Hello everyone! I know it's been a while, I've had a bit of a break from my blog and Instagram as I have been feeling a little uninspired but I'm now back and I have a new foundation review!
I've had this foundation for a few months and have been testing it on and off but I have now consistently been using it for 2 weeks so I can now give you my full thoughts on it! This retails for £34.00, comes in 20 shades and is available from http://www.cultbeauty.com and http://www.qvcuk.com
As always I'll start with the packaging, the outer box is a matte black with matte silver and white text, looks really sleek. The bottle is a soft touch black plastic with a silver lid and it has a pump! I do wish that you could see how much was in it though.
Here is a snip of Becca's claims of the product "… ultimate coverage in a surprisingly weightless and breathable créme. A perfectly balanced distribution of pigment and water at uniquely high concentrations allow the formula to adapt to all skin types. Lightweight and oil free, it creates a second skin effect of undetectable, flexible coverage with a natural, long wearing finish. 21% pigment ensures uneven texture, redness, hyperpigmentation and other imperfections are completely concealed. 22% water adds hydration and an elastic finish to prevent pigments from setting in lines, dryness or pores"
The foundation has a thick, whipped texture, I thought it was going to be thinner due to the water content but it's pretty thick. It's really pigmented, as in one pump covers my whole face with some to spare!
I've tried applying with a damp sponge and a brush and to be honest, I didn't see much difference between the two. You have to work very quickly as it sets pretty fast. I like to pump the foundation on the back of my hand and then work on one area at a time. It gives a full matte finish, it's a foundation-y foundation, as in you can tell you're wearing makeup but I've found that all fully matte foundations give that effect on the skin.
I'd say it gives a high medium coverage, it doesn't completely cover stubborn imperfections but you can go in an spot conceal any areas that are particularly red.
I have combination oily skin and I have also been using retinol for the past 7 weeks so my skin is in a strange way at the moment. The majority of the time, this foundation looks good but as I go through the day it starts to look dry and when I smile I can see so many lines on my cheeks (that I don't have yet!) so it makes me look much older! Other times, it can cling to some drier patches of skin which are not visible prior to applying. Because of these cons, I would not recommend this foundation to people with dry or more mature skin.
This lasts around 5 hours on me before I need to blot away oil and a little foundation does lift up but it's nothing major. I have my foundation on for around 12 hours a day during the week and I do still have foundation on when I get home, but it doesn't look at it's best.
One pump of shade Cashmere
This foundation is what I wanted the Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation to be, it's very similar in texture and pigment but it looks better on the skin and lasts better.
Overall, it's a nice foundation but I don't think it tops my Lancôme Teint Idole. I think it's best suited to people who have a more normal skin type who have areas that need coverage. I will continue to use it, I may try using a hydrating mist throughout the day to try and revive it when it's looking too dry.
Have you tried this product? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! Take care and I'll be back soon ❤