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I bought this foundation as I love Soap and Glory's face and body products and was thrilled when they brought out a makeup range. I was also impressed by their range of colours. Quite often makeup brands have only a very limited range of shades, which don't accommodate those of us with very pale or very dark skin. That being said, the shade The Fairest of the Them All was a good colour match on me, although slightly too pink.
I love the packaging of this. It looks more expensive than the £11 I paid for it. You can also squeeze the product out of the bottle which makes it sanitary and means that you do not waste product.
This is where I feel the foundation let me down. It is supposed to be a two in one formula, containing a foundation and a primer, which sounds promising, but I found the formula very difficult to blend. I prefer to use a separate primer. It is said to give a bright, dewy, flawless finish; which I suppose is true for the first hour or two, but I found this product to have very little staying power and at the end of a long day there was barely any left on my face.
I think if the product had have delivered all of its claims I would have been happy to pay £11 for it, but because it didn't last well on my skin I don't think it is value for money.
Overall, this might be a good option for those with oily / combination skin as the addition of a primer may help to extend wear, but for my skin it was a definite no-no.
I should start by saying, how pale I am and thus how difficult it is to find makeup, which doesn't make me resemble a TOWIE extra! For me buying foundation is an absolute nightmare, which has meant I've been stuck in the routine of buying the same one for years.
Anyway I decided I would be brave and try something new. So with trepidation I ventured into Boots and began wandering the aisles. I absolutely love anything girlie, vintage, pink and cute, and as it so happens the Soap and Glory stand seemed to have all this in one. I was in heaven :-)
After trying lots of their tester products I eventually went with their 2 in 1 skin energizing foundation and primer in the colour: THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL BLANCHE NEIGE.
I would give the packaging 8/10. In keeping with Soap and Glory tradition, it's a typical vintage, yet cute black and pink bottle. The product and the shade are clearly displayed on the front and top of the bottle, and for those who are new to the product or foundation in general there are tips on the back for how to use and blend it.
I was very pleasantly surprised by this product. Firstly it's a 2 in 1 primer and foundation making it great value for money, and easy to use, rather than applying two products. In terms of the shade, it pretty much perfectly matched the colour of my skin! I have applied the product with both my fingers and foundation brush, which makes a huge difference, and personally for better results I would use it with a foundation brush, as you can build it up with as little or as much as you want and focus easier on 'problem areas'. But bear in mind, the product is such good quality that only a very small amount is needed to achieve the 'natural look', and to give my skin that dewy, healthy look.
Another positive which I found, was that it felt really light on my skin-I hate when foundation feels really heavy! But this didn't really feel like I had anything on my skin, which is great for me. For those who like to feel a bit more made-up such as on a night out or special occasion, I would use a foundation brush to build it up more.
The other great thing about this product is that it lasts ages!! By the end of a working day my skin still looked great and healthy. So in sum I'm absolutely sold. For any pale skinned girls out there, who want to find an easily blend able, long-lasting, natural-looking product I would definitely recommend this product.
Well let's start off by saying I HATE buying foundation, I can never find one that is good enough but don't like paying a lot for make-up. I really do fall for pretty packaging and when I walked past the Soap and Glory counter in Boots I was in Make-Up Heaven.
I use all the soap and glory products for the bath/shower, body creams, shimmer sprays etc. and thought this would be just as perfect.
Foundation doesn't last very longer on me so started looking for a primer, then I came across this foundation + primer in one...Bingo! Or so I thought!
I was slightly more tanned that usual when I bought this but I don't mind looking like I have a 'glow' so I was there with my £11 foundation (cheap for a foundation + primer in one I thought) bounced to the counter and was so happy with my purchase.
Then I began to use it and my heart actually sank, it was quite heavy on my skin and didn't blend very well either, I hate thick foundation and that is what this was like - it felt cheap! I hoped that this aside that it would last longer but no...It lasted no more than two hours, poor for an £11 foundation I feel.
It also gave me SPOTS! Quite bad and I am still recovering from how terrible my skin went it must have been the thickness of the foundation. I very rarely get spots yet I was covered in them, my chin, my forehead!
It is fair to say I will not be using it again, no matter how pretty the packaging. For the price I would rather get a more expensive foundation that doesn't feel so thick and heavy.
I'll start off by admitting that I am a total sucker for packaging, and so Soap & Glory's overwhelmingly pink, kitschy vintage style has always had me hook, line and sinker. You can only imagine my delight when I saw they'd expanded into make-up!
At £11, SHOW GOOD FACE is pricier than usual 'high street' foundations (obviously excluding the fancy ranges like MAC or Chanel) but I've always been impressed with Soap & Glory products so I was tempted to take the plunge. I took one look at the outside packaging - pink and gold box with an old photo of a beautiful girl with bobbed hair and flawless skin - and my mind was already made up. My pasty face requires the palest shade they had, named 'The Fairest of Them All' - being a massive Snow White fan as a kid I was over-joyed and decided this product was fate! £11 be damned; my gullible mind has convinced me that without even trying it on my face, this product is perfect and every penny will be justified! I'm an advertiser's dream...
As soon as I got home I rushed to the bathroom to take off every scrap of make up, then washed and moisturised my face so I'd have that 'perfect canvas for make up' the professionals go on about. I feel at this point I should tell you my skin type: PERPETUALLY TEENAGE. You know the sort - dry and dull in some patches, oily in others, spots erupting wherever and whenever they damn well please. I'm always worried that my foundation will cling to the dryness and make it worse, or not cover my spots, or transform my oily forehead into a handy mirror for whomever gazes upon it. If I'm really down on my luck, a foundation will come along and score that awful hatrick, leaving me looking like an extra on The Walking Dead. Now it was time to put Soap & Glory to the test.
After making sure my skin was well moisturised, I skipped my usual routine of applying primer - SHOW GOOD FACE is a handy "2-in-1 skin energizing foundation & primer" - which felt a little weird, but obviously I wanted to see what it could do. You have to shake the (admittedly plain black and boring) bottle to "activate" the primer, and it makes a satisfying little sound, kinda like when you shake a spray paint bottle. I opened the screw-top lid easily and gently poured some foundation out onto the back of my hand. You can lightly squeeze the bottle in order to get more product out, but it's not really necessary, especially when the bottle is quite full.
The foundation comes out fairly liquidy but not too runny. I decided to start with a 20p sized blob (if I'm not sure how much I want to use, I sometimes dispense it straight into a little old MAC sample plastic tub that I've cleaned out. I'm fearful of wasting things, plus the pot is handy to just pop in my bag on a night out!). The consistency proved perfect - I took my make up brush and dotted some foundation round my face and started blending. Amazing! It glided easily around my face, but didn't move from place to place; it stayed exactly where I wanted, once blended. Now, I'm not the most skilled person to ever wield a make-up brush so I blended any stroke-marks or tricky areas in with my fingers and decided to step back for a bit and let it 'sink in'. It feels so light on your skin, too, you can't feel it on your face - always a plus!
After about 20 minutes, I plucked up the courage to go back to the mirror and take a look. Wow! I could see that it was living up to it's promise of a "flawless finish", as it had easily covered up most of my little spots. My skin looked bright and even for once in my life! There were a few very red spots near my chin, so I decided to see if a little bit more foundation would tame them. It did a good job but alas, there were two spots that were too damn angry to be placated by foundation, so I had to resort to my good ol' concealer. Because of this, I'm gonna say that this foundation is best for those who want medium (or light) coverage. All in all, though, I was VERY impressed! My spots were covered! My skin looked bright! Perhaps even "camera ready", as it boasts on the box! The foundation also has SPF15 built in, so no nasty sun damage for me!
Of course the real test is duration. I wore it to work and found that it stayed put all day, but I had to re-apply mattifying powder to my forehead at lunchtime as things were starting to look a bit shiny - this is also the case on a night out. Perhaps the primer in SHOW GOOD FACE should be a little stronger? However, this was to be expected with my combination skin. If you're anything like me and get dry skin occasionally - my problem area there is the bottom of my nose! - I'd advise you to stay moisturised! I found that, if I didn't apply enough moisturiser to my nose, the foundation would make it seem more flaky, though admittedly not as bad as other brands have done in the past (I'm talking to you, Dream Matte Mousse!). I can get around both these problems by a) applying the appropriate amount of moisturiser for different parts of my face and b) using a seperate, mattifying primer on my forehead (or anywhere I'm worried may get oily by lunchtime!) - Rimmel London do a nice one.
Overall I would recommend this foundation to almost anyone. I'm not sure how well it would fare for those with serious acne, but is ideal if you're looking for light or medium coverage, because it's easy to build up without looking like you've got too much on. The price is still a little high for my liking but I know it's worth it - it's incredibly hard working, gives you an even, flawless, 'soft' sort of finish which I absolutley love, is light on your face and lasts for months - always remember to cut open the bottle when you think it's empty: it really isn't! Even if you do have problem skin like mine, it's easy to work around (as I wrote in the paragraph above) if you're willing to. Now, I wonder if Soap & Glory do a nice powder compact...
Soap and Glory have a glowing reputation in the skincare world - providing Spa-quality products for high- street prices. Having read some reviews of their products, I decided to opt for the 'Show Good Face' foundation last year and I haven't looked back since! As advertised, it is a 2-in-1 foundation, which both revitalises the skin and acts as a primer. In addition, it protects your skin from the rays, with SPF 15 protection. It sounds almost too good to be true and I thought the same before trying the product. However, on application, it is clear that it really does live up to its hype.
Give the bottle a shake to activate the primer technology and then apply to the face using the tips of your fingers or a good make-up brush. The foundation is light and glides on perfectly, providing you with a luminous glow, which is dewy without ever looking greasy or causing the dreaded 'shine.' A small amount of foundation goes a long way and so far this has lasted me almost a year with 2-3 applications a week.
In the past, all the foundations I have tried have either showed up dry spots on my skin, caused unsightly 'flaking' or irritated my sensitive skin in some way. This is the only one so far that does exactly what it says on its packaging. The foundation is very light, so it works well for a daytime look to freshen up the skin and revitalise tired complexions. Given that it is very light, however, you may need to 'build up' the foundation layer by layer if you want a more flawless look that covers the whole face. This isn't a huge problem, as the foundation is very easily 'buildable' - I have used it for everything from Christmas day, to parties, to trips to the supermarket! I chose 'The fairest of them all,' as I am very pale and the foundation never fails to give me a healthy look. I am now in love with Soap and Glory's products and I doubt I will find a foundation as good as this for a high-street price.
Show Good Face Foundation
---------- Introduction ---------
I am sure most of you who read my reviews know that I am a massive beauty addict. Whenever I have spear cash to spend (which isn't very often) I mostly find myself wandering up and down Boots isles looking for new makeup and skin care products to try out. And so about a month ago I decided to give the Boots website a little visit (knowing that it would end up in a purchase). As I was searching through the makeup section I noticed that Boots had a 3 for 2 offer on Soap and Glory. I have never tried any of Soap and Glory's products before, however I have always been interested in them and their quirky packaging, and so I jumped at the chance to try out some of their products. I ordered 2 bottles of foundation, and a highlighter. The product I will be reviewing is the foundation called 'Show Good Face'.
---------- About Soap and Glory ----------
Soap and Glory is a company that sells skin care products such as moisturizers and scrubs, hair care products such as shampoos and conditioners, cosmetics and fragrances. I find that lots of Soap and Glory's products come in cool and quirky packaging, which is just what I love to see.
---------- About Show Good Face ----------
Show Good Face is a 2 in 1 skin energizing foundation and primer; it also contains SPF 15, which is fantastic for me as I have fair skin that can burn very easily. The foundation also contains lightscramble luminosphere technology to help achieve a flawless finish. I didn't really know what lightscramble luminosphere technology does, however after inspecting the packaging a bit more, I found out this: 'Soap&Glory's amazing new lightscramble luminopshere technology mixes mica light-diffusing powders with high-tech encapsulated soft-focusing pearls and leaves the wearer looking candle-lit and camera ready.' So in my words 'it has a lot of good stuff in the foundation that makes you look beautiful!'
This foundation is a liquid one, which comes in a 30ml bottle. The foundation comes in 6 shades. The lightest shade is 'the fairest of them all' and the darkest shade is 'golden tan'. I ordered 'the fairest of them all' as I have fair skin. The foundation claims to leave a dewy, bright, flawless finish. Perfect, everything I want in a foundation!
---------- Packaging ----------
This foundation comes in a bottle, and the bottle comes in a small cardboard box. The cardboard box is pink and girly, and looks very retro. On the front of the cardboard box, there is a black and white picture of a lovely looking 50's girl. It also has a bit of information on the front about the product, such as what the product is and what it claims to do. On the back of the cardboard box it also tells you the ingredients, and how you should apply the foundation. The cardboard box is crammed with information, and everything you would want to know about the foundation; however the box still manages to look rather nice at the same time as being informative.
Once you open up the cardboard box, it reveals a small black bottle in which the foundation is kept in. The first thing I thought when I saw the bottle was 'wow, this really is a very very small bottle'. Yep, that was sadly my first thought. I was kind of annoyed because I paid £11 for it, and I felt there wasn't much foundation for what I paid for, (the bottle contains 30ml of foundation). However moving on from my rant, aside from me being annoyed at how small it was, I still liked the packaging for the foundation. The black bottle has pink writing, and it has information such as what the product is and how to apply it. To get out the foundation you just twist off the lid, and then a small plastic tip is released, to get the foundation out you just turn the bottle upside down, and squeeze out the product. When I first received the foundation I thought that the plastic tip was just part of the packaging, and so I spent ages trying to rip it off, however I soon realized how stupid I was, and that the plastic tip was meant to be there, blonde moment over! One thing you need to know is that before you squeeze out the foundation you need to shake the bottle, this is apparently to activate the primer.
All in all I do like the packaging for the bottle and the cardboard box. It has a nice retro feel to it, and it kind of reminds me of Benefit's products. I also love the name of the foundation 'Show Good Face', I'm not quite sure why, I just feel it's quite quirky, and a lot more interesting than other foundation product names.
---------- Using the Foundation ----------
So once I have cleansed and moisturized my face, I then shake the bottle well, and squeeze out a pea sized amount onto the back of my hand, I then dip my finger into the foundation on my hand, and start applying it onto my skin by rubbing it in small circular motions to the areas of my face that need the most coverage. I apply it how it recommends on the bottle which is by using your fingertips. You can use a makeup brush if you would like, however I would recommend using your fingers as I feel it is a very effective technique, however just make sure that your fingers are clean before applying the foundation.
The foundation has quite a thin consistency and does not have a smell. I find that when applying the foundation, it goes onto my skin effortlessly, and blends in really well. You can spread the foundation over your face easily. I love applying it, as it's just so easy, a monkey could do it! I find I only need a small amount of foundation to cover an area of my face.
---------- Results ----------
This foundation really does make my skin look dewy, bright, and as close to flawless as I can get. With some foundations, it's as if the product just sits on top of your skin, making it look and feel fake. However with this foundation, it really does seem to sink into my skin, making it feel light, and look natural. With saying that it feels light on the skin, the foundation still manages to give a really nice coverage, I would say that it gives a medium coverage, which is about all I need. It is just enough to cover a few of my blemishes and red patches; it really does help to even up my skin tone.
I do have to say that when I wear this foundation and go out into the sunlight, it does seem to shimmer a bit. What I mean by that, is that it doesn't make it look like you've just poured glitter onto your face; however there is a slight shimmer effect. Normally this would put me off when looking for a foundation; however it is quite subtle, and only really noticeable in the sunlight.
One of the main reasons I bought this foundation, was due to the fact it was a liquid foundation. I normally go for liquid foundations as I tend to have dry skin, and so I feel that liquid foundations are better for dry skin. And this foundation doesn't seem to affect my dry skin, or make it worse, which is always a plus for me.
I would say this foundation stays on my skin for quite a long time, most of the day. However if you want flawless skin, you will probably need to do a few touch ups throughout the day with a concealer. Another great thing I love about this foundation, is that it matches my skin tone perfectly, as most of you out there with fair skin know, it's hard to find a foundation that doesn't make us look orange, however this one doesn't and matches my fair skin tone.
I have to say that I love the result this foundation gives me; it makes my skin look natural, bright, dewy and even. It also makes my skin feel nice and soft.
---------- Price and Availability ----------
You can purchase Show Good Face foundation from Boots. It cost me £11 for a 30ml bottle.
---------- Overall ----------
Overall I love this foundation, it makes my skin look lovely after using it - bright and radiant, and it also evens up my skin tone. I cannot promise that I will stick to this foundation, as firstly it's quite expensive for a 30ml bottle to cost £11, and secondly I do really like to experiment with different foundations. However I do think I will be picking up this foundation again soon, as I have definitely found a foundation that is perfect for my skin.