I use a lot of Tarte products but mainly their foundations (love the water foundation). When I heard about the Foundcealer I instantly loved the name. It’s clever and when you hear it you instantly think of a foundation that conceals. I’ve seen a lot of great reviews on this so I was really excited to try it.
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babassu foundcealer™ skincare foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20
Claims (from tartecosmetics.com):
1. Formulated with nourishing superbalm babassu, essential fatty acids, antioxidants
2. Protects with SPF 20
3. Hydrate, plump skin, minimize appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
4. Delivers natural, radiant finish & medium customizable finish.
5. Application suggestions: light coverage (use fingertips), light-medium (use babassu sponge), medium (babassu brush)
**based on clinical study; 100% improvement in fine lines and wrinkles after 10 days. (per website)
I’ve seen a lot of reviews that this is supposed to be a full coverage foundation. Yet, nowhere did I see on the website of claims of full coverage. Not sure where certain people got the idea that it was full coverage… then they were disappointed that is wasn’t actually full coverage when they used it. (insert confused emoji here).
Before I even looked at the website, because of the reviews I’ve seen, I was worried it might be too much coverage for me! I like light to medium coverage. I purchased it anyway because I had to try it for myself.
Packaging & Product…One thing I love about Tarte is how many shades they have with a lot of their foundations. The Foundcealer has 30 shades available. I’m 27N Light-Medium-Neutral. The packaging is a sturdy plastic with a twist up unlock, twist down lock feature which I really like. Once unlocked, you use as a pump. What I didn’t like was the length of the “spout” so it’s a little uncomfortable to just pump directly onto my face which is something I prefer to do. The consistency is a thicker liquid foundation; which I thought I wouldn’t like but after a couple uses, I really liked it.
Application & Impressions…
1. Started with my usual skincare routine.
2. I primed one side of my face with Tatcha Silk Canvas and the other with CoverFX Water Cloud
3. NO COLOR CORRECTION to see the “concealing effects”
4. Using a damp BeautyBlender, I applied. … and OMG I instantly fell in love.
First, I noticed that even without color correcting, my redness and dark spots were covered. I also didn’t wear concealer and my under eyes were an even color. For everyday-wear, I’m actually glad that I’m comfortable not wearing a concealer with this foundation. On a couple nights out I did wear concealer for more definition on my face.
Once I set my face with powder, I was so happy with the look and feel of the foundcealer. It is very lightweight (perfect for summer). It covered my discoloration and blemishes with a smooth finish. Though I’m oily/combo, I like a hydrating foundation. It gave the radiant finish that they claimed and it also just felt like a part of my skincare routine. I didn’t touch up my makeup at all throughout the day. At the end of the day I felt like I needed to pat with an oil sheet but that’s normal routine for my oily skin.
If you have oily or combo skin and like a more matte look, I recommend using a mattifying setting spray with this and it will leave a matte finish even if the foundation is not specifically meant to be matte. I naturally get the “dewy look” (too much oil ). When I want a real matte finish, I use the CoverFX Mattifying setting spray or the Tatcha Satin Skin Mist.
Light to Medium coverage (which I like)
Fixes discoloration ++++++
Smooth finish (minimizes pores without clogging)
Looks great after 8-10 hour work day
Only Con – the pump spout being too short. Gets the product on the actual bottle if not tilted enough. But my solution was to just pump product directly into a beauty sponge or brush.
**I’ve been using this for over a month now. I’ve noticed a drastic change in fine lines on my face. Especially my forehead [where I have the most fine lines and 2 pretty deep wrinkles.] I won’t say it was only the foundation that did this but this was one of their claims and I was very impressed because I saw big changes after just a couple weeks. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments about my makeup since I’ve been wearing this foundation. Most days, I try to go for the ‘Fresh Face Fantasy’ (any Bretmanrock fans here?) and I’ve gotten compliments on my “flawless skin” but its actually my foundation. HA!
Cost is $39 available at Sephora and TarteCosmetics.com. It’s the average cost I would pay for a good foundation. If you choose to buy online, I recommend the ‘shade finder’ on Sephora.com [if you already know a color on a brand you already use.] It’s pretty spot on with matching you to other brand foundations.
I’m very happy with this foundation. I don’t have a grading scale yet since I haven’t done a comparison but just know this is currently my favorite!!
This post is not sponsored by Tarte Cosmetics in any way. I purchased this item on my own and giving my honest opinion. photos from (tartecosmetics.com)