Battle of the Full Coverage Foundation Vol.II: Revlon VS. Estee Lauder

In the Battle of the Full Coverage Foundation Vol. II, I will be comparing Revlon Colorstay with Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation. Revlon Colorstay is often said to a dupe for Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation. How does the drugstore foundation compare to this mid-range foundation?

How does the drugstore foundation compare to this mid-range foundation?

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In one of my inaugural posts, I wrote about the Colorstay foundation. Revlon Colorstay is a full coverage foundation that can be picked up at any drugstore from Walmart to Shopper’s Drug Mart. This foundation retails for $15.99 CAD and comes in a pump glass jar consisting of 1.0 Fl.oz.

When applied the product dries quickly. The user will also notice near immediate oxidisation. I would highly recommend a primer with this product.

Wearers of this product are best to buy a shade lighter as the oxidisation will occur quickly and will darken a shade or two.

I found when wearing this product it was NOT suitable for sensitive skin as this does not claim to be non-comedogenic. Meaning it “could” cause breakouts and there are known irritates in the formula.

This product is great for oily and combination skin as the product does not fall victim to oil break through.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Liquid Foundation

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The Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation retails for $40.00 for 1 Fl .oz. The is product has a large cult following by woman of all age demographics.

This is a full coverage foundation that dries quickly. I noticed there was mild oxidisation even when using a primer.

The Double Wear foundation is great for covering redness and hyperpigmentation.

It buffs out best with a damp beauty blender. When applied with a brush, streakiness was emphasised due to the thickness of the formula.

The product come in a pump jar, which makes it easy to prevent the product from oxidising and clean up simple.

Who Is The Winner?

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Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation!

I found the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation to be the better product on a number of grounds. The biggest being that this product is non-comedogenic or won’t clog your pore and irritate your skin. Whereas the Revlon Colorstay although more affordable, does.

If you were only wearing the Revlon Colorstay only once or twice for a special occasion I would recommend it, however, you’re still taking a chance.

The Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation also has minimal oxidisation but nowhere close to the Revlon Colorstay.

I feel when it comes to $40 CAD this is a reasonable price range for this product considering there are numerous other mid-range foundations for quite a bit more ($52-$60).

When it comes down to it I would rather pay nothing knowing that I am wearing a product that won’t disturb my skin. Or pay a bit for something that is comfortable on my skin and the Estee Lauder Double Wear is that.

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Battle of the Setting Spray: NYX vs. Kat Von D

In the Battle of the Setting Spray, I will be testing the NYX Matte Setting Spray against Kat Von D’s Lock It Spray.

Each has a drastically different price point, but how will they perform on a 10 hour day?

You’re about the find out!

NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray

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As seen in Battle of the Drugstore Setting Sprays: Loreal vs. NYX, the NYX Setting Spray has already proven to be a winner.

Will it keep its crown against a mid range brand such as Kat Von D, who has quite the cult following?

Through the NYX website, the Matte Setting Spray retails for $8.00 USD and comes in a 3.4 fl.oz spray bottle. This bottle is the perfect size for travel.

In terms of packaging, the nozzle is easy to press down on and sprays evenly. You do get some small droplets.

When paired with concealer to hide imperfections this product makes a great adhesive to cover up.

Kat Von D Lock It Setting Spray

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I was excited when the Kat Von D Lock it Setting Spray came out. Kat Von D is a quality brand and has proven a great pick for those with oily skin and acne prone.

The Lock It Setting Spray comes in 2 sizes; 1 fl.oz for $14 USD or 4 fl. oz for $26 USD through the Kat Von D Website.

The packaging is a traditional spray bottle. The nozzle is stiff to press down and it sprays in a fine stream (I found this feature annoying). It reminded me of a Windex bottle set on “stream” instead of “spray”.

Thus, this feature makes it difficult to coat the face evenly and it was easy to waste product. On more than one occasion I sprayed too much to make sure my face was coated.

The product does have fragrance in it. It smells like fruity roses and does fade after a bit. I would not recommend this for those who have fragrance sensitivities.

I also found this product extremely drying after a couple hours. Almost in the sense that I could feel the moisture being suck out of my face. As someone with oily skin, this is a sensation that I’m not familiar with and found it almost uncomfortable.

I should point out I did experience this sensation with the NYX it was only temporary and very mild in comparison.

The Winner Is…

For the second time in a row, NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray is the Winner!

For the price, you get 3.4 fl. oz for only $8 USD. This is very affordable for everyone from high school students to makeup addicts. When compare at $18 USD for a 1 fl. oz. of the Lock-it Setting Spray this is a steal. Generally all, setting sprays have a similar formula.

This product does not have scent or odour in it and doesn’t leave you feeling dried out.

Where the Kat Von D fell short was in the price range and packaging. I found it difficult to use the spray bottle as it was a stream and not a spray. For the price range, I expect packaging that will not give me a hard time. I was left feeling that I had wasted product. A feeling you should never feel with a mid-range brand.

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Battle of the Foundation Brushes: Real Techniques vs. Lancome

In the Battle of the Foundation Brushes, I will be reviewing the Real Techniques and Lancome foundation brushes. I received both of these brushes as part of a set.

For the test, I used the same Teint Idole Foundation for a six week period on both brushes under different circumstances. Although the same product was used the end results were dramatically different.

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The Real Techniques Core Brush Collection sells for $21.99 CAD and can be purchased at Wal-Mart. The brush in this collection I will be reviewing is the Pointed Foundation Brush.

This brush is a great value for the price. The brush is synthetic and has a light wispy feel to it.

When applying foundation it did a great job to get the product distributed on your face. However,  the foundation was left with obvious streaks and brush lines. The product still needs to be buffed with a makeup sponge for a flawless finish. As well as, the brush does soak up quite a bit of product when applying.

This is a great brush if you are trying to build up coverage. As you can achieve full coverage when working in layers and a makeup sponge.

After a couple uses, crumbs began to appear in the foundation. At first, I thought this was the setting powder that was left over from my makeup sponge.  When I investigated the occurrence of this texture it was coming from the Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush.

Unfortunately, as amazing as this brush is, it does require a bit of maintenance in the cleaning department. If you’re like most ladies and only clean your brushes a couple times a month, then this budget friendly brush is not for you. For this brush to avoid foundation crumbs I recommend that you clean it after 2-3 uses.

Brush Set

The Lancome Paris en Rose Brush Set is a limited edition set that retails for $86 CAD through the Lancome Website.

The Lancome Foundation Brush #2 is a black tip synthetic brush. In comparison to the Real Technique’s brush, it is stiff, yet soft.

Upon application, the brush soaks up an appropriate amount of foundation and distributes it evenly. Brush lines are hard to see to the naked eye and with some buffing, you could easily skip the beauty blender.

My only complaint with this brush is it very difficult to build up the foundation if you are looking for more of a full coverage finish. Otherwise, this is a great investment if you are upgrading your brushes.

Who is the winner in the Battle of the Foundation Brushes. The Lancome Foundation Brush #2.

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This brush is phenomenal is does not soak up and waste liquid foundation like the Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush.  It is easy to clean and does not require as much maintenance as other foundation brushes. This is a great brush if you are looking to upgrade brushes or as a present.

I must say that the Real Techniques Brush is great for those just starting out with makeup tools. The brush does require more maintenance (frequent cleanings because it does soak up more product.

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Battle of BITE Beauty: Amuse Bouche Lipstick vs. Matte Lip Cream Crayon

In the Battle of the BITE Beauty, I will be comparing the Amuse Bouche Lipsticks to the  Matte Lip Cream Crayon. Both of these products are outstanding and I wear them on a daily basis.

The BITE Amuse Bouche Lipsticks launched at the end of 2015, replacing the now discounted Butter Cream Lipsticks. You can find the Amuse Bouche Lipsticks on the Sephora Website for CAD $30.

These lipsticks are hydrating and sit comfortably on the lips. They have a satin feel to them.

However what justifies a long lasting lipstick?

As comfortable and highly pigmented as these are, I found they did fade and settled into cracks of the lips after about 4-5 hours of untouched wear. If you are not a fan of staining, you may not like these as I found they do leave some residue.

Regardless, these are still one of my favourite products and I recommend everyone to have a least one of them. They are excellent for work wear.

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The Matte Lip Cream Crayon retails on the Sephora website for $28. These crayons are slender in comparison to the Amuse Bouche Lipstick bullets. Thus, making it easier to manoeuvre around the lips to line them.

I love the smell of these. They remind of PEZ candy and taste like oranges (no I don’t intentionally eat my lip products). In terms of wear, these can last on the lips up to 6 hours, after which you may notice fading.

The only wee complaint I have about these is the product tends to feather after removal to eat.

Who is the winner in the Battle of BITE Beauty? The Matte Creme Lip Crayon.

I love these products equally I recommend that every woman have a least one of each. However, the Matte Lip Cream Crayon is just a hair width more outstanding. The wear is longer and a dryer formula in comparison to the Amuse Bouche Lipstick. It is also a hair width cheaper by $2 CAD.

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Battle of the Too Faced Eye Shadow Palettes

In the Battle of the Too Faced Eye Shadow Palettes, I will be reviewing the Chocolate Bon Bons vs. The Sweet Peach Palette. Both of these palettes retail for $59 CAD from Sephora (a little bit more from the Too Faced website) and are part of the permanent collection.


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This palette is great for doing subtle work looks and smoky eyes. There are great transition shades in here that will assist in building up any look.

These can be used for more than one purpose from highlighter (Satin Sheets) to filling in your brows (Dark Truffle).

However not all the shades are consistent.

For instance, Malted and Black Currant came out muddy and can be difficult to blend. Cafe Au Lait looks wonderful in the pan but looses its iridescence when applied.

The matte shades are the winners in this palette and the shimmer shades are lack lustre in comparison.

Unfortunately, if you get these shades a little bit wet the pan will be stained.


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The Sweet Peach Palette joined Too Faced’s permanent line at the end of 2016. It was originally released in spring 2016 as a limited edition and due to high demand, it was brought back.

It’s clear that Too Faced as reformulated this palette as it has incredible pigmentation compared to the Chocolate Bon Bons Palette. White Peach (Sweet Peach) is close to Divinity (Chocolate Bon Bons) in colour but White Peach is considerably more pigmented.

The shimmer shades give me the chills when I wear them. These shimmers look almost wet on the lids like I applied gloss on my lids.

When playing around with the matte shade I was blown away at how pigment they were in comparison to the Chocolate Bon Bons Palette. It takes little effort to blend these puppies out.

Who is the Winner in the Battle of the Too Faced Palettes? The Sweet Peach Palette.

The new Too Faced shadow formula left me breathless. I have been using Too Faced products for many years and was expecting a just above average palette, but I found myself buying wowed by the quality of this instead.

The Sweet Peach Palette won because of the new formula it’s hard to judge these products otherwise since it has the same packaging and price point.

I feel this will be a collector’s favourite and great introduction piece for those who have never owned a Too Faced Palette before.

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Battle of the Smoothing Primer: Maybelline VS. Tarte

In the Battle of the Smoothing Primers I will be comparing Maybelline’s Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer to Tarte’s Clean Slate 12 Hour Perfecting Primer. Both primers sell for drastically different price points and the end results may stun you.

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

Maybelline’s Instant Pore Eraser Primer is an affordable drugstore primer that is widely available. This primer retails for approximately $11.99 at Wal-Mart and Shopper’s Drug Mart.

The Baby Skin primer claims to blur or erase pores however, after application users may notice that their pores appear to be minimized and can  still be seen by the naked eye.

Upon application the Pore Eraser primer goes on as a slippery silicone gel. This is the secret to the blurring effect of this primer. It is heavily formulated with silicone.

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Tarte’s Clean Slate Poreless 12 Hour Primer is a silicone based primer just like the Maybelline Baby Skin. However this primer retails for $40 CAD from the Tarte direct website and Sephora.

Tarte is known for having “high powered” natural ingredients in their products. This is no exception as there are antioxidants present in this primer formula. Unfortunately, there are known to be irritable plant extracts in this as well that could be problematic to sensitive skin.

After using a full tube of this I found it did in fact contribute to break outs.

As a “smoothing primer” this product was underwhelming as it had a minimal effect in blurring pores. After 6 hours of wear I found this did contribute to pooling and oiliness. In addition to laugh lines and expression lines becoming more pronounced.

Who is the winner in the Battle of Smoothing Primer? Maybelline’s Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser!

The Baby Skin Primer may not make your pores magically disappear but it will blur the size of them better then the Tarte Clean Slate Primer. The amount of silicone present in the Baby Skin Primer simply out performs the Tarte Primer.

If you are looking to smooth dry patches the more silicone the better to create a flawless smooth canvas for foundation.

For the price point, I expect more from a $40 primer. Particularly one that is going to be formulated without irritates or has some added benefits for my skin. At $11.99  the Baby Skin primer is a superb smoothing primer that does not add to break outs or cause oiliness.



Battle of the Full Coverage Foundation: Tarte VS. Lancome

For most, full coverage foundation is a necessity to cover up any flaws on your complexions. I for one, have tried numerous full coverage foundations in an attempt to evade the demons that have marred my face over time.

As a side note I must say that I have combination skin and that will be a factor in this battle as I have two different skin types to deal with.

Today in the Battle of the Full Coverage Foundation I will comparing Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Foundation with Lancome’s Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour Long Wear Foundation.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation is a 12 hour foundation  that is vegan friendly. The product comes in a 1.7 fl.oz. squeeze tube and is a thick consistency because it is clay.. You can purchase this on the Tarte website or Sephora for $51 CAD. This foundation does have SPF-15 in it.

Application is best done with a dense brush or by spreading and buffing with a make up sponge. Buffing is important when working with this product as it easy to use too much.

How did it perform?

This foundation claims to be 12 hour wear, and I partially agree. If you have dry patches this foundation will cling to it and emphasize those problem areas. If you have normal skin then this will be a good pick for you and will hold up to the 12 hour claim.

For those who have pronounced lines on your face; such as expression lines and laugh lines then after hours of wear this product will settle in those lines with a have a cracking appearance.

If have areas where your are oily I found that this foundation would have oil break through and look streaky. The area I found this to occur the most was on my chin. I found this could be avoided by baking areas like forehead and chin however you run the chance of looking cakey.

Lancome Teint Idole is a 24 hour wear foundation that offers medium to full coverage. This product took 8 years to develop by Lancome and is oil free and fragrance free. This foundation does have SPF-15 in it and packaging comes in a heavy glass pump jar of 1 fl. oz. You can purchase this from the Sephora website for $55 CAD.

As for application the product is a watery consistency and a little goes a long way. Generally, one pump will give you a full face at medium coverage. Brushing on small amount and then buffing them out with a damp make up sponge will give you a flawless finish. Go in a second time to build up coverage to full.

How did it perform?

I have seen no oil break through when using this product  on either my forehead or chin area. This product does not emphasize laugh lines or expression lines. However it can “catch” on dry patches. To best avoid this use the setting spray method on dry areas when working with this foundation.

Who is the winner in the Battle of the Full Coverage Foundation? Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour Long Wear Foundation!

For the price point I would spend the $4 extra to purchase this. It will last your twice as long as the Tarte Foundation. Even though Tarte’s Foundation is 1.7 fl. oz it is a thicker consistancy. On average a tube would last me about 2 months. Whereas, the Lancome foundation has lasted me about 3.5 months and I’m just a little bit past halfway in the jar. In the end you are saving money by spending a few dollars more.

For skin types I found the Lancome Teint Idole to perform better. Because I am combination skin I have both extremes of oily and dry and this worked with these issues  instead of against them. I found the Amazonian Clay did not work with combination skin (oil break through and exaggerated dry patches) and would be better suited for normal skin or sensitive skin types.

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