Sunday, September 4, 2011

Makeup Review: Hard Candy Just Face It Foundation

As you all know, I am a serious sucker for anything that claims to multitask, especially this whole 4-in-1 deal thanks to the Stila One Step that I had a little love affair with a while back. However, the Stila One Step had a quite large price tag attached and has now been replaced with the Perfect & Correct formulation, so getting my hands on it can be a little challenging to say the least. So at last, I found myself walking through the isles of Wally-world (Walmart) looking for a dupe to my high end purchase, and, what do you know? I walked right past this foundation and then took a few steps back and heard angels singing, well at least I could have sworn they were!

Hard Candy Just Face It
Foundation in Fair

After snatching one of them up from the "fair" slot I realized that it was actually filled with the medium shades so going through all of the slots I found no "fair", but I was determined to get this product. Then I pretty much went all mad woman and searched every Walmart within a reasonable distance from my house and finally found it in "fair". But I couldn't help but notice that when I saw all of the shades lined up, they were all pretty much the same color with just a tinge more color to each one and was a bit worried about the color not matching my very pale skin and red undertones, but I decided it would work and back home I went.

When I got home this product was no different then any other product I get and I immediate took the cap off and squeezed one pump onto the back of my hand to swatch. Needless to say I was VERY worried that it would make me look yellow and a few shades darker.

Besides the color differentiation, the texture and finish were also kind of a hit-or-miss due to the heavy gel/liquid texture and very matte finish, as in I would have no choice but to wear some sort of highlighter over this due to how flat it looks on the skin. Nevertheless, I am a persistent person and it takes a lot for me to give up, so I tried to make it work, and tried, and tried, and tried.

Eventually, after trial and mostly errors I found out that it is extremely important to use a very small amount of product because the very first time I wore this foundation I looked and felt like I was wearing a cakey mask of foundation no matter what I did, needless to say I have never again used a whole single pump of this foundation. Then, I had a great idea of stippling it on, which just resulted in an even worse cakey mask with weird bumps on my skin due to the very heavy texture even though I tried stippling with a dry brush and a wet brush, it just did not go well for me (so be forewarned, NEVER try to stipple this foundation!).

When I was about to just give up on this foundation (which I just about never, ever give up on any product),  I tried one last time to buff it on instead of stippling or painting it on and I finally got a much more natural finish instead of feeling like I was wearing a cakey mask while still getting seriously great coverage from it. However, I still feel like at times it leaves me a little cakey or powdery looking in my dry areas every once in a while due to it being a 4-in-1 that dries to a powder finish. I have also noticed that without an additional primer this product will sink into my pores on a hot summer day, so the priming part of this foundation is not a success for me either.

It is safe to say that I will likely not repurchase this foundation and probably end up giving to a friend or just plain throwing it away after it starts to get old since I never need a lot of it, but I have to take special care and extra time while putting it on to make sure it won't look cakey or yellow-y.

The Stats:
 - Very Yellowy Undertones
 - Limited Shade Range (6 shades, light to deep tan)
 - Just $7.00 compared to $44.00 for Stila One Step
 - Thick Gel-Like Liquid Consistency
 - Cakes-up very easily
 - Buildable
 - Sinks into pores (Note: Use an extra primer!)
 - Hard to blend
 - Full Coverage

Have you tried this foundation or a comparable product?
Tell me in the Comments!


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