Archive of ‘Foundations and Powders’ category

I had the pleasure of reviewing a bronzing powder from Verhoeven Cosmetics, and being that I am always eager to share new or relative unknown cosmetic companies with everyone that have such huge potential; I am so happy to share this one with you guys because this is some high quality makeup.

Verhoeven Cosmetics was created by world renowned makeup artist Pieter Verhoeven. He has been in the industry for the past 15 years and started his career in Amsterdam. Being a makeup artist for many years, inspired him to create his own cosmetic line to inspire women and give them high quality products that last.

The entire line has tons of products to suit anyone, lipsticks, blushes, foundation & powder, eyebrow pencils and powders, concealers, eyeshadows, and more. In terms of pricing, it is comparative to MAC, $14 for a lipstick, $21 for their bronzing powder, etc. and the packaging and makeup definitely does not look or feel ‘cheap’. You can tell a lot of thought was put into the production of each piece, and even though I only reviewed one product, it was very pigmented; one swipe gave so much color. I will try to do a look with it soon!

Not to mention that the line is depicted by a V (V for Vanessa anyone?! LOL). I’d like to think that it was personalized for me in mind! Ha! 😉 But definitely check their site out!

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation & CG Lipstick

Hi dolls! So today I went to Target, originally to get laundry detergent and JUST laundry detergent, but of course my legs took me to the makeup section and I came home with laundry detergent…..and Maybelline’s Fit Me Foundation in “Natural Buff” (230) and CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in “Divine”. I am wearing both items in the pic above, and I posted a video talking a little more about them.

Now first off, let me start of by saying, I LOVE BOTH! I know it may be premature to love the foundation right away, since a fair test run for me is a few days/different environments/weather conditions, etc. but the coverage for a drugstore foundation???! It is AMAZING (at least in my opinion), and it was only like $6! Can’t beat that. I like it a lot better than Revlon foundations, for one, I absolutely hate the way Revlon makeup smells. It just bothers me so I can’t stand their foundations for very long. But the scent of the Maybelline Foundation is so light, and almost floral. If you are sensitive to scents and generally lean towards fragrance free makeup, check this out because it doesn’t have a strong smell at all.

I bought the shade Natural Buff (230) and it’s a tad bit dark on me, but nothing noticeable, if anything I kinda like it because it gives me a nice faux tan and I like that it sort of adds warmth. BUT this particular shade is a bit yellow, almost too yellow; but in the bottle it looks neutral, no yellow undertones. If anything my MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NC35 is way more yellow than the Maybelline Foundation but it looked a bit too yellow on me. So I think I will try a shade lighter just to compare. But I definitely want to keep this one for when I get a bit darker in the summer, and because I can always lighten it up a bit by thinning it out with a mixing medium or mixing it with another foundation.

See how it’s a smidge darker but sorta gives warmth?
Natural Light:

Messy side bun:

Next up- is the CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in “Divine” and it’s just that-divine! I love, love, love this lipstick! It totally stuck out to me when I was roaming down the aisle so I brought it home and so happy I did! I was a bit worried because they didn’t have any testers, so I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but it’s just a gorgeous berry color, these pics do not do it any justice! And I think it goes well with any complexion, any skintone- it’s just that amazing. I also provided similar purplish pink lipstick swatches for comparison. I’d say it closest to MAC lipstick in “Up the Amp”…but like 2 times cheaper!

Product Review: Sonia Kashuk Powder

Product: 5 out of 5
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Quality: 4 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5
Shade I bought: “Naked”
Where to buy: Target,
Price: $8.99
Would I buy again? Yes

*For ingredient information CLICK HERE.

What it is:
Sonia Kashuk’s Barely There is a loose powder makeup that comes in a jar with a sifter and powder puff. There are various shades (unfortunately I couldn’t find a full list of the shade colors since many of the shades are out of stock on

What I use it for: “Naked” is a translucent shade, similar to the MUFE HD Powder and MAC Pro Setting Powder (will review soon!) in the sense that it goes on invisibly to help set makeup. It looks like a pale peach or yellow in the jar, but it goes on clear. I use it under my eyes like shown in my makeup application steps post to help set my concealer under the eyes as well as providing a layer to help catch fallen eyeshadow that I can easily brush away.

– VERY affordable! Only $8.99 (could be less or a few dollars more in some places) but nonetheless it is MUCH cheaper as oppose to the MUFE HD Microfinish Powder which is $30, or the MAC Setting Powder (Pro) for $21.
– Works great at setting makeup just as good as other similar products.
– Has a cream/beige tint so it blends well with my skintone, even though it’s invisible like the MAC and MUFE powder, it definitely makes it even more flawless.
– Easily accessible if you have Target stores near you.
– Comes with a powder puff for touch ups, easy to travel with, no mess.

– None so far….

Overall: I like it, it’s a nice alternative to higher-end finishing/setting powders and I like how it’s easily accessible to me (at Target stores). I like that it also comes with a mini powder puff to blot away excess oil or for touch-ups. And in this economy, I LOVE the price!

Prod. Review: Dior Forever Liquid Foundation

I have had this for months and for some reason I totally forgot to do a review on it thinking I already did a review on this! LOL. Anyway, better late than never!

Product: 4 out of 5
Packaging: 4 out of 5
Quality: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5
Where to purchase? Sephora or any Dior Cosmetics Counter
Price: $44, 1 oz.
Shade I bought: Medium Beige
Would I buy again? Hell yes!

What they say:
DiorSkin Forever Extreme Wear Flawless Makeup SPF 25
Extreme wear for extreme beauty. This luxurious foundation stays flawlessly smooth and looks naturally perfect in any environment. With two unique innovations: an exclusive nano-stretch network inspired by nano-textile technology to insure makeup will fit like a second skin and a unique hydra-gel moisture-stabilizing system, Dior takes smoothing, wear, and comfort to the ultimate extreme of beauty. Non-transfer and waterproof.

Active ingredients: octinoxate (4%) and titanium dioxide (2.64%)

My experience with it: I love this foundation! I was interested in buying this foundation because for one, it has SPF25, which is a big plus, and because it claims to be waterproof and transfer proof (so the BF has no more dirty shirts LOL!) I tried the “Medium Beige” simply because my neck is darker than my face so of course I have to match with the shade of my neck, and also because it looks a lot better in photos for me to go a few shades darker to avoid that “ghost effect” where your face is super white. I wore it a few times already (I will do more FOTD’s with it) and I love it because it really lasts for me and OMG my face looks flawless and airbrushed with this baby on! The only thing I don’t like is the smell, it’s not bad or anything, but it’s a really strong perfume-y smell that you might expect to smell from an old lady! I don’t use it daily because for one, this costs $44, so it’s my “special occasion” foundation LOL, but I use it when I want that airbrushed look and I need something to last all day. Also to prevent breakouts I alternate and use my mineral foundation on a daily basis.

– Has SPF25
– Many shades to choose from
– Really lasts long, all day!
– Gives the most amazing flawless coverage without being overly heavy or cakey
– There’s enough in the bottle to last you a long time
– Definitely good for those with dry skin (like me!) but also great for those with all types of skin because it’s not

– I am not too fond of the smell, it’s a strong perfume smell that’s a bit overpowering for me
– The pump (which is why I docked a star!), the spout is too small and short so when you dispense it some of the product falls back on the bottle which can be a waste of product (and at $44 a pop you don’t want to waste a drop!) I wish they had it protrude out a bit more like other liquid foundation pumps to ensure that it pumps out as much as you need.
– The price, it’s a bit steep I know, but totally worth it since it gives you amazing coverage, it lasts all day, and has SPF25.
– Consistent use may cause breakouts depending on how sensitive you are to liquid foundations in general, I know if I were to use this daily a pimple will pop up outta nowhere…

So how does it compare to the MUFE HD Foundation? I love them both to be honest, they both give amazing coverage and they both work well for photoshoots and where longer lasting wear is needed. However the Dior foundation doesn’t rub off and it feels like you have nothing on since it goes on somewhat thin where you don’t feel cakey (not like the MUFE makes you feel that way) but to me the Dior foundation lasts longer than the MUFE Foundation…

Overall? This is my favorite liquid foundation (although MUFE is right up there as well!) I love how my flawless my face looks with it on because it hides any blemishes or discolorations. It feels light and non-sticky and worth every penny!

FOTD using the Dior Forever Skin Liquid Foundation:

Product Review: Revlon ColorStay Active Light Makeup & Red Devil/Coral Polyp FOTD

So as you know, I’ve been going to the gym lately and of course when you are at the gym- you sweat like a pig. Since I go during my lunch, I often have some makeup on when I go to the gym which of course is all gone after the gym, but I usually put on a bit of makeup for work since we need to be somewhat “presentable” (usually foundation and eyeliner); so I was looking into sweat-proof and rub-proof foundations that I could wear to work AND the gym, and STILL look decent despite the fact I was sweating like crazy!

I read on a few sites that many women recommended Revlon’s ColorStay Active Light Makeup because not only does it have SPF25, but gives you light, sweatproof coverage that is breathable and won’t rub off after you exercise. What really sold me, was there were MANY reviews from women who have sensitive skin (which is me) that said they did not experience any breakouts or anything of that nature from using it. So I headed to Wal-Mart after work to nab one to truly test it out….

Product: 3 out of 5
Packaging: 4 out of 5
Quality: 3.5 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5
Color tested: “Buff”
Cost: $10-$12
Where to buy: Majority of drugstores have it
Would I re-purchase? Yes but in another color, buff was a tad bit too light in pictures and in person, so maybe the next shade down which was “Sand Beige” or “Nude”, or perhaps by the darker shade and just mix them together…
Other tidbits: It is oil-free, non-pore clogging, non-irritating (according to the package), and unfortunately has parabens.

What they claim:
Tired of your makeup giving out before you do? Revlon has the solution – A light, sweatproof makeup that can keep up with you. ColorStay Active® Light Makeup provides smooth, natural, light coverage that lasts up to 16 hours. Patented SoftFlex® formula provides a lightweight, comfortable feel. Makeup is sweat proof, sun proof, and rub-off proof*, even during exercise. Designed for all skin types in 10 just-won’t-quit shades. Oil-free. Non-pore-clogging. Non-irritating. SPF 25.

Active Ingredients:
Octinoxate (7. 5%), Titanium Dioxide 3. 8%, Zinc Oxide 2. 1%.
Inactive Ingredients:
Aqua (Water), Cyclomethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Isotridecyl Isononanoate, Cetyl PEG/PPG 10/1 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl 4 Isostearate, Dimethicone, HDI/Trimethol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polyglyceryl 3 Diisostearate, Magnesium Sulfate, Nylon 12, Alumina, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Vitis Vinifera Seed Extract (Grape), Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Malva Sylvestris Extract (Mallow), Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract (Lily), Lactobacillus/Eridictyon Californicum Ferment Extract, Cymbidium Grandiflorum Flower Extract, Serica (Silk), Trisiloxane, Lauric Acid, Trihydroxystearin, Tribehenin, Polydimethylsiloxane/Polymethysilesquioxane Copolymer, Methicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Aluminum Hydroxide, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Methoxy Amodimethicone/Silsequioxane Copolymer, Silica, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, Ethylene Brassylate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499).

Today was the first day I have worn it, but so far so good, of course if there happens to be a turn for the worse I will let y’all know, but I can usually “feel” ahead of time if something will work for me or not, and so far this seems to be pretty cool.

So my initial observation with it, was that it’s sheer yet gives just the perfect amount of coverage without being heavy. Upon application, I noticed it’s not as “runny” as many liquid foundations, but it’s not as thick either, so it’s sorta thick in the sense that it stays on your face, but not thick to where it looks or even feels cakey. I applied it with my Beauty Blender Sponge for a nice even look and then used a little bit of the finishing powder to set that sis Shen gave me for Christmas from Ellana Minerals. So the first pic is BEFORE the gym, freshly applied (as you can see “Buff” was way too light for me in pictures, but in person it was an okay match to where you can barely tell it was light), and the picture below is after the gym. I also used the “Coral Polyp” lipstick from the Dame Edna Collection and “Red Devil” lipglass from the Brunette, Blonde, and Redhead Collection.

– Didn’t cause me to be itchy or break out which is usually the case within 10 minutes a product is on my face that my skin is sensitive to
– Has SPF 25
– No weird funky smell like Revlon’s older liquid foundations that had a weird smell
– Affordable (especially in this crazy economy!) & Easy to find
– Stayed on pretty well for the majority of the day until I went to the gym
– Had some rub-off protection (I wiped my sweaty face with my towel and didn’t notice any transfer of color on my towel)
– Small enough to stash in your purse or makeup bag

– After the gym, it didn’t look even remotely in tact or as good as it did BEFORE I went to the gym, probably less than half of it was still on my face…as if it just evaporated!

You would like this if:
You are just looking for something affordable that will stay on for most of the day, or if you do light workouts and don’t sweat a lot and just need something to hold you over.

It wasn’t a bad product for me, since almost all drugstore foundations set my face into an aggravated frenzy! So I was happy in the sense that my skin was liking this baby and on top of that, it gave amazing coverage, didn’t have a funky smell, and of course it has SPF 25! That’s why I would definitely be open to buying it again, but just in a different shade so it matches better.

What I used:

– MAC StudioFinish Concealer in NC30
– Revlon ColorStay Active Light Makeup in “Buff”
– Finishing Powder Ellana Minerals in “Espresso Con Panna”

– MAC Fafi Blush in “Hipness”
– MAC Blush in “Nuance”

– NYX single eyeshadow in “Golden Orange” (applied on the lower half of the lid with a sponge tip applicator)
– MAC e/s in “Patina” and Milani “Java Bean” e/s (on outer-V and contour, applied with MAC #226 brush)
– MAC Fluidline in “Blacktrack”
– Maybelline Lash Discovery Mascara in Black

– MAC “Coral Polyp” l/s from the Dame Edna Collection
– MAC “Red Devil” l/g from Brunette, Blonde, and Redhead Collection

Looking tore up from the floor up! But damn it feels good to work out and sweat it out!

Product Review: MUFE HD Invisible Cover Foundation

Product: 4 out of 5
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Quality: 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5
Price: $40, Sephora
Shade Purchased: #127 (Dark Sand)
Would I buy again? Yes!

***My next post WILL show the MUFE foundation as that is what I am using!***

What it is:
An oil-free medium-to-full-coverage liquid foundation that covers skin imperfections flawlessly while remaining invisible on-screen and in real life.

What it does:
Creates a soft-focus effect, designed to meet the coverage concerns of those in the spotlight. It creates a complexion that looks flawless, even in bright or harsh lighting.

What else you need to know:
This Sephora-exclusive foundation comes in 25 different shades to suit all skintones

-Relipidium: Moisturizes the skin (+46% after 4h).
-Fucogel: Forms a microfilm that prevents dehydration and protects against external aggression.
-Sericite: Enables rays of light to spread more widely, intensifying the radiance of the complexion.

Aqua, Cyclopentasiloxane, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Mica, talc, PEG-10 Dimenthicone, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Phenyl, Trimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Lauroyl Lysine, Dimenthicone Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Caprylate, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sodium Myristoyl Glutamate, Cyclohexacyloxane, Methylisothiazolinone, Sorbitan Sesquileate, Silver Oxide, Propylene, Carbonate, Parfum (fragrance), Methylparaben, Fagus Sylvatica Extract (Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract), Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, [+/- CI 77891 )titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides).

Prelude: I had to give this foundation a spin since I am always on the lookout for a flawless foundation. (I also love MUFE’s HD Powder!) It had so many great reviews and I love MUFE by default, so I definitely had to test this out even though I hate liquid foundations because they tend to break me out, but I don’t need too much coverage to begin with so mineral foundations are still my weapon of choice. :)

– Goes on nicely, easy to blend. Does give a nice flawless finish, almost like an airbrushed look, no shine. Definitely great for photoshoots!
– They give you a lot of product, and a little goes a long way so you don’t need a lot to cover your entire face. Just a couple dots and blend with either a sponge or a foundation brush and that’s it!
– The bottle is cute and it’s easy to travel with
– No weird funky obvious smell
– Lasts a long time (at least for me but I have dry skin)
– Can be used by itself or under mineral foundation for a more airbrushed look or to set. Or you can use MUFE HD Powder (the white one) over this to set.
– Finally a liquid foundation that matches me perfectly!

– May be a bit pricey for some of you, but it lasts a long time, I’ve been using mine for about 3 months now and it still looks like I haven’t touched it!
– I started to break out a bit but I cannot pinpoint whether this foundation was the cause of it or it was in addition to something else (such as a new skin regimen or primer, etc), I have used it by itself and as well as along with my mineral foundation OVER it recently, and have not broken out, so it may just have been something else

Overall? This is a pretty remarkable foundation. It’s easy to see why many industry professionals use MUFE, especially TV news anchors and the like. It doesn’t give a “whitish cast” on camera and really blends well with your skin for a natural and flawless finish. It’s like you are not even wearing any makeup! I also like how there are a TON of shades to choose from and you most likely will find one that matches you. The price is a bit steep considering I pay less than half of that for my mineral foundation, BUT it lasts you a really long time and the results make it worth it!

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