This is part two to last week’s foundation round-up, and I have several new foundation releases to review and give you my thoughts on…foundations of different types and at different price points. I’m also sharing what skin types I think would benefit the most from each!
This foundation retails for $52 for one ounce and is available in 42 shades. My shade is 2.5 N. Just like Dior Forever Skin Glow Foundation, this has a runny consistency. It applies quickly and easily, and I like applying it with a damp sponge best. Also, like Forever Skin Glow, this Forever Matte Foundation looks decent with pores, but it doesn’t camouflage them completely – it provides natural-looking, medium coverage. It’s a great daytime foundation, just like the Forever Skin Glow is, but with a natural matte finish. It feels lightweight and extremely comfortable on your skin. I have found that I get less shine when I wear a primer, but I tend to like the finish a little bit less with primer, so it’s kind of a trade-off.
If you have normal to oily skin, and you need something for long days that you don’t mind touching up if you get shiny in your T-zone, I think you would really enjoy this. In the past, I said the old formulation of this was very similar to Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless. I don’t feel as though this new formulation is as similar. Although it requires a little more maintenance, it still looks really pretty on the skin and is lovely if you have normal to combination skin. If you have oily skin, I would definitely recommend wearing a primer with this one!
I typically have a lot of luck with Flower Beauty products. The Get Real Serum Foundation was newly listed on a few websites, but I haven’t heard a lot about it. This foundation is $14.99 for one ounce. There are 18 shades suited to match a variety of skin tones. My shade is “warm beige.” This is supposed to be hydrating and light as air and isn’t supposed to settle into fine lines. It is infused with a hydrating antioxidant serum as well as several other good ingredients that are supposed to nourish, brighten and refresh your skin. It also has an ingredient that’s anti-inflammatory, which is really nice. This foundation has a very thin consistency, so it’s easy to apply using any method you want.
While I don’t think it airbrushes my pores, it does make them look a little better than they naturally do. I would say the coverage is sheer light to just under medium.
This definitely feels lightweight until later in the day. As my natural oils start to mix in with some of the serum ingredients I start to feel it on my face. I do get shiny with it and have to blot whether I wear a primer or not. It’s also not very long-wearing – I am able to get 5-6 hours max until my makeup starts to fade. I really liked the natural skin-like finish until it started to wear away. If you have combination/oily skin, I’m not so sure you’re going to enjoy this product. I think this would be more suited for normal to dry skin.
So many people are raving about the new e.l.f. Cosmetics Camo Powder Foundation. The foundation retails for $11 for 0.2 ounces and is available in 12 shades. My shade is the light 240W which is very yellow – I made it work, but note that the warm shades are pretty yellow. This is a primer-infused, buildable powder foundation designed to give an airbrushed finish, be long-wearing, and good for sensitive skin. It has a powdery, dusty formula. It’s easy to apply with a brush if you want less coverage or with a sponge if you want more and is buildable. It gives a semi-matte finish with medium to full coverage. However, e.l.f. claims this looks really natural and I don’t agree with that.
I find that in order to get a smooth airbrushed looking finish, I need to use a primer underneath it. Without a primer, for some reason, it tends to pull in my pores and give me polka dot pores, and it won’t adhere to certain parts of my face. It also seems to catch on other makeup I have underneath it, like my concealer. Unless I’m in a huge hurry, I usually wear a primer underneath my powder foundations because I am just someone who needs that in my t-zone or they wear away too quickly. It does feel lightweight, and it wears for a long time when I wear a primer underneath it. So, knowing those things, I would say if you’re someone who’s going to wear a primer underneath this, you’ll probably love it. I personally did not like this foundation at all without a primer underneath. I would recommend this to anyone with normal to oily skin who isn’t looking for a natural look but wants something quick to apply over their primer. If you have dry skin, I just don’t think this is going to be a powder foundation that really works for you as it doesn’t have that creamy formula I typically recommend for those with dry skin. To wrap it up, this powder foundation formula is just a little bit more finicky than what I typically enjoy.
I almost didn’t pick up Make Up For Ever HD Skin Undetectable Longwear Foundation to try because the past two formulations of this product were just okay for me. But I feel like I’ve been seeing this everywhere and I’ve been getting asked about it often. This is $43 for 1.01oz and there are 40 shades available. I am in shade 2N22. The consistency is moderately thick and applies really nicely with any method. I noticed during the application of this foundation that it seems to fuse with my skin! I find it gives me a natural matte finish – my redness is being covered, my pores are looking airbrushed, and my skin just looks natural. I would say this gives medium to just under medium-full coverage.
It is supposed to feel extremely lightweight and hydrate your skin. I figured I would have to blot several times throughout the day because of the hydration claim. I love the finish when I don’t wear a primer the most, but I do have to blot a couple of times during the day – it doesn’t bother me though because my makeup looks fresh all day long. If I wear a mattifying primer underneath, I found I only have to blot once or not at all. I also didn’t have any issues with the drier parts of my face when using this product, so I would venture to say that any skin type would enjoy this product! If you have dry skin and you’ve tried it, let me know in the comments below! I have to say, I think this is probably my hero foundation of this two-part foundation roundup – especially since it’s a foundation I wasn’t even going to try. I’ve been loving this foundation and have been wearing it a lot more than I thought I would.
Will you be testing out any of the foundations from part one or two? Let me know if you do and what your thoughts are!
You can also head to my full review of all the foundations and see the applications and wear tests here. You can also check out all of my foundation reviews here or read about the 5 Best Skin-Like Foundations here.