I am definitely a big foundation lover; I love finding new bases to try. It’s true that I love my high end bases, but you’re looking at £30+ for a pot – it’s not always that affordable. The high street now has lots of good quality foundations that are getting better and better – for me personally I look for a good shade match, a great texture and decent ingredients.
B. Beauty’s new B. Even oil free foundation comes in 8 shades, from pale to dark, and some good medium shades in between! The foundation is supposed control oil whilst keeping the skin hydrated and glowing too which is good for me – I have dry skin on my cheeks, especially in this chilly weather, but I get oiliness on my forehead and nose as the day goes on. B. Even boasts of 10 hour hydration with hyaluronic acid as an ingredient as well as other moisture boosting ingredients so that even people like me who don’t just specifically have oily skin can use it too.
I have tried some other bits and pieces from B.Beauty and quite liked them (love this Halloween range) so I had high hopes for this brand. I like the clean feel it has (the range is suitable for vegans too and is cruelty free).
The base comes in a clear heavy weight glass container, which feels sturdy (I hate flimsy packaging!). The range has a good 4/5 shades which are great for darker skintones, which is great really because there aren’t enough choices out there for darker skin tones on the high street. There was a time, when I first started getting interested in make up, I couldn’t find a yellow toned one anywhere and I had to wear this Cover Girl pink coloured monstrosity on my face…ugh.
So when testing this base, I had shade 040 Honey and 060 Fawn as my closest matches. I don’t actually have 050, but that I think would be the best match for my NC30-35 skintone! So I just mixed Honey and Fawn together and that worked well.
040 Honey is yellow toned but also quite a neutral beige I think would suit a lot of Asian skin tones like mine because it isn’t overly yellow. 060 Fawn has more of a reddish tone and I think would work for those with tanned Asian skin tones.
The texture of this foundation I found was a thick liquid, quite rich and very pigmented with medium coverage that can definitely be built up too high quite easily. I used the lighter shade under my eyes as a concealer – it has a almost tacky texture when first applied, which made it adhere well to the skin – it’s one of those foundations you can tell will last all day on the skin because once it sets, it almost feels sealed in (but not powdery) so my skin doesn’t look dry.
This is the first mix I did with the base, I got it a bit too dark! I would do a big pump of the 040 and 1/2 a pump of 060 to make up my shade.
I also used their Illuminating primer, which I think helped to ‘grab’t he foundation and added a bit more glow to the skin. I also used their cream eyeshadow in Poseidon (a leafy green) on my eyes.
As I write this post, I have been wearing the foundation all day, and it hasn’t slipped off (something which happens quite a lot to me), I haven’t needed to powder (remember my skin is dry with oily areas, not oily all over), and it’s still quite glowy. As the day goes on, my skin looked a bit more matt then when I first applied the base – perhaps this is the oil control kicking in!
Close up of my skin – pore cover is good too:
I would definitely recommend this for ladies who want an oil controlling foundation with good coverage, and especially if you find it hard finding a foundation that matches your skintone. I would use this base particularly in the summer months or when travelling somewhere humid as I am sure it would stay put.
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