Finding the Foundation that Works
We all know that finding the right foundation can be quite challenging sometimes and gets a little annoying going through the hunt. Well hopefully I can make it somewhat easier on you lovelies with the reviews I'm sharing on the four I recently tested out!
Incase you don't follow me on Instagram (click HERE to follow) I wanted to share my reviews with you here as well. Over the last week I tested out some new and oldies but goodies to see which really worked the best. There's both luxury and drugstore brands to mix it up, so keep reading to get all the details.
Good old Tarte coming in hot for the first trial! I have been a fan of Tarte's "Shape Tape" concealer for years now, and when they released their foundation "Face Tape" I thought I would be blown away! Well this has been out for a few years now, when it first released to be honest I was not a fan. The color oxidized so horribly and there was two different formulas: matte or creamy ( I believe is what is was). So trying to find the correct color and formula for your skin was like impossible.
I had heard they changed the formula up so I figured I'd give it another shot now, and I will say it is much better! I had purchased this in two different shades: 16N Fair - Light Neutral and 18B Fair - Light Beige. Going for color match first I'd say the 18B was a better fit for myself. I have a very light complexion with rosie neutral undertones. It's a tad on the tan side, but for summer it'll be just fine. The 16N was just a tad too light, but when adding bronzer I was able to make it work. I will say I like to get the contoured look though just from using my foundation and concealer, so this lighter shade wasn't able to make that happen. It was pretty much all one shade.
As for the the coverage, this gives you a full coverage look in 1 pump, which is amazing. The coverage also seemed to last through a day of work, which for me is performing on stage. So another plus there! I had slight smile lines at the end of the day, but that's one of those things I don't think you can really completely avoid all together.
More of the formula details is that it is vegan, and hypoallergenic. It's transfer, water, and sweatproof. Also contains hyaluronic acid to help firm and plump, apple fruit extract which is rich in antioxidants, and snow mushroom extract which helps to hydrate and brighten your skin.
Rating: Tarte Face Tape, 8/10
I've always loved me some Too Faced products because their packaging is always so pretty and girly! But to be honest their products can be hit or miss. I have heard good things about the "Born this Way" foundation so I wanted to test it out for myself. There's two formulas: the regular or the new offer of matte 24hr. I tested out the matte because that's what I prefer mostly and also you ten to get a more full coverage look with a matte foundation.
This particular foundation has a medium to full coverage buildable. I will say I loved the way this wore and made my face look! To get the desired full coverage look using the Born this Way I need to use a pump and a half. I went with the shade: Snow... how fitting! It's a very fare with neutral to rosie undertones. This foundation was a perfect color match with no oxidization.
Again it lasted all day with a beautiful unaltered canvas. Even my smile lines weren't as visible with this foundation! It's infused with coconut water to help your skin stay hydrated, alpine rose to help with your skin's health and resilience, and hyaluronic acid to help give your skin that youthful appearance. This Too Faced product is non-comedogenic, cruelty free, and vegan friendly. Also, it's transfer resistant and waterproof while keeping your skin looking flawless all day.
Rating: Too Faced Born this Way Matte, 10/10
Now to try on a more budget friendly product with the L'ORÉAL Infallible 24hr Fresh Wear foundation. This particular product has been one I've worn in the past and have good results with. I wanted to compare it to these other luxury brand names though to see if it could hold up against them. Let's just say you pay for what you get!
This foundation isn't bad by any means, but in comparison to the others and for the coverage I am looking for... it's not gonna cut it.
I had tested out two different shades: Warm Ivory and Rose Ivory. The rose ivory was better for myself giving off that rosie undertone, where as the warm ivory would be better for someone with a fair complexion and yellow undertones. I do love that this formula contains 25SPF to help protect your skin against the sun's rays along with your daily use of sunscreen. Although after applying it, it seems as if you're wearing filter, this product doesn't stay true to it's 24hr longwear statement. If you're looking for a more natural foundation I would recommend this product. It's definitely more on the lightweight side, but can be buildable for more coverage. It doesn't hold up to it's non transferable or waterproof statements either. At the end of my work day it was still on, and didn't look bad, but it's like it had absorbed into my skin. You could see my freckles coming through and also in certain areas it was completely worn off. As for price point this is around the $17 range compared to the other luxury brands that are closer to the $35-$40 bracket.
Rating: L'ORÉAL Infallible Fresh Wear, 6/10
A tried and true foundation that seems to never fail, Charlotte Tilbury's Airbrush Flawless foundation. First, how glam is this packaging?!! Can we just appreciate for that first, ok then! CT is a brand that I love, but I will say her stuff is on the pricey side. I have used the CT Airbrush Flawless ever since it's released, I think it's that good.
I go between two shades that work best for me: 2N or 3N for those summery months where I have a little extra glow going on. This foundation is called airbrush flawless and to be honest it does just that. With 1 pump it gives you full coverage look and last all day as well. The only down fall I've noticed is that I do see my smile lines more distinctly with this one. I love the coverage and how it looks, but those fine lines do show in that area. This foundation contains Replexium which is to help with those fine lines and smooth out the appearance. It also is hydrating and light weight at the same time.
Here's the kicker though, I love this product but it's like my skin goes in stages of liking things. I can use a bottle of this and its great results, but as soon as I start the 2nd round my skin say no I don't like it anymore and revolts. Is this even a thing that can happen, lol?! During this testing phase it wore perfectly again. So I guess I just need to just keep switching it up to fool my face.
Rating: CT Airbrush Flawless, 10/10
Now if you're interested in seeing these results and reviews for yourself you can watch my trials here!
Shop them all for yourself below and stay tuned for another beauty review because I also am on the hunt for setting powders too!