Foundation Friday: Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation Fluid

Images are from Google. 

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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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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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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No makeup :: Foundation Only :: Full Face
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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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No makeup :: Foundation only :: Full face
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AM & PM

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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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No makeup :: Foundation only :: Full face
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Foundation Friday: LOreal Infallible 24 HR Fresh Wear

Claims
–Up to 24 hour staying power
–Lightweight, breathable texture
–Transfer-resistant
–Medium to full, buildable coverage
–Long lasting
–Waterproof
–Sweat-resistant
–Natural finish
–Suitable for all skin types

Price
–$14.99 at Ulta
–$11.99 at Target
–$11.97 at Wal Mart
–$14.99 at Walgreens

Shade Range
–30
–My shade: Pearl

Pros
–Easily accessible
–Shade range
–Packaging-pump!
–Looks good on my dry skin
–Easy to blend
–SPF 25
–Non-comedogenic
–Buildable coverage
–Natural finish
–Not cakey
–Lightweight
–Long wearing

Cons
–Fragrance
–Lightest shade leans yellow/warm

Final Thoughts
The formula is very thin and liquid-y. I got the lightest shade, Pearl, and it was a little too yellow so I mixed in some blue and white foundation mixers to make it work better for my skin tone. I could still my redness peeking through with just one layer. With two layers, I got high, medium coverage/low, full coverage. I blended it out with my Morphe M439 brush and then went in with my sponge to smooth everything out. I don’t love the fragrance, but it doesn’t linger. It really sits nicely on the skin and I love the finish. It worked well with my usual complexion products too. I’ve seen a few YouTubers just got nuts over this foundation and while I like it, it’s not life changing. I think if there was a better shade match for me, I would really love it.

Primer: Too Faced Hangover Rx, elf Blur Stick
Powder: Milani Prep+Set+Glow
Tools: Morphe M439, Wet n Wild Sponge

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