this week I bring you a review on a foundation that, according to Stephanie Nicole, is extremely close in formula (over 95%) to the new Fenty Beauty Foundation, and may have possibly even been made in the same factory — without a proprietary formula. because Portugal was AGAIN left out of the worldwide launch of the hype brand of the month and its foundation has had high reviews, I had to at least give its alleged cousin a try.
it finally arrived, and I spend a whole day with it on my face to show you how it performs on combo, acne prone, ageing skin.
please keep in mind that this was *my* personal experience with it, and sort of a first impressions.
for more information on how to choose your shade, please read my post on the Serum Foundation.
This is nothing less than a phenomenon. Due to its very low price (under 7 €) and to the amazing array of colours, the foundations from The Ordinary have been constantly sold out. If you want one, you really have to want it and wait for quite a while…
The Ordinary foundations come in two finishes: Serum (Lower coverage, dewier finish) and Coverage (higher coverage and demi-matte finish). They have no frills nor high claims, and it’s almost a relief to know that. It’s just a foundation.
I managed to get my hands on the Serum version, and that’s what I’m going to talk to you about.
I finally got my hands on it, so here comes the in-depth review!
If you’re in the U.S. and Canada (or in a country that is enabled to shop from those online stores), Sephora carries this foundation.
If you’re in the E.U., it depends if there’s an Hourglass counter on your local beauty store. I’ve found that you can order online through SpaceNK.
a day in my life with the NYX total control drop foundation.
So, here are the claims: “(…) a flawless, full coverage base that lasts up to 24 hours. The zero compromise, camouflage formula covers everything from blemishes, redness and tattoos without the overload, while the matte finish leaves you with an even, shine-free base. No compromise. No transfer. No overload”
This sounds perfect for my hyper pigmentation and my blemish and all-over un-evenness.
You can trust me to shove my face on your screen to show you how it all went down, warts and all…
You can find this foundation in your local drugstores, and online at Feelunique. The shade range varies depending on the country/shop you buy it from.
the whole world has done this review and comparison, but I had to see it for myself.
only recently the Real Techniques beauty sponge has been available in store in Portugal, and I’ve been a fan of the Beauty Blender ever since I first used it: these new generation beauty sponges gave us new appreciation for this little rubberised tools – they can blend in foundation or any cream product, apply powder gently or for baking, and even blend away any makeup mishaps. must-haves, in my book.
but, for less than half the price, is the Real Techniques version comparable to the original Beauty Blender?
how much do you want to see a foundation behaving on my skin? you really have to want it a lot, because there are close-close-ups on this video. this gal is rubbing her flaws in your face in the name of subjective-makeup-pseudo-science.
I had briefly heard about this foundation on a video, but it was one of those paid-for advertorial product-placement kind of things, and, ever since, the beauty blogger/youtuber in question never mentioned this product again. that usually makes me weary, but… there was something about the footage that kept me intrigued.
so I went to Sephora and, as a poor never-heard-of-by-PR girl, I asked for a sample of it.