Review: Sephora “Perfection Mist Airbrush” Foundation


When I first heard about the new Sephora “Perfection Mist Airbrush” foundation from my dear friend Jamie, I was hoping it would be a dupe for the famous Diorskin Airflash spray foundation (which I also own).

This foundation, likes the Dior version, comes in an aerosol spray can, which you must shake before use:


There are two ways to apply this foundation.

The most fun way is to spray it directly to your face! The only problem with this method is that you must wrap your head in a towel before you spray to avoid getting the product in your hair.

The second way is to spray it onto your hand or foundation application tool (i.e. the beauty blender, shown here) and then apply it to the face:

Even applying the product using the latter method results in a truly airbrushed finish, which looks flawless. Perfection mist indeed! The even greater miracle is that powder isn’t even necessary — it looks just as polished and matte late into the evening as it did upon first application. The only flaw I could find in this foundation is the lack of sunscreen.

Bare face –> Foundation applied –> Full makeup

I will never purchase the Dior version again. Why pay $62 when I can purchase a similar (and even better) product for $26?

This is my new Holy Grail foundation! Thanks, Jamie, for an excellent recommendation! 🙂

Final Verdict: 4.5/5 stars

Available at Sephora for $26

Review: Rimmel’s New “Stay Matte” Foundation


As one of the many girls plagued by oily skin, I’m always on the hunt for the next new “matte” face product. Having read flattering reviews about the new Rimmel “Stay Matte” foundation, I grabbed it after spotting it at my local Walgreen’s!

The product design, which includes a squeeze tube, is hygienic. Here’s a photo for scale:

The texture of this product is thick and mousse-like, as you see:

My initial concerns that its dense texture might not lend itself to a smooth application were unfounded. The unique feel of this product reminds me of Revlon’s “Colorstay Whipped” formula. The coverage is what I’d call “high medium” — more extensive than “medium” but not quite “full.” The finish is lovely and matte. Nevertheless, despite what the ad suggests, it will cake if too much is applied; a little goes a long way.

Below, L to R (Bare face –> Foundation applied –> Full face of makeup):

True to its major claim, this foundation kept oil completely at bay late into the evening.

Overall, if you are an oily-skinned woman on the hunt for a bargain foundation, I would recommend this product for you — although I do think that the Revlon “Colorstay Whipped” and CoverGirl “Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1” foundations are slightly better. Points deducted for lack of sunscreen and tendency to cake.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

Available at Walgreen’s & ULTA for $5

Review: Lancome’s “Teint Visionnaire Skin Correcting Makeup Duo”


LancĂ´me recently released its Visionnaire Skin Correcting Makeup Duo foundation, modeled after its famous Visionnaire anti-aging serum. With a built-in concealer hidden within the bottle’s lid, the foundation, which contains SPF 20, promises to even out the complexion, improve the look of pores/lines over time, and color correct. It is marketed primarily as an anti-aging foundation.

Last week in my local Sephora, a sales representative provided me with a sample of this foundation. (The price is a whopping $60, so I could not purchase without sampling first!)

The foundation (on Sephora’s shelf):

The consistency feels lightweight, but not runny. That being said, a small amount goes a long way. I only dipped the side of my brush in the foundation and was able to cover my entire face.

The first thing I noticed was how well it evened my skin tone, particularly the redness around my nose. It possesses a completely neutral undertone – neither warm nor cool. For reference, my shade is the palest in the range, Ivoire 100.

The second thing I noticed was the foundation’s dewiness. I am usually wary when foundation ads promise a “dewy finish,” which equals “oily” in my estimation. Nevertheless, the initial finish was gorgeous, so I kept an open mind.

Before foundation:

After foundation:

As you can see, this foundation completely neutralized my redness, and my face seemed to glow. So far, so good!

I was surprised to find that, after several hours’ wear, the oil had still not appeared. My skin still looked “dewy” and youthful, not oily as I had feared.

After 6 hours:


Overall, I was very pleased with this foundation. It evens skin tone beautifully and will be a dream for those with rosacea, acne, and other sources of redness. As a moderate-to-full coverage foundation, it can also conceal major imperfections such as old acne scars, pimples, age spots, etc. — even without the concealer! Those with dry skin will enjoy its smooth, hydrating texture while those with oily skin will be relieved that it occasions no major shininess in the T-zone. The healthy SPF dose of 20 also bolsters the product’s anti-aging claim. $60 is a lot of money to shell out for foundation and concealer, but in this case, you get what you pay for.

Final Verdict: 5/5

Available at Sephora & LancĂ´me counters for $60

Disclosure: Although this sample was provided by my local Sephora, these opinions are my own

Review: Maybelline’s “Fit Me” Shine-Free Stick Foundation


Maybelline released its new “Fit Me” Anti-Shine Stick Foundation in July 2013 with promises of a “lightweight gel stick foundation with an anti-shine powder core” that delivers “flawless, shine-free skin.”

Sounds fantastic, especially for those with oily skin!

When I purchased this product, I was a little stunned at the small size. This could be considered an advantage, as the size makes it ideal for travel. In fact, it would be easy to stash in your purse and use for touch-ups later in the day. Here it is, pictured next to my hand for scale:

My shade is the palest — “Porcelain” — out of the 12 offered. You can glimpse the (supposedly) anti-shine core in the center of the stick:

The foundation feels lightweight on the skin and blends well with a brush. (I tried to apply the product with my fingers, but this resulted in streakiness.) Like most foundation sticks, the coverage is buildable. The undertone seemed neutral, which aids in shade selection:

Before foundation:

After foundation:

Full face of makeup:

Looks fabulous, right?

The problem is, however, that my face became very oily by midday. This is a big strike against a foundation that claims to be “anti-shine.” In fact, this product may suit dry, mature skin better. Even though it is perfect for on-the-go makeup application, the inability of this foundation to live up to its primary claims, and the lack of SPF, forces me to deduct a couple of points here.

Final Score: 3/5 Stars

Available at Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreen’s, Target, Rite Aid, and ULTA for $7

Review: L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation


I recently picked up a bottle of L’Oreal’s newest foundation, “Magic Nude Liquid Powder” foundation. Count me intrigued by the name!

The website boasts that this “revolutionary liquid transforms on contact, leaving a soft powder-like finish,” like “wearing no makeup at all.”

The packaging, lacking a pump, is average and must be poured out onto the hand (or a flat surface) prior to application.

The first thing I noticed when pouring the foundation out of the bottle is its watery consistency. As you can see, the foundation runs quite a bit and could easily spill if one isn’t careful. A pump would have been useful in this case. The company recommends shaking the bottle well prior to application.

Of note, this foundation contains SPF 18 and comes in 12 colors. (This is a good color selection, as far as foundations go.)

Bare Face:

After foundation application:

The foundation does have a weightless feel and seemingly disappears into the skin. It offers light to medium coverage, so those with major blemishes will need to apply concealer as well. I did not feel the need to add powder after foundation (as I normally do) since the foundation does indeed assume a matte powder-like appearance, as the advertisement claims.

Full face of makeup:

Throughout the day, my skin became shiny in the T-zone — and required some blotting. The finish, although appearing matte initially, therefore did not remain so at midday. I didn’t notice any patchiness.

I think this foundation is a mixed bag. The SPF 18, the price, and the color selection are all advantages. Nevertheless, the difficulty of application is a definite con. In addition, I would recommend this more for dry/mature skin as opposed to oily/combo as it does not retain its powder-like finish on the latter skin types as the day goes on. For universal appeal, I think L’Oreal’s trusty True Match liquid foundation has more to offer.

Final Score: 2.5/5 Stars

Available at Wal-Mart, Walgreen’s, CVS, Rite Aid, and ULTA for $13

Review: Revlon’s “Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup”


Today I’d like to review a relatively new foundation from Revlon, its Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup. The company promises a “truly decadent” foundation, with a mousse-like texture which feels “like skin.”

Does this foundation deliver?

The packaging feels rather substantial, with a screw-on top and glass jar reminiscent of more luxurious brands like Chanel.


My shade is the palest in the range — Ivory 110.

The foundation glides on with a rich but soft texture, mousse-like, indeed “like silk”! The consistency feels quite thick initially, until blended. (See the swatch below.)

Time to test the product!

Before foundation application (no makeup):


After foundation:


As you can see, the foundation covers my imperfections very well, particularly the red areas around my nose. The product can be built up to full coverage if desired, or dialed back to a lighter consistency. It truly feels luscious on the skin!

Following full face makeup application:

This wonderfully creamy (and affordable!) foundation suits both oily and dry skin types by offering moisture to the latter and a demi-matte finish to the former. (It remained shine-free on my very oily skin at the day’s end.) It truly is a Holy Grail foundation, in my opinion. The only disadvantage is the lack of sunscreen, a problem which can be remedied by either SPF-containing powder above or moisturizer underneath the foundation.

Final score: 4.5/5 Stars

The Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme foundation is available at Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreen’s, and Rite Aid for $11.