Foundation Face Off //Urban Decay Naked Skin vs. Urban Decay All Nighter

Urban Decay Naked Skin and All-Nighter Foundation – Both foundations retail for $65. They are both housed in a tall bottle with a pump style of delivery. Each contains 30ml of product but offer very different things. But which will come out on top?

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With such a massive selection at Mecca, it is often so hard to pick between products. Especially when a favourite brand has two hot fire foundations that both sound like winners.  I’ve done the legwork for you and compared Naked Skin and All-Nighter so you can decide which is best for your cute little mug.

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Both foundations retail for $65. They are both housed in a tall bottle with a pump style of delivery. Each contains 30ml of product but offer very different things.

Naked Skin Foundation

Fusing cutting-edge technology with high-performance pigment, this ultra-definition liquid foundation delivers a perfected look and weightless feel to the skin.

Naked skin both feels and looks oh-so-natural on the skin. The coverage is medium, but really easily sheered out or built up. I love how I can even out my skin tone with this foundation, but my freckles and skin can still shine through. The finish is a demi-matte, which gives the skin beautiful glow.  It lasts well, but my mug starts to get a little shiny after a couple of hours, and by the end of the day the foundation does start to break up on my face.

I think this would be a great everyday foundation for most skin types. While the longevity isn’t super incredible for oily gals, it gives my skin such a beautiful finish, that can be blotted/powdered when the shine is getting a bit too much. It doesn’t catch on dry bits and has enough hydration that dry skin babes would enjoy this all over their face too.

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Naked Skin (excuse the claw)

All Nighter Foundation

Full coverage flawless in a flash! Waterproof, oil-free, matte and ultra long-wearing, this liquid formulation envelops your complexion in perfection for a completely airbrushed finish.

This shit is legit. When they say full coverage they ain’t lyin’. It completely evens out your skin tone and covers blemishes, discoloration, and freckles. All Nighter lives up to its name by lasting all day, and all damn night.  As you’d expect with such longevity, it controls oil like no other. She’s a doozy! But with that oil control comes a little bit of texture and sinking into fine lines.
The biggest set back with this high-coverage beauty is the level of oxidisation. I’d say it dries down at least a whole shade darker. So keep that in mind when choosing your shade.
If you suffer from oily skin that requires some hardcore coverage, this is going to be your saviour. Personally, I really need to amp up the bronzer and highlight when wearing this, to give my face a little dimension, but other than that I really like it for those long sweaty summer days and steamy nights. But, be sure to steer clear if you have even the slightest bit of dry or flaky skin. This bad boy will grab onto those flakes and not let go. It will highlight even the slightest bit of texture.
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Full coverage, but texture and lines are highlighted

The Results

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Overall, it is a little difficult for me to see a clear winner. Both are used for very different purposes. All-Nighter cannot be beaten when it comes to long-lasting oil control. On the other hand, Naked Skin is weightless and a little more natural looking. I reach for Naked Skin a little bit more, but only because it is more of a daily wear foundation for me. But All Nighter is my go-to for something like a day at the races, or a wedding.

Sorry guys, it’s a stalemate for me.  But I am sure you can decide which is the right choice for you and your needs.

What are your thoughts?

 

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely on my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

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Illamasqua Rich Liquid and Beyond Powder via RY.COM.AU

Having never tried Illamasqua before, I was really impressed to see that RY stocked a decent amount of products from the brand. I got my grubby little mitts on the Rich Liquid Foundation and the Beyond Powder in OMG.

Another week, another foundation review and wear test.  This week I was kindly gifted some Illamasqua goodies from Australian Makeup Super-Store, RY.COM.AU

Established in 2005 on the sunny Gold Coast, RY has quickly established a reputation as being Australia’s largest online beauty retailer. We are proud to be a fully authorised retailer for all the brands you see here on RY. We have over 250 premium beauty brands across cosmetics, hair care and skin care, including customer favourites Alpha H, ASAP, Dermalogica, GHD, Parlux, Redken and SkinCeuticals.

Having never tried Illamasqua before, I was really impressed to see that RY stocked a decent amount of products from the brand. I got my grubby little mitts on the Rich Liquid Foundation and the Beyond Powder in OMG.

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Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation

Achieve maximum coverage with the Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation; a coveted makeup base utilised and loved by professional makeup artists.

The liquid formula is effortlessly applied to the complexion, offering seamless, blended and water-resistant results. Delivering a semi-matte finish, the foundation conditions the skin and is able to eliminate excess oil to reduce unwanted shine. A perfect base for flawless and long lasting makeup application.

I seriously love the packaging – it is a squeezy tube but still looks oh-so-chic. Absolutely perfect for travel and to pop in your handbag without the risk of shattering. Other brands need to take note.

My first impressions weren’t great. I had washed all my brushes and sponges,  so they were downstairs drying, so when I went to apply this foundation, I used my Clarisonic with the foundation brush head. BIG mistake. The foundation was cakey, thick and immediately settled into my pores and fine lines. It created texture where there was none. You know how I love a subtle glow, but this was beyond. Within half an hour of wearing this, it looked like you could fry an egg on my chin – it was that greasy. I needed to powder before leaving the house, and while this did contain the oil, it did little to help with the other issues. In fact, it made my skin look even worse.

Throughout the day my skin felt disgusting and heavy, and looking in the mirror was a fright. These results are the exact opposite of what this foundation is meant to achieve. So I have put it down as perhaps too much product and not the best tool for the job.

 

But, because I think products can often be misrepresented by first impressions, I persevered and kept wearing the foundation, and lucky I did. I experimented with tools, primers, and powders to really make the most of the foundation and get it to work for my skin. I found that a Beauty Blender is by far my favourite way to apply. It sheers out the thick formula which, in turn, prevents caking. This, in addition to a pore-filling primer like the Tatcha Silk Canvas really makes all the difference. You can see by the photos below how much more natural and smooth my skin looks. A huge difference from the results on the first day of wear.

This foundation is heavy duty. Full coverage and really long wearing. Definitely not something you’d reach for on a daily basis. But for a special occasion, it is ideal. It photographs so bloody well and covers everythinggggg. I think it would work well for most skin types but, like me, you might need to play around with a few factors to ensure you get the most out of the Illamasqua Rich Foundation.

Illamasqua Beyond Powder in OMG

The silky powder glides effortlessly over skin, and can be used to create an all-over illuminated finish or applied with more precision to perform like a highlighter. Perfect for illuminating the high points of the face and reflecting light, the powder is effective when worn on the top of the cheek bones, brow bones and even the collar bones.

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This highlighter is gorgeous! Probably one of the prettiest in my collection and the white gold shade is just my cup of tea. The packagaing again steals the show. The shiny black plastic is so sleek and the shape is just so unique and appealing.   The powder itself is very fine and applies beautifully.  It leaves a lovely subtle shimmer that perfectly highlights the high point of the face. This is the exact type of illuminator that I lust over. Soft, subtle with a slight warm undertone – perfect.  Using the Beyond Powder with a dry brush gives your skin the most gorgeous glow, but if you wanna ramp it up and get that ‘gram worthy glow, it can also be applied with a wet brush – I haven’t attempted this, because it is just not my thing.

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I am seriously impressed with the two Illamasqua products that I have tried, and I am looking forward to browsing through the rest of the range on RY.com.au and picking up some more goodies.

 

What are your favourite RY.COM.AU brands?

 

Camille xx

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely on my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation Review

The relatively new Bobbi Brown Weightless Foundation landed on my desk at On A Beauty Bender HQ last week, eager to find a new daily foundation, I put it straight to the test. With claims of light-weight consistency,  a comfort matte finish, long-lasting coverage and an SPF15, this really seems to be a good contender.

 

The relatively new Bobbi Brown Weightless Foundation landed on my desk at On A Beauty Bender HQ last week, eager to find a new daily foundation, I put it straight to the test. With claims of light-weight consistency,  a comfort matte finish, long-lasting coverage and an SPF15, this really seems to be a good contender.

Get your complexion covered all day with this 16-hour wear, buildable medium to full coverage foundation with a natural, multidimensional matte finish that’s comfortable, breathable, and weightless.

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I simply adore the simple glass bottle. It’s a great size that fits into my drawers and has a pump style delivery which is my preferred method. Bobbi Brown do understated class so damn well.

The foundation applies well, it is really workable and can be applied with a sponge, brush or even fingers. I prefer using a Beauty Blender to ensure an even, streak-free and super natural looking finish, I found that a brush did tend to make it look a little streaky and thick.  The coverage can be built up with ease without the threat of the dreaded cakeface.

I found the formula to be creamy, but light like a gel, which seems contradictory but somehow works. I love that with only a light layer, the foundation can even-out skintone and cover blemishes without looking like a mask, but rather acting like a second skin which allows your own skin to shine through – cute little freckles and all.  There is no clinging to dry patches, nor is it too matte that it enhances any texture on my face. Plus, it does a really good job of controlling my oil during the day. As expected my natural oils start to penetrate slightly half-way through the day, but we definitely don’t get to oil-slick territory.

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The wear time is great, and I think this is its only slight downfall. It claims to wear for 16-hours – I can attest to about 12 hours. It definitely does last, but I noticed quite a bit of fading after about 7 hours. The foundation does start to break up a little around my nose and chin, revealing a little bit of redness, but nothing that couldn’t be touched up. So, all-in-all it performs really well.

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Another plus is the shade range. It boasts 30 shades with different undertones, which gives you a fairly decent amount of options to find the right shade for your complexion.

Overall, I am pretty well sold on the Bobbi Brown Skin long-Wear Weightless Foundation. It is definitely light-weight and natural looking but it also covers up the bad bits, smoothes and evens out skin tone all while lasting you most of the day and offering a small amount of SPF. It really ticks the boxes for my current needs and will be a regular on my face.  I have definitely found a new daily wear foundation in this little beauty. I would imagine that it would work well for most skin types and would perhaps wear longer on you gals with not so oily skin.

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Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation retails for $70 and can be purchased directly from the BB website or from Mecca Maxima and department stores.

 

Does this little number tickle your fancy?

 

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely on my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information. I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

Foundation Face Off – Rimmel Wake Me Up vs. Bourjois Healthy Mix

Hello beauties,

Do you, like me, get a little overwhelmed when looking for a new foundation? With so many different claims, finishes and coverage levels, it is a little bit difficult to know where to start. Today I’m going to compare two VERY similarly marketed foundations to give my my opinion on what I feel is worth your coin.

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Both the Rimmel Wake Me Up ($19.95) and Bourjois Healthy Mix ($29.95) promise anti-fatigue, brightening foundations with the benefits of Vitamin C. Both have been recently reformulated and back on the market due to their high popularity.  The only difference apart from the price, seems to be the that Wake Me Up has SPF, while Healthy Glow does not.

I must note that I have a normal to oily skin type, that is prone to congestion and large pores. I like something a little glowy, but nothing that enhances my extreme oil production. Foundations on me do tend to get greasy-looking and wear off around my chin and nose throughout the day; I like my foundations to last a good 8 hours or more. So keep in mind that my opinions will be made in regards to this. I have trialled both formulas for a week each.

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Rimmel Wake Me Up

Firstly let’s take a closer look at the Rimmel Wake Me Up. Rimmel promises to erase the signs of tiredness and daily stress by instantly brightening and illuminating while evening out the skin tone and reducing dullness. Resulting in a radiant and healthy looking glow. This formula contains vitamin C, radiance pearls and an SPF of 20.

The packaging is sleek and sturdy, with a glass bottle and plastic orange lid. The product is delivered through a pump, which is my preferred method. The formula itself is probably slighter thicker than normal, but only very slightly. I did notice a little bit of sparkles which concerned me slightly – I wanna be glowy, but there is no way in hell that I want my entire face to look like a disco ball.

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Rimmel Wake Me Up

I applied Wake Me Up with a sponge, as I usually do with any foundation. Although the shade was a little too dark for me currently, it did blend out really well and the coverage was quite good. There was no sign of the glittery particles once applied. I’d say it is a medium coverage but noticed it does start to get a little cakey if built up too much. The finish is quite dewy, but I did set with powder to try and mattify slightly to get me through the day.  The rest of my makeup did apply well and was easily blended without anything going too muddy or catching on any specific areas. The finished result is fresh and glowy, but not too heavy.

Each time I have worn this foundation I have noticed it starts to really wear off around the 5 hours mark, regardless of what primer I use.  The redness around my nose starts to shine through, and it does start to look a little cakey in places. The amount of glow is nearing that ‘I’ve just bathed in a pool of oil’ look, which does start to annoy me, as I start to feel a little dirty and gross. However, I am easily able to touch up with a bit of blotting papers and a quick dust of powder. By doing this it brings a bit more life back to my foundation and makes it last for the rest of day without it looking too ratchet. So, overall I think it is a nice everyday foundation, but if you have the pleasure of being a greaseball like me, you’ll need a little extra maintenance.  Dry and normal babes, you might be right on the money with this bad boy.

But how does it compare?

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Bourjois Healthy Mix

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation is a foundation that is said to boost radiance while also providing an instant anti-fatigue effect. The formula is enriched with vitamins B5, C and E. Dark circles, puffiness and redness are erased, for a healthy glow that lasts 16 hours.

Similarly to Wake Me Up, Healthy Mix is in a sleek glass bottle, but with a red plastic lid and it is also a pump style delivery.  On comparison with the Rimmel, I noted that Healthy Mix has a fresh fruity type of fragrance, which I found quite pleasant. Although Rosa from Lipstick and Linguine did mention to me that she wasn’t a fan.  The formula is slightly more watery but still easy to blend and manoeuvre.  I initially noticed that this formula does have a little more coverage and is easier to build up. The finish wasn’t as glowy initially, but did give the skin a healthy, fresh look without being too heavy.

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Bourjois Healthy Mix

Likewise to  Rimmel, I set the foundation with powder and the rest of my face products applied like a dream. No patchiness or muddiness in sight.  As the days wore on, I did notice a little extra dew, but it wasn’t too offensive.There was no point that I felt like it was too much. I found the wear time to be much longer and only noticed the coverage starting to fade around 8 hours, but it wasn’t anything to extreme.  On one day, I had it on for almost 12 hours and was still really happy with how it wore.

Verdict

I can only assume, but I feel as if  these foundations would be super dreamy on dry skin, due to their brightening and glowy properties. Even without the addition of SPF, I think Bourjois is the winner for me. Used with a primer with SPF, it covers all my needs and wants. I love that it lasts much longer, and the ease of being able to build up coverage makes it cross the line first for me. However, I think that both formulas are great everyday foundations, if you are after something light and fresh with a decent amount of coverage. I would imagine that Rimmel Wake Me Up would last longer on someone who isn’t as oily me, so ultimately the two foundations are really comparable. If you are after something a little more affordable, Rimmel is your better option. But, if you want something with a little more oil control and longer lasting, Healthy Mix is for you.

 

Speak soon,

 

Camille x

You can find more of me on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat (@onabeautybender)

DISCLAIMER – Although these products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

BECCA Cosmetics – Ever-Matte Shine Proof Foundation Review

As an oily lass, I always struggle to find a foundation that suits my long list of wants and needs – mostly because those very wants and needs are completely contradictory. I don’t like anything too matte and flat, nor do I want to look like I’ve been bathing in oil.  I want something slightly glowy, with a decent amount of coverage and badass longevity on my greasy mug.  It’s a big ask right?! Generally oily skin-types shouldn’t dabble too much with dewy foundations, and anything other than a matte finish doesn’t usually last very well. But I want to look fresh and full of life, too. Very few foundations have answered my slightly-unreasonable demands, but I was hoping that maybe Becca Cosmetics Ever-Matte-Shine Proof Foundation* could be added to super select foundation squad.

This long-wearing medium coverage foundation features a unique microfine powder that absorbs oil so your complexion remains fresh and shine free throughout the day. Created for combination to oily skin, this foundation minimizes the appearance of pores and fine lines, and creates a lasting soft-focus effect. – Activeskin.com

…Sounds very promising. The foundation is said to also be a buildable medium coverage, that is oil, fragrance and alcohol free.

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Packaging

The packaging is true to the Becca aesthetic; It is a brown squeezy tube with a metallic silver lid. The tube has a small window that allows the user to see the shade. I really like this type of packaging, as it allows you to get the most out of the product, while being very hygienic at the same time.

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Formula

The formula isn’t watery, nor is it thick; just a nice happy medium between the two. It spreads on the skin effortlessly and blends out just beautifully. The coverage hides any imperfections and blemishes with ease. I think this is easily a medium coverage foundation, but can be a little difficult to build up as it becomes a little streaky . I prefer to apply it with a kabukui brush, and then blend it out with a damp beauty blender for a flawless result. Using a Beauty Blender alone does tend to sheer it out a fair bit.  After application it doesn’t feel stick or tacky, it’s almost dries down to a powdery finish. Straight away I noticed a slight glow, which I loved but also made me a touch concerned for my oil production throughout the day. The result certainly wasn’t flat. It was even, light-weight, and not cakey in the slightest. Just beautiful.

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One half of my face done
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Foundation with the rest of my makeup applied

Wear

I honestly love how this foundation looks when first applied, but I wouldn’t agree with its shine proof claims. Right from the start there was a little glow that required a touch of powder, which isn’t a big deal, as I generally use a setting powder in my daily application.  I noted that it did start to fade around my nose at the 5 hour mark, and although it was quite dewy, It still looked natural and fresh. My blush and highlight fared well, which for me is quite surprising, as it usually fades quickly. At the 8 hour mark, it was quite shiny and patchy and felt like I definitely needed a touch up, but I still liked the overall look of it. The days that I set it with powder and a mattifying spray certainly had improved longevity and the amount of shine. With over a week of use I haven’t noticed any skin irritation or extra congestion.

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After 6 hours of wear

Overall thoughts

I actually really like this foundation. Although I don’t agree that it is completely matte and shine-proof . Which actually fits perfectly into what I like in a foundation. While it becomes quite glowy, it looks lovely and natural but somehow remains fresh. Plus any shine was easily diffused down with a slight dusting of powder. The coverage did seem to also slightly fade throughout the course of the day, but it wasn’t really a huge concern for me. I would imagine ladies without my level of face grease, would really enjoy the benefits of this little beauty.  I have been really loving this foundation for daily wear, it just looks so natural and fresh. I think it may even be giving a couple of my favourites a run for their money. I have been using this baby for a little over a week and just continually reach for it. I do think that it is better suited to a simple everyday look, over a heavy foundation for a night out, but that doesn’t make me love it any less. It is definitely a foundation that I will repurchase in the future.

Becca Ever-Matte Shine Proof Foundation is available from Activeskin.com for $53.90

Have you tried this? What were your thoughts?

Love and light,

Camille x

You can find more of me on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat (@onabeautybender)

*DISCLAIMER – Although this product was sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.