Today, I'm going to tell you about the two current foundations that I use. I know that foundation is probably the most difficult makeup for most women to choose. Between finding the perfect shade, the perfect coverage, and the perfect texture while still making sure it reacts well to your skin, doesn't make you break out, and looks natural on your face is next to impossible. Even still, I haven't found my holy grail foundation. But, I haven't given up hope. I don't hate the foundations I'm using now, and honestly if I could find a concealer that I really love (which is a whole different battle in itself) I would be much happier. Now that the weather is starting to cool off, my face is naturally looking better with less grease and shininess, and my makeup is looking better as a result. So, here's the deal:
My skin type: Oily/acne prone
My skin concerns: Acne scars, unevenness, sometimes redness
My current skin prep: I wash my face with Yes To Tomatos Acne Control Gel Cleanser ($9.99 Target) then I pat it dry. I use a drop of Yes To Tomatoes Repairing Acne Treatment ($8.69 Target), and mix it with a drop of Osea Malibu Atmosphere Protection Cream ($44 per 2 oz. bottle, www.oseamalibu.com) and apply that all over my face and neck. Let soak in for about 10-15 minutes.
*PS: I have reviewed all of these products in previous posts if you would like to check them out!*
What I use:
EcoTools Mineral Powder Brush and Concealer Brush (which I got in a kit of 5 brushes for $12.99)
Alima Pure Satin Matte Loose Mineral Foundation in shade Beige2 ($28 for 0.23 oz./6.5 g)
Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation in Light Medium ($34 Ulta/toofaced.com)
*As you can see, I'm still working on finding a concealer and finishing powder that I love. But for now, this is what I use on daily basis.*
I've always had difficulty applying foundation. Like there's really no right way considering everyone uses different tools and has different skin and uses different products, so I just do what works for me. I use my EcoTools Mineral Powder Brush for both foundations. I apply the Alima Pure foundation first. I take my brush and dip it into the product and basically pat my face with my brush to apply, and then I blend it as needed. This method gives me pretty decent coverage. Next, I use my Concealer Brush and use a little bit of the Alima Pure foundation as a concealer as well. I dip my brush into it, and pat the areas I needed until it covers well. Then, I use the same patting and blending method with the Cocoa Powder foundation. I apply as many layers as needed to achieve the coverage I want, which is usually about 1 full layer of each foundation. Sometimes I'll do two layers just around my nose and cheeks because I get can some redness there. And that's it! Easy enough right? Even though I'm using two foundations, my face still feels like it can breathe and my skin never feels heavy.
So why two foundations you ask? I feel like I get better coverage with two different foundations. Also, I feel I get the best shade match with these two foundations. The Cocoa Powder foundation is a little dark for my regular skin on it's own, so I blend it with the Alima Pure which is the closest match to my skin of any foundation I have ever used but isn't like 100% perfect. Together, they match really well. And, depending on the season, I just use more of less of each one depending on if I'm tan or pale as a ghost!
Pros of the Alima Pure Foundation:
1) There are lots and lots of shades to choose from, so you're bound to find one that matches your skin.
2) There aren't a lot of ingredients, which has been excellent for my sensitive skin. It hasn't caused me to itch or break out.
3) The coverage is natural, but buildable.
6) They offer affordable samples ($1.75 each) with a decent amount of product so you can try before you buy a full size container.
7) It can double as a concealer if you have *minor* imperfections to cover. Focus on the word minor! It's still only a foundation, but it's a nice bonus if you need it.
Cons of Alima Pure Foundation:
1) The foundation alone doesn't last long. Touch ups are definitely necessary.
2) Loose foundation is so messy. You waste so much product because of it.
3) I don't really love the price of $28 considering how much product goes to waste when you apply it.
Other facts about Alima Pure Foundation:
1) Like most mineral foundations, the foundation color changes as it mixes with the oils in your skin. Which is why at first when I apply it it looks too light, but after about a half hour, it blends to my skin shade. It doesn't oxidize and turn orange, but it will darken. So definitely try the samples before you buy them, so you can test them out for a few days before you decide to buy it.
Overall opinion of Alima Pure foundation: Alima Pure is a pretty great brand. They offer a lot of vegan products, use primarily natural ingredients, and are cruelty free. I think I'll like their pressed foundation much better than the loose one because I always prefer pressed over loose. The loose powder honestly does last a long time. I ordered mine May 15th of this year, and I still have a little less than 3/4 of the container. So while it's pricey, it does last. They sometimes offer sales too, like for Labor Day and those kind of holidays, so you can score it for cheaper. Also, they offer free domestic shipping on $35 orders, which is easy to spend. Also, the fact that they offer so many shades and offer affordable samples of those shades is such an awesome thing. If you're looking for natural coverage, this is your foundation. You can build it up, but it takes some work. It won't build up to full coverage, so if you want that, you might want to look elsewhere. But overall, I absolutely recommend you try them out.
Pros of the Too Faced Cocoa Powder foundation:
1) It smells awesome. Like, seriously so good. It smells just like cocoa, as you would expect. The smell doesn't last on your face which is a good or bad thing, depending on your preference.
2) It's pressed foundation which I love.
3) The coverage is buildable.
4) It's got a lot of great ingredients for your skin.
6) It's oil absorbing.
7) It does last a decent amount of time before I have to touch up. But I personally need a touch up by mid afternoon.
8) It's provides a matte finish.
Cons of the Too Faced Cocoa Powder foundation:
1) There's only 8 shades and I don't feel like that's enough to allow everyone to find a shade.
2) The price is a little crazy. I feel like a good chunk of that $34 is because of the Too Faced name brand.
3) They label it as "medium to full coverage" but it's definitely not. Maybe with a different method, but with just a powder brush it's barely pushing medium coverage.
4) While the main ingredients are good for your skin, it's got a lot of filler ingredients I could do without. It hasn't done clogged my pores or anything, or made me break out like crazy, I just wish it was more natural.
Overall opinion of Too Faced Cocoa Powder foundation: Too Faced is an awesome company, I wish they were all vegan but they are 100% cruelty free. I've repurchased this on 2 different occasions. Clearly, I've liked it enough to repurchase it. It goes on smoothly and when I wash my face at night I still have it on at the end of my day. I just wish they had more shades! If you purchase it, definitely go into Ulta and meet with one of the girls because it's definitely difficult to shade match. If you can find your shade, definitely give it a shot! Ulta offer a 30 day money back guarantee so you can't lose by trying it, even if you hate it.
Have you guys found your holy grail vegan foundation? If you have a recommendation, I would LOVE to hear them and try them out!