I think this might actually be my first make-up review! I was so excited when I heard that Morphe would be launching foundations. I mentioned this product in my January 2019 Beauty Wish List post which I will link here if you wanna check that out. I was very excited about this foundation launch, and I thought it was pretty great when they were launching 60 shades.
I ordered the shade 1.50 from the Morphe website, and it was a pretty good match. I didn’t mind wearing it, but it wasn’t my perfect undertone. Morphe did include sample sizes of other shades, and I actually found a better shade. Apparently, I have an olive undertone because the shade 1.90 has an olive undertone, and it was my perfect match. Usually, I choose neutral undertones in my foundation because I don’t have a cool or warm undertone. Now, I know why. When I received the sample packet, I was able to see the differences in undertones for level 1. I have to admit, there was a decent variety. I was even able to give my mom a few samples to try because there was a shade that matched her undertone.
Here are the two shades side by side. The shade on the left is 1.50, and the one on the right is 1.90. The packaging doesn’t do a very good job showing the shade because I would look at 1.90 and assume it was too dark; however, this one matched me perfectly.
Nowwww, into my review….
I bought this for $18 on the day they launched, which I think was a Thursday. I received it by the following Monday. I have played with it and wore it several times since then. I need to mention that I have normal to dry skin. My skin is mostly normal, but I have dry patches in some areas. I also have extremely acne prone skin, acne, and scarring. I also want to mention that I am not a professional at makeup. I am just a normal person that is probably mediocre at makeup. My skills aren’t great, but I do know how to apply my makeup so that it looks good (most of the time, lol).
The application was fine. I didn’t have any problems with that. I tried the foundation with a brush and a sponge. I found that I liked the finish better with a sponge because it didn’t cling to my dry patches as much. The first time I used this I used my Two-Faced hangover primer, and my dry patches looked gross. The second time I tried it I used that primer on one side of my face and my Cover FX on the other side. Still looked gross. The next time I exfoliated the shit out of my face. I used a hydrating mask, and my drunk elephant moisturizer that makes my skill feel so soft and hydrated. After all that work, my face still looked dry. BTW, I used several different setting sprays to try and make this work. Nothing helped. Not even the Mac Fix+ which fixes everything.
Okay, Warning! Here are some photos and close ups so you can see what I mean. In this picture, it doesn’t look so bad. There are no filters on this picture, and the only thing I used was the flash. It doesn’t look too bad at first glance, right? However, check out my nose… kinda looks like a crusty mess. This was 10 minutes after I finished my makeup. My forehead and chin look very dry. Despite this foundation literally sucking the life and moisture out of my face, it wasn’t uncomfortable. I guess it has that going for it. Anyway… Still don’t see the issues?
Okay, let’s go in a little closer.
This photo was taken in my car, so you guys are seeing the foundation in natural light. Again, I used a hydrating serum and my drunk elephant moisturizer. Still gross. I honestly can’t believe I went shopping with my face looking like this. My nose, again, looks gross. The texture on my cheeks are extremely accentuated. It looked very heavy and very cakey that day. I didn’t use any other new products, so I know that it was the foundation making me look gross. Again, Mac Fix+ couldn’t make me look better lol.
Need more proof? Okay, let’s get verrrrryyy up close and personal.
Please ignore the mustache and unibrow.. It’s been a minute, lol. Anyway, The texture around my mouth is emphasized, my nose looks gross, and my pores are deeper than a volcano. And I don’t even have issues with large pores. I forgot to mention that. I think that is enough of my ranting about how dry this made me look. Let’s talk about the other issues.
I want to say that this claims to be full-coverage. I can say that it is, but I still had some of my acne scars showing, so I had to build it up to cover those. Another claim is that it’s transfer proof. I would say that it is for the first hour or so. After my natural oils came through, it would transfer.
I would say that people with dry skin should avoid this because it is so matte and drying. I’m not sure how it would be for people with oily skin because it did begin to transfer when my natural oils came through. I tried so hard to make this foundation work, but I couldn’t. I will say that I have one more idea to try and see if it will work. I have heard to putting an oil in this would help, but I’m hesitant to do that because oils break me out. That reminds me, I didn’t have any problem with this breaking me out.
If you wanna give this a try, I’d recommend exfoliating, moisturizing, hydrating, drinking a gallon of water, whatever you need to do to hydrate your skin. If you have tried this foundation, let me know you’re thoughts or if you have any secrets that may help me with it. If you have oily skin, did this work for you? Let me know what you thought! 🙂
Until next timeeee.
2018 was a very mediocre year for me when it came to trying out new makeup. I intend to change that for this year. I have already seen posts for new launches that I am really excited to try this year, but there are also products that have been released for a while that I really want to finally try. On the other side of things, there are new releases that are going to be launched this year, and I’m not really interested in for one reason or another, and I plan out posting about those soon. I was initially going to talk about them all in one post, but I felt like that would be way too long. 🙂
Products I Want to Try
This palette will forever be on my wish list. I love purples and pinks, and this palette speaks to me. Check out that price though. I cannot bring myself to spend that much money on a palette unless I know I will love it. Maybe not even then. Maybe 2019 will be the year that I finally get the chance to try this one out. Natasha Denona has released a mini version of this one that has five shades in it for $25, so I may try that one first. If I like that one well enough I may splurge on the full size. But even for 5 shades for $25, that is still a little pricey. Basically, it breaks down to $5 per eye shadow. There are several other palettes from this brand, but this is the only one that I would try. From the looks of it, it has a nice mixture of warm and cool tones, and the purple and pink are just calling my name.
I feel like this new foundation has already broken the internet, and it hasn’t even official launched yet. I feel like in the YouTube beauty community, Morphe always has drama attached to its name. Honestly, I don’t really care about that, and I am excited to try this foundation. From what I’ve seen so far, it is reallllyyyyyy full coverage. My face has a lot of scarring and acne spots that I need to cover, so I usually gravitate to full coverage foundations. I have normal skin – not dry or oily, so this one may work for me. I don’t know. I will probably buy this one and the concealer when it launches and try it out. I may post a future review on it after I try it, so you guys can see how it worked for me and my skin type. By the way, this is going to be released with 60 shades. That is pretty bad ass. I feel like I have the hardest time finding foundations. Even though I have a lighter skin tone, I have a weird undertone. It’s neutral, but it doesn’t really lean cool or warm. If I have too warm of a foundation, I looked yellow af. I might have liver disease or something. If I wear a foundation that is too cool, then I look like I have a very unflattering sunburn. I don’t remember where I heard it, but someone said this foundation would have 12 shades in each tone and have varying undertones. This is going to be released for $18.
I didn’t get to try the Hourglass Vanish Foundation Stick, but I heard that it was really good. I should have included that one on my list, but I figured since this one is new I’d talk about it instead. On Trendmood’s instagram, there isn’t a release date for this one yet; however, it claims that it will be full coverage. I already feel like 2019 will be the year of new foundations. I have already ordered 2 this year that I have been wanting to try, so what’s 2 more, right? This foundation is going to be released with 32, so not as much as the Morphe foundations. I hope that it has a good variety of shades and undertones. Especially, for the price. Well, I can’t say that for sure because the price hasn’t been posted yet, but it’s Hourglass. It’s not going to be cheap.
I really want to try this one. I haven’t really tried anything from Nars, except their long-wear foundation. This is the Color I Wanted Blush Palette, so it has the lighter tones. The Color II Palette has deeper shades for deeper skin tones. I am very picky when it comes to blush because I feel that (because of my weird ass undertone) they can look weird on me if I’m not careful. I’v heard really good things about Nars blushes, so I really want to try this one. For $59, that is a little bit steep. Howeverrrrrrrr, I want justify it by saying that I’m only paying a little less than $10 for each blush. That makes it sound a little better, right? I’m pretty sure I’m the queen of justification. 😀 BTW, this is limited edition, and I don’t know how long it has been out. Hopefully, I can get it before it’s gone.
The last thing that I would like to try is the Huda Beauty Obsessions Palette in Smokey. I got the Desert Dusk Palette for Christmas last year, and I really like that palette. Hopefully, if I do decide to get this one the formula is the same. Lately, I’ve been feeling darker, smokier looks. I think this palette could give me some super sultry, grungy looks which I’ve been into. The silver and black in this palette are what I most love about it. I know what you’re thinking…. But, Sam, you can get a black and silver in almost every palette. So what, STFU. I want this one. Why? Because it has 9 shades for $27, and I already know I like this brand’s eye shadow formula. Actually, I haven’t tried any of the Obsession palettes, and there are quite a few that I am interested in. So, if I like this one, I will probably buy the other one’s I like too.
So, I had a lot of other products on my list, but I narrowed it down to my top 5. I don’t do that new year’s resolution bullshit because I can never stick to it; however, I feel like I can make a goal to try more makeup this year and grow my collection just a little. There’s not harm there. Maybe to my wallet… and my boyfriend’s sanity. Worth the sacrifice, though, in my opinion. If you have tried these products or are excited to check any of them out, let me know your thoughts and opinions.
[Previous Wish List Post Here]
Since Halloween is officially over and the holiday season is about to arrive, I thought it would be a good idea to post a few products that are on my wish list for this year (so mom, sisters, boyfriend — pay attention). These products aren’t necessarily new releases, but they are products that I haven’t used or tried. PS. I realize Thanksgiving is the next holiday, but is it ever to early to start a Christmas wish list? 🙂