Trying out the Kristofer Buckle Triplicity Perfecting Foundation Stick

This week’s foundation is from Kristofer Buckle and came to me in the Vanity Collection Volume 2 that I just purchased.  Incidentally the 35% off sale for the kits runs through July 31st, 2020 if you are interested in giving any of them a go. (That code is EXCLUSIVE35, they also have a buy one get one sale with the vanity kits with code BOGO so that might be worth a try depending on what products you are interested in)

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I am thinking of ordering the Volume 1 kit with the foundation in one shade lighter for the winter months before the sale ends actually, because I really liked the foundation stick.

But before I get into my opinions, let’s hear from the product page what should be expected.

The priming core is the center bit I’m guessing

Prime, blur and cover in one step. This 3-in-1 foundation stick primes skin, provides buildable coverage and has a soft focus effect. Triplicity® glides on effortlessly, covering imperfections while its priming core helps diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores. Versatile foundation provides seamless coverage with a natural matte finish. Not dry or cakey, this foundation stick perfects skin in just one swipe.

  • 3-in-1 foundation formula
  • Priming core helps smooth the look of fine lines, wrinkles & pores
  • Optical blurring ingredients provide a soft focus effect
  • Buildable coverage with a natural matte finish

Okay, so I opened the stick and it is a pretty fat foundation stick.  Holding it kind of reminded me of the glue sticks they used to give us in art class in elementary school.  I remember the kid next to me taking a bite out of his actually.  I thought it strange then and still do. 

There was no eating of the foundation stick at my house, just in case you were wondering.

As with all foundations, I tried it first with no primer.  The foundation glided across the skin easily.  Some of the stick formulas can be a little harder than others which is why sometimes I use the brush on the tube.  That way the skin doesn’t pull during application.  This didn’t pull at all. I added my stripes and used my favorite foundation brush (the 999 Master Blender from Bdellium Tools, I seriously love this brush) to blend it in. Incidentally Bdellium Tools is having a 20% off sale for their studio collection. The sale runs through July 24th and the promo code is SUMMER20. (I don’t make anything off the code if you use it, but I do make a small commision if you use the link below when making a purchase. Feel free to get to the site without the link but they are great tools)

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start of the day

The foundation fairly melted into my skin and looked great.  It was not cakey or mask like and it felt super light on my skin.  It actually had the same feel on the skin as a really light moisturizer. That’s how it felt when I was blending it in. There was nothing stiff or waxy about it at all. And it kind of felt as though it was absorbed rather than just placed on top. 

It’s not a sensation I tend to associate with foundations. I have to say I really liked wearing it.  If you are concerned about foundation sitting on your skin, this might be something to check out, because it really didn’t feel like makeup.

But it worked like it.  I had a nice smooth base to work from with the foundation.  And I didn’t need to reach for the concealer after applying it which I appreciated. I should also point out that this week our air conditioner went out so not only was heat an issue but I slept very poorly all week. (Nothing wat touching the bags under my eyes.) I know it says buildable coverage, but I really didn’t see the need to build it up any further.  A light application was all I needed to make my skin look great so I didn’t see the need to waste the product by seeing how much I could slather on. I simply didn’t need a second application.Plus given the heat, I kept my makeup light this week.

End of the day

But foundation is a support system, not to be worn alone.  This went well with the products I layered on top of them.  I’m not too fond of the blush I chose for this week, but it didn’t have issues with the foundation.  I did try it with a blush I knew I liked and the issues were clearly not from the Kristofer Buckle Triplicity Foundation.

But how does it wear?

Well, actually. 

I didn’t have any settling in the fine lines or any separation issues around my nose or mouth.  I did find that mid day I had to reapply powder in my t-zone. But a pat or two and I was good to go.  And considering the temps have been in triple digits lately with 90% + humidity and a walk to the mailbox causes sweat to roll down the hair line at 9 in the morning, I can’t really say that any product would escape unscathed.  As all this had was a shine in my t-zone, I am quite pleased with it.  I will say that their shade range isn’t as broad as it could be, but the one I picked up really suited my skin tone.

While my first trial was without a primer (all of these pics were taken on the day I used no primer), on successive days I did use a primer (the Touch in Sol Pores No More primer was in this week’s Make Up Bag).  While the foundation works well without the primer.  It works a lot better with the primer.  I ended up putting the primer under it and found I liked my skin much better with the primer backing up the foundation.

 I very much enjoyed using this product and I will definitely be keeping it around. Of the stick formulas I’ve tried, I think it is my favorite. It beat both the Anastasia Beverly Hills and the Revolution formulas, both of which I ranked high. I think I even like it better than my former top pick from NARS. It is a really good formula for my skin. (Normal leaning to oily in the summer especially in the t-zone).

I will be dipping back into their summer sales before they are through so I can stock up.  I know the Vanity Kit, EXCLUSIVE35 code is good until July 31st. I’m not sure how long the BOGO code is good for, but the sale is going on as I write this.  While this Triplicity Foundation Stick is definitely worth the full price, getting it with other products on sale is not a bad thing either and I for one will be taking advantage.


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Jouer Essential High Coverage Crème Foundation Review

The package of samples (each foil packet was in a slightly different shade in the Medium range

This week was an interesting week for foundation.  As opposed to my usual pick a product and try it all week, I chose to use a sample I received as a gift with purchase.  This wasn’t a tube sample, this was a foil packet sample.  Each of the little foil packet samples came from the shade range of medium. My plan was to use the foil packet to test it for a first impression and then see if I liked it enough to try a larger sample.  I figured on the days between I could use one of the foundations I currently have open.  At least that was the thought initially.

Surprisingly the Jouer foil packets gave me a full week of product.  Now I will say that I got a full week’s worth of product because I didn’t always use my correct shade.  For me Cashmere (a light medium shade with pink undertones) proved to be the best match for me, although it was a hair to light in direct sunlight. Mixing the shades wasn’t possible because of the way the foil packets were set up. I think I am between shades right now but I think Cashmere would do well for me in the winter.

Even though you only need a little drop of the foundation to cover your skin, when you open one of these foil packets, all of the product in the foil packet is going to come out.  At first you squeeze hoping for a drop and nothing comes, then the entire packet squirts out onto your hands.

So to find my foundation shade I started by opening one packet and when I realized it was out whether I chose it or not, I went ahead and used it for the day. (there were ten packets so I started at the lightest and have a couple left over – I’d like to say I’ll use one tomorrow but I know the last few really are way too yellow in tone for me so I probably will just start using next week’s selection starting tomorrow morning.

Since this week mostly involved me sitting at my computer with no witnesses, I just went with off shades to do the test. I surprised my babydoll when he stopped by my office but as all of my other conversations were on the phone, no one else noticed. So in case you look at the photos and wonder why things look a little off with my coloring, that is why. I So with some work I found my correct shade.  But I also wore the incorrect shades to lengthen the trial.

So let’s take about the Jouer Essential High Coverage Crème Foundation.

bare skin

According to the website…

A lightweight foundation with supreme coverage and an impeccable airbrushed, matte finish. Available in 50 shades, a small drop is all you need to achieve a flawless look all day.

Chamomile Extract:Calms redness while moisturizing and inhibiting the growth of bacteria. Cucumber Extract: Softens and hydrates skin. Hyaluronic Acid: Supports skin’s natural moisture retention. Tripeptide Complex: Supports natural collagen production for smoother, more youthful-looking skin.

Product on hand

Okay so those are the claims.  How did it live up to them?  Pretty well actually.  I wasted a lot of product because of the foil packets, but on my face I needed a touch of the finger to each cheek, on to the forehead, one to the nose and then another to the chin.  Then I went in with my foundation brush (incidentally I am loving my Bdellium foundation brush and it is no longer as pristine as it was last week but still pretty)and blended it in, touching it up in the corner of the eyes with the makeup sponge.

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dotted onto face

Very little product was needed.  In case you are wondering, after using the product I needed on my face, the left over product I blended into my arm to see how far it would go. 

Blending it in I covered my arm completely from knuckles to elbow before I ran out of product. So when they say a little goes a long way, they mean it. And when it says full coverage, it means full coverage as well. It is also extremely light weight. In case you are wondering, the day I took these photos I was running on about two hours sleep. No product in the world was going to touch the bags under my eyes. I will say, that while the foundation looked better on other days, the product didn’t make the bags worse.

Once it was on, I no longer felt it on my skin.  My skin didn’t feel cakey or dry as it often can with full coverage foundations.  It was also quite matte.  I had no shine, not even in my t-zone.

Half blended

I tried this foundation both with and without primer and this is definitely a foundation you will want to use with a primer if you have any enlarged pores or texture to your skin.  I tried using it without a primer and it showed every pore.These photos were taken on a day without primer underneath.  I think it is due to the consistency of the foundation. 

Because it is called a crème foundation I expected more of a cream consistency.  It is not.  The formula is a thin liquid.  I can see how the consistency really helps with the application, and allows it to cover the face with so little product as well as to feel light weight.  The other side to that is it really showed off my pores if I didn’t use a pore filling primer. You can see in the photo of it on my hand that when I tilted my hand, it ran to the other side. This clearly wouldn’t be a problem in a pump container, it was quite a mess with the foil packets.

just foundation

When I did use the primer with this foundation, I felt sad that I had no where spectacular to go as my skin really did look good.  Well, good when I had the right shade on my skin. Plus since I generally wear full coverage when I am going somewhere, just putting it on makes the day feel like an event.

Even though it has some pretty good skin care like ingredients listed in the description, those elements don’t make it feel like skin care, or even skin care adjacent.  They are more like neighbors who live in different apartment buildings on the same street and occasionally use the same coffee shop.

Full face with no primer underneath the foundation

I think those ingredients like chamomile, cucumber and hyaluronic acid just keep the skin from feeling dry and the foundation from being cakey. Both of which are very good things.  They make the foundation pleasant to wear, but not really skincare.

I did notice that the foundation did seep into the fine lines around the corner of my mouth towards the end of the day, but that tended to happen after about six to seven hours of wear.  Up until then, it was really good. It didn’t peel around my nose or show oil in my t-zone. It also didn’t emphasize my very deep bags on the days when they couldn’t help being present. (It was a loooong week this week my darlings)

Even if my head occasionally looked like it belonged on a different body due to the mismatched tones, the foundation performed well. I am glad I tried this sample and I have to say I am surprised that a full sized bottle of this foundation is only $38. It feels like a much more expensive foundation. I don’t often wear full coverage foundation, especially not in the summertime. The sun and humidity where I live just make full coverage a disaster waiting to happen. At least for me. I know there are people who can pull it off, I just am not one of them.

I tend to stay in the medium coverage lane in general, however I like having a full coverage foundation around for special occasions. I can definitely see this being a contender for that spot in my makeup collection and now that I know my shade, I think that once the weather cools down, I may be picking up a bottle to see how it fares against the Becca Ultimate coverage. I think this coming week though, I will try for a product with just a single shade.


A week of Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream

The Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream, both the smaple size I am currently using and the unopened full sized bottle for comparison

Spending a lot of time at home lately has caused me to do a lot of spring cleaning and reorganizing.  I’m sure I am not alone in this.  I think a lot of people decided similar things if conversations with friends about which Goodwill is currently accepting donations and the plethora of Youtube declutter videos are any indication. 

In my attempt to organize the chaos, I found that I accumulated quite a few sample sized products.  I rotated all of the open ones to the front of my dressing table and did my best to work through most of them, clearing out the no longer good products and finally using up the last of a few fabulous products I for some reason I appeared to be hoarding.

“I know there is only one, possibly two uses left in this liquid lipstick sample from smashbox, but I’m going to hold on to it in case of an emergency.”

This appears to be my subconscious thinking. I’m not entirely certain what sort of emergency I would actually react to with a twenty to thirty minute rummage through the contents of my catch all makeup drawer to find a sample size lipstick of any variety (although I really did like the lipstick and will be purchasing a full sized version once I clear out some space by using up older lipsticks).

I ended up rotating the almost empty sample into my makeup bag, using it up and making note of the shade color and brand in my reorder notebook before I chucked it out. And yes I have a reorder notebook.  I mark things down, especially lipstick shades, so I remember which I liked (mostly because I am the queen of ordering the wrong shade of lipstick).  I also have a section of things I’ve heard of but haven’t tried yet in my notebook. Because there are so many things out there that I want to try.

Mixed in with these half opened products I had several unopened sample sizes of BB and CC cream as well as some foundation samples. I put them all in a box, shook the box up and selected one at random.  The one I chose to try this past week was the Purlisse Perfect Glw BB Cream with SPF 30. 

And as soon as I chose it for my weekly makeup bag, my Boxycharm box arrived with a full sized version of the product inside.

Like magic.

This is actually more product than I needed to cover my face. About half that proved to be what I needed

I decided to go ahead and use the sample size and save the full sized one.  I figured if I didn’t like it then I would only waste the little sample rather than the large one .  That way I could always pass the unopened full size to someone else.

I have to say, I’m keeping the full sized version.

But I’m going to leave it sealed until I work through some of the other open products. So it is still less wasteful.

This was the first makeup item I have tried from Purlisse.  I actually had to check on that because Purlisse has been a frequent visitor to my vanity and for a while I was certain I’d seen it before.

When I looked through my notes though, it was all skin care. Almost all of which I really liked. The serum wasn’t my favorite, but all of the moisturizers I have tried, I would order again. Their specialty seems to be the ability to work with your skin in an unstable climate.

You know, as soon as I wrote that I thought, apocalyptic skincare.

I didn’t mean pack it for the end of days, I meant like spring and fall temperature and humidity shifting.

(Although now I have a 1950’s style atomic bomb style commercial playing in my head – Hi there Mrs. Smith, Packing for the Apocalypse are we? Well don’t forget to pack your apocalyptic skin care. You’ll just love the radiation blocking capacity and that new fresh scent! – For those following along its a black and white cartoon with a movie tone narrator voice over. Just so you get the full picture. Cause I’d hate for you to get confused.)

Okay back to the actual Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream.

Bare skin

And while most of you are thinking I should just get to the BB Cream, these were the thoughts going through my head when I picked the BB cream up.  I wondered if it would have the same flexibility, shall we say, as seem to be built into their moisturizers.  But lets see what they have to say about it.

According to the Purlisse website…

Complexion perfection for a gorgeous matte meets dewy finish! Your multi-tasking beauty balm that glides on like a tinted moisturizer with all the age-defying, coverage, sunscreen benefits of a foundation and BB cream! It’s perfect for getting that Instagram- filtered version of yourself, featuring our exclusive Asian Herb extracts complex.

For normal or dry skin types, wear over Purlisse moisturizers. For oily skin, wear alone. For extra coverage, wear under foundation.

As we are in summer, I thought a lighter BB cream might be a good idea.  I especially wanted something lighter because I added the new layer of sunscreen to my daily routine. (I am completely in love with the Volition sunscreen)  I did use the Purlisse Perfect Glow one day without the sunscreen so that I could gauge the difference both with and without the Volition Sunscreen. The Volition sunscreen didn’t have issues with this or any other product I tried it with.  The Purlisse did really well for my skin either way. 

Just sunscreen and foundation

It is a very light coverage, but it is coverage. I’ve tried some BB creams that either covered nothing and were therefore pointless or tried too hard and were too heavy, thus defeating the purpose of the product. This BB Cream covered my skin enough to make me feel confident in my skin, but was the perfect summer skin almost bare look.

Because I think I have larger pores, I still used a primer with this BB Cream.  I was fine without the primer, but I really preferred the look of my skin with the primer underneath.  I don’t think that is the fault of the cream, I think that is my personal preference.

I will say that applying it really does need a makeup sponge.  The brush just wasn’t a good idea as it just sort of streaked it across the face and using my hands just ended up applying too much product. 

Start of the day

To apply I just put a little dab on my hand, dipped the damp sponge into the product and then dabbed on my face, blending as I went.  I started in areas where I have a couple of healing eruptions and then worked out from there so that the red spots received a little more product but my skin looked evenly balanced. It is a light enough product that it feels weightless and it doesn’t settle into any lines or cause issues.

The Purlisse BB Cream comes in eleven different shades.  The shade I am using for my summer tanned skin is light medium. There are two shades lighter on the scale pictured on their chart.

end of the day

This gives me a little wiggle room should I want to pick up another tube once the summer wanes.  It’s nice to know that, but truthfully, I almost never reach for BB creams in the winter.  For me they always seem like a summer product. I have friends who wear them year round, but I really tend to forget about them once the weather turns. Although in all honesty, I’ve never found a BB cream I liked as much as I like this one. So possibly, I will try it after the weather turns. I just have to adjust my summer only mindset.

Because I’m using a sample sized tube of product, I ended up using a substantial portion of it this week.  But I didn’t use it all.  So I am going to go ahead and give it a second week in my makeup bag to use up the sample tube and remove it from my dressing table drawer. I suspect if it returns to the drawer it will sink into darkness only reappearing as it shuffles zombie like from the depths, its remaining product of no use. So it is better to use it now.

I still have the full bottle in the regular size so I’m sure it will make an appearance again later in the summer, but this way I won’t have half a tube lingering forgotten and alone in the drawer. 

This means that next week, I will be skipping the foundation review since it will be a repeat. I’ll be sure to add something else to the makeup bag to take its place in the reviews though. There is always either something new I’ll be delighted to talk about or an old favorite I can tell stories about. If any of you see anything in the makeup bag you want to hear more about let me know, I can always break it out for a seperate review. I’ll be choosing next week’s bag tonight so that I can post a picture with this week’s post.


BB Cream SPF 30

Testing out the NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil

You know what happens when you only go shopping once a month and don’t really leave the house much between?  During your one outing you end up lingering in the makeup section wondering what would be fun to try.  Or at least you do if you are me.

I’d feel bad about it if my baby doll didn’t do the same thing at the liquor store.  Our Friday night cocktails have gone slightly experimental as he picks up a small bottle of ‘I’ve never even heard of this’ to go with whatever staple we went to replace at the end of the month. Some experiments are more successful than others.

I suppose the same can be said for my random make-up purchases.  The latest of which was the NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil.  Its product description on the NYX site reads…

Getting that glowing, lit up L.A. skin, “no makeup, makeup” look has never been easier with NYX Professional Makeup Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil. This light, concealing veil comes in a variety of tone-evening, skin tinting shades and is the perfect alternative to foundation and heavy BB creams. Even out your natural skin tone and achieve a smooth satin finish with this breathable, lightweight cream formula. Cover your face in a hydrating second skin that never feels cakey. Amazing on its own, as a base for a smooth makeup application, and best with our other Bare With Me products.

I think the Bare With Me line is fairly new, or at least I didn’t see it the time before when I perused the section and this is the first product from the line I’ve tried. I have to say it sounded quite appealing.

In the summer, I find myself drawn to tinted moisturizers and lighter coverage.  Partially it is because of the sweat factor.  When it is hot, my skin likes to breathe.

Mostly it is because I am also layering on sunscreen.  Especially this year.  I’m actually testing out a Volition Sunscreen right now that sets beautifully on the skin and under make-up (review coming at the end of the trial), but I have to say a lighter base for my makeup is appealing. On the hand the product felt like a bit like a traditional foundation so I had my concerns, but I pressed ahead.

Bare, freshly washed face

And miracle of all miracles, I actually chose the right color for my current skin tone.  I know, such a shocker, Everybody MAMBO! I was excited by that fact alone.  I got it home and tried it on my hand and it pretty much disappeared into my skin.  I was excited.

Now, this week I was trying a few different things that I feel I ought to explain. 

The first involves tools.  Since this was my foundation trial of the week, I tried using my regular foundation brush to see how it applied.  I also used my old makeup sponge to test it.  I then replaced my old makeup sponge with the HUDA BEAUTY Basic B sponge from this month’s Ipsy box. (Mostly because it reached the end of it’s life and really needed to be replaced.) I also set my regular brushes aside to test out the Laruce Brush set after testing it with my regular foundation brush.There will be a tool review coming soon.

I know, it’s a lot of changing.  The end result was that this product applies better with a sponge than with a brush.  It is just such a light weight product that it gets lost in the brush and you end up using too much in an attempt to correct this.  It worked best if I put a little on my hand and then dabbed it on my face with the sponge and blended it in. 

Just the NYX Skin Veil

The next thing I tried was the powder before foundation trick.  Some of you may have heard of this.  It was all the rage on You Tube a few years ago.  I think everyone tried it.  I am certainly not the originator.  I watched a make up Artist named Wayne Goss in a 2014 video and I really liked his techniques. I also like his videos in general and recommend checking him out.

I tested this product both with and without.  The NYX Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil worked beautifully both ways.  With the powder first I noticed that I didn’t need to go back in with concealer over anything and that everything stayed in place perfectly all day.  I also noticed that the extra shine I had from both an illuminating primer and my sunscreen was tamped down to a low glow rather than a bright shine. 

Start of the day. (and yeah my banges were just not happy. I need to trim them again.)

I’m going to try the technique again next week with a regular primer to see how it holds up but I really liked it. I should note that these pictures were all taken on the day I didn’t use this method and just applied it like normal.

There were a couple of things I noticed. This trick doesn’t work if you have a totally dry face.  If you are going to try this, make sure your moisturizer or whatever top layer you’ve applied, is still damp.  The technique requires that the powder blend in with the moisturizer or powder to lock in place.  Otherwise it is powdery and it becomes pointless.

I really liked this because I didn’t have to wait until my skincare dried all the way to apply my makeup products. I used loose powder which melted with the top layer of my liquid product and formed a smooth base for me to work with. As I was not using a pore filling primer but an illuminating one this week it was interesting since it ended up adding a pore filling element. So this cut down my time getting ready and expanded my range of products.  If the trick fills pores I am more willing to try non-pore filling primers basically.

So I will be trying the powder before foundation plan again.

End of the day

I did try the Bare With Me without doing it and it applied well also (hence the photos.  Without the powder underneath it lasted on my face without issue for the full eight hours of wear that it claims to provide.  With the powder I wore it for twelve with no problems.

I have to say this product met every claim it made.  It lasted eight hours, it wasn’t cakey, it gave me a natural look and it felt absolutely weightless on the skin. In addition, it didn’t have that odd greasiness that some tinted moisturizers tend to get. I know it isn’t actually a moisturizer, so that is probably why, but I have no idea what else to compare a skin veil to. Either way it was weightless, mattifying and not greasy.

All reasons I will definitely be keeping this in rotation.  It’s also why I will be picking up a lighter shade for winter. All in all a success.  I am almost sad that I have to rotate it out this week.  However I have a couple of sample sized tubes of BB and CC cream that I want to try to see if I want to try a full sized version later down the road. So I must set this aside. But rest assured, it will return.


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ANASTASIA Beverly Hills Stick Foundation Review

ABH Stick Foundation

This week my foundation of choice was the Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation in the shade Caramel.  Not that you really need to know the shade, but as I like to keep a record of the shades I use, especially when they work well for me. This turned out to be an excellent summer shade for me, although I doubt I doubt I’ll manage the shade past August.

Last summer in an attempt to find a travel foundation that would not spill or break I tried stick foundations for the first time.  The two I tried were from Nars and Revolution and I used them both down to nubs.  For some reason, I didn’t pick up any more stick foundations until now.  Which is a shame as I really do like using stick foundations. I really need to pick them up more often.

But how did I like this stick formula?

First, let’s hear the claims.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation is a full-pigment cream foundation stick that delivers buildable coverage with a natural-looking matte finish. Formulated for face and body, this essential matte foundation stick comes in 26 foundation shades, 3 contour shades and 1 highlighter shade to cover every skin tone—and undertone—and is ideal for oily and combination skin types. This easy-to-apply creamy face makeup stick is a multitasking complexion perfector for concealing, highlighting and contouring that’s also ideal for on-the-go touch-ups.

I rather enjoyed using this formula this week actually.  It is definitely buildable and once in place, it stays there. It is matte and very natural looking.  I found it was very easy to work with on a low makeup day. 

Now, when I use stick foundations, there are two ways I like to work with them.  One is to dash strips across my face in key spots and then blend out with either a make up sponge or a brush. The other is to use a brush on the stick and then just apply with the brush. While the first makes me feel like I am applying war paint and getting ready to attack my enemies (sometimes a desirable feeling – just don’t go as far as the pillaging, embrace the feeling, but don’t feel you have to act on it). It does automatically apply more product to the skin than the second method, at least with this particular formula.  If you know you are going for a super high glam look, this is probably your method. (although to be honest if going for full coverage, this wouldn’t be my formula of choice, but I’ll get to that in a minute.)

The formula can be a little stiff in the tube, so just hold the tube in your hand for a moment or two to warm it up, and then apply. It is a somewhat thick cream so I found a brush works better than a sponge for application.  You can touch up with the sponge, but full application with the make up sponge is a bit of work.  The brush is much easier. Save yourself the trouble and use the brush.

Bare face, nothin’ but skin

If you aren’t going for a high glam look and just want light to medium coverage, don’t go for the stripes.  Instead, roll the product up a little bit so that it is barely over the rim of the tube, then brush over it with a your foundation brush, and apply it to your face.  Don’t be tempted to roll it higher as it will just sort of get pushed over the sides and make a mess.

Dressed for a casual day at the computer screen (hair fixed later)

If you have a red patch you are trying to cover, but still want a lighter makeup look, I would take a smaller brush and dip into the foundation, then go over the red spot lightly to give it slightly more product than the rest of your face, then use the foundation brush to apply the rest.  Use the makeup sponge to adjust the edges and blend the one spot you spent more time covering.  If you need more coverage, then just dip back into the foundation for another go round.  Then, if you find it necessary go back in with concealer.

I find this method gave me all the coverage I wanted for a regular day, and used far less product than the striping the face method.  I found the formula light weight when only a thin coat was applied.  Applying more layers made it feel a bit waxy and slightly heavy, so I think if I was going for a full coverage look, I would choose a different foundation.  But if you are going light coverage, this is a good foundation to use.

End of eight hour day

Now, I will say I tried one day of the heavy application and didn’t like it, so I shifted to the lighter side very quickly.  On the day I used it more heavily, I did notice that I was getting some settling into lines, particularly around my mouth, by the end of the day.  With the lighter coverage I didn’t get that at all. It stayed in place with no settling for a full eight hours.  I suspect that while the formula is buildable, it really is the type of formula where less is a better idea. I really didn’t have any issues with oil seeping through, It is Tennessee in June so there is a bit of glistening, but nothing really damaging.

While I wouldn’t wear this for a full coverage look, it is a very nice formula for me to wear on a daily basis, and it is my summer shade.  Both of these things mean that it will be staying in this summer’s rotation. This is a foundation, you will see returning.


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Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Review

I know many of you are looking at the above picture and thinking, Maybelline Fit Me? That doesn’t sound like the foundation that I thought was in this week’s make up bag?  What gives, Mimsy?

No flies on you.

The foundation I chose for this week’s makeup bag was in fact a Nars foundation.  What happened, you may ask?  Like the Becca Foundation before it, the Nars foundation was too light.  That won’t prevent me from testing it, but I will either be waiting until my tan fades a bit or at least pick a week where I am not leaving the house. 

This week me and my face mask left the house to stand in a peaceful group with others from my area instead of staying home.

So I went with a foundation in a shade that fit my summer skin tone better.

Instead of Nars, I tested out the Maybelline Fit Me.  Oddly enough, I picked it up on a whim. Actually Maybelline really got me that day. I was in the section because of my ongoing love affair with primers.  I picked up a Master Prime and then heeded the seductive call of the lip products. In between the two was the foundation and I thought, why not? Luckily I happened to pick up a shade that suits my current skin tone.

Actually it almost perfectly fits my current skin tone.  I thought it too might be a little light, but it oxidizes just enough to fit me (Ha) perfectly. It turns out there are 40 different shades so it stands to reason that one would work for me.  Its more surprising that I actually picked the right one than anything else.  So because I was out and about, the matching tones made this it’s week for testing.

my bare skin showing some of the red and dark spots I want to cover

The Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation is the one I went with (in the shade 115, in case you were wondering). While I picked mine up at the drug store, they do have a shade finder on their site.  It paired me with 115 as well so at least for me it was accurate. According to the website…

This lightweight foundation mattifies and refines pores and leaves a natural, seamless finish. Ideal for normal to oily skin, our exclusive matte foundation formula features micro-powders to control shine and blur pores. Pore minimizing foundation. Dermatologist tested. Allergy tested. Non-comedogenic. Apply foundation onto skin and blend with fingertips or an applicator.

I copied down the application line from the website because it is actually important.  This foundation wasn’t too happy with the brush as an applicator.  I think because it is supposed to be a poreless formula it wanted to fill in the gaps between the bristles. At least that is my thought.  I did find out that there were plenty of brush strokes that needed to be worked out with a sponge when I used the brush.  I’d suggest using a makeup sponge as your applicator with this one, or just go old school and use your fingers.

One thing right off the bat that I did not like about this foundation was the bottle.  The glass was fine, even preferred.  However it is an open bottle.  There is no pump or dropper in sight.  I know that sounds persnickety, but the first time I used it, far too much foundation came out of the bottle.  It was messy and wasteful.  I especially hated the waste because it is a good foundation.

Luckily I already repurposed a dropper when my Cattrice foundation dropper had issues so an extra dropper was on hand.  I would suggest if using this foundation, you find something to dip into the bottle rather than attempting to pour it.  There is a lot less waste that way.  The screw top of the bottle will still get messy, but you won’t hove foundation coating part of your sink.

covered red/dark spots

Like it claims, this foundation is weightless.  Once on, it was easy to forget I was wearing it.  It has no noticeable paint smell, in fact it has no real scent at all.  When used on its own, it was a good foundation that did cover up some of my pores.  When used with a primer it was absolutely fantastic.  While I did pick up a Maybelline Primer, the primer I chose for this week’s  make up bag was the NYX pore filling primer.  When the two pared up it was magic.  Fine lines and pores, gone.

While it didn’t settle into my lines during the day, the foundation did sweat off a bit when worn outside all day.  It is getting really warm and humid where I live and even though I go outside for an hour or so at a time, I am not used to spending the entire day outside.  I work at a computer most of the day.  On the days I was working at my desk, there were no problems.  It is however not an all day outside sweat proof formula. 

start of day

As I am not all day outside sweat proof myself, I can sympathize.

With that small caveat, I had no issues with this foundation.  It worked well for me and I will be putting it into rotation.  At $7.99, I may actually pick up a winter shade. Incidentally in the photo below the makeup can’t be blamed for my baggy eyes. The day I took this was Tuesday and Tuesday was a really long and frought day.

Speaking of winter shades…

end of day

What I noticed when going through the foundations I’ve tried is that since I started my foundation quest back in the winter months, I matched them to my winter skin.  All of the foundations that I keep in rotation are kept because I like the formula. So I find myself avoiding certain ones not because I don’t like them but because they are the wrong shade for this time of year. 

So for now I will be saving the lighter toned products for when I am lighter in tone and not doing a head to head test as I did with the first section of Foundations I tried.  I have some summer shade ones I will be testing and I will leave the winter shades to the winter and then just rotating the ones I like and can wear in until they are used up, or until my tan fades. I think the items I chose for my makeup bag repeatedly as well as what ends up in my empties bin will be a more accurate gauge than a head to head challenge per section.    

So that was the foundation this week, along with the slight change in my makeup bag formula.  For those awaiting the Nars trial, don’t worry, it’s time will come.  Just not this week.


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Testing out Becca Ultimate Coverage 24 Hour Foundation

I have to admit, I started this trial with pretty high hopes for the Becca Ultimate Coverage 24 hour Foundation. The reason was that my old foundation, the one that I stockpiled when I found out it was discontinued, was a Becca Foundation. Plus, I tend to like a lot of Becca products.  The pink tinted loose powder is absolutely amazing on a day when I don’t wear a lot of makeup.  I can just put on a primer and a light dusting and be good to go all day. The tint gives a nice healthy glow to the skin.

So with several excellent products behind me from Becca, hopes were high at the start. But first off, what does this foundation have to say for itself.

the pump was a little messy but not that bad

A lightweight, full coverage foundation with 24-hour wear. A balance of water and concentrated pigments give skin a flexible, natural finish that is water and transfer resistant.  Camouflage acne, redness, hyperpigmentation and discoloration with breathable coverage that won’t clog pores.

That is quite a list of claims for just one bottle.

Now first off, I need to admit, I picked the wrong shade.  Or maybe I picked the right shade but not for this time of year.  Either way, it is a little too light on me at the moment.  So please try to ignore that in the photos. 

Luckily, I didn’t really leave the house during the week I was testing the foundation so even though my baby doll shook his head at me and asked if I was doing kabuki theater, the color wasn’t that big a deal.  My outside time was mostly working in the back garden and if anyone minded the non-match and called me out on it I could have just yelled at them for looking into my garden. No one did though.

Now normally when I apply foundation, I put it on my hand and then dab it on my face, use a brush to blend it out and then a sponge to make sure there are no brush streaks and to complete the blending and get into little edges.

This foundation did not like the brush at all.  If you have ever dragged a broom across a muddy floor, then you know the lines the brush put in the foundation.  I finally just had to abandon the brush and go with the sponge from the get go.  Application went much better after that. Also remember that with this foundation, a little goes a long way.

dotted foundation

There is no wiggle room in the coverage of this foundation.  It is full coverage.  Period.  You can’t really sheer it out for medium coverage if you are having a good skin day.  It is a full coverage foundation. Which is fine.  While I don’t like full coverage on a daily basis, I do like it for when I go out and at the moment I don’t have a really good full coverage foundation that I like.

just the foundation

This was full coverage without being cakey.  I did not experience any oxidation, so keep that in mind when determining your shade. It did feel lightweight on the skin which isn’t typical of many full coverage foundations I’ve tried in the past. While I didn’t wear it for a full 24 hours, because quite frankly I simply don’t tend to wear makeup for a full day and night, I did push it to ten hours and had no problems with it creasing. 

However you really need to wear a primer with this foundation.  I found applying a pore filling primer and then waiting a few minutes to let the primer sort of settle into the skin really helped with this foundation.  It made my skin look amazing. There was no creasing and I didn’t have to apply any powder during the day to decrease shine coming through. The final picture below is after 10 hrs of wear (I did reapply the lip gloss, but not the face powder, admittedly I did use a lot of powder and bronzer to try to adjust the color). There is a little shine in the t-zone but it really isn’t that much, it just no longer looks fully matte, in my opinion. And it is something I could definitely live with.

I think if I got the color right I would consider keeping the Becca Ultimate Coverage around for nights when I went out to an event or something. I like the pump of the bottle and the glass bottle itself.  It may actually be the full coverage foundation I keep around for such things. However I know that it is not a foundation that I am going to wear on a regular basis, just because I don’t wear full coverage every day.  For that reason, even though it passed the wear-ability test, I am not going to keep it in the running for my daily foundation search. 

start of day

I know I am not going to reach for it right now, partially because of the coverage level and partially because of the color.  What I am going to do is put it back in the drawer to use this coming winter (This week was the first time the foundation was opened so I have some time on it.).  I don’t know how many holiday parties there will be this year, or how many of them will be via video call instead of in person, but this is the foundation I would use then.

I think the color would match my winter skin and the full coverage would be useful for events and gatherings.  To try and keep it out for use now would just be wasteful.  So even though I like it, the Becca Ultimate coverage will not be going up against the previous three foundations.  If I like the way it performs over the winter with the shade actually working better with my skin, then I will get a darker shade to wear for warmer months events.

after 10 hrs

I know that is sort of a mixed review, but I think what this means is that I may have to go and search out a more medium coverage foundation from Becca to test it out for daily wear. I do think that this will end up being my go to full coverage foundation for when I need a full coverage foundation.  

This was the fourth foundation of this five foundation set.  The next up is a product from Nars.  However I do also have several trial sized tubes of foundation to try as well as a couple of BB and CC creams and I think even a tinted moisturizer or two as well as at least one stick foundation.  So this quest is far from over. Given the fact that I love to try new products, I’m perfectly okay with that.


Foundation Quest continues with Wet ‘n Wild Photo Focus

Wet ‘n Wild PhotoFocus Foundation

When I first became interested in beauty products there were three items I started with.  The first was a set of Lip Smackers lip balms that smelled of various soda pops. The second was a bottle of Love’s Baby Soft perfume and the third was a selection of Wet n’ Wild nail polishes. 

While the Lip Smackers continued to appear in Christmas stockings for the next few years and Love’s Baby Soft held on for quite some time, my Wet ‘n Wild collection expanded exponentially from nail polishes to eyeliners and pretty much everything in between as I started to try out products.  

Eventually my repertoire expanded beyond the Wet ‘n Wild realm and the brand was relegated to the past.  I always smiled fondly when passing it, but to be honest I didn’t give it much thought beyond occasionally noticing that the section looked bigger than I remembered it being.

Then all of a sudden it seemed everyone was talking about the Wet ‘n Wild photo focus Foundation. I found it surprising, but when I started gathering foundations to test out, I decided to give it a try as well, for nostalgia’s sake if nothing else. I went with the matte version rather than any of the dewy ones. On the Wet ‘n Wild site the foundation retails for $6.49.  I think it was on sale when I picked it up at Target because I bought it for less than $5.  In the spirit of full disclosure I also purchased a pink glitter nail polish, because if you are going to do nostalgic then you need to go in with both feet and glittery toenails.

Also it looked pretty and I was getting ready to have an at home spa day with a group of ten year olds.(Mostly nail polish and face masks and water with enough fruit in it that I am pretty sure it qualified as fruit cocktail and needed to be eaten with a fork, because why would you stick to cucumber and lemon when there are raspberries and strawberries around?)

In case you missed the foundation hype…

Your skin, only better. Our new high-performing, skin-perfecting foundation underwent major road testing under several different photo lighting conditions to deliver flawless camera-ready makeup every time. Specially made with a matte, light-diffusing complex to give your skin #nofilter perfection. High-performing, breakthrough formula, Featuring light-adjusting complex to help prevent white cast in photos, Tested under several light conditions with and without the use of flash.

I have to say I was surprised it was in a glass bottle.  I know that sounds kind of snobbish, but I always think of glass bottles as being for more expensive products. (Even though I know quite well that isn’t true).  I am perfectly happy with a glass bottle though as it can be more easily recycled where I live.

applicator from the front

And the impression of luxurious doesn’t last past the opening, the applicator wand is a piece of flat plastic. Before you even get to the applicator though you have to deal with the scent.  It is the scent of fresh paint and it is strong. As the time of trial went past and I repeatedly opened it every day the scent became less noticeable.  I’m not sure if I just became used to it or if it was just the initial opening of the bottle that blasted the scent out.

applicator from the side

Regardless of the reason, the first day I wasn’t sure I was going to make it past the scent.  The second day I didn’t think it was that bad and the third day it was just a minor scent.  So it became more manageable.   If the scent stops you, maybe open the product, leave it open for a few minutes and then close it back up and try it the next day.

I will say though there were a couple of days where I didn’t wear foundation (which is why this test took two weeks rather than the usual one).  When I opened it after not using it for a few days, the paint smell was back with a vengeance.  I think with this foundation as soon as you stop using it regularly the paint smell returns and builds up. So if you get it and continually use it then it is fine, it just has to be routinely aired out or you can get a paint headache.

Once the bottle aired out a bit, the scent wasn’t too bad.  The applicator I sort of found annoying. The applicator is designed as a stick with a flat panel at the end.  You really can’t put the foundation on your hand and apply it the way I usually apply foundation.  You have to basically dot your face with the stick.  While I have used a doe foot this way before, I found I had less control over the amount of product I put on my face.  Sometimes I’d dab a tiny spot, sometimes I would glob a bunch in one area.  It was less controlled than I prefer, but I got there in the end.

Just the foundation

I know it is not a terribly expensive product, but I think just changing the shape of the applicator end to something more round and less paddle shaped would give a little more control. I think if I were to use this for an extended time I would probably use a dropped taken from another product in place of the applicator but for this weekly trial I used the applicator as it came in the bottle.

I have to say once I finished with the applicator and began to work with brush and sponge, I really liked the formula of the product.  It went on well and covered blemishes. The soft beige was the perfect shade for me and it didn’t settle into my fine lines. 

It lasted throughout the day and stayed in place without creasing.  The longest day I wore it was eight hours.  It was starting to wear out a little around my mouth and at the edges of my nose, but otherwise it was fine.  I wouldn’t use this formula for an extended day or when I was going out straight after a day in the office, but for a day in the office alone it would last well.  

end of the day

It’s just happy hour that would get you in trouble.

Of course that’s not just limited to foundation issues.

Over all I was pleased with the way this foundation performed and I can see where it gets the hype.  In this instance it is actually well deserved hype. It is a good, affordable product that performs well. I have to say seeing the name Wet n’ Wild on a product in my bathroom this week caused some older memories to float to the surface of my mental pond.  That’s not an entirely bad thing either.

I suppose the only thing left to say is that the Wet n’ Wild Photo Focus Foundation passed the initial wearability test and will take it’s place in the line up once each of the five foundations I’ve tried has had it’s week of exclusive use.  For those counting, this was foundation number three in the second section of the Grand Foundation quest.  Next up is the Becca Ultimate Coverage. Stay tuned.


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Foundation Quest continues with Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation

Section Two of the Great Foundation Quest Continues with Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation

Have you ever been both very pleased and very disappointed by a product at the exact same time?  That was my experience with this foundation from Catrice Cosmetics. But before we get into my experience, lets investigate this product and its claims a little more.  First off, the product is vegan and cruelty free, always a plus. It is gluten free as well. While I don’t consider that terribly important I know others do, so bonus. It is oil free which I do like and is alcohol free as well which I love. I personally prefer my alcohol in an icy cold extra dry martini or a glass of wine rather than in my skin care, but that is just me.  I’m happy to see Catrice working with me on that.

So far so good, right?

There are 23 shades available and they look like they are in a wide variety. I like seeing that, although I can’t vouch for how well they match other skin tones. I can only vouch for my own. And let’s face it, I’m not terribly hard to match.

The cost of this Foundation is $10.99 on the Catrice site.  I believe Ulta might have had it for less as part of a sale, but we’ll go with the non-sale price from the regular company website, which frankly, is pretty good when compared to many other foundations.

So what are its claims?

Ultra-light, high coverage foundation for a natural looking finish, Covers imperfections and mattifies the skin creating a smooth and even complexion for up to 24 hours, Features a unique dropper applicator

Over all, not that over the top as far as claims go. The reviews are pretty good though.  I should also point out that this is the foundation I picked up because a stranger recommended it when I went to Ulta.  I am pleased that it is mattifying because I like my foundation to look matte.  If I want anything more dewy I can always add illuminating drops but quite frankly dewy (on me at least) always reads greasy so I rarely go that route. I also like the ‘second skin effect’ line that is written on the bottle.

So to the bottle we go.

First off,It is a frosted glass bottle, which I found impressive at this price point.  I like glass, not only is it more recyclable but it feels more luxurious (to me at least) than plastic. It has a dropper, which is not my favorite applicator as I always manage to get the screw top gunked up. But for a good foundation, I’ll muddle through. I will however cover the disappointment first, just to get it out of the way, and because it has to do with the dropper.

To put it bluntly it didn’t work.

The unique dropper applicator they tout in the description wouldn’t pick up any foundation.  I shook the bottle.  I squeezed the black rubber nub.  Nothing.  I dipped I swished and I did everything I could think of including taking out the dropper washing it thoroughly to make certain there were no clogs in it and then trying it on water to see if it would work.  It didn’t like picking up water, let alone foundation.

I don’t know if I just got a defective dropper or what, but this left me with two alternatives. I could eiter use the dropper as a dip stick, dip it into the product and then smear the glass dropper on my face to apply the product (which I tried – not my favorite method) or I could repurpose a dropper from a different product.  As I recently finished several serums, and managed to repurpose the glass bottles as bud vases, I had a selection of droppers to choose from. I chose one (it has the white rubber squeeze-y bit as opposed to the black one in the photo) mostly because it fit in the bottle past the rubber closure.  It is a little too long to leave in the bottle so I took to keeping a small cup of water on my dressing table to drop it into once I finished applying the foundation.

Now at this point you may be asking, “So Mimsy, you were worried about the mess from a dropper in general, was the extra mess from two droppers worth it?”

Yes, yes it was.

I found the formula of this foundation to be fantastic for me. The shade I picked (030 Sand Beige in case you are wondering) was great on my skin.  I don’t know if I just chose well, but the color match is good and even though it looks a little light there is enough play in the color that as I tan it works well.  I think it might be a little too light mid summer but from winter into spring it works well.  If I end up using it, I would probably get one shade darker for summer leading into fall.  Given the range this one bottle has I feel confident I would only need two tones to cover me through the year instead of having to play mix and match for all four seasons. And at $10.99 each, two bottles won’t break me.  

The foundation applied smoothly.  On the product page they recommend using a brush for full coverage and a sponge for medium, buildable coverage.  My foundation application is pretty much the same for all foundations.  I put a little on my hand (generally one pump or dropper’s worth) I then use a finger to dot it onto my face.  I make sure the finger dots land on the darker spots or red bits I want to cover, figuring they need the most product and I can cover them and work my way out.  I use a brush to spread the foundation out, then a damp sponge to make sure there are no lines from the brush and to make certain the foundation gets into all of the nooks and crannies.

I’m sure there are several MUA’s out there shaking their heads at me, but this is how I have always applied foundation.  I then use the damp sponge to blend in concealer, in case you are wondering. I like that it has a little bit of foundation on it prior as I feel it helps with the blending. It is my process and it works for me.

It also worked really well for this foundation.  It gave me a good medium coverage look, which is what I in general go for.  I have no need for a foundation mask. 

On its own, the foundation covered all of my dark/red spots. With a primer, any primer, it was even better.  I found this foundation played well with all of the primers I tried. I tend to go for pore filling primers so between the primer and foundation the texture of my skin was well smoothed out.  It was mattifying without being drying and it didn’t look cakey. I am not mad at their ‘second skin’ advert as it is only a slight exaggeration.  I could tell I was wearing makeup but it wasn’t heavy looking and my baby doll didn’t notice I was wearing a foundation.  He just thought I looked nice.

For him that is a massive stamp of approval for a foundation.

(I should point out his two comments about foundation are either: ‘Nice, I didn’t notice it’ or ‘You have stuff on your face’. The second is generally said with the same tone as ‘you have spaghetti sauce on your face.’ A foundation aficionado he is not.)

While I can’t attest to the 24 hour coverage claims, I can say I wore it for sixteen hours one of the days that I tested it and I had no problems with it.  It didn’t sink into fine lines or pill up around my nose and mouth.  Over all I was really pleased with the foundation and how it worked.  To be honest, thus far the formula has been the best I’ve tried in both segments of my Great Foundation Quest. 

It is just that applicator.

And I know that sounds somewhat facetious to say. But the applicator is a big deal.  It could be the reason I end up not reaching for this foundation as much as I want to.  I’m hoping that it is just one faulty applicator instead of something that comes in every product. Because the product is good.  It defiantly makes the lineup for the second section of the trial.  Once I have finished testing the five foundations of this segment, I will line up the ones that pass the initial testing and see which ones I reach for and why as well as those I don’t reach for and why.  If I don’t reach for this foundation it will solely be the fault of the applicator, not the product.

Has anyone had this this problem before with this product?  If so send me a line.  I’d really like to know if it is just me that got a faulty dropper or if this is a common issue.  I’ll probably be ordering another bottle from the site, just to see if I have better luck the second time around, but it would be nice to see a wider pool than just two bottles.

So that was my experience with Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation. Everything except the dropper worked well for me and I found a way around the dropper.  To be honest I have never tried any Catrice product before and despite the dropper, this makes me want to look into some of their other products.  Not bad for a recommendation from a stranger. It almost makes me glad the foundation I intended to purchase that day was out of stock. I suppose we will see how it fares in the second round of testing. Stay tuned.

Round Two of the Great Foundation Quest 2020 continues with Pretty Vulgar

Pretty Vulgar Cool AF Lava Water Foundation

I’ll admit, the reason I chose the Pretty Vulgar Cool AF Lava Water Foundation (retail $39) to try out was because of the pretty bottle.  I know, shallow, but true. Admittedly I also chose the Pretty Vulgar mascara for the same reason and I am really enjoying the formula, so I have hopes that at least this time, my vanity will be rewarded.

While some of you may remember my system for testing foundations, others of you may not so I’ll do a quick recap. As to the choice of the foundations I am testing, it is completely random.  This one I chose because I thought the bottle was pretty, another I chose because I’ve had luck with the brand in the past, one was a recommendation from a stranger and one was sent in a BoxyCharm. The fifth was because I kept seeing posts about Wet and Wild and I realized I hadn’t tried any of their products since high school so I thought, why not?

pump under the cap

A rather complex, scientific system, no?

Don’t worry the testing is a little more regulated. For each foundation chose, I give it a week of sole usage.  It is my only foundation for the week.  I figured that would give me enough of a use test to see how I feel about it. I know initial tests usually only have a try on and comment but I tend to like to think about things a little longer before I make up my mind.  I often find my initial impressions changing.

So the first day I use the foundation, I don’t use any sort of primer. It is just the foundation against my skin.  Then for the six subsequent days I change out my primers to see how well the foundation plays with others.  The other face products (powder, bronzer, blush, highlighter) I tend to keep consistent for each day of the test.  At the moment I am still using the Pacifica Cherry Matte translucent powder, which I absolutely love, and I am testing the Real Her Ultimate Glow Getter Cheek Palette that came in this month’s IPSY box.  I will be using these products throughout all five foundation tests.

Okay so before we get into what I thought of the product, lets see what the Pretty Vulgar Cool AF Lava Water Foundation has to say for itself via the product page shall we?

Keep cool and put your flawless face forward. Our full-coverage, matte, liquid Cool AF Lava Water Foundation is lightweight, buildable and long-wearing. Formulated with detoxifying charcoal powder and hydrating Moringa Butter, our refreshing formula will cover imperfections and even out your complexion. To top it off, exotic volcanic lava water sourced from the ancient Jeju Island delivers antioxidants, minerals, and nutrients that nourish, keeping your skin supple and strong. Perfect for normal, combination, and oily skin types.

one pump was more than enough product

Shake well before use. – Apply 1-2 pumps of Lava Water Foundation to the back of your hand. – Dip the Flawless Wand Foundation Brush in to the formula and apply to skin at the center of the face, blending outward and down the neck in circular motions. Beauty Tip: – Apply Detox and Chill Lava Water Foundation Primer first to create a moisturized & primed face for smoother and longer lasting wear. – For light, customizable coverage, mix a pump of Detox and Chill Lava Water Foundation Primer to the Lava Water Foundation for lighter, hydrated wear. – Use lighter and deeper shades of Under Cover Concealer to create highlights and contours for full face dimension. – If your skin tends to be oily, finish your look with The Powder Room Translucent Setting Powder

Okay, that sounds like a lot.  First of all, when they say shake, they are not joking.  If you don’t shake you get some separation from the water and the other bits.  So I shook.  Luckily the bottle is kind of maraca shaped so shaking it is a fairly natural procedure.  Admittedly it is easy to get carried away. It won’t hurt the product, but it will lengthen your getting ready routine. But hey, that can be fun too.

And yes, there was singing at the dressing table this week.

While they recommend 1-2 pumps, I found that was way too much product for me. You may have to pump a little extra out the first time you use it but ever after one pump will do for a full face.  Now I will say that while I don’t mind full coverage, I do not favor a mask like appearance.  I know some people are into that and if you are doing a full high glam face beat, that may be your jam.

It just isn’t mine on a regular everyday basis. With two pumps the product felt too heavy on the skin and tended to settle into my fine lines.  When I dispensed one pump on my hand and went in with a lighter touch, the product worked well.  This is definitely a less is more sort of product. My inner accountant was happy with that as it means the product will last longer.  It also means I get to keep the pretty bottle longer too.

The foundation felt very light weight on the skin.  Even when I initially applied too much and it looked heavy, it felt very light against the skin.  It was a foundation that I could forget I was wearing. There is a slight paint smell to it that isn’t particularly pleasant, but it dissipates fairly quickly. It just surprised me that it was there. From the description I was expecting more of a mineral-ly or even charcoal type of smell. But nope, paint.

start of the day

But like I said it is quickly gone. If you are super sensitive though, it might be something to keep in mind.

Hour 12 shine

I did find that this is a foundation that works best with a primer.  Without a primer, it tended to emphasize my pores more as the day went on. With a primer, any primer actually, the formula did not seem to be particular, this was not a problem.  I noticed that if I put it on and ore it through the length of a work day then I had no problems, as long as I used the primer.  There was no settling into my lines and no extra pore emphasis. After about seven hours, I had some oil showing through.  I am not an extremely oily person, but I noticed the oil in my t-zone, which is where I get it.  I didn’t need a pat of powder mid day though. I just needed it towards what would be the end of my work day. So if I was wearing it out after work, I would need a bathroom refresh before continuing on my night.

I think if you tend towards the oily side of things, you may need to add a little powder around lunch time.  On the other side, the mattifying formula didn’t dry me out. Over all I had a pretty positive experience with this product. I enjoyed using it and I enjoyed looking at it.  It definitely moves into round two where all of the foundations that pass the initial wearability test will go head to head to see who comes on top.  The winner will then be in the running to compete with the winner from round one, which as you might recall was the Pacifica Alight Clean Foundation. But that is for the future.  For now, the Pretty Vulgar Cool AF Lava Water Foundation has earned a spot in round two. I am off to a great start with this and can hardly wait to see how the next foundation performs. Stay tuned.


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