Hey guys! Happy New Year! I hope you all had a good time. I brought in the New Years with an extremely irritable toddler (teething discomfort). So, my New Years was definitely not glamorous. But, that’s ok! I was thankful for bringing in the new year with my baby boy for the second time. Now on to more beauty related things! As you can see by the title, I am doing a W3ll People First Impression.
I recently ordered a few things off of the W3ll People website. I have seen this brand before through reviews and demos on blogs and YouTube. Although, I do have a couple of foundations that work well enough for me, I have not found “The One.” Either the foundation shade or undertone is a little off, or the chemistry of the foundation on my skin is not ideal, or the application is not as quick as I would like it to be. I do still like and recommend the Alima Pure Satin Foundation and the Honest Beauty Everything Cream foundations. I use these more often because my skin is more dry due to the cold weather. Therefore, I try to avoid my Everyday Minerals foundation and sometimes even the Alima Pure because I have to buff in those foundations. It can cause irritation if I am not being gentle and I have to admit that I am not gentle when I wash, moisturize, or even apply foundation to my skin.
Even so, the Alima Pure Foundation is really like satin and does not feel grainy or powdery, even when first applied. It is definitely a better choice for me than the Everyday Minerals Foundation right now. I have a comparison of both here with the review of Everyday Minerals. However, I feel like lately my skin has been becoming oily in appearance when I wear the Alima Pure foundation. So, I pull for the Honest Beauty Everything Cream Foundation these days. I plan to do a demo of my foundation routine very soon. Whew! On to the review.
W3ll People First Impression (The Narcissist Foundation Stick, $28.99)
Upon hearing great things about this foundation, I decided to give it a try. The first thing that stood out for me was that this foundation does not have the widest range of colors, but I think that is common among green beauty makeup brands. There are 7 shades in total. I decided to order a few samples in shades 5, 6, & 7. Shade 5, dark golden, was way too light for me. Shade 6, dark neutral, was close to my complexion, but it made my face look ashy. So, shade 7, rich mocha, was the best match.
The texture of the foundation was definitely a first for me. I expected it to be smoother and easier to work with. It takes quite a bit of work to warm this foundation up using the warmth of your fingers. When applying it takes a little work to blend it well into the skin. I felt like I was tugging my skin a little when applying. But like I said, I am not the most gentle at foundation application. I tried to use a flat stiff foundation brush from Real Techniques, but it didn’t pick up the product well enough. So, if you are one of those girls who prefers using a brush, I don’t think you will like this one. I want to play around with this foundation one more time using a damp sponge. I’m not sure if I will prefer to warm it up with my fingers, apply it to my skin and blend it out with the damp sponge. That’s because I could also try to pick up the product with the damp sponge directly and blend it in to my skin.
I have played around with this foundation on two different occasions already and I do not like the finish on my skin. I have problem skin, which sucks. I still suffer from occasional breakouts and I have acne scaring. More specifically, dark pigmentation and texture from the scarring. The foundation claims to diminish imperfections, but the sheen that is labeled as satin, highlighted my imperfections more than I would have liked. If you have problem skin, like me, it may highlight some issues as well.
As you can see shade 6 is a little light for me and the undertone appears a little off. It makes my skin appear a little bit ashy. Shade 7 is definitely the better match. I am wearing the concealer underneath the eyes, down the bridge of the nose, and the center of the forehead.
I think those who have a smooth texture, little to no hyper pigmentation, and smaller pores would like this one. It will make the skin appear luminous. It gives a natural, sheer to medium coverage. The coverage won’t build up beyond that of a medium foundation.
The Bio Correct Multi-Action Concealer, $22.99
This concealer comes in 4 different shades. The shade that I ordered was in the darkest, medium dark. The texture was a lot more creamy and smooth than the foundation. I had no problem gently blending this product out. It did feel a little tacky to me. However, I was testing buildability, so I may have applied a bit too much, making it harder to absorb into the skin. Still, I would prefer to set this concealer with a powder.
The color I selected was the obvious best match for my deeper skin, but it is not a concealer that I could use for the dark spots on my face. It’s better to use a shade close to your skin tone when spot concealing. I typically just use a more concentrated tool and my foundation for that when I’m not going for a full coverage look. The only way that I would use this concealer is for a more brightening effect under my eyes, the center of my forehead, and down the nose. I would have to be careful not to blend this too far down on my cheeks, because it would accentuate my (big) pores.
Elitist Eyeshadow Powder, $11.99
Ok so, even though I was not planning on getting any eye shadows, I could not resist ordering a few because they were on sale for $5! These eyeshadows are pure pigment. I like to have a few pigments in my collection because they work well when I want to create a more intense eye look. Also, depending on the shade you select, you could use these to highlight, mix with a gloss and wear them on the lips, etc. They are just fun.
The shades that I selected were: gilded green, gold twinkle, and luminous copper. Against my skin tone, the gold appears more bright and intense (glittery) than I expected. It is also not as yellow as I expected either. I always see yellow gold in my mind. The copper appeared more gold on my eyes than my idea of a true copper. The green is gorgeous, and it’s my favorite. I don’t own another color like this in my collection.
My Final Thoughts
While I love what the brand represents, I do not think this is a good fit on my problematic skin. I do see why so many others like the foundation. It truly does give a luminous and natural finish. The coverage is buildable, but it won’t build up beyond medium coverage. It does not feel heavy, nor does it feel too tacky. On my skin however, it does not blur, smooth, or diminish the size of my pores or acne scarring around my cheeks and the side of my face. I believe I need more of a heavy duty foundation for that.
The concealer shade is too light to spot treat over my dark spots. It has a nice brightening effect for those of you who like a highlighted look. It is more creamy and easier to blend than the foundation, which you have to warm and use the heat of your fingers to apply.
I really like the eyeshadows. They are not patchy upon application. I only used the gold pigment on my inner corner, so I would still like to play around with that pigment to make sure it does not seem patchy across the entire lid. In the photo, I am wearing these pigments. I placed the copper all over the lid and the gold in the inner corner as I just mentioned. I used the green on the lower lash line and blended it out. The crease/transition color is the contour color from the lily lolo contour duo.
Would I recommend?
I absolutely recommend trying out a sample for yourself. The mini foundation is $11.99, while the samples are $1.5o each. Go for a couple of the samples and save some money. The mini foundations are only available up to shade 5. There are also many other different types of makeup products available. The mascara, liquid eyeliner, and lip products are definitely on my radar to try out next. That being said, I encourage you to check out W3ll People’s website if you are interested in sampling some clean makeup products.
Like I said, I want to play around with the foundation one more time using a damp sponge to see if applying it this way can minimize the look of my pores and acne scarring. If so, I will revisit this post and give an update.
Skincare Goals (fitting with the New Year)
One of my goals is to definitely work on a more consistent skin care regimen. I hate that I will be turning 28 at the end of this month and I still suffer from acne! Some of my goals that have been in the back of my mind is to limit the sugar (I LOVE chocolate), drink more water, and to sleep better (or as best I can with a toddler :)).
I have fallen back into old habits that I formed in college such as eating things easily accessible or that I know I shouldn’t eat for most of the week. And snacking! When things get stressful I always want a treat to make me feel better. Eating your feelings is a BIG NO. It’s always going to be something stressful going on, so I don’t think it’s wise to depend on food or anything else to work through those initial feelings.
I am not super big on New Years resolutions, but I do think it really is a good time to reset and start making little improvements for the goals we have acquired from the past year. The key is to make small changes and build up to that big goal. That is what has worked well for me in the past.
What do you guys think about New Years resolutions? Does setting goals for the New Year ever work out for you?
Until next time!