Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

Although Too Faced kindly sent this to me prior to its launch, I wanted to take the time to test this out once all the hype had subsided to see it it's really worth the attention. The subject? Too Faced Born This Way Foundation. It retails for $39 USD at Sephora.

too faced born this way

When I first used it, I broke out and stopped using it because I was afraid that this was the cause. It was not. I kept breaking out (thanks, hormones). I waited for the breakouts to clear before giving this foundation another shot. I've been using it consistently for the last month and I have had no breakouts. Yay!

Let's start with all the things I like about it:

I love the coverage. It's medium-high coverage and it's the only foundation that I have tried where ONE pump does the trick and leaves me with a good comfortable coverage. It doesn't look cakey or matte. It has a skin-like texture and finish, and it does get glowy on me about 3 hours in as my oils come out (I have combination.oily skin). If you are oily year-round then you will want to skip this since it does not offer any oil control. At first I was reading other oily skin girl reviews and I was afraid it would have less oil control than Makeup Forever Ultra UD, but on me this performs better than the MUFE when it comes to the way the coverage lasts on the skin. 

The color selection is awesome if you are on the neutral/yellow tone side. I use the color WARM NUDE and it's perfect. It doesn't oxidize or get darker/orange on me as time passes. It doesn't accentuate dry patches and it's quite emollient in texture.
I apply it with a beauty blender sponge (1 pump for medium-light coverage, 2 pumps layered for medium-full) or with a Real Techniques Buffing Brush or Expert Face Brush (1 pump for medium coverage and fast application). I love the fact that it applies nicely with all these tools so you can really customize the coverage you get.

Here's what I'm not crazy about: the packaging is clunky. Not very travel friendly since the bottle is rather large. It does come with a pump dispenser and the pump is very smooth and you can easily customize how much you want to use. It has no oil control so I won't be able to use this in the summer. It's perfect for me for fall/winter since my skin tends to be less oily during this time of year. It doesn't have that built-in  pore-smoothing element to it that By Terry Cover Expert foundation has or the Dior Nude Air Serum foundation - if you have large pores you will have to use a primer underneath to soften their appearance since this foundation will not soften the texture. I personally don't mind my pores showing through if I'm just running errands or spending the day at the office working, but it can be a big deterrent for some people. I took a close-up photo of the foundation without a primer so you can see the pore action. You've been warned:

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation - No Primer

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation - No Primer

I've been loving primers lately (Dior DreamSkin and Murad Invisiblur - reviews of both to come) so I find that the primer does the trick for me and I have no issues with the foundation settling or looking wonky. 

All in all - I am enjoying this foundation. It's been my go-to everyday foundation so far this fall and I will continue using it throughout the winter. Good job, Too Faced!

Have you tried this yet?