The moment I received confirmation that Mecca wouldn’t be receiving this Too Faced range (it’s a range exclusively collaborated with Sephora US in case you were curious) was the moment that I knew I needed to try this foundation! I had watched countless positive YouTube reviews and couldn’t not pick this one up! From looking at shade pictures and descriptions online (plus watching at least 15 reviews online) I chose the shade Vanilla, described as “Fair with neutral undertones”.
First of all, the packaging – how gorgeous is it? I love the pink ombré in the packaging and I simply adore the tube packaging with the pump – reminiscent of the Hangover Primer this packaging is insanely practical and I couldn’t be more impressed ! It also smells absolutely delicious, but for those who aren’t fans of fragranced products it doesn’t linger on the skin, but if you’re really not into any fragrance at all I’d give it a miss. If not- it smells like a candy heaven!
When I first pumped out this product I immediately began laughing – how in the world is this a ‘fair with neutral undertone’ shade? I actually swatched this while I had a bit of a tan and was about 2 shades darker than I normally would wear – so this definitely isn’t fair! I’d call it a light-medium for sure with yellow undertones – nothing neutral about this.
Horrible shade aside, I’ve tested this out a few times recently. Whilst I was quite tan (for me anyway!) I was able to just get away with this blended all the way down my neck and lightened up with concealer in the usual areas of the face.
My first impression of the actual product was really good. I used my usual primer combination and was instantly impressed with the finish. An hour later I looked in the mirror and was even more impressed. This foundation didn’t appear cakey on the skin and didn’t emphasise my texture – in fact if I didn’t know the texture and the enlarged pores were underneath you’d have thought my skin was flawless. It wore so so nicely on my skin – I wore it for about 10 hours and whilst my nose was a little bit oily by the end it hadn’t seperated whatsoever. It still looked gorgeous on my skin – no cracking, settling into fine lines or emphasising dryness. It’d barely moved on my chin either, which is where I struggle with coverage fading.
Second time around I definitely felt much of the same about the foundation. I used a little lightening drop from The Body Shop to calm down the colour which definitely helped. I found that the foundation did break down ever so slightly on my nose during the day but no nasty separation. I didn’t touch it up or blot it as I was having a day mostly at home. The foundation wears really nicely, it doesn’t oxidise and just really helps the skin look flawless.
Overall, I do really like this foundation and recommend it. It does wear off slowly on my nose but does it in a way that it isn’t super obvious on the face. It is a foundation that is really easy to work with and something I definitely recommend getting your hands on!