11 Budget Foundations for Women of Color

As a black woman with a beautiful rich skin tone, I always struggle to find the right foundation. Seeing as the melanin infused race comes in many tones it is very hard to find the right shade let alone the right undertone. So I made it my mission to find the perfect foundation for us melanin rich ladies without breaking the bank.

beautyplus_20170318153354_save.jpg

Living in a multi-cultural  country would have you believing that the (make-up)stores would try to cater to the needs of all groups of woman. Boy was I wrong!  From the moment that I got into make-up more I saw that the offer for woman of color was Less!  You have every shade from Snow white up until Vanilla beige, but everything after that kind of becomes nonexistent.  And that really makes me think, what is the message that they are trying to send?

Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless foundation

So I went around town from store to store throughout time and I definitely came across a few places/brands that also have darker shade ranges in their collection and that felt like a breath of fresh air. Because even though I love me some higher end luxury goodies, I love my coints more.

I tried out all the foundations that I have ever bought and tried them out for you guys, so you can see what is available. I will go in random order for the foundations. Some of these foundations will not be available in all countries because I will also mention local brands.

wp-1489960076827.jpg

Foundation L’Oreal
Store Etos
Consistency  Liquid
Price 16,99
Color 8.N Cappuccino

This Foundation is the last foundation that I purchased. Simply because l ‘Oreal NL  finally started expanding the shade ranges  here in Holland.  There are now 20 shades that can be purchased. The down side is that most of the time the darker shades are out of stock in the stores and the team will send you to go online to purchase The foundation. But let us be positive there are more shades !

001681220_001_introbeeld

On picture you can see that this foundation has a little reddish undertone. This I could already see from looking at the bottle but it is not as bad as I thought. Trying it out I was very surprised to see that it matched so well with my skin. And it doesn’t look bad at all. The foundation itself is very watery and the coverage is light to medium. But you can build it without feeling like you are wearing a mask.  Love IT !

wp-1489960107161.jpg

Foundation Jordana Complete Coverage 2-in-1 concealer & foundation
Store Chique Cosmetics
Consistency Cream /liquid
Price 5,95
Color Golden Toffee

To be honest, jordana is the type of brand I usually don’t really look at. But it really deserves more credit. With great colors and a lot of shades it is highly overlooked. On the picture you can see that this foundation has a little bit of a pinkish undertone. And It comes very close to my natural skin tone.  The foundation blends easy and is very full coverage depending on what you use to apply it. When using your foundation sponge or beauty blender it will be less high coverage. I would advise to apply with a brush and finish with a sponge.

wp-1489959989904.jpg

Foundation L.A girl Pro coverage foundation
Store Me gorgeous
Consistency Liquid
Price 9,95
Color Toast

I’ve reviewed the foundation of L.A girl before and I just love the texture of the foundation. It feels very light and not cakey at all. It does not have a weird smell and the price is very good. On the face it blends very well and applies well with a blender and a brush.  The only thing is that it is very illuminating making it look like you are greasier than you are. So if you have a more oily face I would not recommend it. But for this price I would say :”pick it up and try it out for yourself.

wp-1489959994371.jpg

Foundation Kiko Universal Fit hydrating foundation
Store Kiko store
Consistency Liquid
Price 5,95
Color Warm beig

The first thing I noticed with this foundation is that THIS is definitely NOT my color. I think that is the reason why I use this the least. But for the price this is definitely a very good foundation. It is light and buildable and if you can find the right color this might be a very good foundation for you. It is a hydrating foundation and it feels that way on the skin. It feels fresh and you almost forget that you are wearing foundation.

wp-1489959985384.jpg

Foundation Black Opal Even true
Store Etos
Consistency Liquid
Price 14,95
Color Carob

I picked this baby up in a hurry but I must say , it did not do me wrong. Especially in the summertime when I have a little color a little of this foundation goes a long way. It is a medium to full coverage with a red undertone depending on the amount you put on. It goes on as a liquid but it finishes of like a soft powder. Because it has no oil in it , it is very well suited for people with oily skin . I’m not mad at it.

wp-1489959981910.jpg

Foundation Milani conceal +perfect 2-in-1 foundation and concealer
Store Chique Cosmetics
Consistency Liquid
Price 12,95
Color Spiced almond

I was very anxious to pick this foundation up and try it out, because I saw people rave about it on social media. So when I finally got my hands on this baby I was overexcited. When I got home and tried it out I was a little disappointed because it looked like I picked out the wrong color. It does match my skintone, it just does not match my undertone making it look a little ashy for me. When finishing it off with my powder it looks a lot better. What I do love is the great variety of colors that this line has so I am pretty sure that my color is in there somewhere. It is waterproof, matte and stays on for the entire day and that makes this foundation amazing for this price.

wp-1489959977053.jpg

Foundation Mimax  make up
Store Yari hairstore
Consistency Cream
Price 15,95
Color Deep earth

Compared to all the other foundations this is a real life Cream foundation in a pod.  So for me it was very akward to start using it. But once you get the hang of it, it blends very nicely. I would recommend applying it with a brush and finishing it with a sponge to remove any streaks. This particular foundation has a very yellow undertone but is perfect for my winterskin. In the winter I tend to get a very yellow undertone so it was easy to blend. It finishes as a powder making it very light weight and airy. It is not advise to finish this with to much powder. Be aware of that, because that can make you cake up.

wp-1489959973756.jpg

Foundation Etos Light weight foundation
Store Etos
Consistency Liquid
Price 6,95
Color Mocha

This might be my least favorite foundation. It has nothing to do with the color (eventhoug it makes me look supersick), nothing to do with the texture and even the price is amazing. THE SMELL of this foundation is so horrible. It smells like paint and makes it very hard for me to put on my face. This is very pittyfull since this foundation feels absolutely AMAZING on the skin! When applying this foundation it feels like you are rubbing a silky paper across the face.  I love the fact that this store is making a serious effort to cater to more shades than just the fair skinned onces. Eventhough they did not get it all the way right , I give them an A for effort.

wp-1489959968370.jpg

Foundation Black opal true color Foundation stick
Store Me gorgeous
Consistency Cream
Price 9,95
Color Carob

If you are a woman of color and you have not yet heard of this baby right here. I might want to advice you to come out from hiding. Because this was my go to foundation for a good year. I love the fact that it is easy to apply and full coverage and it comes in almost every shade. Not to mention that it can be found in almost every Etos ( drugstore)  in the larger cities.  The undertone of this foundation is a little on the red side and because it is so thick it comes on even more red in person. Another faux pas is that this foundation is a little on the oilier side, making it a no go for the oily skin unless you are  willing to blot your life away for the rest of the day. A little goes a long way with this foundation and the price and the quality make it one of the better drugstore foundations.

Foundation Black opal pore perfecting liquid foundation
Store Etos
Consistency Liquid
Price 14,95
Color Au Chocolat

This must be my favorite because of the finish and how close it comes to my skin color and tone.  Black opal is specialized in the olive and darker skin tones and that is very noticeable. The foundation blends into the skin and does not move for the rest of the day. In combination with the black opal finishing powder this foundation looks flawless all day. The foundation has a light to medium coverage that is buildable.

Foundation Hema CC Perfecting Foundation
Store Hema
Consistency Liquid
Price 9,95
Color Nr 9

This was the first foundation that I had ever purchased for myself.  I did not want to go over budget and when I saw  that this particular store came out with foundations for darker skin tones I was very happy. Their makeup corner brings out a lot of very good budget make up so I had to try this foundation out. The first thing I noticed was the depth and the richness of the color of the foundation. It looks like chocolate. It is a medium to full coverage foundation with a dewey finish, which I love because it makes you looks like you have a healthy sun kissed glow ( not orange). The only thing that  I do not like about this foundation is that It oxidizes and gets a halve shade darker. Other than that I would definitely try to get your hands on it.

Let me know what you think of the foundations. Which one looks the best on me and what budget foundation do u use and recommend?

Soft winter budget glam voor de donkere huid 

Trui van h&m

Het is winter en de feestdagen komen eraan. Velen van ons grijpen automatisch naar de donkere kleuren. De smokey eye is een all time favorite.  Persoonlijk ben ik er ook een voorstander van maar ik had zin in iets anders, iets minder donker en iets zachters.

 

Ik heb gekozen voor een peachy, soft pink look met zacht roze gloss. Deze look staat helemaal in lijn met de oud roze fashion trend die je tegewoordig overal ziet en is makkelijk om te creëren!

Voor deze look heb ik de volgende producten gebruikt:

  1. L.A Girl Pro coverage foundation
  2. Black opal pressed powder in truffle
  3. Kiko natural concealer in nummer 06 
  4. L.A Girl pro concealer in fawn 
  5. W7 banana powder
  6. Kiko orange eyeshadow
  7. Morphe palette 35N
  8. Etos eyeliner in Black
  9. Hema wet&dry blush in champagne ( highlighter) 
  10. Max en more wimpers 
        megorgeous & op=op voordeelshop
        Action, Etos, Kiko, Hema
        • Voor de ooglook heb ik de perzik/ zalm kleur gebruikt in de holte van mijn oog en op het bewegend ooglid. 
        • De oranje bruine kleur voor de transitie van mijn oog. 
        • De donkerbruine kleur voor de buitenste v vorm van mijn oog en de beige kleur voor het highlighten van mijn wenkbrauw bot.
        The beautyspot

        Laat me weten wat je van de look vindt. Vergeet niet te abonneren op mijn youtube kanaal: www.youtube.com/lesly2you en een kijkje te nemen op mijn instagram www.instagram.com/lesly2you

        Hugs and kisses from Lesly 2 you!

        Bantu Knots 

        Ik ben all about the afwisseling en dat geldt voor elk aspect van mijn leven inclusief mijn haar. Ik ben een groot fan van het uitproberen van zoveel mogelijk haarstijlen.

        Sinds dat ik natural ben gegaan heb ik al veel verschillende haarstijlen geprobeerd maar lang niet allemaal. Het was dan ook tijd voor een new natural hairstyle. Ik heb hierbij gekozen voor de bantu knot.

        De bantu knot haarstijl is afkomstig uit west afrika en wordt ook wel zulu knots genoemt.  Het woord bantu betekend mensen en slaat terug op de verschillende bevolkingsgroepen die  verspreid waren over Afrika.

        Persoonlijk  ben ik een fan van makkelijke haarstijlen die er mooi uitzien. En naast dat dit een leuke haarstijl is, is het ook nog perfect als protective hairstyle.

        Voor deze haarstijl heb ik de volgende producten gebruikt.

        1. Scurl no drip moisterizer
        2. Shea moisture Curling Souffle
        3. Amandel olie
        4. Een tangle teaser
        5. Een kam met grote tanden
        6. Een puntkam

        Om precies te zien hoe ik me bantu knots zo heb gekregen kan je naar de ondergenoemde link gaan.

        Wat vind jij van bantu knots? Zou je het ooit willen proberen of heb je het ooit gedaan? Of is het niks voor jouw? Laat het me weten in de comments.

        With love from Lesly 2 you.