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! 🎉

High End Splurge: NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

Should I spoil this review for you and just tell you what I think of this foundation? Too bad because you’re going to have to read till the end to find out! 😛😜

So I have been lusting after a NARS foundation for as long as I can remember, and the foundation gods must have heard my cry because this practically dropped right into my lap! *cue angels singing hurrah*

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I decided to treat myself to this foundation for my birthday (25th July) and I got it on a discount so I decided, why the heck not? And y’all know this girl loves herself a discount! I introduce to you, NARS All Day Luminous Weightless foundation (from here on referred to as ADLW)

What it is: “An oil-free foundation that delivers full, natural-looking coverage with one drop, for lightweight, 16-hour wear”

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The foundation comes in 20 shades and I got it in the shade New Orleans (dark 2). The packaging is so beautiful. It comes in a frosted glass bottle and it has a pump! I love me a foundation with a pump. NARS describes this as a full coverage foundation but I would say it’s medium – buildable, because you can definitely see some of my imperfections with one layer. I haven’t tried using 2 layers, because I’m perfectly fine with the level of coverage I get in one layer.

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Swatched

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Blended

It swatches really orange-y, which surprised me cos I was expecting more yellow tones. But you know what? IT WORKS. It matches me so seamlessly, it’s crazy. I compared it to my SuperStay in cocoa

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Left; NARS right; SuperStay

See how orange they both are? SuperStay is a teeny bit darker, than the ADLW.

A lot of reviews I read online said the NARS is of a runny consistency, which is true. But I realised that if you shake it a lot more thoroughly, it isn’t as runny. The instructions on the bottle say to apply with your fingers but that’s gross and I’m really not about that life 😂. There was a time that I used to apply all my foundations with my hands but I’m growed up now 😀😀

I did test out the one pump claim, using my hands, and oh my gosh, it’s actually true. I was able to cover my whole face with one pump. But mostly I like to apply this with a beauty blender, using 2 full pumps. One for each side of my face, then use what’s left on the beauty blender on my forehead. And I should mention that the pump dispenses just a tiny bit at a time.

The foundation blends seamlessly into my skin. Literally melts into it omg. It blends so easily and so flawlessly, and I’m amazed at the level of coverage such a runny foundation has. It is indeed weightless like the name claims. I was afraid that luminous + my oily/combo skin would translate into oil slick but I’m not happy to tell you that that’s not the case! There is a slight sheen but it looks nothing like “I have too much oil on my face”  Like a lot of women of colour, my skin is not one colour all the way, so it’s a little tricky matching my foundations. My face is lighter than my chest, so I sometimes have to go a little darker in my foundations to get it to match my chest so it’s not so obvious, or not layer so much that the disparity is so obvious

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Left; no foundation right; one pump of NARS ADLW

(pardon my grotty head wrap 😂😂)
It’s hard to tell that I have foundation on because the colour match is so spot on

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Full face foundation

The difference between my neck and chest isn’t so obvious here, meaning this is a good match for me.

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Full face done

Here I added eyeliner, did a little baking and a slick of lipstick. The foundation is natural looking and not at all cakey. I have tested the foundation in various situations, with a primer, without a primer, with a setting powder, without a setting powder, and the longevity varies with each. Without a setting powder, it lasts about 4 hours before I start getting shiny, which is big for me, considering how oily I am. With a setting powder, I can go a whole day without getting shiny, especially when I bake. But mostly I don’t wear it with a setting powder (usually cos I’m rushing out the door so I forget 😂)

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I love that it stays true to colour, there is no oxidation whatsoever. However my first experience was not as plain sailing. The foundation seemed dark and it seemed to oxidize, and I was so scared I had wasted my money. But I gave it another shot and now I absolutely love it. I have been wearing it everyday since I got it. Yes that’s how much I love it! The ADLW foundation does not contain any SPF, which could be a pro or a con depending on how you look at it. But that means no flashback!

The foundation originally retails for $48 but I got it for $40 which is approx equivalent to 160 cedis. It’s pretty pricey but hey we’re talking about NARS here. I would recommend this foundation if you could afford it. It comes in a range of shades for pale to deep dark skin. NARS foundations aren’t readily available in Ghana but if you can find it and you can afford it, I say get it!!

If you made it to the end of this review, thank you for reading!

If you have tried this foundation, share your experiences with me!