Hey everyone! Hope you guys had an awesome Christmas. Get anything special?
I'm back with a review; and have some other reviews and looks planned for you!
I picked up this foundation a while ago with the intention of testing it on my mom. She uses a Merle Norman cream to powder and I was curious to get her to try something else. I ended up picking up my shade as well as they were buy one, get one 50% off.
Well, needless to say, she now uses this as an undereye concealer and I'm not 100% sold on the product.
If you've seen any other review on this product, you know there is some wasteful packaging, blah blah blah... I agree, I think they could have put the product in the top and made a tiny compartment for the sponge in the bottom... but they were going for some kind of aesthetic... thing.
I picked up the shade 110 Ivory, which is an okay match for my skin, albeit a bit orange for being the lightest shade.
The product retails from Walgreens for $8.99, you can probably find it a little cheaper at Wal Mart. You get 0.49oz, which is less than the average liquid foundation but more than the average pressed powder foundation.
When I first got it, I had a problem with figuring out how to apply it. I first tried the included sponge, and I got not only an uneven application but also a really thick one. I then tried a synthetic kabuki, which was too light coverage. I now tend to use a flat foundation brush (like the Mac 190). I'm still not 100% pleased, so I bought a duo fibre stippling brush, but that is a story for another day.
I'd say this is a medium coverage foundation. You can build it up, but you will definitely be able to see the foundation on your skin. I like this, but only in the colder months of the year. When I tested it in summer (more like late September), it was too oily on my dry skin... which is hard to do. By the time I got to work, I could -feel- the makeup on my skin and it was sitting on top of it instead of settling. But now that it is colder, I feel more comfortable wearing it as my skin isn't trying to sweat it off. I am looking at getting a translucent powder and trying that on top of it to see if it helps.
I applied it for the review and asked my ever helpful husband to look at my skin and see what he thought. He said my skin looked nice but when he got close, he could see that I had foundation on. I'm not personally a fan of that look so I am a bit self conscious while wearing it, to be honest.
Overall, a pretty basic review... if you have dry skin and it's fall/winter (or even a chilly Spring), go for it. If you have oily skin any time of the year, stay far, far away.
Now... pictures. The first is half and half (no foundation on right side of pic and foundation on left) and the later photos are full face and close ups.