Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Foundation Roundup

I've got 4 different foundations I'm using right now and here's a little round up. Each has a different feel, look, longevity in a range of prices. Unfortunately blogger doesn't publish full resolution photos so you will only be able to see subtly differences in my photos. For better images check out @pinkhairfloosie on instagram.

Tarte Hybrid Gel light-medium beige:
This is a new purchase and I like the finish. It has a natural glow to is and a dewy finish. I looked like I just came from the beach. As a primer I mixed Benefit Porefessional Primer with L'Oréal Lumi in ice for a little extra shine. It lasts well for most of the day and lends well to the natural shine that will take over at the end of the day. You really need the right tools to get this blended properly but the good news is they're cheap. I use an e.l.f. blending brush and blending sponge $11 total! It feels wet but light. Unfortunately this rich gel formula is the most expensive at $39. Don't fret, the others don't even come close to that price tag.

Maybelline Dream Velvet in sandy beige:
Interestingly while the dewy finish is hot right now so is the matte look. This goes on beautifully with the same tools and is only $11. You must blend blend blend or you'll look like a clown. But when done right this will give you a perfect sophisticated flawless finish. It has a soft creamy feel. I use L'Oréal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base which has a very strange sticky texture and should never be used with a very wet foundation like the HD or gel.

e.l.f. Flawless Finish in buff:
Unfortunately this color is out of stock but give them 6 weeks it'll be worth the weight because it's $6!!! It won't last 12 hours but you'll get a solid 6 of a natural beautiful finish that is much easier to apply without error. Because it blends so well it feels weightless. I use e.l.f. Mineral Infused Primer (if you have red or blotchy skin buy the green, yellow or sallow skin buy lavender).

NYX HD Foundation in natural:
This one is very technical and $18. HD formulas absorb light to give a polished finish in photographs. They are heavy and wet and not really for everyday use. I use my fingers not a brush and then blend with a sponge dipped in NYX Honey Dew Me Up (I use this technique with the wet  tarte gel as well). I prime with NYX HD Primer which has terrible reviews but that's because it's difficult to use properly, all HD formulas are. It's stark white and if it's not blended perfectly you're in trouble. Frankly unless you're experienced I don't recommend using HD prouducts. It feels wet and heavy. Unfortunately my picture isn't really showing what this product (sorry I'll work on this problem).

That's todays round up. Do you have a foundation you love? Comment and tell me all about it.

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