It's time for a "Why Isn't Anyone Talking About This?" post. This time it's hard to say what this product is other than a base. It's the Color Me Underglow Hydrator and I love it. I've worn it as foundation, I've used it under foundation, and over foundations. I've used it as a base for highlight on the cheekbones. So for me it's very versatile.
Time for another "Why Isn't Anyone Talking About This?" post. This products has actually not been out very long, but I've heard no buzz about it at all. No buzz before it launched and no buzz afterwards. Not that I seen anyway. I can not figure out why.
This is the second time Bare Minerals has made it into this series. So I'm going to go ahead and say that their latest makeup that they've been putting out like the Invisible Bronzer and Invisible Glow. Plus their Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lips that have been out for a while, which are my absolute faves, are solid products. I'm also a huge fan of the Bareskin Concealer, talking about it several times on here.
I'm happy to add another solid product to that list. So I'm talking about the Bare Minerals Bare Pro foundation. It's still new. I've had mine for about 3 weeks I guess. I kept waiting on people to talk about it and no one did. So I will! This is a light weight, liquid formula. However, the pigment in this is unreal making it full coverage without the weighted down, pore clogging, cake-y looking, side effects from most full coverage foundations.
It's a pump packaging in a glass bottle. You get 1 oz and it runs for $34. Which I'm cool with because every, single, foundation I'm seeing these days are up around $40-$50 or more. Which I have and would pay for a very good foundaiton but still it's nice to see them sticking to the price point that I've always seen them have. There are 30 shades which in my opinion is impressive.
The pigment in this is so strong that you definitely need your correct color. I normally can make a shade slightly darker or llighter than my actual skin tone work with other foundations. This one I could've went with a bit of a darker shade because again the pigment was so potent that it was easier to tell that it wasn't going to be the exact color match. Which I fixed with bronzer and concealer in some spots. So definitely not a catastrophe like sometimes that can be.
I have used this with a stippling brush and a sponge. I recommend a brush and stippling it on to get the most coverage but using a really dense sponge like the Elf teal sponge or Morphe Sponge still worked just fine, it just caused me to use more product which I'd rather not do if I can avoid it.
So yea, there ya go. I think you should check this out. It's at Ulta and Sephora. I love it. I've not used anything else since I got it.
Below is a gallery of me wearing shade 03 Champagne
I've not done a foundation review in a while so let's talk about a new "drug store" one I picked up recently. I'm gonna be the first to tell you that I am not the biggest fan of Covergirl makeup. Nothing personal at all it just never has worked out for me. There will however be a special place in my heart for my first compact (and piece of makeup) which was from Covergirl. So there is that.
So for this post I thought I'd give you a beauty hack of mine that makes a difference on prolonging my foundation, and keeping it as flawless and luminous as possible. Without being oily.
My trick plain is simple is I mix together difference primers with not just different benefits, but different textures also. The ones I mix together are for my T-Zone and the areas I get the oiliest. Now the luminizing part comes in with using it only on the perimeter of the face. I don't mix luminizng primers because I do not feel that would be beneficial since it's going around the outside of the face.
My luminizng primers that I rotate are:
Smashbox Radiance Primer
Dr Brandt Pores No More Luminizng Primer
The Smashbox is almost like a cream highlight, it's a golden hour effect. It's a bit thicker and I use it with a beauty blender. I really enjoy it. It's also a moisturizing primer due to the Hylauronic Acid that's in it. So it's got more benefits that just a pretty glow.
Dr Brandt Pores No More Luminizing Primer, is a pearl shade but basically invidible one the skin. It really does make pores vanish and it is luminizng. In the most subtle way. It gives foundationa a satin finish and it's nice to mix into foundation as well. It's a typical lotion style primer therefore it's easy to mix it into other liquid and cream foundations. Of coure you could do that with the Smashbox one but the peach tint would change the color some in the foundation and the Hylauronic Acid would make the foundation more moisturizing. If that's not something you need because you get oily, or oily in your T-Zone, I would avoid mixing the Smashbox Radiance Primer with foundation.
Now the primer mix that I do consists of primers that have these benefits:
This is the little custom cocktail that I put in my t zone only because that's where I get oily. I don't see the point in putting these potent products in areas where you don't get oily. Now most primers that will control oil will also smooth lines and texture but I like to be extra. So I use 3 usually and they all have different textures. Which I think that's why it works because sometimes a primer can be fantastic but if it's not tacky enough it doesn't have the staying power. Get what I'm sayin? It may also be smoothing but if it's too thin and like a lotion it's going to absorb into the skin more than it should. Another reason why I do it, is because primers that have a ton of silicone (dimethicone, etc) in them, for some reason, my makeup slides off my face if I use it by itself. Honestly, it does. A great example of that is Smashbox original primer, that is like a cult favorite, the one that started them all. Yea, makes my makeup slide right off.
So what I like to do is get travel size or deluxe samples of primers when there is a promo for one or whatever because: 1) I do mix them, so I don't need much product 2) it's easy for me to find ones I may really like that way without spending tons of money and having a bunch of duds. Recently the ones I've been mixing, have been:
Smashbox Pore Minimizing Primer (always in there because of the thick texture)
Becca EverMatte (always in there because it's the most mattifying primer I've used)
NARS Pore and Shine Control Primer (This is because of the thin consistency and it has the benefits I want)
Alone the NARS isn't enough. It's too thin. Alone the Smashbox one will work on pores but it doesn't control the oil and it doesn't keep my makeup on. Alone the Becca is enough to keep me matte and keep my makeup on for sure but I still have the noticeable pores and lines issue. So therefore instead of have a quest where one can do it all I'd rather mix less than a pea size of samples or travel size and use those for months on end. I really think the key here is having one that is thin as well. So bear that in mind if you're gonna try this. Have one that's thin so that it'll mix them properly for you and have a good consistency. I really like mixing in the Smashbox Pore Minimizing (it's the purple one) because it's so thick which is why it works to fill in pores and lines but at the same time it's almost too thick to blend out, thus we thin it out.
Some people layer primers and I think that's fine especially if the primers are thin or like a lotion for the most part. Like I know some who use the Smashbox Primer spray and then use the Nivea After Shave Balm (which is a good primer by the way). Then my friend Alaina layers a color correcting actual cream not primer (for redness), the Cane and Austin primer and then the Becca EverMatte on the more oily areas for her skin, with EverMatte being on top. Which is perfectly fine because the thicker consistency is on top. Where as if it were in the middle or something it would start to ball up. Which is the other reason why I mix these and apply the mixture because some primers will ball up on the skin with too much blending and/or rubbing on the skin. Also they can ball up when you go in with foundation as well if you blend that in too much, depending on what primer you've used, so again that's why I apply a mixture. Sometimes I will apply the Nivea Shave Lotion over top of what I've already done or mix it into the other primers because it is a very tacky finish which makes foundation stick like glue to the face.
I know this is a lot of information and kinda confusing but the jist is: if you're primer is not working for you like it should, be it pores are still noticeable, makeup isn't lasting like it should, you're getting oily, etc. Get some samples or what have you and try mixing different ones and see if that helps the situation. Focusing the mixture on the problem areas while using a different one if you want around the perimeter of the face that doesn't cause you any issue typically.
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I feel like when it comes to Smashbox, I've always kinda looked over their products. Not intentionally, I knew they had good products, I just never got into them so much. They are consistent. They are professional grade. They're a huge brand. In short they're almost intimidating. Not in a bad way though. I feel like for their price point, they're professional packaging that has no bells and whistles because it doesn't need it, and because they're aren't named as much as say Make Up For Ever or NARS within the beauty influencer and youtuber world, that's what makes them intimidating in a way. Basically, you know its probably gonna be good but are you sure you know what to do with it?? Cause let's face it unless we've seen 4,000 youtubers talk about 3 times a piece and use it, then we aren't sure if we're gonna use it correctly. (That part was a joke, relax) None the less, some of their products you don't hear much about.
Now some products you do. Their PhotoFinish primer the clear one, that's a cult favorite. Personally I like the Pore Minimizing (purple one) better. They have a whole range of those and they're all really good. The BB Cream is also a cult favorite. For yearssssss. At one point I'm pretty sure everyone in the world had tried it. Maybe not everyone but a lot. More recently they have had a lot of popular success with their Be Legendary liquid lipsticks which I must say are very good. I really enjoy them. Around Christmas they released several palettes for $29 a piece, which is very inexpensive for this brand, they have 6 colors in them and from what I can tell very consistent in quality. Although I've not seen as many influencers or youtubers talk about them, they seemed to be very popular with regular customers. I must say I find them beautiful, especially Smokey and Ablaze.
Moving onto the products I would like to talk about, these are newer and not much has been said as of yet about them that I have seen. I actually have only seen one talked about so far and it was only on Wane Goss' instagram post. So what I have here is:
⦁ Photo Finish Radiance Primer with Hylauronic Acid
⦁ Studio Skin 15 hr Wear Hydrating Foundation
⦁ Photo Op Under Eye Brightener
Pretty sure all of these are new I know the primer and the foundation are, can't be sure about the under eye brightener though, I don't think it really is. It looks like they've released a highlighting pen style called the Halo Wand with different shades that seems to be similar but much bigger than the under eye brightener, and it's actually a highlighter pen. The reason I make mention of this is because I don't care for the under eye brightener and to me with highlighting pens they're so subtle that many people use them under their eyes so perhaps that would work more so than this. Either way I wouldn't get the under eye brightener. I just wouldn't, it's too watery, it doesn't brighten and all I can see is that is has a bit of glitter. However that is my only fail product from them here and it wasn't a major loss.
What I want to talk to you about the most is the Radiance Primer. This is not something I really suggest for very oily skin because of the fact that it is a moisturizing primer, thanks to the Hyaluronic Acid. Now, if you are determined to try it then perhaps use it in place of your moisturizer although I don't really recommend you do that if you're going to lose out of some skin benefits (aside from hydration) that a moisturizer provides you with, that this does not. Don't compromise your skin care for a subtle, yet beautiful glow. You can accomplish a glow with other things if you're skin is more oily and can't handle this primer. For those of you that are going to give it a go I have a few thoughts on it. First of all, as of right now this can only be purchased on Smashbox.com. It is not in Sephora or Ulta stores or on their websites as of yet. I do think it will be eventually. So don't go scouring for it, it's only on Smashbox website. This is a peachy/bronze tinted primer but don't let that scare you if you are lighter in skin tone. I'm very pale and I still use this and enjoy it immensely. This is a golden bronzey color because it mimic "golden hour lighting". Which is essentially the one part of the day where the lighting is absolutely perfect for photos because the skin looks radiant and glowy against the golden and amber colors of the sun, but it is also gone super quickly. It's usually the first hour or the last hour of sunlight in a day, more commonly associated with the closest the sun gets to the horizon, so either sun rise or sunset. You'll hear in professional photography, or photography tips in general that time of day is super important. So what this product does is mimic the glow the actual "golden hour" would give your skin. So that it glows that way all the time. That glow comes from "Micro-fine amber & bronze pearls that create a warm glow" which in turn gives you the subtle golden tint of the product. Along with Hyaluronic Acid this also is packed with Shea Butter for all day moisture. Also it has "4K, high-definition spheres blur imperfections". If you're wondering what 4K means, it's basically better than HD. There are now cameras out that film in 4K to give you the most high definition of an image possible. As far as the claims of this product. I feel like they're true. I've used this everyday since I've got it, I apply it with a sponge everywhere except my t-zone area where I tend to get shiny at the end of the day. In which I use a mattifying primer in that area actually. This can be worn alone for a glow to the skin, under foundation as a back light effect or glow from within look, and on top of foundation on the cheek bones for extra luminosity because it is very luminous. It's not like a strobing cream or anything but you can't have crushed pearls and it not be luminous, you know? This is $39 for 1 oz. I personally feel like it's worth it. Especially if you have more dry skin. I believe the blurring claims are true. You don't need a lot of product either so I think they did a fantastic job with this. I don't feel like my skin has a golden or amber tint by any means it just has a nice glow to it that looks natural.
I do want to give you the ingredient deck. I'm trying to do that in my reviews more because it's useful to know so this is from the product page on their website:
"Water\Aqua\Eau, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Potassium Aluminum Silicate, Nylon-12, Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Silica, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Tin Oxide, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491)] <ILNILN43325>
Please be aware that ingredient lists may change or vary from time to time. Please refer to the ingredient list on the product package you receive for the most up to date list of ingredients."
Moving on to the StudioSkin 15 hr Wear Hydrating Foundation. I thought I would hate this. I actually swatched it in store at Ulta, and was like "no" because it didn't dry down as quickly as other foundations so thus I thought it would stay "tacky" feeling for a while and I didn't like that. My friend then purchased it who has oily skin and told me that she loved it. So when she said that I was super intrigued because this is a hydrating foundation and most oily skin types steer clear from that. So I bought it online without swatching it again because I didn't want that to make my decision. When I got it I put it on the back of my hand and really looked at it. It was very luminous and then after about maybe 1 minute or less it had dried down to a satin/matte finish. I was absolutely shocked. It didn't oxidize. The color was dead on and you honestly couldn't tell I had foundation on my hand, my skin looked photo-shopped people! So I was super stoked for that. I tried it the next day with the Radiance Primer and I've loved it ever since. It's not heavy but I feel comfortable saying it's right at full coverage and even buildable on that. It's definitely more than a medium coverage, I think, although it isn't going to mask a tattoo or anything. As far as hiding blemishes and discoloration, I feel like it does that very well. I have minor redness and very few blemishes, if any at times, so I'm easy to please with the coverage aspect of foundations. I feel like this could be a foundation for every skin type though and I think that's truly amazing. I've never seen anything like it. It is super hydrating when it first goes on and then it dries to a beautiful satiny/matte/ but natural finish that looks like perfect skin. I full blown believe in this product kids! It's not as full coverage as Milani Conceal and Perfect but also doesn't look as cakey or show texture as that, nor is it as heavy. It's not as matte as Marc Jacobs ReMarcable foundation but again it doesn't show texture or dry patches like that one either. It's not a dewy foundation once it's dried down. I feel like it's a dream in a bottle and I full out bought this so I'm not sponsored. Pretty sure Smashbox hasn't ever read my blog or anything. I just really really love it and I don't know why more people haven't tried it or realized how good it is and I'm afraid it's because they're not giving it a legit try. This is $42 for 1 fl oz and they have 22 shades. As with most of their Photo themed products this is tested under different lights and photography labs. They are the "only brand with a Flashbox Photography Lab" where they can test the consistency of their shades in different lighting. Not just photography flashes but different natural light as well since light changes as the hours go on throughout the day. This is available at Sephora and Ulta as well as the Smashbox website.
Here is the ingredient deck and there is a seperate one for Canada apparently:
"All Shades Contain:
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Trimethyl Pentaphenyl Trisiloxane, Silica, Phenyl Trimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Tribehenin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Methicone, Tetramethyl Hexaphenyl Tetrasiloxane, Phenyl Methicone, Dimethicone, Laureth-7, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hexyl Laurate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Cellulose Gum, Propylene Carbonate, Alumina, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone Silylate, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin. May contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Trimethyl Pentaphenyl Trisiloxane, Silica, Phenyl Trimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Tribehenin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Methicone, Tetramethyl Hexaphenyl Tetrasiloxane, Phenyl Methicone, Dimethicone, Laureth-7, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hexyl Laurate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Cellulose Gum, Propylene Carbonate, Alumina, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone Silylate, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)."
So that's that. Those are my thoughts. We had one miss but that's okay because the other two products more than made up for it. I truly underestimated Smashbox with these products and didn't believe they were going to live up to the claims or perform as well as they did and they blew me away so, I'm sorry Smashbox for underestimating you. lol
In both pictures below I'm wearing the primer under the foundation. The under eye brightener I just mixed in with my concealer to brighten it up. The 2nd picture I had been wearing the primer and foundation for about 6 hours or so.
Recently L'Oreal released a new foundation called the Infallible Total Cover. I got mine at Ulta and as far as drug store prices go it was kinda pricey. It is $12.99 at Ulta and comes in 12 shades. Definitely not as expensive as some foundations of course but still that's kinda high for a drug store brand in my opinion. I believe Wal-Mart is a bit cheaper.
None the less I think it's a very nice foundation. You can not however, go by the color on the tube. For example my shade is 302 but the tube looks quite pink in my opinion when actually it's more of a neutral beige as far as the product goes, because the tube is actually colored and not clear so that's why it's gonna differ in color. The texture is very light and mousse like (also just my opinion). I really love it because it is light and because it does cover really really well. It's not going to cover absolutely everything but I'm comfortable saying this is full coverage. It can easily be made medium coverage but it's intended to be full and I feel like it is. My favorite way of applying it is with a stippling brush. I do feel like whether you use a sponge, brush or whatever, that it's going to apply beautifully. It has a nice satin finish. I won't say it "looks like skin" because it doesn't. Pores aren't incredibly visible under it, and lines are more filled in so you look better than your natural skin. Which should be the goal of any foundation.
I find that where I kinda have combination skin I have a certain routine in getting the best long lasting and flawless finish when using this certain foundation. First I use a mattifying toner in my skin care. A lot of toners say they are for combo/oily skin but I've only found one that works best during the day with oil control. Which is the Botanics Shine Away Mattifying Toner. I also recently got this as well at Ulta but it's also available at Target. I absolutely love it, you have to shake to activate it, it reminds me of sulfur in it's appearance and then you apply like any other toner. Botanics is a more "nature driven" line which I like, because there is no added fragrance. This toner is around $9 on Ulta and I feel it does a better job than my Clinique toner that is for Oily/Combo skin. It's basically the best toner I've ever used for "oil control". Keep in mind I'm normal to combo skin and not super oily.
The next step is using a smoothing primer. I'm using the Bronx Colors Pore Minimizing Studioline primer. Which is actually the same price as the foundation, it's online only at Ulta. I find it just as good as all my high end smoothing primers. With the toner and the primer combined, my foundation looked fresh all day long. After a few more tests removing both toner and primer, an then another test removing just the primer. I've found that for optimal results it's better combined with the other 2. Using it on it's own it lasted about 4 hours and then I started to looks a little shiny. By 8 hours it was pretty much done. However using the 2 steps before it, it went for about 10 hours without any touching up. For those with dry skin, I think you won't have that issue. It's not a hydrating foundation in my opinion so I actually don't think any skin type would have a hard time with it but I do notice some shine as I do with most foundations after a few hours. I didn't set my makeup any of these times with setting sprays either. So there's that as well.
This is a squeeze tube which I like because you don't get out too much and waste any. It's 1 oz like most foundation which I'm very happy about because since it was a liquid. I had my concerns that they wouldn't do the standard amount of foundation you usually get. I'm glad to see that. Like I said earlier it's very weightless. Often I find myself forgetting that I even have makeup on and touching my face and then realizing that I do in fact have makeup on.
The only complaint I can think of is the price and I wish the color of the tube was truer to color of the product. I never would've bought it had I seen that first. The good news about the price is there is always a coupon available for L"Oreal or Ulta. Especially if you're getting the Botanics toner as well. So you can at least save some money. Like I said you may find this cheaper at Wal-Mart or Target possibly.
I'm sure you've probably heard all about the L.A. Girl Pro HD Foundation. There's been tons of videos done and reviews form huge beauty vloggers talking about it. It looks incredibly similar, packaging wise, to the Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in the pump. So since it's inexpensive, and I absolutely love foundation and concealer, I thought I'd give it a whirl.
Now I want to say that I went into this with bad expectations. I just didn't like some of the comments being made about it from these bigger names. They liked the end result but they seemed to have their issues with it. Plus I'm one of the only people who doesn't like the pro concealer from L.A. Girl. So I was a skeptic, hard core skeptic.
I got shade Porcelain, which doesn't look like a regular "porcelain" shade in no way shape or form. It has a pretty strong yellow undertone (which I prefer) but also a touch of orange I thought. So I was really worried it was gonna oxidize and be a messy disaster. Once I pumped it out though and started working with it, the color wasn't an issue. I use a brush from Morphe which is in their "Gilded" line and I think it's Y8, which is technically a contour and highlight brush but I really enjoy using it for foundation. It's dense enough so that it doesn't absorb too much product. It's more rounded instead of flat so I feel like it does a good job of applying foundaiton if you don't want to use a stippling technique. Which technically you still could but I like just buffing it or swiping it on so that my coverage isn't so intense. There are some people that use it with a Beauty Blender but they find it doesn't look as good as when you use a brush. I've not tried that method but considering I do find most Beauty Blenders sheer out any foundation and make it even more luminous, I'm pretty confident I wouldn't like it for this particular foundation.
So things I'd heard about this were that:
"It absolutely has to be set or else it transfers and slides around so easily"
"has a weird smell to it" (That's true)
"it's very wet looking"
"it feels very wet after applied"
So here's how I apply it. I used it without primer the first day. I was running late and needed to leave so I skipped primer. My skin is normal and sometimes combination for reference. I basically used one pump and that was enough for my entire face. Using the Y8 brush to apply in more swiping and then buffing motions. Stippling would be fine as well. Like I said, I don't feel like, because it's an "Illuminating" foundaiton, that a Beauty Blender would be the best bet. I feel like it would sheer it out even more and then make it super super luminous. I applied this at 9 am. I noticed that at around 6pm I had some shine. Not a ton but some. Easily fixed with a brush, blotting sheet, or dry sponge without adding more product or powder. I did set mine but not like everyone else did. I set it with my typical ride or die powder which is the Algenist Color Correcting powder. I wasn't super precise or heavy with my powder either. Just a dusting. I did notice a smell but it disapated quickly.
Now my shade is Porcelain. I didn't notice it being a super luminous foundation, keep in mind I didn't use any primer so it's not that. I only noticed the intense luminosity after around 4 hours of wear. The powder I used wasn't "mattifying" either. So I don't feel like it has a "wet" look on my skin either when first applied.
There are 16 shades including a pure white to lighten any foundaiton. A statement from the company about the product description is as follows:
"PRO.coverage high-definition long wear illuminating liquid foundation is ideal for a flawless looking, full coverage finish. Lightweight formula is comfortable for all day wear. Paraben free formula with added anti-oxidants helps hydrate and improve the skin's appearance. Now available to extend the color range even further, an innovative white foundation mixer to adjust and customize color."
Their shade range for women of color is really good I think. Since they offer the white shade it could be used to make the lightest foundation you would need if you're super pale, but you'd have to buy two bottles. Which are $10 a piece. That's not a bad price but if you're buying 2 that puts you at $20.
After 13 hours of wear I was ready to take it off because I felt greasy and just wanted to wash my face. Plus it didn't look too hot anymore after 13 hours. I've worn this pretty much every day since I've got it so maybe about 4 days. Each time I didn't use a primer ( I intended to but in general I don't use primer so why start now), and I either used my Algenist Color Correcting Powder or Too Faced Primed and Poreless Smoothing Powder to set it. My skin is typically very normal like I said, and during the day it can get a little oily. So without primer this needs to be touched up after about 4ish hours I feel, if I'm not doing anything crazy or sweating profusely. By touched up I just mean blotted or powdered a little to take away shine. I don't mean that it's moved on me or gotten patchy. So my overall thoughts about how to wear this is: avoid if you're oily, use some type of primer. Maybe you wouldn't even have to use a "mattifying" primer or a bullet proof primer just a generally good primer that holds foundation well for you. If you don't like primer I think you could probably get away with just setting this with a good setting spray. Like the Ben Nye Final Seal or UD All Nighter Spray even the Wet and Wild Setting Spray is really good so give that a try. Those steps are going to help you to avoid having to touch up or blot a lot through out the day. If that doesn't concern you than any blotting sheet, pressed powder, or even just a kabuki brush in your bag, will take away any unwanted shine. For those of you that are very dry these may be completely unnecessary steps for you in which case good for you, you can wear it and not worry about it.
So to sum this up. I really like it. I think it's a high quality, affordable, medium to full coverage (more on the full side) foundation. That would be a really good alternative for those of you who didn't like the Milani 2 in 1 Conceal and Perfect because it was too heavy, thick or intense with it's full coverage. I think this would please you. Like I said, I don't really recommend it to oily skin types. I feel like normal, combo, and dry, would do the best with this because of the luminosity. Not to say that just because it's a drugstore price that it wouldn't do well against higher end brands. As a matter of fact I like it a little better than the MUFE HD Foundation (pump) I only prefer the color from MUFE over this one. I also like it more that the Urban Decay All Nighter, the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk, I could name quite a few. So what I'm getting at is this is a great affordable foundaiton with high end results.
As you know, I love Frends Beauty. With all my heart. I love them even more now because......they started carrying Inglot!! I had never tried Inglot before, I'd always heard great things but it was not anywhere around me and I didn't know much about the line other than seeing people use it occasionally as professional makeup. So when Frends Beauty started carrying it, I jumped on it. I bought quite a few products to test out and see what this line was really about and some things I loved, other things not so much. I really feel like Inglot is about mid line in their prices, kinda comparable to MAC. Definitely not as expensive as some brands at Sephora like Urban Decay or Too Faced, etc. Not as cheap as drugstore for sure though. Some things I'm surprised at how high the price actually is and others I'm pleased with how affordable they are.
First up, what I wanted to try before anything else was their AMC Pure Pigments. I'd seen swatches of these pigments and some duo chrome looking ones. So I got three 2 are kinda similar but they're so pretty that I don't care. I got shades 84, 86, and 120 (Same order as swatches left to right). 86 was the shade I wanted without a shadow of a doubt. It has a rose gold type shade, a very vibrant duo chrome of pink and gold tones. Shade 84 has blue and purple tones with a darker cranberry/ red brown base. Shade 120 is like a duo chromed bronze green. It's not exactly olive though. They're great. I expected no less. I apply them with a damp brush that I just spray with setting spray or use contact solution to wet it so they're even more intense. I love that these are bigger chunks of pigment instead of finely milled pigment because it just looks like straight up metal on the lid and I think that's why, because this isn't a finely milled loose pigment. These are $16 a piece. If you add in the "Duraline" which is a water less clear liquid these pigments can turn into: liner, lipstick and more.
Next I knew I wanted to try their gel liner because that is what I always associate Inglot with is their creme gel liner. They didn't have it in black so I got it in charcoal which is shade 78. Everyone is right this is so creamy and pigmented it glides on like a dream. I find it's easy to pick up too much product sometimes and also because of how creamy it is it's easier to make mistakes. However, eyeliner is one of the easiest things to clean up. Just take a clean angled brush and dip it into some remover and sharpen those wings like knives. This is $14.
Something that I got that I really wasn't impressed with was the Long and Curly Mascara. I don't know what possessed me to buy this because I never like most mascaras. I just felt like this one didn't do anything at all including coat my lashes. I felt like it was so thin in formula that you could barely tell if I had any mascara on at all. So that was a fail. This is $14
I tried one of their foundations and this was the biggest surprise out of all of this. I think it's my all time favorite foundation. Like my holy grail. Which is the Inglot YSM Cream Foundation. Now, before hand my fave was probably the NARS Sheer Glow but this one has taken it's place. There was limited shades. So I was just shooting in the dark. The one I chose was #49 when it got here it looked so dark. In the container and on my hand both, it looked incredibly dark. So I was thinking "well that's just great". However, once applied because of it's medium coverage and healthy glow it was a perfect match! I've never had a foundation match my skin that good. Its super light weight, it feels like nothing and it also doesn't have to sit on the skin for a minute before it looks good. This looks beautiful on the skin as soon as you blend it in. I use a kabuki brush for it so that I have a little more coverage. Also because it has some luminosity to it so I don't want a damp beauty sponge to mess with the finish or coverage of it. It was one of those things I noticed right away, Most times when I try a foundation it's like mid day before I notice if my skin looks noticeably good, for those foundations that have made me notice my skin that is. This wasn't like that I blended it in and just stared at my skin. Before powder, concealer, or anything I was just so in love with how nice and healthy my skin looked. It didn't get super shiny through out the day. It did just a touch but basically it stayed the same finish and color (didn't oxidize) the entire day. So this is A+ for me. This is $18
Lastly I got the Under Eye Corrective Illuminator. I have dark circles and I always use a corrector. So I got this because it's pen style much like the MAC Light Boost, and YSL Touche Eclat pens. This has a good amount of pigment. It came kinda broken though their was a ton of product in the lid so it was super messy. The product itself is nice but probably not something I would get again. So it's just "eh" in my opinion. Nothing wrong with it but didn't blow me out of the water either.
,As you may know Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH) has released stick foundations! I'm super excited about this because everything that ABH puts out, I know has taken years in the making and honestly I can remember nearly two years ago seeing Norvina asking about formulation preferences and what have you, from their customers. Which I think is what makes their company so brilliant is that: they do their research, they're meticulous, and they have a strong social media presence where they interact with their customers and ask their opinions and also listen to their requests/concerns. I've always truly admired that and they are constantly trying to put out the best products possible and I don't think their has ever been a product I didn't like from them to be honest. This is no different.
These released on Thursday, they are $25 each, there are 30 shades 4 will be coming in September, they will be in store toward the end of August. These are targeted for more oily/combination skin. I totally agree, because it's a drier formula. Although, I have normal skin and this works just fine for me. I would say it's a medium coverage and build-able coverage. So it could easily be full coverage if that's what you wanted.
My honest first thoughts of this (this isn't sponsored in any way btw), is it's unlike any stick foundation I have. Most stick foundations are very dewy, heavy, and super full coverage which can be cakey. The MUFE Ultra HD foundation stick, which is also great, is very dewy on me and can sometimes feel a bit heavy on my skin. I have shade Ivory, and this is super light weight you don't feel like anything is on your skin. I buff it in with a flat top kabuki just because that's what gives me the best coverage and a damp sponge tends to sheer out foundations on me. So that's why I prefer the kabuki brush for this. The finish is a satin finish in my opinion. Also these are being marketed for cream highlight and cream contour sticks as well. Which I totally understand because of the formula and how light weight and not over powering they are.
I used it the first day with no primer, and no setting spray because I wanted to see how long lasting the foundation was on it's own and what it done without extra reinforcement. It got slightly dewy not bad, just a bit, but it's humid and hot here in TN so I think that was why. It didn't seem to break up at all and my highlight, contour, and blush stayed in place and also didn't oxidize as the day went on. Nor did they get patchy. I'm thoroughly impressed. I finally took it off after 8 hours, when I washed my face, and it was still in tact. It had gotten a little more dewy but again I didn't have any primer, setting spray, nothing on to help this stay to its actual finish. So I think that this would be really awesome for oily skin types when using a primer or setting spray, or both.
Here I'm wearing shade Ivory. I tend to like foundations that are more yellow based and this is a great neutral-warm based foundation for me. I'm also pretty dang pale right now too so I'm loving the shade range they have. There are shades that are even lighter than this. They have the palest shades to a great selection of deep shades. They will be available in Macy's, Dillards, Sephora, and Ulta stores. They are available now on the ABH website.
Recently I got the chance to try some Studio Gear products. I got to try the Dual Identity Mineral Wet and Dry Foundation, Revitalizing Day Serum, and a #3 Domed Foundatrion Brush.
Lets just start breaking this down:
The Mineral Foundation can be used 4 ways.
As a powder foundation buffed in with a kabuki/buffing brush.
It can be mixed with the Revitalizing Serum to make it a hydrating serum style foundation, or it can be mixed with your own everyday moisturizer. It's also suggested to use with the Day Lotion SPF 15 from Studio Gear to make it a cream foundation or a cream contour if you get a darker shade.
You can use it as a Mattifying finishing powder, and then also as a contour powder with the darker shades.
This , like I said, can be applied with a brush dry or it can be applied with a damp beauty sponge as well, for a bit more coverage. It can be layered to give you even more coverage as well. There are 8 shades. I have shade Bisque, which is the lightest shade. The foundation runs for $28. They also have a "subscribe and save" option, where you save 10% and it get's delivered every 30 days. Using this, I was blown away with how much coverage just the "dry" powder has by itself, without layering it, using a damp sponge, or mixing it with the serum. What I also love is that while they do serve up great tools to use with their products, you don't have to have special Studio Gear tools to use this like some companies. It helps I'm sure, but if money is a concern then you can use your kabuki brush or sponge that you already own with this product.
Here is the link toStudio Gear's YouTube video on how you can use this foundation.
I'm gonna go ahead and copy and paste the ingredients for you, so that it's easier right off the bat. This is straight from the company.
Not tested on animals
Ingredients: Boron Nitride, Zinc Oxide, Zinc Stearate, Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Sorbic Acid, Water/Aqua, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Honey Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate. MAY CONTAIN: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499) Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Manganese Violet (CI 77742).
TALC FREE FRAGRANCE FREE PARABEN FREE
The Revitalizing Day Serum can be used to mix the foundation and turn it into a liquid/serum foundation. It's also recommended to be applied alone over your moisturizer. It packs a punch to it from just a skin care point of view alone, with some awesome ingredients that, once again, I'm just going to tell copy straight from the website:
The #3 Domed Brush is the softest brush that I own. I kid you not. This brush, I was not excited about at first because the handle was a bit longer than what I like. That doesn't even phase me now, because the brush is THAT GOOD. This brush retails for $40. Currently they have 27 brushes and 3 brush sets. I would absolutely LOVE to own every single brush they have, because I'm so impressed with this brush. When you get the chance, try some of their brushes. You will not be let down unless you actually want unicorn hair and angel kisses for brushes. This brush is said to work specifically well as a buffing brush for liquid foundations. It's domed shape will make it more useful as a "buffing" technique instead of a "stippling" technique like flat top kabuki brushes are good for,
Now lets talk a bit about the brand:
Studio Gear, which has been around for a while, is known for their brushes. At least that's what I've always known them for. For good reason, they are amazing. They are so amazing in fact, that there is a "lifetime product guarantee" and everything from basic to advanced is covered underneath that policy from what I understand. Which for a company to go ahead and say "listen we promise our brushes will be so amazing, that if something goes wrong we'll replace it no matter if you got it 3 weeks ago or 10 years ago" that speaks VOLUMES to me. This company has "full collection of professional makeup brushes, revolutionizing complexion formulas, and a wide selection of color products for the eyes, cheeks, and lips". With a reasonable, what I like to call "mid-line" price point, these don't break the bank so that's always a plus. Studio Gear was designed with "MUA's in mind" and I think that they accomplished that. With sleek packaging and quality products how can you go wrong? Their motto is "Modern, Classic, Confident", and I feel they exude that, from packaging to quality it's never a question of "trend" or what's popular right now exactly, it's a "staple" concept if you will. I look at them and I think "these are staple products, that I will gladly use today, tomorrow, and keep purchasing years down the road". So basically they live up to their motto in my book.
Here is the link to the Dual Identity Wet and Dry Mineral Foundation. $28
Here is the link to the Revitalizing Day Serum. $40
Here is the link to the #3 Domed Foundation Brush. $40
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