Today is my last review for Foundation Fall! Over the past two months, I’ve tested a new foundation every week. I’ve found some holy grails but there were some that I’ll never touch again. Thankfully, we’re ending on a high note with a foundation I think is really, really good… for the most part. I also have a few lippies to tell you about after the foundation review so let’s get started.
The Born to Glow! Naturally Radiant Foundation is $10.00 for one fluid ounce of product. That is incredibly affordable, especially for NYX whose prices keep going up. I purchased the third lightest shade available, Fair. Fair is described as having a neutral undertone and I agree with that. I’m going to let you know all the pros and cons. I’ll then show you how it looked and wore on me.
*Skin type: combination that tends to be more oily, large pores, sensitive and acne prone with acne scarring
- There are 46 shades available. That is an incredible range for an affordable foundation.
- This foundation has a very slight, foundation type scent that does dissipate quickly. It did not cause any breakouts or irritation.
- The coverage is upper light to medium, depending on your skin. I could still see acne scars and darkness but I was able to cover that with concealer so it didn’t bother me. It is buildable but I don’t recommend doing that. I’ll talk about why in the cons section.
- This looked BEAUTIFUL on my pores and fine lines. Some lines, like my large smile line, did have creasing but that is pretty normal with most foundations.
- This wears great for around eight hours IF the proper precautions are taken; will discuss more in the cons section.
- I love the squeeze tube packaging. It’s very travel friendly.
- I did not notice this oxidizing.
- All of my other products blended and wore well on top of this.
- This foundation claims to have a radiant finish but this is definitely a satin matte, at least on me. I saw no glow whatsoever and that actually made me happy because I prefer a natural, satin finish. This will be a con if you’re wanting a really glowy or hydrating foundation.
- When I first tried this foundation, I hated it. It wore terribly around my chin and nose. It broke apart in some areas and looked cakey in others. I also looked extremely oily. I tried it with and without a primer and got the same bad results each time. The only way this foundation looks and wears well on me is if I use my Pura d’Or Argan Oil underneath it. I have to use this oil under my Milani Stick Foundation as well. The oil acts as a primer, helps the foundation to not break apart and keeps my natural oils from coming through. I love this foundation with the oil but hate it by itself.
- This foundation is buildable but it will look cakey if you apply too much.
- I had to really set this foundation with powder or it would transfer like crazy.
The first two pictures on the left are of my skin with nothing on it and the two on the right are with one layer of the foundation. You can still see blemishes and under eye darkness. The foundation shade also looks ghostly white. I was worried that it was going to be too light for me but it matches my neck well and looks fine with my other products on top of it.
Here are a few pictures of my full makeup with this foundation on different days. I was happy with the foundation each day initially but hated it within a few hours, except with the oil underneath.
I typically wear my foundation between six and ten hours. These pictures were taken somewhere around the eight hour mark. There isn’t much of a difference between the picture where I didn’t use primer and the picture where I did use primer. In both, the foundation is broken apart and I’m oily around my nose. However, I think there is a massive difference in the picture where I’m using an oil. The foundation is barely broken apart and I’m not oily.
Do I Recommend It?
I highly recommend this foundation! The price is great and it’s beautiful BUT you may have to be willing to play around with it to get it to work for you.
I’ve reviewed the Lip Lingerie Push Up Lipsticks before, you can see that review here. I love this formula and would even go so far as to say that it’s my favorite. They are $9.00 apiece and my two newest shades are Lace Detail (swatched above on the far right) and Exotic (swatched above in the middle). Lace Detail was actually sent to me by NYX for review. It is a nude pink beige and I honestly hate it. It looks great in the swatch but on my lips it looks so pale and dry. It is not a flattering shade on me at all so there will never be a time that I wear it alone. Exotic, on the other hand, is a gorgeous warm, mahogany red. I have not worn it alone yet but I have mixed it with Seduction, another one of these lipsticks that I reviewed previously. You can see that in the above foundation picture when I’m wearing the green shirt, far right. I recommend Exotic but not Lace Detail.
I bought a Slide On Lip Pencil in the shade Nude Suede Shoes for $8.00. It’s swatched above on the far left and is described as a nude with pink undertones. I typically don’t wear lip liners but I thought this one might work with Lace Detail. However, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be too light. I haven’t used it yet but I wanted to go ahead and swatch it here. I’m sure I’ll review it at some point.
I’m happy to be ending Foundation Fall on a relatively positive note! Have you tried any of these products? If so, let me know what you think about them or your thoughts in general. Thanks for reading and have a great day!