Reviewing 16 Foundations and Concealers
Updated: May 26
Alright, as promised, here’s my foundation and concealer review! I have sooo many to talk about! I actually had a few more high end products than I expected, but I decided to add them anyway for my makeup lovers. This post is gonna be pretty long, so I’m just gonna get right into my skin explanation and then share my thoughts!
I have fought with acne since middle school. It’s been through so many phases. I’ve had ‘little’ acne, cystic acne, or no acne. - It changes very frequently. Sometimes I will have extremely clear skin without a single breakout, and then sometimes I will have a week where I have 3 or 4 huge breakouts. But, the one thing I know for sure, is that my skin is always much worse in the winter. Unfortunately, I am someone who literally can’t stand to look at acne on her face, so I have picked at it my entire life, and now I am left with scarring. So even when my face is clear (which it’s pretty good now), you can still see all of my scarring.
Additionally, I have extremely dry skin. If I don’t profusely moisturize every single day, my face literally peels off. (Sorry, I know it’s gross.. Just had to explain how bad it is.)
With that being said, I have to be extremely careful about the makeup products I use. Having dry and troubled skin makes it really easy for my makeup to look cakey! So here’s my advice..
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
Coverage: Medium/Full - Definitely full when multiple layers applied.
Notes: Good coverage, but doesn’t really help if you have raised acne bumps/marks. The formula is somewhat drying so you’ll look crusty if you put it over active acne. But, if you have naturally combination/oily skin with no major breakouts - I think this would be a great foundation for you.
Too Faced Born This Way Concealer
Notes: I didn’t like this at all, honestly. It dried out my skin wherever I used it. Even when I used it as an eyeshadow primer, it would make my eyeshadow patchy because it was so dry. Creased under my eyes and didn’t cover acne well at all because of its light coverage.
But, on the days where I wanted to do natural makeup (just concealer over my marks), it did pretty well if I profusely moisturized and applied primer before. I think this would be great for people without problematic skin who want a natural look.
Too Faced Dew You Fresh Glow Foundation
Finish: Extremely Dewy
Notes: One of the best foundations I’ve ever tried. Extremely dewey and hydrating when you first put it on - but if you have oily skin, you can definitely put powder over it and make it matte. (I still use the powder just to set it, even with my extremely dry skin.) This is one of the very few foundations that works extremely well with dry complexions. Hides imperfections well, doesn’t sink into skin, and can easily be mixed with other foundations.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation
Finish: Extremely Matte
Notes: I didn’t like this. Emphasized all of my pores, looked extremely cakey on dry skin, made my acne look terrible. It was full coverage on my non-problem areas, but the product seemed to disappear on the raised bumps. If you have oily skin, you will have much better luck with this.
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer
Link to Purchase: https://www.ulta.com/shape-tape-concealer?productId=xlsImpprod14251035
Notes: I really love the coverage of this concealer. The only issue that I have with it, is that it terribly creases under my eyes. On the positive side, I really love it as an eyeshadow primer and for acne coverage. Definitely cancels out discoloration.
Milani Conceal and Perfect Foundation
Link to Purchase: https://amzn.to/2xSrcM3
Notes: Beware, this is a thicker foundation.. So if you really hate the way that foundation feels on your face, I would probably avoid this one. But, this is great for troubled skin. It really does what it says.. Conceals all problematic areas and gives an overall gorgeous face. Amazing when I moisturized well and used a hydrating primer.
Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation
Link to Purchase: https://amzn.to/2YWMoM2
Finish: Extremely Matte
Notes: I bet this would be amazing for oily skin. Does really well at hiding imperfections, just extremely drying. I still need to try mixing this with an oil (or something) to see if I can get it to work for me. But to my oily skin girls, I seriously recommend trying this product!
LA Girl HD Pro Concealer
Link to Purchase: https://amzn.to/3bn2BN9
Notes: Covers acne pretty well and I really like the product. I just don't love the applicator. I always squeeze the product onto the back of my hand and use my sponge or brush instead of using the given one.
Wet n Wild Photofocus Foundation
Link to Purchase: https://amzn.to/2AcAjYK
Notes: Probably my second favorite foundation. So cheap but works super well. Not absolutely perfect at covering acne, but it doesn’t make it look cakey and gross. It leaves a very natural finish, like “your skin but better”. I just add a little bit of concealer before using it. I think they’ve also expanded their shade range in the last year or so.
Colourpop No Filter Concealer
Link to Purchase: https://colourpop.com/pages/search-results?q=no%20filter%20conceal
Notes: I think this is the dupe for the Tarte Shape Tape. It may have a little tiny bit less coverage, but it doesn’t crease as much or dry me out. Oxidizes a bit, but still good for the price.
Maybelline Dream Urban Cover Foundation
Link to Purchase: https://amzn.to/2xQOwtA
Notes: I really like this foundation until it sits on my face for about 30 minutes. It’s dewey, natural looking, and covers acne pretty well. But after half an hour, it sinks into every single pore and fine line on my face, and also gets more oily looking. At that point, I really don’t like it. If you don’t have large pores/acne/lines - I definitely recommend this.
Maybelline Fit Me Foundation
Link to Purchase (Dewy and Smooth): https://amzn.to/2AeHGPq
Link to Purchase (Matte and Poreless): https://amzn.to/2LxbOrX
Notes: I all around do not like this foundation. It doesn’t give the coverage that I need, sinks into pores, emphasizes dryness, gets super oily throughout the day, doesn’t mix well with my other products, and easily comes off. On the other hand, if I had clear and hydrated skin, I think I would really like it. It’s super natural looking. It’s just not for me.
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
Link to Purchase: https://amzn.to/3bodtu7
Notes: I love this concealer! I know, interesting.. Considering that I hate the foundation. Probably the best drugstore concealer. Doesn’t completely dry out my under eyes. It significantly helps covering acne and doesn’t dry it out or make it look cakey.
Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir
Link to Purchase: https://amzn.to/2LhzUqk
Notes: Another great drugstore foundation. Hydrating, covers everything well, and holds up throughout the day. My only complaint is that it oxidizes a bit, but I just buy a lighter shade.
L'oreal Infallible Foundation
Link to Purchase: https://amzn.to/3dCuLFm
Notes: This is a pure liquid foundation. I haven’t tried it too much on it’s own, but I really liked to mix it with the Too Faced Dew You Foundation. I think that it would probably sink into my pores if I didn’t mix the two - just because liquid foundations usually sink into my pores, but I liked it whenever I used it in a combination. I honestly need to try it out on it's own more. It does oxidize.
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer with SPF 50+
Notes: This is a tinted moisturizer, which is really good for summer makeup, especially with the SPF 50. I don't think the product is full coverage for active acne - but for scarring, I think it works well. If you want a little extra coverage and very natural makeup look, I think this would be great for you. If you have problematic skin, I don't recommend.. I think you should just stick with a foundation for the coverage.
Okay, I think that’s enough for now! I hope you guys liked my brutally honest opinions of these products. If you have any other review ideas - send them my way! Have a great weekend! :)
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