FIRST IMPRESSIONS: 5 DAYS OF 5 FOUNDATIONS #2

ROLLY Mag

In October I posted my First Impressions: 5 Days of 5 Foundations! I have also done one on mascaras. 

It’s a great way to encourage me to 

  • try out lots of different products in my collection
  • Make content 
  • And give rapid reviews!  

For reference, my skin concerns are redness, texture and acne/acne scarring. 

I tend to wear light coverage, glowy bases.

And I have combination skin. 

These are all reviews after only one day of wear… so not my final reviews but a good starting point if you’re similar to me and want to know what’s worth a try! 

I have also tried to include a mixture of reviews from other bloggers!

When I reference my blending brush, I use this one.

And my beauty sponge is this one.

Bourjois BB Cream in 01 Light 

I have the shade ‘light’ (there are only 3 shades in the range, booo). I was worried it would be too dark for me, and whilst it’s not my perfect match, it is definitely wearable. If you are any fairer than me, I wouldn’t recommend this. 

I first applied it with a brush and enjoyed that application. It is quite glowy, and did a good job at covering up redness but blemishes still came through. It didn’t quite last all day, I would say it gave about 5-6 hours of wear. Keep in mind I didn’t set it either. I did however, enjoy how it wore. For me, it looked it’s best after 2-3 hours of wear. I can definitely see myself incorporating this into my routine more often.  It’s perfect for a little bit of no-fuss coverage. 

Be mindful of the strong scent.

IC x Beauty review and first impressions

Ere Perez Oat Milk Foundation in Latte 

You know when you get a new car, and you start seeing it everywhere? That’s kind of how I feel about EP. I got a few of their products in the Vital + Pharmacy Supplies sale, and then was sent a few products in PR. And now I’m seeing them all of my feed! After a bunch of bloggers said they loved the foundation – see here and here- I decided to buy it for myself. 

I got the lightest shade ‘latte’, which is a little bit too light for me. So already not a massive fan of the shade match. However, the brand has recently bought out two new shades, with a promise to keep developing. 

The founder of EP herself recommends using your hands to apply the fountain. So that’s what I did. I agree that this is a really good application technique for this foundation. I did use a beauty sponge to apply a second layer which worked okay. 

It is definitely medium, buildable coverage. It looked pretty good overall but did cling to dry patches and a few breakouts I had. However, I found that the longer I wore the foundation, the better it looked. 

To be honest, I don’t really see the fuss about this foundation after just one use. Especially because – for ‘everyday’-  I tend to go for less coverage and something more glowy. 

This was quite high coverage (for me), semi-matte and not the right shade – so that was hard to look past.

I can imagine this could be a good foundation if you have oily skin or you like something with medium coverage. If this was my match, I think it would be the perfect ‘night out’ foundation. 

But as we know, I’m not a fan of mixing shades to get my perfect match. I want to be able to buy one shade and be done with it. 

Also, there is the issue that when you first squeeze the tube, heaps of air comes out and it significantly reduces the amount of product that appears to be in the tube. My friend @byamygee pointed this out and many other online reviews reflect this. Interesting… @showmetheglow compared this to chip packet! You still get the intended amount of product (or chips) but it’s a bit deflating (literally!)

This also has a strong scent.

Marisa Robinson Beauty review

On a Beauty Bender review

 MAC Face and Body in C1

I was a bit stressed because I ordered a Mac Face and Body foundation off Amuse Beauty, only using the Internet to help me pick a shade! 

I chose C1 because on the Mac Australia website it is described as “fair beige with neutral undertone for light skin.” I also used the foundation match tool in Adore Beauty and the site Findation. Both of these matched me to C1. 

I was tossing up between C1 and N1. I know someone online who uses N1 and they look to be the same skin tone-ish as me but the reason I didn’t choose that is because the Mac site describes it as “rosy beige with neutral undertone for light to medium skin.” All sounds good except I am not light to medium, I would say I’m fair to light. That’s the reason I didn’t choose that. However, in my research since purchasing, Temptalia describes C1 as for “very light or light skin tones with yellow, moderately yellow undertones.” And N1 they describe as for “very light to light skin tones with neutral undertones.”

However, when I tried this, it was clearly a VERY yellow undertone. 

I’m so disappointed and confused about how there could be such a discrepancy in the description. 

Nonetheless, I persisted and gave this a chance. The coverage is honestly so sheer that you could almost get away with the wrong shade match. BUt my neck is very pale so that was throwing everything off a bit. 

Instead, I used a bit of moisturiser to mix in with the foundation to tone it down a bit. 

I applied this was a buffing brush, and really blended it into the skin. I’ve heard that if you keep buffing, it builds coverage. 

I liked this application. 

The coverage is barely there, but buildable. I really liked how no fuss this was, it looked natural, like your skin but better, and it had a day-long wear time too. I was thoroughly impressed by this. 

Gossmakeupchat can give a better review and demo than I can…

I also didn’t expect the strong scent of this…

But basically, big fan!

Summertime Glows reviews

Max Factor Miracle Second Skin in 01 Fair

I was very excited to try this! It’s described as a ‘hybrid foundation for healthy-looking and visibly perfected skin.’

I used a damp beauty sponge to apply this and really liked it. This is my preferred type of application (I should probs mention this four foundations in lol) but I would be interested to see how this goes with fingers or a brush.

I would say this rings true to all the claims.

  • it is light weight
  • looks like second skin as in it’s very natural looking
  • luminous but not ‘wet glowy’

I think this would work nicely for dry skin types, which the foundation claims too. It also has skincare benefits but I honestly overlook that because I don’t look for that in a foundation. There isn’t a very big shade range, and whilst this was a close match, it definitely leans more yellow on me. It wore well, and honestly looked good straight away. That was something I didn’t find with the Bourjois or EP. Also I like the pump on this tube, that’s my fave type of packaging.

For an everyday look, I am obsessed. I think this is my fave so far.

Amy’s Chapter review

Auntie Haul review

Flower Light Illusion in Porcelain L1

This foundation is lucky last, and because I am so late to the party with this, I did have other people’s opinions swirling around in my head as I tried it.

I first used a wet beauty sponge to apply it but that was NOT the one.

So I went back in with my trusty makeup brush to blend it in.

The reason I hadn’t tried this sooner is because the shades all looked too yellow for me. And I was correct. However, I do think it is more wearable, unlike the Mco Beauty. And whilst it’s more wearable, I still don’t think I would wear it out of my house which is a shame.

As I was applying it, I thought it was a matte finish. However, as it sat on my skin it is definitely a natural finish, and I can understand the ‘luminous’ claim too.

It offers medium coverage, evens skin tone and imperfections. Yet, it felt super light and comfortable on the skin.

If I were to wear this IRL, I would definitely set it with some powder because it was quite glowy even upon first application.

Also, the packaging on this is just delightful!

Like many of this foundations, I enjoyed it, but I can’t look past the poor shade range. Sadness.

I wanted to mention too that I have the concealer from this range and really enjoy it.

OMG! As the day went it, this was getting so glowy. If you are oily, proceed with lots of caution! For these foundation trials I haven’t used primer or powder but I did end up setting my face after a few hours of wear because I had to leave my house and I knew wearing a mask this would just transfer immediately.

Blondee’s Beauty review

Emmies Beauty Life review

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First Impressions: 5 Days of 5 Foundations

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GUYS! This has been sitting my drafts since April… omg. But I’m working on the second instalments so figured should probably post this hey 😉

For reference, my skin type is combination x

Revlon Colour Stay: I’ve used this foundation once or twice before and don’t remember enjoying it all that much. But I gave it another shot. The colour 110 Ivory is perfect for me. I used a buffing brush to put the majority of the product on, and then added some more product to a wet beauty sponge to finish up around my eyes and nose. At first, I wasn’t overly happy with how it looked, but as it settled down, it gave quite a flawless look to the skin. I didn’t use a primer or setting powder (like I usually would) and I found this had disappeared off my face within about 6 hours. I’ll have to test it with both of those things, but otherwise I’m quite happy!

Maybelline Superstay: It claims to be a full coverage foundation and I agree it has the potential to do that. However, it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin- woo! I noticed it didn’t sit very well on the sides of my nose where my pores are the largest. So in future I will use a silicone primer in this area to help minimise the appearance for a more flawless finish. I used a wet Mco Beauty sponge and was really happy with how it applied. A light, matte finish. Unfortunately, it did oxidise a bit within about 2 hours of wear.

Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define: I applied this with a wet beauty sponge, and my first impression was how good the colour match was! Definitely has the ability to build up to full coverage. Didn’t emphasise my pores which is what I’m most impressed by! So far, this foundation has lasted the best out of the others I’ve tried this week. It has a light-matte finish. I also really like the large, doe foot applicator. I’ve never used a foundation like this before but think it’s potentially more practical than a pump. Really happy! I was gifted this by @katiescosmopolitan in our beauty swap!

Thin Lizzy Flawless Complexion: I’ve actually tried this before this week. I tested it out on my IG stories, after I bought it in the Priceline half price sale. It applied best with a wet beauty sponge, rather than a brush. It was beautiful and glowy on the skin, with buildable coverage. Initially, I had applied it as a medium coverage and didn’t set it. Because of this, it creased horrendously under my eyes! So next time I tried it at medium coverage, I set it and it lasted really well and the glow still came through. However, this week, I applied it 4 minutes before my uni Zoom class- lol. So I did very light coverage, applied with a wet beuaty sponge and I didn’t set it. I was so impressed with it! Evened out my skin tone and gave me a bit of glow. So nice!! So whilst my first impressions were a bit ‘meh’, I have really grown to love this foundation.

Revlon Candid Glow: This foundation is the one I’ve actually tested the best, because I wore it for about two weeks straight. I had a really busy period at work and so needed a streamlined and quick makeup routine. I liked using this foundation because I could apply it with my fingers, and it never really went wrong. The coverage is extremely light. It evens the appearance of your skin tone but it certainly doesn’t do much more than that. Blemishes and coloured spots still come through. But, that does make for a very natural finish which I don’t mind for an everyday basis. The foundation claims to ‘glow’…. if this is the glow formula I would hate to see the matte! Forget everything you associate with ‘glow’- dewy, fresh, glassy etc. Because you don’t get that. The best way I can describe this is a natural finish. Not a ‘natural glow’, but natural. I also didn’t find this lasted a whole day of wear. And another thing, yes I’ve been wearing it pretty consistently, but I seem to be going through it soooo quickly. It is a smaller packaging than other foundations on the market (only 22ml). So whilst I did keep reaching for it, and I enjoyed it, I’m not sure where I sit. If I could pick it up half price, then I think I would repurchase it because it’s an easy addition to my makeup routine, but nothing groundbreaking in comparisons to the other ones I tried this week.

Have you tried any of these foundations? What do you think?

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First Impressions: Peggy Sue Soaps

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I’ve shared these products on the gram before, but thought this Aussie brand deserved their own dedicated post!

Now, I do have this beautiful body shimmer but it’s discontinued so I won’t talk about that- sorry!

Lip Conditioner and Lip Exfoliant

Both of these are really lovely to use and come in such cute packaging! They would also make really cute gifts for someone, I’m thinking for Secret Santa particularly. Practical, but pretty!

The bamboo packaging is also reusable which is a major plus!

I would also love to try the tinted lip conditioner and recently the brand bought out a Glow Bundle – amazing!

For more, see Peggy Sue Soaps on IG and their website. and buy them from @theishallshop !

These products were PR Samples from Black Sixteen Agency with obligation to post (opinion my own) on IG but this blog post is under no obligation.

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