Monday, August 20, 2018

Product Review -- Beauty Bakerie Cake Mix Demi-Matte Foundation

I've been on a big indie beauty brand kick for a while now, and Beauty Bakerie is one brand that has really impressed me over the past year or so.

I've tried some of their palettes and their fabulous Flour Setting Powder (whose packaging and whole marketing scheme is beyond adorable and ORIGINAL), but I was really excited to hear that they were coming out with a foundation.

That said, I knew that the Cake Mix Demi-Matte Foundation probably wasn't the best fit for my normal to dry skin -- the brand fully discloses that the product is best for oily skin in its marketing information -- but I still wanted to give it a try because I figured it might be an option that could work for my skin in the summer.

The foundation comes in a lovely, heavy glass bottle with a rose gold metallic cap. It has a convenient pump too, which makes dispensing the right amount as easy as can be.

Beauty Bakerie Cake Mi Demi-Matte Foundation (and blending egg sponge)
The foundation has a fairly thick, creamy texture, but there's still a liquid-y feel to it. It blends into the skin easily, and offer what I'd consider medium coverage -- if you have particularly dark or obvious spots to cover, you'll need to pair it with a concealer for sure.

Just as Beauty Bakerie promises, it has demi-matte finish -- it's natural, without looking too dry or too dewy on the skin.

Beauty Bakerie Cake Mix Demi-Matte Foundation
I really love the way that the foundation looks when it's first applied. It doesn't settle in pores or fine lines, so my skin appears smooth and even. With my dry skin, though, I do find that the foundation can start to cling to drier patches after a few hours of wear -- I'll often find it looking a little cakey between my eyebrows, which is a stubbornly dry spot for me even in summer.

Beauty Bakerie suggests using a beauty oil before the foundation if you have dry skin. They recommend their own Wake and Bake Oil, but I don't have that (yet...) so I've been using a couple of different primer oils from Makeup Revolution -- and that definitely helps solve the problem.

I also don't set this foundation when I'm wearing it. That would certainly help the foundation last longer in the humid summer weather here in NY (FYI -- I probably get about 6 hours of wear when I don't set it) but I'd rather deal with makeup fading or disappearing completely than clinging to dry patches or looking cakey.

I ordered the foundation in the lightest shade, 59, and the really amazing thing is that when my order came, they'd actually included the next closest shade, 57, too for free (along with one of their blending egg sponges!) because they realize how difficult it can be to figure out foundation shades based on online swatches.

(Amazing customer service, no?)

As it turns out, it's really good that they did because 57 is actually a better match for my very fair neutral to slightly cool skin. 59 is definitely cooler in tone, but it's darker. 57 has some yellow undertones, but they're not so warm that they don't work with my neutral skin.

Beauty Bakerie Cake Mix Demi-Matte Foundation 57 (l.) and 59 (r.)
Sometimes, I'll mix the two shades together if I have the time, with just a drop of a white foundation mix-in product, and that works really well too.

All in all, for $28, I think this is a great foundation if you have oily, combination, or normal skin. If you have dry skin and don't mind doing a little extra skin prep before you apply it, it can also look really nice so it's worth checking out.

You can purchase the palette on the Beauty Bakerie website.

Have you tried the Beauty Bakerie Cake Mix Demi-Matte Foundation? Are you a fan?

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