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Availability/Pricing: Any Beauty Supply store that sells Ruby Kisses OR http://www.beautyonlinesupply.com/
What You Get:
- 1 foundation compact w/2shades
What It Is & Does:
2-color foundation that sculpts and shapes the natural contours of your face.
- Great full coverage
- Smooth & creamy texture
- Has many shades to choose from
- Caters to Women of Color
- Short wear time
- Not easy obtainable
I have been asked by so many of my YT veiwers to review this foundation but finding a beauty supply store that carried this particular product was nearly impossible so I gave up for a while. I happen to come across it by chance in a BSS quite some ways away from my house and snatched it up (I should have bought them all!).
This foundation comes in a clear plastic compact, simple and practical but still nice to look at. There are 16 “levels” or shade ranges to choose from but for some reason Ruby Kisses’ website as well as the website they use to sell their products (link above) only carry shades 9-16.
Each compact has two shades and this was particularly exciting to me because if you follow my blog or YT channel regualry, you know that I am one of those people that are in between shade so I always have a hard time finding a shade that fits me exactly and often have to custom mix to get my perfect match. My shade is Level 9 and this is probably one of the first foundation that matched me so close (I’m close to a mix of NW42 + NC45 in MAC or MAC’s Matchmaster in 5.0). The dual shade aspect is perfect if you’re someone who’s in between shades like me, for skin tone changes between seasons, if you’re into contouring with foundation or if your a budding makeup artist look for more bang for your buck.
I immediately noticed the texture and consistency of this foundation. In the compact they can initially look hard and not very pliable but OH BABY don’t be fooled! These foundations are so rich, creamy and light…I can’t believe its a cream foundation! It’s not as thick as creme foundations usually are which makes them easier to work with and blend. As a professional MUA, cream foundations are an essential must have in your kit to achieve full coverage on shoots and film and I’m not one for heavy coverage in my personal stash but the fact that these are so creamy and buildable in coverage makes me think twice!
The finish is claimed to be a semi-matte finish but I find it to be more moisturizing and dewy than anything else. It looks like it would be oily on the skin but actually looks and feels like you have nothing on, just an added luminosity. Which gives great hope for oily/combination skin. You can also mattify it quite a bit with a setting powder.
I also loved the shade range you had to choose from. Again, there are 16 “levels” from light to very deep and 2 different shades in each level so you’re bound to find your perfect match. My only 2 love/hate issues with the shade range is that (1) these all seem to have a yellow undertone to them that makes them perfect for my Women of Color (African Americans, Asians, Latinas, Indians, etc) but then again that leaves out my ladies with more pink and red undertones. (2) Again finding the first 8 shade levels in a store or online is near impossible, even finding my shade (level 9) was tricky. It would be nice if the entire shade range was easily accessible.
As far as wear time this claims to have a 12 hour long wear which I don’t find to be necessarily true. Even if you don’t have oily skin and you set with a good powder after the first 7 hours or so you will start to notice the foundation breaking down or getting oily due to the creamy nature. You’ll especially notice it in the heat and humidity so I’d say this is more of winter time foundation.
Overall, I actually like these and find that they have decent quality. They’re super affordable so even if you have no idea what your shade is, you can buy the two closest ones and have 4 shades to play with…all the while never spending more than $15!