too faced born this way foundation review

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation Review

I am seriously loving the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation. Finding the right foundation isn’t always easy, especially in this fast-changing world of makeup.

The minute you think you’ve got your makeup routine and makeup products sorted, a ton of new products come out or your skin reacts to the products you are using.

You need to stay on the ball when it comes to your makeup routine and this includes switching up your makeup a little. For me, it was time to change my foundation.

Until not long ago I was using the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H foundation which I really love. However, I was wearing it for quite a few years and I felt it was starting to look a bit blah on me.

It was time for a change.

I hate change.

This time, however, the change was really smooth and positive. That’s because I started using the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation. And…I love it!

What to look out for in a foundation

Before you look for the perfect foundation you have to know the different features that they have.

  • The type of coverage- full, medium or light
  • Is it oil-based or water-based
  • What type of finish- matte or sheer
  • Is it long-wearing
  • Do you want a photo-friendly foundation
  • Is it heavy or lightweight to wear
  • Does it work on sensitive skin
  • Do the ingredients contain bad stuff
  • Does it come in your colour

These are just a few things to consider before you buy a foundation. If I have missed out on any others please do let me know in the comments below!

The Rundown on Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

As I have already mentioned, I simply love it!

It’s medium to full coverage and very buildable too if I may add. The foundation is extremely lightweight, I barely notice it when I am wearing it.

I hate it when I feel that I am caked in makeup. Makeup has to look natural and feel natural, if it doesn’t, you’re most probably wearing the wrong makeup.

Too Faced born this way foundation colours

Born This Way Foundation comes in a ton of colours, 35 to be exact. It would be hard not to find a colour that matches your skin shade.

They have different undertones for each shade- I love that because I think it’s the different undertones in everyone’s skin that often makes foundations hard to match.

The Ingredients are Good for You

More often than not our makeup products contain ingredients that are harmful to us. This is the opposite of the Too Face Born This Way Foundation. Not only aren’t the ingredients bad for us, but they are actually good for us.

The foundation contains Coconut Water. This helps to replenish our skin’s moisture level, so you don’t have to worry about it drying out your skin since it does the opposite.

It also has Hyaluronic Acid which helps to give the skin a smoother more youthful look. And let me tell you, this really works! The foundation sits so seamlessly on my skin that it’s almost hard to believe I’m wearing foundation at all.

Another fab ingredient that can be found in the foundation is Alpine Rose which helps the skin’s overall health and resilience.

These are the main good-for-you ingredients, but it’s not only what the foundation contains that counts, it’s also what it doesn’t contain that you need to know about.

The foundation doesn’t contain any gluten or parabens. It’s cruelty-free and suitable for vegans.

My Experience with the Born This Way Foundation

The best way to get the right colour is to try the foundation on your skin. Usually, I am the lightest shade available, but I didn’t want to take the risk of buying the wrong shade, so off I went to my local John Lewis.

The staff were super helpful and very knowledgeable about the brand they were selling. Don’t assume this is always the case, I’ve experienced quite the opposite with other brands. The sales lady helped me pick out the perfect shade which wasn’t even the lightest to my utter shock.

It’s always helpful to have another opinion when trying to match foundation to your skin colour because the lighting is often not good and it can be hard to see yourself.

born this way foundation swatches
You can see from my hand swatch how smooth the foundation is and this is without a primer!

The shade I bought is Swan, it’s the second lightest shade and it blends into my skin beautifully. Naturally, my face is a little darker than my neck and this foundation blends perfectly into both. You can’t see where it begins and where it ends.

Why you need this Too Faced Foundation

There are so many reasons why this foundation is one of my favourite foundations! I’ll start with the coverage.

It doesn’t look heavy, yet it still covers every imperfection on my skin. It evens out the skin tone and any other discolouration, and literally blurs imperfections. This is all with natural coverage!

One of my favourite things about this foundation is how at the end of the day, my skin looks exactly the same as at the beginning of the day. My foundation does not budge. I’m not exaggerating!

With other foundations by the of the day, my face feels oily and all I want to do is rub the whole thing off (which is what I often end up doing!). Born This Way Foundation is extremely lightweight and lasts seamlessly the whole day. It looks perfect in photos too. There is no shine or reflection with it.

A few people have complained that the foundation looks very cakey. This is usually because you are using the wrong primer or no primer at all. The foundation needs something to cling to. When foundation sits on the skin it will never look flawless and smooth.

You need a primer and it needs to be a good one. At the moment I am using the Too Faced Hangover Primer. So far it is doing a really good job, I have only just started using it so I will update you when I have been using it for longer.

too faced hangover primer

The reason I bought the Too Faced Hangover Primer is that firstly it is silicone-free. Keep away from silicone in any product that sits on your skin. It’s really one of the worst things you can do to your skin.

Another reason I bought it is that it acts as a moisturising skin cream as well as a primer. It’s full of good ingredients to help your skin. A full review will come shortly!

Some of the many attributes of the Too Faced Born This Way foundation:

  • It’s extremely lightweight
  • Oil-free
  • Lasts perfectly throughout the day
  • Comes in 35 shades
  • Photo-friendly
  • Evens out the skin
  • Blurs imperfections
  • Luminous finish
  • Cruelty-free
  • Natural coverage

Do you have mature skin and haven’t yet found the right foundation? Check out the best foundations for mature skin here!

My Thoughts

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation is perfection in a bottle. I love everything about it and I can’t recommend it enough! My only regret about it is that I didn’t buy it sooner!

The idea of the Born This Way Foundation is to fool people into thinking you were truly born this way;) I think I’ve fooled many and you can too!

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation can be bought from Sephora / Look Fantastic UK

Hollie xx

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  1. I certainly value your reviews on Makeup products and one of your previous reviews helped me once too.

    I am too, very light skinned and I am also not a huge fan of wearing makeup each and every day. However, I am soon invited to a huge celebration which, of course, requires a great appearance and, good makeup.

    In the past, I always thought I had found a good makeup foundation but something always wasn’t right. Either the skin tone really didn’t match or it felt too cakey on the face.

    I like the review on the “Too Faced Born This Way Foundation” (funny name though) it seems easy to be used and will feel great too on my face.

    What I also wasn’t aware of is the fact that you always should use a primer too. This probably can explain why I had an issue in the past with other makeup products. 

    I will try out both and will let you know how it felt and worked for me. I am sure it will be great!

    Thank you for this great review, appreciated.

    1. Thanks for stopping by and let me know how you get on!

  2. I am falling inlove with this foundation as I read through your thorough review.

    I love the fact that you’ve actually used it and are speaking from experience, ajes me trust the product more.

    There is nothing like always having the assurance that what goes on your skin is something that is actually helpful and not just full of junk that ends up being harmful.

    I would love to give this foundation a try, but I am someone that has a very sensitive skin that easily reacts to changes. So I would like to know, from your experience do you think it’s something one can easily react to?

    1. From my experience, I think it is ok for sensitive skin. If you are worried, go to your local shop that sells Too Faced and test it out on your skin. That way you can be sure you won’t react to it.

      Thanks for stopping by:)

  3. A while ago I found the right foundation colour for me, or so I thought. It’s one of the Lancôme shades. I like the fact that too – faced foundation contains coconut water, hyaluronic acid and Alpine rose. Looking at all 35 colours of the too – faced foundation, I’m wondering which one would suit the colour of my skin. How do you pick the right one? 

    1. You can check out my guide here on how to chose the best colour foundation. If you can get to a shop that is always the most accurate way to match it.

      Good luck!

  4. Misty Outdoors says:

     I use foundation every day and I agree with you. It can be challenging to find the right foundation with the coverage I’m looking for. I like your tips on what to look for in a foundation as well. I do try my best to get foundation that has less ingredients. I love the fact that the Too Face foundation has ingredients that are healthy. This seems hard to find in foundations. I live in AZ and we don’t have a John Lewis. What other places could I go
    to get staff to help me find the right color?

    1. You could pop into any shop that sells makeup, there’s usually always someone around to help!

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