I haven't used a liquid foundation in easily 12 years, maybe even longer. I've been a powder foundation girl since my teens. I always felt that liquid foundation was so heavy and caused my face to break out. Powder has always worked for me, but when I saw 100% Pure's 2nd Skin Foundation being released, I was intrigued. 2nd Skin sounds like something I could get down with; I imagined it would be really lightweight. Also, my face is breaking out but it's also drying (fun combo!), so I thought liquid might work a little better for my dry skin.
I emailed them to determine my shade, which was Sand, just like it was in the concealer. Sand is apparently a very popular color, and it sells out within 1-2 days after it's restocked. So, it took a little bit of time to order it. I've been using it for a few days now, and I wanted to do an initial review on it. But, before I get into that, let's talk about the product itself.
The 2nd Skin Foundation's biggest selling point is the Olive Squalane. This is not to be confused with Squalene, which is from the shark's of livers and is awful, mean, and gross, and is also bad for your skin. Squalane is derived from olives, and mimics the oils that occur in your skin naturally. Olive Squalane helps balance out your skin's moisture level, so if you're too dry or too oily, it will help balance that out. Also, it helps with dark spots, which is a major bonus. It also doubles as a serum, so you don't need any addition prep work on your face aside from your usual moisturizing routine. Lastly, it helps minimize fine lines and wrinkles. At 28, I really need to start looking into prevention of wrinkles, which makes me want to cry in the corner honestly, but it's true. I swear I'm starting to see laugh lines already. My husband thinks I'm a crazy person, but I see them. In addition to the Olive Squalane, you can rest assure that all of the ingredients are natural, safe, and 100% vegan and cruelty free. They offer a variety of colors now, whereas before it was more limited. Personally, I still feel it's limited, but it's not like mineral foundation where I feel is easier to match and create a plethora of colors, but it's not bad honestly. I would say they cater to the basics with their color options.
Here's what I can say about it so far:
1) I really like the bottle it comes in. It's a frosted glass bottle with a dropper style top. The frosted bottle helps maintain the integrity of the product and the ingredients, plus no nasty plastic chemicals are leaking into your product and thus being absorbed into your skin. The dropper style allows for better control of how much product you use, and helps to keep your fingers a little cleaner than traditional style foundation bottles.
2) The foundation is very lightweight. It's like a serum foundation, similar to that of Pacifica's Dreamy Cover Bare Faced Foundation.
3) This foundation dries quickly and it is super smooth. No greasy after feel or anything like that. If you're like me, you're skeptical about any type of oil on your face, especially when you're prone to breakouts. The Squalane actually helps your skin balance, like I mentioned earlier, and it's non-comedogenic, so it won't clog pores either.
4) I feel like this foundation is best applied using your fingers, or a damp beauty blender, not a brush. Because it absorbs so fast, I imagine a brush would cause streaks. I place a few drops on the back of my hand, and dip my fingers in it and apply it to my face from inside to the outside.
5)This foundation clings to every little patch of dry skin you have. That's definitely an issue for me. I've been using my bamboo wash cloth while washing my face every night so exfoliate my face more. Truthfully, I do feel like my face isn't as dry, but I still have trouble spots. Allowing your moisturizer to fully absorb (not like when you're rushing in the morning and have 5 minutes to wash, tone, moisturize, and apply makeup like I often have to do) does definitely help.
6)I don't feel like this foundation is cakey, but it can get cakey if you're dry or apply to much.
7)It can transfer easily into other things, so setting it with a powder is essential. However, once you set it, the stuff stays on your face pretty much all day long. The first day I used it, it was almost 90 degrees, extremely high humidity, and I was out at an orchard all day, sweating my butt off. I mean, sweating a bad my husband has to help me peep my jeans off my legs, that kinda sweat. And honestly, my foundation still looked good, even after sweating like a man.
8)I feel like the coverage is good for those who have decent skin from the gate. While I feel it does a decent job evening my skin tone as far as redness, it doesn't do much of anything in the way of covering my acne scars. If you read my previous post about the concealer, you'll know I wasn't a fan of that, so that options out the window. I still apply a few strokes of my regular Jane Iredale powder foundation on top because I need more coverage.
9)It doesn't smell nearly as bad as the concealer did, thankfully. I think I might have had a bad concealer honestly. I mean, it's polar opposites as far as the scent goes.
10)The price is hefty at $45 a bottle; however, with only needing to use 2-3 drops as a time, its worth it because it'll last me forever.
11)I haven't noticed any breakouts or anything from it within the 1+ week I've used it.
12)The colors vary between the foundation and the concealer. For example, Sand is the foundation is actually a little light for my face. Not a lot, but enough that I notice it. Whereas the Sand shade of concealer was very orangey and too dark for my skin.
Overall, I am happy with this purchase thus far. I'll do another review when I'm about a month into using it. I always like to do a follow up with most items, because your opinion can definitely change the more you use it!