My Foundation Collection + Mini Reviews

One of my favorite aspects of makeup is testing new foundations, so as you can see by the picture below, I have accumulated quite a few!

Keep reading for a brief review of each foundation, which ones are my favorites, and which ones I would not repurchase.

From left to right:

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation (light medium sand)- This is a great foundation if you are looking for something lightweight that provides a good medium coverage. Even though it is a “water foundation”, it does not make me skin look too dewy.

Fiona Stiles Matte Finish Foundation Concentrate (07)- This shade is way too dark for me, however is dries down to a beautiful demi-matte finish. It is unfortunate that Ulta no longer has Fiona Stiles products because I would love to try this foundation in a lighter shade. If you are looking for a super matte foundation though, I would not recommend this one.

Elf Flawless Finish Foundation (porcelain)- I bought this shade because out of the two available at my drugstore, this one looked like it would be the closest match. It is pretty light on me, but I just mix in a little bit of a darker foundation that I have and bronze my skin a little bit more. For $6, this foundation is really good and has a gorgeous natural finish. I just wish that Elf would extend the shade range.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation (128 warm beige)- This foundation is a favorite amongst the beauty community and it really is amazing! I have repurchased this foundation a couple of times already and it is definitely a must-have for me! This foundation does not have a super matte finish, and I feel that it would be great for all skin types. If you are an aspiring makeup artist, I think this would be a great foundation to have in your kit! Also, the shade range is amazing!

Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation (220 natural beige)- This is another great foundation from the Fit Me line! This has more of a dewy finish (hence the name) but it does not make me look too greasy. I definitely prefer the Matte + Poreless version, but this is still a great drugstore foundation if you want a more glowy look. I also find that this foundation has slightly less coverage than the Matte + Poreless version.

Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation (bronze beige)- This has been raved about by beauty influencers since it launched and in my opinion it definitely deserves the hype. This is another great foundation to have in your makeup kit because it photographs beautifully and works with all skin types. Every time I wear it I have a great makeup day! Definitely cannot live without this product!

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation (nude)- Yet another great foundation that I cannot live without and will continue to repurchase. This is a great everyday foundation that has medium-full coverage and works with all skin types. When people ask what foundation I recommend, it is definitely this one!

Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Foundation (30 warm nude)- This is a great drugstore foundation! The finish reminds me a lot of the Born This Way, but it does have a thicker consistency. Overall, it is a great foundation!

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation (W3 nude beige)- This shade is labeled as being warm toned, however I find that once it dries down it looks slightly too pink on my skin. Other than the shade being a little off, it gives a beautiful dewy finish to the skin. I definitely would not recommend this to people who have oily skin though and I prefer the Maybelline Dewy + Smooth foundation over this one. I probably would not repurchase this foundation.

L’Oreal True Match foundation (W4 natural beige)- This has been a staple foundation for many people, however it is not my favorite. There are so many other foundations that I prefer to this one, so I would probably not repurchase.

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour foundation (203 true beige)- This shade is a little too pink for my skin tone, but the finish is really nice. It reminds me a lot of the Maybelline Matte + Poreless foundation, but if I had to recommend one, it would be the Maybelline one for sure.

Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Complexion Perfector (medium light)- This is my all-time favorite BB Cream hands down! I love the finish and it has great coverage for something so lightweight! I absolutely recommend this product and I love wearing it on natural and full glam days. I will definitely continue to repurchase this product.

Sonia Kashuk Soft Focus Satin Matte foundation (cream)- I bought this foundation because beauty influencer Casey Holmes kept raving about this product and unfortunately it is not my favorite. The shade range is lacking (the shade CREAM is too orange for me) and I overall I was just not as impressed with it as I thought I would be.

EX1 Invisiwear Liquid foundation (F200)- This is a shade too dark for me, but it still matches my undertone perfectly. If you have olive skin, I definitely recommend this product! It dries down to a gorgeous skin-like finish and has medium coverage. I really like this foundation and will be repurchasing it in a lighter shade.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage foundation (light medium sand)- This is one of my all time favorite foundations! It lasts all day and has great coverage. The shade I have also matches me almost perfectly and the shade range is great. I love this foundation for spot concealing as well as all over wear. I will continue to repurchase this product.

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Glow foundation (natural buff)- This is a great drugstore foundation if you want a dewy finish. I can only wear this foundation in cooler weather because it will make me look too shiny, but is is pretty long-wearing. I find that the shades do run a little on the pink side, but I can make it work with concealer.

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream (buttercream)- This is not my favorite BB Cream. It has light coverage, but it sits on top of my skin and makes my face look kind of cake-y. I really do not like the way this product dries down and will not be repurchasing it.

Covergirl Clean Matte BB Cream (light/medium)- This is a great drugstore BB Cream and lasts for a pretty long time on my skin. I find that is has more of a natural skin-like finish rather than a matte finish but I still really like the way this product looks once it sets. It has a good medium coverage and feels lightweight. In my opinion, this is a good drugstore dupe for my favorite Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done bb cream.

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer (creamwhip)- I absolutely love the coverage and finish this foundation has, but the shades run very pink. It is such a shame because I love everything about this foundation except the shades. I wish Clinique would come out with more shades suited for neutral/olive undertones. If you do have pink or peach undertones, I definitely recommend this product and think it would work for all skin types.

Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation (desert beige)- This is a cult favorite foundation amongst the beauty community and it definitely stands up to the hype it receives. Eery time I wear this foundation my makeup looks amazing and lasts ALL DAY. It does contain SPF, but I have not noticed any bad flashback. This has become a favorite product and I will definitely repurchase.

Garnier BB Cream (light/medium)- This used to be my favorite BB Cream, but the Urban Decay one has taken its place. This is still a great product if you are looking for a drugstore option, but I no longer reach for this one because I have others that I prefer.

Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir (buff beige)- This is one of my all-time favorite drugstore foundations. It has really good coverage and looks like a better version of my own skin once it sets. It has a natural finish and I think this would work with most skin types. I will continue to purchase this foundation for sure!

Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse foundation (sandy beige)- This is another great foundation from Maybelline. This is a recent addition to my collection and has become one of my favorites. The shade is slightly too dark, but once I apply concealer it becomes a perfect match. I think this foundation would also work really well with all skin types.

NYX Foundation Mixer (white)- I love using this product to lighten foundations that are too dark for me. I find that it is so much easier and cheaper to use this product rather than having to purchase a lighter shade or return foundations. I love having this on hand and I do not find that it changes the finish or consistency of the foundations I mix it with.

 

 

 

 

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Copper Smokey Eyes (Early Fall Makeup Look)

I pulled out my Morphe 35O palette to create this smokey copper makeup look! I love the way it turned out and it has me feeling so excited for Fall!

Keep scrolling for a full list of the products I used to create this whole look.


EYES:

  • Primed my lids with the Tarte Shape Tape concealer
  • Used a light brown shade from the Morphe palette as my transition shade
  • Deepened the crease with Colourpop shadow in Paradox (matte cranberry shade)
  • Deepened the outer corners with Makeup Geek shadow in Bitten (deep red shade)
  • Applied a metallic copper shade from the Morphe 35O palette to the inner half of my lids (shade on the very bottom right corner of the palette)
  • Added a dark brown shade to the outer corners to add more depth to the eyes.
  • I brought the same Paradox, Bitten, and metallic copper shadows down to my lower lashline and smoked it out.
  • Applied one coat of Maybelline Colossal mascara to my top and bottom lashes.
  • Applied a pair of the Kiss Blooming lashes.

FACE:

  • Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation
  • Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
  • Set my concealer and face with the new Maybelline Fit Me loose setting powder
  • Contoured using shade Fawn from the ABH Contour Kit
  • Bronzed my skin with the bronze shade from the Colourpop x Alexis Ren bronzer/highlighter duo
  • For blush I used the InStain blush in Pinstripe from The Balm
  • I mixed the Maybelline Master Chrome in Molten Gold with Laura Geller’s Gilded Honey for my highlight
  • Filled in my brows with a dark brown shade from the Morphe palette

LIPS:

  • Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Bordeaux

 

Dramatic Smokey Cat Eyes (Kim Kardashian Makeup Look)

Kim KW’s infamous makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic, posted the photo below of an intense cat-eye look he created on Kim and I was instantly inspired to recreate it! I typically don’t do a lot of cat-eye/ winged liner looks, but I loved this photo and wanted to try something different.

Keep scrolling to see my recreation of this look as well as a full list of products used!

EYES

  • Used MAC Soft Brown and Swiss Chocolate to define the crease of my eyes.
  • Used Urban Decay Blackout eyeshadow and a liner brush to create a winged effect and smoked it out with a pencil brush. I brought this shade down to the lower lashline and connected it with the wing on my top lashline.
  • Applied one coat of Maybelline Colossal mascara to my top and bottom lashes.
  • Applied a pair of Ardell Demi Whispies.
  • Lined my waterline with a black kohl eyeliner from Ciate.

FACE

  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea foundation
  • Smashbox Studioi Skin concealer under my eyes
  • Set my concealer using the highlighting shade from the Wet N Wild Contour Palette in Dulce De Leche
  • Set my face with the Coty Airspun loose powder
  • Contoured using the cream contour from the Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow palette and set this with the powder contour shade from the same palette.
  • Bronzed using the Becca Multitasking powder in warm honey
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Sensual
  • Maybelline Master Chrome highlighter in molten gold

BROWS

  • ABH Brow Wiz in dark brown

LIPS

  • Maybelline lipstick in Blushing Beige
  • NYX Butter Gloss in Fortune Cookie overtop

Cranberry Smokey Eyes

Keep scrolling for a full list of products used to create this makeup look!

Instagram: @marinaleebeauty

EYES

  • I used a couple of warm brown shades from the Morphe 35O palette as transition shades, then layered the shades Venetian Red and Love Letter from the ABH Modern Renaissance palette in the crease.
  • I applied the Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Drift all over my lid using my finger for maximum pigment.
  • Lastly, I applied the shade Cyprus Umber to the outer corners of my eyes.
  • I smoked out my lower lash line with Venetian Red, Love Letter, and Drift.
  • Applied one coat of Maybelline Colossal mascara to my top and bottom lashes.
  • Applied a pair of the Ardell Demi Whispies

FACE

  • Maybelline Superstay Better Skin foundation
  • Maybelline Fit Me and Tarte Shape Tape concealers
  • Set my concealer and face with the Coty Airspun powder
  • Contoured using the cream contour shade from the Tarteist Pro Glow palette
  • Bronzed using the Becca Multitasking powder in warm honey
  • For blush I used a little bit of Milani baked blush in Luminoso
  • Highlighted using the Wet N Wild Megaglo highlighting powder in Precious Petals

BROWS & LIPS

  • I filled in my brows with a dark brown shade from the Morphe 35O palette
  • I lined my lips with the Wet N Wild gel lip liner in Bare To Comment
  • Lipstick in Maybelline Blushing Beige

 

MOTD: Halo Eyes & Bronzed Skin (feat. the Morphe 35O Palette) 

I brought back a cult favorite to create this halo eye look- the iconic Morphe 35O eyeshadow palette. I paired this eye look with a pinky nude lip color to keep the focus on the eye makeup.

Keep scrolling for more pics and a full list of products that I used to create this whole look! I also included a picture of the palette, identifying which colors I used.

EYES

  • Created a halo eye effect using shadows only from the Morphe 35O palette (I placed a star on the colors that I used)
  • Applied one coat of Covergirl SuperSizer lengthening mascara to my top and bottom lashes.
  • Applied a pair of my favorite false lashes- the Ardell Demi Whispies.

FACE

  • For foundation I used the Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth foundation mixed with a little bit of my NYX white foundation mixer.
  • Used Tarte Shape Tape Concealer under my eyes.
  • Set my concealer and face with the Coty Airspun loose powder.
  • Contoured using the cream contour shade from the Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow palette.
  • Bronzed and warmed up my skin with MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Give Me Sun!
  • Applied a little bit of Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Sensual
  • Highlighted with Laura Geller baked highlighter in Gilded Honey

BROWS & LIPS

  • Filled in my brows with the Skone Cosmetics brow pencil
  • My lip color is the Colourpop x Kathleen Lights Ultra Satin Lip in Aquarius

MOTD: Purple & Rose Gold + Bright Winged Liner 

I love pairing purple and rose gold together on the eyes and adding a pop of bright blue liner really brings this look to life! Keep scrolling to see more pics and a full list of products I used to create the full look.

EYES

  • Applied Colourpop’s Super Shock Shadow in the shade “Bill” as a transition shade.
  • Applied the light purple shade from the Carli Bybel x BH Cosmetics Deluxe Edition palette in the crease and then the darker purple shade from the palette in the outer corner to deepen the look.
  • I used a couple of purple shades from the Morphe 35B palette to add more dimension to the eyes, but just sticking with a medium and dark purple shadow will work.
  • I applied the Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in “LaLa” to the inner half of my eyes.
  • Used the Urban Decay eyeshadow in “Midnight Cowboy” to the inner corners of my eyes. I brought this shade down to the inner part of my lower lashline as well.
  • I used the same medium and deep purple shades from the Carli Bybel palette on the lower lashline as well.
  • I used the Wet N Wild liquid eyeliner in Voltage Blue and created a wing.
  • Applied a coat of the Maybelline Colossal volumizing mascara to my top and bottom lashline, then applied a pair of the Ardell Demi Whispies

FACE

  • For foundation I used the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour foundation in the shade true beige. This was a shade too dark for me, so I mixed a little bit of my NYX white foundation mixer in with the foundation to create a perfect shade.
  • I used the Maybelline Age Rewind concealer and Maybelline Fit Me concealer under my eyes to brighten/ cover up any darkness.
  • I contoured/ bronzed using the cream contour shade from the Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow palette and set this using the contour shade from the Wet N Wild contour/highlighting duo in Dulce De Leche.
  • For blush I used the L.A. Girl matte blush in “Just Natural”
  • Highlighted using the Maybelline Master Chrome highlighter in Molten Gold

BROWS & LIPS

  • To fill in my brows I used the Skone Cosmetics brow pencil
  • My lippie is the Elf Matte Lip Color in shade Scarlet Night

 

MOTD feat. Carli Bybel x BH Cosmetics Deluxe Edition Palette 

Today I created a beautiful halo eye look using the Carli Bybel & BH Cosmetics Deluxe Edition eyeshadow and highlighting palette. For those of you who don’t know, Carli Bybel is a popular beauty blogger and influencer on YouTube and this is her second collaboration with BH Cosmetics. The shades are extremely pigmented and buttery and will flatter every skin tone!

Keep scrolling to see more pictures of the look I created as well as a full list of products that I used.


EYES

  • Carli Bybel x BH Cosmetics eyeshadow and highlighting palette
  • Ardell lashes- Demi Wispies
  • Maybelline Colossal volumizing mascara

FACE

  • Moisturized/ primed using the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream
  • Fiona Stiles Matte Finish foundation concentrate in shade 7 mixed with the NYX Pro Foundation Mixer shade white
  • Maybelline Fit Me concealer shade sand
  • Cream contoured using “shade” from the Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow palette and set this with the “sculpt” shade from the same palette.
  • Bronzed using the Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Cream Bronzer in warm tan
  • Milani baked blush in Luminoso
  • Highlighted using the gold shade from the Carli Bybel palette. I also applied the white highlighter shade to the very tops of my cheekbones for a more intense glow.
  • Set my concealer with the Coty Airspun loose powder

BROWS & LIPS

  • Filled in my brows using the Skone Cosmetics Brow pencil
  • Maybelline lipstick in Rum Riche

Product Review: *NEW* Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation 

Everyone has been raving about this new foundation from Covergirl and I couldn’t wait to try it out for myself! Keep reading to see what this product claims to do, as well as my full review. 

(This picture was taken in natural lighting with absolutely no editing done)

Product claims: 

  • Infused with Vitamins E, B3, B5
  • SPF 20
  • Buikdable to full coverage 
  • Gives skin a naturally glowing finish 
  • 14 shades 
  • Lightweight formula 
  • Oil free
  • Luminous finish while also eliminating the appearance of oily shine (?) 

My review: 

After trying this foundation out for about a week, I can truly say that I love it! I was nervous to try it at first because it does have a luminous finish and I have combo skin, but this did not leave me too greasy at the end of an 8-hour wear time. If you are very oily, I do recommend using a mattifying primer underneath and definitely setting the foundation. Since I have combo skin (oily T-Zone), I find that using a more mattifying foundation in the center of my face and the Covergirl one on the perimeter of my face gives my skin a flawless look. 

The coverage is definitely medium to full and no matter how much I build it up, it never looks cakey on my skin. To me, this foundation is comparable to the Too Faced Born This Way foundation because it has a similar finish and coverage. It looks like my skin but better! I was able to find my perfect shade (buff beige, I believe) and it does not oxidize on me. It does have a slightly warmer undertone, but I just blend it down my neck a little and that does the trick. 

On the downside, I still need to set this foundation with a powder because it does dry down kind of tacky, but this isn’t really a huge draw back for me personally. Once again, if you have oily skin and really want to try this foundation, I think it could still work for you as long as you prime and set your face. 

Overall I love the versatility of this foundation. I like how I can wear it on light and fuller coverage makeup days while still benefitting from the added antioxidants and lightweight feel. I have not been able to put this product down since I bought it! 

Mermaid Glam (feat. new products!)

This look was inspired by the NYX Prismatic Eyeshadow in the shade “Mermaid”. It is a gorgeous metallic seafoam green color and the star of this bold makeup look! 

Keep reading to see pics and a full list of products that I used! 

EYES

  • I mixed together all of the green shades from my Morphe 35b palette for the transition shade. 
  • I used a dark green eyeshadow from the same palette on the inner and outer corners of my eyes to create a halo effect. I deepened up the inner and outer corners with the navy blue from the palette. 
  • In the center of my lid, I applied the NYX shadow “Mermaid” with my finger and blended out the edges slightly: 
  • I replicated the same technique to the bottom lashline. I brought the Mermaid shadow pretty far down for a more dramatic halo effect. 
  • I applied a coat of Maybelline Big Shot mascara to my top and bottom lashes, then applied a pair of Ardell 120 Demi Wispies. 

FACE 

  • I tried out a new foundation for this look- the Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir foundation in shade 725 buff beige (detailed review coming soon)
  • I applied Tarte Shape Tape concealer under my eyes, bridge if my nose, and chin. 
  • I set my concealer with the translucent Coty Airspun powder and the rest of my face with the Rimmel Stay Matte powder 
  • I bronzed my face with the bronzer shade from the Colourpop x Alexis Ren palette in “Golden Moment” 
  • For contouring I used the Fiona Stiles Bronzing Sun Veil powder in Ahiko
  • For blush I used the LA Girl blushes in Just Natural (matte) and Just Glowing (shimmery)
  • I highlighted above my brows, brow bone, nose, cheekbones, and Cupid’s bow with the same NYX Mermaid eyeshadow. I love how using this shade all over the face tied the look together. 

BROWS

  • I filled in my brows using a mix of the dark green and navy blue shades from the Morphe 35b palette. This step is not necessary, but it went along with the Mermaid theme. 

LIPS 

  • First I applied the Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Aquarius. 
  • I dabbed the Essence lipstick in Porcelain Doll in the center of my lips to make them even more nude. 
  • I used the NYX Mermaid shadow once again in the center of my lips to tie the look together. 

May Ipsy Glam Bag! 

My May Ipsy Glam Bag is here! Keep reading to see which products I received as well as a picture of the look I created using these products! 


Manna Kadar Bronzer/Highliter duo- I used the bronzer shade all over my lid and tapped the highlighter shade in the center 

It Cosmetics Superhero mascara- this mascara is really great for lengthening, but I had to use another mascara to give my lashes more volume.

Hikari Cream Pigment in Honey Dew- this is called a “cream pigment” but it is actually a pressed powder pigment. It is still a gorgeous rose gold shade and I used it as a highlighter! 

Benefit Gimme Brow brow mascara- I love this stuff! It is the only brow product I am wearing and it’s really good for natural makeup days.