Too Faced Born This Way Foundation {Review}

Oh you luck things, today you get to see the delights of my skin with horrendous break out. Before and after shots of the new Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in action heading right your way… Hey, it might not be pretty but at very least it shows you how the foundation performs in terms of coverage!  This one has been getting quite a lot of OMGHOLYGRAIL fuss over the last few weeks in blog land. So I’ve of course jumped on the bandwagon to try it and see what I think…


Ok, so first things first. What’s the foundation all about – well, it’s the idea of ‘absolute perfection’ in a foundation. Which honestly, does sound pretty dreamy (if a little unachievable). It’s described as ‘an oil-free foundation that masterfully diffuses the line between makeup and skin.’ Which to me translates as a foundation that manages to tread the fine line between perfect complexion and naturally looking finish. So coverage, but still natural looking. A difficult balance to strike as generally, the more coverage the less natural something looks and the less coverage the more ‘flaws’ are going to show through.

The coverage is medium to full and the formula contains coconut water (for moisture), alpine rose (for brightness and elasticity) and hyaluronic acid (for plumped skin with youthful appearance). There are 12 shades available in the UK . More in the US and it ranged from a pale to medium to dark range.


Now on to the good bit… my make-up free mug. Apologies in advance. So key things I would be wanting to ‘perfect’ courtesy of a lick of foundation… redness, blemishes and dark circles mainly. Ideally all without exaggerating fine lines or creating anything that looks or feels at all heavy.
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So, not bad – there’s definitely a good levle of coverage. I feel like most blemishes are covered enough so that only a touch of additional concealer is needed. Redness is toned down and dark circles are concealed a bit – and a little touch of under eye brightener would do the job to finish it off. The overall finish is radiant but not too shiny. I’ve been using the shade Nude – which is an ok match. One thing that did immediately stump me between the shades when a selection of 10 arrived (!) was how similar a lot of them were. I’m all for embracing subtle tone differences, but when I put them on the back of my hand it was almost impossible to tell a few of them apart. So I’m somewhere between Porcelain and Nude I think… but in all honesty there’s not much in it. There’s basically a huge selection of almost the same shades then a handful of darker ones in the mix too.

So, what’s my opinion on the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation. Well, I’m a bit on the fence. I know there are some out there that love it and think it’s the best thing since Sephora was invented. But I think it took me a couple of uses to really get the hang of applying it to full ‘perfection’ effect. Maybe I’m just not that good at application, but in my view this shouldn’t be the real ‘trick’ to it. A good foundation should just perform with proper application – regardless of this being fingers/sponge/brush etc. HOWEVER, once on and once I got it I am really impressed by the finish. I love that it’s natural but decent coverage and bar a little T-zone shine during the day it does stay in place pretty well. It does have a good level of radiance.

Overall, this isn’t ‘holy grail’ of foundation for me. But it has grown on me after a good few uses and I do like it, I don’t love it above all others though. I think if you prefer your foundation natural looking then lighter bases are still the way to go, but it is a happy medium between a natural look and decent level of coverage.

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation (£29 Debenhams)

*PR sample or gift



  1. Charlotte Samantha
    September 3, 2015 / 8:19 am

    Ive been after a good honest review and love this one! Ive been wanting to try this foundation but not sure if it is right for me, may have to see if I can find a tester before commiting to buying the full bottle!

    CharlotteSamantha //

  2. September 3, 2015 / 9:00 am

    Well timed post for me. I’m trying to decipher what foundation will both cover my rosacea, and not make me look like I AM wearing foundation. I used Clinique Even Better foundation for years, then was swayed over to Chanel Velvet (which I loved). But since moving to London the Chanel has just caused my face to be greasy. And the Clinique is only so so now. I do not know what has really changed since I used to live in Seattle so weather wise, nothing has changed. There is a big difference between suburban living and city living (i.e. so much dirtier), so maybe that’s whats causing all my issues. I’ll look through your archives and see what else you’ve tried with success. Maybe I’ll find a winner too!

    Where’s the best place to go for help with foundations? I don’t want to go just to one specific counter. I’d love to find a place that will pick from a range of brands to find The One rather than having to visit every brands counter individually.


  3. September 3, 2015 / 10:26 am

    After reading a few reviews i don’t think this would be for me, looking at the pictures it definitely looks more medium coverage x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

  4. September 3, 2015 / 12:32 pm

    Really appreciate how honest this review is. Thanks for this post, really interesting.

  5. September 3, 2015 / 12:40 pm

    I have heard a lot of about these. I went to go get colour matched the other day and the SA told me that the colours are very strange. The colours adapt once on the skin and I’m guessing that’s why they’re all so similar! It’ looks like the kind of foundation I would like though but charlotte tilbury has just bought out her new magic foundation which is the same price & same coverage. It will definitely be a toss up between these two, I think it will probably be down to best colour match for me xxx

    Karan|| studentbeautyhack

  6. September 3, 2015 / 6:10 pm

    This is a fair review, I loved being able to see it in action. I feel like it is too much of a hydrating foundation whereas my skin tends to be a tad oily for these types of foundations.

    Kiran x

  7. September 3, 2015 / 8:56 pm

    I’m not sure whether to pick this up or not, I might start by seeing if there’s even a good colour match in the range for me! xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  8. Johanne
    September 3, 2015 / 11:37 pm

    Thank you so much for actually showing how it looks on the skin!

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