Makeup | Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

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B A B Y ,   I   W A S   B O R N   T H I S   W A Y

Or was I?

Urban Decay's Naked Skin Foundation will always be my holy grail. 

But it has its problems. It's too lightweight and causes flashback, hence why I only use it as an everyday foundation. So when events arrived, I realized I needed a full coverage foundation. Not too thick for my normal skin type, and would last throughout the days. 

So I picked up Too Faced Born This Way Foundation. In hopes it would be the full coverage I needed. 

Is it? Yes, and no.

Before anything else, let me just say I'm very disappointed in the color range.

Despite having 18 shades in its arsenal, each shade looks almost identical. I picked up 'Vanilla' but I could have easily picked up the lightest shade 'Snow' and still match. Besides, there is a lack of darker shades for darker girls. Its darkest shade being a light tan than a deep brown.

Too Faced has acknowledged this problem. Still depressing. A huge brand should carry more diverse colour choices for its customers.

I almost forgive Too Faced for the foundation though.

Cased in glass and almost regal in packaging, Too Faced Born This Way looks as expensive as it actually is.

Priced at S$61 (US$39) for 30ml (1oz), this oil-free foundation has medium to full coverage with a slight floral scent. It is not particularly strong but noticeable enough to provide illusions of grandeur. At least, for me when I first opened it.

Surprisingly lightweight while still providing coverage. One pump of the foundation provides a thick, creamy dollop. I usually use a beauty blender to sheer it out, giving a dewy finish. For best application, apply with a foundation brush in a downward strokes. At full coverage (2 pumps), it minimised dark under-eyes, and discoloration in my dead skin.


But it has its problems too.

When applied too thick, it can look cakey. Settling into fine lines, that can exaggerate the crevices and blemishes. This becomes prominent in this hot, humid weather. At the hottest day, the foundation WILL melt. I press a tissue onto my forehead and the foundation looks like wet sand. 

I wouldn't recommend it for everyday wear either. Even though it looks beautiful, it can clog the pores when applied too often.

This is a problem with full-coverage foundations. Beautiful coverage and a beautiful finish, when done right. And when wrong, it looks wrong.


Too Faced Born This Way is a gorgeous foundation. It's full coverage makes it perfect for events, hiding any imperfection and photographing beautifully. I don't think I've used any foundation that looks this good both on-camera and off. 

So long as it is applied lightly on cool days.

With the hefty price tag, it is almost a luxury to purchase. Do try it out if you can afford it. I doubt it will become my everyday foundation. It still makes me feel lavish during those long event-filled days.

Have you tried Too Faced Born This Way? What's your favourite foundation?