Notes on New Foundations

 Between two Ulta Hauls and a press package, I've ended up with a lot of new foundations on my hands! I take a long time to review foundations because I like to test them with different application methods, powders, primers, and concealers - basically I want to give you as much information as possible. That being said, I wanted to offer my initial opinion and some quick facts on these new base launches now that I've tried them all once or twice. All four foundations are drastically different - I'm having fun playing with lots of unfamiliar textures and formats. Click through for a quick look at these foundations.

L'Oreal Lumi Cushion
My Shade: N2 Classic Ivory
Shade range: 12
Finish: Dewy
Texture: Fluid
Format: Cushion
Coverage level: Light, buildable
Price: $16.99/14.5ml
Thoughts: The most fun of the bunch, I've really been enjoying L'Oreal's new cushion foundation, both for it's light, glowy formula and it's novelty factor! I like this cushion foundation's buildable nature, but I'm struggling to find application methods that don't involve the included sponge - so far it's the only thing that works for me. I though the shade N2 was a good match, but just yesterday I noticed that it oxidizes slightly orange on me, which is disappointing.

Maybelline Dream Velvet
My Shade: 10 Porcelain Ivory
Shade Range: 12
Finish: Natural matte
Texture: Creamy
Format: Mousse
Coverage level: Medium
Price: $10.99/30ml
Thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised by Dream Velvet's light, creamy mousse texture, which glides and blends very smoothly. The medium coverage is complimented nicely by a skin-like matte finish. I'm kicking myself for my shade selection though - I chose Porcelain Ivory because it's usually Maybelline's lightest shade - but not this time! A lighter shade, Warm Ivory, is available, which I'm sure would match me better than this cool toned shade. I'm probably going to exchange, if possible.

Revlon ColorStay Compact
My Shade: 110 Ivory
Shade Range: 12
Finish: Matte
Texture: Creamy
Format: Cream compact
Coverage level: Light
Price: $15.99/11g
Thoughts: I've never used a cream compact foundation before, which is the only reason I chose to purchase Revlon's ColorStay Compact. This foundation feels fantastically creamy in the pan, but it looks atrocious on my skin! Patchy, dry, and just gross - I definitely need to play with primers. Of the four foundations in this post, Revlon's Ivory is probably the best shade match for me, which sucks because it's my least favorite formula thus far.

Pür Cosmetics HydraFluid*
My Shade: Light
Shade Range: 5
Finish: Dewy
Texture: Fluid
Format: Liquid
Coverage level: Sheer
Price: $39/30ml
Thoughts: This serum like foundation has a lovely texture and beautiful dewy finish, but it offers minimal coverage. The lightest shade, Light, is quite dark, too dark for me to wear in public, so I'm having a hard time wearing it enough to test thoroughly. If a 'fair' shade had been available, I'd be all over the HydraFluid foundation, I like a lot about it, but as always, Pür has disappointed me with it's shade range.

Have you tried any of these foundations? Which one sounds most interesting to you?

Press samples are marked with an asterisk (*).