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.
B Flawless Silk Foundation
The B Flawless Silk Foundation cost £9.99 from Superdrug. It has 30ml of product and a 12-month shelf life once opened. It is vegan and cruelty-free.
The packaging is a pump bottle which would be great for keeping it fresh if not for one issue. The pump keeps failing. The instructions are to pump it slowly and while I have been doing that I’ve been through 3 tubes of these, as I had to return them because the pump is faulty.
The shade range as well is small, with only 12 different shades and it’s much more limited than that as some are the same depth but different undertone. It does run from very pale to quite deep, so you could mix them together to get the right depth.
The foundation itself is silicone-based as a result plays better over a silicone primer. It does work over both the water and oil primer too. However, I did find with the oil primer it wore off quicker.
It’s a medium coverage foundation that has fairly good staying power. It lasted over 5 hours on me and that’s with my oily skin.
I’d definitely recommend this foundation despite its limited shade range. I hope they redo the bottle though. The fact the pump on this fails so easily is ridiculous, you end up having to cut it open and decant it. I’d also like to see an expanded shade range. There’s such a limited range and includes no olive undertones at all.
If you’d like to get one of these, they’re available at Superdrug for £9.99.
Ingreditents: Aqua, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Diisostearyl Malate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Mica [+/- CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77891].