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Too Faced Born This Way Foundation Review – Worth the Hype?

If you haven’t heard by now from the countless reviews on blogs and YouTube, Too Faced has a new liquid foundation called Born This Way. The reviews are almost exclusively raves and I definitely wanted to check it out after receiving a preview sample with a purchase. Once this wonder liquid hit stores and I could properly color match myself, I went ahead and picked one up in “Nude.” I loved the sample I had, but upon a lot more testing, I’m still kind of on the fence. Yup, I’m not madly in love with it…yet!

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops – Believe the Hype?

I wanted to discuss the new Cover FX Custom Cover Drops today since they are available at Sephora and I’m guessing you may want to give them a go during the VIB sale, which ends today. I’m not going to lie. I haven’t been using this new innovation in coverage too long (they are not the first to do this; Ardency Inn has a similar product), but I feel that it has been long enough (a few weeks) that I can give you a good solid opinion of it! So, without further ado, let’s drop some dirt on the new Cover FX Custom Cover Drops.

Firstly, what the hell are “Custom Cover Drops?” This is a new concept that is basically pure liquid pigment that can be added to anything in whatever quantity suits your fancy. You can mix the drops with a facial oil, a primer, a moisturizer, a sunscreen, or even another foundation for more coverage or to adjust the shade. Basically anything that you would put on your face that’s not a powder can be blended with the Custom Cover Drops for yourperfect foundation. I absolutely lovethis aspect of the product. I’ll get into it more in a sec. In addition to matching your skincare needs, you can adjust the number of drops to create your perfect coverage level! You can use just one drop for sheer coverage, or 4-5 drops for full coverage. Another aspect about the product that I totally adore! Can you tell that I love this stuff?!?!

So, why do you need this little gem from Cover FX? Aside from it’s serious amazingness, there is no way that it can’t work for you! Well, if you want one bottle to grab, slap on and go, it is probably not for you. Then again, if you try it, you might change your mind! But if your skin care changes throughout the year, this is perfect! No need to worry about having a foundation for drier days or oilier times. If you need varying levels of coverage, say for the quick trip to the gas station or a more flawless look for a big event where lots of photos are being taken, this is perfect! One product really does fit all! You don’t need to worry about finding a formula that’s right for your skin, but then not loving the coverage…or the shades available because Cover FX has virtually everything when it comes to shade range (more on that in a bit). This little bottle of pigment really can do pretty much everything.
You would think something that can do all of that would have a catch. Really, the biggest catch I can find is that it requires you to mix it with something else. But when it’s something else that you already use, I don’t find it troubling at all. Not to mention, it blends together in about 2 seconds. Seriously, I have yet to find fault with these wonder drops!
This is enough for my entire face!
As I said, it mixes with anything for a custom coverage level, but how does it look and how does it wear? Freakin’ fantastic! I’m not quite sure how this is possible, but even using 4 drops for full coverage gives a nice even look that is not at all mask-like and, dare I say, even still looks like just skin. It literally looks and feels like natural skin, but without the uneven tones of naked skin. I swear, somehow you can still see skin through even the higher coverage. It’s wonderful!
Since you customize what you mix it with, if you want it to be dewier, add the drops to a luminizer of some sort. Need matte coverage? Use a mattifying primer. It’s perfect for yourskin regardless of what you need. And it wears beautifully! I find that my skin gets a tad oilier throughout the day (which is normal for me), but it still looks much like it did right after application. It stays put and it feels like nothing more than your usual skincare or primer. It’s truly wonderful!
All of that said, it does not cover really intense spots. As you may have seen in my Skin Care Game Changerspost, I have some raised bumps and some residual redness from acne-scarring. It cannot hide these things, but I don’t know of any foundation that I have tried that does. Even straight out of the bottle it will not completely cover these issues (well, nothing can cover a texture issue). It helps, but doesn’t eliminate. I should add that when I have applied this direct from the bottle in small areas, it still looks spectacular. I’m not sure I would recommend doing that for the whole face, but I can’t say I have tried it either. Just keep in mind that if you ordinarily require a concealer for spots and/or dark circles, you will still need to include those in your complexion perfecting routine.
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Bare Face in Daylight (sadly, no filters or alterations)
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4 Cover FX Custom Cover Drops mixed with
Murad Invisiblur Only
in Daylight (no filters or alterations)
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Finished Makeup with Cover FX Cream Concealer
in Daylight (no filters or alterations)
As far as texture, dryness and oiliness are concerned, these drops don’t add or detract from such issues. What makes the difference is what product you combine the drops with. Basically, if you use a pore minimizing primer that you already find to be beneficial, it looks similar but with added coverage when applied with the Custom Cover Drops. The same goes for dryness or oiliness. I haven’t seen dry areas appear worse after adding the coverage, nor do oily areas shine brighter after adding the pigment. What you mix it with is definitely the main determining factor in how this product will act on your skin.
If you are wondering what I have mixed the Custom Cover Drops with so far, I have tried a few different skincare products, as well as a variety of coverage levels. I should add that I feel like the amount of coverage can be affected a bit by your “mixing medium” in the sense that if the skincare product is very thin or watery, your coverage may be a bit more sheer than the same number of drops in a thicker cream or foundation. Back to what I’ve used. I have tried mixing one or two drops with my morning moisturizer (Andalou Naturals CC 1000 Rose Color and Correct – it provides virtually no coverage on its own) and really love doing this for a “no makeup” kind of day. I have also tried using this with the Cover FX Anti-Aging Primer. I hadn’t tried without adding the drops and it made me a bit shinier than I would like as the day wore on, but it was nice as well. I’m sure it was just my skin type with the primer, as opposed to the drops themselves. The Cover FX Mattifying Primer works wonderfully as well. The stand out for me is mixing it with the new Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield SPF 30(I asked for a sample at Sephora and am kind of kicking myself because I love it, but don’t want to shell out the $65 for it!). The Invisiblur is my absolute favoriteproduct to combine it with for more of a standard face of makeup. It truly helps with minimizing pores (the primer), while the Custom Cover Drops add whatever coverage I would like, plus the primer has a fantastic SPF and anti-aging ingredients included! I’m sure I will try it with more products as well, but for now I’m hooked on the Invisiblur combo. J
Now for the specs on the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops. Firstly, not only are Cover FX products cruelty free, but they are also vegan, so vegans rejoice! J There are 24 shades available! They are broken into Pink, Gold, and Neutral undertones and then into shade depths from very fair to quite deep. I have the shade N20 for reference, though N25 is also a pretty close match. I believe it is a glass bottle with a screw-on dropper top that willonly dispense a single drop at a time without much trouble. You need to shake the product before using and you’re going to want to place your “mixing medium” onto your hand first, then add the drops. Each bottle contains 0.5 fluid ounces and retails for $44 on the Cover FX website and from Sephora.
So that’s it. I’m a big fan of the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops! I’m not usually one for faffing around with mixing and blending and anything extra in the mornings, but this is so worth it – I actually find it kind of fun! JI love trying differing levels of coverage and seeing the results with different base products. I am so pleasantly surprised that you really can add coverage without altering the original product too! Being someone who is always seeking my ideal foundation, I think I have finally found the answer! Custom Cover Drops from Cover FX allow you to customize whatever you want into yourperfect foundation. A truly wonderful, miraculous, phenomenal, glorious…you get the idea!…creation! Thank you so, so much Cover FX for the ever-so-amazing Custom Cover Drops!

October Favorites – Acure, Hourglass, Milani, Butter London, Sibu Beauty, Josie Maran, Urban Decay & EcoTools

Seriously can’t believe it’s already November. I can’t say that October flew past, but seriously, November? That’s nearly Christmas!!! How?! Anyway, since another month has passed, it’s time for yet another Favorites post. I’ve had an interesting month skin-wise, which I may go into more in a separate post depending on how it progresses. Basically, I decided to ditch all of the prescription products I’ve been using for years because I thought they might actually be making things worse. Still kind of on the fence about whether that smart or not. Anyway, because of that I have a good amount of skin care favorites, but fear not! There’s still some makeup as well! Let’s dive right in, shall we? J

Since I mentioned skin care, I’ll start there. For washing my face, I have gotten back into using a Konjac Sponge. It’s basically just a reusable vegetable fiber sponge that softens with water. Using your cleanser, you massage it over your face for gentle exfoliation. It leaves my skin softer and less flaky without irritating it. Fantastic stuff! JRight now I’m using the EcoTools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge – Deep Cleansing. I had tried a Dew Puff version before and liked it, but I hung it on my sink faucet, as you’re supposed to, but it crept toward the nasty sink bowl where water would splash onto it every time I washed my hands. I like the string idea, but I need to get a hook or something to keep it away from the actual sink bowl. Anyway, the EcoTools version doesn’t have a string so you have to rest in on something. I’m not a huge fan of that either, but the sponge is so thick and shaped in a way that I really only find myself using one side. I just rest the unused side in a little dish near the sink and, though it doessit in a small bit of standing water – gross! – I don’t feel like bacteria collects too quickly on the side I use. I have yet to find my ideal setup for storing the wet sponge, but I have definitely enjoyed using a Konjac Sponge this month.

The past few months I have been trying out using toners. I never used to use toners because it just seemed like an extra and ineffective step. Then I discovered that some come in spray bottles and I was sold! JI’m still not sure they do much, but I really do like the Acure Balancing Rose + Red Tea Facial Toner. It has a really nice, even, fine mist and the bottle not only looks pretty, but is rather satisfying to hold. The ingredients are wonderful, organic and simple too – Organic Rooibos, Organic Calendula, Organic Chamomile, Organic Witch Hazel, Organic Bulgarian Rose Water & Organic Glycerin. It’s soothing and the Witch Hazel makes it good for acne-prone skin. I can’t say I’ve really noticed any difference – good or bad – that I can directly attribute to the Acure Facial Toner, but I just love the bottle and the mist so much that it’s a real pleasure to use!
Sticking with toners (sort of), I have something that’s more of a technique than something specific. I believe I first heard this mentioned in a video from makeupTIA on YouTube – check out her videos here because she’s just so soothing and relaxing. I feel like I’m watching Opera while in a spa. J She also has been switching to a lot of “green” products lately and many of them are cruelty free! Anyway, she recommended adding a toner to facial oil and then applying the combination to your face for better absorption. I’ve been trying that with the Sibu Beauty Clarifying Toner and the Josie Maran Agran Oiland it really does work! Usually the regular Argan Oil from Josie Maran leaves me a little bit greasy, but when mixed with the toner, it absorbs like a charm – no grease whatsoever! Not even by the time I wake up in the morning! It’s also a nice way to add a toner to your routine without really adding any time. I chose the Sibu Toner because the mister bottle was horrible, but I like the supposed benefits and the Argan Oil because I have a bottle that I just never reach for, but don’t want to waste it. Together they instantly soak into my skin and leave my face hydrated without the grease! J If you like using a facial oil – or are scared to – but feel like it either leaves you greasy or takes too long to absorb, definitely trying mixing it with a toner. Life changing I tell you. J

Moving on to makeup favorites, I’ve rediscovered my Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation. I reviewed it shortly after it was released hereif you’re looking for a more detailed review. Not sure why I stopped using it for a while, but I did. This month as my skin has looked a bit better, I found myself reaching for it frequently. The coverage is good – buildable light to medium – and it doesn’t turn me into a grease-ball by the end of the day. It also stays put! I don’t really have a whole lot more to say about it. It’s just a nice foundation!

For blush, I’ve been absolutely addicted to the new Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette! It is so gorgeous! I recently reviewed it here if you’d like more information and swatches. Every color is incredibly wearable – at least for my skin tone – and I really love the formula. Initially I gravitated towards “Mood Exposure,” which is a gorgeous neutral plum – not a shade I’d typically seek out, but definitely try it because it’s stunning! Soon I started using “Luminous Flush,” which is a nice kind of neutral rose. Also stunning and so wearable! And though I’ve worn “Incandescent Electra” the least, it also a beautiful, very wearable everyday kind of blush. The palette is pricey, but for three great and really wearable blushes, it’s actually a great value.

My eye shadow staple has definitely been “Cappuccino” from Milani’s new Bella Eyes Collection. There’s nothing terribly exciting about it, but it’s a fantastic transition/blending shade. I’m no master blender, but I just love this shade for deepening up the crease a tiny bit with minimal shadows, blending out darker shades and for the lower lash line. It’s really nice and affordable as well!

Now for the most exciting makeup – to me anyway! J My favorite lipsticks this month have been hands down the new Butter London Moisture Matte Lipsticks – again! I absolutely love them! I have two shades and I really don’t know which would be my favorite. There’s “Ruby Murray” which is a deep berry shade and then “Loved Up” which is more of a deep raspberry shade. They sound similar and they actually are pretty close, but Loved Up looks more pink, where Ruby Murray is more of a classic deep berry. The finish of these ismatte, but it doesn’t look sickly, patchy or pasty as some mattes do. There’s still some life to them somehow. The formula of these is also fantastic! I typically hate matte lipstick, but these are socomfortable. They’re not as creamy as most cream formulas, but they aren’t at all drying. They last for ages and stay where you put them! Butter London has nailed the formula with their Moisture Matte Lipsticks!

Finally, I feel like I need to add just one non-beauty related favorite. For the past few weeks, I have finally become addicted to Instagram! I know. Late on the bandwagon. I’ve had an account for ages, but rarely post anything. For some reason I’ve just been obsessed with it this month! I’ve been challenging myself to post at least one picture a day, which has been fun and often harder than I expected! Don’t know how long my obsession will last, but for now I’ve been glued to it. J If you’re on Instagram and would like to follow me, I’m @makeupguineapig.
I think that’s going to do it for my October Favorites! I could add a few more items, but this is already quite long – thanks if you’re still reading! I guess it’s been a good month for favorites. And now I think we’re officially entering the Holiday Season!!! Agh! Thanksgiving and Christmas are so close!!! Let me know what you’ve been loving this month, or if you have any Holiday themed requests. No promises, but I will see what I can do if there’s something specific you’d like to see. As always, thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll come back for more! J

July Favorites!!! – Hang Ten, Tarte, Milani, Anastasia, Giovanni, Badger Balm, Fitness & Cats

Another month has come to a close, which means it’s time for my July Favorites!!! JSummer is seriously flying by, which makes me sad because I love the sunshine and warm temps…though I could do without the humidity! J I must say that I am beginning to feel a hunger for some deeper shades and jewel tones too, but I don’t want the cold! Enough about the weather, let’s just get into the Favorites. And, I must apologize for my erratic posting this month. It’s been rather hectic and if I manage to find the time, I just do not have the energy to write anything. Hopefully August will be a bit better, but back to the topic at hand – on to the Favorites! J

I’m going to start with one of the most important things for Summer beauty – the sunscreen! I have absolutely been in love with the Hang Ten Sunscreens. I have been switching between the three that I have – the Mineral Sport SPF 50, the Classic Sport SPF 50, and the Classic Sport Spray SPF 50. I’ve decided my favorites are the Mineral Sport and the Classic Sport Spray. If I’m in a rush, I grab the Spray – not that the Mineral version takes any time either, it’s just not as convenient. I think I’ve finally decided that the Mineral Sport is my all-around favorite. It’s a great consistency that rubs into the skin quickly and easily, and it is never greasy. It’s absolutely fantastic! The Spray is all those things as well, I just always feel like using the spray in the bathroom leaves a sunscreen film all around me, and it’s just kind of troubling for my semi-OCC brain. JAs for the regular Classic Sport, it’s wonderful too, but it’s so thin that I’m always afraid it’s going to drip all over the place. It just seems messier than the others to me, but I’ll definitely continue using it as well.  If you’d like to learn more about SPF and the difference between the formulas, check out my post here. For more detailed thoughts on the Mineral Sport SPF 50 and the Classic Sport Spray SPF 50, check out that post here. And for one last shameless plug, if you’re interested in the traditional Classic Sport SPF 50, you can find that post here.

Wow, that was long! So, moving on…I’ve gone back to using my Tarte Colored Clay SPF 15 Liquid Foundation, but I have found my favorite way to apply it is with a Beauty Blender. That makes two favorites in one! JI have never really used my Beauty Blender much because I never find it to give enough coverage and I feel like it’s such an expensive gimmicky product, but for some reason I really love it with the Colored Clay Liquid Foundation. The two really work well together to create a fantastic finish that looks like natural, healthy skin. The foundation does lose a bit of coverage when applied this way, but it still has a fantastic and buildable medium coverage that works well enough to cover my giant blemishes to the point where just a bit of concealer takes care of any remaining discoloration. Plus, it never looks too heavy or cakey as it sometimes can when applied with a brush or your fingers. If you’d like to read more about the Tarte Colored Clay Liquid Foundation, check out my review here. As for the rather new appearance of my Beauty Blender, I simply wash it right after every use and it comes clean really easily. I know, it’s a pain in the arse, but I feel like germs and bacteria are just waiting to grow all over the thing and at least having it lookingclean makes me feel a bit better about it.

For the eyes, I’ve been absolutely loving my Milani Shadow Eyez in Brown Deluxe. It’s the perfect bronzey shade for Summer and it is so easy. I just scribble it on my lid and a bit under my lower lash line, blend it a bit, add some mascara and maybe a liner and call it a day (these are my fancy days lately btw). It gives kind of a grungy effect that I actually love. Plus, it’s so easy that I can do it in no time – andit’s waterproof! J

For my brows, I finally caved and tried the Anastasia DipBrow Pomade in Blonde. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve swatched this in a store and thought it was just the complete wrong shade for me and the texture would make for such a strong brow that I’d never use it. Well, I swatched it yet again and decided it might not be so bad after all, and I gave it a shot. It is quite creamy so it can be easy to go a bit too heavy handed, but if you don’t get too much on your brush, the consistency spreads beautifully and fills in my brows with ease – and it’s a lot faster than I would have expected. I’ve really been loving it! I use it with the Anastasia #12 Angled Brush which is perfectfor my brows. It’s quite thin – as are my brows – so it’s great for getting a precise brow shape, or (at least in my case) not going outside the natural lines of your brow hairs. The spoolie on the opposite end is a must for me too, so together, the two have been great for my brows – and the Pomade really is budge proof! Seriously, I have trouble getting it off even after a sweaty workout or even a shower if I don’t use an oil-based makeup remover. Great for sweaty Summer days! J

For my limp, lifeless hair, I’ve found a new combination that’s actually helping! Both products are from Giovanni. The first is the Giovanni 2Chic Tangerine & Papaya Butter Ultra-Volume Leave-In & Conditioning Elixir. It helps condition my hair while taming flyaways and I think it actually does help a bit with volume. After that, I add the Giovanni Natural Mousse Air-Turbo Charged Hair Styling Foam. This definitely is adding volume to my hair. We’re not talking ‘80s hair or anything, but nice, natural looking body that’s never over-the-top (though I’m guessing you could do that too if you really wanted). I believe this is alcohol-free, which is fantastic since alcohol will dry your hair out – the last thing I need. It can get a little crunchy if you get too much product in one spot, but I use about 2 pumps and start with the lengths of my hair, then use what’s left at the roots since I’m aiming for thicker hair all-around, and I never have trouble with crispiness. I find if I start at the root, they can end up a bit stiff if I’m not careful. But once you figure out how these work best for your hair type, they are fantastic for just adding a bit more life into your locks. Love, love, love Giovanni this month! J

I ran out of my Badger Balm Cocoa Butter Lip Balm in Vanilla Bean, so I grabbed my old favorite this time – Creamy Cocoa. I don’t know if or how the formula between these two differs other than the flavor, but I forgot just how insanely wonderful the Creamy Cocoa version is! It actually seems to be more hydrating and conditioning than the Vanilla Bean for some reason. It makes no sense to me, but I am 100% addicted to the Creamy Cocoa formula! If you’d like to see a full review on this lip balm, check it out here. (I believe this is my third replacement tube, plus I have a few others stashed in various places that are only used occasionally.)

For something I don’t normally include in my Favorites, I’m going to give you a Fitness Favorite and a Cat Favorite. For the Fitness Favorite, I have been addicted to FitnessBlender.com, or just FitnessBlender on YouTube. I cannot stress how much I dislike exercising, but I do like feeling stronger, more toned and in better shape so I’m trying my best to keep it up – I’ve been doing pretty well too despite knee and ankle issues. I actually started with the Tone It Up videos about 2 or 2 ½ years ago, but was getting sick of them. Plus, I was having trouble doing a lot of the exercises when my knee was acting up. I somehow stumbled across Fitness Blender on YouTube and tried a few of their workouts and really enjoy them (as much as I can enjoy exercise). Granted, they’re not as personable as Karina & Katrina from Tone It Up, but they’re better at explaining how to – and how not to – do the exercises correctly for the best results. I swear, in the few months I’ve been doing more workouts from Fitness Blender I’ve noticed more results. Not to mention they have about 6 billion work outs, and if you go to their website, they have an awesome search feature where you can specify workout time, type, intensity, calorie burn, etc., and the results are displayed for your sweating pleasure. If you’re at all interested in working out at home – be it yoga, pilates, strength training, HITT, and more – definitely check out Fitness Blender.

As for the cats, Bailey has had a lot of belly issues so I’ve been trying to find something that helps to keep her regular. Emerson also has had tummy troubles her whole life, but they have never really been addressed too much because she started with a different vet that gave her an enema and sent her on her merry little wet-bummed way. During my research, I found tons of Probiotic products for cats (although apparently there’s no evidence one way or another that shows such things do anything for cats at all). Figuring I had nothing to lose, I settled on some treats hoping that at least one of the cats might simply enjoy them. Well, all five cats seem to love them! They are from Greenies and they are the Smart Bites Digestive Care in the Salmon Flavor. Even little Miss Clover comes running over to get her share, and she never eats any treats! There must be crack in these or something because I have never seen a treat that every one of my cats absolutely devours (they’ll even lick my fingers to get all the dust) – and they generally don’t even like the Greenies treats. As far as aiding their digestion, I don’t know if they do anything, but they certainly do love them. I had to include these because they are apparently the greatest treats on earth in my cats’ eyes!

And that’s it. If you made it this far, I feel like I owe you something. There’s not a lot included here, but I certainly had a lot to say! J I hope you enjoyed seeing my July Favorites and if there’s anything you would like to know more about – more about the DipBrow, my favorite FitnessBlender workouts, a Bailey update, something entirely unrelated, etc. – let me know and I’ll see what I can do. Thanks so much for sticking around through my spotty posting and I hope to get back to a more regular schedule soon. Thanks so much for reading this far, and let me know what you’ve been addicted to this month! J Until next time, love you all!!!

Tarte’s Newest Foundation – the Amazonian Colored Clay Liquid Foundation

Tarte has introduced yet another new Amazonian Clay product. It is the Amazonian Colored Clay Liquid Foundation. This is a liquid foundation that uses coloredclays to provide color correction when applied to the skin. It is also supposed to be lightweight with full coverage and an SPF 15. Being a fan of both Tarte’s Powder Foundation and their prior Full Coverage Foundation, I am definitely intrigued! J So, how does this foundation stack up in the world of complexion perfectors? Let’s find out! J

The Amazonian Colored Clay Liquid Foundation is a water-based foundation that is described as having a full coverage satin finish. It uses multi-colored clays to help brighten and correct skin tone, and has a high percent of not only water, but also pigment. This makes for a lightweight, yet full coverage foundation. Because of this high concentration of water, the foundation is quite thin and runny, but it is by no means sheer due to the high percentage of pigment. The end result is a foundation that feels quite light on the skin, and provides a natural looking satin finish with medium to full coverage that is easily buildable without looking heavy or cakey.  How can one foundation really be all those things?!?! J

Though I find the packaging a bit annoying, I really like this foundation! It really does feel light on the skin and applies almost like a tinted moisturizer, but with really great coverage! This is an amazing mixture of texture and pigment that actually does look like skin, while still providing virtually full coverage. Most full coverage foundations tend to look a bit heavy if not applied perfectly and they always seem to emphasize my pore size. This foundation glides on and blends with ease, and my pores look no different than when I wear a lightweight foundation, or even a tinted moisturizer! It also wears beautifully for hours on end. I wouldn’t quite say it’s waterproof, but I could be convinced that it is water-resistant. For a product this great, I can overlook the strange jar – which I’m actually getting used to anyway! 
It has a satin finish that looks really natural. For drier skin types, this foundation is probably the best I have tried, because it does not stick to dry or flaky areas! I’ve had both dry and flaky skin recently, and this didn’t emphasize it at all! It doesn’t hide it, but it doesn’t draw attention to it like most foundations seem to. Since I have combination skin, I can also say that for oilier areas, though it does not mattify the skin and it does not prevent oil, it also does not make oiliness worse. With a little powder, skin looks natural and healthy. It’s pretty much the best of both worlds in terms of finish.
As far as coverage goes, as I’ve already stated, it is definitely a fuller coverage foundation. I would call it a full-medium coverage foundation that is buildable to quite full coverage. It doesn’t disguise all the red spots that I have, but it does as good of a job, if not better, than pretty much anything else I have used. When used with Tarte’s new CC Primer (included in the QVC Set with this Foundation), the discoloration is a bit easier to disguise. The foundation alone actually disguised the circles under my eyes pretty nicely without any added concealer, although it did crease a bit over time. I think most people could probably get away with using this foundation as a concealer if they so choose.
Though this foundation has a fuller coverage, it definitely does not feel or look heavy. Because it is a water-based foundation, and one that uses quite a bit of water, it feels very light on the skin. It feels and looks much like a lightweight foundation with a sheer to light coverage. Though it will disguise some pretty serious discoloration, it still looks like skin! It also doesn’t seem to emphasize imperfections! Most full coverage foundations tend to kind of sit on top of my pores, making them look huge. If I really blend it in, the coverage disappears. Not so with the Colored Clay Liquid Foundation! It spreads over the skin with ease and blends like a dream. The foundation keeps skin looking and feeling like skin, while still camouflaging discoloration.  
Using the Tarte CC Primer under the Amazonian
Colored Clay Liquid Foundation

If I had any complaints, as I mentioned earlier, it would probably be the packaging. The foundation comes in a “tub” of sorts. It actually looks virtually identical to their powder foundation. There is a mesh screen over the product (you can’t see this once the foundation seeps through), which matches up with a protrusion on the lid…basically a stopper. It doesn’t seem that the product really travels much beyond this area, which is kind of amazing. It’s actually a rather logical design because the foundation is so thin that it has the potential to make quite a mess in a bottle or a tube. It is just very unfamiliar as far as a liquid foundation package goes and I think there’s a bit of a learning curve. It’s rather difficult to control the amount of product that is dispensed. It’s also not the easiest to use your fingers to apply the foundation, which is how I usually prefer to apply my foundation. Dipping a brush into the product on the mesh top seems kind of messy, and it’s a little difficult to control the amount of product placed onto the brush. Despite these rather minor hassles (which I’m learning how to work with as I use it more and more), what really matters is the product inside – and that is incredible!
I am really quite impressed with Tarte’s new Amazonian Colored Clay Liquid Foundation! It looks natural, feels nice on the skin, has great coverage, blends beautifully, and I could go on and on! It’s just a wonderfully natural-looking full coverage foundation. That’s an oxymoron if I ever saw one! J I would highly recommend this foundation to pretty much everyone! Do yourself a favor and pick up a tub!!! J

Currently the Tarte Amazonian Colored Clay Liquid Foundation is only available in the Colored Clay 7-Piece Collection with Bag set from QVC that retails for $65.96 (plus shipping). The set also includes their new CC Primer (which I am also really impressed with, and it is a fantastic companion to the foundation), a Foundation Brush, a brand new Blush/Bronzer, a new Pencil Eye Liner formula, a new Lip Gloss formula, a tube of Tarte’s award-winning Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara and a generously sized Makeup Bag. It’s actually a fantastic deal, even if you only want to try two or three products! The set is available in 5 shades – Fair, Light, Medium, Tan & Deep. If history is any indication, this shade range will probably increase once the product is available from other retailers. 

Tarte Colored Clay Collection Set from QVC
Tarte’s Amazonian Colored Clay Liquid
Foundation Over the new CC Primer (also
in the set)

Jouer’s Matte Moisture Tint – Worth the Hype?!?!

I’ve been using the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint so often lately, that I figured it’s time to review it! This is technically considered a tinted moisturizer, which is something I normally avoid because not only do they make me shiny, but they never provide any noticeable coverage for me. Since there has been so much hype surrounding the wonderful coverage abilities of the Matte Moisture Tint, I decided I’d give it a try!

 

Jouer’s website describes the Matte Moisture Tint as a “lightweight mattifying moisture tint.” It is intended to even out skin tone, while leaving behind a velvet finish. It contains a Multi-Mineral Complex, Broad Spectrum SPF 15, and Vitamins A, C & E for an antioxidant boost. The Tint is also Oil-Free, Fragrance-Free, Hypoallergenic, Noncomedogenic (won’t cause breakouts), and Suitable for All Skin Types. Sounds great so far!

Let me just say that this is not your typical tinted moisturizer! To start with, it comes out of the tube a little thicker than your average tinted moisturizer and there is a definite tint of color to it. Even better, it actually gives coverage! It provides what I would say is a buildable light to medium coverage. It’s enough for my liking on a day-to-day basis – it evens my skin tone and makes blemishes less noticeable, while just looking like skin. It is so easy to apply (I just use my fingers)! It blends beautifully, and even if you’re a bit off on the shade, I think it adapts pretty well to close-but-not-quite skin tones. And it always looks completely natural!

You cannot feel it on the skin at all. It does not feel greasy, nor is it drying. It glides over mild dryness with ease, though I’m not sure that it is actually very hydrating. It is not drying, yet it actually doesmattify oily areas as well! I find that the oiliness I get throughout the day does make a minor appearance eventually, but not as quickly and nowhere near as bad. It’s nothing a little powder or some blotting sheets cannot fix, and I often don’t even bother because the shine is so minimal. I don’t know how Jouer does it, but I really think this fits all but the most extremes of skin types!
Left: Bare (bad!) Skin, Center: Jouer Matte Moisture Tint ONLY
Right: Jouer Matte Moisture Tint w/ Concealer & Powder

The packaging works quite well for the product too! It is a matte deep chocolate brown squeeze tube with a screw top. You can squeeze out just the right amount of product without worrying about an over-eager pump. The fact that the container keeps the opening at the bottom is great too because it helps to get as much out of the tube as possible, even when you’re at the bottom. It also stands nicely on its own when the top is on. The rather minimalist typography of Jouer products lends kind of a nice, modern touch of elegance as well. The packaging for this particular product couldn’t be much better!

Overall, I love the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint. It’s kind of somewhere between a tinted moisturizer, a BB Cream and a Foundation. I wouldn’t group it into any of those categories, but it has the ease and feel of a tinted moisturizer – minus the grease – with the coverage of a light foundation. You can easily build the coverage up a bit in areas that need it without looking like you’re wearing makeup. The finish of the Tint is perfectly described as velvet and it definitely helps to control oil throughout the day. However, skin never looks dull or flat! I have had no trouble with breakouts or irritation using this product either. I really cannot think of a single negative to the Matte Moisture Tint! J

Jouer’s Matte Moisture Tint retails for $38 and contains 1.7 fl oz / 50mL of product (almost twice as much as a standard foundation). It can be found at Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom’s website, as well as on Jouer’s website

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