How long did it last? 4 months
Ah finally, my second high end foundation! And one I was super excited to try too, after falling in love with plenty of other Too Faced products and having a makeover from the lovely makeup artist in Debenhams. I bought mine in the shade Ivory, although I must admit it’s very yellowy and I have seen people complain about the lack of variety, especially for paler skin tones. I can see where these people are coming from, however Too Faced recently released 6 new shades, including those for the very pale toned, so check them out if you like this review! If you do find you can’t get a hold of the paler tones, I still recommend trying out this shade. It may be quite yellow however, it is said this is better for pinky skin tones like me to balance out the redness, then I just add colour back in using blusher.
Aside from the shade, I feel like this is pretty much a good product. This foundation boasts amazing sounding ingredients including Coconut water, Alpine Rose and Hyaluronic Acid. But what do these actually do and do they even work? Let’s find out. Too Faced claim coconut water is added to help “delicately replenish skin’s moisture levels without overhydrating—for the look of radiant skin”. Considering this product is oil-free, I can understand why they’ve added this in, I feel that on my skin, it would be quite drying, however it does feel nice on my skin and over the 4 months of using it, I’ve had no dryness. However, this being said, the first time I put it on my mum commented on it asking if I applied powder after as my face looked quite dry now. Let me assure you, I didn’t apply powder after, I don’t even own powder! So this was an immediate downfall, but with continuos use, I quite like the look of it myself. Although it’s definitely not as dewy as I’m used to and it definitely more of a matte finish, so it depends what sort of look you prefer here.
Now for the Alpine Rose. It is claimed that this helps “to brighten the skin’s appearance and promote elasticity” Honestly, my skin does feel pretty great recently and I’m loving no makeup days as my skin is a lot better balanced and spot-free, but wether this is down to the alpine rose or just me eating better and drinking more water is unknown. Not too sure about this claim and for me, it wouldn’t make me want to buy it. And finally, the Hyaluronic Acid . This is said to help “balance skin for a smoother, more youthful appearance” Again, this claim wouldn’t make me want to buy it and I can’t really comment on it as I don’t know how much more youthful my skin can get, I can comment on the smoothness and to be honest, it still feels the same.
One thing I do love about this product is the coverage. It covers every single one of my spots so well and lasts all day long. Especially since I switched from Real Techniques Foundation Brush to their buffing brush, I’ve seen an even bigger difference as it works the foundation into my skin more (this doesn’t sound great for spots I know, but if it helps to ease your mind, I’ve had less spots since switching). But that’s another review for another time! The coverage is also very buildable and some days I will have super red spots, and I can just dab a little more of this on top and they’ll be gone, something I never got with drugstore brands.
Unlike Nars Sheer Glow, this product does come with a pump already which is great as it allows for much better control over the amount of product you’re dispensing. It also comes with a lid, even better as it means there’s no spillage in your makeup bag!
One thing to note is that just like the Nars Sheer Glow, this doesn’t contain SPF. Not so great when you’re on holiday and I ended up going makeupless on my recent two week trip to Turkey, as you will burn otherwise. However, it’s just fine for dull England and is also great for photos as it means no shiny reflective skin! I also did find that some days when I built up the coverage a little bit more, the foundation did slip around my skin a little bit in the areas I’d built it up around my spots, which was a little frustrating.
Overall, I do love this product, but I don’t know if I’d purchase it again due to the slippiness of it and also the finish of it. I personally prefer a much more dewy finish whereas this was quite matte and didn’t give me that healthy glow I love the look of so much. I am also a little disappointed with the colour. I mean, I made it work but I feel I would much prefer their new colour “Snow” which doesn’t seem to be available in the UK just yet unless I want to pay for extortionate shipping charges.