Beauty, Makeup

Almay Smart Shade Makeup 

Sometimes I get sucked in and buy drugstore products in the hope that they’ll be just as good as higher end options. I’ve found some gems and had many more disappointments. Recently, I decided to try the Almay Smart Shade Skintone Matching Makeup which can be purchased from Target for about $10.

I’ve got to admit that this one ended up being a HUGE disappointment for me. It blended well into my skin – too well, in fact. I couldn’t see any difference wearing this product versus wearing no makeup at all. I guess it’s claims are really true then because it matched to my skintone perfectly, but it also didn’t cover ANY of my flaws. My skintone still looked a bit uneven and my acne was not even a little bit covered. I think this foundation would really only work for those blessed few who already have perfect skin and are only after the SPF factor.

What are some foundations that disappointed you? Are there any I should definitely avoid? Please, let me know in the comments section!

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Maybelline Fit Me! Foundation 

A while ago, I mentioned that I was trying a bunch of drugstore foundations to review. It’s been an interesting experience because I’m just so used to ridiculously expensive foundations from Sephora, but I’ve found a few gems. One such gem is the Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation, which can be purchased from Target and similar stores for only $6.

Now, this foundation is not without its flaws, but I’m just stunned that something can perform so well and cost only $6! I was very impressed by the range of shades in this foundation line. They also have two different formulations. I purchased the Matte + Poreless one because I hate looking oily, but they also have a Dewy + Smooth formula if you’re someone who has drier skin or you just prefer a dewy finish.

There are two drawbacks to this foundation. First, it doesn’t last all day. I do find that about halfway through the work day, I feel like the foundation has pretty much completely faded away. Also, I find that I have to apply quite a bit of this foundation in order to get my desired look. But, still, it is only $6 so I don’t mind having to put on a few extra coats.

Overall, I do like this foundation. It blends very easily with the assistance of my damp beauty blender. It creates a medium-coverage, natural-looking finish. Also, it covers my acne pretty well, so I don’t need to use as much concealer afterwards. If you’re on a budget and you need a great foundation, I think this one is a pretty safe bet!

Have you tried this foundation? What did you think? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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The Porefessional Primer

Benefit is one of my favorite brands at Sephora. I think they have some really fun, innovative products, and I appreciate that they’re less expensive than some other brands at Sephora. Recently, I tried Benefit’s The POREfessional Face Primer, which seems to be a very polarizing product among beauty bloggers. This primer can be purchased at Sephora for $31.

This primer is supposed to smooth skin and reduce the look of pores. It also contains Vitamin E which is great for skin. Now, I don’t really have overly large pores, so it’s hard for me to judge that, but I do love primers that smooth since I have some acne scars. I thought that this worked really well. It feels quite silky and definitely smoothed my skin. It also is oil-free which is great for acne-prone skin. I’ve used it under several different foundations, and it seems to perform well for me no matter if the foundation is dry in formulation or luminous. The reason I test primers with different types of foundations is because some primers that have a silky texture (like this one) don’t always work well with foundations that have similar textures. So, adding two silky products might cause skin to look overly oily and they may melt off during the day which would make them less long-lasting. However, that did not seem to be the case with this product. It performed well with several different foundation formulas.

Will I purchase the full size when my two deluxe samples are used up? Probably not. There are just so many primers out there and this one isn’t amazing. However, I did like it and it’s not terribly expensive for a primer, especially since a little goes a long way. So, I definitely recommend it for people who are in the market for a smoothing primer.

Have you tried this one? What’s your favorite primer? Be sure to let me know in the comment section.

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Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation 

Recently, I haven’t been super happy with my skin. I’ve been breaking out more than usual, and I don’t know if it’s hormones or stress or eating too much junk food or what. While I pinpoint the issue, I’ve been struggling to conceal my acne. Recently, I received a deluxe sample of the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation. This product can be purchased from Sephora for $43.

The timing of this sample was perfect since I like to judge foundation against flawed skin instead of when my skin is at its best. This way, I can see if it can handle me at my worst. Thankfully, I received the shade Ivory which ended up being perfect for my skin tone. I applied this with a wet beauty blender and watched it work its magic. This sank into my skin so effortlessly and required very little blending. The results were absolutely fantastic! So many of my flaws seemed completely erased (some acne, redness, dullness, etc) but it didn’t at all look like I was wearing foundation. The finish looked so nice that some days I didn’t even apply a finishing powder on top because it already looked so perfect. Now, this is definitely a medium-coverage foundation so I did still need a bit of concealer on my worst zits, but this is definitely a contender for becoming my favorite foundation! Also, I had enough in the sample bottle to wear it for about two weeks, and it didn’t seem to cause any additional acne. Between their great primers and this product, Make Up For Ever if quickly becoming one of my favorite brands. I highly recommend this one. I would say the results are even better than my previous top picks of Lancome Ideal Teint Foundation and the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation.

Have you tried this foundation? What did you think?

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Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation 

On my quest to find the perfect drugstore foundation that truly can compare to high end products, I picked up a bunch on my way home from work. This first one is a product that I remember using in high school and loving. Of course, a lot of things have changed since them. I’ve been spoiled on Sephora products and my skin has changed significantly. In high school, my skin was much oilier than it is now and I had more acne. Still, I wanted to give it a try to see what my impression would be after years of trying other makeup. This is the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation which can be purchased from Target and similar stores for $8.

The texture, true to its name, is a mousse. This is a much different texture than most foundations – it’s very light but kind of dry and it dries down into a kind of powdery finish. I’ve found that this doesn’t apply well with a brush or beauty blender sponge. It’s much easier to blend with your fingers, and I suspect this is because of the way fingers warm the foundation. This may sound odd, but skin is much warmer than room temperature and the contact seems to almost melt this makeup a little (which provides a better finish). Similarly, after I apply this foundation, it almost always looks weirdly cakey, but after a few minutes, my skin has warmed it up and it suddenly has a very pretty demi-matte finish. So, if you’re trying this one, don’t judge it too much until you’ve worn it for about 15 minutes.

I will say that this is a very medium coverage foundation. It covers redness and dullness and has a lovely finish, but it does not do a good job at covering acne, which makes it hard for me to wear it during certain times of the month. Also, because of the strange texture, I’ve found that it’s hard to layer concealer over the foundation. So, this is a better foundation if you have small flaws to cover that aren’t textural like zits or scars. I’m happy to wear it on “good” skin days, but I need something with fuller coverage and a different texture for “bad” skin days.

As for lasting power, this one does fade surprisingly fast. By lunchtime, I can tell that it’s faded quite a bit. I don’t want to reapply all my face makeup at work. I’ve tried setting powders and finishing sprays with it, and that helps a little but it’s still noticeably faded. Overall, I was disappointed with the lasting power and I wouldn’t suggest this one if you’re going to be in a humid or warm environment for long because it will definitely be gone quickly under those conditions.

I was impressed by this foundation, but I don’t think I’ll repurchase it. I’ve already found at least two better drugstore foundations that I’ll be reviewing in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

What is your favorite drugstore foundation? I’d love to know, so please feel free to leave your suggestions in the comment section so I can check them out.

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It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream 

I had been hearing so much about the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream, so I just had to get some for myself so I could review it and see what all the fuss is about! You can get the full-sized version of this product for $38 from Sephora, or you can get a travel sized version for $15.

Because this is a CC cream, you can expect it to have more coverage than a tinted moisturizer or BB cream and less coverage than a full-coverage foundation. I definitely found that this provided a solid medium-coverage, which was impressive. I bought the light shade, and it was almost too dark for me. It’s fine for the summer, but I would probably need the fair shade in the winter. Most products like this only come in three shades (light, medium, or dark), but this brand does carry 7 shades, which is awesome!

Now, you may wonder why it’s a CC+ cream instead of just a CC cream. This is because it provides some additional skincare benefits, mainly an anti-aging serum. I definitely haven’t used it long enough to see any anti-aging effects, and I don’t plan on using it for much longer because unfortunately it has been causing me to have some breakouts. I do have pretty sensitive skin, and I suspect it’s probably the anti-aging serum that is causing my breakouts. Because of this, I would suggest that acne prone people try the travel sized version before committing to the full-sized version. I really do like the It Cosmetics brand and their other products have not caused breakouts.

The formulation of this product is thicker than I was expecting. I did like the medium-coverage it provided. I know that it says it is full-coverage, but this did not compare to my actual full-coverage foundation. Still, I was impressed by how it covered most of my flaws. I only had to use a little bit of concealer to cover my pesky zits. It left a semi-matte finish, but I did get oily throughout the day when I used this product, which was another bummer.

Overall, this product wasn’t for me, but I could definitely see how others like it. If you have drier skin and it doesn’t cause you to breakout, you’ll probably like the finish. This might be a better winter product though because it definitely melted in the summer heat and didn’t last very long for me, but the coverage is pretty great.

Have you tried this product? What did you think? Feel free to let me know in the comments section!

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Lancôme Foundation 

Well, the inevitable happened and I ran out of my Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation. While it was amazing in the beginning, I did find that the texture of the foundation changed the longer I had the bottle, so I thought I’d try something new. After scouring Sephora, I thought I’d try Lancome’s Teint Idole Ultra 24H Makeup as my next medium-to-full coverage foundation. My shade is 110 Ivoire C, which actually isn’t the lightest color for once. In fact, I was immediately impressed by the fact that this product comes in a whopping 40 shades!

When I first bought this foundation, I honestly hated it. I felt like it looked like it was just sitting on my face. My pores looked super noticeable and it just didn’t blend well. Since it’s a $47 foundation, I was really frustrated that I didn’t love it as much on my face as I had when I’d tested the texture on my hand in the store. So, I decided to try a few things with the product.

First, this product absolutely needs to be applied over a primer. I’ve tried several different primers with this foundation and  they all worked well. Ultimately, it just needs the base of a foundation to help it look more natural.

Also, this is not the kind of foundation that can be applied with your fingers or a foundation brush. When I try with my fingers, I feel like I’m just spreading it around and it’s not blending well. When I try with a foundation brush, it leaves weird streaks. However, the finish actually looks really great if you apply it with a wet beauty blender. It makes a world of difference!

So, I’ve decided that I actually really love this foundation, but only if I’m using a primer with it and applying it with a beauty blender. Still, that seems fair enough. The coverage is great and evens out my skin tone. It also really does last all day. Will I repurchase it when I’ve used it up? I’m honestly not sure. I think I’m still looking for my holy grail foundation, but I’m certainly glad that I didn’t give up on it after my initial disappointment.

Skincare

Another Dr. Jart+ Miracle 

I am SO EXCITED about this new product from Dr. Jart +! I know I’ve praised several products from this brand in the past, but this is my absolute favorite so far: the Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment.

Yes, this product has a hefty price tag at $52, but it is so worth it. The tin opens up to a thick green substance that blends into a beige shade on your skin. “Beige” is usually a terrifying shade on my pale skin, but it really does sink in and look absolutely natural even on me.

This product does an amazing job at reducing redness and making the skin look perfectly even. I don’t think I’ve ever liked the look of my skin more than when I use this product. Also, it protects the skin with SPF 30!

The product descriptions suggests that this be used as a primer, but I use it as a lightweight foundation similar to a BB cream. It does a really great job at covering up redness and blemishes, but I’ve been even more impressed by its ability to cover up my acne scars. They are way less noticeable when I use this product, and that is a miracle because they are so hard to hide!

If I had to pick only one product to promote, this would be it. It is the best product I tried in 2016, and believe me, I tried a lot of products in 2016!

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Dr. Jart+ BB Cream: Radiance 

I am in the market for a new tinted moisturizer, BB cream, or CC cream. Each time I decide I have a favorite one, it gets discontinued. So, I’m searching again. Recently, I’ve been really drawn to the skincare benefits of Dr. Jart+ products. I had a sample of a tinted moisturizer I wanted to love but it was just a bit warm for my skin. So, recently, I picked up for Dr. Jart+ BB creams (in travel sizes) in order to test and see if one them becomes a holy grail product. First up: Dr. Jart+ BB Cream: Radiance

Yay for SPF 30!

 This product is sheer and smells nice. It was the perfect shade for my skin, but it didn’t provide as much coverage as I wanted, and it gave me a complexion that was, shall we say, overly-glowy.

So, should you buy it?

Pros: This product contains SPF 30, which is great! Remember, dear readers, SPF is a daily essential! It also matched my skin tone really well.

Cons: This had almost zero coverage. I expect a bit more color in a BB cream. Also, while it worked well for my skin, this product only comes in one shade (made for fair light skin tones), so this has a very limited range. Also, it is $42 for 1.5 oz which is really steep since it doesn’t magically transform skin. Finally, it made my skin glow a bit too much. I didn’t look oily, but I kind of looked like I’d applied a matte highlighter all over my face, which was weird.

Overall, I was underwhelmed by this product. If I do end up buying a a BB cream from the Dr. Jart+ brand, it definitely won’t be this one.

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Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue 

I’ve been hearing so many good things about the Complexion Rescue gel from  Bare Minerals. The formula acts like a hybrid tinted moisturizer/BB cream, and it is supposed to be great for problem skin. When I had the opportunity to pick up a free sample with my purchase from Sephora, I went for it!

I used shade Vanilla 02

My sample came with four single-use pods of different shades. The only shade that worked for my pale skin was “Vanilla 02.” I put this on my skin and was immediately disappointed. This did not have a great amount of coverage, so all of my blemishes were still obvious. But worst of all, this product made me look greasy. I have combination skin with a tendency to get a bit oily on my t-zone throughout the day, but I usually do well with BB Creams and tinted moisturizers because I have dry patches too, especially on my cheeks and chin.

So, should you buy this?

Pros: This product is only $29.50 which is pretty good for a foundation replacement. Also, while it made me look greasy, it might work really well for you if you have extremely dry skin. Plus, SPF 30 is a definite selling point! It also comes in 16 shades which is a great amount of range.

Cons: If you have combination skin, this might be too moisturizing for you. If you have oily skin, you should definitely avoid this product. Also, if you have any blemishes or a lot of redness or other pigmentation concerns, this seems to have much less coverage than the standard BB cream.