Foundation Friday: Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation Fluid

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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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Dupe or Duped? Lip Stains


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LANCOME MATTE SHAKER

Claims–Lightweight, comfort matte finish :: intense color payoff :: soft cushion tip applicator :: Vitamin E for comfortable, non-drying wear

Price–$22 at Ulta, Nordstrom, lancomeuse.com

Shade Range–8
My Shades–Magenta, Deep Red

Pros–Long lasting :: comfortable :: buildable coverage :: dries down & doesn’t transfer :: not drying :: soft applicator

Cons–Only available at specialty stores :: expensive :: shade range :: hard to remove :: not cruelty free

Final Thoughts–I LOVE these. They are the perfect stain to wear under liquid or bullet lipsticks so there is color on your lips even if the liquid/bullet lipstick starts to wear off. These sample sizes will last me a while, but I would pay full price for a full size. They are hard to remove so I recommend starting with a lip liner and trying your best to stay in the lines. If you get it outside your lip line, it’s staying there all day.


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REVLON KISS CUSHION LIP TINT

Claims–Look of a stain, feel of a balm :: buildable color : soft cushion tip applicator :: infused with coconut oil

Price–$9.99 at Ulta :: $9.99 at Walgreens :: $8.97 at Wal Mart :: $8.99 at Target

Shade Range–10
My Shades–Crimson Feels, Berry Lit

Pros–Affordable :: easy to find/access :: not drying :: soft applicator :: lightweight

Cons–Shade range :: not cruelty free

Final–I really love these too. Again, I love to wear under lipsticks or apply on top if I’m wearing a formula that can be drying. You can build this up for a more pigmented look or just do a quick swipe for a more sheer look. They add shine and make lips look juicy without being sticky like a gloss or drying.


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Let’s start out by pointing out an obvious difference, the Lancome is matte and the Revlon is not. This post is more about a comparison of formula rather than finish. For the record, Lancome has a non-matte version. You get the same lip stain/tint effect from both products. These are stains so I recommend using a lip liner to prevent bleeding.

My favorite way to use these, as a I mentioned earlier, is under or over other lip products, but I will wear them on their own too.

Be careful when applying these, especially the Lancome. These are stains and if you go outside of your lip line, your skin will be stained…for days. I swatched these on my hand and used a makeup wipe, oil based remover, cream makeup remover, and micellar water in addition to washing my hands several times a day and showering, and the color was still there 2 days later.

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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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Huda Beauty The Overachiever High Coverage Concealer

images are from Google and not my own

Claims
–Disguise the appearance of dark circles, redness, hyperpigmentation, age spots, and discoloration
–Luminous-matte finish
–Water-resistant
–Transfer-free
–Long-wearing

Price
–$30 for 0.34 oz at Sephora

Shade Range
–20
–My shade: Whipped Cream

Pros
–Shade match for me
–Cooling tip
–Cruelty free
–Full coverage
–Easy to blend
–Minimal creasing (all concealers crease/settle into my pesky little fine lines, it is what it is)
–Worked will with my under eye powder and corrector
–Little product goes a long way

Cons
–Sephora exclusive and not available at all Sephora locations

Final Thoughts
I got a sample of this to test and I freaking LOVE it. I would/will probably buy the full size at some point. It’s super full coverage and dark circles disappear in a flash. It’s pricey, but it will last a long time because you only need the tiniest amount. The shade range isn’t massive in number, just 20, but I do think the colors and tones are good and that most everyone could find a shade that would work for them.

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Becca Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder

You may have noticed there was no “Mascara Monday” or “Mask Monday” post up yesterday. I’m currently over posting about a mask or mascara every Monday. I’m sure I will get back to it as I have a stock pile of photos and reviews ready, but for now, we’re changing it up on Mondays, starting next week!

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Claims
–Sets and refreshes makeup for a silky smooth, invisible finish
–Seamless finish
–Comfortable feel, weightless
–smooth and blur fine lines and imperfections

Price
–$38 at Ulta, Sephora, Nordstrom, beccacosmetics.com for 0.35 oz
–$19 mini size for 0.17 oz

Shade Range
–2 :: Original & Golden Bronze
–My shade: Original

Pros
–50% water and glycerin :: a dry skin dream
–Feels wet and cool when going on :: very interesting, in a good way!
–Face/skin looked flawless and filtered
–Packaging :: love the net, it’s mess free

Cons
–Expensive for the amount of product you get

Final Thoughts
Y’all, this is a dry skin dream. I just hate that it’s so freaking expensive! My face looked FLAW-LESS and blurred. I was blown away. I used my Bare Minerals Bare Pro Core Coverage Brush to apply and press into the skin. I do not think combo/oily skin folks will like this. This is the best setting powder that I’ve tried on my dry skin, HOWEVER, my Milani powder is just as good and so much cheaper.

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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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Before & After
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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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