Welcome back, all! I hope your October is going well! My fall so far seems to be going quickly, but then again every season seems to with each passing year!
So recently I had the urge to explore different foundations to see if anything would be splurge-worthy or would significantly change my foundation game. Currently for liquids I’ve been using Garnier BB cream when I’m feeling more casual, and when I want to get more heavy-duty I’ll use L’Oreal Infallible which I sometimes mix with it a little Revlon ColorStay when I’m more tan and maybe for some extra oil control (don’t ask why I mix two different brands together, it just seems to work!). I’ve been pretty happy with L’Oreal foundation- it does the job and stays pretty fresh on my skin even after a long day, so I’m not exactly looking to replace anything. But ya know, sometimes you want to see what else is out there!
I tried a couple different foundations which I’ll eventually review, and there are some drugstore ones I also want to try. Here I’m focusing on Make Up For Ever Ultra HD, and Too Faced Born This Way. The MUFE was a recommendation from a Sephora Employee for its natural finish, and I wanted to try Born This Way because this foundation seems pretty popular and I heard a lot about it on YouTube.
I wasn’t 100% sure what I was looking for, but after trying a few I know I want something that won’t slide off or transfer easily and is smoothing but looks fresh all day. Keep in mind that my skin type is oily and I usually have to blot during the day at some point. I don’t mind blotting, but I don’t want my face to look like an oil slick either! Also I tend to get hormonal/stress-related breakouts (don’t get me started) so some coverage is needed, especially when there’s that fun post-acne scarring! So anyway, here are my thoughts:
Make Up Forever Ultra HD foundation, $43
This picture was taken in front of white board (holla teachers!) so not sure about lighting with the really white backdrop, but it gives you an idea:
Pros: Natural finish, not mask-y looking, oil kept reasonably at bay. Slight blotting mid-day but nothing major.
Cons: not as full-coverage as I was hoping for (I didn’t have enough to build it up, however), and the finish could have looked a liiiittle bit smoother. The shade might also have played a part in this, so who knows.
Verdict: Not bad, photographs nicely, but wouldn’t pay $43.00 for it just yet.
Too Faced Born This Way, $39 in Warm Beige and also tried in the shade Sand. Between the two shades I tried, “Sand” definitely suited me more!
Here is a pic of me wearing Too Faced Born This Way at the beginning of the day (and yes, this looks like a school portrait lol):
Pros: Smoother finish (at least compared to MUFE HD), looked really nice when first applied.
Cons: I was a little oilier mid-day with this one compared to the MUFE but not by a whole lot, even when used with a primer (maybe my primer just isn’t that great?). Didn’t maintain throughout the day like I wish it had. Might work better for more dry/normal skin types since it can make you dewy.
Verdict: Nice foundation, just wish it looked as good on all day as it did at the start. Maybe a different primer would have helped with this too. Also wish it had a bit more coverage. So nope, won’t be getting it.
I’m glad I got to try them out! They are lovely foundations even if they didn’t knock my socks off all the way, and sometimes you just need to try things a few more times. Maybe I’m just being too picky, or maybe I’m ok not spending so much when what I have seems to work just fine. I always have fun trying new things though- and who knows, maybe I’ll fall in love with something else out there (or fall in love with these in the future-never know!).
Have you tried either of these? Have they worked for you?