I've been bombarded for the last several months with ads from Il Makiage to try out their foundation. In the ads, they show various people doing a few swipes of foundation and becoming instantly flawless. It looks like they are taking a Magic Eraser of makeup to their faces and it looks promising! I've heard from other people that they really like this foundation, so I decided to bite the bullet and make the purchase.
How it works:
1. You take an initial quiz to determine the correct shade, tone, and finish to your foundation
2. You are matched with what is supposed to be your "perfect match"
3. Place order and only pay the estimated $5 shipping
4. Once the package arrives, you have 14 days to try it out. If you like it, keep it and at the end of the 14-day trial, you will be billed for the foundation/products you received. If you don't like it, go to the website and print out a shipping label and send it back before the 14 days are up to avoid being billed.
I got the Woke Up Like This foundation in shade #40 (it was almost right shade for summer, however, very much the wrong tone). It is a lightweight, buildable matte foundation that has a slight sheen as it dries down, which gives it a more natural wear. The website says that it has powders already in it for instant blurring effects and it has hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E for anti-aging and hydration properties. It is also 100% cruelty-free. Comes in 50 shades.
30 mL/ 1 fl. oz. bottle - cost is $44
I got the F*ck I'm Flawless in shade 2.5 (it was surprisingly much closer to my base skin shade/tone than the foundation). It is supposed to be a long-wear and lightweight concealer with medium-to-high coverage that can be used to cover under-eye circles, blemishes, and hyperpigmentation. Its ingredients are intended to be moisturizing yet oil and paraben free. The product is vegan and 100% cruelty-free as well.
7 mL / .23 fl. oz - cost is $26
The foundation is light and buildable as promised, although I noticed that in areas where I had built up coverage, it looked a little splotchy compared to the rest of my face (this is in part due to it being the wrong tone). I was disappointed that the color tone was very orange. I have yellow undertones and am currently pulling more neutral, so this was just not working for me. Perhaps during the summer it will work better, but I don't think so as I tend to be much more golden. I did a wear-test with half my face using primer and the other half not using it to see if it made a difference - it was so subtle that I consider it to be not necessary. Despite wearing powder, the product did slip off my face after blowing my nose and throughout normal wear-and-tear. Would I use it again? Yes, because I like the finish...but I need it to be the correct undertone for it to be *perfect*!
The concealer is not my favorite. It didn't stay in place and no matter how much I attempted to build it up, it didn't really hide my blemishes. I think that this would work much better as an under-eye brightener as opposed to an actual concealer. It is very light and fluid whereas, I find that thicker concealers work better for spot-concealing blemishes. I will likely only use this as a replacement of my bareMinerals under eye brightener or on days where I don't have really dark circles, but not for blemishes. Like at all.
Watch the video below to get a better look at how the foundation and concealer performed overall.
So much love,