A foundation junkie finds a new high in flawless coverage
I’m constantly on the prowl for high performance foundations – we’re talking I own somewhere in the ballpark of 10 different kinds of foundations. Some are tinted moisturizers, some are classic liquid foundations, some are in mousse form, some cream, some are in pressed powder form, and some are loose minerals. All vary between the lightest of coverage, to coverage so full, you can’t even tell what my original skin even looks like.
All of the foundations in my collection are fabulous and I actually do use all of them, depending on the weather and condition of my complexion at the time. That being said, I’m always on the lookout for the “next best thing” and currently, my latest foundation love comes in the form of BECCA’s Radiant Skin Satin Finish Foundation.
Available in nice range of 18 shades, I tested this foundation in Shell, which is an exact match for my palest of the pale self – it’s a nice, neutral fair shade that’s not too yellow and not too pink. The box promises “A medium/buildable coverage foundation with antioxidant protection and a lightweight satin finish” and this luxuriously creamy foundation delivers exactly that.
After shaking the tube (as per instructions), I tried two different application methods, one using my clean fingers and the other using a cosmetic sponge. For the best coverage, finger-painting this on works best. If you’re looking for a more sheer coverage, stick to the sponge method. This product blended into my skin seamlessly whilst hiding away all of the random blotchiness that winter brings with it.
Once on my skin, the Radiant Skin Satin Finish Foundation ($42) felt like a richer version of a tinted moisturizer and looked like my own skin, but better. I couldn’t even tell I was wearing foundation, folks. If you are a fan of the no-makeup makeup look, this will be your Holy Grail.
The paraben-free formula gets its pigment from minerals and is silicone-based (think primer-like finish) and contains ingredients like Vitamin E to protect against free radicals and to promote moisture retention, and Ejitsu rose which promotes elasticity and radiance and reduces inflammation. The end result is a flawless finish that blurs fine lines, reduces redness, and balances skin – where you’re oily, you’ll be shine-free, where you’re dry, it’ll impart a dewy glow.
This was a pretty perfect formula for my temperamental combination skin. This tester enjoyed a shine-free and nearly pore-less appearance for 12 hours. That. Never. Happens. I usually require frequent blottings and touch-ups, but I found that this looked freshly applied hours past what is normal for me. Overall, I found this foundation to be pretty darn impressive.
• Balances skin like a champ. It softens dry skin and mattifies oily skin.
• Truly long wearing. This will easily get you through your day with minimal, if any touchups.
• Hides flaws while looking like you are wearing no makeup.
• My skin doesn’t seem to enjoy silicone-based foundations. I can’t wear most primers without a massive breakout. This foundation didn’t completely break me out like some other products I’ve tested, but I had a few new little spots every time I wore this. If you’re sensitive to the ‘cones, keep that in mind.
Readers – are you a foundation-aholic? Have you tried BECCA’s Radiant Skin Satin Finish Foundation?
Krista resides in the middle of nowhere with her bff/hubby, an obscenely big-eared dog, and a puppy that makes feral capuchins seem mellow. She has an irrational fear of ax murder, owns more than one machete for home defense/the zombie apocalypse, and goes to sleep serenaded by the sounds of the Chupagobbler, a mythical turkey beast that roams the woods around her house. She also has an obsessive love of Tom Selleck’s moustache that is, quite frankly, alarming.
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