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Wander Beauty Wanderlust Powder Foundation 

Summer is in full swing, and with this extreme heat has come a change in my skin texture. Every year, it seems like my skin gets very dry in the winter and very oily in the summer, and this year has been no different. As I’ve worked to keep the oil at bay, I’ve found a new favorite powder foundation: the Wander Beauty Wanderlust Powder Foundation. This product can be purchased at Sephora and similar retailers for $40.

I don’t always love powder foundations – they often look cakey and the powder can settle into pores and fine lines. Some also tend to wash me out, which sucks since I’m already so pale. Thankfully, this powder performs like a dream. The texture is very fine, which makes it feel very lightweight. It also applies very smoothly and seems to instantly blur my imperfections. The shade range includes the shade “light” which matches my skin tone perfectly.

This is actually a relatively hydrating powder, which is one of the reasons that I think it balances my skin out so well. The powder absorbs the oil, but the hydrating quality (caused by the aloe ingredient) prevents the product from settling too much and looking overly noticeable.

The coverage of this product is also fantastic. I can’t believe how much one swipe can cover. Occasionally, I use this over a lightweight foundation, but it also works really well by itself. I find that most powder foundations really can’t stand on their own, but this one truly does what it’s supposed to do.

I have no regrets about this purchase, and I definitely plan to repurchase when I’ve used this one up!

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Bare Minerals Bare Skin Perfecting Veil 

For my skin texture, a finishing powder is pretty much always needed to complete my makeup looks. At times, when my skin is a bit dry, I reach for a light translucent powder. But when my skin is a bit oilier (during spring and summer), I’ve noticed that a pressed powder locks things in place better. Since it’s that time of year, I decided to find a new pressed powder to try, and I ended up getting the Bare Minerals Bare Skin Perfecting Veil. This powder costs $27 at Sephora and similar retailers.

I’ve always had good luck with the Bare Minerals brand, which is why I wanted to try another of their products. However, I was a bit concerned that the shade range is limited for this product. There are only four shades, and the lightest one offered is called, “Light/Medium.” My skin tone is closer to Fair/Light and I’ve never been close to Medium in my whole life, so I wasn’t sure if this one would even work for me. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised that it is the perfect shade and blends in so well with my existing foundations.

I’ve been so impressed by how well this powder works. It keeps oil at bay for the entire day. I very rarely feel the need to touch up my makeup in the bathroom at work because this powder definitely helps extend the wear of my foundation and concealer too. In fact, I’ll often go a whole 8+ hour work day without touching up anything but my lipstick. I love how this powder locks everything in place without looking heavy or cakey. It doesn’t seem to settle into any lines or pores, and it creates this great, smooth skin surface.

Overall, I’ve been so pleased with this product. It performs well, looks great on the skin, and seems to blur my imperfections. The moment I start hitting pan on this product, I’m for sure going to buy a backup. This is one of the best pressed powders I’ve ever tried, and I highly recommend it!

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Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick 

I’m not a huge fan of stick foundations, but they really seem to be trending right now. Because of this, I wanted to try another one and I picked up the Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick. This product retails for only $25 at Sephora and similar retailers.

One issue I have with most stick foundations is that they feel kind of dry, but that wasn’t the case at all with this product. This was a very nice cream consistency. It covered things really well, even my icky acne, so that was also pretty impressive. I will admit that pairing it with a finishing powder will definitely help the lasting power, but that it usually true of most foundations.

Because of the thick consistency, I’ve found that I mostly prefer to use this product as a concealer. It works so well to cover flaws without looking cakey or overly obvious. Also, I have the shade “Intense Ivory” and it seems to blend really well with all of my other foundations when I use it as a concealer. In fact, the blendability is a huge plus in general for this product! Whether you’re using it as a concealer or foundation, it seems to just melt into the skin and instantly improve a complexion.

For the price, this is a huge bargain, especially if you use it as a concealer. It will last for soooo long! I’ll definitely be repurchasing this one when I run out because it’s become quite the staple in my makeup routine. This is another fantastic Clinique product!

Do you have a stick foundation that you like? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Sunday Riley The Influencer Clean Longwear Foundation  

I ran out of my beloved Make Up For Ever foundation recently, so I decided to purchase a new medium-to-full coverage foundation. As I was browsing Sephora’s website, I saw that Sunday Riley has actually released their first foundation. Sunday Riley is a skincare company that has definitely achieved cult status for their amazing products. I was so intrigued that I got the new Sunday Riley The Influencer Clean Longwear Foundation in the Sephora sale. This foundation retails for $42 at Sephora.

Recently, my skin has been a bit oilier than usual, and this foundation has been amazing at combating that. This foundation has a pump that administers the foundation as a liquid. The consistency of the liquid is very medium – it’s neither thick (which can be difficult to blend) or watery (which rarely provides decent coverage). Like most foundations, a beauty blender or sponge will help with the application. However, I was amazed that one pump of this product could cover my entire face so well. There’s no need to layer with this one. It covers all redness and most acne and leaves a gorgeous satin-matte finish, which I love because it keeps my oiliness at bay without looking too matte or cakey.

The coverage is fantastic. It can be built up easily to a full-coverage, and even with only one layer, I don’t have to use nearly as much concealer as I used to. The lasting power is also fantastic, and I don’t have to touch up at work as long as I’ve used a finishing powder with it. I definitely think I’ve found my new favorite foundation! Yes, $42 is kind of high for 1.08 oz of product, but this one is worth every penny to me.

The range of shades for this product is also pretty expansive. There are 20 shades to choose from in their color spectrum. I’m very fair and I use the second lightest shade – 110 (for very fair skin with pink undertones).

This product works so well for my combination/oily skin, but I imagine that it wouldn’t perform as well with dry skin. The matte finish does feel a bit drying, which has worked well for me, but I would proceed with extreme caution if you already have dry skin. If you do decide to still try it because you like the finish and coverage, you might have to pair it with a very moisturizing primer if you already have dry skin.

Since Sunday Riley is a skincare company, of course they’ve packed this product with good-for-you ingredients too. This includes Canadian willow herb, northern truffle extract, and bisabolo. It’s also cruelty free!

I’m so impressed with this product! Have you had a chance to try it? Be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comment section!

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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge 

Beauty Blenders have a cult following, and for good reason, but the $20 price tag can feel steep, especially when you have to repurchase every few months. I thought I would try a less expensive sponge to see how the results compare, so I picked up the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. This product can be purchased at Target and similar retailers for about $5. I spent about $8 for one that came with a case.

This product claims that you can use it both wet and dry, but like a beauty blender, it really does work better when it’s slightly damp. I will say that it does a good job, although it’s not as good as a beauty blender. Even when damp, the sponge feels a bit more stiff than I’d like, but I do like that it isn’t completely egg-shaped. It has several different edges to choose from that can fit in any contour of the face.

Overall, I really liked this sponge. While it doesn’t work as well as a beauty blender, I was still impressed. It’s about a fourth of the cost but works almost as well, and I think I’m going to be buying these from now on instead.

Have you tried a sponge other than the beauty blender? What are your thoughts? Be sure to let me know in the comments section!

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Mini Beauty Blender 

Beauty blenders are a cult favorite for blending foundation, and for good reason. They allow for a perfect makeup application. Now, beauty blender is capitalizing on their fame and issuing some new products. Recently, I had a chance to try one of the mini beauty blenders which cost $18 for a set of 2 from Sephora and similar retailers.

I’m going to have to be completely honest about this one. While I love the original beauty blender, I did not love these. They are really about the size of your finger tip, which makes them a little hard to hold. They’re okay for dabbing on concealer, but I find that I can do just as good a job using my full-size beauty blender that I use for foundation. When it comes to contouring, I use both powder and cream products, and obviously this blender is just for the cream products. Still, I didn’t find that the precise application promised really came through. For the price, I definitely don’t think this product is worth it.

Have you tried these tiny beauty blenders? What did you think? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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W3ll People Narcissist Stick Foundation 

Recently, I decided I wanted to try a few more natural beauty products. It’s so hard to find a good natural foundation and concealer so  I decided to focus on that first. I went to Target and I found I brand I didn’t know much about: W3ll People, and I picked up a few of their products. Today’s product that I’ll be reviewing is the W3ll People Narcissist Stick Foundation which retails for between $28 – $33 depending on the retailer.

First, let’s go over some of the “natural” qualities. This product is 70% organic, vegan, hypoallergenic, chemical-free, fragrance-free, cruelty-free, and non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores). It’s also made without gluten, parabens, GMOs, phthalates, sulfates, dimethicone, propylene glycol, mineral oil, talc, and more! So, I was super pleased with all of that. However, beeswax is listed as an ingredient, so that would seem to negate its claims of being vegan unless its synthetic beeswax. Some of it’s other natural ingredients are aloe vera, vitamin e, and green tea which makes it great for sensitive skin.

So, now on to the actual performance of the product. I’ll admit that I was immediately a little concerned. There was something about the texture that felt kind of dry, so I was afraid that I would have a difficult time blending the product. Thankfully, the product seems to melt with the warmth of your skin, so it was actually pretty easy to blend. It’s a very medium-coverage foundation that can be built up even more. The thickness of the product also makes it a great concealer, which is how I’ve been using it mostly. I was impressed by its lasting power. Not only does is cover a lot of flaws, it has a great finish (somewhere between a satin and a matte, leaning more towards matte) and it lasts pretty much all day. I really like this product, and I’m happy to recommend it to others who are looking for a natural foundation!

Have you become enamored with an all-natural foundation product? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse 

A while ago, I went through a period of desperately trying to find a drugstore foundation that could compete with the high-end $50+ foundations. I never did find one that could replace my MakeUpForever or Charlotte Tilbury or Lancome foundations, but I did find one that came pretty close: Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse. This foundation retails for about $7 at Target and similar retailers.

I couldn’t believe how great this was for $7. The texture was great – somewhere between a satin and a matte (probably leaning more towards the matte). It kept me from looking oily but it didn’t make my skin look dry either. It was best applied with a beauty blender, but it was okay when applied with fingers too. I found myself grabbing this one over and over again even after I had enough information to review it because it just worked so easily. I will say that it doesn’t last as long as I’d like it to. By the end of the day, most of it had worn off, which isn’t something that usually happens with higher-end foundations, but again it was very impressive for a $7 foundation! Just know that you’ll need to have a  touch-up option in your purse if you’re going to be out for more than 6 hours or so.

Overall, I was really impressed by this one. I did notice that my acne was a little worse after using this product for an extend period of time, but it wasn’t dramatically worse, so I’m not sure if it was actually due to this product or just hormones/stress. This was definitely the best of the drugstore options I tried, and I would definitely recommend it to people with combination to oily skin.

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Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Stick Foundation 

I really like the Hourglass Brand blushes and highlighters. The powders are so fine that they feel silky, and they’re so easy to blend. So, I was excited when I was given to opportunity to try a sample of one of their other products: the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Stick Foundation. This foundation can be purchased from Sephora and similar retailers for $46.

I’ve got to be honest – I didn’t love this one, and I wouldn’t recommend it. It does blend well, and it has a lot of coverage, but it’s a little dry and requires a lot of product to cover your whole face. Honestly, after a few attempts at using this as a foundation, I gave up and started using it as a concealer. That seemed to work much better for this type of consistency, which might be why it’s marketed as a two-in-one foundation and concealer product.

Overall, I wouldn’t purchase this one. While it worked well as a concealer, there are a lot of cheaper concealer options that work way better. Sadly, this one was kind of a disappointment.

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Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation 

I have been incredibly impressed by the brand Hourglass. Their highlighters are the absolute best, so I was so excited when I received a sample of the Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation. The full-size product retails at Sephora and similar retailers for $56.

I was incredibly disappointed in this foundation! It truly is a powder finish, but it settled roughly against my skin. The finish wasn’t at all smooth. It was matte to the point of looking very cakey, which is a look that looks bad on pretty much everyone. I used a really small amount of product but was not able to make the foundation look more natural. Even when I’m wearing a medium to full coverage foundation, I expect it to blend well and have a finish that doesn’t make it super obvious that I’m wearing a thick foundation. I’ll have to give this one a pass, and I’m so glad I received a sample and didn’t actually spend $56 on this product. There are plenty of matte-finish drugstore products (like Fit Me from Maybelline!) that work so much better and are a fraction of the price.

What is your favorite matte-finish foundation? Be sure to let me know in the comments section!

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