Current Foundation Situation

I guess it’s pretty obvious that I’m a foundation junkie. I like trying new things and discovering what will work and what won’t and what is worth the price and hype and what isn’t. I’ve used several foundation in the last year and this is what I have currently in rotation. I’ve reviewed all of these foundations, except for the Revlon Colorstay so I’ll just talk briefly about them to give you a general overview. I’ll also link the ones I’ve reviewed so you can check it out if you would like. 

All of these brands are brown girl friendly and there is a wide selection for women of colours and deeper. Melanin for the win! And a big nod to these brands for considering us and not making us an afterthought like some others do. 

First foundation I’m going to talk about is the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. This was the first high end foundation I ever splurged on, and the one that piqued my interest for higher end makeup. It comes in 20 shades and my shade is New Orleans. There are 2 more shades darker than this, so quite enough to choose from. Most of NARS’ foundations run warmer which suits us of the deeper variety with warm undertones. New Orleans is such a great match. It leans orange when swatched but that does not translate when applied. No oompa loompa over here. It’s one of my favourite foundations. In fact it was my favourite til I started using my new favourite, which I’ll talk about soon. It’s suitable for oily skin, dries to a soft matte finish and wears for hours. It’s also worth mentioning that it comes with a pump which is definitely appreciated. 

Next I’ll talk about is Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24hr Foundation. This is one of the most popular foundations ever and it has a cult following, and for good reason too. It comes in a wide range of shades, although in the UK, where I got mine, the range is not as extensive as the US. Still, there are 3 shades darker than mine (Ambre). I believe it comes in 20 shades in the UK and EU compared to 40 for the US so if you feel like you fall in between shades in a lot of foundations, definitely consider getting yours from the US. It’s one of the only foundations that actually leans yellow and not orange. It matches me really well, just my All day luminous. It dries to a satin – y velvety matte finish, is largely transfer resistant and controls oil really well. This also comes with a pump. 

Maybelline Fit Me: I reviewed this recently and you probably know that I didn’t like this very much. I expected to like it because a lot of people do but it just didn’t wow me. It also didn’t help that the undertones were wrong. My shade, Mocha, is the darkest in the range and I’m not even considered that dark when it comes to skin tone. It dries to a satin finish, transfers like crazy, does not leave me neither matte nor poreless. My biggest peeve is that it doesn’t come with a pump. Boo. 

Next on the list is Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation. This foundation comes in about 12 shades, with the darkest being Soft Sable. I got the next to darkest, Tawny, to mix with another Covergirl foundation, the Outlast Stay Fabulous. Drugstore foundations tend to lean neutral as they get darker and the Outlast Stay Fabulous was no exception, reason why I got Tawny to mix it in with Soft Sable to bring a little golden to better match me. I like them okay. They’re not great but for drugstore, they’re fine. I feel like Ready Set Gorgeous is a much better foundation than Outlast Stay Fabulous, which has sheerer coverage so I do plan to get Soft Sable to wear on its own. The range is not as extensive as some of these others that I’ve mentioned, however if you do want to try a Covergirl foundation, the Queen Collection has a wide range by a dark skin woman for dark skin women. 

Next on the list is Becca Ever Matte Shine Proof Foundation. With a name like that you’d expect it so be a godsend for oily girls but if you read my review you’d know that I didn’t like this foundation at all. Even after writing the review, I tried to give it another shot but I still don’t like it. The colour I got, Sandalwood, was a good match but the undertones were just wrong. There’s a pretty wide range for darker skin. There are 3 shades that are darker than Sandalwood. It dries fast, coverage is light and only build up if you want to look casket ready. For how much I love their ever matte primer, this foundation was a fail to me. 

The final foundation I’m going to talk to talk about is the Revlon Colorstay. This is probably one of the, if not the most, popular drugstore foundation. It comes in two formulas for normal/dry skin and for combination/oily skin. Of course I got the combination/oily skin formula because I am an oily girl. I picked this up in the shade Cappuccino.There is such a huge jump from Caramel which has warm undertones to Cappuccino, which has red undertones and I wasn’t about to buy two to mix. Thinking about it, I should have got Mahogany because that seems to have warmer undertones. I never reviewed this foundation because I lost the photos I took and I really didn’t feel like taking new ones. This foundation is everyone’s favourite because it supposedly lasts a crazy long time and controls oil so well. That was not my experience at all. I wasn’t impressed by this foundation. The wear time is just okay, the colour, of course as I’ve already mentioned was not the best and it doesn’t control my oils as well as thought it would. I’d definitely pass on this foundation. In fact I barely use it but my mum seems to love it so she’s the only one that uses it. I should also mention that the bottle I got came with a pump. It’s of a thicker consistency and it’s one saving grace is that it is easy to blend. 
If you made it to the end of this post, thank you for your attention and for reading! Comment below what your favourite foundation/s is/are and any recommendations you may have for me. 

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2016 Favourites! 

Hey guys! Happy New year in advance! Here’s to hoping that 2017 will be much greater. This year I’ve used and loved a lot of products and narrowing it down was not easy but here I am with my favourites for this year. Let’s get to it!

This year I finally found my holy grail primer. I’m pretty sure you know what it is but if you don’t, it’s the Becca ever matte poreless priming perfector This primer about changed my life. I know it sounds poetic but it’s true. If you need hardcore oil control, this primer has you covered. It’s pretty expensive but if you can afford it, definitely get it because this primer is the biznez. 

This year I also found my holy grail drugstore foundation. I’ve talked a lot about this foundation, because it’s awesome It’s too bad the shade range sucks because this is the absolute best drugstore foundation I’ve ever tried. It dries matte and it lasts and lasts. If you’re oily and on a budget, Maybelline Superstay is your gal. 

Next product I’ve been loving is another foundation but this is on the higher end of the spectrum It’s the NARS all day luminous weightless foundation. This foundation got a lot of mixed reviews but I love it. It comes in a wide range of shades and the shade I have, New Orleans, is spot on. I also use a squirt of it to make light coverage foundations fuller and to bring back the warmth to my Becca ever matte foundation, which leans more cool so is ashy on me. 

This year ColourPop went viral and for good reason Their liquid lipsticks are one of the best I’ve ever tried and their highlighter is brown girl friendly. And did I mention that it’s very affordable? No product is more than $8 which for the quality is very impressive. 

Finally the last product that I loved this year is the Coloured Raine matte lip paint and lip lacquer 

I didn’t like the colour I got in the lip paint but the formula is just amazing. It’s lightweight and long lasting and very pigmented. The lip lacquer, however, was my jam. It is pigmented, long lasting and extremely comfortable. 

This is my last post for the year and in a few hours, we begin another year. To all those that took time to read and comment on my posts, thank you so much. I’ll try to come up with a regular posting schedule next year and more quality content. Thank you all for your support ❤ 

Happy New Year! 🎉

Testing Out the BECCA Ever Matte Foundation

So after trying out the BECCA Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector and loving it, I was eager to try the Ever Matte foundation because everyone on YouTube was speaking so highly of it and all I saw were good reviews. First of all trying to match myself was incredibly hard because based off the swatches, all the shades seemed pretty similar, except for Cacao, and there were no shade descriptions on the site either. So I used the foundation finder, and they really need to do something about it because in my opinion, it’s so inaccurate 

It requires you to choose the shade closest to your skin tone and I chose Dark Golden. Then from there you are required to choose if your skin tone is lighter, the same or slightly darker than the model used. I think it would have been very helpful if BECCA had stated exactly what foundation the model was wearing. So I chose lighter than the model used, because I’m not as deep as she is, and the foundation finder matches me to Amber which I know would be so light for me because based off swatches and reviews I’d seen, it looks to be an NC45 ish shade. So I go back and select the same (meaning the same skin tone as the model) and I’m matched to Tobacco, which also looks like it’ll be too light. I go back for the third time and select slightly darker, and get matched to Sienna. So then I order Sienna. I email them using the Speak to a Stylist function and upload a picture and am once again matched to Tobacco. Yes that’s how bad i wanted a good match. But then I watch the Socialite Life’s review and she used this in the shade Sandalwood, which was a little too dark for her, so I think okay Sandalwood should be good for me since I’m a little darker than Sande. So I go and change my order from Sienna. I think I should have stuck with Sienna.

The foundation comes in a squeeze tube not unlike the Ever Matte primer, which s clear panel to show the foundation colour. However it’s frosted so it doesn’t give an exact representation of the colour inside so don’t let that fool you. There’s also a sticker on it with the foundation shade printed on it. 

What it is: This exceptional, creamy medium coverage foundation controls excess oil and shine, while perfecting the skin and creating a smooth, natural finish. Unlike most mattifying foundations, which leave the skin flat and dull, this unique formula features micro fine powder particles that absorbs excess oil so your complexion remains shine-free all day long. Created for combination to oily skin, this foundation minimized the appearance of pores and fine lines, creating a beautiful soft-focused effect. Shake before use  

Let me tell you, it’s incredibly difficult to shake a tube. I don’t know how BECCA expected us to do but it’s practically impossible. So like I mentioned, the shade that I got is Sandalwood. I think they added a few new shades to their line of foundations and Sandalwood was one of them. First time I tried it, I was so impressed with how much it matched my skin. It was so accurate I couldn’t even tell where I had applied the foundation and where I hadn’t. So I did a full face and went about my way. You know all the noise that is made about undertones and how important they are? Well that’s very true because this foundation would have been absolutely perfect for me if it had a more yellow/golden base. I find that it leans more neutral to cool, so it looks grey on me. It’s very subtle and you won’t notice until I point it out, but I can see it. And someone who knows their makeup can, too, so I have to find a way to bring back life into my face because the ashiness of the foundation can cause me to look a little flat. 

I really wanted to love this foundation. I really really really wanted it to work. I tried using it with different primers, including the brand’s own, but nothing worked. In fact, this foundation pretty much sucks major balls, and it pains me to say that about it because the ever matte primer is a holy grail product for me. I expected this foundation to keep me matte all day long and some, especially when Jackie Aina said she sometimes found it too matte for her and girls who lived in humid conditions would love it. I do not like this at all. First because it does not keep me matte. Yes it dries to a matte finish. But when I do the slightest activity, I start to perspire like crazy. The foundation stays intact and I’m just sweating buckets. I’m not oily, I’m just sweating like there’s no tomorrow. It is transfer resistant to an extent, but when you start to get oily, it’ll definitely transfer. I should also mention that it dries really fast so it’s best to work in sections. 

I find that coverage is light – medium, and not medium like is claimed. You can only build up quickly after you apply the first layer, and only to areas where you need more coverage, else it’ll get cakey real quick. It does control oil to an extent. It’s definitely not as impressive as I thought it would be. But if I’m sitting still and not doing much, I don’t get oily til after probably 4 hours. BUTTT once I start to walk about or go out in the sun for even 10 minutes, here come the waterworks. Perspiration literally pours out of my face like an open tap. And I really don’t know why. 

Here the undertones are more apparent and they are definitely not as golden as I would like 

I did a comparison of the foundation with other shades I wear 

Left to right: NARS all day luminous weightless foundation New Orleans, Maybelline superstay Cocoa, BECCA ever matte foundation Sandalwood. You can tell that the other two are more orangey than the BECCA foundation. 

I don’t find that the foundation oxidizes, and it is definitely a lightweight feeling foundation. I am so disappointed that it did not do what it claimed. I did not see the need to set my face with a powder since it dries to a matte finish, but occasionally I use my Urban Decay De-slick Mattifying powder and it doesn’t make a difference in keeping me matte. I did try setting my face with my Skindinavia Finishing Spray, no difference either. 

For how much this cost, it did not impress me at all, and I have no good things to say about it. I will continue to use it of course, because it is expensive and the colour match is not half bad when I finish applying my full face, but I would definitely not repurchase. 

So would I recommend this foundation? I would say yes and no. Yes because I found very few reviews where it didn’t work for people. Mostly everyone was raving about how amazing it was and how it kept them matte for several hours without needing to blot. And just because something didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. And I would say no because it is expensive!! And I bet you could find a cheaper product that would work the same or even better than this. In fact, I definitely prefer my SuperStay over this. 

I’m sorry this is such a long post and if you made it to the end of this post, thanks for reading! 

Have you tried this foundation? Share your experiences with me. 

Why did I wait so long to try the BECCA Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector?

Whew that’s such a mouthful! From the title of this post, I guess it’s pretty obvious what I’m going to say about this product, huh? First lemme start by saying damn BECCA, whoever you are, you are so amazing! If you have oily skin, then you know how sad and annoying it is to beat your face to the gawds and have it sliding off barely 2 hours later. My t-zone is extremely oily, and I usually have shine on my nose barely an hour after doing my makeup. I don’t have a problem with my foundation staying in place because I typically use long wearing foundations, but I do have a problem with shine. I have been long since looking for a primer to keep me matte for long, and this is where this primer comes in.. 

It comes in a plastic squeeze tube with silver accents. Personally I’m not a fan of the packaging because I feel like for the price, it could have come in a more luxurious packaging but it’s the stuff inside that matters. I had been looking online for primers that kept matte for a long time and it seemed like everyone just kept mentioning the BECCA primer. But reviews were mixed, people either absolutely loved it or absolutely hated it. Seemed like there were no in – betweens, so I was apprehensive about it. But then a friend who is as oily as I am recommended it and I was like I gots to get this! Now this is not cheap. Not at all, especially in Ghana so I had to do a little hunting and price comparisons, til finally I found one that I thought was affordable. And you know what? IT WORKS. I kid you not. 

This primer contains 1.35 FL oz which is equivalent to 40mL, definitely bigger than a lot of other primers, and that is how I justified spending so much on a primer. It hurt my heart to fork over so much on just a primer but after using it, I’d buy it even if it was a million dollars. Lol just kidding, I wouldn’t! 

What it is: Go beyond extending your makeup wear to address the root cause of why your makeup moves. This formula specifically targets oil – prone areas and acts as liquid blotting paper to leave your skin fresh and matte all day. Use alone, before or after foundation for long – lasting control of excess oil while minimizing the appearance of pores. Can also be used throughout the day to touch up areas of concern. 

These are such high claims, but the product actually delivers on all of those claims. It won’t say it keeps me matte all day, but it definitely keeps me matte longer than any primer ever has. It controls oil amazingly well. Usually I am oily by the two hour mark. I’m talking oily enough to fry chicken on my face. But with this primer, I find that my oils start to come through after 6 hours, and even then, it’s just dewy, and not straight up oily. So I rock the dewy look before I typically have to blot around the 8-9 hour mark. 

It is of a thick consistency, much like glue, but turns clear once you warm it up. It is important to use it right, else it won’t work. Do not rub the primer into your skin, else it’ll pill and roll and separate when you apply your base. Instead warm it between your fingers and tap it into your skin, much like how you use a blotting paper to take away shine, then let it set before you go in with your foundation or bb cream or whatever you’re going to use. I do find that it doesn’t necessarily fill it my pores, but it does do a good job of blurring my smaller pores, however I don’t find that effect to last too long. After applying the primer to my t-zone, which is where I get oily, I leave it to set while I fill in my eyebrows and do my eye makeup. I realised that when I leave it to sit too long, it leaves a kind of grey cast on my face that thankfully goes away when I apply my foundation. 

I’ve tried applying over my foundation, and I love that it doesn’t move my makeup at all. It dries fast, so it would be best to work in sections. I find that it extends the wear of my foundations. After my 12 hour day, I could just as easily blot all the shine from my face, reapply powder and my makeup would look like it was freshly applied. With this primer, I don’t even see the need use a setting powder. I just apply my foundation in a patting motion over it and I’m set. 

It is primarily water based, and contains no silicones, which is good for people who do not like silicone based primers. I’ve tried it with all of my foundations and I’ve found that it works beautifully with all of them. I have nothing bad to say about this bomb product, except probably for how expensive it is! To spend so much on a primer, I’m like whetttt. However I definitely most highly recommend this, especially for my oily/combination girls. If you’re dry, this is not the primer for you. I only apply this to my t-zone but if you’re oily all over, you can go right ahead and apply it all over your face. Just remember NOT TO RUB. I would definitely repurchase. In fact I should probably do that now before the price goes up. That’s how much I love this primer. It is definitely holy grail status for me. The BECCA Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector costs $36 and is between 150 – 200 cedis. I got mine from Zuzu’s Web on Instagram for 150 cedis  

Have you tried this primer? What is your holy grail primer?