Showing posts with label foundation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label foundation. Show all posts

Monday, July 24, 2017

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation

Hey everyone! Just stopping by today with a quick review on my new go-to foundation at the moment: an oldie but a goodie, the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation.

I won't ramble on too long about this product because I definitely could, so here is what I've noticed with it in the time I've been using it so far:

  • Coverage is medium but definitely buildable.
  • Finish is natural, almost dewy but not quite. 
  • You need to set it with a powder because it will stay tacky to the touch even after a while. 
  • It has a light, fresh scent that goes away very quickly after applying it. 
  • Didn't cause me to break out or any irritation to my sensitive skin. 
  • It felt very hydrating and comfortable; GREAT for dry skin types 
  • Definitely lives up to the long wearing claim; lasts well through heat, humidity, sweat, etc. 
  • Very light feeling on the skin, you don't even notice you're wearing foundation. 
  • Bonus: FINALLY a drugstore foundation with a shade light enough for my non-tanned skintone (very fair skinned girls will understand what I mean!) 
The Bottom Line

I love this foundation! While I wish I didn't have to set it with powder which can feel drying on my skin, it's otherwise super comfortable and everything I look for in a foundation! Plus it's drugstore, so you can feel good about the price. Definitely a must try for dry skin types looking for an affordable foundation. I'm not sure how well it would last on oily skin (let me know in the comments if you've tried it and have oily skin!!) but I think this is a great product. 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Review: Wet N' Wild Photofocus Foundation

Hey everyone, long time no talk. I'm in the midst of my final exams so I've been pretty dead to the world, but I promise I've been trying out a TON of new products so stay tuned for reviews! 😀
So, I hadn't tried out a new foundation in ages until I picked this one up, and I knew from the first time I used it that I NEEDED to review it. It was so hyped up so I had pretty high hopes from the start.
I'll start off by saying that I was so impressed by the shade selection on this foundation. There are 20 different shades which is pretty great for a drugstore foundation. I'm so happy I was actually able to find a light enough shade for my skin which tends to be an issue with some foundations at the drugstore.

What I Noticed: 

  • Medium coverage, but definitely buildable
  • It smells like paint... thankfully the smell fades away but yeah, paint smell
  • No pump but you get the product out with a paddle type thing that works pretty well
  • Fairly long lasting but at the end of the day I find it settles a bit strangely around my nose and between my eyebrows
  • You definitely need to set it with a powder or else it will remain tacky 
  • Applies well with both a brush or a beauty blender
  • Not 100% transferproof but pretty close to it

Overall, this foundation did have its drawbacks but I really did like it. Besides the fact that it was crazy affordable ($6 US, I believe?), it was a really solid drugstore foundation. I think that I would recommend this more for dry to normal skin types, as I don't think it would hold up as well on oily skin.

Let me know what you think if you've tried this/want to try this!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Foundation Review Friday: Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse

I'll be honest, for some reason when I picked up this foundation, I thought I would hate it. I primarily use liquid foundations, but this one is a thick, cream consistency type foundation, which I assumed would be pretty cakey, however I have to say I was pretty pleasantly surprised by this product! I haven't heard too many people talk about it though, which I think is sad because this product is a hidden gem in the drugstore for us ladies with dry skin.

The Claims

Cream-whipped consistency
Skin looks and feels hydrated for 14 hours
Best suited for normal to dry skin types
Provides "baby-smooth" finish on skin
Oil and fragrance free

The Results

The foundation felt more like a thick cream to me, not so much cream-whipped, so it did feel a little heavy on the skin upon application, however it doesn't look heavy or cakey.
I definitely notice that my skin looks hydrated while wearing this foundation. It's definitely a good foundation choice if you have dry skin.
It didn't cling to any dry patches or texture on my skin, so I can definitely agree with the "baby-smooth" claim.
This product does not set on its own. You definitely cannot skip using a finishing powder.
I do notice that this product, more than others I've been using, is not transfer-proof.
It comes with a sponge-like applicator, which works okay to apply it, but I definitely prefer a brush for it.
The finish on my skin is pretty dewey, even after setting it with a mattifying powder.

The Verdict

I like this foundation a lot, especially on days when my skin is more dry than usual and I don't want a finnicky foundation which will require me to exfoliate and heavily moisturize beforehand. I'm not crazy about the fact it's not transfer-proof (watch out when hugging people!), but I can live with it. I think I will love it even more during the winter months!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Foundation Review Friday: Rimmel 'Wake Me Up' Foundation

Do you remember a few years ago when everyone was talking about this foundation? This foundation was a favourite of mine back in high school when I was getting started in makeup and watching lots of beauty gurus YouTube. I honestly hadn't used it in years, but since decided to pick it up again and give it some love and see if it's as good as I remember it being!

The Claims

  • Gives skin a radiant glow
  • Prevents premature aging
  • Light, smooth texture
  • Poreless coverage
  • Natural, flawless finish

The Results

  • This foundation only comes in 5 different shades,which can be a bit frustrating for those with more fair or dark complexions. I use the lightest shade (Ivory), and I can only pull it off in the summer when I'm a bit darker than usual.
  • It has a really nice scent. Normally I'm not one to want scented face products but this scent is really fresh and mild. It doesn't linger at all once you apply it.
  • The so-called "radiant glow" comes from the fact that there is some shimmer to this foundation. Keep that in mind if shimmer isn't your thing. It isn't anything too crazy, but it is a bit noticeable when you're in the sun.
  • It feels very light and comfortable on the skin.
  • It doesn't cling to any texture or dry patches on the skin.
  • It lasts pretty well on the skin. I wore it out on hot days or at work and it still looked pretty good at the end of the day. 

The Verdict

I honestly forgot how much I really loved this foundation. It applies so well and lasts great too. If you're okay with the fact that you will sparkle a little bit under the sun, I highly recommend checking it out (hopefully there's a shade that matches you well!).

Friday, July 29, 2016

Foundation Review Friday: Maybelline 'Dream Wonder' Fluid-Touch Foundation

I really debated about reviewing this foundation for Foundation Review Friday because it's been discontinued. However I still see it in some stores, and it's still readily available on Amazon, so I figured it wouldn't hurt.

I have a love-hate relationship with this foundation. It has some really great qualities and some pretty annoying ones. But more about that later.

I can't find too much online about this foundation's claims, since it is being discontinued. I do know that it is supposed to be lightweight and flawless looking on the skin.

The Results

  • The foundation itself is very very thin and liquid-y. It gives about light to medium coverage that is buildable. 
  • It is very lightweight on the skin and is really comfortable to wear. It really does feel like you have nothing on. 
  • It gives a natural looking satin finish on the skin. 
  • It settles onto dry skin making it very noticeable. You definitely need to exfoliate and moisturize well before using this foundation. 
  • After a few hours of wear, I noticed this foundation settled into my pores and looked a little strange. I'd suggest using a pore smoothing primer under it. 
  • You get the product out of the bottle with a (very annoying) dropper, which makes getting the product out time consuming. 

The Verdict

It's an okay foundation, but it would work better for normal skin types who just want a little coverage and maybe to even out the complexion, but otherwise have no skin issues. 

While I can make this work, I feel like it's a little too much work for a drugstore foundation. If I need to add a bunch more steps before applying this foundation and I have others who don't require that, bottom line is, I won't be reaching for this foundation as much. It is a shame because it feels so nice on the skin when initially applied, but it just isn't the best. 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Foundation Review Friday: Covergirl 'Clean' Foundation for Sensitive Skin

This product is such a throwback for me. Covergirl's 'Clean' Foundation for Sensitive skin is the first foundation I ever purchased back when I was in high school and just getting into wearing makeup. Of course, this is a new bottle but using it brings back the memories.

From what I've seen at the drugstore, they're repackaged this foundation, so it doesn't look like this anymore. The print on the front of the bottle is now a lighter green but it's still in the same glass bottle.

The Claims

  • Lightweight
  • Unscented
  • Oil-free
  • Soothes redness
  • Moisturizes dryness
  • Does not irritate skin or clog pores

The Results

  • This foundation was very lightweight on the skin but it also gave light coverage
  • As claimed, it is unscented
  • I didn't notice any irritation or break outs caused from this foundation
  • I did not find it to be moisturizing nor drying; it kind of just sat on top of my skin 
  • I found that it would cling to any dry patches on my skin
  • Even though it gave very light coverage, it applied pretty streaky on my skin when I used a brush. Definitely opt for a Beauty Blender for this. 
  • I can't really say it "soothed" any redness, but it covered it up well
  • The bottle of this foundation is the worst! It has no dropper or pump, so you have to pour it out, however it is a fairly thick product, so pouring it isn't exactly easy...

The Verdict 

I found that for a light coverage foundation, this was not easy to work with. It took a lot of effort for it to look natural on me. I was pretty disappointed because it wasn't as good as I remembered it being back in the day, but then again, I've tried so many awesome foundations since then.

I'm not sure if it's been reformulated since the packaging has changed, but I don't believe it has. Overall, I don't think it's the best foundation out there. However, I do highly recommend the pressed powder that goes with this. It has been one of my holy grail powders ever since I first tried it and I have repurchased it many times!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Foundation Friday: Maybelline 'Dream Velvet' Foundation

For this week's Foundation Friday, I'm going to be talking about Maybelline's Dream Wonder foundation which I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with. I was initially very drawn to it, despite the very mixed reviews I had read/watched, because of the claims the product made. I really did have to try it for myself. If you are new to my blog and these reviews, I have dry and somewhat sensitive skin, which tends to complicate the process of finding good drugstore foundations.

The Claims
Hydrating, matte formula
Gel-whipped consistency
Ideal for normal to combination skin
Medium coverage
Soft matte finish

The Results
-I'm not quite sure if this product was really hydrating. In fact, I think the better word would be oily. I have dry skin, and after a few hours of wearing this product (and setting it with a mattifying powder!), I found myself becoming oily.
-On application, it did give a really nice soft matte finish.
-It had a really cool whipped gel consistency, which I found applied best with a brush. I felt as though my beauty blender absorbed a lot of the product when using that, so a brush is a lot better in this case.
-It gave just about medium coverage on me, but I did not find it to be buildable (it got cakey and patchy when trying to apply more product).
-The product is not transfer proof, so watch out when hugging people wearing white!
-I also noticed after a few hours, the product seperated a bit and looked a bit patchy and weird on oilier areas of my face (chin, forehead, nose).
I know a lot of this sounds pretty negative, and initially I was SUPER disappointed in this product. However, what I found to make a world of a difference with this product is using a good primer and setting it with a good powder afterwards. I've started pairing it with the Too Faced Hangover Rx primer and finishing with the Rimmel Stay Matte powder and it looks so much more flawless. No more separating or excessive oiliness.

The Verdict
This is a product you need to work with. I was initially disappointed, but I experimented with it and found a routine that makes this product look great on me. If you own this product and initially didn't like it too much, keep working with it and try different primers and powders until you find the right balance for you. It does sound a little tedious, but I was pretty determined to make it work for me because it wasn't cheap for a drugstore foundation ($17!)
This is not the product for you if you're looking for a "one step, slap in on your face and go" kind of product. If you're willing to put in the extra work though, it can look really nice.
Overall, not the best drugstore foundation by a long shot, but definitely workable.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Foundation Review Friday: Physician's Formula 'Touch of Glow' Foundation

Now that it's summer, I'm on the hunt for that glow. As much as I love my many matte or semi-matte foundations, I'd definitely like a foundation that offers a nice dewy, glowy finish. I have dry skin, so I'm not too afraid of venturing into more hydrating or luminous foundations. So that is when I purchased the Physician's Formula 'Touch of Glow' Foundation from their Nude Wear line.

Let's be honest here, the main thing that would attract you to this foundation is probably the adorable packaging. It's pink and rose gold and has a little bow on it. Yeah, I was sold. Was it worth it, though?

The Claims 
  • Weightless
  • Illuminating and radiant
  • "Just the right amount of coverage" 
  • Virtually undetectable on skin
  • One pump of product is the perfect amount

It is also hypoallergenic, paraben free, gluten free, dermatologist approved, non-comedogenic and fragrance free. 

The Facts

  • I did find it to be pretty weightless on my skin. It had a nice, hydrating feel to it and didn't stick to any areas of texture. 
  • It had a dewy, luminous finish, however I felt like it never completely set. I did have to add a finishing powder on top, which cut a bit of the dewy appearance. It still looked really nice though. 
  • The coverage was almost about medium on me, but one pump was definitely NOT the perfect amount. You need about 2 to cover the entire face. 
  • Don't bother with the foundation brush they included. I found it to be too small and the shape was not very useful for foundation application. It's pretty useful for under eye concealer though! 
  • The thing I dislike the most is the colour range... What range? From what I saw, you had 2 options, "Light" and "Light/Medium". I have it in "Light" and it was still a bit too dark on my skin which is pretty fair. 
  • I do notice that it faded a bit on me after a few hours of wear. It definitely isn't the most long wearing foundation I've tried but it didn't oxidize or look patchy at all over time. 
  • As it claimed, it has no scent, did not clog pores or cause any kind of bad reaction on my skin (which is sensitive). 

The Verdict

I found this foundation to be just okay. It gave a very fresh faced, radiant look which I love and it didn't feel too heavy. I think it's a really nice foundation for summer if you're not looking for something with as much coverage. 

If you have fair skin or oily skin, I'd probably skip this one, I'm pretty annoyed by the lack of variety with the shade range but this is pretty standard for Physician's Formula products. 

Overall though, I think it's a pretty good foundation for summer if it works for your skin tone, type and coverage needs. 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Foundation Review Friday: Covergirl 'Ready Set Gorgeous' Foundation

So many drugstore foundations get a lot of hype on the internet, but I feel like Covergirl's 'Ready Set Gorgeous' foundation never really got much attention. I guess I can understand why; packaging wise, it isn't exactly the most intriguing. There's nothing necessarily wrong with it, but I feel the plastic and bright pink on it may make you think twice about it. Which I think is a shame, because this is a truly fantastic foundation.

I myself am guilty of judging the foundation by it's packaging. In fact, I probably wouldn't have even tried it if it wasn't on sale. Even once I did, I didn't even have the highest expectations for it. Of course, I was pleasantly surprised.

The claims- 

  • Oil-free formula
  • Medium coverage to give a natural, flawless look

The facts- 

Here is what I found with this foundation:

  • It comes in 12 different shades
  • This foundation gives about a medium coverage, that is buildable without becoming cakey. 
  • Applied well with both a brush or a beauty blender, but I found a brush gave better coverage. 
  • Long wearing, especially with a primer underneath (it lasted me 12 hours once, paired with the Benefit Porefessional).
  • It has no noticeable scent. 
  • It didn't cause any breakouts, irritation or reaction in my skin (I have dry, sensitive skin).
  • It did not cling to any dry patches/rough areas on my skin. 
  • It did crease (or kind of settle strangely?) a little bit in some areas after a few areas, but nothing extreme. 
  • It set to a very natural looking semi-matte finish. 
  • Does not oxidize

The Verdict

Honestly, this has to be one of the best drugstore foundations I've tried in a while. Besides the fact that it's super affordable and easily accessible, it is a really good formulation. I was really impressed with this and I definitely will be repurchasing this when I run out, which is a lot to say for a drugstore foundation. I highly recommend giving this a try. It works great on my dry skin, but since it has an oil-free formula, I think it would be great on oily skin types as well. 


Saturday, February 6, 2016

January Favourites!

Hey everyone! I'm a bit late on my favourites this month (blame school!) but I have a ton of things that I LOVED this month so this will be a long one! If you would like a longer, more in depth review of any of the products I've mentioned, let me know in the comments and I will definitely do one!


Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation
I've been using the Too Faced 'Born This Way' foundation pretty steadily since the summer so I was looking to try something new this month and I found a great one. This foundation has the nicest texture and gives incredible coverage. The staying power is also pretty great for a drugstore foundation. 

Nyx High Voltage Lipsticks
These lipsticks are so incredible that I've gone back to purchase more about 3 times. I own around 6 of them now and I'm so in love with them. They do everything you want from a lipstick: they're creamy and hydrating, they have a great lasting power and the best thing about them is how insanely pigmented they are. Let me know in the comments if you'd like a more in depth review with swatches of all the ones I have!

Beauty Blender
I put off buying one of these for so long but having now tried it, I can honestly say that the hype around this product is justified. The Beauty Blender applies my foundation and concealer better than a lot of my brushes do. In fact, I tested out a few products I didn't like once again but using the Beauty Blender to apply it, and they looked a hundred times better.

I had 3 back-to-back Shellac manicures over the course of December and early January and it left my nails really dry, brittle and weak. My nail technician highly recommended this product, which is essentially a treatment for your nails that applies like a clear polish but strengthens your nails with vitamins and makes them stronger. I'm so glad I decided to give this product a try. My nails were back to their normal, healthy selves in almost no time at all!

Skin Care:

Olay Fresh Effects Long Live Moisture! Satin Finish Lotion
I've struggled trying to find a good moisturizer that would leave my skin hydrated but also not overly greasy. They're not kidding when they say this moisturizer has a satin finish; you will not believe how smooth and silky it leaves your skin feeling. It hydrates but basically doubles as the perfect primer for your foundation. Amazing.

St Ives Oatmeal and Shea Butter moisturizer
I'm so lazy with moisturizing my skin, but now that it's winter and my skin is much drier, I don't have much of a choice. As soon as I tried this one, I was honestly changed (I know, that sounded really dramatic). This stuff is so nice I actually WANT to use it. It smells sweet and leaves the skin super hydrated and soft. And of course, the thing that makes or breaks a moisturizer for many; it is quickly absorbed and isn't greasy!!

Marcelle Micellar water
I've been using this product for months, so I can't say its really a January favourite... The reason why I'm including it though this this: I took it for granted. I ran out of it and was using a few different micellar waters only to rush back to buy another bottle of this. It's just so good. It removes all makeup in just 2 swipes of a cotton pad and doesn't sting your eyes. I could honestly rave about it for ages.


Breaking Bad
Yes, I know. I very well may be the last person on earth to watch this show. I put it off for so long thinking I wouldn't be that into it. Finally, I caught up to everything I'm currently watching and (with my boyfriends persistent encouragement) I started watching it. I won't say anything else about it other than the fact that I started it around the second week of January and I'm currently starting the 5th season... Yeah, its good...

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
If you're looking for a funny, light read, I recommend this book so so much. I love Mindy Kaling's style of writing and sense of humour. It's such an entertaining and quick read, I loved every minute of it.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Too Faced 'Born This Way' Foundation Review

I have always had problems finding the perfect foundation. My skin typically tends to be dry and most foundations I've tried usually accentuate that and cling to dry spots. I read pretty mixed reviews about Too Faced's 'Born This Way' foundation but I figured I'd give it a try since I'm a pretty big fan of their products in general.

This foundation changed the game for me. It provides medium but buildable coverage, and just glides on your skin like a dream. It has the most lovely feeling on the skin, I almost can't describe it. The perfect balance between matte and dewy making it look SO natural that you honestly can't tell you have foundation on. I wear the shade Nude and was matched at Sephora so it was a perfect match. (although I'll have to see about getting matched again since that was back in August and I'm sure I've lost most of my tan by now).

Ever since I tried this foundation in the summer, I've worn nothing but it. It's seriously that great. I would recommend this especially for anyone with dry skin because it honestly goes right over it and doesn't make it obvious. I also tend to have sensitive skin and acne prone skin and I had no reaction at all with this foundation. Way to go, Too Faced. This stuff is amazing.

They also recently expanded their range of shades to 18, so it's very likely you'd find your shade. The packaging is very nice and classic looking and has a pump which was an extra selling point for me; nothing worse than having to coax stubborn foundation out from the bottom of the bottle.

The only con for me is that it is a bit pricy ($57 CAD) but it does last fairly long since just a little of the product goes a long way, which does make it worth the price.

If you've tried it, let me know what you thought in the comments below!