Battle of the Foundations

Hi guys! So, today I wanted to talk a little bit about some foundations that I’ve been trying out and little mini reviews on each of them! Maybe you’ve noticed in my past couple of posts that I have been struggling a bit with more oily skin recently! Usually my skin is normal to combo, but recently I have just had excess oil that I couldn’t seem to disguise! I did a little research and experimentation and I found a few that I’ve been loving!

1.  Urban Decay- Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Foundation

I’ve been using this foundation for about a month or two and it has been one of my “go-to” foundations. It’s great for everyday use! When they describe it as weightless, they really mean it. This foundation is so lightweight all day. Does not feel cakey at all, even by the end of the day it still just feels like your skin! I do have to set this foundation with a very good oil control powder because I will get oily with this foundation if I don’t set it. Even with a powder, I still have to do about 1 or 2 touch ups throughout the day which is honestly a little annoying. But, I’m still going to rate this foundation a 4 out of 5 due to the natural satin finish, the wearability and how lightweight it is! 
 Both pictures- wearing the Naked Skin foundation. Shade 2.0

2. Too Faced- Born This Way Foundation

This foundation is sort of a toss up for me. On one hand, I love how full coverage it is and how flawless it makes my face look when I first apply it. It’s a great foundation to wear when I’m going out or going to be taking pictures and want that “doll-like” flawless appearance. On the other hand, it does not wear long on me at all. Also, it does nothing for oil control with my skin. Within about 3 or 4 hours it starts to separate on my skin making my skin go from flawless, to oily and patchy (which is a look I don’t think anyone can really pull off). As it starts to separate and get oily, it also starts to FEEL really cakey, which is probably my least favorite trait about the foundation. I would probably rate this foundation a 2 or 3 out of 5. Don’t get me wrong, I still really like this foundation for short term wear, but for all day long, oil control- it’s not the best on my skin! I have heard and seen better reviews from people who have normal to dry skin, since it has a natural finish and can be hydrating on dry skin. 
 wearing the Born This Way foundation in the shade “Porcelain” 

3. Makeup Forever- Ultra HD Invisible Stick Foundation

 
I have a similar view on this foundation as I do for the Too Faced foundation. I think it would be great for people with normal to dry skin. It does look flawless and sits really well on the skin when you FIRST apply it. But, on my skin, it does not wear long enough for every day, all day wear. On my skin it got a bit oily around 5 hours of wear. Not too bad, but when I am at work, I just don’t have the time or want to have to touch up every couple of hours. It is a very full coverage foundation, so if you’re into that, and don’t have oily skin, then I think it would be great. I’ve seen well known youtubers such as Jaclyn Hill and NikkieTutorials that RAVE about this foundation. But, as far as I can tell, they both have normal and sometimes dry skin, so I think that has a great deal to do with why they would love it. For me, this again, is another foundation that I would really only want to wear if I were going out for a couple of hours and wanted that flawless, full coverage look! I would rate this foundation a 3 out of 5 due to the flawless coverage! 

4. Kat Von D- Lock It Foundation

Ok, FINALLY a full coverage foundation that could probably last you all day through even a hurricane. This foundation has some serious stay power. If you’ve seen Kat Von D at all in the past, you can tell she’s a fan of the full coverage. So it’s no surprise that her foundation is the same. One of the things I love most about this foundation is that the shade (45 light) is a PERFECT match for me, which is great since that pretty much never happens for me. It has an incredibly matte finish to it, which again is great for people like me with oily skin. It will last all day and doesn’t start to separate or look oily/cakey until about 8 hours of wear. I do set it with an oil control powder, as I do for pretty much any foundation that I wear. But it hold us extremely well! For my skin type, the foundation will look just as flawless at the end of the day as it  does at the beginning of the day. I would rate this a 4 out of 5- only taking away one point because of how full coverage it is, it isn’t really an every day wear foundation for me- but, I still love it on occasion!
wearing the Lock It Foundation in shade 45 light. 

5. Cover Girl- Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation

WOO! A drugstore foundation for you guys that don’t want to spend a pretty penny on your foundation. Coming in at about $8 (depending on which drugstore you shop at) This foundation is easily accessible, very affordable and a good fit for almost any skin type I would say. There was a good couple of months last summer where this was the only foundation I was wearing. Lightweight and a natural finish, it was great on my skin and looked almost undetectable. It never got cakey on my skin and I never had any excess oil issues with it. I mix the shades 105 and 110 to get the perfect match for me. I wouldn’t say its the best foundation I’ve tried but I was pleasantly surprised with it! I would rate it a 3 out of 5 since it does just wear off by the end of the day and never has a super flawless finish. 

6. L’oreal- Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Foundation

Last, but certainly not least, is the L’oreal Infallible Pro Matte. This has been my FAVORITE foundation as of late for longevity, matte finish and helping with my oil control. I seriously love this stuff. Took me a while to find the right shade for me. I wear the shade 102, or I can mix 101 with 103, since I got all 3 before finding which one matched me right. This foundation looks flawless for the minute its applied. Stays matte ALL DAY LONG, which I really can’t even explain how happy that makes me. When I finally started wearing this, after hearing so many people rave about it, I was kicking myself for not purchasing it sooner! It is more expensive for a drugstore foundation (about $12-$14) but so worth it! I wear a mattifying primer with it, as well as a setting powder and it looks great all day. I never have to worry about touch ups, and it never feel cakey or heavy. One drawback I would say is that since it is so matte, a moisturizer is definitely needed so that your skin won’t feel so tight. But, hands down, out of the six foundations I am reviewing today, this is my fave! Definitely going to rate this a 5 out of 5. If you are into more of a dewy finish, then I’m not sure that you would love this as much as I do. But, I gotta say, this foundation blew me away! 
Wearing Infallible Pro Matte in shade 102. 
So, for the 6 foundations these are my rankings:

1. L’oreal Infallible Pro Matte
2. Urban Decay Naked Skin
3. Kat Von D Lock It Foundation
4. Cover Girl Ready, Set, Gorgeous
5. Too Faced Born This Way
6. Makeup Forever Ultra HD Stick

Please remember that these are just my opinions with my skin type, how they worked for me! I hope this was helpful for anyone looking into trying some new foundations. Foundations are honestly one of my favorite makeup items to try out, so there will definitely be some more reviews like this in the future! Do you love any of these? Do you hate them? What is your favorite foundation at the moment!? Leave me a comment below, or connect with me on instagram @girlirae! I’d love to hear your opinions! 
Thanks for reading 🙂
XO, Girli Rae

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