Born This Way Or Not?

Sorry friends, I’ve been off my regular post schedule because my MacBook bit the dust and refuses to turn on. It’s 2 months old so I’m really frustrated and I don’t like to post from my phone but until the “Genius Bar” figures this out I’m limited.

Reminder:  you only have a few days left to enter my Beauti-Fall giveaway here.

Here I am (pissed and posting from phone) back to tell you guys that I finally got around to trying the cult fave Too Faced Born This way foundation.

Born this Way/Hangover

HangoverRx was a sample I received at Ulta. This is a facial primer but not the typical silky fast drying primer, this is a creamy and moisturizing primer. It also has more benefits than the average primer.

Here is what too faced has to say about HangoverRx:

“Hangover is a revolutionary makeup primer infused with coconut water, probiotics and skin revivers that work together to boost skin’s radiance, promote elasticity and help hydrate while locking down makeup for fresher, longer and more flawless wear. We harnessed the science of hydration to create a creamy, penetrating primer that acts like an energy drink for the skin by replenishing moisture levels. It can be worn alone for a dewy, healthy looking finish or under bronzers, foundations and powders to create the perfect canvas.”

Swatch of HangoverRx
Swatch of HangoverRx

I know I’m a little late in the game with Born This Way liquid foundation but, in my defense, I wanted to give this a couple of weeks to be confident and accurate in my review. Personally, my skin takes a while to show any benefits/effects. I purchased the shade Light Beige which has a yellow base and worked well with my medium/neutral skin tone.

Here is what Too Faced has to say about Born This Way:

“This revolutionary foundation is infused with a potent combination of Coconut Water to naturally replenish moisture levels; nature’s resilient Alpine Rose to brighten the skin’s appearance and promote elasticity and Hyaluronic Acid for a smoother, more youthful appearance”

Swatch of Born This Way

Here is what I have to say about Both:

The price of Born this way isn’t too bad at $39 USD. Currently there are 18 shades to choose from. I’m not really crazy about how the pink/golden undertones are spaced out. For example if you normally use the shade Nude (light with neutral to pink undertones) and you get a nice summer tan and need a darker shade with pink undertones, you will need to skip 2 shades to get the next neutral undertone or 4 shades to get the next pink undertone. Can you see the problem with this? 2 shades darker is too much and 4 is out of the question. On their website Too Faced is advertising 6 new shades coming this fall so maybe the new shades will fill in those huge gaps. For now I found light beige, a shade the blends perfectly with my skin. Warning: these shades are darker than they sound. I normally use a medium tone foundation and I was matched to light beige.

Hangover, with it’s creamy consistency, could go either way and I didn’t want to look oily in my t-zone and it’s steeply priced at$32 USD (almost the cost of the foundation) so I set it aside for a trade/giveaway.

Born this way is described as medium to full coverage foundation but definitely leans more toward full coverage. I was amazed that I didn’t have to use a concealer, instead I layered Born this way in the areas that needed heavier coverage. It gave my face an even, natural, and dewy look. The formula is heavy but blends really well….less is more. I literally use one pump and it covers my entire face. I apply it with my fingers (not perfectly) then I blend it out with a foundation sponge. FYI: for those that like to use a foundation brush, Born This Way streaked with mine. I thought I was in love and finally found my holy grail……not really.  I’m sad to say I have mixed feelings about Born this way, after a week my nose started to get dry and peel and after 2 weeks it dried out the rest of my skin. Because I read so many good things about Born This Way, to say I am disappointed is an understatement. I wasn’t ready to give up because it looked so amazing before the dryness, so I reached for HangoverRx.

Hangover solved the problem! Hangover is a light and creamy. The thing I love most is that it doesn’t feel like a primer, it feels like a moisturizer. It blends like a moisturizer too. I rarely use a primer because I don’t like that dry feeling. Hangover doesn’t absorb quickly so you will have to give it a minute or two before applying foundation.

I don’t like the fact that I have to use both products to make this work, but I do love the look. Is it worth putting out $71? Absolutely not!! Sorry, but I’m not born this way without Hangover. I’m not sure how Hangover will hold up when the cold weather moves in so I am praying that Born This Way will work with my regular moisturizer. Otherwise, the search for the perfect foundation continues.

Any thoughts or suggestions on Born This Way? Give me some lip!


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