Too Faced Born This Way Foundation : An Honest Review

I’m not going to beat around the bush here – I like the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation A LOT.

I wear foundation every day (thanks to an uneven red skintone and lots of lovely leftover blemish marks) but always like it to  look natural and healthy as well as feel comfortable and not break out my sensitive skin. Born This Way does all of these things for me!

Here’s what you need to know:


Medium-full buildable coverage. (2-3 pumps will give me a nice medium coverage). I often find I don’t even need concealer alongside this!

If you applied sparingly with fingers you could get a light coverage but you can still probably tell that you are wearing foundation, so if you aren’t used to wearing makeup or don’t like looking like you are then this probably isn’t a foundation for you.


Glowy (not dewy). It is a lovely finish but as I have an oily t-zone, I definitely have to powder afterwards to stop that ‘sweaty’ look.


I like to use this with a brush like the bareMinerals Perfecting Face Brush (some more of my favourite makeup brushes can be found here) and then dab down with a Beauty Blender. I find this gives me the quickest and most even coverage. You could use fingers for a lighter coverage.

(A lot of people like applying this all over with the Beauty Blender but for me I find it takes too much time and also seems to waste more of the product.)


I have tried with a few primers, including a mattifying primer, hydrating primer and the Too Faced Hangover primer, but it tends to slide off really quickly.

I actually find that this foundation works best with just my Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate moisturiser underneath (a great every day moisturiser for nomal-combination skin). The Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate is a moisturiser that is designed to also be a primer/prep the skin for makeup so this could be why.


Sadly it does separate on my nose and chin by the afternoon but apart from the Double Wear foundation, I haven’t found a foundation that hasn’t done this! I’m happy to touch up these areas though and never need to worry about the rest of the face.

Shade Range

I think they do a good selection of shades, especially if you have very fair skin like me and struggle to find foundations pale enough! When I wear fake tan I love using the shade Nude but the shade I wear most days is Pearl, which is for very fair skin with neutral to golden undertones. I actually have naturally cool (pink) undertones but because I usually have some fake tan lingering on then this makes me a more golden undertone.

This is me wearing Nude on half my face (can you tell which?! Ha):


I tend to steer towards oil-free beauty products as often oilier products can break me out. If you are like me and find that you have sensitive skin and break out easily, especially from products, then this might work for you too.

So who is it for?

I think it would really suit people with combination skin like myself (as long as you mattify any oily areas afterwards), dry skin types (I find it a great winter foundation) and people with sensitive/breakout prone skin. I also think it would work on mature skin but let me test it on my mum and get back to you!

This is definitely one of my all time favourite foundations and I would recommend it for anyone wanting a medium coverage foundation for glowing skin.

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