Over the next 9 months, I’ll be wearing a foundation a month and testing it out with various primers, application techniques and post my review here. I’ll also mention any issues when the foundation is used with cream-based products such as blusher or highlighter. Before we continue, I have oily skin, a few fine lines and the occasional issues with breakouts. I don’t have an issue with dry skin so if you do you might find we have very different results from the same foundation.
The four primers I’ll be using are, Illamasqua – Hydra Veil, this one is a water-based gel primer. Evelyn Ion Cosmetics – Green Tea Primer, this one is a water-based dream primer. The Body Shop – Instablur Primer, this one is a silicone-based primer. Revolution Pro – Prime Oil, this one is an oil-based primer. I’ll also go without a primer to see how it performs without any help.
Other variables include using fingers, sponges or brushes to apply the foundation to see if it makes any difference in the finish or performance with these methods. I’ll also use cream, powder and liquid blushers and highlighters to see if there are any issues too.
Fast Base Foundation
The Fast Base Foundation costs £5 from Revolution Beauty. It can be purchased online or instore at Superdrug. It has 6.3g of product and a 12-month shelf-life once opened. It’s Vegan and cruelty-free.
This one divides opinion on the internet and I can tell why. I both love and loathe this foundation.
The first thing to note is it’s an oil-based foundation. These are not common. Now you’d think that would mean it would work best for dry skin but this one has a habit of clinging to dry patches even an oily gal like me didn’t know I had!
This is obviously a stick foundation and you can apply it straight from the stick itself onto your face. If you’re worried about hygiene, you can cut off a small piece and apply from a palette instead. I liked the application best with my fingers. Brushes often left streaks and the sponge didn’t seem to leave as even of a finish as I’d like.
I prefer this with no base at all. It goes on the most evenly and gives the best coverage. it also gave it the best longevity at about 3 hours.
It works well with the oil-based primer but this does mean you’re putting two layers of oil on your face. For me, that’s a huge no as it soon broke down. I mean I looked dewy, very dewy, no need for highlighter here!
It went on okay over silicone primer but really didn’t last very long at all. You can get it to look good but as soon as you touch your face it’s quite obvious.
Water-based worked well too, in so far as it caused no application troubles. Again the length of time it stayed looking good was only a couple of hours.
So honestly I love and loathe this foundation. It’s very fast to get on and gives great coverage. So I love it for when I need to get my face on fast and for a short period of time. However, it oils up fairly fast too.
INGREDIENTS: Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Synthetic Wax, Cera Microcristallina, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Nylon-12, Polyethylene, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Propylparaben, BHT (+/-) CI 77891, CI 77491, CI 77499, CI 77492