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Ellis Faas Foundation & Concealer Review, Swatches, Photos

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ellis faas foundation concealer 102 202

Today I have a review of Ellis Faas’s foundation & concealer, which I purchased at The Makeup Show a few weeks ago. First, let me note that these are way, way more expensive than almost anything I’ve written about on this blog.  The concealer is $40 for 2.4ml and the foundation is either $65 for 14ml (in pen form; this is what I have – it comes with two 7ml cartridges) or $90 for 30ml (in a pump top bottle). I bought these at a discount, but if I manage to finish them, I’d repurchase at full price.

First, let’s talk about the packaging. It’s lovely, but known for being difficult to use. This is my second concealer pen (I lost the first), and both have functioned just fine – the brush on the first was a bit wonky (see it here), the brush on this one is fine.  I don’t love click pens for concealer, but I don’t mind them.

ellis faas concealer brush

Concealer brush / applicator

The brush on the foundation bothers me more. The foundation comes out just fine, but I feel like too much product is lost in the brush, and I don’t like this style of brush for application – I prefer fingers, a beautyblender-type sponge, or a flat-topped brush. I’m probably going to either cut off the brush or just decant the cartridges into a squeeze tube.

ellis faas foundation brush

Foundation brush / applicator

The products themselves, however are truly excellent. The texture is perfect; they just melt into the skin.  Aside from the coverage, I can’t see that I’m wearing foundation.  The foundation is on the sheer side, and the concealer has medium coverage. Note that the ingredients for each product are online at ellisfaas.com.

I have the foundation in shade 102 and the concealer in shade 202; each is the second lightest shade, and each is described as being for “fair/light skin with neutral undertone.” The concealer is just a touch darker than the foundation, which I find works well.

ellis faas 102 202 swatches

Left: foundation in 102, unblended & mostly blended
Right: concealer in 202, unblended & mostly blended

In the following collage, I have no makeup on in the left hand photo. You can see some redness, some unevenness and lots of freckles.  In the center photo, I’m only wearing foundation; my skin looks better – more even, but still natural. The foundation diffuses light really well, and the texture of my skin looks better as well.  In the right hand photo, I’ve added concealer – I do realize it’s hard to see a difference. The concealer really is great though!

no makeup // foundation only // foundation & concealer

no makeup // foundation only // foundation & concealer

Overall, I adore these products.  I plan to use every last drop of each, and it’s likely that I will repurchase both eventually. If you can stomach the price, I’d highly recommend them both.

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CoverGirl TruBlend Foundation Review, Swatches, Photos

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Covergirl TruBlend Foundation

CoverGirl recently released a reformulated version of their TruBlend Liquid Makeup foundations.  There are a couple different versions of the temporary displays in drugstores now, and some of them have testers of all 21 shades! I was so excited to see this that I swatched several, and found what I thought was a good match in Light 7, Warm Beige.

It’s a thick, creamy, medium-to-full coverage foundation that dries down to a satiny, semi-matte finish on my dry skin.

Covergirl TruBlend Foundation L7 Warm Beige Swatch

Covergirl TruBlend Warm Beige

It’s obviously darker and warmer than my inner arm, and although I initially thought it matched my face well, seeing the below before and after makes me think that it’s not actually a good match at all – though I swear it looks better in person!

Covergirl TruBlend Before After

No makeup // Covergirl TruBlend foundation only

I like the creamy texture (it contains several silicones), and find it easy to blend, and easy to adjust the coverage level. In the “after” picture above, I have one layer of foundation on my nose, inner cheeks, and between my brows, two layers of foundation on my chin, and the foundation is blended away into nothingness near my hairline.

The foundation has no sunscreen (which I prefer; I use my own sunscreen daily), and when I took a few flash photos, I didn’t notice any flashback effect.

What foundations have you been wearing lately?

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Make Up For Ever Face & Body Foundation Review

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MUFE Face & Body

I have plenty of foundations I love, but I’m always on the hunt for the latest & greatest.  After reading this post on Will Work for Makeup about Tiffany’s foundation wardrobe, I decided to pick up a sample of Make Up For Ever’s Face & Body foundation. Three or four trials later, I knew a bottle would be mine!

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MUFE Pro Finish Powder Foundation Review, Swatches, Photos

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MUFE Pro Finish - 117

Make Up For Ever – one of my favorite brands – recently released a new foundation, the Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation, and I was very excited to get to try it out.  Pro-Finish foundation is can be used either wet (for less coverage) or dry (for more coverage).

An important note about using it wet: when I spoke to a MUFE artist (at The Makeup Show), she said that when using it wet, it’s important to get the entire surface of the compact wet & completely emulsify the product – if you just dampen your sponge, the product will not apply properly.   I was still nervous about getting the powder wet, but I can now confirm that it will dry back to the original consistency – getting it wet doesn’t harm it at all.

MUFE Pro Finish - Packaging - 117

I really like the packaging of the powder; as you can see, it’s all set up to use on the go and includes a mirror and a sponge.  The sponge has a separate compartment that has air holes so it will dry quickly.

Most of the year, my match in MUFE HD foundation is 120, though in the depths of winter I mix 117 and 120.  MUFE Pro Finish runs darker, so 117 is a perfect match for me.  Note that when applied wet, the color looks a bit darker, but it dries down to the original color.

MUFE Pro Finish 117 Swatch - Dry

MUFE Pro Finish 117 Swatch: applied dry (unblended / blended)

MUFE Pro Finish 117 Swatch - Wet

MUFE Pro Finish 117 Swatch: Applied wet, partially dried (unblended, sort-of-blended)

I found that dry, Pro Finish has a really lovely texture; smooth and silky. Wet, it has a tendency to streak a little bit, but the streaks can easily be buffed away once it’s dry.  The foundation looked great – very natural – on the majority of my face, but I noticed some flakiness and dry patches near the corners of my nose and on other dry patches; I think my skin is a little too dry at this time of year for this foundation (or any powder foundation) to work well on those areas.  I expect that this would work best on normal to oily skin, though I of course do not know how well it controls oil.

So, at this point in the review this foundation seems like a solid choice; best for me during summer, perhaps, but a really nice foundation.  And that’s what I thought midway through my testing.  But, then I put two and two together, and came up with a problem.  My eyes had been stinging and hurting for a couple nights in a row after I removed my makeup – I had assumed it was contact related, but after getting this foundation in my eye, I realized that it has an ingredient that irritates my eyes very badly.  When I was removing my makeup at night, I was getting foundation in my eyes & irritating them.  I normally apply all foundations right up to my lashline, because I usually don’t wear undereye concealer – just foundation. I’ve probably tested dozens of foundations, and never had a problem before. So, I took a look at the ingredients (& asked some friends who know more about cosmetic ingredients generally):

Ingredients: Talc, Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Diethylhexyl Succinate, Silica, Nylon-12, Zinc Stearate, Polyethylene, CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), Hydrogenated Lecithin, Trimyristin, CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), Ximenia Americana Seed Oil, Aluminum Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Caprylyl Glycol, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), Tocopherol, Aqua (Water), Stearic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Sodium Hyaluronate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate

I know it’s not anything that’s found in several other foundations I wear without irritation, I know it’s not anything in my daily sunscreen (this one by Josie Maran, which I wear in the eye area as it’s all physical), I know it’s not anything found in most eyeshadow — so we figured out that it’s almost certainly the Ximenia Americana Seed Oil, which is an unusual ingredient.

Let me be clear: There is nothing wrong with MUFE Pro Finish Foundation’s ingredients; I’ve read many reviews where other bloggers used it without problems. I just happen to (probably) have a sensitivity to this one ingredient.

I debated for a while whether to blog about this foundation at all; ultimately I decided that I tested out the foundation enough to write review it aside from the eye irritation issue. And, I wanted to blog about the eye irritation issue too, so if someone else experiences it, this pops up as a result if they search, and helps them figure out what the irritant is.

So, overall (and perhaps surprisingly), I would actually recommend this foundation to those with normal to oily skin – it looks very natural, is long lasting, and has a fantastic color range.   No, I won’t be using mine, but it is a really nice product.

*I was given the Pro Finish foundation courtesy of Make Up For Ever and The Makeup Show.   This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

Wet n Wild Cover All Cream Foundation Review & Swatches

I’ve tried most of Wet n Wild’s newly released 2013 and Fergie products now (I have a round-up of my reviews here).  I was thinking about the products I haven’t tried; the Fergie gel liner (because I have too many), all the mascaras (because I have WAY too many), and the Cover All cream foundation. I realized that the reason I hadn’t tried the foundation was that I was being a snob – I happily go drugstore for certain products, but I tend to stick with high end foundations.  This is partly because I like to swatch and test before I buy, but given most US drugstore return policies, trying out drugstore foundations is no risk.  So, I decided to give Wet n Wild’s new foundation a try.

Wet n Wild Cover All Cream foundation comes in seven shades, and I selected 817 Light, which is the 3rd lightest shade.

Wet n Wild Cover All Cream Foundation 815 Fair, 816 Fair/Light, 817 Light, 818 Light/Medium, 819 Medium, 820 Medium/Tan, 858 Tan

815 Fair, 816 Fair/Light, 817 Light, 818 Light/Medium, 819 Medium, 820 Medium/Tan, 858 Tan
The colors are off in this cell phone photo

Wet n Wild Cover All Cream Foundation - 817 Light

817 Light

When I first swatched the foundation on my arm, it looked a bit dark and too peachy for my slightly olive/yellow skin, but it ended up blending in to my face fairly well.  If I’m being picky – and I am picky about foundation matches! – it’s a touch dark now, but it should be fine for most of the year – just not this part of winter.  As claimed, it has medium fo full coverage and a satin-matte finish.

I apologize for the poor quality of the swatch; I took this picture in the late afternoon and the light was fading (the days are so short at this time of year!).

Wet n Wild Cover All Cream Foundation 817 Light - swatch

Unblended // blended

First, I applied the foundation to the right half of my face only (your left).  It applied very nicely – easily blended, and it feels lightweight despite the amount of coverage.  It evened out my skintone nicely, and even did a decent job covering some very significant blemishes on my chin.  I’m wearing eye and lip makeup, but no other face products. (The lip is a sneak peek of Physician’s Formula Sexy Booster Sexy  Glow Glossy Stain in Hot Pink, review here)

foundation on your left, no face makeup on your right

Here’s another photo (I have now applied foundation to my whole face).  The foundation has no SPF, and it photographs really well. I also took several flash photos in a dark hallway, and there was no white cast in any of them – the foundation looks very natural (but – the photos are terrible – my eyes are closed in just about all of them!)

And finally, this in this last photo I’m wearing the foundation plus Wet n Wild Cover All powder (read my full review of the powder here).
Overall, I am very excited about this foundation! I think it looks fantastic (aside from the color being a bit off at this time of year), photographs beautifully, and just single-handedly destroyed my foundation snobbery.  In fact, I’m so excited that I’m posting this review right away – even though I haven’t had a chance to test the wear yet.  Foundations typically last pretty well on me (all day), but if this one doesn’t, I’ll come back and update. (Update: it seemed to last normally on me – which means that it lasted until I removed it; but keep in mind that I don’t have oily skin, and most foundations do.)

Are you a drugstore foundation person or a high end foundation person? Or do you buy both? Would you try a $4 foundation, and are you planning to try this particular $4 foundation?

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Physician’s Formula Super BB Cream Review, Swatches, Photos

Physician's Formula Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Cream in Light / Medium

Physician’s Formula Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Cream in Light / Medium

Physician’s Formula has put out several new products for 2013, and I purchased the Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Cream, which comes in two shades, Light/Medium and Medium/Deep.  Usually, when there are two shades labeled like that, Light/Medium is a relatively good match for me.

The PF BB Cream is packaged in a tube with silver holo decorations. I like the packaging, though I would prefer a nozzle rather than a flat applicator.   It comes well sealed – both in a box and with a silver seal under the cap / over the tip of the tube.

Like many BB creams, PF makes many ambitious claims.  The package claims that the BB cream is:

  • smoothing
  • moisturizing
  • protecting
  • firming
  • priming & filling
  • perfecting
  • concealing
  • brightening
  • line softening
  • long wearing

I can’t really evaluate all of these claims (what does perfecting even mean in this context?); I just see it as marketing hype.

In terms of texture, the PF BB cream feels like a cross between a foundation, a silicone-y primer, and a dry oil.  I wouldn’t call it moisturizing, but it spreads easily and is comfortable to wear. I think the texture would work well on most skin types, from slightly dry to slightly oily.  I don’t think it would be moisturizing enough for very dry skin, and I have never had very oily skin, so I just don’t know what types of products work well for that skin type.

The one problem with the texture is that it has a tendency to separate – a little bit of clear fluid will come out along with the BB cream. The clear fluid is easily mixed back in, but I find it quite annoying; I want my foundation mixed. Because of the tube packaging, there’s no easy way for me to mix it up before use.  The tube does say (on the back) “Shake Before Use” – but shaking a full tube of cream does absolutely nothing to mix it up!

PF Super BB Cream - Light/Medium

PF Super BB Cream – Light/Medium
Unblended, mostly blended

In terms of color, you can see that Light/Medium – the lighter of the two shades – is far too dark for my inner arm and appears somewhat orange, which is not promising.  The coverage is medium – I blended it over a light brown freckle, and it significantly reduced the visibility of the freckle.

Here I am without any product on my face and wearing the BB cream:

Looking grumpy because I know it doesn’t match!

It looks better on my face than it does on my arm – perhaps because it’s blended in better, but it’s still too dark and too orange — and I would not classify myself as fair skinned.   If you are lighter than about a MAC NC/NW20, this BB cream is not going to work for you at all.

I have some significant breakouts on my chin at the moment, and the BB cream did a very nice job covering them (and blurring my imperfections generally), so if you are a match, I can see this working well.

So: to sum up, the texture feels nice when applied, but it has a tendency to separate (which may or may not bother you).  The coverage is good, but with only two shades, most people will not be able to find a match.   But, if you think you might be one of the few who this matches, it may be worth a try!

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