Friday, October 12, 2012

Fundation Friday - Become Beauty Firm + Tone Mineral Foundation - Review, Pictures, Swatches

Welcome back to Foundation Friday.  This week I bring you a foundation from Down Under….No You SICK-O's not that. I mean Australia.

Become Beauty has a huge range of products including skin care and makeup.  They have a few different lines of skin care, but the Makeup line is limited, simple and straightforward.  I was sent a tube of the Firm + Tone Mineral Foundation.  This is a multi-purpose foundation with 30 SPF UVB/UVA protection. It provides translucent coverage in a universal shade (more on that in a second), it helps protect, firm and tone the skin with anti-aging ingredients. The foundation contains Zinc and Titanium, natural sunscreens, DMAE Extract which is an antioxidant and soothes the skin, Mica, which reduces the appearance of lines and silica which gives a flawless look to the coverage.

Guess what.  My skin color was not in that "universal" shade range.  But I soldiered on and tested it, so I could at least tell you how it works. I actually wore it for 2 straight days while I was home on the weekend. (I don't really care if someone at the grocery store sees me with foundation that doesn't match my skin tone.) Since my weekends consist of doing nothing but indulging Darthypie and catching up on lost sleep I was happy to test this out.  As I said I wore this foundation for two days and getting it to look natural on my pale complexion was a bit of a challenge, but I figured out, on day 2, that if I applied it to the middle of my face, blended out and then used another BB cream on the outside of my face and blend inwards, this foundation could look pretty decent.

I know what you are thinking.  "Wait a second. How can you review a product after only 2 days of use.  Don't you normally take weeks to test a product?"  Yes. I do normally take weeks to test a product.  I'll tell you why I only took 2 days in just a moment.  But first...

You all are probably wondering about the color.  So here it is.

Yup. It's pretty dark and orangey/yellow for me.  I think darker skin tones would benefit from this much more than I did.  I do not like that this foundation only comes in one color.  That's just not cool.

As for how it holds up. Actually quite nicely.  Applied all over my face with primer on day one the finish was slightly matte and natural looking (despite the color)  My skin did seem slightly toned and firmer when I was wearing this…but I stress that it was a slight improvement.  The foundation did a good job of covering up my pores and not settling into fine lines.  It looked pretty Awesome actually, despite the poor color match. It seemed to fade on my oily skin after 4-5 hours, but that is to be expected with any foundation touted as a translucent finish.  By the time I figured out how to apply it with a BB cream closer to my skin tone I looked pretty amazing.  I was ready to recommend this foundation for darker skin tones right away.

But then it happened.  I started to break out.  I started to break out in painful cystic like acne in areas of my face that never break out.  It was then I FINALLY looked at the ingredients and I saw that one word that strikes dread into my cold black heart.  Cyclopentasiloxane. Yup. That dreaded silicone that is in countless makeup products.  It's not typical to react the way I do to Cyclopentasiloxane, but it is possible.  Yup.  This is one of the few silicones that makes me break out in huge hurty cystic acne.  It sucks, because some products that are really awesome contain this ingredient.  But, like I said, my reaction is not typical and most people can, and are, currently wearing this silicone on a daily basis with no issues what so ever.  And that is why I didn't test this foundation for more than 2 days.

So do you NEED this?  I know I certainly do not.  You might need this.  If you don't have issues with Cyclopentasiloxane and you aren't any lighter than a MAC NC20 or Darker than a MAC NC35.  (A MAC NC40 might be able to make this work.) this could work for you. That's a pretty narrow window of skin tones if you ask me but the majority of the US falls into this range.   Perhaps as Become Beauty expands they will also expand their range of colors for the Firm + Tone Mineral Foundation.  That way women of color and non color (like myself) can also benefit from this product.  However, I will never benefit from it as long as Cyclopentasiloxane is in it.  It's not fair to condemn a product just because Cyclopentasiloxane is the main ingredient. I get that. I know my reaction is not typical.  

So what am I going to do with a tube of Mineral foundation that is skin suicide for me?  I'm going to give it to my buddy that doesn't have this reaction to Cyclopentasiloxane and has much darker skin than I do.  But what about you dear reader?  Perhaps you too are yearning for this foundation because you have the ideal skin coloring and no issues with Cyclopentasiloxane.  Just because I personally didn't like a product for non typical skin reaction I experienced doesn't mean that YOU won't like it.  I get that we are all special snow flakes and that everyone is different.  That's why I agreed to hold a giveaway!

The generous people at Become have not only sent me a tube of the Firm + Tone Mineral Foundation to review, but they gave given me one to give away as well!  Sorry tho, this is open to US residents only.  Just enter using the rafflecopter widget below.  You can earn extra entries by liking me on Facebook, following me on Twitter, visiting the Become Beauty website, and more.

Good luck to everyone entering!

Water, Zinc Oxide, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Hexyl Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG 100 Stearate, Glycerin, Mica, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Stearate, Silica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Brassica Campestris, Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer, Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Polyacrylamide, C 13-14 Isoparafin, Laureth-7, Lecithin, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Peel Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycolic Acid, Dimethyl MEA, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Tocopheryl Linoleate, Disodium EDTA, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Citric Acid, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499, CI77492)

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  1. So sorry for the breakout - that color - ugh!!! I didn't know people in Australia were oompa-loompas! I am so sick and tired of hearing from "experts" (like Paula Begoun) that silicones don't cause breakouts! Her products are full of them and I cannot tolerate using them on a regular basis. I haven't been able to figure out exactly which silicone is the culprit for me. It seems that any of the ones that come in that thick gel-like form clog my pores. Knock wood, I haven't had any problems yet from the volatile liquid kind in the Armani Maestro foundation. Just had to vent!

    1. I know EXACTLY what you mean. I get so annoyed by people saying that silicones don't cause break outs. They HAVE TO because this was the ONLY thing in my routine that changed and I broke out like crazy. I'm glad to hear the Armani Maestro foundation is working for you. I want to try it, but need to check the ingredients first.

  2. Oh my god, that color O_O Yeaaaaah I don't think I'll be entering, lol. Also too bad about the ingredients :-(

  3. You made me cry at the thought of huge painful cystic acne, just what I wouldn't want to happen since I need to be out in public. lol That color wouldn't match me either and I'm darker than you but no where near the color in the tube. I don't generally I think have a problem with silicones in things except like Nina with any gel-like forms, i.e. the Smashbox primer causes a crazy acne explosion!

  4. When I gave one away, I explicitly said "probably for more yellow skintones" lol because my pale freckled face just didn't fair well. I really hope they take the blogger's comments to heart & either create more shades or repackage this as NOT universal. Because unless I seriously sheered it out or was way darker in the summer, it isn't happening on my universe.

  5. Silicones break me out exactly the same way. From creams, foundations, even powders! My face gets covered in tiny bumps and then cystic acne. It's horrible and awful. Unlike your skin, mine is VERY dry and I don't struggle (and never have - yes I thank the genetic gods every day) with breakouts.....unless I use ANYTHING on my face with silicones in it. Any, and all types. It's a nightmare.

    It's especially annoying when you try to complain/ask for information and customer service is either completely ignorant or confuses silicones with silicA (two very different effin' things, as far as I know silica doesn't cause any reactions of any kind outside of maybe some dryness if you go nuts).

    Thorough washing with oil cleansing, exfoliants, and the clarisonic can't remove all the silicone residue (my theory) so it's just not possible to use them in any formulation in any amount. I like not having self-inflicted acne scars, thank you very much.

    Keep on fighting the good fight by bringing light to this, Pink Sith! It's such a rare thing (? - seriously, I don't buy that it isn't more common) that it's nice to have a louder voice talking about silicone reactions.

  6. Why didn't you check the ingredients list before testing the product if you know that this silicone is in many beauty products and that it breaks you out badly?

  7. 1 - D

    2 - the bronzer/highlighter duo looks really pretty!

  8. It looked interesting, I think I don't have problems with that silicone; BUT I'm darker than a NC40 (NC42) and that really annoys me, it's the same with BB creams, finding one for darker skin tones is a miracle.

  9. Ug, I hate universal shades! In general, they don't work for me either.

  10. I think that color would work well for me. I have very warm tannish skin. Looking at the ingredients, it looks like it is mostly water and silicone. It also looks like there is a decent amount of oils in it, which would no doubt help in creating acne on someone with oily or acne-prone skin. :(

    1) D
    2) Beautiful Day eyeshadow palette looks great for everyday use.

  11. 1: D
    2: the duo bronzer highlighter!

    1. Just got this in the mail today! So excited to try it! Thank you so much! :)

  12. 1. D
    2. The duo bronzer highlighter! Looks nice :)


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