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Foundations: What works & What doesn’t

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It’s time for me to make an update on my face makeup — liquid foundations. I’ve gone through different brands of foundations in the past months, and this is what I think about them.

Here’s a roundup of what I have. They are not in any particular order.

  1. elf Flawless Finish Foundation
  2. elf Acne Fighting Foundation
  3. Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation
  4. Sephora Matte Perfection Foundation
  5. Dr G Perfect Pore Cover BB SPF PA++
  6. Dr Jart+ Silver Label Rejuvenating BB Cream

1. elf Flawless Finish Foundation

elf Flawless Finish Foundation
elf Flawless Finish Foundation

elf Flawless Finish Foundation was the first liquid foundation I chose when I ventured out into ‘liquid foundations’. When I first used it, I liked it. It was light and airy on the skin. It didn’t provide much coverage though. The lasting power was poor. I would have to apply constantly. Since it was the first and only liquid foundation I purchased, I loved it, but I stopping liking it due to the reasons stated above — poor coverage and lasting power. I tried it with a makeup primer and that didn’t help either. It’s an inexpensive liquid foundation. That’s all there is to it. If you have flawless skin, this could work for you. If you have flawless skin, why wear foundation in the first place?

My New Foundation: elf Flawless Finish Foundation

First Impression: elf Flawless Finish Foundation

Update: elf Flawless Finish Foundation + Makeup Primer Review

Review: elf Acne Fighting Foundation

Update: elf Flawless Finish Foundation

2. elf Acne Fighting Foundation

elf Acne Fighting Foundation
elf Acne Fighting Foundation

After elf Flawless Finish Foundation, I tried the elf Acne Fighting Foundation due to its acne fighting ingredients — salicylic acid, witch hazel, camphor, tea tree, and aloe. So what’s great about this foundation? It provides full coverage, controls oil, dries acne spots out without leaving the skin feeling + looking dry, and is inexpensive. The bad? There isn’t too many shades to choose from. I have the lightest shade, and it’s too dark on my skin. For me, that was the only drawback. It makes me look like an oompa loompa. That is why I won’t purchase it again. If you have acne and can find a shade that matches your complexion, go for it!

Review: elf Acne Fighting Foundation

3. Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation

Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation
Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation in Porcelain & Ivory

Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation was my HG foundation for a while after moving away from BB Creams. When I started to use it, it was different. I liked it in the beginning. But, I stopped using it on my skin. This is what I think about it.

It’s supposed to be full coverage, but I didn’t think it really was. I had to apply extra layers on my skin to achieve full coverage. I liked the thin-like texture of this foundation though. It makes my skin look natural. It also has tons of shades to choose from. I was lucky enough to find a couple of shades that worked for me — Porcelain and Ivory. Something that bothered me about this foundation was the fragrance. I thought I could get pass it, but it started to creep up on me as the days went by. I’m not sure if I’ll buy it again or not. Meh.

Review: Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation

4. Sephora Matte Perfection Foundation

Sephora Matte Perfection Foundation
Sephora Matte Perfection Foundation

I loved Sephora Matte Perfection Foundation when I used it the first few times. It was perfect. The shade, coverage, how it felt, how it looked on my skin. I fell in love. As I continued to use it, it dried my skin out pretty bad. I started to get breakouts too. I don’t know what happened. It was great. I guess things change, and that’s what it is. I haven’t touched this foundation since. This is coming from someone with oily skin. Since it dried out my skin to the extreme, I avoided using it around my eyes. It accentuated every fine line and wrinkle. This foundation is a no-go for me. I won’t ever purchase it again.

Sephora Collection Makeup Products

First Impression: Sephora Matte Perfection Foundation

Update: Sephora Matte Perfection Foundation

5. Dr G Perfect Pore Cover BB SPF PA++

Dr G Perfect Pore Cover BB Cream
Dr G Perfect Pore Cover BB Cream

I bought Dr G Perfect Pore Cover BB Cream because I wanted to venture out to other BB Creams. This was my first choice. I was impressed the first couple of times of using it. It made my skin look and feel silky smooth. It brightened my skin. Sadly, my skin started to get very oily and breakouts occurred. This BB Cream feels silicone-like. It’s just too much for my skin type. It felt like plastic wrap on my face. Also, the shade is too dark on my skin. I wouldn’t buy it again. Back to what works — Dr Jart+ Silver Label Rejuvenating BB Cream!

NEW BB Creams: Dr Jart & Dr G Perfect Pore Cover Blemish Balms

Review: Dr G Perfect Pore Cover BB SPF PA++

Updated Review: Dr G Perfect Pore Cover BB SPF PA++

6. Dr Jart+ Silver Label Rejuvenating BB Cream

Dr Jart Rejuvenating Beauty Balm
Dr Jart Rejuvenating Beauty Balm

So far, for many years, Dr Jart+ Silver Label Rejuvenating BB Cream is the only BB Cream that works for me. The only deal breaker is that the shade is a tad dark on my skin. This is the only BB Cream that hasn’t caused my skin to break out even when it ends up looking oily (lol). I’m sticking to it from now on. It works for my skin type. I don’t want to deal with random acne and all of that stuff anymore. This BB Cream is definitely a staple when I wear makeup. That’s right! I saved the best for last. 🙂

What’s your favorite foundation?

The Ordinary Skin Products Did Not Work for Me + Reviews

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The Ordinary skin care products are VERY popular. It’s raved about everywhere. I never went out of my way for them until a month ago. I was super ecstatic about them. If you read reviews on The Ordinary skin care products, almost everyone loves them. I mean, I could say that everyone loves them. So I purchased three skin care products from The Ordinary. They are…

  1. The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% Mutilfunctional Brightening Formula
  2. The Oridnary Niacinamide 10% Zinc 1% High Strength-Vitamin + Mineral Blemish Formual
  3. The Ordinary AHA 3% BHA 2% Peeling Solution

All three skin care products are pretty popular. Here are my reviews on them. Let’s begin with Azelaic Acid.

1. The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% Mutilfunctional Brightening Formula

The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%

This was the first product from The Ordinary that I used. I thought I could replace my other Azelaic Acid skin care product with this one. I was wrong. The Ordinary’s is very silicone-y. It felt great at first. It made my skin look smooth. I loved how it prepped my skin before makeup application. Unfortunately, that excitement wore off when I noticed that I developed very bad acne because of it. The worst acne ever —- cystic acne. Ouch! I stopped using it ASAP. I wouldn’t recommend this skin care product to people with acne. From my own experience, it was a really bad idea to include it in my skin care routine. Never again.

*Read more on my experience here*

The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%, Day 1

The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%, Day 2

The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%, Day 3

2. The Oridnary Niacinamide 10% Zinc 1% High Strength-Vitamin + Mineral Blemish Formual

The Ordinary Niacinamide Zinc Serum
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% Zinc 1% Serum

I haven’t made an update on my experience with The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% Zinc 1% Serum yet. I didn’t stop after the first day of using it. I continued to use it. Here are my thoughts on it.

The first thing I noticed about this serum is that it’s good at controlling oil. I have a lot of that stuff. That was good thing. Besides that, I didn’t notice anything else beneficial. I had to stop using it halfway through the month. I noticed that my skin started to react negatively to it. Yup! Clogged pores. I won’t repurchase it because of this. Yes, guys. Another The Ordinary skin care product down. Onto the next!

*Read more on my experience here*

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% Zinc 1% Serum, Day 1

3. The Ordinary AHA 3% BHA 2% Peeling Solution

The Ordinary AHA 3% BHA 2% Peeling Solution
The Ordinary AHA 3% BHA 2% Peeling Solution

Here’s my experience on the last The Ordinary skin care product. The Ordinary AHA 30% BHA 2% Peeling Solution is different from the other two. With the Peeling Solution, I don’t leave it on my skin overnight. I leave it on my skin for only 10 minutes then wash it off afterwards. It is a 10 minute exfoliating facial. Fortunately, I haven’t had any negative reactions to it, but I’m not sure if it’s working or not. I haven’t noticed any positive results in my skin. It doesn’t burn or irritate my skin at all. I use it twice a week as recommended too. Hmm, I’ll continue to use it. I’m happy that it hasn’t caused my skin to breakout. This is the only The Ordinary skin care product that hasn’t broken me out. I’m still on the fence about it. We’ll see what happens. I’ll make an update when I’m at least halfway through the bottle.

*Read more on my experience here*

The Ordinary AHA 30% BHA 2% Peeling Solution, First Night

Have you used The Ordinary skin care products before? Share your experience. 🙂

© Jennifer Nguyen