Best “Natural Brand” Foundation

Best “Natural Brand” Foundation: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15, 1.7 oz, $39.

tarte foundation review

I am a girl who loves me some full coverage foundation, and rarely do
I go for the “natural” type products. This Tarte foundation has shattered my view on them. I LOVE this foundation so much, that it has become my daytime go-to every day.

I really love this foundation because it can be buildable and really full coverage with a full coverage foundation brush, like the Sigma F80, or it can be more natural with a skin finish look by applying it with the Beauty Blender. Either way, the finish is just great.

On, the description includes:

“Whether skin is oily, dry, or combination, “skin-smart” Amazonian clay will intuitively adjust to meet and address your skin concerns for makeup that wears better, longer, and truer. This revolutionary foundation reduces the appearance of pores, discolorations, and imperfections and ensures a perfectly flawless complexion every time.”

That to me really is a game changer, because my skin likes to change it up on me all the time. I can be really dry, sometimes combo, sometimes my nose is an oil monster… the versatility really makes this product different, IMO. My skin can have its sensitive days, so it’s also good to know that I am using better ingredients on my face (or at least I like to think so). So I must note that it is formulated without any parabens, sulfates, or phthalates AND Tarte is a cruelty free company! you know how I love my fur-babies 🙂

It is awesome for daytime since it does have some SPF. I don’t always wear my sunscreen during the day like I should, so with this foundation I know I am getting a little bit of protection at least. But, on the flip side, I don’t wear this at night or when I know I will be in photos because it has SPF (see my “no flashback” post here).

My best shade is “Light-Medium Sand” which is described as “light to medium skin with yellow undertone“.

I purchased it at my local Sephora for $39 for a 1.7 oz tube.

New Product Spotlight: MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation

MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation, 0.85 fl oz, $32.00.

Let me start off by saying, Holy S*!t Balls! This is AMAZING! MAC made a waterproof version of my HG foundation, so naturally I overnighted it to myself the day it was released online. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint. 

In fact, a few things I did not like about the OG Pro Longwear foundation got corrected in this formula. It doesn’t have that sticky consistency and is way more hydrating even though it conmbata oil, so it works well with all skin types, including dry skin. This is probably due to the sodium hyaluronate in there. It also feels lighter on the skin and is waterproof! 

MAC very accurately describes it as:

A tenacious waterproof formula that can be used as a foundation or concealer, wearing for an unprecedented 16 hours. Neither rain nor tears can budge this oil-free watertight product that actually repels moisture from the surface of the face. The formula blends seamlessly on the skin with medium to full weightless coverage and a natural satin finish.”

It works well as a foundation and a concealer. Set it correctly unde the eyes and no creasing!

When first applied, it looks way lighter, but it oxidizes perfectly to the correct shade, so stick to your usual Pro Longwear shade. I’ve applied it with brushes and my Beauty Blender, all with build able, even coverage. I prefer full coverage, so I did two layers. With one, it leaves a very nice natural skin looking finish. With two, it is full coverage. 

The only negative: it comes in a 0.85 fl oz tube instead of the usual 1 oz bottles. Why did you not just make it 1 oz like the rest, MAC?!

Other than that, order it, buy it, love it!!! It gets released in stores on 5/7.

On to the new Pro Longwear Pressed Powder:

I ordered the setting powder that was released along with it, but unfortunately I was not able to try it because I am allergic to soy protein, which is in it. So again, MAC, I ask of you, please list your ingredients online! 

Aside from that, I’m very happy with the new release! Thank you, MAC, for my new holy grail foundation.

❤ Emily

Beauty Award: Hourglass ‘Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint’

Beauty Award: Hourglass ‘Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint’, $55, 1oz.


Loooovveeee this formula! Holla to all my beauties with dry skin, have you noticed that for the most part all foundations that are marketed for dry skin are either light coverage, too watery or wipe off in two seconds?! This is not the case when it comes to the Hourglass ‘Illusion’. I know it is called a ‘Skin Tint’ but it is Medium/Full coverage, and build able (which it doesn’t need). It makes your skin look so soft and hydrated and bouncy and beautiful!

The formula is creamy and obviously, I still use my Beauty Blender to apply, and set it with either the Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder (which I reviewed here) or the Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder. Even after setting with powder, my skin still managed to look dewy! This formula also wears really well, but that probably has to do a lot with skin type. If you have oily skin, I’m not sure how it will hold up.

I know it comes with a heavy price tag, but it may be worth using during the winter or buying it once and going through the whole tube because of the sodium hyaluronate. Using that everyday for a while may just be the cure your skin needs. If you can, it’s worth trying!

If you’ve tried it, let me know your thoughts!

❤ Emily

Best Mattifying Primer

Best Mattifying Primer: Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, 1.35 oz, $36

becca ever matte poreless priming perfector review

This stuff is the bomb! This primer really prevents oiliness from breaking up your makeup, even powders, and prevents shine and pores from showing. If you have oily skin, use it all over or if you have an oily t-zone like me, spot treat. This is the one primer that truly prevents makeup breakup. I haven’t noticed it drying out my skin either. It is free of silicone, oil, alcohol and fragrance. I’ve seen it online and in stores at Sephora and online on Birchbox.

❤ Emily

Tip: (No) Flashback Friday

It’s finally Friday! Many of you are going to be going out tonight and taking selfies and group pics and the last thing you want to be is Casper the Ghost in those captured memories. So, do not fear, Emily is here…to tell you how to not get that dreaded flashback from your makeup.

Let’s just say lesson learned….



Here are a few guidelines to follow:

1) avoid SPF in your makeup routine. Some argue that it should be okay in your skin care but I say just avoid it altogether for photography with ONE exception, the Hourglass Veil Primer has an SPF 15 but it’s been tried and tested that it’s okay.
2) minimize powder use, if any. Use a waterproof primer like Hourglass Veil Primer for a good base and setting spray to set once you’re done. If you have to use a powder to set, I would recommend the Smashbox Photo Set Pressed Powder
3) use makeup that was designed for photography (like Smashbox and Make Up For Ever). The MUFE HD Invisible Cover Foundation looks flawless in photos!

That’s it!

❤ Emily

Best Talc-Free Setting Powders

Best Translucent Talc-Free Setting Powder (For Dry Skin): bareMinerals “Hydrating” Mineral Veil, .21 oz, $21.

best setting powder for dry skin

If you have dry skin and you want a talc-free, translucent finishing powder, this is the best that I have tried. It is very difficult to find talc-free powders, so the selection is not super amazing. All bareMinerals powders are talc-free, so you’re safe in that category. This stuff is perfect if your foundation already looks great but you just need to set it so it doesn’t just fall off your face or transfer everywhere. If I could, I would choose to not wear powder at all.  It doesn’t dry out your face and make all the dry patches appear (NOTE: if you use too much, it will). Just like with all powders, use them sparingly. I use the side of a big, poofy brush and gently press/tap all over my face. It gives a gentle luminosity but without the sparkle. I think the goal here was to keep that dewy look of foundation but the setting power of a powder. The reason I gave this first place and not the MUFE pressed powder is because the better price and the glowier finish.

Tip: you may want to stray away from this setting powder if you are going out at night or will be photographed since it does contain minerals.

Second Place: Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder, .21 oz., $36.

best setting powder

I almost think these two deserve to be tied because they both work well for dry skin and are talc-free. This formula even has sodium hyaluronate , which is believed to have hydrating properties. If you don’t mind the price tag, this may be a better buy solely based on ingredients. It sets foundation well and is invisible, as long as you use it correctly (a little goes a long way). I apply it the same way as the bareMinerals hydrating veil.

Best Talc-Free Setting Powder: Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder, .50 oz., $49.

best setting powder

This is classified as a “perfecting powder”, so it will set your makeup and add a little color as well. There are 8 shades, which I think cover the spectrum pretty well. I find that a lot of my foundations pull pink and my skin tone is on the yellow side, so I’ve been looking for a talc-free setting powder that will correct the color a bit and work well on my dry skin…this is IT! It is pretty expensive but it is worth it if you have a similar situation. But, if you don’t have dry skin, and you don’t mind talc, there are a lot more powders to choose from. As far as coverage solo, I have not tried using it on its own, mostly because I try to avoid powders all together, so I only want to use a little to set & correct my foundation. I think on it’s own, it could provide light to medium coverage. Oh, and I love the packaging! As many of you know, loose powders are sooo messy. This guy has a shaver that you twist and only a little at a time comes up. This could possibly create some problems when you’re down to the very last bit, but I will let you know when I get there (which will probably be a long time from now since half an ounce is a lot when it comes to powder. If you need a color match, swing by Sephora.

I hope I have helped my fellow dry skin peeps on finding the best powders to set your foundation.

❤ Emily

Best Long-Wearing Foundations

Since my last post featured the best long-wearing liquid liner, I figured I’d stick to the theme and share my favorite long-wearing foundations with you guys. There really is no overall winner, either because the color selection isn’t super diverse or the formulas favor a certain skin type.

Best Long-Wearing Foundation for Normal/Combination/Oily Skin Types:  MAC Pro Longwear Foundation, 1 oz, $32.

 best long wearing foundation 

 This was my go-to holy grail foundation for years and the only reason it is not anymore is because recently my skin has been super duper dry, and unfortunately this formula does not work with extremely dry skin. But, it does work well and hold up on all other skin types, including oily skin. It stays on all day and provides a nice, even medium to full coverage finish. My favorite way to apply this is with a Beauty Blender. If you want to build the coverage, make sure to apply one even thin layer at a time. I would say it is more of a matte-natural finish, but again that depends on skin type. For you girls that love full coverage, don’t let the “natural finish” term scare you away, because you can achieve full coverage that stays on all day long thanks to its awesome build-ability, especially when using a Beauty Blender.

UPDATE: It’s my favorite again! 🙂 If you have dry skin, use a really good moisturizer and this will work out fine.

Best Long-Wearing Foundation for Dry Skin Types: MAC Full Coverage Foundation, 1 oz., $32.

This stuff is AH-mazing. If you have dry skin and can’t use the Pro Longwear formula, this is the go to! It’s emollient based, giving your skin that needed hydration, but it is also water-resistant, giving you that long-wearing power! It comes in a compact and I love using the Beauty Blender to apply it. It is very build-able and you can really customize your finish from light to full coverage. It is a pro product, so if you do not live close enough to a MAC Pro store, you can order it from MAC online or by phone. The one caveat is that the color selection is not as wide as MAC’s other foundations and the colors run a teeny bit lighter.  So here is a quick shade guide example: If you are NC25 like me, you can either get the NC30 (which will be a little bit dark but not too bad) or an NC20 (which will be a little light but with some bronzing, it looks great) OR you can order both and mix them to make it perfect. I personally rather go lighter and bronze, but if you are almost NC30 but not quite there yet, the NC30 in this formula should be perfect.

UPDATE: I wore this the other day and was sweating a lot and it did break up quite a bit around my nose and cheek area. I might try applying it differently but I think because it is emollient based, it may be best to avoid wearing this if you’re planning and doing a  lot of sweating and need your makeup to stay in tact (SEE BELOW to Kat Von D Lock-It)…

Best Drugstore Long-Wearing Foundation for All Skin Types: Revlon ColorStay Foundation, 1 oz., $9.99.

best long wearinh foundation

This foundation comes in two types: For Combination/Oily Skin and for Normal/Dry Skin. I personally prefer the formula for Combo/Oily skin, even though I am dry, because the formula is thinner and the color match was better for me. The shades are not the same for the two types! If you have dry skin and there is a better shade match for you, than go for it. I don’t find the combo/oily formula super drying. Because it is thinner and is a bit more dry of a finish on me, I find that I don’t even need to set it with a powder. I’m NC25 in MAC and the shade 180 Sand Beige in the Combo/Oily formula works best for me.

Best Drugstore Long-Wearing Foundation for Dry/Normal/Combo Skin Types: Rimmel 25 Hour Foundation, 1 oz., $7.99.

best long wearing foundation

I love being this foundation. I would love it even more if they had more yellow-toned shades! This is a sad reality that most foundations, especially drugstore, favor the pink toned skin types. It really does last all day and it has hydrating properties! For the awesome price tag, formula and lasting power, I’ll deal with a match that isn’t perfect. It gives a nice, “bouncy”, flawless even finish. You can set it with a powder to make it more matte or set it with a setting spray to keep a more dewy look. The shade 102 Warm Ivory was the closest to my NC25 skin.

❤ Emily


I can not believe I forgot the HG of special event long wearing foundation…

Super Long-Wearing Foundation: Kat Von D Lock-it Tattoo Foundation, 1 oz, $34.


If you have an event where you pretty much need to guarantee that your makeup is going to stay on your face all day long, this is IT! I do think that the formula is a little too thick for everyday wear (if you have dry skin, your face will not like to wear it daily). But for the weekends or special events or going out, this is the go to long wearing formula. Because of the quick drying, thick formula I recommend applying it with a slightly damp Beauty Blender.

That is all!

❤ Emily