You know those times when you put your makeup on in your bathroom and all looks fine, but in natural sunlight there’s a more tan/less tan/orange/pink/yellow mask on your face? Blech. There are few worse makeup faux pas. So after realizing that I’d been wearing the wrong shade in my Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse foundation (the horror) and not being able to find an exact match within the line, it was time to begin the quest for my new Holy Grail, an arduous task for even less pickier beauty junkies.
Thankfully there is both an Ulta and a Sephora 20 minutes away to aid me in this search. If you spend any significant amount of time in a Sephora store looking for face cosmetics, an employee will offer to test your Skin IQ using a fancy contraption that they hold up to your skin to analyze your skin type and coloring. Ulta also has a ton of testers out and employees that will help you apply them to your heart’s desire (or if you are like me, you wave them off and dive in by yourself). After watching way too many YouTube reviews, I went into both stores with a long list of products to try. Y’all ready for a novel!? Here we go.
First up was Makeup Forever HD Foundation.
Makeup Forever HD Foundation
Even with all its popularity and praise, I had a suspicion that this one would be too heavy for me, and I was right. Although great for special occasions or other times when you expect your picture to be taken a lot, it wasn’t a good fit for an everyday face.
Second up was NARS Sheer Glow. Cue the angels singing!
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
How I love you. How I hate your $45 price tag. This one had a beautiful finish, medium coverage, and a perfect color match for my slightly yellow undertones. Thinking I had found the one, I took a healthy sample size home to check out its staying power, and still loved it after a day’s wear. But after thinking over this potential purchase, the $45 price tag was a lot to swallow. I decided to try and find a drugstore dupe that still gave me the look at a fraction of the cost.
Unfortunately this became a longer and costlier version of Goldilocks- too pink, too yellow, too matte. Are any just right?
The wish list:
-satin to dewy finish (not matte)
-perfect color match for my slightly yellow undertones
-natural looking, medium coverage
- CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation
Pros: good coverage, longwear formula, primer/concealer/foundation in one, a PUMP
Con: fairly matte finish + substantial coverage = not glowy enough for me
- Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup
Pros: loved the semi-dewy finish, SPF, and good-for-you ingredients
Cons: the color range is awful so no perfect match, no pump=messy application
*This one would have been my pick if only they had my shade. *
- L’Oreal True Match Foundation
Pros: SPF, great color range, good coverage
Cons: no pump, matte finish
After several trips back and forth to multiple stores, I was just about over it, and frankly the NARS price tag seemed to shrink as the frustration grew. But finally, I did a random Google search for “best foundations for yellow undertones” while stuck in traffic and came across a new-to-me beauty brand. Apparently Drew Barrymore launched a cosmetics line last year called Flower sold exclusively at Walmart. After some more googling, the premise and approach of her brand became very intriguing. Drew’s strategy is to use luxury and high-end ingredients in mass produced products through Walmart, driving costs down while maintaining the quality normally found in much more expensive brands. So, I stopped in a store near me and found a full display of beautifully packaged makeup. The foundation that I originally read about on the internet was the About Face Foundation, so it was my first item to pick up.
- Flower About Face Foundation
Here’s what their website says about this product:
-Provides skin-smoothing moisture
Sounds good, right?! And I love the sturdy, glass packaging with a PUMP and rose gold details. Of course, none of that would matter much if I didn’t love the foundation itself. And thank ya Jesus, because I DO. It gives a very similar look to the Sheer Glow but for so much cheaper, so I’d say it’s a great dupe for NARS Sheer Glow. It is probably a little less glowy than the NARS, but I can add a small amount of this Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer when I want to amp it up. Overall I think the Flower’s finish is better for all day wear and more likely to work for multiple skin types. It’s true that the $13.98 pricepoint is pretty high compared to other drugstore items, but the high-end details and the quality of the foundation definitely make it worth the money for me, especially when you compare it to the price of Sheer Glow and other pricier foundations.
-Natural, seamless coverage
-Smoothes imperfections and evens tone
-Vitamins C&E for anti-aging benefits
Having loved one item from this line, I’ve slowly been trying more products from Flower Beauty and will do a full review on those later this week! Next time you’re in a Walmart, stop by the cosmetics section and see if Flower is available. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.