Review Roundup, Pt. 1: Foundation

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Hello again, Beauties!! I hope you’re doing well today. In my hiatus, I tried a ton of foundations. Instead of doing one post for each, I figured I’d put them all together in one place for you. If you want to see my thoughts on some foundations from NARS, Bobbi Brown, Hourglass and Makeup Revolution, just keep on reading.

For the longest time, I only wore powder foundation, if any, because of a bad experience and lack of knowledge on how to apply it. In the past couple of years, I’ve gotten into foundation much more than anticipated. Anyway, my new appreciation for foundation has led me to try a bunch recently. A couple of the ones we’re talking about today are pretty hyped up, so I’m excited to share my thoughts with you.

Okay, enough of that. Let’s get into it.

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Featured foundations from left to right: NARS Radiant Longwear in Belem, Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear in Almond, Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation in Almond 7 & Makeup Revolution Foundation Stick in F14.

Today’s foundations are the NARS Radiant Longwear Foundation, $49, in the shade Belem, Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15, $46, in the shade Almond, Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick, $46, in the shade Almond, and the Makeup Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation, $9, in the shade F14. I’ve been using these interchangeably for the past couple of months, and definitely have some thoughts. I typically apply my foundation with a brush, for reference.

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Swatches of today’s foundations from left to right: NARS -Belem, Bobbi Brown – Almond, Hourglass – Almond & Makeup Revolution – F14

The first foundation we’ll be discussing is the NARS Radiant Longwear Foundation. According to the Ulta website, which is where I purchased it, this is a full coverage foundation that is fade-resistant. The description also says the foundation contains ‘Skin Recognition Pigments match your skin tone, delivering your most authentic coverage yet, while NARS’ Skin Optimizing Complex refines skin from the inside, out. Its full coverage never masks skin, but stays breathable, and unstoppably natural-looking.’

Here’s a swatch of my current shade, Belem, in natural lighting.

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I agree with the claim that this foundation is definitely breathable. When I wear it, I definitely don’t feel like I have a ton of makeup on. I would call this a full coverage foundation, but it can provide a more medium coverage if you use a small amount and apply with a makeup sponge instead of a brush. It’s buildable, which is perfect for me since foundation tends to wear off on my nose, so I need a foundation to build there so I’m not looking crazy at the end of the day.

Here’s a photo of me wearing the foundation, in case you’re curious to see how it looks when applied.

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I would definitely recommend the NARS foundation. There’s a great shade range and it definitely lasts over 8 hours on the skin without looking cakey at the end of the day.  It’s #regulargirlaproved for sure.

Up next, we’ll get into the Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15.

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The Bobbi Brown website describes this foundation as ‘A 16-hour wear, full coverage foundation with a natural, multidimensional matte finish that’s comfortable, breathable, and weightless.‘. It comes in 30 shades, and provides a ‘multidimensional matte finish’ according to the website.

I love the finish of this foundation. While the NARS gives a similar finish, the Bobbi Brown is a little more matte on the skin, which I prefer as someone with skin that gets oily as the day goes on, especially in the summer months. I find that I have to use less powder with the Bobbi Brown foundation, which is always a plus for me. As for lasting power, I agree with the claim that it last for about 16 hours. I typically wear my foundation for about 12 hours, give or take, and I found that this one still looked pretty fantastic at the end of the day without breaking down on me.

Here’s a pic of me wearing it recently.

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I would 100% recommend this foundation to those of you with combo-to-oily skin. It gives you great buildable coverage while keeping oils at bay. At the same time, it does that without looking flat on the skin.

Next up is the coveted Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick.

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If you’ve watched just about any YouTube beauty video, you’re likely heard of the Hourglass Vanish Stick once or a million. So, after many years of procrastination, I finally got it and have tested it out. I’m gonna be honest, it’s nice, but definitely doesn’t last that long on the skin. It’s described on the Sephora website as ‘A long-wearing foundation stick with the coverage of a concealer, fluidity of a liquid, and weightlessness of a powder for invisible, full coverage.‘. You guys, no.

First of all, it’s definitely NOT full coverage. I’d give it a high-medium at best, BUT you can build it up to full coverage. If you blend it out with a sponge, you’re going to achieve less coverage. I like to blend it out with a brush, and I’ve found that’s my preferred method for all stick foundations. It’s just easier for me.

Another thing is that it doesn’t last that long on me. I can get a good six hours out of it, sometimes eight. I find that it wears off of my nose pretty quickly, and starts to settle in my smile lines. Most foundations do this, so it’s not a deal breaker for me. I just know that I can’t wear this foundation for, like, 12 hours or anything crazy.

*insert image of me wearing it here*

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I will say that I love the finish of the Hourglass Vanish Stick though. It just looks so beautiful on the skin. I wish it was a tad more matte and gave me a little more wear time. However, if you’re someone that has normal-to-dry skin, this would last well on you since you don’t get oily. For my combo/oily girls and guys, I’d say the best way to wear it is to powder down and touch up to ensure longer wear.

And, finally, the last foundation is the Makeup Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation. I just realized that this is the only drugstore foundation today. Worry not, my loves, because I’ve got a bunch that I’m about to start testing, so there will be more drugstore foundation reviews coming soon.

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There are currently 15 shades of the Makeup Revolution foundation stick, but the gradient of shades is nice, which is the only reason I’m talking about it. We’ve discussed my shade range stance, so I won’t revisit it.

Anyway, there aren’t really any claims for this foundation. The Ulta website only says that it is ‘Available in multiple shades and a range of undertones, Makeup Revolution’s Fast Base Stick Foundation quickly perfects, contours and highlights your complexion.‘. From my experience with it, I would say it’s a medium-to-full foundation with a slightly radiant finish. Basically, it’s similar in finish to the Hourglass foundation stick. The wear time on this is similar to the Hourglass as well. I can get a good six hours out of it before it starts to break down on my nose and around my mouth. I apply it with a foundation brush always.

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I think this foundation stick is great for the price, and would probably repurchase it in my winter shade. It’s not my favorite, but it’s not the worst either. I would recommend this for anyone with minimal texture, as it definitely accentuates it as it wears. But, if you touch up and powder, or use a smoothing primer, it shouldn’t be an issue.

Alright, now that we’ve gotten through all of that, let me tell you which are my faves. If I could only repurchase ONE of the foundations on this list we’re rounding up, I’d probably pick the Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation. I have literally no complaints about it. It gives me the finish and longevity I’m looking for, and comes in a ton of shades and undertones. It’s definitely worth the price tag.

Thank you for chillin’ with me for this foundation review roundup. Let me know in the comments below  what foundation you’re loving right now!

Until next time, Beauties!! xoxo

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