IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation and Brush
Retails for: $35 (brush additional)
Available at: http://www.itcosmetics.com
A dear friend of mine recently gifted me with IT Cosmetic’s Celebration Foundation. I absolutely love other products I’ve tried from this line, but I’ve never tried this. It’s a powder foundation in a compact that claims to be full coverage, talc free, absorbs oils and lasts all day without settling into fine lines and wrinkles. Plus it has a SPF of 50 and came with the most intriguing looking blending brush. I couldn’t wait to try this out!
PROS – Surprisingly enough, the shade my friend gave me was medium and it worked beautifully with my very fair skin. You couldn’t tell I was wearing a much deeper shade than I normally wear. It blends wonderfully, covered all my redness, imperfections and—most importantly – did not exaggerate my pores. It also stayed fresh for at least 8 hours. I have even worn it over a lighter serum foundation and BB cream as a setting powder and it didn’t look cakey or over powdered.
CONS – none that I can think of.
OMGosh, I LOVE this foundation! I’m most certainly adding the Celebration Foundation to the list of IT Cosmetic goodies that have found a place in this part of my galaxy!
Cover Girl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation
Retails for: $10
Available at: WalMart, Target, Walgreen’s, etc.
I haven’t bought a liquid Cover Girl foundation in decades. But when I saw their new one advertised and read all the (mostly) positive reviews all over social media, I figured I would give it a try. But now did it work out for me?
PROS Shade 710 Classic Ivory was the perfect shade for me. The bottle says it’s lightweight, full coverage, oil free with a SPF of 20. Seemed too good to be true for a CG foundation. However….I absolutely, positively loved this! Perfect for my crazy skin type, which present day can be so oily you can see me shine from the Milky Way, or so dry the Sahara looks comfortable to me. The coverage is flawless. It stayed fresh looking all day and did not change color or turn orange on me, as some drug store foundations tend to do. It covered all dark spots and other undesirable things that have no business on my face anymore. I did use a setting powder afterwards, but that is standard procedure with me. And it worked well with my Nars Creamy Concealer in Vanilla, so it plays well with others!
CONS I found it best to apply the product with a beauty sponge, as my foundation brushes left it looking streaky on my skin. A sponge just gave me more control with the product and gave a full coverage, but not “cake face” look.
Cover Girl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation will most certainly have a place in my rotation of both high end and drug store foundations. The Force is strong with this one! It’s a steal for $10 and has truly made me reconsider my opinion of the Cover Girl line.
e.l.f. AQUA BEAUTY PRIMER MIST
Retails for: $8
Available at: www.elfcosmetics.com or your local WalMart, Target, CVS
PROS This multi-use spray can be used as a makeup primer, setting spray, or as a refreshing pick me up throughout the day. Sometimes my skin does not respond well to multi-use products, but I love this one, especially as a primer. I spray just two pumps of the product into my hands and apply with a beauty blender or sponge. When used as a primer, I only have to apply it once. My makeup stays put all day, looks fresh, and – more importantly – there isn’t any shiny, mid-afternoon break though.
CONS The product is wonderful, the mechanics not so much. The mist is a bit “strong” to apply directly to my face as a setting or refreshing spray.
With the warmer, more humid weather coming, I expect to use this every day that I wear makeup! For $8 it’s well worth using your hands or sponge for a long lasting face full of makeup!