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.
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.
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?