I'd purchased their Beat the Blues illuminator in Sunbeam (review coming soon) and really liked it so I was happy to be given the chance to try out some more of their products. I was kindly sent a foundation, liquid liner and blush and I'll be reviewing them all seperately and I thought I'd begin with the Flawless Cream Foundation.
I have a lot of foundations, more than any normal person who isn't a beauty blogger or makeup artist would have. I know there is no way I'll get through all of them any time soon and yet, even though I only have one face, I still jump at the chance to try out a new foundation. That being said though, I've never been very intrigued by foundations from drug store brands or brands that market themselves at a lower price point (I'm a bit of a foundation snob) so I was a bit dubious when I recevied the MeMeMe one.
It looked nice and pretty in its plastic bottle and it had a pump which makes life so much easier. I really wish all brands included pumps with their foundations. The foundation has a scent but it just smells like moisturising cream or sunscreen to me. I don't find it offensive but if you're sensitive to scents in cosmetics then you might not like it. The consistency of the foundation is a bit thicker than a standard foundation so the name 'cream foundation' fits perfectly.
This is a satin finish foundation and the end result is a really nice natural skin finish which isn't too matte or too dewy. I wore it over the weekend without setting it with any powder like I usually do and it sat really well and didn't wear off much by the end of the day. I did use it over a primer though and I also found that I got a bit oily half way through the day but it wasn't too bad.
I was sent the colour Golden Glow which seems to be the darkest shade available but it's a bit too light for me and too pink. Here's a swatch of it on the left with MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NC42 swatched on the right for comparison. The Pro Longwear is a bit too yellow for me but is still a much better match than the MeMeMe one.
Colour issues aside the coverage itself is good. Here's some before and afters:
I have a lot of scarring on my face from blemishes but, as you can see, this foundation covers it really well. I find that I don't even need to use concealer as the coverage is really good. It's billed as a medium coverage foundation but this is definitely a medium buildable coverage foundation.
If you're wondering, the reason the foundation looks like a good colour match in the photos above is because I mixed it with some colour correctors. I added some of the Varama Cover Cream Yellow Drop-in (My HG Colour corrector!) to counteract the pink in the foundation and then added some of my NYX cream contour in to darken the colour.
I swatched the MeMeMe foundation on its own on the left, the corrected MeMeMe mix in the middle and MAC Pro Longwear in NC42 on the right:
I would love if this product came in a wider variety of shades but colour issues aside, I did really like this foundation. I've personally been preferring a sheerer finish of late so I don't know how much wear I'll get out of this on a day to day basis but I think it's a good option for those who prefer heavier coverage. It would also work great for nights out or for events because, despite the SPF 15 it contains, I didn't notice any issues with the way my skin photographed.
This foundation will be selling for $34.95 AUD on the website from late October. It is also available in the UK and internationally on the UK website for £12.50 (about $20 AUD).
Have any of you tried this foundation? What are your thoughts on it?
Disclosure: Product was sent by the manufacturer for consideration only.