If you spend a lot of time reading about popular makeup products online, you’ll be very familiar with the LA Girl Pro Coverage HD Long Wear Illuminating Liquid Foundation (and the concealer everyone is obsessed with). It’s available in 16 shades.
Promising decent coverage at the very reasonable price of €12.40, it’s no wonder it’s become such a fan favourite. Naturally, I was very excited to try it out.
First impressions: for the lightest shade available, it isn’t all that light. It looks a bit orange on my hand. This is the case with a lot of yellow-toned foundations though, and they often blend out to a less orange colour.
I prepped my face with L’oreal Lumi Primer and Smashbox Photo Finish Priming Water, both of which I’ve used many times underneath foundation. I tend to apply liquid foundations in dots around my face and then blend them out (real original, I know). The first thing I notice when doing this with the LA Girl foundation is that it definitely looks too dark. When I blended it out with my Sigma F88 brush (just an angled foundation brush), I found it hard to move around my skin. A damp makeup sponge works best with this foundation I believe.
After my first time applying it, I was shocked at how dark and slightly orange it looked. I set half my face immediately with a powder, which helped a little. The second time I applied it, the orange tone appeared again, so I set my entire face with powder and then setting spray. I found that as time passed, the colour settled a little and matched me better. It did require spending longer blending it out and setting it with powder though, which I wouldn’t do ordinarily outside of my T-zone. If you wear fake tan regularly, this foundation probably won’t require as much work (my mother loves it).
One enormous advantage of this foundation in that the coverage is beautiful. You could build this up to full coverage if you wanted. It didn’t sink into fine lines or appear patchy anywhere. I only needed to put on one layer to achieve medium coverage, which is ideal for me. This isn’t a foundation you’ll get a light coverage look out of, but there are plenty affordable options on the market if you prefer a sheer foundation.
Within about 2 hours of wear, the oil in my forehead started breaking through, which is a common enough issue for me outside of Winter. Outside of my forehead though, the foundation didn’t separate. If you have oily skin, this is definitely a foundation that will require an appropriate primer and setting with powder. Dryer skin types might fare better, but I would still of course recommend having your skin adequately prepped because just because it didn’t cling to my dry patches, doesn’t mean it won’t to yours.
So to sum up:
- Excellent coverage. Provides medium coverage with one application but is buildable to full.
- Doesn’t cling to dry patches.
- Very affordable.
- Great if you wear fake tan.
- Comfortable and not heavy on the skin.
- The lightest shade is still a bit dark (definitely not suitable for very fair, cool-toned skin types).
- Difficult to use with a brush.
- Requires more work for oily skin.
This is a lovely foundation but it takes me too long to make it work. Even though there are fewer cons, they outweigh the pros for me sadly.
If you’re interested in trying it for yourself, you can buy it from Beauty Bay here.
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