I finally got my hands on the HUDABEAUTY #FAUXFILTER Cream Foundation (My shade is always sold out). The very highly anticipated product from the Blogger turned Business woman whom I have been the longest follower and a great admirer. A great inspiration for all!
Ofcourse when it comes to HUDABEAUTY, the expectations are quite high in terms of packaging, formula and overall function. This specific product claims...
"a full-coverage velvety foundation,...that will give you a flawless long-lasting look in just one application."
I will try and organise this review as precise and clear as possible from my first impression, different methods of application and function.
As soon as I opened the box and removed the cap I saw the pump on the bottle ( a very hygienic and practical feature when it comes to foundation bottles). The pump dispenses a pea size amount each time. I personally think that it is the perfect amount to begin with and if needing more, I have full control.
Another feature I noticed is the plastic bottle packaging, once again a great feature as it avoids incidents of breaking (it's happened so many times with some of my favourite foundations, I can't bear the pain anymore)
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One thing is for certain, a little goes a long way with this product. I only needed two pumps to cover my whole face not needing to add another layer.
It's very full coverage although if I didn't blend it well, it does have the tendency to sit on the skin and give a cake like finish, so taking the time to blend the product was very helpful and affective.
Methods of Application
So I tried three different application methods to see which one is better at
1. Blending, 2. Losing minimum coverage as possible and 3. The final look at how it sits on the skin. (I didn't buy the brush that comes with it so I tried using my own brushes)
Method ONE - The Beauty Blender.
Like with any other foundation, I always use my beauty blender, I love it. I trust it, It's my favourite method. Same with this foundation, it applied the product seamlessly (I use the beauty blender dry because I feel like water interferes with the formula, personal preference). The beauty blender did suck up most of the product so I had to use 2-3 pumps but it made the foundation blend into my skin like it was my own. It did take longer to blend out but I feel like the end result was worth it and one idea in mind, because the sponge was dry, it didn't allow a thick layer to remain on my skin which I think it led to avoiding the cake like finish. That's what I felt, I could be wrong, Tell me what you think in the comments below!!
Method TWO - Flat Kabuki Brush
Definitely my least favourite method with this foundation. I don't know why but after using the brush, it left my skin feeling so dry and dehydrated, It's like the brush only applied the pigment and sucked up all the oils and hydration in the cream. It was such an odd and uncomfortable feeling. BUT I might have to admit it did give full coverage pay off. Didn't see a single blemish, scar or any imperfections. It was like the name, a filter over my skin.
Method THREE - Real Techniques Buffer Brush & Beauty Blender
I usually use this technique with thicker foundations as I have a theory that follows it. Since the product is so thick, applying it with a brush wouldn't change the amount of product on your skin no matter how much you blend it out. I feel like the ratio between consistency and quantity of product plays a huge role. What I like to do,
1. Buff out foundation with The Real Techniques Buffing Brush
2. Bounce a clean (damp or dry) sponge over the foundation to blend and remove excess product to give a "natural' finish and prevent thickness of product.
Out of these three methods, the first and third were most affective, especially the third (works everytime). The Flat kabuki brush or any kabuki brush was my least favourite I have to say. It felt like a I had a thick mask on my face, like I couldn't actually create any facial expressions omg no.
Ignoring the method of the kabuki brush and how the foundation lasted with that, I couldn't handle the feeling so I quickly removed it.
On the other hand after applying the foundation, the first thing I noticed was the finish of the product to what I would call a matte finish. On the website it does say it dries into a "radiant, matte" finish which could be true at some level but I felt like it was more matte than radiant.
I always, ALWAYS set my face with powder even just a little because it's instinct and I can not, not do it. Since it was so matte, I just lightly dusted powder over my T-zone to make me feel at ease even though I felt like maybe it wasn't necessary. First world problems...
Wear throughout the day...
This foundation really surprised me with it's wear. For such a full coverage, thick foundation that dries quite matte, it should remain like that for a longer period of time, right?
I have super oily skin, that's no fact, so fuller coverage, matte foundations do excite me as they tend to last longer.
(1) hour Check In
Within the hour of wear I did notice a little glow on my T-ZONE area which did surprise me. There was a little creasing on my smile lines which to be fair is very normal. My smile lines are very prominent and no foundation EVER has been helpful with that. I left my base the way it was and continued my day to see what would happen.
(3) hour Check In
Buy the 3rd hour, the oil was very visible. I didn't use any primer before application, only moisturiser 10 minutes before. That might have affected it slightly since I have extremely oily skin but I was expecting the matte finish to last longer.
But looking at my foundation, the application was still flawless, my skin was very smooth. The oiliness was just my main concern.
(6)hour Check In
By this time I had to actually blot my skin with tissue. The shine was over powering but in the process the foundation did not budge a single bit. It is real heavy duty I'll tell you that.
After 4 hours of wear I did notice creasing around my eyes (I used it as concealer as well since it has higher coverage), definitely don't recommend it as a concealer, it creased in my wrinkles and under my eyes from smiling a lot (I smile a lot)
Once again I was VERY surprised. Removal wasn't easy as I thought. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad thing, it just goes to show who how heavy duty and legit this foundation is. I removed most of it with makeup removal wipes but felt like it wasn't enough. I had to use the St. Ives Apricot scrub just to feel like my skin was squeaky clean and have no residue left.
Despite many surpises during the test of this foundation, I actually really did enjoy it. It is a little more fussy to play with and remove but I genuinely don't mind because I felt like this formula was so different and unique it made me excited to wear it again. I don't know how to explain it. I do own so many foundations with different formulas, finishes and consistencies but this one was different. It unique and stands out in most areas such as application, wear and removal. I might get over it later and would prefer more natural foundations or easier foundations to use but for the time being I am really enjoying it and will continue using it as often as I can (ofcourse not everyday or my skin will crinkle and die soon)
That’s the end of the post! Just a disclaimer, not everything I post and products I mention will work for you. I post whatever I personally know, tried and tested and I give my honest opinion. For any questions or inquires don’t forget to comment down below!
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