I had some time to kill at a couple of drugstores recently, while I hunted for a new foundation, so here are more foundation swatches I did, plus some photos of new collections I spotted.
Brands covered: Cutex, Joe Fresh, L’Oréal, Pixi by Petra, Sensationail, and Vasanti.
First, the foundation swatches!
Joe Fresh – Daily Boost Fluid Foundation
This foundation seemed a little too shiny, but the consistency was pretty nice and smooth. It’s not too thick nor too pigmented. I appear to be in-between shades Bisque and Sand. Sand looks like it’d be a nice summer foundation for me. The three shades I swatched are all quite yellow-based, no peachiness.
L’Oréal – Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation
I really liked the texture of this foundation: not too liquidy and it blended into my dry skin nicely. The finish was very pretty and natural-looking. I’ve had luck with some other L’Oréal liquid foundations (True Match and True Match Lumi), so I think I’ll have to try this one, soon. $20 on sale is still a bit much, though. What’s going on at the drugstore?!
Both shades I tried, Nude Beige (203) and Natural Buff (204), initially looked like good matches. However, the more I blended Natural Buff (204), the more it turned peachy, so I would personally go with Nude Beige (203).
Vasanti – Liquid Cover Up
This product is actually a concealer + foundation in one, so you do get less product than with a regular foundation. Naturally, it has a less liquid, and more creamy, rich texture. I am once again in-between shades LV2 and LV3 (which, as usual for the deeper shade, also runs a touch too orange for my skintone). It’s a shame because I really liked the feel of this one. I might pick one up, anyway, and try to get the right shade by mixing it with a foundation I already own.
Pixi by Petra – H2O Skin Tint Tinted Face Gel
This product is pretty pricy for the drugstore, and I have to say I really disliked the feel of it when I swatched the colors. It was very runny, almost like it had a greasy feel, even though it wasn’t. I couldn’t blend this into my skin without it streaking. It’s just not for me and myy dry skin, at all.
The three shades are Cream, Nude, and Warm; Nude was a good match for my skin. All three shades are yellow-toned.
Here are pictures of the full display I saw earlier at a different Shoppers location:
Cutex – Care + Color
Cutex is back! I remember them selling these really crappy polishes back in the 90s. These, which I spotted at Rexall, look better, but they’re really quite pricy for the image of Cutex I have in my head (I think these are around CA$10!). The very old Cutex brand, established in 1911, has switched hands a few times over the years; they were most recently acquired in 2016 by Revlon. It’s funny that the new Cutex look reminds me more of Sally Hansen than Revlon.
Sensationail – Peel Off Polish
Finally, I spotted this display and nearly bought one (either the black cream or the gold glitter), but then I came to my senses and realized that I do not like the idea of peel-off nail polish!
You can also catch a glimpse of a new Quo by Orly collection on the right of this photo. I totally missed that—oh well. It looks like it’s called Day Dreamer, but they don’t have a dedicated website so I never know about the Quo collections.