Sunday Swatches: Foundation Files - Too Faced Born This Way

Sunday 16 October 2016

Hello my lovelies!

I've decided to do a series of foundation posts as foundation is one of the key products I always get asked about my opinion on as a makeup artist, particularly for warmer South Asian complexions.

I'm going to start off the series with a recap of the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation which I reviewed just over a year ago (here). My thoughts are still the same on the foundation (I still give it a 4.5 out of 5!) so the difference between this post and the last is just a bit more info about the shades I own and recommend for warmer skintones as well as updated swatches.. read on for more!

top: natural daylight (without flash) bottom: with flash
same swatches, blended and dry (without and with flash)
Too Faced Born This Way "Warm Beige"; left: without flash right: with flash
Too Faced Born This Way "Sand"; left: without flash right: with flash
I love that this foundation has ingredients such as Coconut Water and Hyaluronic Acid which can help keep skin looking hydrated and younger looking.

Packaging: The packaging is super cute and girly but also luxe looking with the standard TF black and gold; I love the thick glass bottle but see it as a problem for telling the true colour through the frosted glass if purchasing in store even. I also love that the bottle has a pump; always a plus for hygiene/kit purposes.

"Warm Beige": Medium with neutral to golden undertones (great for NC30-35 complexions)
"Sand": Medium-Tan with neutral to golden undertones (good for NW30ish complexion)
"Caramel": Deep Tan with neutral to golden undertones (good for NW42ish)

From the swatches above, you can't see much of a difference between Warm Beige and Sand on the face before and afters, however you can see the ever so slight difference in tone on the arm swatches (Sand is more neutral/pinker in tone).

Coverage: This foundation has medium to full coverage, however compared to other medium to full coverage foundations (like the Urban Decay Naked Skin here) it is definitely fuller coverage. 

Finish: After it has been blended into the skin and allowed to settle, it has a demi-matte finish. Seems to blur lines too, great for drier/maturer skin. Feels like barely anything on which I love.

TextureSlightly thicker texture than other foundations but buffs seamlessly and gives even skintone and texture; hid my freckles and a beauty spot.

Longevity: Due to the demi-matte finish, this foundation lasts fairly long; I don't generally wear foundation all day so I can't comment but for occasions I think this foundation would last me pretty long, especially if I powdered my oily areas.

Key Ingredients/Pointers: 
  • Coconut Water naturally replenishes moistures levels
  • Alpine Rose brightens the skin’s appearance and promotes elasticity
  • Hyaluronic Acid promotes a smoother, more youthful appearance
Price: At £27-29 it's fairly pricey; but if you however if you're looking for a foundation that has a few great ingredients to keep your skin hydrated and younger looking, this foundation is the one for you!

Overall rating: Though I'm not usually a fan of fuller coverage foundations for myself, I have to say I love this foundation; the feel, the ingredients the packaging and the finish. 
I give it a 4.5 only because of the difficulty of choosing the right shade/tone as they describe most of the warmer shades as "neutral to golden undertones" when some are more neutral (or golden) than others.

I've had a look at the shades and if you're of a warmer, south asian complexion like me, I'd suggest these shades for your MAC equivalent:
Natural Beige: NC25
Warm Beige: NC30-35
Sand: NW30-35
Golden: NW40
Honey: NC42
Caramel: NW42

You can see the shade "Warm Beige" in use in my last YouTube tutorial here.
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Have you tried this foundation? What are your thoughts on it?
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  1. The ingredients sound amazing though!! I want to try it now, but as usual getting the right match is hard, I guess I'll have to go mac and get matched and see what I am according to yours.

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    1. Yes they are and honestly, I'm not usually into fuller coverage foundations for myself but I *love* the look and feel of this one <3

  2. Your blog is sooo good, excellent reviews. Thanks to you , I know which foundation to get. Great work :)

  3. Hi. What too faced born this way concealer would you say would go with shade

  4. Iam with medium skin tone with lil bit yellow undertone which shade will suit me with the bases of yellow foundation ???which shade of born this way foundation will suit me?


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