This is my HG foundation. I typically don't wear make-up, or wear very light makeup during the day, so I wear this foundation when I go out at night. My skin is fair and dry, and breaks out fairly easily. Pros: -COVERAGE: This stuff is heavy duty. First coat is medium coverage on it's own and you can build it until it is a very full coverage. I didn't even need to use concealer on my blemishes or under my eyes. It is truly amazing. -FINISH: It is a velvety finish. Not matte but not dewy either. Just a nice natural skin finish. Also, made my pores completely invisible. -SPF 20: SPF is very important to me in absolutely all of my face products and I am so pleased that this one has a decently high one. No white cast and doesn't sting. -STAYING POWER: It lasts, and lasts, and lasts. My foundation was perfect all day and did not budge at all. The only problem I have found with this is that it is a bit of a battle of will when removing it. But if you have a good, deep cleanser and/or exfoliator you should be just fine (just use a toner afterwards and you will see if you missed any on the cotton pad). PACKAGING: It has a pump. Need I say more?! Cons: - Can be a little bit drying. But mind you my skin is VERY dry in the winter. I don't get flaky, tight or irritateted when I wear this stuff, it's more of just a dry feeling to the skin. Nothing uncomfortable (oily skin people might have some luck with this foundation). - Possible breakouts. I slept over at my boyfriend's and I hadn't come prepared with my arsenal of make-up removing agents and cleansers so I ended up sleeping in it. I woke up with a small breakout on my forehead. Which I expected. My skin breaks out easily so it was dumb of me to have done that anyways. Since then (about 4 days ago) the breakouts are gone and I have still been using the foundation and haven't had any new breakouts. - Price: This is a fairly expensive for a drugstore foundation (I got mine for 15.99 on sale. I'm from Canada). Though I have to admit, I don't think of this foundation as a drugstore brand simply because it acts like a high-end foundation! So for a "high-end foundation", I don't think the price is all that bad. Honestly, this stuff is amazing. I have tried A LOT of foundations and I have finally found one that is easily accessible, and affordable. Holy Grail Status.
BB Cream -Maybelline - Dream Fresh 8-in-1 BB Cream
reasontosmile 11/13/2012 10:48:00 PM
My skin is very fair, dry, and prone to breakouts. Pros: -hydrating (I don't skip my moisturizer but this stuff feels like I'm drenching my skin in cool moisture) - coverage (light, but more than a tinted moisturizer. I wear it to the gym a lot and it covers my redness). Can also build the coverage without it looking cakey, which is a plus. - staying power (with a setting powder this stuff will stay as long as a normal light-medium foundation) - SPF 30. This means A LOT to me. This is one of the highest SPF's in a BB cream and IS the highest in a drugstore BB. - Does not break me out. I don't wear it every day but I will sometimes wear it a few days in a row and I always wear it to the gym and I have had no issues with it breaking me out at all. - Finish. A lovely dewy (but still looks like skin, not a shiny mess of foundation) finish. Makes my skin glow which I absolutely adore. -Comes in 5 shades which is a decent array for a drugstore BB cream. Only thing I would say is that they are mostly fair-light tan so if you're skin is very deep in colour I don't think you'll find the deep shade exactly right. But definitely worth a swatch. -Price: 8.99-11.99 depending on where you are from (I am from Canada and got mine for 11.99). Very decent in comparison to other drugstore BB creams. CONS: The only con I can think of is that it is a small bottle for what you pay for. However I don't wear mine everyday (more like 3-4x a week) and I've had mine for over 2 months. So it does even out. I truly do like this BB cream. And for the price, I don't feel like I will be breaking the bank whenever I run out.