welcome to the second instalment of my foundation review series. I had to stop after the last few foundations because I was literally ruining my skin. It's not great now, but I figured I'd get on with the series anyway. This test will be slightly different because now I'm in a tropical climate- bring on the mattifying foundations! Sweat, heat, humidity, sunshine; the whole nine yards. I expect at least some of the products to live up to their claims, but... we shall see.
A look again at my bare skin (for reference against all the foundation photos):
(i'm trying to pretend it's for science.. ugh)
On to the foundations!
p2 Ultra Matte 24Hours makeup
The claims (and there are quite a few... up to 24 hour hold. Small micro-spheres absorb oil and enable a comfortable wear. SpectraFlex pigments provide a blurred effect. Colour doesn't wipe off and is waterproof. No mask-like appearance. Doesn't block pores. Oil free.
I applied this with a damp Real Techniques sponge, and it went on smoothly and evenly, and covered all my spots and scars (and it has a pump).
As you can see in these pictures, right after application, this foundation looked fantastic. It wasn't completely matte, but it looked natural. Today was hot, and sweaty, and I did dab the area around my nose and upper lip several times with a towel. Midday it started to look a little shiny, but nothing major. It holds up well if you're sitting under a fan :)
At the end of the day, let's say 6-8 hours later (I don't know who wears foundations for 24 hours) it looked like this:
Shiny-ish! the matte effect just did not hold up too well. It remained fine on the outer part of my cheeks where the blemishes and scars were, but the middle of my face was oily as. Despite that, it managed to still cover up my imperfections, and it didn't break me out, so those are pluses. It also felt like nothing on the skin; I forgot to take it off until much later. I didn't set this with a powder (I want to see the foundation at work), so that may help the mattification.
Garnier Skin Naturals BB Cream Hautklar
Hautklar= skin clearing, right off the bat. This contains 2% Salicylic acid, Mineral Pigments, and has SPF 15. It's supposed to even out your skin tone, and help fight pimples and acne at the same time. It also claims to mattify, reduce the look of pores, and moisturize.
Here it is first applied:
As you can see in the first photo, this product was already struggling against all the sweat beading on my face. The second photo shows that it does, initially, do a pretty good job at covering up imperfections. I don't think if you have moderate to severe acne this would be for you, it's just too light, coverage-wise. Now halfway through the day:
I was starting to get shiny, and some of my spots were showing through. At the end of the day:
As you can see, my pores seemed to be even more visible, my skin was reflecting light like a disco ball, and I felt like I had more spots than I had in the morning when I put this stuff on. That might just be the nature of Salicylic acid though- one of those get worse before it gets better things- but still. This didn't hold up to a single on of it's claims, and I do not recommend it.
(only because it's a bit better than the Rivel de Loop from the first Part of this series)
Beauty UK Matte-Fx Foundation
Now this is a brand I'd never heard of before, so I was curious to try it out. It says it "Effortlessly helps control shine and gives skin a soft matte finish for up to 12 hours". First impression? it takes quite a bit of product to cover your whole face. I do appreciate it being in a little squeezy tube as opposed to a bottle without a pump. It's also slim, and light, and could be great for travel. Though honestly I don't give a rat's ass about packaging :) The product itself went on a little bit patchy, but nothing major. Here are a couple shots after initial application:
The skin is still a little shiny, but in person it has a natural, not ultra-matte finish. Then about 2 hours in...
this happened. Sweat started beading on my skin, the foundation started breaking down and getting EVEN MORE patchy. It was kind of a disaster. It claims up to 12 hour wear .. I wonder how much that was extrapolated. Will there just be some bits of foundation left after 12 hours? Thankfully I don't actually feel the foundation sitting on my face, so I may make it to the 8 hour mark.
And in the end:
this stuff was barely clinging to life after about 5-6 hours. It didn't help that it was a couple shades too dark, but it does in photos because you can see precisely where the foundation is sitting. I'm not as shiny as I was with the Garnier Hautklar, but ... no. This is also a no for me.
essence Stay all day 16 hr long-lasting make-up
"the long-lasting and light weight make-up provides flawless, silky complexion that lasts all day! easy to apply due to the soft texture. Dermatologically approved". That's the spiel. I have to say though, upon first application, I am loving this stuff. It's got a pump, and is a slightly thicker formula. I blended it out with a damp Real Techniques sponge, and it was both buildable and gave great smooth coverage, and was easy to blend. Some pictures:
go back and compare that to my bare skin, and you'll see what a difference this made. Now all that remains is to see how it holds up.
End of the day photos:
this is the best one so far, out of all the foundations I've tested. My face got a little shiny towards afternoon and evening (this doesn't claim to be a mattifying product anyway), but the coverage really held up, and it didn't appear cakey or like I was wearing anything at all. I don't know about 16 hours, but in this tropical heat machine it held up 6-8 hours just fine. I think with a setting powder this would make it through the whole day with no problems. Consider me pleasantly surprised (for once).
And that concludes Part Two. Again, I have to do about a thousand face masks and give my skin a massive break. I have three more foundations to review, so that will conveniently fall into Part Three. I hope as always this was in some way helpful to you, or that you learned something today to inform your purchases. Stay tunes for Part Three.