Today’s post is something a little different for me. I’ve always wanted to do makeup reviews but felt a little bit embarrassed about it? But here goes nothing.
So last week disaster struck and I hit the bottom of my L’Oreal True Match foundation. This foundation has been my holy grail for several years now. I have tried a multitude of alternatives over the years but always find myself returning to True Match; it’s coverage and longevity are pretty unbeatable for the price tag. However, over the last few months I have been trying to adopt a lifestyle that is as cruelty free as possible and to my utter despair, L’Oreal Paris are not a cruelty free company. As a result, a new foundation was needed and being a student on a budget, my options were limited.
After an hour or so traipsing around Superdrug and Boots, I decided to give KIKO a go as I am a devoted fan of their full coverage concealer and have also purchased many nail polishes and eye shadow pans from them over the last few years; none of which have ever let me down. This foundation costs £14.90 which is a little more than you could expect to pay for your standard foundation from Boots. But in my opinion, given that this foundation delivers, the price is 100% justifiable.
I was after a foundation that would give me medium to full coverage but with a natural finish. I prefer a stronger coverage in winter because as a general rule, my skin doesn’t seem to be a fan of winter and with the change of the seasons, I always seem to be greeted with blemishes and greater discolouration than usual. Having said this, there’s nothing I hate more than cakey foundation that just sits on top of the skin like a mask so I was aiming for a balance. Anyway, here is the foundation in question;
Like all of KIKO products, the packaging is plain black and similar to that of MAC or NARS packaging.
It comes in a frosted glass bottle with a pump top and you get the pretty standard 30ml of product for your £14.90.
This foundation comes in 14 shades and unsurprisingly, I wear the lightest shade. So this foundation claims to give a radiant and natural finish whilst evening out the skin tone and creating a flawless finish that lasts all day. And so far; it’s delivered. Having a foundation that lasts all day is really important to me as I’m not one for lugging round a makeup bag with me for mid-day touch ups. I just honestly can’t be bothered with the hassle. So the longevity of this foundation hasn’t gone amiss. As for the finish, I would agree that it’s both natural and radiant but more on the matte side than dewy although admittedly, you can’t really see this in pictures. As for the claims that it evens out complexion, this is one of the best features of the foundation for me. My skin is quite red and blotchy in places but this foundation does a pretty impressive job of concealing redness and smoothing out the appearance of my skin.
This is 1 pump of the foundation (and if we could look past my questionable fake tan hands, it would be appreciated). It’s a liquid foundation but it’s on the thicker side for a liquid which I personally quite like. You don’t feel like you’re rushing to apply your foundation before it runs off the back of your hand; an issue I have found with Bourjois Healthy Mix Gel Foundation. You could probably do your whole face with 1 pump but the cover would most definitely be sheerer. I use 2 pumps for my whole face and apply it with a beauty blender but I imagine if you used a foundation brush, you could achieve fuller coverage. That’s my only bug bare with beauty blenders; they absorb half of the product. But I will still probably continue to solely use one to apply my foundation till the day I die.
So excuse the awful picture which is currently making my skin crawl just little bit but here is half of my face done with the foundation. The left side, as you look at the screen has foundation and the other doesn’t. Even though the lighting isn’t great, you can see how my freckles are less visible on the left hand side and there’s hardly any redness around my cheek area.
Here, my whole face is completely covered using two pumps. Hopefully, you can see what I was talking about earlier when I said the finish is more matte than dewy. Admittedly, it looks a little strange seeing the foundation alone but hopefully you can see how good the coverage is without looking cakey or fake.
And then when you throw a bit of mascara, blush and highlighter into the mix, you end up with something like this! I feel like this foundation definitely looks more radiant once you’ve applied your whole face and paired it with other products.
So to finish, I can’t say that I really have a bad word to say about this foundation; I just hope it holds out as the wind gets colder and my skin gets drier!