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Multipurpose Foundation

It seems like a rather odd statement to make about a foundation - a multipurpose product that doubles as a foundation and a concealer. Essentially removing one step from your make up routine. Mecca has just released a new foundation to their Mecca Max range that does just that.

The new Selfie Skin* Foundation is a 2-in-1 foundation and concealer that has a radiant matte finish. It claims to be high coverage with a second skin finish. Apply lightly for day or build it up, up and up to girl boss glam, then stipple over problem spots for added camouflage.

I was really intrigued when this foundation arrived on my doorstep. I haven't tried any base products from Mecca Max before, mostly because the foundation shades of their other products were never the right shade for me. This new foundation range has 20 different shades which cater to a wider variety than the other foundations in their range. It also has some really interesting claims that I was excited to test out. This foundation says that it is:

  • Medium to high coverage
  • Super buildable
  • Multipurpose - both foundation and concealer
  • A radiant matte finish (long-wear coverage of a matte meets the fresh lightweight feeling of a dewy finish)
  • The creamy texture makes for easy applications and can be applied using your fingers, sponge or a brush.
  • Easy blending for a smooth, soft-focus effect.
  • Lightweight and undetectable on the skin
  • Tube packaging perfect for on-the-go or travel cases.
  • A hydrating formula, with mattifying powders absorb excess oil to take you from day to night
  • 100% Vegan & Cruelty Free
After reading about it, I was excited to get it on my face and see how it goes. Before applying, knowing that it has a somewhat matte finish, I did prep with a hydrating primer and moisturiser to try and ensure my dry skin didn't peek through the foundation. To apply, I used a brush, blending it into the skin. It was quite a thick consistency, however it did blend into the skin easily. I have the shade 5 (Butter), which I was surprised by. I usually wear the lightest or second lightest shade, so to have shade 5 suit me and even be too light with a tan, it was quite shocking. If you have a light skin tone then this is probably going to be a winner. They even have some fairly dark shades.

As for the finish, I was surprised by how glowy it was. This may be because I prepped my skin as if it was going to be matte. It wasn't an intense glow, and after applying a little powder, it looked like a radiant matte - matte, but not drying or cakey. The coverage was great - a medium coverage that still looked natural on the skin. I then took a small amount and applied it over my spots like a concealer. It was definitely buildable from the medium coverage and I was impressed by how well it covered everything, even some super intense spots. I still took my normal under eye concealer, as I found the foundation too thick for under my eyes. I prefer something a little lighter and creamier.

Now let's talk staying power - it lasted pretty well, looking good throughout the day. I did set with a little bit of power (which I wouldn't normally do) and sprayed a bit of MAC Fix+. It looked great on my cheeks, however did wear a little bit through my T-Zone. As I have mentioned in almost all my foundation reviews, getting something that doesn't wear in my t-zone, particularly on my chin, is a difficult thing for me. I don't know whether it's that I touch my chin a lot or that foundation just doesn't last well on my chin, but it does go a little cakey and patchy. This was definitely the case for the Selfie Skin. It didn't look horrendous, but did have some noticeable signs of wear.

Overall, I was really impressed with this foundation. The flawless finish it gave to my skin was AMAZING! I haven't tried a foundation recently that has given that kind of coverage and finish and I love it. It is definitely something I am going to be reaching for more, particularly through winter when I want some coverage but also still want that kind of radiant look.

Have you tried the new Selfie Skin foundation yet? I'd love to hear your thoughts! Let me know in the comments below! xx 

*DISCLAIMER – Products with * have been sent for trial/review purposes. Although this product was sent for me to trial and review, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. The Life of Laura is not by a professional or expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.


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