• Rachel B Goldenberg

Three Days of Sample Foundation

Like many other people stuck in physical isolation, I've taken to cleaning. For one thing, it makes me feel like I have some semblance of control over the situation. It's also an opportunity for me to take stock of what I have--and what I'll need to purchase once we're unleashed. (I never thought I'd miss browsing the mall, or really ANYWHERE so much!)

Over the years I have accumulated a large number of samples, mostly thanks to Sephora providing two free samples with each order (and I make a lot of orders!) These are great for travel because they can fit easily into a liquids bag. I also have a lot of foundation samples, which I collect to use on friends who want me to do their makeup.

BUT who am I kidding? We could be locked up at home for a long time so I thought it would be fun to test some new products.

I evaluated each foundation on the following criteria:

User Friendliness (Spreads/Blends Well =10 vs. Have to Work It = 1)

Durability (Lasts All Day =10 vs. Melts Off Quickly =1)

Coverage (Even Skin Tone =10 vs. Blanks Out Skin =1) **

Feel (Thin =10 vs. Thick and Cakey =1)

** For coverage, I prefer foundations that still make my skin look like skin. A high score here means high coverage but still skin. Blanked out skin means I look like a clown.

For this "experiment," I tried to control other variables around my makeup. I used the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream and no other primer. I applied all three foundations with a beauty blender and set with the Laura Mercier translucent loose powder. In the first two cases, I tried the darker foundation shades as a contour. I used the Morphe continuous mist setting spray as a final step.

Here's the other makeup:

Concealer: Armani Power Fabric

Eyes: Tarte Tarteist Pro Eye Shadow Palette

Mascara: Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions

Highlight: Thrive Causemetics Brilliant Eye Brightener

Blush/Bronzer: Profusion Blush and Bronze

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Whiz and L'Oreal Brow Stylist Boost and Set

Lips: Bare Minerals Gen Nude

Foundation Day One: Sephora 10HR Wear Perfection Foundation

This is a medium coverage foundation that promises 10 hours of wear. From the Sephora website: "A weightless foundation with buildable coverage that blurs imperfections and conceals blemishes for a smooth and natural finish."

User Friendliness: 8

Durability: 9

Coverage: 5

Feel: 6

Overall Score: 28

(10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

Impression: This spread well but I did have to work it a bit. I'd consider it a more full coverage than medium. The finish was matte and it remained that way throughout the day with minimal creasing and oil. For the price ($26.50 CAD), I'd say this is a good little foundation and it comes in a huge array of colours.

Foundation Day Two: Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Crème

This full coverage foundation appears to now be discontinued. I would guess it has been "restyled" as the Ultimate Coverage 24 hr foundation.

From the sample package: "Ultimate coverage in a surprisingly weightless and breathable crème. A perfectly balanced distribution of pigment and water at uniquely high concentrations allows 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."

I had some troubles with this one:

First, the blister package barely had any product. It was NOT enough to truly sample it.

Then it hardly blended out I had to go in with extra concealer. And the the dark shade was wayyyyy too dark.

However, I think I managed to work it. (Thank goodness I'm a makeup geek and knew how to salvage the "situation.")

(10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

User Friendliness: 4

Durability: 6

Coverage: 4

Feel: 4

Overall Score: 18

Impression: It would be unfair for me to say I wouldn't recommend this product. First, it's discontinued (ergo, the review is moot) and second, I didn't have enough product to really test it. I was annoyed from the beginning so I didn't give it a real chance. However it lasted reasonably well, at least where I think I placed it. Mind you, I had extra concealer on so I might have simply seen that at the end of the day. The darker shade was too orange to use as a contour and was hard to blend out...perhaps that's the best clue about how this foundation performs.

Foundation Day 3: Cover FX Natural Finish Foundation

As you can see from the sample card, this full-medium foundation comes in a full array of colours. From Sephora: "A water-based foundation that delivers up to 12-hour coverage and a natural, second-skin finish along with powerful antioxidant protection."

User Friendliness: 5

Durability: 6

Coverage: 6

Feel: 4

Overall Score: 21

I'd hardly call this full coverage. Medium at best, but it's clearly buildable. Here's a picture of me with just the foundation:

And here's the final look 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (I added a small eye wing...sorry, not sorry!)

Impression: I think this was an OK foundation but I wouldn't buy it. If I'm going full coverage, I want full. I don't want to have to layer and layer until I'm wearing full on cake! Honestly, I just like my regular foundations so much better.

So there you have it! I tried three new foundations in three days. It so happened the Sephora spring sale started this week and one of my students asked me for a recommendation. I told her to get the Sephora 10 hour! I was impressed. At that price, it might be the one I buy for when I do other peoples' makeup.

I'll be back next week with a post about my three favourite foundations!

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