Am I the only person who looks up makeup reviews on sites like Makeupalley while shopping for makeup? I can stand there in the store aisle for hours looking up a product and comparing it’s reviews with other similar items– all on my smartphone. I guess you can say that I like to be an informed shopper, especially when I plan to shell out hundreds of dollars on various makeup. So in order to save you some of this same hassle, I decided to do a quick comparison/review on 2 of the mot popular high-end foundations on the market today.
Having suffered with sensitive, acne-prone skin most of my life, I try to be very selective when choosing a new foundation. Throughout the years, I have tried countless brands ranging from drug-store lines to more higher end department store products. I have found that my skin responds best to foundations and concealers labeled “non-comedogenic” which is a fancy term for “will not clog your pores”. I also look for good-quality ingredients that can help improve the look of my skin since I do have a lot of left over scarring from years of picking at my face (ew).
A few years ago, I heard about Urban Decay’s “Naked Skin” ultra definition foundation and was extremely curious especially after reading raving reviews from just about everyone who had tried it. After desperately hunting for the perfect formula for MONTHS I had finally found my holy grail of a foundation. Low and behold this product was everything that I could ask for in a foundation; Oil and Paraben free, hydrating, light weight, and best of all, came in a wide variety of shades which made it easier to select my color. I purchased the shade 5.0 as it was perfect for my warm skin tone. The rest is history. Nearly 4 years later, and I am still applying this foundation on a daily basis using my
Sonia Kashuk Kashuk Tools Synthetic Flat Top Multipurpose Brush No 04.
Recently however, I heard a lot of buzz around the new “Born This Way” foundation by Too Faced. I got very curious and decided to try it out at the store. I instantly liked the texture and how it glided nicely on my skin. What’s more, it is also free of Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates three well-known endocrine disrupters that I did not want penetrating my skin all day long. I thought to myself “could this foundation compare to my beloved UD Naked Skin? have I found my new holy grail?” Read below to find out!
Packaging and the product dispenser
TF is a much shorter than UD (although they both contain 30 ml of product) and has a much more, heavy duty bottle. Both have a pump dispenser making it easy to get the product out and come with a lid which i love. I liked that the TF fit better in my hand and was small enough to fit in my small makeup bag. What I don’t like about UD is the fact that you have to shake it vigorously before applying. There is a small ball inside that helps to mix the product thoroughly similar to a paint spray-can. Since TF is thicker, it does not need to be shaken before using. In this category, TF definitely wins.
Foundation consistency & scent
I have included 2 swatches on my arm. On the left, it’s UD in the shade 5.0. On the right, it’s TF in the shade Warm Beige. As you can probably tell from the picture, UD’s product is very light and runny while TF’s foundation is very thick. I was able to use the same foundation brush for both products with no issues. I found that with the TF foundation, I was able to use just one pump for my entire face whereas with the UD, I would have to use a bit more product.
Both products gave me a demi-matte finish and did a good job of blurring lines on my skin and camouflaging imperfections. I did find however that i needed to use a finishing powder with both products in order to not look like a complete oil slick after the first hour–which I was fine with since I do that anyway. Overall, in my opinion, both foundations covered my skin very well but felt super light. I did like the fact that both have a very build-able coverage. What I didn’t like about TF is that after about 5 hours, it literally began melting off of my face.
As far as scent, I liked that TF had a very light, almost flowery scent while UD had a very chemical-like smell which I’ve never been a big fan of. I have yet to find a scent-free foundation on the market that I actually like. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.
Based on the texture, I felt that UD was much more easier to work with. I also had a very hard time selecting a color from the Too Faced line and felt that every shade I tried on was either too light or too dark. Medium Beige made me look a little orange but going one or 2 steps below it made me look too washed out. What’s more, although “Born This Way” is labeled as “oil free” I began breaking out just days after I began using it after not having a single breakout with UD prior. I decided I would only use TF when I needed some extra coverage but definitely would not use it every day.
So the winner is, Naked Skin by UD! I highly recommend it.
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