Monday, October 17, 2016

Studio Gear Mineral Wet and Dry Foundation Review

Hey guys,

I am extremely behind in my posts, but finally I am getting time to write about a foundation that was sent to me by Studio Gear Cosmetics through a campaign with BrandBacker.   Studio Gear Cosmetics was one of the first brands I worked with on BrandBacker, so I was excited to have the opportunity to work with them again.   When I read that the foundation that was being offered for review was the Dual Identity Wet/Dry Foundation, I was immediately intrigued.  Foundations are a tricky situation for me due to my oily skin and the humid environment I live in, so I have a massive pile of them in my collection.  Typically I wear my foundations for anywhere in the range of 8 to 12 hours, and if I can find something that is even remotely close to still being on my face when I get home from work in the evenings I know that I will use it and it won't get lost in the bottom of the pile.

The Dual Identity Wet/Dry Foundation is actually a loose mineral powder that can be used like any other loose powder.  As a dry powder foundation it has wonderful coverage; however, the wet aspect of the foundation is what is truly different.   Studio Gear mailed out their Revitalizing Day Serum to use with the foundation.   The idea is that the foundation can be mixed with the serum to create a serum foundation which is a great idea.  Typically I don't like serum foundations because they either don't have enough coverage for me, or they break down on me super fast.  I love that this foundation allows me to customize the consistency of the foundation to my liking.

To be completely honest I didn't have high hopes that this foundation would last on my skin at all; however, I was proven wrong pretty quickly.   I mixed up some of the powder with two pumps of the Revitalizing Day Serum in a glass bowl I leave on my vanity with a flat foundation brush and smeared it on my face (for lack of a better way of putting that).   I first tried blending the foundation in with the #3 Domed Foundation Brush by Studio Gear Cosmetics; however, I didn't like the way that it was working with the foundation, so I switched to my Tarte Kabuki brush that I use for my regular foundations and everything blended in evenly.

The two pumps of the Revitalizing Day Serum turned the foundation into a fairly dry paste.  You can always add more of the serum to create more of a liquid foundation.  Even with the two pumps the foundation it spreads out smoothly with my kabuki brush.  Once I have the foundation on I use the same loose powder to set the foundation which is nice because it is guaranteed to match the foundation.  The combo lasts all day on my oily skin, and typically doesn't break down until late in the evening.   My biggest complaint with the product is the amount of time it takes to apply since you have to mix the foundation.  I find myself not reaching for the product in the mornings as often as I do a regular foundation for this reason alone; however, on the weekends when I have plenty of time I have been reaching for it the most.

The #3 Domed Foundation Brush that Studio Gear sent with the product has a great shape to the brush, and a nice density.  While I found I don't like it with the consistency of the foundation I mix, I have been reaching for it when I use a thinner liquid foundation, or a BB cream.  The bristles of the brush are soft, and the length of the bristles really spread the foundation well.  However if I use it with thick foundations I have found that it leaves my foundation streaky and uneven.

Overall I really enjoy this foundation, and have found that it lasts well on my oily skin.  The only real issue I have had is that it can tend to look a little cake-face if I don't use enough serum in the mix.  The foundation is really comfortable, and didn't break up in the heat and humidity.    If you are interested all three products can be found on Studio Gear Cosmetics website.

Has anyone else tried a foundation like this?

The products mentioned in this post were provided for review by the company through a campaign on BrandBacker.  All opinions are 100% my own! 

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