One Look, One Week of Reviews; Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation

Happy Hump Day! We are now halfway through my one look, one week of reviews! If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, please check out my Monday post here.

I have had this foundation for some time now and have been using it off and on so I knew it was about time that I reviewed it! I ordered this from the Tarte Cosmetics website and shared it in my blog post here.

What it is
Infused with Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea complex, this is a full-coverage but lightweight foundation.

Price
$51.00 CAD (1 oz) regular price. I actually got this at 30% when Tarte was having its friends and family sale in April. For $35.70 I thought it was worth trying.

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Packaging
I like the dropper style of this foundation because then I can control how much I put on the back of my hand. I love that it has this gradient purple cap and the glass bottle. It feels really elegant.

Colour
I got this in the shade 02 fair neutral and it’s a great match for me. I can appreciate that this comes in 21 shades and Tarte does well to include yellow, pink and neutral tones.

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Application & Wear
For a full coverage foundation, this is very light and liquid. It really does feel like water so I tend to dot this all over my face first and then blend it in with beauty blender so that the foundation doesn’t get absorbed by the sponge. It easily blends into my skin and doesn’t look heavy. I apply one layer and I think it provides medium coverage which I like but I can imagine that this formula would work really well if layered up to full coverage without it looking thick.

I can wear this all day without it creasing or cracking. One only issue for me is that because it’s water based I find that when it dries it looks dry on my skin close up. I have to add a facial oil or moisturize before application. That’s an easy fix for me because I have to hydrate my skin regardless. From a distance though my skin looks super smooth.

The Breakdown

Pros

  • Great shade match
  • Blends easily
  • All day wear
  • Medium to Full coverage

Cons

  • Can make my skin look dry

My thoughts
I really enjoy this foundation. It’s hard for me to find a shade that matches me well especially since I’m at the fairly light end of the spectrum. The coverage is really nice and doesn’t look cakey. I will need to add moisturizer to keep my skin hydrated underneath.

Have you tried this foundation? If so, what do you think of it?

Next up, I’ll be reviewing the ever popular Tarte Shape Tape!

Lots of Love,
Dal

Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte Plus Poreless Foundation

I know it might be a surprise that I would pick up this foundation since I have dry skin. From time to time I do like matte foundations because I like their finish. I think they work for me in the summer. If you are interested, I did a review of Urban Decay’s All Nighter Foundation here, which is also a matte.

I gave this foundation a try for 3 weeks, using it maybe 2-3 times a week (I have other foundations that I love using so I couldn’t commit a whole week to just this, lol!). I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it!
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$6.96 CAD on sale with free shipping from Amazon.ca when I made an order over $35. Regular price is $10.99 although it goes on sale pretty regularly on Amazon.ca.

What it is
Ultra-lightweight foundation for normal to oily skin. Tone plus texture-fitting foundation for the ultimate natural fit.

Shade, Coverage & Application
I got mine in the shade 112 Natural Ivory which was a fantastic match for my skin tone and the formula is liquid and light. It gives a medium coverage and it was super easy to layer if I wanted to add more coverage. One draw back is the bottle, I wish it had a pump because it has a wide opening and I’m always worried I might spill it whenever I’m applying my makeup especially because this product is very liquid. It also makes this a bit more messy in general since I have to pour out just the right amount to use on my face.
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Whenever I wore this I would add a generous amount of moisturizer first to ensure my skin didn’t get too dry under the foundation. I’m sure the moisturizer helped, but I was left with a nice natural finish. The foundation didn’t accentuate any dryness on my face and my makeup looked really good on top.

I’m really impressed with this formula as I’ve never tried Maybelline foundations and I’m even more impressed at how inexpensive it was. I felt like it minimized my pores or at least made them less visible to the naked eye. I’d want to try the Fit Me Hydrate & Smooth Foundation next time I order.

Wear & Longevity
Since this was matte it wore pretty well into my work day without the need for primer. It might have looked a bit more dry on my nose, but that tends to happen since my nose is dry.
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The Breakdown

Pros

  • great coverage
  • long lasting
  • worked well on my dry skin

Cons

  • No pump

My Thoughts
Sometimes drug store beauty products impress me way more than higher end products. Comparing this to my Urban Decay foundation I like this formula way more! Maybelline’s Fit Me Foundation had great coverage, didn’t oxidize too much on me, and is much more affordable. What’s even more impressive is that this was a product geared for a normal to oily skin but with some adjustment to my skincare routine I was able to get it to work for me. I really hope that the Fit Me Hydrating & Smooth Foundation works well for me too!

Have you tried Maybelline’s Fit Me Foundation? What Drug store foundations would you recommend?

Lots of Love,
Dal

Review: Bourjois Paris Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation

 I recently reviewed 2/3 foundations I’ve tried since my Shopper’s Drugmart haul last month. Today I’ll let you know my thoughts on Bourjois Paris Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation. I heard a lot of good reviews on this through YouTube from people who have dry skin and thought that I wanted to give this a try as well.

Here’s what it claims;

  • Made from a vitamin-rich fruit therapy formula for an even complexion and an instant anti-fatigue result
  • Imperfections are erased, signs of fatigue are smoothed and the skin’s radiance is boosted for up to 16 hours
  • Made from an instant anti-fatigue vitamin-rich fruit therapy formula with litchi, goji berries and pomegranates

Price: $29.00. This is in the same range as the Vichy DermaBlend and the L’Oreal Lumi Cushion. When it comes to foundations, it’s a lot cheaper than a lot of other beauty store brands.

Packaging: I like the pump on this. One to one and half pumps will cover my whole face so I that it’s packaged this way. I also love the red lid which makes it easy find amoung my other makeup.

Coverage: This is medium coverage but you can really adjust it depending on how many layers you add to your skin without it looking cakey. The gel formula makes it really easy to blend on my skin. I’ve used a beauty blender for this, but I’ve also used my fingers when I’ve been rushed and the results as just as good. It does make my skin look radiant, healthy, youthful and hydrated which is so important for someone with really dry skin.

 Wear: This wears really well I think. I don’t wear any powders over my foundation, so if I still feel like I have coverage after a full day of work then I know it wears well. This did that. With this foundation, I could go for a lighter coverage and still feel like my skin looked good after many hours.

My Thoughts: Of all my foundations, I think this is my favourite (yes, I saved the best for last). It’s really well priced and the way it made my skin feel was the most important thing for me. It felt good having a hydrating foundation on my face that didn’t cling to any dry patches. I would highly recommend this to anyone who has dry skin.

What are your thoughts? Have you tired Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum or anything else from this brand?

Let me know!

Lots of Luv,

Dal

Click here to read my review of L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion

Click here to read my review of Vichy DermaBlend Corrective Foundation

Review: Vichy DermaBlend Corrective Foundation

 Over the last month I’ve been testing out new foundations I bought from Shopper’s Drugmart back in February. If your interesting in seeing what I purchased, click here. I reviewed the L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion already, so if you wanted to read my thoughts on that, click here. Today I’ll talk about my first impression with Vichy’s DermaBlend Corrective Foundation and look for my Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum coming later on this week.

While at Shoppers Drugmart, the associate behind the counter suggested I try out Vichy when I told her I was looking for something that was fuller coverage and designed for dry skin.

Here’s what it claims to do;

  • Provides high coverage of minor to severe skin imperfections
  • Glides easily onto the skin for even distribution and a natural looking finish
  • Light diffusing pearls to give a radiant and luminous look and the skin feels supple and comfortable
  • 12 hour coverage that is waterproof

This also has an SPF30 and is oil-free. 

 Price: If I remember correctly, this costs between $29-$35. It’s pricey, but it’s not much more than the L’Oreal Lumi Cushion and this foundation actually offers more skin benefits.

Packaging: It’s housed in a beautiful compact case with a large mirror and sponge for easy application on the go. I can see myself using this as a foundation for when I travel. The sponge it’s so bad if you used it on the go but I preferred to use it to dot the foundation all over my face and then I would blend it out with my foundation brush or beauty blender.

Now with all of that said, I truly think that this is not the best way to package a foundation. I think a stick form would have been the best way to house the product. I don’t like that this is so exposed that it oxidizes quickly, and it always got dirty from me re-dipping my sponge! I think it’s a shame because the product itself is really.

Coverage: This provides a really nice medium to high coverage without it looking or feeling cakey on the skin. This was a good match for my skin tone, but there aren’t many different colours in this range which isn’t so great if you’re on the paler or deeper end of the spectrum.

I needed to use less concealer with this product which is really good thing. It’s smooth too, I needed to blend it out really well because I have dry skin, but I can image it gliding on a lot better for normal skin. It’s very moisturizing as well and I like the added SPF30.

  
Wear: This is long wearing, just as the product claims. It looks just as good at the end of my work day as it does when I first put this on. My skin looks radiant too, which is really nice especially after a long day.My Thoughts: I do like this foundation, but I can’t really get over the packaging. I wish that it was in a stick form. I don’t think I’d re-purchase this for that purpose.

What are your thoughts? Have you tried the Vichy DermaBlend Corrective Foundation or anything else from this line?

Lots of Luv,

Dal