First, let me state that I do not use liquid foundation, and haven't in many years. I use powder foundation, and have since I was 19 and my aunt bought me the BareMinerals starter kit for my birthday. I no longer use BareMinerals, and have used about a bagillion other brands since then. But, powder foundation is my go to.
Liquid foundation and I are not friends. Really, so far, no foundation and I are friends. I have yet to find one that wows me; powder or otherwise. I want to love foundation, because my face hates me and has a mind of it's own and it breaks out or it gets red and it's blotchy and uneven and it doesn't matter what I use or don't use, nothing really works. To be fair, I don't have the time or patience to use 85 products on my face to make it look perfect. I have sleep that I want, cats to feed, cat litter to clean, lunches to pack, and about 9 million other things to do before I go to work in the morning. Not to mention, 85 products would make my sensitive acne prone skin go cray cray, so I keep it simple. But, I wanted to love my foundation so much that I decided it's time to be daring.
Considering all of this, I decided (begrudgingly) to be bold and give liquid foundation another shot. I have heard so many good things about Too Faced new liquid foundation Born This Way. I currently use their Cocoa Powder foundation, and I like it. From the reviews I read, it's buildable coverage that looks natural, and it covers all sorts of imperfections well, erasing the need for concealer. It supposed to allow your skin to breathe while still providing the coverage that you want. It also contains good for you ingredients like coconut water, and is oil free. So, I said, let's give this a shot.
To be fair, I did not purchase this. The bottle is $39, and I can't justify spending that kind of money on something that I may or may not like. I know I can return it, but I don't have time to run back to the store and return it, and I don't have money towait for the money to go back in my account. So, I spoke to the super nice lady at Ulta and she said unfortunately they don't offer samples (which is kind of crazy because Sephora does), but she would apply it to my face so I can wear it the remainder of my night and see how I felt about it.
She used a makeup sponge to apply the foundation. Essentially, I have no clue how to apply liquid foundation. So I paid attention. Basically she put foundation on the sponge,and just patted the sponge on my face, and pressed a little harder on blemishes and red spot to give a little more coverage. Next, she applied some bronzer to my forehead and temples using Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer ($30), which I myself already use and love. Then, she applied Too Faced Love Flush 16-Hour Long Wear Blush in I Will Always Love You ($26) to the apples of my cheeks. This is a corally shade, which was really natural looking on me. I was really fond of that because it's so hard to find a shade of blush on me that looks natural. It was a little sparkley for my liking, however the color was really pretty and it seemed that I didn't need much to get a rich color pay off. She didn't use any setting powder or anything, and I didn't apply any myself when I got home. Lastly, she applied some Melted Chihuaua ($21) on my lips. Here's the final untouched finish result:
I have pros and cons from just my one experience with this foundation. I'll start with the pros:
1) The coverage was pretty good. I'm having a face freak out right now, and while I could still see my imperfections, it did cover well.
2) She was able to shade match me pretty perfectly which is pretty shocking because I have the hardest shade of skin to match. To be fair, I have been tanning so my face is darker than usual. MY tan face is easier to match than my pale face, but still, pretty difficult to match overall. So, I'm still impressed.
3) From a distance, my face looked like a porcelain doll. Like, I felt pretty, which doesn't happen often.
4) It's a vegan formula, which is always a plus!
1) Close up, my pores looked huge and so noticable. I hated it.
2) I felt like I was wearing a face. My face felt so heavy. Like it couldn't breath. This could be that I'm used to powder foundation. But, I wanted to mention it.
3) I felt like my face wasn't ever fully dry.
4) I rubbed my forehead and my finger was covered in foundation, so alone without powder, it's apparent it doesn't have much staying power.
5) After like an hour, my face was shiny. Finishing powder might have helped, but I can't attest to that considering I didn't use any.
6) My face broke out a little bit the following day. It could be totally unrelated. But, I felt it was worth mentioning.
7) It's $39 per bottle. That's just crazy. If it doesn't prime, cover, and finish all in one bottle, no foundation should cost that much, in my opinion.
Would I purchase this? No way. Truthfully, I don't think I would purchase any liquid foundation. I've concluded liquid foundation is just not for me. I concluded this awhile ago, but trying this just reinforced this. Would I like to use this for special occasions? Absolutely, as long as I had some type of finishing powder. I think the finishing powder might make a difference. I think for my wedding this would be a good idea. In pictures, I feel like it would make my face look beautiful and flawless. But to wear this much on your face every day; it seems like too much work and it seems like too much on your skin. I'm sure it doesn't clog normal people's pores, but I know it would clog mine. I washed my face twice trying to get it all off because it still felt like I felt it in my pores after my first wash. Overall, I think it's good for special occasions, or someone who likes that kind of coverage or feeling on their face. But for me, I'm going to keep going on the search for my perfect powder foundation.
Have you ever used this foundation? What are your thoughts?