Review of Ben Nye Color Cake Foundation by jitterbugdoll
This is a fantastic foundation with excellent coverage and finish, available in a wide range of colors and at a price that's easy on the wallet to boot.
As an extremely fair-skinned blonde (NW10, paler than Dita and one step above Casper) I find it almost impossible to find any foundations that come even remotely close to matching my skin tone. Those that appear as though they might be suitable often cake and oxidize orange within a short time of application. Certainly, the search for the perfect foundation has been a real thorn in my side for many, many years; a veritable obsession of mine, if you will.
For those who have trouble finding a color match, particularly those of us who are so pale that most cosmetic companies doubt our very existence, I highly recommend venturing into the realm of stage/pro makeup, as the available color range is considerably larger than that generally found in drugstore or high-end lines. For me, Ben Nye's Color Cake Foundation in Bisque melds perfectly with my skin, smoothing away imperfections and blending away the natural pink tones in my skin. Though my first instinct was to reach for the lightest shade available, it is important to note that this foundation looks much darker in the pan than it actually is; the colors all dry much lighter than you would initially suspect.
Application does take a bit of practice, but pancake makeup appears quite natural and not at all heavy as you might suspect. I prefer to use a flat foundation sponge, which I saturate with water and then wring out slightly. Swipe the sponge over the foundation several times, and then stipple over your face. Layer foundation over the areas that need extra coverage and then dust with loose powder, using a brush to buff the product into the skin. This is not a product that can be applied in a hurry, but the extra time spent on its application will leave you with a flawless, Old Hollywood style canvas. I highly recommend it and will definitely repurchase!
Edited 3/31/08 - I'm forever trying new products, as I have a serious makeup addiction. Even when something works very well, I still feel the urge to try the latest and greatest products on the market. And so, like everything else, I strayed away from this foundation. Not for any particular reason, though I was applying it a bit too heavily and so I wasn’t always thrilled with the finish. I just picked up another cake, this time in the color Geisha, a pink-based pale porcelain shade (for reference, I’d say that Bisque translates to an NC10, Geisha to NW10, and Ecru to NC10-15.) And I can’t figure out why I stopped using this stuff—it is fantastic. The shade range is superior, it lasts forever (even through a night of dancing) and it gives my skin a lovely, yet still natural, ‘done’ look. I've altered my application method as well; for day wear, a barely damped sponge picks up the perfect amount of product. A little dusting with translucent loose powder to blot down the shine it leaves, and that's it!