Friday, May 17, 2013

Foundation Fridays - Too Faced Air Buffed BB Crème Complete Coverage Makeup - Review, Pictures, Swatches

Too Faced Air Buffed BB Crème Complete Coverage Makeup

It's been a while since I did a Foundation Friday post and to be honest I think it's because I have not been inspired either way (good or bad) to write anything.  I actually purchased the Too Faced Air Buffed BB Crème Complete Coverage Makeup a while ago, tried it out, and then didn't write about it because I had mixed feelings on the whole thing.  But before I tell you about it, let me say that the name, Too Faced Air Buffed BB Crème Complete Coverage Makeup is super long and I will shorten it for the sake of MY sanity to TFBBC. We all clear?  Good.

So, the TFBBC claims to be a "five-in-one complete coverage beauty balm that perfects, mattifies, primes, moisturizes, and protects with SPF 20."  I think that it lives up to most of these claims, but not all of them may be good things for those with very oily skin or very dry skin.  The TFBBC boasts a "beauty balm that evens skin tone and banishes imperfections with an air-buffed second-skin finish."  That can be debatable depending upon application, but for the must part that is true.  How do you get that "Air Buffed" finish? By using the enclosed brush, which snaps into the lid of the product.

The brush is a mini Teddy Bear Kabuki style brush and is very soft to the touch.  Sadly, my brush wanted to shed, A LOT, so I switched to a different foundation brush, then another foundation brush until I found one that worked best for me.  So if you get this and decide the finish is not as "Air Buffed" as you would like, you might try experimenting with different application techniques or brushes.  I found that no matter what brush I used applying the TFBBC in a buffing motion (similar to applying a loose mineral makeup foundation) provided the most even coverage and application.  Basically, apply in little tiny circles starting in the center of your face and move outwards.  The coverage is buildable as Too Faced claims, but I still find it on the medium coverage side rather than complete coverage.  It can cover most light imperfections and can be built up on lighter imperfections by patting on with a concealer brush or clean fingers, but using concealer after application may be necessary for under eyes and other darker imperfections.

Too Faced Air Buffed BB Crème Complete Coverage Makeup

I did not see a full "cream-to-powder formula" when I used the TFBBC, but I have VERY oily skin and if you have combination to normal to slightly dry skin you might see those results.  I also did not find the formula to be "long-lasting" on my oily skin.  I applied this with a primer and without, and both methods did not yield a wear time of more than 4-5 hours.  However, with my oily skin that is completely normal when wearing BB creams.

Too Faced Air Buffed BB Crème Complete Coverage Makeup

OK. So the TFBBC claims to have 5 benefits. It is supposed to perfect, mattify, prime, moisturize, and protect with SPF 20. I did find that it perfected by evening my skin tone and did not settle into my pores or fine lines. I did need a separate primer to get any decent wear out of this product, but that's because of my oily skin type. I did find it mattified a little, but only for a short time. My oily skin broke through, so I used a finishing powder with this product. Those with combination, normal and slightly dry skin may find the mattifying properties of this product to be superior to the results I achieved.  I can't speak to the moisturizing properties of the product because I have such oily skin, but the ingredient that Too Faced claims to moisturize your skin, "Star Fruit Leaf", is the second to last ingredient on the list, so that means its amount in the product is minimal at best.  Lastly I do not believe that an SPF20 to be sufficient sun protection especially with the SPF being purely physical (Titanium Dioxide 8.3%). I prefer a 30 SPF or higher with a mixture of physical and chemical sunscreen or purely chemical sunscreen that is photo stable, but that's a personal preference. I also do not rely on my foundation to provide adequate sun protection as it is not always applied evenly all over my face.

How did it feel on my face?  Well it did feel kind of makeup-y. It wasn't heavy, but it wasn't "lightweight" as Too Faced promises.   It's not bad, but because this TFBBC is NOT for those with oily skin, it did feel as if it was sliding off my face rather quickly.

At least the color match was good, for me. I'm pretty pale, so the color "Snow Glow" described as Porcelain with Pink Undertone was a good match for me, but those with darker skin are SOL (Sh*t Outta Luck). Of course,  that seems to be the case with SO MANY BB creams. It's getting kind of annoying now because women of color are not afforded to same opportunities to waste their money as I am. HA!  No, but seriously, if any makeup company is reading this. PLEASE start offering some darker and more diverse color selections for BB creams. Oh and please stop calling colors "Chocolate" and "Mocha". So tacky. Not to mention that Women Of Color does not just include African American or Black. It also covers, Latinas, Persians, Arabs, and Asians.  But I might write a post about that whole subject at a later date.

OK Back on topic.  Do you NEED this?  YES,  if you have normal to combo skin and are looking for a light to medium coverage foundation that does not need a primer. This is a nice one to have. If you have Very Dry or Very Oily skin, skip this. At $39,  it's just not worth the agony over having yet another foundation that doesn't work for you.  That being said, this is kind of pricey for a Too Faced product. I wish there was a less expensive option to buy the TFBBC without the brush too.  You can purchase the Too Faced Air Buffed BB Crème Complete Coverage Makeup at Sephora, Ulta, and other retailers.

What do you think?  Will this BB Creme work for you? Have you tried the TFBBC yet?  Love it, like it, hate it?

P.S. To sound off on the whole women of color issue with foundation shades, I do have a question on The Pink Sith Blog Facebook Page about it. Click THIS LINK to give your opinion.

-Titanium Dioxide 8.3% (sunscreen).
Triethylhexanoin, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Isotridecyl Isononanoate, Dextrin Palmitate, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Tocopherol, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Alumina, Butylene Glycol, Water, Silica, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Averrhoa Carambola Leaf Extract, Rhodomyrtus Tomentosa Fruit Extract.



  1. I did a write up after I purchased this too!

    You can even see my face (eeesh!); I totally agree with what you stated, thought I didn't say it on MY post. Oilier skin probably won't like this, but it's worth at least a look. I wouldn't blindly order it online, but I can't buy foundation without actually touching it first. My skin is so crazy to match, 9 times outta 10 I have to blend two foundations together anyway so I can't just buy a foundation without seeing it on my skin.


  2. I went foundation shopping with my Indian friend. She didn't want to spend much as she wasn't very into make-up, just looking for something for a special occasion. We literally only found a colour dark enough for her in TWO brands. Luckily she's happy with the one she ended up buying, but it was really confronting for me, as a pale olive girl who fits the medium colours in most foundations/BB creams.

  3. Thanks for the review!

    I'm looking forward to your post on foundation colors too, it's a topic that is not addressed enough!

  4. Please write that post! I have been wanting to do it for a while now and now have new inspiration to do so! Let's start a beauty revolution! I am so pale I'm clear with weird pink undertones. I know all too well how frustrating it is to sift through the skin color "choices" to find the best match only to settle for "um....well this might work." And "oh sh*t. It doesn't work. Ugh." I can't imagine how frustrating it is to want to try a product and have NO OPTION. I would imagine it would be at the very least super annoying. Also, it speaks volumes of the companies producing these products. While they did not originate there, BB Creams achieved success first in Asian culture which sees fair skin as their beauty ideal. Perhaps naively when beauty companies decided to introduce them to the American mainstream they tried to preserve that model. As foolish as that is, I cannot come up with any other reason why a company would come out with a product being promoted as a "miracle does everything for everybody must have" and not make it available for everyone. Excluding multiple markets of consumers sounds like bad business to me.

  5. I didn't like it. I have really oily skin, and while I felt that the finish looked natural and like skin but better, it felt heavy and didn't "set". Even when I set it with a little powder, it ended up looking and feeling like an oil slick. Worst of all, I used my It Cosmetics brush apply this stuff and it was a NIGHTMARE to get the TFBBC out.

  6. I actually really wanted to give this try, but I think I'll skip it now. I have extremely oily skin, and this doesn't sound too good for oily skin.

  7. I wanted to like it because the color Vanilla glow was perfect color for my skin. But my skin didn't like it. I didn't like it the coverage, so I applied it too heavy i guess and got massive pimples from it. :( I love the asian bb creams, just don't like the fact they make me look super oily after a couple of hours, so I'm still on the hunt for a good bb cream for me.


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