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Being a bit of a beauty product addict, I always like to try out new things and vary the brands that I use. I'm a member of the website www.latestinbeauty.com which is designed to provide members with a selection of product samples that you can choose from and order on a monthly basis. In my most recent Latest In Beauty sample box I had opted to receive a sample of this Mary Kay Timewise Matte Wear Liquid Foundation, as it was recommended for my very fair skin. I actually received 2 x single application sachets which I was looking forward to trying out.
Mary Kay is an American brand (apparently America's best selling facial skincare and color cosmetics brand according to their website) and although I had heard of them I'd never actually come across any of their products before. This was my first time testing out their make-up, and they also do a skin care range. The Matte Wear Liquid Foundation is part of the Timewise range which is designed to give anti-ageing effects combined with full coverage make-up. This particular foundation comes in an amazingly wide choice of 19 different shades, with varying tones of Ivory, Beige and Bronze. I have received samples of this in the shade Ivory 01, which is the palest colour available in this product.
Product description: "A matte-finish, oil- controlling foundation formulated to fight the signs of ageing. Providing impressive coverage with a matte finish, this foundation is perfect for those with oily or combination skin who find other liquid bases too greasy and rich.
With and TimeWise Matte-Wear Liquid Foundations (for combination to oily skin) you can fight lines and wrinkles and look gorgeous while doing it. These beauty multitaskers address age-fighting needs and provide skin care benefits and beautiful coverage for specific skin types.
Infused with vitamin E and a patented blend of collagen-building peptides, the result is skin that instantly looks firmer, younger and healthier. Fine lines and wrinkles look less visible as the overall condition of the skin is improved.
Each formula comes in 19 skin-perfecting shades to match the wide variety of skin tones."
The samples I received came in simple tear-open sachets, but the actual full size product comes in your standard sort of plastic foundation tube. The full size foundation is 29ml and you can purchase it from www.marykay.co.uk where it costs RRP £16.00.
I have very pale skin with loads of freckles. I have trouble trying to find make-up products that look natural against my skin tone. I have a real dislike for tanning and always make sure to keep my skin protected so that I don't suffer sun damage and I like to keep it pale and interesting. As soon as I started to spread this foundation over my skin I could see that it was incredibly pale, possibly the palest foundation that I've come across to date (apart from the pure white foundation us Goths sometimes opt for!). Rather than complimenting and balancing my natural skin tone, it seemed more like a complete mask and covered everything with this slightly-too-pale colour which made me look a bit washed out. I had been hoping for a nice subtle, pale shade that would even out my complexion and give a nice natural finish, but instead it looked quite odd as my freckles had been covered over and the white shade seemed very stark. I had to wear a lot of blusher to make sure that I didn't look ill!
The texture of this foundation was not like the other liquid foundations that I am used to. It seemed quite thick and "gluey" is the best word I could come up with to describe it. I don't know if this is the addition of anti-ageing ingredients giving it an unusual consistency, but it did not feel pleasant and it was near impossible to blend. I found that because the make-up was so thick it made my skin feel clogged up and didn't allow it to breathe. This was not a nice feeling, and I was surprised as this is aimed at oily and combination skin types, so I had expected it to be breathable and not overload my pores. The liquid foundation felt like it had been painted on and it looked far heavier than I would have liked. I was even quite sparing in my application of the sample, as each sachet stated the contents were enough for one full usage. There was still a bit left in the sachet and far more than is actually required to make-up a whole face. Although, I suppose it is nice to have a little more than needed than not enough, but I found it misleading when I was putting the foundation on and it just felt like a thick, heavy layer.
According to the information about this product, "special microspheres work all day to absorb oil and control shine" which means that us oily and combination types should see visibly reduced pores with a matte finish. Sadly, this was not the case for me. My skin reacted badly to wearing this foundation and within less than a couple of hours my skin was looking incredibly greasy, and the foundation seemed to be reacting to this by getting a streaky appearance. I tried my best to fix the damage with some blotting paper and re-blending the foundation, but the finish was still very cakey. There was practically no staying power as it had started wearing as soon as my skin began to feel oily, and I do not need the hassle of having to constantly maintain my make-up. Luckily I was only out for the afternoon so when I got back home I removed the make-up and left my skin bare for the rest of the day. Obviously I wasn't using this foundation long enough to notice any of the promised anti-ageing effects, but I doubt that I would have seen any benefits as the foundation just seemed to sit on top of my skin anyway, and there was no moisturising effect after I applied it.
I was really disappointed with this foundation. It seemed really promising at first, offering everything that I would want in one product: ultra pale shades, suited to oily / combination skin, and anti-ageing ingredients. It's a shame that this did not suit my skin at all, but I'm glad I had the opportunity to try this as a sample first as I would have regretted making a purchase of the full size, that's a fair amount of money to waste on something that didn't work for me. Love the fact that this comes in so many shades to suit so many different skin tones, but in reality this was possibly the worst foundation that I've ever tried.