Tuesday, September 18, 2018

REVIEW: NYX Pore Filler

Packaging - 3 (average)
Longevity - 5 (excellent)
Wear - 3 (average)
Oil Absorption - 5 (excellent)
Pore Filler - 5 (excellent)
Overall:



The NYX Pore Filler is a popular choice for many, but I wasn't 100% impressed by it. First of all the packaging is not good at all. It's cheap looking and it wears and stains super easily. The actual wear of this product is also not great, it has a super powdery texture, so it wears off quickly. It's not a primer, so you have to prime before AND after in order to get it to last. It does however absorb oils, and it does fill in pores really well. I just wish it had more of a priming effect and balm like consistency. A little goes a long way so you won't run out of this anytime soon.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

How to Learn about your Beauty Product's Ingredients

I have been working on this post for such a long time. You all know that I am an ingredients nerd when it comes to beauty products, but I am not infallible by any means. I didn't go to cosmetology school and memorize every bad ingredient commonly found in hair and skin care. But I do read product labels and I do know ingredients, and that has all come with time and practice. I still trip up though. I recently posted a video first impressions review of the Flower Beauty line, and I even looked at the ingredients and said they impressed me a little bit, little did I know (as I explain in my post Why I Don't Offer First Impressions - I learned my lesson)  there were several pore-clogging ingredients lurking in there - just not ones I knew. But now I DO know them.And I learned this ingredient names from this experience.

So what is this post about really? I am going to try to give you the tools to find the best quality products and to understand ingredients better. You will find that when you look up product's ingredients lists, that the same few ingredients stand out over and over again as bad choices. You will eventually familiarize yourself with the names of bad ingredients over time, simply by looking them up now.


Most companies have ingredients listed on their websites. So let's say you are picking up a primer at Ulta. Well Ulta.com has every single product's ingredients listed on their site.  This is also the case with Sephora.com as well as many retailers. Check your retailer;s website or app to find a full list of the ingredients you are looking into. Of course you can also look at the back of the box, but having a copy and paste-able list is super nice to use for the rest of the list.


 Campaign for Safe Cosmetics created a "red list". I have it saved on my phone and I used to look over it before buying beauty products. This list is full of common ingredients that are known to be bad for your skin and body that you should always avoid. Here are the lists for cosmetics, but you can click here to see all 7 lists that they provide. You can also visit their site to learn more about each ingredient and why it's not good for your body.



This website is a godsend!   I love Acne Mantra, it's not super flash or pretty but it gets the job done. Basically you can copy an entire list of ingredients from a website (as long as they are separated by commas) and paste it into their search bar. Once you do, it will bring up a list of each ingredient that is comedogenic (aka pore clogging) and just how damaging they are. So for example when I dropped in the ingredients from the Flower Beauty foundation I learned that it had two ingredients that typically clogs pore, four ingredients that could clog pores (but is mostly of concern if you have sensitive skin) and one ingredient that would likely clog your pores even if you don't typically break out. That highly comedogenic ingredient is Ethylhexyl Palmitate.


 This app is brilliant, and the more people use it, the more amazing it will be. The think dirty app is an amazing tool. It is available for those using both android and apple devices. The think dirty app allows you to scan product barcodes and it will pop up with the item and the over all rating for that item. Click on it and you will get a breakdown of each ingredient and it's individual rating. Click on the ingredient and you will see it's other names, what it's used for, health concerns related to it and more! It is SO MUCH information in one place!


However the Think Dirty app doesn't always have the products we want (but they do have THOUSANDS of products listed). If a product you want is missing it allows you to put in the name of the product and to take a picture of the front and back of it (including the ingredients list) and they will add it within 30 days. So the more people that use it, the more info we will have.


 This app works pretty much the exact same as the Think Dirty App, except you can't submit your own stuff (as far as I am aware). There is also a few things about this app that I don't love - for example, if you scan a bar code and it doesn't have hat item in their database, it freezes the app. But you can simple close it out and use it again otherwise. If it does have the item it pulls it up very quickly, which is nice. You get a good break down but the initial rating can be deceiving, so you have to look further. For example, I looked up the Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Dry Shampoo which had an initial rating of 0 (which is super bad and in red). When I looked at the break down though it had an ingredients hazard rating of 8 (which is pretty good and in green), and the red was because of independent performance reviews and lack of information on a few ingredients. So you do have to dig a little deeper with this guide.

I check everything out on Think Dirty first, and if they don't have it I check Good Guide. On Think Dirty the same dry shampoo was found, with a negative red score, but when I clicked on the product list the only negative ingredients were added fragrances, which many people don't like, but aren't known to be toxic and I don't mind them. However if you are sensitive to artificial fragrances this would be great information to have. But on Think Dirty the info is a little more accessible.


 Before these lovely two apps became known to me, I used several ingredients sites to basically look up any ingredients I didn't know on products. Typically the most important ingredients are the first five. The rule of thumb is that the first 5 ingredients make up 75% of the product. Even if I had only looked up the first five ingredients in the Flower Beauty foundation, I would have learned about the Ethylhexyl Palmitate that broke me out, as it is the second ingredient listed!

There are a lot of ingredients guides out there, but it's best to research on at least two sites. The thing about Ethylhexyl Palmitate is that it is not a toxic ingredient, it's just highly comedogenic. Because it isn't considered toxic it's given a pass by a lot of sites, so that's why it's so important to start by checking AcneMantra.com. Here are a list of other sites I like to research ingredients.






This all seems like a lot - I know. But if you are vigilant in the beginning by looking into all these things thoroughly you will begin to remember words, phrases and ingredients so well and eventually you will memorize certain ones. It is easier than it sounds, give it a try next time you are in the beauty isle.





Friday, September 14, 2018

REVIEW: Flower Beauty Light Illusion Liquid Foundation

Packaging - 4 (very good)
Shade Range - 1 (bad)
Coverage - 5 (excellent)
Wear - 5 (excellent)
Ingredients - 0 (horrible)
Overall:




I am so bummed out by this foundation and I will tell you why. First of all the packaging is exactly what most drug store foundation look like. I bumped it up to a four instead of a three rating because I like the pretty rose gold metal plating on the lid, as well as the fact that it has a pump, which I did not expect. Also the shade range on this product is abysmal. This line has been out for over two years and still only has twelve shades, and all of them are for Caucasian skin (with the exception of one super warm yellow/tan shade). The world has spoken - we want diversity. We want inclusion.  And after 2 years they have had plenty of time to expand the shade range. Also the whole brands tagline and message on their site is that "Flower Beauty is for Everyone" which apparently only includes white people....? I am not a fan.

So here is my experience with the product. I was hooked! You guys can click here to see the first impressions video I did using this and I was clearly a fan. I remained a fan at the end of the day too! It was so creamy and blendable, it had amazing coverage but wasn't cakey or thick. My skin looked like skin. It lasted all day and didn't break down or anything. You guys - I was AMAZED!

So where is the let down? After day three, my skin was a war zone! It was inflamed in multiple places where acne was coming up and there were zits everywhere! I had not had skin that bad my entire life, I am not kidding. My puberty skin was clearer than this. I was so upset, I had only changed my foundation, so I went ahead and stopped using it. After a week of hard work, my skin is finally clearing up again and normalizing. I finally did some more research on the ingredients, at first I didn't see anything of concern on the label (I only did a quick glance) and so after researching all of the ingredients I wasn't familiar with I found out that this foundation has SIX comdeogenic ingredients (which means they clog the pores) and a couple are considered HIGHLY comedogenic, and one of them is a non-hypoallergenic skin irritating ingredient that a lot of people are allergic to. I would never recommend this product at all.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

REVIEW: Mary Kay CC Cream

Packaging - 4 (very good)
Coverage - 4 (very good)
Sun Screen - 5 (excellent)
Longevity - 4 (very good)
Hydration - 3 (average)
Overall:



The packaging isn't my favorite. If you keep the lid on you can set this product on a counter, otherwise it actually has a pump on top so if you loose the lid (which I always do) then you can't sit it up on the counter at all. But the package is air tight, so you will get every single drop of that product out of the bottle, which is a win for the packaging. It's also really nice and sleek packaging and I don't feel the writing comes off easily.

This has a really decent amount of coverage for a CC Cream, it's not full coverage is one go, but it covers my redness and acne fairly well. It does only come in 5 shades, but they do really blend with your natural shade, and I have only met a few people who couldn't find a shade compatible for them. It has great SPF, my sister in law is super sensitive to the sun, and she tried this and ditched her separate SPF step completely, which is so nice.

I wouldn't say a little goes a super long way for longevity. It's probably average, but I gave it a four because the packaging does make it easy to maximize the amount of product you get out of a tube, which I appreciate so much. As far as hydration goes I live in a dessert and I need a lot of it! This product doesn't have enough moisturizer in it for me, so I have to use a little moisturizer before I put it on. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Why I don't offer first impression reviews - I learned my lesson

MOST youtubers review based on first impressions - which I don't do. I did offer a first impressions of a popular name brand foundation once and a few days later gave a full review on it. But I simply don't do first impressions. Why? Because you can't trust them.

All a first impression does is tell you about the immediate application and immediate pigmentation of a product. It doesn't tell you about the wear of said product, the ingredients, the reaction your skin has to it, how it lasts throughout the day, if the colors oxidize, nothing. So I don't want my immediate first impressions to persuade people to run out and buy things that end up being horrible for your skin.

So how did I learn my lesson? Well a few days ago I posted a first impression video for the new Flower Beauty line. As you all know, when it comes to foundation and makeup I never review anything I haven't worn for 5 days. But I had high hopes for the Flower Beauty line. Especially once I applied it. It stayed on all day and looked amazing, the application was awesome and I did a quick once-over of the ingredients and I didn't see any of the 8 super bad and common ingredients in foundation that I look out for. I was stoked - hoping I had just found a $13 holy grail foundation to replace by $60 one.

 Boy was I wrong! I hope that no one ran out to purchase their Flower Beauty product because my face broke out like it never has before.  I literally have never had so much acne in my life, after 4 days of wearing this. I wanted to know WHY, what was causing the acne, because I didn't see my worst ingredients on there.

First of all - I was wrong. There are three types of silicone in this product, all of which I missed in my quick once over. *face palm* But I had to find more, so researched each individual ingredient to find there are not one, not two, but SIX comedogenic ingredients in this! SIX! One of which is labeled as "highly comedogenic". For those who aren't aware an ingredient that is comedogenic means that the ingredient will settle into and clog pores.

So I've learned my lesson - no more first impression videos. But I will do more future tutorials.



Monday, September 10, 2018

REVIEW: Starlooks Lip Liner

Packaging - 3 (average)
Variety - 1 (bad)
Vibrancy - 3 (average)
Wear - 3 (average)
Ease of Application - 5 (excellent)
Overall:

 

Let's just dive right into the breakdown of the scores here. The packaging is super basic. It looks like any and every other lip liner on the planet. There are 3 different colors, so it's hard to find one to perfectly match your lipstick unless you buy their lipstick. They have a few mechanical pencils too, but altogether there were only 7 options, that's for ALL their types of liners. It goes on super smooth and easily (no tugging), but it isn't super vibrant. It definitely wears off throughout the day and doesn't last. This one was just kind of a miss for me.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

First Impressions of Flower Beauty and a Natural eveyr day Makeup tutorial

 I don't typically post videos of myself here, but I have had A LOT of demand for some tutorial videos. I am not a youtuber. I do not have fancy lights or time to heavily edit my videos. Also please note - there is a HUGE difference between a professional makeup artist, and a professional social media artist. What is that? A social media artist typically does 95% their own makeup. They know their face and skin, and they beat it more often than not in a way that is super flashy and dynamic on camera. I am not one of those. I spend max 20 minutes on my makeup every day, if even that. I spend 45-60 minutes on my clients though, and I understand facial structures and all skin types. So unlike NikkieTutorials I am going to be super basic with my application. This is me people.

Please also remember this is a Facebook Live, so I do shout out to those watching and answer questions for those who watched it live. If you want in on the fun next time I will be posting more Facebook Lives in the future I think, many that I will not be posting here.
You can follow me on Facebook by clicking here. The content there is 80% different than what's here, so it's super worth it.

PLEASE TAKE MY FIRST IMPRESSIONS WITH A GRAIN OF SALT - they are first impressions. Don't run out to buy anything until I have posted a full review (at least not of the Flower Beauty Products)


Saturday, September 8, 2018

REVIEW: Unite Blonda Shampoo

Packaging - 5 (excellent)
Scent - 5 (excellent)
Toning Power - 5 (excellent)

Longevity - 3 (average)
Overall:



As far as purple shampoos go, Blonda blows every other one out of the water. First of all it smells like grape soda! Yum! It has a sleek and sophisticated packaging and the packaging is seriously beautiful. When I say purple shampoo, I mean purple shampoo. This stuff will tone away any unwanted yellow or warm tones in your hair in days! This is definitely my favorite! The only downside is that the formula is very thick and doesn't lather super well, so you have to use a little more than normal, but it isn't as drying as other purple shampoo brands, which is super nice.

Friday, September 7, 2018

REVIEW: TIGI SFactor Serious Conditioner

Packaging - 3 (average)
Scent - 5 (excellent)
Texture - 5 (excellent)
Hydration - 5 (excellent)
Longevity - 5 (excellent)
Healing - 5 (excellent)

Overall:



I love this product! It uses ingredients like hydrolyzed silk, sunflower seed oil, amino acids and more to heal your hair, repair and prevent split ends and hydrate your damaged and dull locks. It smells like peppermint, but it isn't strong. A little goes a long way with this product so you will only have to buy it once a year if you are using it once a week. All you do is shampoo your hair and then instead of using normal conditioner put TIGI S Factor "Serious" Conditioner on your hair focusing it on the ends of the hair. Clip your hair up for 5 minutes or so and then wash it out. It's that easy! You will see a dramatic difference after the first use. My only gripe with this product is the packaging. The pot is fine until you are almost out of your product and it's difficult to get it all out. Otherwise it's a great product with great ingredients and it gets the job done. 

Monday, September 3, 2018

Your guide to Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty

It's Ulta's 21 days of beauty sale right now and that means it's time for another guide from me! I am going to point out some of my absolute favorite buys from Ulta and what days they are on sale and hook you up with reviews for them too!




This is kind of the Rolls Royce of liquid highlighters and I have never seen it on a sale like this.  It is creamy, soft and has the perfect opalescent finish that if so flattering. It is perfect to get that dewy glow look, and for strobbing effects. It's definitely on my list to snag this week.

 This is probably my absolute favorite deal thus far! I am OBSESSED with this mascara, and it's my current holy grail. It's flake free, long lasting, defining and lengthening. It doesn't make my eye lashes feel like plastic and it doesn't make them look clumpy either. It's hands down my favorite!You can read my full review on it by clicking here.



This face powder is non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic and it comes with a brush! What more could you ask for? Oh yeah, a killer deal to make it a great price. DONE!   For only $13 this high quality face powder is now as affordable as most drugstore brands.



 You will never find a brush more soft and silky and velvety smooth as these brushes are. They look and feel amazing, and I can't even explain to you how incredibly luxurious these feel! If you are in need of new brushes, this line is not only the height of luxury in terms of feeling, but they are also sturdy and they create beautiful and soft finishes. Stock up babes!




Another product from It Cosmetics! This universal brow pencil can apply darker or lighter in shade based on your needs and how firmly you press it down. It is blendable and on of It Cosmetics top 5 best sellers for a reason. When I worked at Ulta this was hands down our best selling brow product.


If you have been needing a new skin care regimen, or if you like clean and natural beauty this is the beauty steal for you! Juice Beauty is a great brand that creates sin care that is clean and organic with ingredients derived from plants and natural resources. Their products are effective and potent and for one day only - they will also be super affordable! Find your next skin care solution here!


 This moisturizer really will feel like a moisture surge. It is lightweight, but feels incredible on the skin. I highly recommend it, and I know that you will fall in love with it too. Once again, at only $9.50 it is the same price as a lot of drug store brands like Olay, and so affordable!


On top of the daily beauty deals, Ulta always does Hot Buys this time of year. For the whole 21 days there are several items on sale! Here are my top 5 Hot Buys for this round of 21 Days of Beauty!

after checking that out

Happy Shopping!

Friday, August 31, 2018

REVIEW: MAIX Professional Cosmetic Lip Stain

 Packaging - 5 (excellent)
Shade Range - 4 (very good)
Hydration - 5 (excellent)
Longevity - 5 (excellent)
Texture - 5 (excellent)
Overall:


You guys, I am truly shook by this product. It has changed the way I look at lip stains. I typically do not like lip stains at all. Maix Pro is a super new cosmetics line and when I was looking through their products I wanted to try a stain, simply because I don't review them often. That is because I don't use them often. I simply don't care for them at all. They are usually tacky, sticky, drying, and impossible to use with other shades. This stain, is a game changer.

The packaging is super pretty. It's sleek and black, with clear segments that show the shade. It has a matte black raised text with the brand name and product name on it too. It looks and feel high ends and sturdy, and it's very functional. This lip stain is actually hydrating. My lips feel soft while being worn and it doesn't dry them out. A little also goes a very long way, which I always appreciate.

The two stars of this show are shade range and texture. The texture is so glossy and smooth and silky. There was no stickiness at all and it blended nicely without feathering out. The shade range I struggled to rate. As you see it got a 4. I was really toying back and fourth between a 3 and a 5 star rating, so I just went with a 4. Why? The 3 would have been because there are only six shades, although the brand is in it's infancy so I am sure that more are on their way. But the 5 would have been because this is one of the first stain lines that actually MIXES well! Most stains are fast drying and sticky and you can't put one on, and then add a dot of another and mix them on your lips. They dry to fast. Some you can layer, but the layering technique is always so patchy and results in a heavy, caked look with a sticky finish. This satin smooth glossy application sat on my lips very wet and full like a gloss.  I was able to combine various shades together to get my desired look, and then give it about five minutes to absorb and set. Because of this ability, you can create many shades with even the 6 provided, and I am certainly stoked to see more come out!

Overall, I absolutely recommend this product and will be purchasing many more for my pro kit and personal arsenal.


I am crushing on this brand and I hope you guys will too! Use the coupon code ANG20 to hook you up with 20% off your purchase at Maix-Pro.com. You can also click here to see the highlighter itself.

I do not make any money, kickbacks or commissions on products purchased through this link or with this code.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Best Dupe for the Beauty Blender

Beauty Blenders were the original blending sponge, having that tear drop shape and the perfect texture to blend makeup into a skin-like flawless finish. But beauty blenders are pricey, costing $20 for just one sponge. A lot of brands have come out with their own blending sponges since, and I want to help you find the best dupe to the original beauty blender.

You will find that a lot of people like different sponges for different reasons, I have tried so many sponges out there, and I personally like the Beauty Blender best, so my goal is to give you a run down on the top 5 best selling sponges that are less expensive than the beauty blender, and how they are similar or different. Then I will announce which one I believe to be the closest match.


FIRST
Here is a picture of the original beauty blender for reference a small break down of why this sponge has disrupted the beauty industry in such a big way.

The original sponge came in a bright pink shade, but can now be found regularly in cream, black, pink as well as seasonal colors (ranging from blues, reds, purples, greens and any other color you can think of). It is small and compact, but with water it expands and becomes very soft. It's texture is skin like and blends makeup in smoothly, evenly and makes it look natural. The tear drop shape makes it ideal for covered large areas lip your cheeks (using the base of the tear drop), or small crevices like around your eyes (using the tip of the sponge). It almost triples in size when wet, but remains durable. I use my beauty blender every single day and typically replace my personal one every 2 years. This makes the price point seem not so cray at $20 per sponge.


1- Morphe Highlight & Contour Beauty Sponge
Size - This sponge is MUCH larger than the brand name Beauty Blender. I was honestly surprised at how big it was.
Shape - This blender has the teardrop tip shape, and then a more triangular flat surface on the base.
Material - This sponge is far firmer than the original, which I feel makes it more difficult to blend.
Strength - based on the firmness, density and wear on my own Morphe Sponge I would assume this may be even slightly more durable than the brand name beauty blender.
Get it here for $7

2- ULTA Super Blender Sponge with Stand
Size - The ulta super blending sponge is a little wider than the original beauty blender. It is also shorter than the original and over all smaller.
Shape - It is an exact match for the shape.
Material - This material is SUPER dense and does not absorb water well. A lot of users (myself included) have commented that if felt like you were using plastic to blend your makeup, it was so rough, and left a patchy and streaky finish.
Strength - I am going to assume it's durable because it is so dense. But to be honest I only used it three or four times and washed it twice. Each time I had to re-blend my makeup, so I got tired of trying it.
Get it here for $6.99

4- E.L.F. Cosmetics Sculpting and Blending Sponge
Size - It is very similar in size, probably a little wider
Shape - It is a very popular shape sporting the tear drop with only one flat edge (unlike the Morphe that has two flat edges)
Material - This is super soft and airy, but it does absorb the most liquid and product of all the sponges I am mentioning today.
Strength - I saw tearing after two washes with this. You may all think I am an "aggressive washer" and even if that is true, I wash my sponges after 3 uses, and I don't get tearing in my beauty blenders at all for MONTHS. I wash them all the same way.
Get it here for $4
4- L'Oréal Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender
Size - The L'Oreal Blender is larger overall than the beauty blender, but not all of it's surface areas is functional.
Shape - This is probably one of the more popular shapes of blending sponges, but it pretty far off from the original Beauty Blender. It's a tear drop shape with a dent in the middle. I feel that the weird dent makes it less functional personally. You basically can't use the side of the sponge.
Material - This material is very light and airy. It is super soft, springy and not dense at all.
Strength - It is kind of weak, I almost feel it is TO soft. I had tearing after washing it maybe 4 or 5 times.
Get it here for $7.99

5- Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
Size - This is definitely larger than the beauty blender, but not by much.
Shape - This has a similar shape to the E.L.F. brand. I used to work at Ulta and this was hands down their most popular selling dupe. It has the tear drop shape with one flat surface.
Material - This has light and airy material, but not as light as the elf sponge.
Strength - This last me about 2 months before I saw tearing.
Get it here for $6


So let's find a winner for each section.

Size - E.L.F
Shape - Ulta Beauty
Material - Real Techniques
Strength - I am going to give to Real Techniques. Morphe's is stronger, but it is so dense and the performance is so bad, that I don't feel it serves points for not tearing.

Overall the winner in my mind is still the beauty blender, but I think the Real Techniques Sponge is the best substitute. What do you think? Have you used the Beauty Blender? What's your favorite inexpensive alternative?

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

REVIEW: MAIX Professional Cosmetics Powder Illuminator Highlighter

Packaging - 5 (excellent)
Wear - 4 (very good)
Longevity - 5 (excellent)
Texture - 5 (excellent)
Highlight - 6 (incredible)
Overall:


I was super excited to be able to hear about this brand new company that only launched this month! MAIX is a makeup artist owned and operated brand that seeks to create products that meet the needs of professionals, while still being accessible to enthusiasts and the every day person. I have always wanted to keep my 6 star ratings "special" but this month it has been HARD, and I know a lot of you are loosing luster for the 6 star moments, because there have been a lot this month. BUT this month is "small business month" and a lot of small brands start up to fill a void in the market. They do things differently and better most of the time. So with all of these insanely awesome brands to explore, I feel I have fallen in love with a new regimen of products! Regardless, I hope you can trust my 6 stars for what they are still, next month you'll likely see less of them.

Now back to this specific review,  I love the packaging. It is sleek, pretty, sturdy, high end and functional. It has a mirror in the compact, and features a sleek black container with Matte black textured print. For wear, it does last a long time before needing reapplication. It's not an insanely long time, but it does last. I need to reapply it every four hours or so.

This has the perfect sheen to it, which is why it got a 6 in the highlight section. I had no idea that there was a "perfect sheen" until I tried this. When you put it on it isn't glitter, and you don't get a whisper of product. It's there. But it's not clunky, blinding or streaky. But if you want blinding you can build it up for sure. This gives it good longevity as well because one swipe is all you need. This product has a silky smooth and creamy texture. It's not powdery or crumbly which I love.

I am crushing on this brand and I hope you guys will too! Use the coupon code ANG20 to hook you up with 20% off your purchase at Maix-Pro.com. You can also click here to see the highlighter itself.

I do not make any money, kickbacks or commissions on products purchased through this link or with this code.


Monday, August 27, 2018

REVIEW: Gerda Spillmann Biofond Foundation

Packaging - 5 (excellent)
Coverage - 5 (excellent)
Texture - 5 (excellent)
Scent - 4 (very good)
Wear - 5 (excellent)
Shade Range - 3 (average)
Overall:


I am super excited to review this product. It's been in my makeup bag since I got it, and I haven't wanted to use anything else. Gerda Spillmann is a Swiss brand that has been available to consumers in the United States for only the past few years. Their formulas are super high quality and this foundation is free of silicone (which is rare in a foundation) and made with 100% pharmaceutical grade ingredients, which means your skin can breathe and heal under it. It is also hypo-allergenic, non-comedogenic (doesn't clog your pores), and cruelty free. So the ingredients are simply amazing.

Let's get into the actual scores here. The packaging is gorgeous. As a rule I don't give 6 stars for packaging because while packaging matters, I don't want it to have THAT much influence over the total score. But I wanted to break that rule for this one. It comes in a gorgeous red compact. I really thought that it would make me feel like an old lady to be honest, but it didn't. The compact is sleek, it has a matte/pearl finish and the shade is super beautiful. It is sturdy and functional. It also has a bottom compartment where you will find a blending sponge, and a mirror on top. It looks and feels luxurious and high end. I love it.

This has a buildable coverage. What I love about the coverage is even on my "heavy" days where I want to look glam, I can put on an extra layer of this product, and my skin still looks like skin. It doesn't look heavy, flaky or caked on. It's perfect for "no-makeup makeup" as well as glam nights. It photographs well and has a great texture. I also like the actual product's texture. It is creamy and light. I love adding oils and serums to it to add some extra coverage, but that doesn't effect the overall products effectiveness.

This lasts all day long you guys. I can go from morning til night without touch ups on my foundation. But the packaging is so perfect for travel that I always put it in my bag anyways, not that I have ever needed it for a touch up. I have been seriously impressed.

There are a couple of things I would change about this product if I could. It has a scent that is a little on the strong side for me. It is a floral fragrance, and I actually like the scent, but when it comes to foundation I prefer fragrance free. The shade range is another issue for me. I am light, but typically I am not considered pale. I am usually within the range of the 3rd to 5th lightest shades in a foundation line. With this line I was the lightest shade. So that means for fair skinned people, they don't have a foundation that works for you. They have 21 shades, and the only work around for this is that they have correctors and blushes that are the exact same formula. You could mix some of the Highlight with the foundation to get your perfect shade, but I don't feel that's feasible for the every day person, because this product is high end. On the opposite end of the spectrum they only have 8 shades that could be considered dark. I think the world wants wider and more inclusive shades, and I don't disagree.

In the end this is a dynamite product. It's perfect for people who are conscious about what they put on their skin, who have skin problems, or sensitive skin. I love it because it looks natural and lasts all day long. I highly recommend this foundation.


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