Thursday Thoughts – @ABHcosmetics Luminous Foundation

March 26, 2020

These days (well, “these days” meaning pre-store closures), I won’t buy a higher end foundation without first getting a sample. Thankfully, @sephora makes that simple and that’s where I picked up the @anastasiabeverlyhills Luminous Foundation ($38 for 1.01 ounces –

What it claims:

πŸ”˜ A medium-coverage liquid foundation with a luminous, natural finish

πŸ”˜ Water-resistant and long-wearing, it applies seamlessly and creates a perfected complexion look

πŸ”˜ Available in 50 shades, the lightweight, easy-to-blend formula looks ultra-fresh and blurs any imperfection, including discoloration and unevenness

πŸ”˜ Free of parabens and mineral oil

πŸ”˜ Vegan, cruelty-free and gluten-free

My experience:

πŸ”˜ I was shade matched to 140N (fair skin with a neutral peach undertone).

πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘ŽπŸ» That shade is far too yellow on me, but I was able to make it work by applying a neutral concealer.

πŸ‘ŽπŸ» I applied dots all over my face and, seeing as though it’s considered a luminous foundation, I wasn’t worried about only working in sections because of dry time. However, that was mistake. This is one of the driest, hardest to blend out foundations I have ever tried.

πŸ‘ŽπŸ» I had to remove it from my forehead because it looked so cakey and dry. I put more moisturizer down and reapplied. It didn’t look good, but it was passable.

πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘ŽπŸ» I immediately sprayed a hydrating setting spray on top and it helped slightly, but I was still seeing a lot of settling.

πŸ‘ŽπŸ» As I applied all of my other products on top, I noticed that the foundation was picking up.

πŸ‘πŸ» I haven’t had to blot once.

πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘ŽπŸ» Now five (5) hours into wear, I will say that it looks a little bit better than it did after initial application. It also looks really good from a distance.

My verdict?

Even though I love the high medium coverage this is giving me, I refuse to accept how heavy and dry it looks on my skin. I was so excited to test out a dewy, plumping, smoothing foundation today, but instead I got something that performs like a high-coverage, mattifying product. This is a hard pass for me.

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