Foundations and I weren’t very good friends for years. More precisely since I discovered Korean BB Creams –and recently BB cushions which I love more than everything **– . I always say : “Why just hiding skin imperfection when we can apply something covering, moisturizing, sun protective, non-comedogenic and so many other things than just face paint?“
That is basically my opinion on foundations. And to be honest, it has not changed yet.
Nevertheless, I have recently found an absolutely perfect combo which exceptionally includes two American brands (and which are obviously sold in France … phew ! ): I call BeautyBlender and Nars !
BEAUTYBLENDER, The PReMIsES
I don’t introduce you the BeautyBlender anymore : This singular sponge which swells when immersed in water that allows all complexion products (and more!) to have a very smooth and natural finish.
Earlier, I totally refused to pay almost €20 for a makeup sponge .. So I bought some no brand dupes on the Internet. At the beginning, I remember that I did’t even know that it should be used wet! haha (ignorance doesn’t kill anyone on this blog, fortunately (;) So I just forgot about them, without much conviction.
Then, the official French BeautyBlender website opened and there was 40% off on all products. So I asked some friends if they were interested and we ended with free shippings and €50 saving, yay !
I fell for the BeautyBlender Pro + solid soap kit for €18 instead of €31. It’s basically the price of one sponge, with its super cleanser for free. I chose the Pro black sponge because it seemed to have a better longevity, and optimizes long-wearing makeup.
The reCONCILIATION’s foundation : emotional rollercoaster
So why putting that price now and not earlier ? My makeup artist friend Mathilde recently told me that a product had finally dethroned her top 1 foundation of all time (MakeUp Forever), singing me the praises of Nars Luminous All Day Weightless Foundation.
The next day I received a -25% voucher at Sephora. The woman sold me the Deauville shade (Am I that clear?!), and advised me to apply it with my fingertips. The problem is that I HATE applying fondations with my fingers. I feel dirty. But I was faithful, took her advice the next morning and this was a drama: My face was like peeling off, the result wasn’t homogeneous at all and I was already seeing how much money I wasted.
I decided to start from scratch, this time with a face brush: The product made streaks all over my face … Couldn’t go out like that.
Then came to mind the little forgotten tool … Well, didn’t had anything to loose anymore right ? I put it under water several times and discovered a different texture. Without much hope, I first dab the product on my forehead and … the magic happens: The finish is smooth and imperceptible!
It was at that time that the promotion of original Beauty Blender fell into my hands, and I didn’t hesitate to buy it, to get a real idea : It was only a very good acquisition, in all points.
A clear and fully customized packaging, its Solid Cleanser installed under the star-sponge who stands in the middle of the base.
Unlike dupes who look like simple makeup sponges, the texture of the real BeautyBlender is a bit special: More flexible and porous, that quickly double in size once filled with water .
This is thanks to its airy texture that cleaning is extremely easy and effective. The soap is ergonomic, smells good and does his job very well, indeed ! Everyday you go with a clean sponge ready for use, while dupes are really hard to clean up quickly and become real nests for bacteria. Up to you !
Focus on this magic foundation
I apply the foundation (I still struggle with this word…) area by area as it tends to dry very quickly. It is an oil-free product that is perfect for combination to oily skin, but unfortunalety not for dry skins… This is a two-phase product that must be shaken well before applying. (:
I would say that the coverage is medium to high, with a luminous finish, glowy but not too much. With a foundation as good as this one, I don’t want to add even more layers so I just pat my translucent finishing powder Skinfood Silky Finish Powder which helps my skin to stay matte and smooth!
Come on, I saved the best for last: this is NON-COMEDOGENIC ! I know that my face won’t break, and I love it. Its formula is quite great :
[SU_SPOILER TITLE=”COMPOSITION”]DIMETHICONE, WATER, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, GLYCERIN, BORON NITRIDE, PROPANEDIOL, ADIPIC ACID/NEOPENTYL GLYCOL CROSSPOLYMER, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, ISOSTEARIC ACID, VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, DECYL ISOSTEARATE, ISODODECANE, BIS-HYDROXYETHOXYPROPYL DIMETHICONE/PEG-2 SOYAMINE/IPDI COPOLYMER, ISOPROPYL TITANIUM TRIISOSTEARATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, ACRYLATES/POLYTRIMETHYLSILOXYMETHACRYLATE COPOLYMER, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, ISOSTEARYL ISOSTEARATE, BOERHAVIA DIFFUSA ROOT EXTRACT, ASCORBIC ACID, RETINYL PALMITATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, SILICA, POLYSILICONE-2, TIN OXIDE, TOCOPHEROL, [+/- (MAY CONTAIN): MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), IRON OXIDES (CI 77499)].[/SU_SPOILER]
As usual, pictures speak louder than words then …
Generally at midday, my T-zone is oily and the edges of my nose are marked. This great Nars foundation has largely limited the damage –even if I was still slightly shiny.-
Its high coverage allows me to get a matte and flawless complexion by simply tapping my No Sebum pact powder from Innisfree when I’m not home. It’s so convenient to carry rather than loose powder!
This is my favorite complexion combo at the moment. Even when my skin is quite pretty and leave me alone, the application with a wet BeautyBlender is a real pleasure and Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation deserves an excellent rating.
Disclaimer: When I speak of fools, I speak of unbranded and very cheap found on the Internet. Similar sponges at Real Techniques and company are to me just as powerful as the original BeautyBlender. :)