Monday, April 16, 2018

Innisfree My Foundation Review on Oily Skin

Coming at you with another foundation review! This time, it's from the Korean beauty brand Innisfree. I love the Innisfree No Sebum line for my oily skin because it works wonders on my skin so I'm super excited for this foundation because it contains Jeju Volcanic Ash and it is customisable to suit your skin needs.

This foundation retails for ~$18 and you get 1 fl oz/30 ml of product in a glass bottle with a pump. There are 50 combinations to choose from (some sites say 50 "shades" but it's technically "combinations" because there are only 5 color shades).


How to choose:
As you can see, the bottles have got a decimal number on them and it basically represents the moisture and coverage level.

The first digit represents moisture:
1 - matte
2 - semi-matte
3 - dewy
From what I have researched so far, option 2 (semi-matte) is pretty dewy so if you have oily skin, you might want to stick to the matte finish.

The second digit represents coverage - 1 being the sheerest up to 5 being the fullest coverage. If you want something in between, go for 3 or 4.

Finally, choose your shade. This is printed on the top of the box or bottom of your bottle. There are 5 shades to choose from: C13, C21, N21, N22, N23. If you know your Korean foundation shade, this should be pretty easy. I am NC 20 and I usually wear #21 in Korean foundations. I chose N21 and it applies pretty pale at first but the foundation does adjust and darken a little bit so it looks much better after awhile.

Take note that this foundation does not contain SPF.

So, this is my bare face. You can see my enlarged pores on my cheeks and some blemishes all around. I have oily combo skin. I primed my face with the Kiss NY Pro Mattifying primer, which I have been using as a control primer in all my foundation reviews.
I got the foundation in 1.5 (matte, full coverage) and shade N21. You can see it blends out a little bit lighter than my skin tone and looks kinda ashy at first. It does warm up to my skin tone after awhile. The texture of the foundation is quite creamy and there is some "grip" when blending out with a brush so it doesn't feel super smooth to spread. Regardless, I had no issue with blending it out.
Final result with one layer of the foundation. I used about 80% of one pump for my face (excluding forehead because my fringe covers it). As you can see, the coverage is pretty good and definitely a high cover. My blemishes are almost covered, especially my sun spot! Pore coverage is pretty average. They are minimised but not totally covered unlike some foundations. This foundation definitely has a matte finish and it might be slightly tacky at first but it settles to a smoother matte.
For the first wear test, I decided to set half my face with powder from Kokie Cosmetics. I ended up wearing it for a total of 8 hours. The foundation did start to break down and separate on my nose after 2 hours, with the powdered side holding up better. My cheeks weren't shiny yet but by the 3 hour mark, they did start to have a bit of oil. The foundation doesn't really transfer when blotting so that's good. At the end of 8 hours, the foundation wore off on my nose, cheeks and chin. The drier sides of my face were starting to show signs of separation and the foundation just felt sticky and uncomfortable at this point.

The second and third time I tested this, I wore my Innisfree No Sebum Blur Primer and Innisfree NO Sebum Mineral Powder. In my opinion, the powder really works with this foundation to control oil better and make the foundation last longer. I found that my face didn't really get oily until about 5-6 hours in. Also, the foundation only wears off on my nose rather than my entire face. At the end of 8 hours, it still looks good everywhere with the exception of my nose.

Overall, I like this foundation for its high coverage but because I rank my foundations based on how it performs alone (without powder/primer), I cannot say that it did very well. Oil control and lasting power are lacking when it is worn alone and definitely cannot compare to Western brand foundations. Unfortunately, this is going to be ranked at number 12 for me. However, if you can get it to work for you with the right powder/face combo, it might got up to number 6.

Where to buy:
Innisfree My Foundation: https://bit.ly/2vgGbgP
Innisfree No Sebum Blur Primer: https://bit.ly/2qyx71U
Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder: https://bit.ly/2mq286d

Foundation Ranking

1. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup SPF 10 (2N1 Desert Beige)
Coverage: 4.8/5
Oil Control: 5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.8/5

2. Catrice Cosmetics HD Liquid Coverage Foundation (030 Sand Beige)
Coverage: 4.7/5
Oil Control: 4.7/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.8/5

3. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation (140)
Coverage: 4.8/5
Oil Control: 4.6/5
Hydration: 2/5
Longevity: 4.5/5 (transfers slightly)

4. LA Girl Pro Matte HD Foundation (GLM674 Natural)
Coverage: 4.5/5
Oil Control: 4.5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.5/5

5. Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation (#363C Nude Ivory)
Coverage: 4.3/5
Oil Control: 4.5/5
Hydration: 1.5/5
Longevity: 4.8/5

6. Catrice 12H Matt Mousse Makeup (010 Soft Ivory)
Coverage: 3.5/5
Oil Control: 5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 3.5/5 (transfers slightly)

7. Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control SPF 50+ PA+++ (#21)
Coverage: 4.7/5
Oil Control: 5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4/5 (transfers slightly and separates after 6 hours)

8. Etude House Big Cover Concealer BB SPF 50+/PA+++ (Sand)
Coverage: 5/5
Oil Control: 4.5/5 (mostly only oily at nose)
Hydration: 1.5/5
Longevity: 4.5/5 (separates at nose and chin but can be blended back in with fingers)

9. Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage Foundation (120 Classic Ivory) $12
Coverage: 4.7/5
Oil Control: 4.5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.3/5

10. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless (120 Classic Ivory)
Coverage: 4.2/5
Oil Control: 4.2/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.3/5 (transfers slightly)

11. VDL Perfecting Last Foundation SPF 30 PA++ (V02)
Coverage: 4.3/5
Oil Control: 4.3/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.5/5

12. Innisfree My Foundation 1.5 (N21)
Coverage: 4.7/5
Oil Control: 4/5 (will be better with powder)
Hydration: 1.5/5
Longevity: 3.5/5 (will be better with powder)

13. LA Colors Truly Matte Foundation (CLM352 Natural)
Coverage: 4.5/5
Oil Control: 3.5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 3.5/5 (transfers with oil and sweat)

14. Lioele Triple the Solution BB Cream SPF 30 PA++ (Natural Beige)
Coverage: 4/5
Oil Control: 4/5
Hydration: 2.5/5
Longevity: 3.5/5 (Transfers easily)

15. ZA Total Hydration 12-in-1 BB Cream SPF 43 PA+++ (Natural Beige)
Coverage: 3.5/5
Oil Control: 4/5
Hydration: 3/5
Longevity: 3.5/5 (Transfers easily)

16. Etude House Double Lasting Foundation SPF 34 PA++  (N04 Neutral Beige)
Coverage: 4.5/5
Oil Control: 3/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 2/5 (Separates and transfers)

17. La Mer Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF 20 (Creme 03)
 Coverage: 3.2/5
Oil Control: 4.3/5
Hydration: 2/5
Longevity: 3.5/5 (Separates and transfers)

Thursday, April 5, 2018

LA Girl Pro Matte HD Foundation Review on Oily Skin

I'm always excited when a drugstore brand releases a high coverage matte foundation because I find it fun to see if a new formula can beat one of my holy grail formulas in my collection. My current #1 foundation is the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation which is really expensive so if a drugstore foundation can compare to it, I am all for it.

This foundation is pretty new. LA Girl does have a Pro Matte Illuminating foundation that was pretty popular but I read that it is more for dry skin since it is pretty dewy with little oil control. The Pro Matte HD foundation is targeted towards oily skin and retails for $10 on the LA Girl website or Ulta. I got mine off Amazon for $12.99 including shipping.

The foundation comes in a glass bottle with a pump and 1oz/30ml of product - very good packaging imo. There are 14 shades to choose from but the website swatches are horribly inaccurate and I would suggest looking around YouTube or Google for better swatch images. I got the 4th lightest shade called Natural, which actually ended up looking pretty good on me but the color on the website looks like this:
I think Beige would suit my skintone too but it seems to lean more ashy.

These are some claims of the foundation:
With a soft and suede-like finish, PRO Matte Foundation will have you covered and shine-free all day. Creamy, liquid formula provides smooth and buildable coverage for both day and night time wear. Minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines for an even, soft focus effect. Paraben free formula with added vitamin E, B5 & sunflower oil.
This is my how my bare skin looks. I have some blemishes and enlarged pores on my T-zone. I am NC20 with neutral warm undertones. Some other foundation shades that I wear are Maybelline Fit Me in 120 and Wet N Wild Photofocus in Soft Ivory. I have normal-oily combo.

I primed my face with the Kiss NY Pro Mattifying Primer as it is a neutral primer that doesn't have any oil control or pore filling claims so that I can truly test the claims and performance of this foundation.
As you can see, GLM674 Natural is quite a good match for my skintone. The formula of the foundation is a creamy liquid. It spreads and blends very easily, and sets pretty fast too.
This is how one layer of the foundation looks like. I only used 1 pump for my entire face and it has pretty high coverage. My redness is gone and my skin is evened out. There are still some spots peaking through but pretty unnoticeable. I don't think the coverage can be built up anymore because I did try to spot conceal those spots but they looked the same.
My pores are definitely minimized but I have seen better results with other foundations. It does have a smooth matte finish just as described. I did not find the foundation to cling onto dry areas on my face.

I powdered my right half of my face (your left side) with my Innisfree No Sebum Powder just in case the foundation ended up separating or getting really oily. I left the other side with just the foundation.

After 4 hours, this is how my face looks like. Pardon my expression, it's a screen capture from my video.
Not super oily but there is a thin film of oil on my nose and cheeks. I took a blot at this point and noticed that there is minimal transfer. Also, the foundation has worn off on my nose, which is typical of most foundations.

So far, I've worn it for 6 hours only and I really like it. The oil control is decent and the foundation stays put. I'm going to wear it more over the next few days so I'll update my wear test again.

UPDATE: I really like this foundation. It wore well during my 8 hour and 12 hour wear test together with my Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder. The foundation does not break down or separate on my face and it transfers minimally. Overall, the coverage and oil control are great and that is what I look out for the most in a foundation since I have oily skin.

I am ranking it at number 4 on my foundation ranking list, just below Fenty because Fenty & Catrice have slightly better oil control and coverage. It's a minimal difference so if you are looking for similar foundations to those, this is a good option.

Where to buy: Amazon

Foundation Ranking

1. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup SPF 10 (2N1 Desert Beige)
Coverage: 4.8/5
Oil Control: 5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.8/5

2. Catrice Cosmetics HD Liquid Coverage Foundation (030 Sand Beige)
Coverage: 4.7/5
Oil Control: 4.7/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.8/5

3. Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation (140)
Coverage: 4.8/5
Oil Control: 4.6/5
Hydration: 2/5
Longevity: 4.5/5 (transfers slightly)

4. LA Girl Pro Matte HD Foundation (GLM674 Natural)
Coverage: 4.5/5
Oil Control: 4.5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.5/5

5. Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation (#363C Nude Ivory)
Coverage: 4.3/5
Oil Control: 4.5/5
Hydration: 1.5/5
Longevity: 4.8/5

6. Catrice 12H Matt Mousse Makeup (010 Soft Ivory)
Coverage: 3.5/5
Oil Control: 5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 3.5/5 (transfers slightly)

7. Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control SPF 50+ PA+++ (#21)
Coverage: 4.7/5
Oil Control: 5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4/5 (transfers slightly and separates after 6 hours)

8. Etude House Big Cover Concealer BB SPF 50+/PA+++ (Sand)
Coverage: 5/5
Oil Control: 4.5/5 (mostly only oily at nose)
Hydration: 1.5/5
Longevity: 4.5/5 (separates at nose and chin but can be blended back in with fingers)

9. Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage Foundation (120 Classic Ivory) $12
Coverage: 4.7/5
Oil Control: 4.5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.3/5

10. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless (120 Classic Ivory)
Coverage: 4.2/5
Oil Control: 4.2/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.3/5 (transfers slightly)

11. VDL Perfecting Last Foundation SPF 30 PA++ (V02)
Coverage: 4.3/5
Oil Control: 4.3/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 4.5/5

12. LA Colors Truly Matte Foundation (CLM352 Natural)
Coverage: 4.5/5
Oil Control: 3.5/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 3.5/5 (transfers with oil and sweat)

13. Lioele Triple the Solution BB Cream SPF 30 PA++ (Natural Beige)
Coverage: 4/5
Oil Control: 4/5
Hydration: 2.5/5
Longevity: 3.5/5 (Transfers easily)

14. ZA Total Hydration 12-in-1 BB Cream SPF 43 PA+++ (Natural Beige)
Coverage: 3.5/5
Oil Control: 4/5
Hydration: 3/5
Longevity: 3.5/5 (Transfers easily)

15. Etude House Double Lasting Foundation SPF 34 PA++  (N04 Neutral Beige)
Coverage: 4.5/5
Oil Control: 3/5
Hydration: 1/5
Longevity: 2/5 (Separates and transfers)

16. La Mer Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF 20 (Creme 03)
 Coverage: 3.2/5
Oil Control: 4.3/5
Hydration: 2/5
Longevity: 3.5/5 (Separates and transfers)