten it. One layer didn’t quite cover all my redness, so it’s not full coverage in one layer, but it is buildable. It worked with my usual concealer, under eye powder, and setting powder products. It was difficult to blend out, you’re definitely going to want a brush for this one. It’s not very creamy and as I was striping it on my skin, it really tugged. The finish is matte, but not a flat matte. I think if you have more normal/combo skin, you might like this. I’m sure it’s coming to drugstores, but right now I can only find it on Milani’s website which is where I purchased mine.

Primer: Too Faced Hangover Rx, elf Blur Stick
Powder: Milani Prep+Set+Glow
Brush: Morphe M439

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Before & After
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No makeup :: Foundation only :: Full face
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AM & PM
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You can see, I think, where it broke up and separated between my brows.
notapproved
No shade match=no approval

Foundation Friday: Wet n Wild Photo Focus Stick

Claims
–Long-lasting coverage
–Semi-matte finish
–Infused with Argan and Sunflower Seed oils for intense moisture and seamless blendability

Price
–$5.99 at Target, Walgreens, wetnwildbeauty.com

Shade Range
–21
–My shade: Alabaster

Pros
–Affordable
–Shade match for me
–Gluten free
–Talc free
–Fragrance free
–Buildable coverage
–Cruelty free
–Vegan

Cons
–SUPER tacky so you have to set it
–Cakey
–Clung to dry patches
–Not very creamy, tugged going on

Final Thoughts
You get medium coverage with one layer and full with two. I could not get this to stay on my nose. This happens sometimes, but usually between a brush and a sponge, I can make something work. Not with this one! It looked SO cakey with and without being set with powder. It did have good coverage though, it covered all my redness with 2 layers. The first day I tried it, it made me SO oily. I looked in the mirror and my forehead was shining. I rummaged in my purse and found an oil blotting sheet and was shocked. My skin has not needed an oil blotting sheet or even gotten oily in YEARS. It was just AWFUL on my dry skin. The next time I tried it, I thought extra prep and moisturizing would help. NOPE. I love the original Photo Focus Foundation that is liquid, but this was a major FAIL.


Day 1
Too Faced Hangover Rx Primer
elf Blur Stick
Milani Prep+Set+Glow Powder
*This is my usual primer/powder combo that works well with almost every foundation I use and try*

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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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Sorry if this is gross, but look how oily this foundation made me. I was SO shiny. My skin is dry AF and I never get oily.

Day 2
Origins GinZing Moisturizer & eye cream
Physicians Formula Rose All day Serum Primer
–Becca Hydra Mist Powder

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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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You can see how it’s not clinging to my nose and how it just looks cakey and bad. My skin just looked like it was begging for moisture.

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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)

2

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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AM & PM
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Ulta swatch on top :: Colour Pop Swatch on the bottom

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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

approved

Foundation Friday: Makeup Revolution First Base Stick

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Claims
–Quickly perfects, contours, and highlights your complexion

Price
–$9 at Ulta

Shades
–18
–My shade: F3

Pros
–Affordable
–Shade range
–Cruelty free
–Medium to full,  buildable coverage

Cons
–Ulta exclusive
–Little difficult to blend
–No shade match for me

Final Thoughts
The lightest shade is too dark for me so I mixed it with the Models Own Foundation Stick in 01 to make it work. This foundation is SUPER creamy so be careful when you roll it up because it can make a mess and break easily. I hate there isn’t shade match for me because my skin looked flawless. I could continue to mix in the other stick, but that’s too much for me to do on the daily #lazy. If there’s a shade match for you, I recommend giving ti a go. I’m not approving it because there’s no match for me. The formula and product is good, just not for me.

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Before & After
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No makeup :: Foundation Only :: Full face
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AM & PM with a lip color change for some reason

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