26 November, 2013

Four in One: Foundation Reviews

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Prior to the Sephora VIB 20% off sale, I went to my local Sephora and got a bunch of foundation samples. Foundation is probably the most expensive makeup item ever. I also think it's the one item where you shouldn't be afraid to splurge. Since it goes all over your face when it's bad, it's really bad. A mediocre eyeshadow can be remedied with eye primer. A bleeding lipstick really isn't that noticeable. But cakey or patchy foundation... that's a whole other story. There are several drugstore face products I enjoy, but I find that drugstore foundations never deliver the whole package for me. They usually fall short on wear time or texture (they just don't look that good up close). So I was set on taking advantage of the 20% off discount and get myself a foundation. The question was, which one? I took home samples of four: the Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation, Bobbi Brown Long Wear Foundation, BECCA Radiant Skin Satin Finish Foundation, and Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Supercharged Foundation

The Hourglass Immaculate and BECCA Radiant Skin were foundations I had been meaning to try for a long time. This was actually the second time I got a sample of the Hourglass Immaculate so I already knew I loved it. I just had to find the right shade for me. I think the Hourglass Immaculate is amazing for oily and normal skin types. I just haven't been able to part with the $55 it costs yet. Fifty five dollars!!! Moving on...

Two of these foundations have matte finishes (the Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder and the Bobbi Brown Long Wear). The other two have satin/natural finishes (Marc Jacobs Genius Gel and BECCA Radiant Skin Satin Finish). I don't like dewy finishes which is why I didn't get samples of any dewy foundations. I have a normal skin type. I don't get dry patches nor do I get greasy or shiny. I only have to blot/repowder my T-Zone after several hours. However, I live in a humid tropical island so dewy finishes are very impractical for me. Please keep in mind that if you're on the extreme side of any spectrum (very dry or very oily) foundations will behave much differently on your skin. In other words, for an oily skin type a satin finish might feel like a dewy finish, etc.
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review foundation swatch nc30 light beige marc jacobs becca hourglass bobbi brown
01. Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation in Nude ($55): I had previously gotten Light Beige and it was way too dark for me. My correct shade match is Nude. However, even with the terrible color match I fell in love with the formula. It's a liquid to powder foundation, but don't worry, it doesn't drag and it isn't hard to work with. In fact, it gives you more blending time than the MAC Pro Longwear which is an extremely long wearing foundation. It's not a very cakey matte either, it sits nicely on the skin. It wears very well. It doesn't have SPF which I love because I can wear it for nighttime events. I don't recommend this for dry skin as its matte and sets completely. When you touch your face it doesn't feel sticky or tacky but completely dry (like a powder). The coverage is medium.

02. Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Supercharged Foundation in Beige ($48): I had no previous desire in trying any Marc Jacobs products. However, I randomly stumbled upon a video review of this and was convinced it sounded like something I'd like. It's very thin and runny in consistency. It feels like the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum except less luminous and it lasts longer. It doesn't have SPF and photographs beautifully. I'm so impressed with this one. The coverage is light medium.

03. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation in Light Beige ($47): I got a sample of this on a whim simply because I wanted to try a Bobbi Brown foundation. It's actually quite nice and could give the Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation a run for its money. The drawback is that the Long Wear Foundation doesn't look as nice on the skin up close. It wears very long, but retains a slightly tacky texture (which you will only feel if you touch your face). It has SPF 15. I'd say this isn't as nice as the Hourglass Immaculate but is a lighter alternative to MAC's Pro Long Wear. The coverage is light-medium.

04. BECCA Radiant Skin Satin Finish Foundation in Nude ($42): Probably my least favorite and it's something I noticed right away. It also feels somewhat similar to the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum (thin, gel-like, and luminous in finish) but it doesn't wear long and doesn't look as nice up close. By no means do I consider this a bad foundation but not one I would pay $42 for.

foundation swatch nc30 light beige marc jacobs becca hourglass bobbi brown
The color match for all of these was pretty spot on (on my NC25-NC30 skin tone) except the Marc Jacobs sample was one shade too dark. If you follow me on Instagram you probably already know which one I ended up getting :). I will be reviewing it in full next week. 

Do you usually grab foundation samples before purchasing or do you research online and hope for the best? Have you tried any of these foundations?

24 comments:

  1. They really look like amazing foundations ! I always wanted to try the Bobbi Brown one.
    Sara,
    http://thecrimefoashion.blogspot.fr

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  2. The Marc Jacob's one looks like something I'd like. I love Healthy Mix Serum but the lightest shade sold here is a bit too dark and it isn't very long lasting.
    I try to get samples when I can but sometimes SAs don't really want to give them out.

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    1. That's such a shame when they're stingy like that x

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  3. They all sound amazing! I usually use a Bobbi Brown foundation but some of these sound brilliant I am tempted to venture out and try others. Thank you for the helpful reviews! :)

    Chloe xo
    www.chloetheredhead.blogspot.com

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  4. I really want to try out the Marc Jacobs foundation because i like how it has a gel consitency which is good for my combination-oily skintype. I love my bourjois healthy mix serum foundation so the MJ foundation should be better with more luminosity!

    Thank you for sharing~ Have a great day!

    *- YingcBeauty-*
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  5. I need to start trying samples before hand because even when I'm matched I seem to end up with slightly off color matches! I definitely want to try the hourglass foundation-- but I can't splurge that much quite yet! I'm thinking that is the one you got maybe? haha can't wait for a full review!

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  6. I'm definitely going to look out for the Hourglass foundation. I took home a $18 sample sized version of their Primer and I absolutely love it. It's made all the difference with my Revlon Colorstay foundation. Thanks for the thoughts; I'll be sure to skip the Becca one. x

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  7. The hourglass one sounds perfect for my skin type! I saw some reviews on Youtube and I so want it!
    You should do more videos Coco, like a first impressions video :) xx

    http://holaflo.blogspot.com/

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    1. That's such a great idea. I do want to make more videos but I get video stage fright, lol. Plus I don't have a nice setup which makes filming a pain xx

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  8. I wish we could ask for samples here, but alas we can't! Dying to try the Hourglass and the Marc Jacobs one!

    xo runbarbierun.com

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  9. I'd like to try the hourglass one but its so pricey xx

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  10. Loved this review! I really want to try the Marc Jacobs one, sounds like one for me! :) x

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  11. Hourglass is a brand I really like, and am curious how I'd like their foundation. I finally tried the NARS Sheer Glow foundation and I love it!

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  12. Oh I would like to try the hourglass one! It sounds perfect! I have one of the bobbi browns foundations but not the long wearing one and I really love it :) <3

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  13. Great post, Coco- I've been wanting to splurge on a high end foundation for the longest time but I can't bring myself to spend that much on one without some research and testing first. I am oily so I shy away from the dewy finish as well, but I'd love to find something with that happy medium- maybe the Marc Jacobs will work for me? xx

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    1. I think if you have oily skin the Bobbi Brown or Hourglass ones would be perfect for you xx

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  14. I also tried a sample of the Marc Jacobs one and didn't like it. But then again, foundations, just like skincare is sooo personal. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Hourglass Immaculate! X

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    1. Yes, they are. I loooove it too! Seriously, I'm gonna bite the bullet and get it eventually x

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  15. Thanks for the reviews! You've so tempted me with the Hourglass and Marc Jacobs options- it's always fun getting a big batch of samples from Sephora :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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