foundation

REVIEW: MAC Studio Waterweight Foundation

I received a sample of this foundation from the MAC beauty counter at Myer in the shades NC25 and NC30. I have used this foundation more than 5 times now so I think I know enough about it to do a full review on it.

Disclaimer:ย Because all I had were samples, I do not have my own images of the product itself. I will be using images I find from Google.

 

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“A foundation that delivers colour in an ultra-fluid, thin, elastic, gel-serum formula.”

BRIEF DESCRIPTION

As the name suggests, this foundation claims to be a lightweight foundation with a stay-true colour. It blurs imperfections such as pores and fine lines. While it is a water based foundation, it does claim to control oil.

PACKAGING

The foundation comes in a frosted glass bottle. Instead of the common pump, the foundation is dispensed through a dropper. I find this packaging very nice and sleek. However, I’ve always preferred a pump on my foundation bottle.

 

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Swatch

 

This foundation, as the name suggests, is very watery and does provide a dewy finish. I myself have always been more in favour of dewy foundations/BB creams. This also comes in a wide range of shades so it’ll be easier for one to find a perfect match.

 

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NC30

NC30 is a perfect match for my skin as of now and I’m glad I finally know my MAC shade! It makes the process of purchasing other foundations so much easier.

 

 

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NC25

As you can see above, NC25 is way too pink for my skin and does not match my neck at all.

FIRST IMPRESSION

This foundation is very lightweight so yes it does live up to its title. It has a very sheer finish. It leaves your skin looking dewy, natural, and healthy. It is buildable and does not cake up, but the most coverage you’re going to get is a medium. As for the oil control, I was surprised that for such a watery foundation, this did not make my face look greasy throughout the day. It actually maintained its fresh, dewy look even after sweating.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I actually really like this foundation. As some may know by now, I love dewy foundations and I love how it feels like you’re literally wearing nothing on your face. Due to the very sheer coverage, this foundation is good for those who are blessed with perfect skin. But for those with acne or trouble areas, this foundation would be a waste of your money. Also, if you are looking to get a medium coverage out of this, you need to use ALOT of product which again, is a waste of your money.

 

 

Pros:

  • Feels like you’re wearing nothing
  • Controls oil
  • Gives a natural glow to skin
  • Buildable
  • Wide shade range

Cons:

  • Highest amount of coverage is only medium
  • Requires ALOT of product to cover the face

Overall rating:ย 4/5

REVIEW: Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

Hey everyone! I’m back again with another review. I finally finished uni so now I have the time to review more products. Thank god ๐Ÿ™‚

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Disclaimer:ย The image above is NOT mine. I just had to use one from the internet as I have already thrown away my old bottle before I had the chance to take any photos of it

This is a foundation that has SO much hype surrounding it so naturally, I was very excited to try this out and I had very, very high expectations of it. This is what Mecca Maxima has to say on this foundation:

A complexion perfecting foundation that provides natural looking medium to full coverage. Oil free, hydrating makeup.

Key claims:

  • Medium to full coverage
  • Oil free
  • Hydrating makeup
  • Enriched with coconut water to replenish skin
  • Gives a naturally radiant looking skin

You can purchase this at Mecca Maxima for $57 AUD for 30ML worth of product.

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Disclaimer:ย The image above is NOT mine. I just had to use one from the internet as I have already thrown away my old bottle before I had the chance to take any photos of it.

My first encounter with this foundation was actually as a gift given to me by my best friend. Unfortunately, the shade she gave me was many shades lighter than my skin tone. Way too light even for my winter shade. So one day, I decided to pop into Mecca Maxima and request for a tester.

I actually love the samples from Mecca Maxima. Even though the sample pot is tiny, I can still get more than 5 uses out of it.

I was colour matched by a beauty consultant and she matched me with the shade “Nude”. This foundation comes in a whopping 18 shades. Your skin is pretty much guaranteed to find a perfect match!

For reference, my MAC shade is NC30 and Nude is just a tiiiiiny smidge lighter than my skin but it still fits well.

 

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Disclaimer:ย The image above is NOT mine. I just had to use one from the internet as I have already thrown away my old bottle before I had the chance to take any photos of it.

This foundation comes in a standard frosted glass pump bottle. I think the packaging on this is just beautiful.

Keep in mind, that the packaging is heavy so if you were to travel, i’d recommend transferring some product into a small pot.

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The fourth image was taken an hour after the first one and the sun had moved so the lighting in my room had changed.

My final thoughts:ย I absolutely LOVE this foundation. It certainly lives up to its claims. It really does give my skin a very nice looking glow without getting oily. It doesn’t crease anywhere which I love considering I usually crease in my smile lines. It’s a buildable foundation and the finish isn’t cakey. It’s also lightweight and does not feel heavy on the face.

I wouldn’t say its entirely matte or dewy but it definitely leans more towards the dewy side. I just love how radiant my skin looks when I wear this and I would definitely be open to purchasing a full sized bottle in the future.

Pros:

  • Makes the skin look glowy and radiant.
  • Doesn’t make the skin oily.
  • No creasing
  • Buildable
  • Lightweight
  • Beautiful packaging
  • Comes with a pump

Cons:

  • Heavy bottle
  • A little on the pricey side

Overall rating:ย 5/5! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

REVIEW: Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation

I think this would be my first time every reviewing a foundation product. I can’t really say I have experimented with different types of foundations from different brands as I am more of a BB cream girl.

I had been using BB cushions for a while until Summer had arrived and I decided it was time to purchase something that would suit my now slightly tanner skin. After seeing some favourable recommendations from beauty YouTubers, particularly Zoella, I thought I would give this product a try.

I purchased this at Priceline pharmacy for only AUD $20 which is quite a bargain for foundation.

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Key claims:ย 

  • Flawless natural coverage
  • Instant anti-fatigue effect

The foundation is contained in aย 30mlย pump glass bottle which I personally love as I feel the glass material just makes the foundation feel a little more luxurious. As luxurious at feels, the glass still makes it feel a little heavy which isn’t the best for travel.

This foundation comes in six different shades: ivory, true ivory, soft beige, true nude, natural beige, & classic beige. The one I own is in true ivory. I must admit the range is quite limited which may disappoint those who have skin on the darker side.

My only concern with this is that I had no idea I had purchased the same shade (true ivory) thatย Zoella currently uses and as a Filipino, I was quite baffled that this shade was a little too dark for me considering, Zoella is much more fair than I am yet it seems to fit her well?

IMG_1497.jpgThis foundation claims to reawaken the skin with a radiant, healthy glow.

It also contains a SPF 15 which is good as it adds a little protection to your skin. It’s not a lot but it’s better than nothing, right?

Ingredients list:ย AQUA/WATER/EAU, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, GLYCERIN, TALC, ETHYLHEXYLMETHOXYCINNAMATE, DIMETHICONE, CRAMBE ABYSSINICASEED OIL, BIOSACCHARIDE GUM-1, DIMETHICONE PEG-10/15 CROSSPOLYMER, MICA, VINYL DIMETHICONE/ METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANECROSSPOLYMER, LAURYL PEG-9 POLYDIMETHYLSILOXYETHYL DIMETHICONE, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, LECITHIN, PHENOXYETHANOL, SODIUM PCA, DIMETHICONOL, MAGNESIUM SULFATE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE, UREA, CAPRYLYLGLYCOL, SILICA DIMETHYL SILYLATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, POTASSIUM SORBATE, POLYQUATERNIUM-51, SODIUMHYALURONATE, TREHALOSE, GLYCERYL POLYMETHACRYLATE, DISODIUM EDTA, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, PEG-8, HEXYL CINNAMAL, DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL, LIMONENE, BUTYLPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL, TOCOPHEROL, TRIACETIN, BENZYL SALICYLATE, LINALOOL, BHT, GERANIOL, ALPHA-ISOMETHYL IONONE, CITRONELLOL, BENZOIC ACID, SODIUM LACTATE, PALMITOYL OLIGOPEPTIDE, [May Contain /Peut Contenir/+/-:IRON OXIDES(CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)].

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Unfortunately, I do not have a close up photograph of me wearing the foundation as lately, I have had to mix this with my Too Faced Born This Way foundation due to it being a little dark for me.

I really, really like this foundation. I think it does a good job at making my skin look more even and it doesn’t look too “cakey”. This foundation has a dewy finish which I am a huge fan of however, I would not recommend this for those who have oily skin. I must also add that this foundation also leaves a slight shimmer to the skin which you can’t see unless under certain lighting. It also has a really nice smell that I like but I can’t really describe. I think that this foundation is great for it’s price and I would definitely consider purchasing this again.

Pros:

  • Natural looking
  • Affordable
  • Contains SPF
  • Dewy finish

Cons:

  • Slightly shimmery
  • Limited shade range

 

Overall rating:ย 4.5/5