A look into beauty, that doesn't harm our furry friends
Before you go off thinking I’ve robbed Sephora of their samples, hear me out! I promise you these were all given to me, in order to find out what my next foundation will be. Unfortunately my skin has lightened up comparison to what I was wearing in Hong Kong, and my Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in 52-Vanilla is a tad dark for me now (8/14 update- Bourjois is not cruelty free). If I really wanted to get away with it I could, but the perfectionist in me popped up and wanted to search for my new perfect liquid foundation. (As for powder foundation, my Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation is still #1). So off to Sephora I frolicked, and perused the options I had. Mind you, these samples were collected in 3 different trips, as I was a girl on a mission!
Attempt #1: I realized I had a small sample of Nar’s Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF30, in the shade Alaska. The website describes this as “light with a neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones”, yet this came off COMPLETELY dark on my skin. I didn’t even try to wear this to see how the product felt, it immediately came off with a handy-dandy makeup removing wipe.
Attempt #2: I visited Sephora and looked at the options in Tarte’s liquid foundation. I’ve tried the BB cream before, but it felt a little heavy/silicone-y on the skin, and I was curious for something new. So I was left with their Amazonian Clay 12-hour Coverage Foundation with SPF15 in the shade Fair Beige. Odd that this was the color I was suggested. Once I applied it on at home, it was absolutely too light for me- I looked like a ghost! Initially the product itself felt nice on my skin and gave decent coverage, but I mindlessly reached for a makeup removing wipe again and tried to erase the scary ghost-version of myself from my memory.
Attempt #3: With even more determination, I approached a sales associate and asked for their suggestion on what foundation I could try that wouldn’t be crazy on my hormonal acne and was cruelty free. She saw my interest in Bite Beauty before we got into talking about foundations, and suggested Hourglass to me. I only thought Hourglass was known for their powders, but then I started remembering everyone loving the primer they have. After getting a summary of the line, she suggested the Veil Fluid Makeup Oil Free Broad Spectrum SPF15 foundation in “Shell”. This specific product doesn’t use any parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, or phthalates. It’s closer to being a “green”, natural product than I realized, which is a route I see myself taking steps towards. When I tried this on at home, the color was a decent match, and it felt fine on the skin. She also gave me a sample of their newer product, the Immaculate foundation (full title: Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil Free). This foundation is free of parabens and phthalates, but it doesn’t say anything about synthetic fragrance or sulfates, so just keep that in mind. Unlike the Veil Fluid, the Immaculate foundation is targeted to those with oily/acne prone skin. I wasn’t sure if this would be the foundation for me, but it makes a ton of claims, one being “.. incorporates cashmere kaolinite clay, which offers exceptional oil absorption—absorbing 75 percent of its weight in sebum while retaining the skin’s natural moisture. The oil-free, humidity-proof, and water-resistant formula transforms instantly from liquid to powder creating an all-day finish that camouflages imperfections and never looks dull or flat.”. How can I pass up something that can say all of that?? However, when I sampled this product at home, the color I had was completely off for me. Plus, the consistency seemed really weird, which leads me to my next visit..
Attempt #4: On this visit, I explained to the associate helping me that my sample of the Immaculate foundation seemed a bit off, which then I was told the Immaculate foundation cannot be put into sample containers! Sales associates were supposedly taught during training that the Immaculate foundation comes in a special container that can keep the product in tact. Blar! So I asked if I could have the foundation matched and applied in the store, which was easy-peasy. The color looked dead-on for me too, even when we walked out the store to look in normal day light. However, I do find that sometimes when associated apply makeup on for me, I tend to look a little cakey. He did do the whole 9 yards though, making sure I was touched up with concealer too, which he gladly put some of the Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer in “Fair” in a sample container for me too. Yes, that’s right, a solid concealer was still able to be put into a sample container for me to try out! Color me impressed with all of the products you can get as samples from Sephora!
So in short, yes, I visited my local Sephora -4- times to figure out a match for my base. To some, that probably seems insane and a complete waste of time. To others, they might notice that with a base there is bound to be a lot of trial and error. It’s all a learning process when it comes to foundations, don’t be put off if you don’t find your perfect match immediately. When at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! Plus, thanks to all the practice, I’ve learned what to look for in trying to match my skin tone. Hopefully with this new knowledge under my belt, I can go into finding new foundations a little easier. If you’re curious about which one I went with, I’ll be mentioning it in an upcoming post, so stay tuned! ❤