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  • Fresh Skincare Studio-Regina Thomas

Cruelty-Free Drugstore Foundations Reviewed!

With fall just right around the corner, back to school season is upon us! I remember the days of going back to school and wanting to look as fabulous as possible, but on a budget! Drugstore makeup has come so far since my old ass was in high school and I've had a lot of fun testing cruelty-free drugstore makeup! Not all of the foundations I've tried so far have been awesome, but I plan to keep on trying them until I narrow down all of the best ones! Here's what I've got so far:

1. Wet 'n Wild Photo Focus Foundation ($6 Ulta): I'm just going to go ahead and start with my favorite! This foundation is my JAM. First, it's six bucks. Second, it's cruelty free. Third, it applies and wears beautifully! This is a medium-coverage foundation and I like to apply it with a flat foundation brush and then blend it with a sponge. The only gripe I have about this foundation is that there really isn't a big shade range. I would totally wear this foundation instead of my fancier ones though.

2. Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation ($10 Ulta): I really wanted to love this, but no thank you. For starters, the lightest shade I could find was three shades too dark for me. Then, it applied okay, but I had to do two layers to get to full coverage and then it looked cakey. This one didn't wear well for me either, it got oily pretty damn quickly (like in an hour). A lot of people love this product, but if you're pale and have combo/oily skin, I can't recommend this. The only way I might make this work is during the winter when my skin is dry and if I do some self tanning.

3. NYX Total Control Drop Foundation ($14 Ulta): This is amazing stuff! The application is a little tricky because the product is very liquid-y, but the coverage is awesome and it lasts really well! I used two drops on each cheek and my forehead and one drop for my nose and chin and it was FULL COVERAGE. I felt that it was easiest to use a blending brush for application and working in small sections made it less messy. This is a little pricier, but it's worth it to me for how great the coverage is!

4. Makeup Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation ($9 Ulta): I was stoked about this foundation...until I put it on my face. The packaging is beautiful and it melted onto my skin so well. However, when I started to blend it it became a hot mess. This sank into all of my pores and highlighted all of my acne scarring. I applied two layers to attempt full coverage and I looked soooo cakey. Also, I set it with powder and it still slid all over the place and looked oily AF. Maybe this would work for someone with flawless normal skin, but it wasn't for me.

5. Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation ($11 Ulta): I had never even heard of this brand until I stopped into Ulta for this blog post, but I'm so glad I picked up this foundation!!! I love the packaging (sturdy glass bottle), it's easy to apply, it has great coverage, and it's long-lasting! I feel like I look flawless with this foundation on and it stays looking awesome for at least 8 hours without any touch ups! Again, I'm disappointed at the shade range, but I've heard that this was a "soft launch" and Catrice will be releasing more shades. I sure hope that's the case, because I adore this foundation!

It was super fun testing these products! I've already thought of five more cruelty-free drugstore foundations to try! I've also got some other drugstore beauty staples in mind to test and review! I hope this helps you on your journey to looking fab!



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