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Foundation Search Continues

April 6, 2011

HI PEEPS! Some news first. I start my practicum for school tomorrow, and am looking at a pretty hectic month or so, so not sure how much time I will have to blog. The good news is, I am pretty much done with school, no more assignments, just one more day of exams and then I am DONE DONE DONE! *cheering*

Ok, so on to the topic at hand. So as I have mentioned I am on a foundation search recently, and ordered a foundation by Kate a few weeks ago from ebay (seller: Alphabeautyuk). I actually was not expecting the package till late April, but somehow this time I got the package rather quickly. I just tried it today, so my review will be some what initial, and probably not a full review. I wanted to get the review up before my hectic month starts so I don’t get lazy and procrastinate.

So here is is, the bottle compared to my Make-up Forever bottle. and no my MUF is not that full, I shook it up to cover the bottle.

The bottle is rather small, and you can definitely tell it’s drugstore. The bottle itself was plastic, I originally thought it would be glass, but I guess you get what you pay for. The bottle is nothing fancy, so I wont go into too much detail. It does, however, have a pump, which I like.

Here are comparison swatches:

So to my surprise MUF was the pinkest of them all. Kate is a bit on the white side. Too Faced’s Perfect Nude is actually a Perfect match for me. I thought MUF was pretty good, but it does give me a bit of a white cast overall.

Here they are again, blended out:

Under natural light MUF was actually very pink. I believe I have mentioned previously that my face is darker than my arm, so Kate seems to match my arm quite well, where as Too Faced matches my face.

So the formula.

Kate: The formula is a bit drying. When blended out it looks a bit powder-ish. It’s a bit hard to blend evenly, but the foundation is thin. It just seems to not want to spread out that much. The colour is slightly whiter than my actual skin colour, but it’s not so obvious that I would care. The foundation drys very quick and I didn’t feel a need to put on powder to set it (though I did regardless). After maybe 3 hours or so, the foundation did settle around my nose, but I have not had a foundation that did not do this. One good thing I like was that it doesn’t stick to the screen of my phone (I hope people know what I am talking about). The coverage is medium, it evened out my skin tone, but it did not cover some of my dark spots and pimples. I only used one pump and didn’t try to build up the coverage because it had already looked a bit made up (although it doesn’t feel heavy). I will continue experimenting with this, and will update on the reviews after a few more tries.

Too Faced: This is by far the best foundation I have used so far. The formula itself is thin and easy to blend, but the coverage is pretty great for such a thin foundation. I did not need any extra concealing after this. Even my trouble dark spots are pretty well covered. The foundation lasts pretty damn long. It does still settle around some areas of my face (nose, and where my glasses sits), but overall it’s great. The colour is a perfect exact match for me. The only con I have for this foundation is the price. At $48 CND, and over $50 after tax, it’s not what I would call affordable. It is a lot more affordable in US though ($36 USD). I am planning a trip down to Portland for May, so I may get it then (yeh for no tax!).

Well that’s it for now. Until next time live well and shop LOTS!

 
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Maybelline does not Fit Me

March 30, 2011

Whaooooo blurry.

Ok! First of all, I apologize for the non-blogging in the past month. I am still catching up on stuff, but I want to do at lest one blog before my practicum for school starts (it’ll probably be another 3 weeks of non-blogging, apologies in advance!). Then I would like to apologize for the blurry-ness of this picture to the left, I don’t know what happened.

Anyways, on go with the blog. So when I first saw the Fit Me line by Maybelline I was really excited. I am slowly running out of my Make Up Forever Face and Body foundation that is so far the only foundation I can stand having on my face, and I did not want to fork over $42 to get it after I run out. So I’ve been searching for a cheaper alternative. I am not a big fan of any of the drugstore brand foundations, I feel that most of them are heavy and thick, which I do not want. I like my foundation light and thin. Actually, I do not like anything (including face cream) that are thick or heavy. Anyways, so I looked up about Fit Me on MUA. The reviews seemed to be fairly good, most people said that it blends easy, medium coverage and pretty light. A few weeks mauling over whether to buy it or not, my friend said she had a coupon for $2 off at a place that was selling it for about $7 dollars, with the total coming to $5, which is pretty damn cheap. So I got a bottle. I tested out the colours from a tester found in LouLou magazine. none of the colour really was a perfect match, #125 was the closest.

First the colour

most of the Fit Me colours in the 100s were pinkish, the yellow toned one was 210, but that was wayy dark. 125 was pretty much the only one with a slight yellow undertone, though still pink. The formula is kinda creamy, definitely nothing like MUF Face and Body. I’ll talk more about the formula later.

Here’s a colour comparison with my other foundations.

The MAC foundations were testers I got from MAC, I did not like it though. I tested myself to be NW20, and the counter girl tested me to be NC30, so she gave me both. NW 20 was wayyyy too white and pink. NC 30 was no better, it was orangey on my face, and I can literally see the colour difference. I personally don’t like getting samples from anywhere but Sephora, because that’s the only place that does not give you a “you are too poor to buy shit” look, so I never went back to try other colours. I did however, went to Sephora and got a sample of the new Too Faced foundation in Warm Nude, which was also too dark for me. I will have to head back and get one in Perfect Nude. It’s not shown here in the picture because I had already dumped it (oops =p). I am not a big fan of MAC’s foundation formula, it’s drying and it’s also thick. The Too Face foundation was not bad at all, except it’s more expensive than MUF, so that would defeat the purpose of finding a cheaper alternative (LOL).

Formula: So I tried it on one day, and I swear I will never use it again. For the entire day I felt as if there’s a layer of olive oil on top of my skin, I did not like it. It was already sliding off my face 3 or 4 hours into the wear. It creased on my eyelids and was settling around my nose, and where my glasses sits, I could not stand it. The colour fit was ok, but I cannot stand it on my face! I am giving it away to a friend that wants to try but for whatever reason cannot find her colour (#130) anywhere. I told her not to waste her money and just try mine, I am pretty sure she won’t like it.

So yes, I have been foundation hunting. I have just ordered a foundation by Kate (sub-brand of cosmetics giant Kanebo in Japan). It seems that Japanese brand make up are generally lighter, perhaps because the temperatures in Asia are much higher and humid, I am sure no one would like thick and heavy make up on their face under the hot sun. And I’d imagine the colour fit would be much much better. So I hope this works out.

Until next time (which will be a while from now), live well and shop LOTS!

 
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Posted by on March 30, 2011 in All Things Prettified!, Make-up-holic

 

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