Average Rating 4.7/5
Review by paneradfisk
I went through my reviews and discovered to my horror that I hadn't reviewed my absolute favourite foundation!
SHADES and MY SKIN: I am very pale with slight yellow undertones (BEHOLD, other brands, one must NOT be pink because they are pale!) I am about NC10, I know that doesn't exist in MAC foundations, but NW10 does and it seems to work. My skin behaves better than ever and I only have occasional pimples and redness. My skin type is quite normal, not particularly oily, but a little dry on the cheeks.
I am most certainly impressed with Meow Cosmetics shade range. I bought this in the shade 1-Sleek Manx. I had never really found a spot on match in foundations before I met this foundation! (I have now also discovered that MUFE Mat Velvet in 15 Alabaster works, and NARS Sheer Glow in Siberia is good as well, just a bit too yellow and a tiny bit too dark. I have also tried all Shiseido foundations and their shade O00 is a good match for me.
Dark shades seem impossible to find, because of racism in the beauty industry, and pale shades (like my skin) are very hard to find because it's not very common to be so pale. Most brands choose to cater to the "most common" skin tones - in other words, the middle of the spectrum.
Meow Cosmetics shade range is huge, 86 shades. The shade I got is 1-Sleek Manx. Here I explain how it works:
Lightness/darkness: 0 Inquisitive - Very very light 1 Sleek - Very light (THIS IS THE ONE I GOT) 2 Frisky - Light 3 Naughty - Medium 4 Fierce - Medium/dark 5 Slinky - Dark 6 Independent - Very dark
Undertone (yellow/neutral/pink etc): Siamese - neutral Mau - warm Bengal - beige Sphynx - beige/pink/peach Chausie - cool pink Himalayan - warm pink Persian - peach Chartreux - peach/yellow Manx - yellow/peach (THIS IS THE ONE I GOT) Angora - yellow Korat - golden yellow Abyssinian - beige/yellow Ocicat - olive Looking at my samples, Mau is noticeably pink and darker than the other shades. Siamese is also noticeably pink but lighter than Mau. Abyssinian is yellow and a bit lighter than the other shades. Manx is also yellow but more yellow than Abyssinian.
So, my lightness is 1-Sleek and my undertone is Manx (yellow/peach), so the shade name is 1-Sleek Manx.
The undertone range is very confusing and a lot of the undertones are described in the same way, and honestly many of them look the same too. I ordered samples in all undertones - some were pink and some were yellow, but many of them were also almost identical and made no difference when put on the face. I recommend you to order samples in five different undertones - maybe Siamese, Chausie, Persian, Manx and Ocicat?
This is also a great choice if your skin is acne prone, since the ingredients are very gentle and it doesn't contain any irritants such as fragrance, bismuth or other stuff that they put in comedogenic foundations.
Sheer to light to medium. You will not be able to cover angry zitz with this, though Meow Cosmetics sell concealers. I have tried them and they offer much more coverage than one would expect from a mineral concealer. The foundation also makes my pores look much smaller and makes my face look smoother overall, no other foundation has ever done that. Other foundations have just COVERED if you know what I mean. The finish is natural/matte and can look powdery if you are dry. My advice is to use a face mist or my technique, described below.
TECHNIQUE: I use a kabuki brush when applying this, after moisturising. I don't use a primer with this foundation, as I don't feel any need at all. I spray water or a toner on the brush so it's damp, then I stipple my face with the foundation (I feel I get the most coverage that way), and when the brush is almost dry I buff. This way it looks more natural and not as powdery. You don't have to do that, but I recommend using a face mist afterwards, or just water.
LONGEVITY: This lasts longer than I expected without a primer. I get shiny after about 5 hours, when I usually get shiny after 3 hours even when I use a primer and long lasting matte foundation and powder. I don't know why that is. Even if I don't powder after 5 hours this looks better than any other foundation, it doesn't look like it's melting off but looks natural.
PRICE/SIZE/PACKAGING: They sell a huge jar of 3 oz for 29 dollars. Compare this to the horrible bismuth-filled BareMinerals foundation sold in 0.3 oz jars for 27 dollars. You do the math. Also, the lid is actually big enough so that you can fit your brush in it and swirl.
CONCLUSION: Mineral foundations are much faster and easier to use than any other kind of foundation, and this is the best of all mineral (and other) foundations. It makes my skin look smoother, my pores look smaller, is good for acne-prone skin, is vegan and not tested on animals, very cheap, comes in 86 shades, cover what I want and have cute jars and names. I will never betray this.