I am a Mary Kay girl, through and through. However, I’m very swayed by Instagramers like Desi Perkins and LustreLux and have been dying to try this drugstore makeup that they swear by. So when I became too pale for my Mary Kay Timewise Matte Foundation is beige 1, I knew it was time. I went to my local Target (obviously my favorite store) and snagged one in “103” as well as a Maybelline Master primer in “blur + smooth” I’ve also been dying to try.
I quickly realized that the 103 was much to dark for me (sigh) and exchanged it for 101, which I was worried would be ghastly pale. Turns out, it was perfect for my late-December paleness.
I lifeguard all summer so I’ll be 103 by July, mark my words!
Anyway, I jumped right into the fire and wore this foundation and primer for New Year’s Eve for the very first time… and I LOVED it. It lasted through a sleepless night of San Francisco shenanigans from 6 PM – 1 PM the next day and still looked great when I wiped it off to put on a face mask.
- Fairly inexpensive ($11 at Target)
- Truly matte but not chalky
- Great consistency
- Buildable coverage
- Blends into skin after initial application
- Very long-lasting
- Flawless finish
- NO SHINE!
- Does not need a translucent powder top coat (but I do suggest a primer)
- Great flash photo… no bounce back or weird look!
- Disguises pores (and man, do I have huge pores. Thanks mom!)
What to look out for:
- Make sure to moisturize before application so you don’t have dry patches
- Use a primer for best results
- Find the right shade! (101/102 have a pink undertone, 103-111 have a beige/gold undertone)
- Apply one section of your face at a time, it dries pretty quickly!
Check out these photos!
This photo has 0 retouching. I was so shocked I stopped to take a photo with my Sony A5100 immediately right in the middle of applying makeup.
Here is a side-view that shows the finish of the foundation. Super smooth! (I hadn’t applied a dot of concealer here or there yet in this photo, this is just the foundation coverage)
Moral of the story:
I love this foundation and feel a little guilty for cheating on my girl Mary Kay, but she’d understand if she was still alive. It’s worth the $20 for the foundation and primer. Plus, if you have the Target debit Red Card, it’s 5% off practically everything.