Too Faced Born This Way Foundation Review - Is it actually "Flawless"?
Makeup Review: Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
The Too Faced Born This Way foundation ($57AUD and 30ml) is an oil-free foundation infused with coconut water. My shade is Nude and has neutral undertones and my skin is normally a combination of dry and oily areas. Too Faced is a medium to full coverage foundation, although I think it's great for light coverage described as "Diffusing the line between makeup and skin".
It is a good medium coverage but not as build-able as I expected. It isn't easy to layer the foundation without moving the layer already applied but it didn't dramatically chage how the foundation looked. I find the coverage to be much better when applying more product to begin with rather than applying layers after one another. The thin consistency is definitely breathable and easy to wear as an everyday foundation. I think it's great that there are 18 shades available too, but some lighter shades might need to mix with lightening drops from The Body Shop, Nyx or Australis to achieve an exact shade.
Moisturising and exfoliating is an important part of wearing foundation, I find that imperfections could go slightly darker where the foundation had built up on any uneven skin. I applied around two and a half layers with a setting powder to create an unblemished face, lasting around 6 hours.
I found that this foundation worked really well on my clear and unblemished skin for a really nice healthy glow and a medium to light coverage with one layer. I could build up a fuller coverage pretty easily even though the foundation was slightly sticky and tacky. I don't think this works too well on my dryer areas or uneven skin.
The foundation felt tacky after my original application, but I loved that it was light and breathable throughout the day. I found my imperfections and blemishes weren't completely disguised after a single layer, and two layers or just applying more product worked much better for my blemishes. Wearing around two layers all day, the foundation eventually sunk slightly into my pores towards the end of the day and gathered around my smile lines and on my forehead. It did wear off throughout the day without a setting spray. Perhaps a different primer might show different results though! I used the foundation with and without the Mecca Primer and I will be trying with a Smashbox primer soon.
I love this foundation for shorter periods of time, probably maximum 6 hours. It's beautiful as a dewy look and easy to blend contouring and highlighter into. I find some foundations wipe off or build up while I'm applying other layers and the Born This Way foundation didn't do this as much as others, but it definitely made it a little bit harder to layer as it was tacky on the initial application.
But how did I apply it?
Above are the products I have used along with the Too Faced Born This Way foundation, often I will wear a translucent powder to see how the foundation held up on its own. I find that a powder with coverage completed the flawless look and smoothed blemishes just a little bit more though!
What about a beauty blender?
I made sure I tested a damp beauty blender with the Born This Way foundation. I found that the foundations thin consistency allowed it to disappear into the sponge. I was using much more product than needed with a brush!
I love using the 'Toothbrush' makeup brushes, I could spread the product so much more evenly while keeping my layers thin and breathable! I think the thin consistency works better with a brush for sure.
- Brushes: eBay. I have also used Sigma kabuki brush with this product, unfortunately I didn't see much difference between the high end brush application and the eBay brushes. I think this is because the foundation sets tacky and doesn't appear streaky.
Urban Decay de-slick Makeup Setting Spray (New packaging)
- Australis Fresh and Flawless Pressed Powder (Applied with powder brush)
The Final Verdict:
Overall, I do like this foundation. I would definitely choose it over any of my drugstore foundations, especially for a dewy look. When I wear this foundation it's definitely still a 'makeup look' and not as natural as I expected - Unless you have completely moisturised and exfoliated to start with!
I had a lot to say about this one, and I don't think it's cakey or suffocating to wear a few layers and it feels very lightweight. Coverage improved with more layers, and a good primer plus a setting spray always helps everything stay on a little longer!
I adore the packaging and pump bottle, it definitely stops me from wasting any of the product. I definitely wear this a few times a week, or sometimes for the entire week when I switch up my daily makeup routine.
This post is NOT sponsored and none of the items above are NOT gifted - This is an honest review about a purchase I personally made. Products are all used and tested over a 2 week period at a minimum. All opinions and reviews are honest and my own.
I am not a trained makeup artist, please test the products or ask for professional advice in store.