REVIEW: LILAH B. MARVELOUS MATTE FOUNDATION
Hi beauties! Happy Labor Day (weekend)! It's a three day weekend so I finally have some time to sit down and write a blog post. As some of you in the beauty community probably know, lilah beauty dropped an exciting product last week after teasing it on Instagram for several days before, the Marvelous Matte Crème Foundation*. Their team was sweet enough to send me the new product a week before launch to test it out and I was so ecstatic to receive it. I'm a huge fan of the brand and everything I've tried from them so far—I'll never stop raving about their Divine Duo Lip & Cheek tint in b.lovely*.
The Marvelous Matte Crème Foundation ($54 USD) comes in lilah b.'s signature pebble compact and is cute as can be. The compact is a pretty big compared to their lip balms and lip & cheek tints, while still being small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. They also sent me their Retractable Crème Foundation Brush ($52) which is just as compact as the foundation itself. Couldn't be more perfect for quick, on the go application. It's also 100% hypo-allergenic, vegan, and cruelty-free!
So let's talk about what lilah beauty claims: An innovative, whipped, creamy foundation that provides full coverage. Infused with nutrient-rich ingredients to soften and hydrate skin. Blendable and buildable, it helps improve skin texture by smoothing, concealing and evening out skin tone. This lightweight, creamy formula feels like a liquid but transforms to a powder matte finish giving you a natural, flawless looking complexion. Perfect for all skin types.
It sounds pretty promising! They are also super transparent about exactly what is in the product, with a full ingredients list on their site, which I've noticed a lot of other brands are terrible about. Their Key Ingredients include Rosehip Seed Oil to strengthen complexion and improve brightness and vitality, Aloe Vera to nourish and hydrate, and Avocado Oil to deeply moisturize and give the skin a protective barrier. The most intriguing part to me was how a matte foundation could also be hydrating. So now that we know all the fun stuff, let's test this puppy out!
The website states to "swipe brush into the foundation and buff into skin starting in center of face and working out." The foundation brush makes this really easy to do. It picks up product well (be careful not to pick up too much) and the product sweeps right onto the face seamlessly. The formula itself is really creamy, making it easy to blend into the skin and build up for the desired coverage. I would say that this is a medium-full coverage foundation rather than simply full, which is nice because there's a lot of wiggle room for the gals like myself who don't always want a full coverage look.
As of late, I've had several patches of exceptionally dry skin on my forehead and around my nose, which I've been trying so hard to kick. This really put this foundation to the test. Ultimately, I felt that the foundation emphasized these dry textures and made those areas (and only those areas!) look patchy and dry. From a distance, you truly wouldn't be able to tell. The foundation does a beautiful job of giving you a bright, even complexion. After a couple wears, I did feel that the formula was a bit drying for me personally. For someone with oily skin, I bet this foundation looks absolutely gorgeous. The thick, creamy formula is beautiful but just a little too matte for me. The foundation stayed put for most of the day and didn't oxidize which was a huge plus.
I really wanted to love this, and maybe if I can get my skin back to normal, I will. It's not a bad foundation by any means, and I think those with oily skin would love it and should absolutely give it a shot. If you have dry skin like me, it would definitely be worth trying out ahead of time if you can—I've seen the brand in a few Sephora's and Barney's in NYC. After trying Marvelous Matte and seeing the results I did, I definitely now have their Flawless Finish foundation on my wishlist, its luminous satin finish sounds perfect.
Have you tried either of lilah beauty’s foundations + what did you think?