I've found that I have two immediate reactions when it comes to new foundations I'm testing. No I'm not referring to the allergic type. I'm talking about my immediate feelings. I have discovered that upon testing a new foundation I almost always know within the first couple of hours that I like it or don't love it very much at all. This Josie Maran one was no exception. I was pretty interested to see whether it would work as described being that Josie Marans products are meant to be kind to the skin in ingredients and I had yet to try any of her makeup products.
This shade "Juicy" was actually the only one available on Sephora's website when I was shopping so I grabbed it and luckily enough it matched me beautifully. Although I don't understand the interesting choice in name I was glad to see that they wrote which undertones and skin tones would suit each shade best because that is always my biggest struggle when buying foundations online. This one said it would best suit light skin tones with rosy undertones which basically describes my skin exactly when I'm not self tanned.
The packaging is beautiful on the one hand with it's bright neon rainbow swirls of color. I don't love the strange curvy wand attachment in the lid because it is messy and actually not that easy to use in application. I definitely understand the idea behind this innovative design but it didn't end up being ideal for me. It probably is less sanitary if you use it directly on your face as well as it's being dipped in and out of the bottle and transferring bacteria. I prefer an old fashioned pump but maybe that's just me. The substantial glass bottle contains the typical 1 oz of product which seems just fine.
I tried to make the consistency work for me but since finding my all time favorite Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation (review coming very soon!) the bar has risen quite high. Even though the actual product is quite thin and easy to blend in, it doesn't lay as smoothly on my skin even after applying primer. It also doesn't last for more then a few hours before beginning to look cakey and then completely disappear. It's strange because when I first apply it I'm happy with how it looks but then by an hour in you can definitely see it sitting on my skin. I have combination - mostly normal skin and that just won't do. It's medium coverage and definitely doesn't cover up every imperfection with just 1 layer. I went in with a concealer anyways but I don't think layering would be ideal with this one. I do think it's awesome that the ingredients are formulated without all of those bad ingredients to keep skin at it's best and I do love how it smells. It's not heavily scented at all just slightly fruity and it's the kind of thing you smell just a bit as you apply, not at all throughout the day.
At $45 the price tag is quite high on this one but also decent in comparison to other high end foundations in it's league. If it had worked well for me I wouldn't have minded it too much either. I had rather high expectations when I purchased it and I was excited about it when it arrived as well. I will be re-ordering my Tarte foundation in the meantime and something else to try since I always love discovering foundation gems. Feel free to recommend me your favorites.
Keep in mind that even though this didn't work out for me, it is a nice foundation and may work very well for someone else. Definitely give it a try if you are curious and see how it performs.
Have you given this foundation a try? If you have, what did you think of it? If you haven't do you want to? Are there any foundations you'd like to recommend to me?
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