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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Beauty Review | Part 1 - Foundations


In this 2 part makeup review I'll be reviewing and comparing my current favourite foundations and concealers

It's been a while since I've done a proper thorough beauty review and this one is going to be particularly detailed as I want to give you guys my opinions on each of the products.

All of the products in this post are ones that I am currently using and have been using for the last 6 months - 4 years.

FYI:
Skin Tone- Warm/Medium/Tan
Skin Type- Normal/Oily (Oily T-Zone, Normal everywhere else)



Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r - 310

Price: £26
Type: Liquid
Coverage: Medium-Full

Since Rihanna released her makeup line 'Fenty Beauty' in September last year the internet went crazy and there were tonnes of reviews on her products. One of the products that particularly caught my eye was the foundation. The reviews I saw all said how the foundation looked pretty flawless and airbrushed. It had been a while since I had bought a new foundation so I took the plunge and bought it. Since I had just had a baby I wasn't feeling like going to Harvey Nichols and lining up for hours to be matched so like a lot of people I watched hundreds of reviews by people with similar skin to me and had to guess the shade.

I ended up getting the shade 310, it was actually a pretty good match and did make my skin look flawless. It's definitely a medium to full coverage a light first layers tends to do the job when I'm having a good skin day, otherwise a full pump and 2-3 layers covers pretty much everything. I like to apply this with my real techniques buffing brush or a beauty blender, both ways give me a pretty good finish.

Everytime I have worn this foundation I have had people complimenting how my skin looks and ask what foundation I'm wearing.

It's my perfect summer shade, the only downside is that it does tend to oxidise a little bit so when I'm not tanned and if I haven't highlighted, it makes my skin look a bit dull. The way I fix that, is by mixing a bit with my MAC or Estee Lauder foundation to make it a bit lighter.

I absolutely love this foundation and would recommend it to people of colour, especially if you have darker South Asian skin tones because I think this is the range you will find your perfect shade in.

Compared to MAC Studio Fix Fluid and Estee Lauder Double Wear, this foundation is more runny when it comes out, it feels lighter when you put it on your skin but does just a good a job in terms of coverage as the other two. The price and amount you get is pretty decent when compared to the other two as well.


MAC Studio Fix Fluid - NC40

Price: £24.50
Type: Liquid
Coverage: Medium-Full

If you remember from a couple years ago I did a comparison post of foundations I was using then, MAC studio fix fluid is one of the ones I wrote about. It's still one of my current foundations and is a staple in most people's makeup kits. NC40 is the shade that I feel suits me best. Its a liquid foundation that dries down matte and is pretty long wearing.

I tend not to put more than one layer of this foundation on because it can get a bit cakey, it's quite full coverage so you don't really need more than one layer anyway. I usually set this with a powder to give more of an airbrushed finish. I like to apply this with a damp beauty blender as that's what I found to give the most flawless finish compared to brushes.

Compared to the other two foundations it is cheaper and matches my skin quite well.


Estee Lauder Double Wear - Cashew

Price: £30.15-33.50 (depending on where you buy it)
Type: Liquid
Coverage: Medium-Full

The most expensive out of the three I'm reviewing today, but best one for full coverage, stay all day, oil combating.

This was in my previous comparison post, however, the previous colour was Honey Bronze and was a little on the dark side for my liking so I went in and got matched again. I feel Cashew definitely suits me better and is perfect to lighten up my fenty foundation.

This foundation is quite thick compared to the fenty foundation, it's consistency is similar to the studio fix fluid but it dries down more matte. On days that I haven't moisturised well or my skin feel particularly dry or flaky this foundation isn't the best as it dries it out more. This is a good thing if you have oily skin as you don't need to blot as much and doesn't slide all over your face as with some other foundations, not so great if you have dry flaky skin as it can accentuate the dryness.

If you want to try this foundation I would suggest going to an Estee Lauder counter and getting some samples so that you can try it out before you splash out.

Have you tried any of these foundations? What are your thoughts?

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