Recently, I’ve been hunting for a new foundation. Around two months ago I grabbed a sample of Sephora’s 10 HR Wear Perfection foundation ($20 for 0.84 oz.), but since the shade was a little light for me I thought I’d hold off using it in the hope that my skin would lose some of its summer color. Well, the shade is still a little light, but I’ve been testing it out for the past few weeks anyways. Sephora advertises this as an oil-free, long-lasting foundation that includes Hyaluronic acid and vitamin E to help improve the condition of skin.
Application: This is a pretty thick liquid foundation that offers solid medium coverage. The bottle comes with a pump to dispense it, and I don’t think you’d be able to get it out of the bottle otherwise. It’s one of the thickest liquid foundations I’ve tried. I still find it easy to work with and blend on the skin, though. I like to use my flat foundation brush, a Sephora Pro #47, to apply it and blend it a little further with a Sonia Kashuk Fosmetics Sponge, and I find that it not only offers really nice, even coverage of skin tone imperfections but also smooths over texture imperfections really well. The coverage looks pretty natural and still allows for some of my freckles shine through, but all in all I think it does a good job of making my skin look more perfected. I supplement it with some concealer under my eyes and on the reddest areas around the sides of my nose, on the lower area of my forehead, and on my chin.
Wear: This foundation does its job as a long-wearing product. I suggest setting it with powder, as I would with any liquid foundation, and this lasts all day on me without wearing off or becoming patchy. I have combination skin, and I generally need one or two powder touch-ups throughout the day on the oiliest area of my face (my nose) when I wear this foundation. For me, this is a little better than the average liquid foundation, but it’s not exceptional. I don’t find it to be unflattering on the drier areas of my face (my cheeks). When I touch my face, I definitely notice that it makes my skin feel really soft and it also does not transfer.
One thing to note is that because the formula is on the thicker side of things, I’ve found that it can can crease under my eyes. My way of dealing with this was to make sure I patted my face with the cosmetic sponge to pick up any excess product, and then touch the skin under my eyes with my fingers. Setting with powder helps, too. The creasing isn’t terrible or extreme, but I would notice it happening as I applied the rest of my makeup, and as long as I blended out the creasing with my finger before heading out the door, I wouldn’t see it reappear again throughout the rest of the day.
Value: I’m pretty impressed with the quality of this foundation for the price. It looks like Sephora is phasing out their Instant Radiance foundation, which cost $2 more for slightly less product than 10 HR Wear, and I’m happy to see that they didn’t take it as an opportunity to match or exceed the old product’s price. Although pricier than drugstore foundation, It’s the cheapest liquid makeup available at Sephora.
The Bottom Line: I’m pleased to recommend this product, as it performs well and has a great price. I think it’s more flattering than other much more expensive foundations like the new Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation SPF 15 (my review here), as it smooths out skin texture in addition to offering medium coverage. I really like it.
There are just two reasons why I won’t be purchasing it for myself: I’d like to see if I can find an option that’s a little better at oil control, and I don’t think I have a stellar color match in the shade range. There are 16 shades available so I think they’ve covered their bases reasonably well, it’s just not a match made in heaven for me. And finally, although it wouldn’t actually stop me from purchasing, I’d also prefer to see a little SPF in there.
Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Isohexadecane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Alcohol, Propanediol, Ci 77492 (Iron Oxides), Butylene Glycol, Polybutene, Acrylates Copolymer, Ozokerite, Magnesium Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Peg-10, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Cellulose, Sodium Potassium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Propylene Carbonate, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Aluminum Hydroxide, Bht, Silica, Sodium Hyaluronate.
Above, I’m also wearing: L’Oreal True Match crayon concealer in N1-2-3, Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow in 10 – light blonde (review here), Nyx powder blush in Pinched, Rimmel ScandalEyes Show Off mascara in black (review here), and Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet.
Animal testing: Sephora says on their website that Sephora Collection products as well as Sephora originals like Formula X and Kat Von D have not been tested on animals, though their products are sold in China and are thus required by Chinese law to be tested on animals before entering the market.
The Sephora Collection 10 HR Wear Perfection foundation costs $20 for 0.84 oz and is available at Sephora.
Have you tried it? Let me know what you think!