Review: L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

The last time I was in the US, the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation was extremely hyped up on Youtube.  “It’s a matte foundation from the drugstore!  It’s full coverage!” etc…

Did I really need another foundation? Obviously not, especially since I love the Estee Lauder Double Wear and I’m not going to run out of it any time soon.  But hey… I had to check out American products while I could get my hands on them!
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What it does: (from the Ulta website)

For the 1st time, a super gliding mattifying formula with a high water content for maximum comfort that lasts. Contains Shine Defy Blotting Spheres that act like blotting paper to mimic makeup artist gesture, instantly absorbing sweat and oil without disturbing color pigments. Medium coverage.

 

Price: Ulta lists this product for $13 for 1 oz.  Drugstore foundations are getting pretty pricey!

 

Availability: L’Oreal products are widely available at US drugstores. I had no problems finding this.

 

What I thought:

First off, I really like the packaging.  Many people gripe about how drugstore foundations come in glass bottles without pumps, which dispense too much product at once. These squeeze tubes are the perfect solution, and they are probably cheaper to produce than pumps.  I especially like this kind of packaging for travel because they are lighter than glass bottles.

This product was extremely cakey on my skin. I like matte foundations, but this seemed to be too matte, even in warm weather.  It looked too fake to apply on my skin.

I decided to mix it with the MUFE Ultra HD foundation, which made my skin look too shiny.  Score! The mix of the two foundations worked perfectly on my skin, giving it a natural finish and lasting well!

 

Would I repurchase? Maybe.  I still think the Estee Lauder Double Wear is a better foundation if you need full coverage, and this was too matte for me. However, it is a great option for matte foundations from the drugstore!

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: Cover FX Custom Cover Drops

This past summer, I spent a lot of time in Okinawa, the southern most island of Japan which has a subtropical to tropical climate.  I also like to take a trip to Hawaii in the winter as well.  While I try to wear SPF 50+ when I go to to these places, I usually forget to reapply sunscreen and I end up getting tan.

 

After I get back from my trip, my foundation is always too light! Because most Japanese people have similar skin tones, it is quite difficult for me to find a foundation that matches, or one that I can use to adjust the color.  Sometimes, I buy a darker foundation at the drugstore when I am in the US, but then I have the risk of changing the finish of my original foundation.

 

When I first heard about the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops, I immediately thought, “oooh, maybe I can get a darker color to mix in with my foundation and adjust the color!”  Therefore, I bought the shade N70, For medium to deeply tanned skin with neutral undertones”

 

 

What it does: (from the Sephora website)

These award winning, revolutionary drops of pure pigment were not designed to be worn alone but instead allow you to transform all of your favorite liquid beauty products into your ideal foundation or tinted moisturizer. With this breakthrough formula you can customize both your level of coverage and desired finish. What you choose to mix Custom Cover Drops with will determine your finish. For a radiant finish, add to products like oils, serums, or creams. For a matte finish, mix with a mattifying primer or lightweight lotion. Just drop in your desired amount of Custom Cover Drops: one drop achieves sheer coverage, two drops imparts medium coverage, three drops provides full coverage, and four drops leaves you with utra-full coverage.

 

Price: $44 for 15 ml

 

Availability: I found this product at Sephora online, Sephora stores, and the Cover FX website.

 

What I thought: The shade I bought worked extremely well. I started off mixing a medium sized drop with my foundation, and as my tan wore off, I used less and less until I was using my original foundation shade.  I don’t really like the packaging – the screw of the bottle seems to be a little loose and I was afraid that some of the product would seep out.

 

Would I repurchase?  Yes. Even though I don’t like the packaging, this product works great at changing the shade of my foundation without changing the texture.

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation

I loved the Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Foundation (which I recently used up… finally!), so when I was excited to hear about the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation.  There were so many great reviews online.  Let’s see how it worked for me!

What it does: (from the Sephora website)

Developed specifically for the film and TV industry’s most advanced technology, Ultra HD Liquid Foundation creates a naturally flawless complexion—in and out of the spotlight. Invisible under the latest, super-focused 4k lens, this revolutionary foundation features uniquely-coated pigments that provide medium to buildable coverage with an even lighter weight, second-skin texture that looks just like skin. This formula leaves your complexion with the same flawless results that you’d achieve with a flat foundation brush in a tap and stretch motion. It contains hyaluronic spheres to ensure comfortable wear on all normal, dry and combination skin types, and it lasts all day, leaving a natural-looking finish. Now available in an expanded range of 40 shades to match all skintones, Ultra HD is the perfect everyday foundation for a flawless complexion—and it doesn’t require touch ups. 

 

Price: $43 for 1.01 oz. For comparison, the MUFE Mat Velvet+ is $39 for the same amount of product.

 

Availability:  Sephora.com says this is an exclusive product.

 

What I thought:

Let’s compare this to the claims, shall we?

  • creates a naturally flawless complexion: Yes, I loved how it looked on my skin! It disappeared into my skin and looked great.
  •  medium to buildable coverageIt did a good job at making my skin look even, but I wouldn’t say it covered my imperfections
  • available in an expanded range of 40 shades: Yes, this is great!
  • doesn’t require touch ups: This is where I don’t agree. Although this product says it works for all skin types, and my skin is not oily in the winter, this product looked shiny on me within a few hours. It also rubbed off very quickly.

Maybe I need to set it with more powder? However, since I really do like how it looks, I have been mixing this with my matte foundations for a natural look.

 

Would I repurchase? Probably not.  Unfortunately, this was a let down for me!

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup

This is a review of the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup.

This is an iconic foundation, very well known for its long wear properties. I’m so surprised that I haven’t done a review on it yet, considering this is one of the few foundations that I have ever repurchased!

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I have heard that this is a very thick, cakey looking foundation. I like to apply it with a wet makeup sponge, such as a Beauty Blender or a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge.  They thin out the coverage to make it look less cakey, while still retaining the coverage.

(Beauty Blender on left)

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(Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge – link goes to my review)

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

 

One watch out for this product is that the color names are not the same in certain parts of the world. I have this in 2W1 Dawn, which looks like is unavailable in Japan. Several Japanese bloggers have noted that the color of the product sold in Japan and that of an imported product are not the same, even for the same shade name.

Shade names in Japan

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Shade names in the US

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I also don’t like that this product is a high end foundation, yet does not come with a pump. Fortunately, I was able to find a pump at Daiso (a Japanese dollar store) which fit perfectly.

 

What it does: (from Estee Lauder’s website)

Long-wearing makeup with 15-hour staying power. Looks flawless and natural. Lasts through heat, humidity, non-stop activity.  Won’t change color, smudge or come off on clothes. Feels lightweight and comfortable. For a look that lasts all day, without touchups.

 

Price: $39.50 for 1 oz. This product is 6000 JPY (about $60) in Japan. No wonder I buy it in the US!

 

Availability: This product can be found at department stores, Sephora, and at Estee Lauder’s website. This is pretty easy to find due to its popularity.

 

Shade range: This product is available in 35 shades. Only 6 are available in Japan.

 

What I thought:

This is one of the few foundations that last on me in the summer, due to the heat and humidity. My face does get oily in the summer, and I also sweat a lot.  Of all of the long wear foundations that I have tried, this is one of the best ones.  However, it is definitely not transfer proof for me in the summer, nor does it last 15 hours.

 

Would I repurchase?  Yes, I stock up when I’m in the US!

 

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

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Review: Rimmel BB Cream Matte 9-in-1 Skin Perfecting Super Makeup

This is a review of the Rimmel BB Cream Matte 9-in-1. Last time I was in the US, I wanted to pick up a BB cream from a non-Asian brand. BB creams are my favorite form of base makeup during the summer.
Rimmel BB CreamWhat it does: (from Rimmel’s website)

Rimmel’s 1st 9-in-1 Skin Perfecting Super Makeup 9 in 1 results: Primes, moisturizes, minimizes pores, conceals, covers, smoothes, mattifies, brightens, and helps protect. Lightweight, ultra comfortable formula instantly gives a flawless, 100% natural finish. SPF 25
Price: Like all drugstore products in the US, the price of this will vary depending on where you buy it. Target online lists this for $6.50

 

Availability: This and other Rimmel products are widely available in the US in drugstores (Walgreens, CVS, etc) and supermarkets (Target, Walmart, etc).

 

Pros:

  • Light and easy to blend
  • I like that this product comes in a squeeze tube, which is hygienic and also low cost

 

Cons:

  • I felt this product was very greasy. It does not set at all, and I really don’t understand how it can be marketed as a mattifying product.
  • This product comes in only 2 shades. Really!?

 

Would I repurchase? No. Unfortunately my first American BB cream purchase did not work out. This product was greasy on my skin, and seemed to constantly slip around.

 

 

Do you have an American BB cream that you recommend?

Hope you enjoyed this review!

xoxo, K

 

 

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