Lately I'm sure you've heard people in the makeup community talking about the L'Oreal Pro Glow Foundation. It's kinda hard to find but I got mine off Ulta. So this is coming off the heels of their super popular and well loved Pro Matte foundation. It's $12.99 and comes in 12 shades. The good thing about drugstore foundation is that there is usually a sale or a coupon you can use. When I bought mine it was buy one get one 50% off. Ulta always has a code for their "drugstore" stuff if you spend $15 you get $3.50 off or that's how mine worked. It used to be $10 but they bumped it up to $15 it seems. You ain't fooling no one Ulta we see you. The code out right now that does actually work on a $10 purchase supposedly is "308920". I think the L'Oreal site has coupons you can print off, and check your local papers or Walgreens for coupons as well. Also while ordering online be sure to use Ebates and get you some cash back for your purchase.
I got shade 204 which is the 4th shade but still pretty light but works really well. I actually prefer lighter shades because I know I can use bronzer to make them match my neck but I can keep the center of my face lighter, if that makes sense. It's a medium coverage foundation. It wears really well, it has a nice finish, it's not overly luminous. It says the finish is actually radiant. It's not overly dewy, it's just slightly dewy in my opinion. So I feel like it's a really nice finish that a lot of skin types can wear and it's not heavy on the face which most medium coverage foundations aren't. I don't feel as if it's super transferable or like it's just sitting on top of the skin. I actually wore it with a oil mattifying primer the first day because it was 96 degrees and I was going to be outside for several hours in full face makeup and it didn't get dewy AT ALL. That's my first tip: wear a primer. Any primer, just something. I've used a mattifying one and a smoothing one and they both worked great. I tried it with no primer, and it didn't seem to work as well.
Here's the swatch of shade 202. It's actually much more neutral based and not as warm as this picture. I swatched it quite heavy so that it would be more opaque. Which I feel like this could be built up for more coverage IF you wanted more.
This picture is of me with nothing on at all on the top left, then bottom left it's the Pro Glow Foundation by itself, and finally the big picture is full makeup including concealer under the eyes. The primer I used with this was a smoothing one. It left my skin a bit more luminous than the mattifying primer I'd used a few days before. Even though it is more luminous, I don't find that I have to powder it or use oil absorbing sheets to get rid of any excess oil. That is AWESOME.
I'd also like to say this does oxidize a bit. It come out as more of a yellow based foundation and then oxidizes into a neutral cooler toned base. Normally I don't like cooler toned bases but this is a neutral one that doesn't pull pink so I'm actually fine with this. I didn't build the coverage on this I just left it as is on the first application and I applied it with a flat top kabuki from Sigma. I wouldn't use a damp sponge with this personally ONLY because I think it would sheer it out even more by adding in more moisture so I don't feel like that would be the way to go. Then again it's all personal preference so do whatever you like. There are no rules.
I do powder my face with this by using the Algenist Color Correcting powder. Not a ton, just a dusting on my face with a big fluffy brush. I do this so that my bronzer goes on smoother and doesn't get patchy. I find that it's kinda needful with this foundation.
This was the first day I wore it. It was 96 degrees out and I had to go to a birthday party that was going to be outside mainly. I used MUFE Mattifying primer and UD All Nighter setting spray. It was pretty matte the entire day and it stayed on really really well. It looked amazing as well.
This picture I used the MUFE Smoothing Primer and no setting spray or highlight. Just powder and bronzer an blush. It still stayed on really well. It's supposed to be 24 hour wear but come on, who wears foundation for 24 hours solid????? Not many.
So that's that. I really like this foundation. It's not something I'm gonna use when I'm having a bad skin day but it is a lovely foundation when you want to look a bit more natural. So I find for summer it's really pleasant because it just adds to the glow the skin already has in the summer.
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