Review of Ben Nye Color Cake Foundation by maraschino_cherry
This is the best looking foundation I have ever used. It has better coverage than most of my concealers even, yet applies thinly and doesn't look thick. I got mine in Cine Light Beige which is a shade or two darker than my skin tone when applied, but I can usually get away with it.
How I apply it is I squeeze a fair amount of water from a dropper bottle directly into the pan. Then I rub a latex sponge on the cake, mixing it with the water, adding more water if needed. I then wipe and then stipple it on in a fast patting motion. I then gather more product and repeat the process until my face is as covered as I want it.
I love that you can build this foundation, to create as thick a coverage as you want. I seriously think that I will be using this for a long time, as the cake is so hard that you hardly use much each time - and you don't even need much to make your face completely covered and flawless.
The one drawback is that this stuff breaks me out. Not heaps, but my skin is left with a rough texture after a night out wearing this. It definitely clogs your pores so you have to wash it off as soon as you get home. It does make your face feel kinda gunky and clogged after a while if you're oily-skinned like me. However, regular good skincare can counteract this. Just make sure you wash your face every night, tone just to be sure your pores are completely clear, and exfoliate now and then.
The packaging could do with being a bit more travel-friendly, as the twist off lid comes off to easily. But it was made for being carried in large makeup artist cases and doesn't need to be makeup-bag compatible.
Even though this foundation clogs my pores and doesn't feel very good for my skin, the result is the best I've ever found and I'm gonna give this a 5/5 on these grounds alone.
UPDATE 09: I don't use this as my going-out foundation anymore because I break out so easily and don't like putting on more face makeup than I need to. The high-coverage looks nice but these days I try to stick to lighter foundations that don't clog the pores as badly. If I did use this again, I wouldn't use it with as heavy a hand as I used to!