This is like a review and a re-review all in one. I wanna talk about my new eco-tools Mini Beauty Blender I got while simultaneously re-reviewing Too Faced Born This Way Foundation.
I actually don't use liquid makeup and haven't since I was in my very early teens. Once I discovered mineral makeup, my first being Bare Minerals, I never returned. But, when I bought my Too Faced bronzer palette, it came with some samples of their Born This Way foundation.
I remember trying it once at Ulta, when it first came out, and I liked it okay, but it wasn't for me. And it especially wasn't for me every day. I forget the shade the lady used at Ulta that day but I went through the samples I received to check the colors. The lightest one I got was Vanilla, which is fair-light with neutral to golden undertones. Surprisingly enough, it's not very fair at all. I'm not tan at this point in my life, but I've never once been considered fair in anything. Light Medium with neutral undertones is where I'm at presently. I used the Vanilla to try it, and while it wasn't 100% my color (thanks to those golden undertones), the color was closer than anticipated. I put my Jane Iredale power foundation on top, which helped the color match to my face better. It also helped with the tackiness and the overall effectiveness of the makeup.
On the second day I used it, I used the Light Beige, which is light-medium with neutral to golden undertones. This is the color I had assumed would match me best, and it did. But, I'm hard pressed to understand how I can go from one shade to the like five shades darker without having much of an issue. Like if the fair light worked on my skin decent enough, what about someone who really is fair? I guess that's a positive note, but I think that could be negative too. You want it to match you, not like kind of maybe match you with more products on top. My Jane Iredale powder foundation in Satin matches me literally to a T.
Before I talk about the makeup itself, I wanna talk about the Eco Tools mini blender I used to apply it. This blender is meant for little spots like under your eyes and the corners of your nose, not for your whole face. But if I ever apply liquid makeup, I use it more as concealer than anything, which is why I thought this blender would be good to add to my collection. It would do exactly what I needed it to do. I used it all over my face to apply this foundation, since-it was all I had. I probably could've used my fingers, but my face has enough problems without adding any more oils from my fingers to it.
The blender is super easy to use. It does get in those little areas like under your eyes and around your nose with absolute ease. The bamboo handle makes it easy to hold while you apply it. And blender tip is soft and non-irritating on your face. It might take more time to apply liquid foundation to your whole face using this little thing but other than that I don't see why you couldn't use it anyway. I would. It also was perfect for applying it extra where I needed it, since I'm having a breakout on my chin and between my eyes brows currently. So using it to conceal those spots was easy and worked well too. As for the blender, I absolutely recommend it. I think it only cost me about $6 on Amazon and I have Prime so it was free shipping. Totally worth every penny.
Back to the foundation..
I still don't love it. To be fair, I didn't expect to, so I went in with low hopes. But I liked it better than I did the first time. Probably because the first time she didn't apply any powder on top and this time I did. That cut down on the tackiness. I still felt like I couldn't really touch my face or it would all rub off on my finger. And, I'm having really bad allergies so I was itching my eye as best I could without messing up my eye makeup but, all underneath my eye where I was itching, the foundation came off and I had to reapply.
When I applied it, the weather was absolutely freezing. It was in the 20s-30s so I wasn't at all sweating, and I had a big eventful day where I was out from the early afternoon to the night, so I figured that would be a good test of how it held up. Overall, it lasted decently, just my chin and my nose, basically where I get oily, was starting to fall apart. If I had power with me I probably could've touched it up, but I didn't so I can't say if that would've helped. By the end of the day when I got home, I was ready to take the makeup off. To be fair, I don't like liquid makeup, so if you're used to it, you might be fine. I will say it didn't cause me any itchiness or anything like that. It also didn't cause anymore pimples so far that I noticed that weren't there
I still wouldn't buy it. It helped cover my imperfections better than just my powder alone, but I just don't love it. I don't think it's worth the $39 price tag, I think the colors aren't true to what they say they are, and I don't think it covers nearly as much as one would hope. They need more color options with just neutral undertones, not neutral and golden or neutral and pink. If you're a liquid foundation person, you might love it. Especially if you know all the tricks and trades to applying it that I don't. It's gotten a to of great reviews, so I might just be missing all the hype.
I'm really over the moon excited because I ordered some Illuminare Cosmetics mineral liquid foundation samples to try that I'm hoping will be here soon. I haven't read one bad review on them, other than their limited color range, so I am really anxious to try them out. In the meantime, I'll finish up this Too Faced sample I have since I don't wanna waste it.