Friday, June 23, 2017

Too Faced Born this Way Swan Foundation Swatch

Disclosure: I purchased shade Swan and received sample packets of shades Snow, Pearl, Porcelain, and Ivory as gifts with purchase from Too Faced.

Too Faced added a few new shades to their Born this Way foundation, and after being disappointed with shade Snow I thought perhaps shade Swan would be what I was looking for.  I ordered it direct, rather than wait for Sephora and Ulta to get these new shades.

The first photo is Swan, just a dab on my arm and then ran my finger down it.  It's not blended, obviously.  Photo is taken outside, no flash.  I included two shades that I use regularly - I actually tend to mix equal parts CoverFX's liquid N0, Kat VonD's Lock It shade 41, and NYX Pro Foundation Mixer in shade Opalescent.  It works for me.  KVD 41 looks a bit grey on my arm, and does on my face when I first apply it, but it soon settles in and matches well.  I like to add Opalescent to thin it out.

The next few photos are the next day (today, June 23rd).  It's overcast so photos aren't as bright.  I only label them, sometimes crop, but these are WYSIWYG.

Inside, no flash

Outside, no flash

I had expected Swan to be lighter, and more pink, but on me, it's still dark and too peachy / yellow.   I applied it this morning but washed it off because it was just too off, and I didn't want to walk around with it.  I started over, and went with equal parts Swan and NYX Pro Foundation Mixer in White. It's still off, and because I'm using half mixer, I'm afraid I'm really not getting a true feel for Born this Way's formula.  I'd like it to be a cruelty free alternative to MUFE's HD foundation, but it's hard to tell when I'm having a hard time getting a shade match. 

I'd love to see their shade range expanded.  I'd like to see options that are less peachy, more pink.  Their shade selection for darker skin tones needs even more work.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Rituel de Fille Swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product shown.

I purchased the sample pack, 5 samples for $15 plus shipping.  Although that's higher than I'd normally pay for a sample, I always prefer to buy a sample when I can so I'm not stuck with a full size of a shade or product that doesn't suit me.  I picked out one eye soot, one luminizer, one blush, and two lipstick shades.

The company's website states "Each set includes samples of five shades of your choosing, and contains just enough product for approximately 1-2 uses of each. Please note that these are not deluxe or travel-size samples, and are intended only to be used to evaluate full-size shades for purchase."  The samples are on the much-smaller-than-I'd-expected size, but I'm still overall pleased that I'm able to try various products and shades.   They also included a card with a 15% off code, which is nice, and will help recoup my $15 should I go for full sizes.

Photobucket, which is where I usually label my photos, has been uncooperative all day so I tried another site, so the font might be a bit odd.

Here's the sample set, you can see the samples are small.

And here's the items swatched, on bare skin, inside, no flash.

Sigil is an Ash and Ember Eye Soot, described as a warm champagne gold with hint of pale pink.  You can see the pink shimmer to it, but it's much darker than I expected.

Ghost Light is a Rare Light Luminizer, described as a cool toned pale pink and a shift of violet blue.  It's a really pretty shade, and it's creamy.

Delirium is an Inner Glow Cream Blush, described as ripened nectarine with golden highlights. I'm not sure how I feel about the golden highlights but will wear it before making any final decision.

Written in Blood is a Forbidden Lipstick described as a universally flattering blood red.  This is made with carmine.  It's semi matte.  Usually reds described as "universally flattering" or "classic" are always far more warm than I care for, this shade is much closer to what I look for in a red.

Fortune Teller is the other Forbidden Lipstick I chose, described as deep berry red with lacquer like depth.  Also a semi matte.   I really like this shade as well.

Despite the very small sample sizes, I will definitely be able to get several wearings out of each product.  The lipsticks I don't even have to put on to know I love the shades - but will wear them to determine if I really like the formula.  I have very similar shades in other brands, so it'll take a wearing or two before I decide if I want a full size of either or both.  The products went on very smooth and creamy, except for the Eye Soot which was a bit less so.  All in all, I felt it was $15 well spent, despite my initial feelings of the samples being small.

Hope that's helpful.

Friday, March 17, 2017

A Few More CF Foundation Swatches - Idun Minerals, KVD

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the items shown.

Swatches only just so you get an idea of the shades.  Obviously these are not blended, because I want you to be able to see the colors.

Top two photos are inside, no flash.  As always, wysiwyg.  I use an old Canon point & shoot camera, and nothing's altered, just cropped and labeled. 

Next photo is outside, no flash

Hope you've found the photos helpful, and thanks for looking.