I have a confession to make. Up until recently, I did everything I could to avoid liquid foundation at all costs. I always equated liquid foundation with cake-face, simply because I’ve seen it too many times and vowed that it would never be me. In the past 5 years, my makeup regime has seriously grown. (I honestly just used to dust Benefit’s Hoola all over my face and then do my eyes!).
I’ve always had decent skin and never had to worry about acne or oiliness (praise good genetics!). I’ve had my own problems with redness and dryness however. In lieu of liquid foundations, I’ve tried pressed powders (lame results), BB cream (looked cakey), and a complexion “faker” (review to come!). All of these products left me with so-so skin but I continued to convince myself that liquid was still evil! I began to use Bare Minerals powder foundations this fall in search of something with better coverage but still natural (see review). While it was nice to just throw on for a quick light-makeup day, I was left a bit disappointed with the coverage level. Finally, I decided I had to stop being such a baby and buy some freaking liquid foundation!!! For my first foundation, I didn’t want to break the bank. I headed to the drug store and probably spent 30 minutes walking around, testing the colours and looking at the ingredients. A disappointing amount of products contained parabens– toxic water carrying preservatives that are linked to breast cancer. At least that narrowed it down. I decided to try Rimmel’s Wake Me Up Foundation. It was only $12 and supposed to make skin look brighter and more awake. I chose this because the price was right, it had a handy pump, no parabens, and who doesn’t want to look more awake? FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Honestly, why didn’t I try liquid foundation earlier?! Even if this is just a drugstore product it works really nicely! Using this now I realize that products I used in the past trying to avoid liquid foundation actually made my face look cakier than this….I love the even coverage and definitely notice I don’t need to use as much concealer! STAYING POWER: While I like my Bare Minerals, I find that this definitely lasts longer throughout the day (I also always use both foundation types with a primer). CAKE-FACTOR: I find that I can safely use two pumps of this without looking cakey! It’s enough to completely cover my face and go over key areas. Obviously if you’re up close to my face in daylight you will probably tell I’m wearing foundation, but I don’t get cake face with this. OVERALL: I love the lasting powder and coverage of liquid!!! I also find that the liquid foundation enhances my powder bronzer/highlight/blush and makes them last longer. I will note however that this particular foundation has teensy tiny sparkles in it, so your face will be sparkling in the sun. I seriously probably look like Edward from Twilight in sunlight. I wouldn’t have bought this if I had known that. Aside from that, swiping this over half my face vs. my regular skin I LOVE the difference and feel like my complexion is much more even. My face doesn’t feel like I’ve got layers of makeup on, and the foundation is medium coverage which I think is perfect. How were your first liquid foundation experiences?? I’m loving this change so far! xo J