A $7 FOUNDATION?
I first learned about the CYO Lifeproof Long Lasting Foundation from ThaTaylaa on YouTube. If you haven’t seen her channel or heard of her, you should definitely check her out! She has a TON of foundation review videos. This foundation is only available at Walgreens, BUT it is only $7, and often there are BOGO deals or coupons available.
You get the standard 1 oz of product with this foundation, it comes in a fairly cheap feeling plastic bottle with a pump. There are 15 shades, and the range is pretty pitiful, as is with most cheap, drugstore foundations. It pretty much only goes as deep as “tan”.
I picked up the shade 103, which has no description. I found more shade information on boots.com! This foundation (and company) apparently are all under the umbrella of Boots UK. Which is probably also why they used the words whilst and moisturise.
According to this chart, shade 103 is yellow undertoned, but I disagree HEAVILY. The photo below shows a fresh swatch on my arm and a swatch about two hours later after the shade had oxidized. I see peach, beige, pink, neutral. I do not see yellow. (although in my #WearTestWednesday on my channel, it does look a lil yellow when I first apply it to my face – so what do I know, really.)
**February 2019 update: I now see that Boots.com has a pretty good photo of all the shades swatched (although it is kind of confusing because the lighter shades are on a person with darker skin than the one deeper shades are swatched on … so its still hard to tell what shade you should really get) – but here is that photo for you guys!
CLAIMS – A LONG LASTING FOUNDATION
This foundation is supposed to:
- last for 24 hours
- be smudge and transfer free
- lightweight, not cakey, comfortable
- buildable, medium coverage, full coverage? it mentions both
- natural finish
- contain Vitamin E to nourish & moisturize
This foundation is made in France (fun fact), and the ingredients on the website are ENTIRELY different than the ingredients on the bottle -_-
It does not specify who’s skin it is best suited for, only notes that “virtually everyone can get in on the action”
A SILICONE BOMB IN A BOTTLE
If you watched my first impression/wear test (What? YOU DIDN’T?! It’s here – go watch it!!), you heard me say that the second ingredient in this foundation is SILICONE. But really – that is not entirely true. For starters, as I mentioned above, the ingredients on the bottle are COMPLETELY different than those on their website. Like – not even close to the same. That’s, like, allowed and stuff?? Maybe in the UK, BOOTS.
Online we see a very short and modest ingredient list, that doesn’t even have Vitamin E listed – which started to get me real heated. But, the actual product does show a form of Vitamin E in its list (a potentially irritating form, but hey, it’s there I guess). And silicone is not only the second ingredient but also the third…the fourth…the seventh… Here is the REAL, full ingredient list, because I just do not see this on the inter-webs:
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylyl methicone, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Boron Nitride, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Mica, Talc, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Magnesium sulfate, Propylene Carbonate, Xanthan Gum, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate
Now – silicone is not a bad word. And you shouldn’t necessarily completely ban the ingredient from your routine. But, if you have very oily skin, as I do, you should start to train yourself to know that silicone may increase your oil production.
I am overall unimpressed with this ingredient list – however, a thumbs up for no fragrance!
**October 2018 update – it seems like now Walgreens.com does reflect the correct ingredient listing. Just wanted to update and clarify that, yes, the internet is an ever-changing vessel of information, and sometimes after I publish something information found on other sites may change. (Boots.com and CYOCosmetics.com still reflect incomplete ingredient listings). This is also not the same ingredient list for their No Shine Zone Matte Foundation. They are different formulations**
APPLICATION & WEAR
If you want to watch my first impressions of this foundation, and wear test, be sure to watch the video!
Application was pretty easy, it blends fairly quickly over the face with a damp sponge. It is a pretty liquidy/runny foundation and takes a while to dry down. The feeling on the skin is very lightweight as promised. Coverage is medium for sure. I could still see my freckles and blemishes through the foundation. And upon trying to build around my nose, it was not really built up to full coverage. The finish after application was overall very nice. My skin looked like skin and there was enough coverage for me. The shade matched me well enough for my liking.
This formula does oxidize somethin’ awful though. By the end of the day, I was looking like an orange mess. Not to mention incredibly oily, shiny, greasy, and any other synonym of oily you want to throw in the pot. My texture was emphasized and I looked BAAAAAD. I will need to point out though – they never claimed I would not get oily, or that this was a matte foundation, or that this was going to smooth anything away for me (although with that much silicone I’d better look like a g-d Cabbage Patch Kid)
Another claim of this foundation was transfer & smudge proof – and that one checks out too! I tested that one at the end of my wear test on with super high tech, expensive blot sheet available here.
On subsequent days, I kept playing with it for further testing. I tried mixing this with a TRUE matte foundation, one that absolutely never lets me down (Estee Lauder Double Wear) aaaaand… I was gross at the end of the day. So just assume this will take everything you love and destroy it.
Know your skin type before grabbing this one. Sure this is promising to last 24 hours – and generally, the only thing I require of a foundation is that it stays on my face my entire day. So by those standards, this one would be technically a win.
The CYO Lifeproof Long Lasting Foundation 100% not compatible with oily skin and I would advise anyone with skin similar to mine to stay far, far away from this one! If you want a long-lasting foundation, with a natural finish that does NOT get disgusting and oily, I would recommend trying the CoverGirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation – which I have a full review on. It has become an HG for me!
I also have really grown to love the Revlon PhotoReady Candid Foundation – it is not as full of coverage, but provides a beautiful finish that lasts through most of the day. I have a Wear Test of that on my channel!