Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation | First Impression

Recently a co-worker of mine kept mentioning that she wanted to find a good full coverage foundation that would last her all day while at work. I had always heard good things about Kat Von D’s beauty line and so many people have raved about her foundation. I personally never tried it because I was too afraid that it would be too full coverage for me. When I recommended this foundation to my co-worker and chose the color for her, she came in the next day with it on and her face looked amazing. It didn’t look too cakey or powdery, the color matched perfect, everything just looked flawless on her!

After seeing how amazing the foundation looked on her, I had to try it myself. Watch my First Impression video below to see how it applied and what it looked like before and after the application.

Price: $35

Where Can I Purchase? Katvondbeauty.com, Sephora.com (& store locations)

Kat Von D Claims: “One little pump is all it takes to even out discoloration, stop shine and hide blemishes! The coverage is AMAZING, whether you apply with a brush or a sponge. And it’s so long-wear, we can go a full 24 hours without touching up or re-applying (Kat herself has put this to the test)…Formulated with 21% pigment, our powerful potion is loaded with proprietary pigments plus an exclusive blend of siliconic elastomers and siliconic esters which bind the formula, so your foundation stays fade-free and transfer- proof…The bottle features an innovative airless chamber design that prevents contamination and maintains Lock-It’s rich consistency. That means you get a fresh, precisely measured dose with every pump!” -Katvondbeauty.com

Packaging: To be honest, when I first saw the packaging on this foundation I wasn’t impressed. I am not a huge tattoo person so the packaging to me was neither here nor there. After I purchased the foundation I realized how useful the packaging really is! According to the website, the design prevents contamination and maintains the foundation’s consistency. Also, when you pump (which of course is a plus too) it is supposed to dispense the perfect amount of foundation needed to complete a full coverage application.

Consistency: This foundation has a creamy feel to it. It is definitely a bit on the heavier side of consistencies compared to most of my other foundations. I did notice that when applied it blended out easily but also dried quickly so it is a product that you have to work fast with. I also thought that using a beauty blender or a damp sponge helped with the thickness of the foundation when it came to blending and dispersing it throughout the face.

Finish: The finish of this foundation was matte. I still set it with a tiny bit of powder just because that’s what I always do with all my foundations but I did notice it looked a little heavy afterwards, so I used a setting spray to sort of help the product settle into my face and not look so matte/powdery.

Overall: I loved that this foundation does exactly what is says it does. It is full coverage and when I say full coverage, I mean it. It covers literally everything. It also lasts extremely long. Hours later, it looks like you just applied your makeup, which is amazing. I do think that the foundation itself felt heavy on my skin at first but throughout time I think the natural oils in my skin helped with breaking down the thickness of the foundation. I believe this is one of those foundations that actually look better with time as it settles perfectly into the skin. I would say if you have dry skin, you probably will not like this foundation because it is super matte. Also, if you are someone who isn’t used to full coverage foundations, this may not be for you either. I recommend this for anyone who is taking photos, video, loves their full on everyday glam or wants their foundation to last them all day. I also think the price is perfect for what you are getting. It is right in the middle of the foundation spectrum, not too expensive but not super affordable either.

 

Have you tried this foundation? What are your thoughts/experiences?

xo, Jess ♥

 

 

First Impression | NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

Life has been so crazy lately, I have had no time to post on here and I do apologize. I really need to start making more of an effort.

I had recently purchased the NARS Sheer Glow foundation and was dying to try it. I saw so many people using it on Youtube and even my manager purchased it and her skin looked flawless!

I decided to show you guys my initial reaction of the foundation in the video:

Price: $49.00

Where Can I Purchase? Narscosmetics.com, Sephora.com, Ulta.com, and anywhere else that sells Nars products.

Nars Claims: “A glowing, natural radiant finish foundation with sheer and buildable coverage that immaculately evens skin tone. Replete with skincare benefits and the NARS Complexion Brightening Formula, it leaves skin hydrated, more luminous, softer and smoother. Used daily, Sheer Glow Foundation improves the skin’s brightness and texture.” – Narscosmetics.com

Packaging: Nars always has amazing packaging, like most of their items the black top has that velvet feel to it. The glass bottle is very luxurious. The only thing is that when opened, it does not have a pump which I don’t like because I feel like you end up using more product than needed.

Consistency: I found that this foundation is lightweight but it does have a little bit of tackiness to it when applied. It felt a little sticky until I set it with a powder. It didn’t feel heavy on the skin at all when applied.

Finish: The finish was in between matte and dewy. I did set it with a powder but I loved that it didn’t look too matte. It was the perfect in between foundation!

Overall: This has become one of my favorite foundations so far. I love that it gives me full coverage but looks so natural. It is a little sticky and can take a while for it to completely dry but other than that I absolutely love the finish. It isn’t completely matte but not too dewy either. It makes my skin look very healthy! I have definitely seen a difference in my skin since using this foundation but I cannot 100 percent attribute that to the actual foundation (because I have been switching up my skincare routine as well). I have noticed my skin looking brighter and definitely more soft and smooth. I would recommend this foundation to anyone who likes a full coverage foundation but wants it to look more natural and not so cakey.

 

Have you tried this foundation? What are your thoughts?

xo, Jess

 

 

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation | First Impression

Everyone has been raving about this foundation, so I thought I would put it to the test and see if I would be a fan too! We all know I am a sucker for foundations, I love trying out new ones and seeing which ones will become my holy grails. With this particular foundation I was a little unsure whether I wanted to purchase it or not because I had heard that it was extremely mattifying and it clinged on to dry patches. After talking to a friend I decided I was going to just give it a try. What’s the worse that can happen? I don’t like it and then I have to return it?

To see the application process and my initial thoughts make sure to watch my video. Let me know if you like these types of videos and what products you would want me to review in the future! Also, don’t forget to subscribe and like the video if you enjoy it 🙂

Price: $11.99-14.99 Depending on where you purchase.

Where Can I Purchase? Walmart, Target, Ulta, Rite Aid, CVS

L’Oreal Claims: “Achieve a matte finish that won’t fall flat with this air-light, longwearing liquid formula. Lightweight and creamy, foundation goes on smooth with a demi-matte finish that lasts up to 24 hours—hiding imperfections for a smooth, clear complexion.” – Lorealparisusa.com

 Packaging: I love that it comes in a tube where you can squeeze out the right amount of product. I would normally complain about a foundation not having a pump but since its a squeeze tube, that complaint does not apply. It’s plastic so you can easily throw it in your drawer and not have to worry about it breaking or it leaking. Very effortless!

Consistency: This is definitely a cream consistency. I felt it to be a little thick in consistency to begin with but then it sort of just melts right into your skin.

Finish: Matte finish for sure. It says it’s supposed to leave you with a demi-matte finish which it kind of does. The finish of this foundation can definitely leave you with a cakey look if you aren’t careful so definitely start with a light layer and then add another if necessary.

Overall: I really enjoy this foundation. I’ve been using it for work almost every day. It definitely does last forever and a day so if you’re looking for a long wear foundation, this is it. I didn’t like that it felt heavy at times and it definitely did accentuate some of my fine lines and dry spots. If you have dry skin, I would not recommend this. If you have Oily skin, you might fall in love with it. For my combination skin loves, I advise you try it first and see how you feel.

Have you tried this foundation? What are your thoughts?

 xo, Jess ♥

 

Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation | First Impression

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If you’ve watched my recent drugstore beauty haul video, you know that I purchased two new foundations. I wanted to try these out for you separately and then compare them to eachother. I know that with drugstore foundations it can be difficult to decide what is best for your skin. Especially since you can’t really get a sample to try before actually buying the product. I decided to start with the Matte & Poreless version of the Maybelline Fit Me foundation since it was the newest out of the two.

Price: $5-$10 (Depending on where you buy it)

Where Can I Purchase? Most Drugstores – Rite Aid, Walmart, CVS, Target, Ulta.com, Drugstore.com

Maybelline Claims: “Fit Me!® Matte + Poreless from Maybelline New York goes beyond skin tone matching to fit the unique texture issues of normal to oily skin for the ultimate natural skin fit.While some foundations can exaggerate pores and oily skin, only our pore-minimizing foundation contains our genius blurring micro-powders that erase pores and absorb oil for a naturally matte and poreless-looking finish.” –Maybelline.com

Packaging: Honestly, The bottle is cute. It’s a small glass bottle. My only downfall about this is that it doesn’t have a pump, and this is one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to foundation bottles.

Consistency: At first when I poured it onto my hand it felt a little thick, once I applied it to my face with a damp beauty blender it went on extremely smooth and blended out easily. I would definitely recommend using a damp beauty blender since the dampness of the sponge helps sheer out the foundation just enough to not look cakey.

Finish: This foundation is definitely a Matte finish. Even though it is a Matte foundation, I still like to set it just to make sure it stays in place.

Overall: When I first applied this foundation I loved the way it looked on my skin, especially on camera. It looked flawless and it matched my skin perfect. As the day continued, I felt the foundation to be a little thick and it didn’t look as flawless. It wasn’t anything amazing but it’s a nice foundation just to have, especially considering how inexpensive it is. If you’re looking for an inexpensive Matte foundation this a great choice, especially if you don’t plan on wearing it all day long. I have combination skin and I felt like it would stick to my dry patches but if you have really oily skin I definitely think you will love this.

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xo, Jess ♥ 

First Impression: Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation ♥

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Foundations are probably my favorite beauty product to try out besides lipsticks. I’m always on the look out for that holy grail product. I work most of the day and it’s usually for about 8 hours, so I’m always looking for a foundation that will last me the whole entire day without it sliding off my face or looking spotty.

So far this foundation has become one of my favorites! I heard about it through a few youtubers and have been dying to try so I finally picked it up while at my mall. Seriously this product does not disappoint.

Watch my Youtube video below if you want to see how it applies or read on for more info on this amazing foundation!

Price: $37.00

Where Can You Purchase? Esteelauder.com, Sephora, Any Estee Lauder Counters.

Estee Lauder Claims: “15-hour staying power. Flawless all day. This worry-free, long-wearing makeup stays fresh and looks natural through heat, humidity, nonstop activity. Won’t change color, smudge or come off on clothes. Feels lightweight and comfortable. Now the flawless look you see in the morning is the look you keep all day.” – Esteelauder.com

Packaging: Although it comes in a very nice glass bottle, sort of like the Chanel foundation I love, this one unfortunately does not come with a pump. You have to pour the foundation which stinks because a lot of times you end up pouring too much and waste product.

Consistency: This foundation is definitely thicker than most. It’s a medium coverage foundation but can be built to full coverage. My favorite way of applying it is with a beauty blender because it sheers it out a little and prevents it from looking too cakey.

Finish: This is for sure a matte foundation. For the most part, I’ve been trying not to use matte foundations since my skin has been super dry but this one for some reason just looks so amazing on the skin! It gives you even coverage and a little definitely goes a long way. I’ve never seen my face this perfect with any other foundation.

Overall: Overall I recommend this foundation if you are looking for an all day wear foundation. This does not budge at all. Estee Lauder claims that it lasts 15 hours and I definitely think it would last that long. I personally, don’t wear makeup that long but for the 8 hours that I wore mine, it lasted the whole time without moving at all. If you have dry skin I would try getting a sample first because this can cling to dry patches if not applied properly. Like mentioned before, I definitely think using a beauty blender helps sheer it out and give it a little moisture.

The color selection can also be a little tricky, although there is a large color selection, it took me a while to get matched to my perfect color and even then I still think I ended up buying the wrong color.

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(*First two pictures were taken with artificial lighting, third picture was taken with natural lighting)

Have you tried this foundation? What are your thoughts?

xo, Jess ♥

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation : Review ♥

When I think of Chanel the first thing that comes to mind is Glamour, Chic, Classic. I’ve heard so many great things about Chanel and their cosmetics line but the price point was a little scary for me. Finally, I decided to treat myself for my birthday and splurged on this foundation. I was also gifted a Chanel lipstick and lip liner! I felt like such a princess and couldn’t wait to go home and try it. I was originally going to film a first impressions video for it but I just couldn’t wait to use it.

After a few uses, I decided I had finally come to a conclusion about this foundation. Simply put – Amazing!

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Price: $57.00

Where Can You Purchase? Chanel.com, Nordstrom, Macy’s, & any other Chanel Counters.

Chanel Claims: “Effortless to apply, with seamless blendability for a naturally flawless effect, this breakthrough foundation is the ideal all-day, everyday formula – available in a diverse range of 20 shades.” – Chanel.com

Packaging: The bottle is so luxurious I absolutely love it. I keep it on the top of my vanity just because it looks so glamorous. It is packaged in a thick glass bottle and the best part – it has a pump! Foundations with pumps are my best friends so I’m super happy this one comes with one!

Consistency: Very Creamy but feels super light on the skin. I use a Beauty Blender to apply and it literally melts into my skin which is amazing. It does have a scent to it so if you are sensitive to that this may not be the foundation for you. The scent is very strong almost like perfume.

Coverage: this is more of a medium- full coverage foundation. I definitely think it can become cakey if not applied properly or if adding too much. Like mentioned before, I like to use my Beauty Blender with this foundation because I believe it helps the foundation spread evenly.

Finish: This foundation is definitely a matte finish, so if you have dry skin this may not be your favorite. I usually wear this for nighttime use since its full coverage and matte. I like to use it when I’m doing intense makeup looks. Definitely not good if you like a minimal natural finish.

Overall: I am obsessed with this foundation. I truly believe it lasts all day long and does not move at all. It gives flawless coverage just like Chanel claims. The only downfall is that it does have SPF in it and although it’s just a little bit it definitely gives a small white cast in photos. Also, The color range is more geared towards lighter skin tones so it was quite difficult to find the perfect match for me (I bought mine in the color 64 Beige Ambre). Not sure if girls with darker skin than me will be able to find the perfect match.

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Have you tried this foundation? What’s your favorite High end foundation?

xo, Jess ♥

bareMinerals : BareSkin Foundation: Review ♥

This foundation has been the talk of the town lately, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it when it first came out. bareMinerals is a brand that I don’t really have much of in my makeup collection. When I first started using makeup, I wasn’t sure what to use, and this happened to be the easiest and most natural brand that I had heard of. As I became better and more in love with makeup, I branched out to try other brands and bareMinerals sort of fell to the side. I’m not a huge fan of powdered or “mineral” products because in my opinion, they don’t really last all day, therefore, bareMinerals was not my favorite.

On the other hand, I do love natural finishes and “no makeup, makeup” which lead me to the reason why I love this product so much. When I heard that bareMinerals, the best of the best for natural makeup, was coming out with a liquid foundation I automatically knew I had to get my hands on it, and of course, I did.

I can honestly say that this has been my go-to foundation for the summer, but I won’t spoil the rest of the details for you! Watch the video to see what my overall opinion of this foundation was 🙂