Fresh Faces sent me some of their products to review. I've tried mineral makeup years ago and didn't like it. It didn't give me as much coverage as I wanted and by the end of the day the makeup had come off my face. So I was a little skeptical about Fresh Faces at first but was willing to give it a shot. In this post, I'll be reviewing the following products:
|(from L-R: primer, concealer, foundation, bronzer, glow finish)|
Before you read this review, know that this is MY opinion for this makeup on MY sensitive, acne-prone, combination oily-dry face. The products I love may not work out for you. The products I don't like may work out for you. So please don't base your opinions or potential purchases on my review without testing it out yourself first! That's what samples are for!
I used the concealer again to touch up on the stubbornly red pimps and swept the bronzer around my face.
With a little bit of the glow finish, this was as good as it was gonna get. I think I used too much of the concealer or something because you could see the yellow spots on my face where I used it trying to cover my pimples. No matter how hard I buffered or tried to brush it off, it didn't come off. The mineral makeup also left my face feeling dry throughout the day.
|Bad picture... I know.|
This is my face with just liquid foundation. I always end up getting makeup creases on my face at the end of the day. It also always feel like it's caked on...because I'm trying to cover my pimples.
|Another bad picture. Not sure why it has a red tint to it?|
After these two "experiments", on the third day I used a combination of both mineral and liquid makeup. I first used the foundation to cover my pimples. Then I used my liquid foundation. For the pimples you could still see, I used the concealer very lightly. I followed with the glow finish and then the bronzer. I LOVE this method. It doesn't dry out my face and I don't see the yellow concealer spots anymore. It doesn't cover every blemish but this has proven to be my most effective way to cover my pimples so far. Seriously, this makeup method makes me so happy in the mornings now.
Update 5/25/11: This morning I did something different.. I still wasn't 100% satisfied with my method explained above. But now I really feel like I've perfected my mineral makeup and liquid makeup routine!! Now read carefully... (1) Using liquid foundation, I covered my pimples. Not too much. Just enough so they weren't as red. (2) I then used the liquid foundation all over my face for coverage. (3) Using the buffer brush, I put on the mineral foundation all over my face for double coverage and for setting it in. By then, you can't really see the pimples. (4) I covered up the remaining pimples with the concealer. (5) Bronzer. (6) Finished off with the glow finish very lightly. DONE! Try it out and let me know what you think.
- primed for perfection, $15.50
I didn't like that it was in a jar-like container. I've read that you should avoid jars and any open containers because it can easily get contaminated.
- light neutral concealer, $10.50
Besides the yellow spots when I first put it on, it works best AFTER you put on your foundation and then use it lightly. It is more of a touch-up concealer than an actual concealer.
Overall rating: B
- warm light matte foundation, $19.50
LOVE this foundation. I used it a week before I received the other products and loved it then. I used it as a concealer with my liquid makeup and it worked very well. I am very happy with this mineral foundation. Will be using it as a concealer from now on.
Overall rating: A
- summer tan bronzer, $12
Another product I absolutely loved. I got the light bronzer and it is perfect. No matter how much product you accidentally get on your brush, it will still give you a light warm glow on your face without overdoing it.
Overall rating: A
- glow finish, $15.50
It has a little bit of shimmer to it. I put it on after my foundation and I'm not sure if it makes my face look lighter than it really is. Not a fan of shimmer but this is very subtle.
Overall rating: C
- deluxe buffer foundation brush, $18
It started shedding from the first time I used it. It isn't very soft because it is flat-bottomed and there are a lot of bristles.
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Update with FF: After I posted this review, FF contacted me in response. Here is what they had to say...
- The primer is mineral based and thus unable to harbor germs. Unlike creams and lotions which can harbor germs, the primer is safe to use in a jar. L'Oreal packages their primer the same way.
- As far as the brush, it is normal to have some shedding for the first few weeks of use. It is a new brush and has a lot of hairs, so it is impossible for all of them to stay, but it should stop shedding after a few weeks.
- I have also thought my concealer was too light, and will be looking at changing the color on that. I am also going to be changing the glow finish to be less whitening.
- If the matte formula was too drying for you, the sheer formula is less drying.
I didn't have to post this update and their response but I felt compelled to because of their willingness to improve their products and to address my concerns. It showed me that FF really does care about their products and their customers and thought I'd share that with you guys too.