Beauty Smackdown: Foundation


It is so difficult to find the perfect foundation, especially for women of color. So many don’t come in the right shades, are too thick, not enough coverage or cause breakouts.  Needless to say, finding the best match can be daunting. To help you with your search, we’ve put two full coverage foundations head to head in this week’s Beauty Smackdown.

Contestant #1: MAC Studio Fix
Studio Fix by MAC is a powder makeup that goes on with as much coverage as a cream foundation. It comes with a sponge that applies the color smoothly and evenly. Some people like to use a brush instead for lighter coverage. One thing to note is that it usually looks lighter than your skin shade when it first is applied, but once it settles and mixes with your skin’s natural oils, it darkens a bit (so don’t be worried if it looks pasty when you first put it on). MAC Studio Fix comes in 33 shades with nine being for darker complexions.

Pros: The color was close to my skin color, the sponge blended in the foundation well, worked well on my sensitive skin, and one container lasts 6 months (with everyday wear).

Cons: Though it was a powder, it did not control my oily t-zone and it also settled into my creases after a while.

Color Quality: 3.5 out of 5
Coverage: 4.5 out of 5
Length of Wear: 3.5 out of 5
Kindness to Skin: 3.5 out of 5
Price: $26 for .52 oz

Contestant #2: Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation
HD Invisible Cover Foundation by Make Up For Ever was created to suit professional use on HD film and, according to Sephora.com, “covers skin imperfections flawlessly while remaining invisible on-screen and in real life.” The foundation comes in liquid form and though it is full coverage, it feels light to the skin. It comes in a pump and is best applied by a brush (though, truth be told, I sometimes use my fingers). The foundation has a good color selection since it comes in 25 shades with 12 being for darker complexions. Not only are the shades based on skin color, they are also based on undertone so you can truly match you skin.

Pros: Looked natural, full coverage without feeling heavy, worked well on my sensitive skin and excellent color selection.

Cons: Didn’t completely control the oily t-zone and more expensive up front (though per oz cost is less than MAC).

Color Quality: 4.5 out of 5
Coverage: 4 out of 5
Length of Wear: 3.5 out of 5
Kindness to Skin: 4 out of 5
Price: $40 for 1.01 oz.

Winner: Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation

Have you tried either of these? If so, what did you like/dislike? Also, what are your favorite foundations?

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