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Things I don’t love: Flawless Liquid Foundation

Oh man, was this foundation a disappointment.  I have a few products from Nude by Nature that I love so I was SO hopeful that this Flawless Liquid Foundation would work for me but… I. Just. Don’t. Love. It.

But firstly, the pros:

* The packaging is really beautiful: Frosted glass bottle. Rose gold cap and a nice pump. This looks and feels lux.  It retails for $39.95 so it isn’t budget makeup!

* Nude by Nature prides themselves on using good ingredients and it claims to be appropriate for even very sensitive skin.

And to be fair, for me, that is where the pros end.

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They advertise this as being medium, build able coverage with a long lasting, satin matte finish that is like a ‘second skin.’ I mean it SOUNDS great but in my experience none of these claims were realised.

Firstly, this foundation oxidises like nobody’s business. I was SHOCKED. The colour darkened so much and went so orange it became a total mis-match shade wise.

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Flawless Liquid Foundation – this formula oxidises! A fresh swatch on the left compared to the oxidised colour after a couple of minutes on my hand.

Secondly the coverage is so sheer. Two coats and all my blemishes were still totally visible.  It’s almost more like a bb cream. In an attempt for any kind of coverage I used it in combination with the Nude by Nature powder mineral foundation but the finished look was quite cakey.  (FYI I quite like the powder mineral foundation normally).  Also, this Flawless Liquid Foundation doesn’t last on my skin.  I could see it wearing off completely within a couple of hours and by the end of the day I could barely see it left on my skin.

Lastly, this is the patchiest foundation I have ever tried. I literally couldn’t get this to blend with a brush or a sponge. It’s like as you blend, it just picks up on its self and it was lifting off as quickly as I could lay it down.

This is a foundation I just don’t understand.  In my experience the product is so different to the description I’m Left wondering how it made it through to sale. If you use and love this, please let me know how you make it work.  I purchased this on sale and I’m SO glad I did because this isn’t a cheap foundation and it’s been a total fail for me.

If you want to try the Nude by Nature brand I can really recommend their brushes and they sell them in great value sets which are well worth the money.

Have a wonderful day!

Things I Don’t Love – Australis: Powder Cream 3-IN-1

I was tempted by this 3-IN-1 product from Australis because I liked the idea that this could be a good, quick product for days when I am in a real rush and don’t have time for three steps but want that look regardless.  Unfortunately, this product fails on all levels for me and I just don’t love this at all.

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Firstly, I purchased this online and the colour is way too dark for me, but it is the lightest shade available in the range.  The cream itself is very thick and I found it kind of hard to blend it out.  It is extremely cakey and catches on every bit of texture on the face.  It sets quite quickly too and I find it hard blend it in before ‘sets’  and dries to a powdery texture so for this reason I don’t think it functions as a foundation (and therefore, neither as a powder).  I have combination skin, but I find this very drying.  Every time I have tried this all over the face my skin has looked terrible!

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My next attempt to make this work was to use it just as a concealer, but again, it is just SO cakey and because of the cream to powder formula, it is so hard to blend out smoothly.

I have tried this is few times and it has been such a fail for me that I am already decluttering it.  I really like the idea of this product, but its execution has left me wanting.  While this product hasn’t worked for me, my favourite foundation combination and face powder do come from Australis, so if you would like to read that review you can find it here.

Have a wonderful day!

Chi Chi: Real Minerals Powder Value Kit

I purchased the Real Mineral Powder Value Kit from Chi Chi, in ‘Light,’ during the post-Christmas sale from Myer this year.  It contains a full size Real Minerals Foundation, a full size Bronzer, a full size Finishing Powder, a blush and a kabuki brush (which I haven’t photographed here as god only knows where I have put it!).  I get rosacea on my cheeks and Chi Chi claims that their mineral formula allows your skin to breathe and is great for sensitive skin.  Chi Chi is cruelty-free and these powders are also free of nasty ingredients.  This pack has a reported value of AU$85 if you buy the products separately but the ‘value kit’ retails at AU$29.95… in the Christmas sales I paid just AU$10!!  Bargain.

I would recommend trying the Real Minerals range through the Value Kit as two of them are really great and two of them are powders that I just don’t love.

Lets start with the winners 🙂

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Real Minerals Foundation: Fair

The Real Mineral Foundation in Fair is a very soft powder.  The colour is quite neutral in tone and it blends out beautifully on the skin.  I would say the coverage is light at best, so I am not convinced that it really functions as a ‘foundation’, but I very much enjoy it in combination with a BB cream (or a liquid foundation if I really need the coverage) or to very softly even out skin tone on a ‘no makeup’ day.  The colour would be too dark for girls with porcelain skin but I can make it work, particularly in combination with the Chi Chi Finishing Powder.

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Real Minerals Finishing Powder

The Finishing Powder is again, a very soft, finely milled powder.  I very much enjoy this to set my foundation with a big fluffy brush.  It is so fine that you only need such a small amount and it doesn’t end up looking cakey.  As it is translucent it doesn’t add to the coverage of the foundation which is nice for daily wear and avoids ‘cake face.’.  I also enjoy this powder to blend out contour, blusher, bronzer and highlighter at the very end of putting on my face products.  It blends the coloured face products out in such a natural way.

Now onto the two products that I don’t love.

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Real Minerals Bronzing Powder

The Bronzing Powder is very different in texture to the foundation and finishing powder – dryer and courser.  The powder seems to have two distinct parts, a red-toned matte bronze base and then gold micro glitters.  As I purchased this online I didn’t realise that this wasn’t a matte bronzer until the kit arrived 😦  I don’t mind bronzers that are glowy, but I can’t dig the glitter.  Also, this colour is much too dark for me and the red undertone just doesn’t look natural on my skin tone.  I think this would suit someone with a medium skin tone. Also, I find this bronzer is VERY pigmented, a situation which is amplified by the loose powder nature of the product.  Even a slight touch of the brush picks up a lot of powder, which I run off on the lid, then tap off the brush, then run the brush over my hand and then it can still be a bit patchy and hard to blend.  Bummer.

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Real Minerals Blush

I have to be honest, I have barely worn this blush.  Again, I didn’t realise that this would be a glittery product so I was really disappointed when I opened it.  The website states it contains ‘light reflecting particles’ so I probably should have known better!  The base colour is, again, quite dark for my fair complexion, but I do like this kind of dark rose for the cooler months.  Like the bronzer, this powder really separates into a base layer and glitter layer and the silver micro glitters get everywhere when you blend this out on the cheek.  The colour looks pretty, but I just can’t deal with the glitter so I never reach for this.

Overall, I am still really happy with my purchase of this Real Minerals Powder Value Kit.  The foundation and finishing powders are great products and if you buy them separately they retail for AU$19 each, so my AU$10 outlay was money well spent, even though I don’t love the bronzer and blush.  In fact the Value Kit retail price of AU$29 is still good value!  Plus, the kabuki brush was also lovely… pity I don’t know where it is!

If you would like to check out the Real Minerals Value Kit for yourself you can find it here on the Chi Chi website or you can also buy Chi Chi in Australia at Target or Myers.

Have a wonderful day 🙂

 

Things I don’t Love: MUA BB foundation – all in one beauty balm.

I am going to start a new series of reviews on my blog for the things I don’t love.  The products in this category are going to be ones which just didn’t work for me or are things that were ok, but I didn’t LOVE and wouldn’t buy again.  This doesn’t mean that these products won’t work for you – perhaps I may even mention products that you would consider ‘holy grail’ in your own collection – but please don’t be offended.  This is just my opinion and based on my own complexion, skin type and personal preferences 🙂

We are going to kick off this series with a product from MUA.  MUA (Makeup Academy) is a budget-friendly, cruelty-free brand and I have many products from MUA that I really love.  Unfortunately their ‘BB – all in one Balm’ is not one of them.

BB foundation in light - you can see that it is a little bit separated.

BB foundation in light – you can see that it is a little bit separated.

The colour of this BB cream is fair and is a reasonable match for me.  It is very thick out of the tube and you can see (sort of) in the image above that it can separate a bit.

BB foundation in light: spread out on the back of my hand.

BB foundation in light: spread out on the back of my hand.

When you start to spread it out on the skin it is quite greasy under the fingers.  I feel like the texture is very similar to a 50+ sports sunscreen.  It doesn’t feel like it blends into the skin but rather just sits on top of it.  It stays greasy to the touch on my face, even when I set it with powder.

Here you can see the BB cream blended out completely.  I used the ELF powder brush

Here you can see the BB cream blended out completely. I used the ELF powder brush

As you can see, when it is blended out, the coverage is light although it feels very heavy.  Because of the very think texture and the fact that it stays sort of tacky and greasy on my skin, I find that this BB cream breaks down quite quickly and within in few hours my skin is already starting to look patchy 😦  I buy BB creams for the summer months as they are typically lighter and less greasy during the humid, hot times of the year, but this BB cream is heavier and greaser than even my highest coverage foundations.  For this reason I can’t wear this product to work as it won’t last the day.

I have actually stopped using this BB cream although I’m only  being halfway through the tube, which is very unlike me.  Despite my most creative efforts, I just can’t make this one work.  This product cost about AU$8 and for that price there are certainly better options on the market in my opinion.

As I said at the start of this post, there are so many MUA products that I really like, but I don’t love this BB cream.

I hope you are having a wonderful day!