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 Matte Foundation
The B Flawless Matte 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 water-based as a result plays well over most primers. As with the other foundation in this range, the oil primer made it come off faster. It also meant the matte finish went away faster.
It’s a medium coverage foundation that has fairly good staying power. It lasted over 5 hours on me, although as with most I had shine within an hour using the oil primer and 3-4 with the others. You will need to blot this to keep the shine away.
The only other issue is this one is a little deeper in colour compared to the Silk foundation and I think that might be that the coverage is slightly better. So it’s just a touch too dark despite being the lightest shade.
I’d definitely recommend this foundation despite its limited shade range. I hope they redo the bottle. The fact the pump on this fails so easily is ridiculous, you end up having to cut it open and decant it. It’s slightly harder with this one as it’s not quite a thin. 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.
Aqua, Isododecane, Propanediol, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone, Silica, Zinc Oxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Diamond Powder, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Mica [+/- CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77891].