Beauty Bakerie Cake Mix Demi-Matte Foundation Review
Beauty Bakerie Cake Mix Demi-Matte Foundation Review
The Beauty Bakerie Cake Mix Demi-Matte Foundation is a product that I'd had my eye on for a while. Now, it is not a new foundation. It's not even that new to me to be honest because I have had it in my beauty kit for a bit of time now. I even did a first impressions and foundation wear test on my instagram when I first received it back in November. But, I think it is time to do a proper and complete review on the product.
Now let me start by saying, I know that there have been a billion and one foundation releases lately. With the talk of the town being the Pat McGrath, Anastasia Beverly hills and Juvia’s place being the hot ticket releases for the summer. In fact, for the past few years there has been a consistent surge in the release of brand new foundation ranges by some of the top cosmetics brands.
The world of foundation and having diverse shade ranges has been the rave of the town ever since the Rihanna Fenty boom happened. To be fair there were a few pre-fenty brands who were releasing diverse shades like Makeup Forever, MAC, Estée Lauder, Lancome and so on. But ever since Rihanna and Fenty touched down, the race has been on and the competition has been stiff to see who will be crowned the foundation empire. And everyone seems to be throwing their hat in the ring in hopes of becoming the go to brand for foundation.
To be honest, I haven’t been wearing foundation all summer. You see I went foundation-free this summer because well it was hot as a mother effer and I refused to melt. I just couldn’t do it. So I had been avoiding foundations like the bubonic plague. But now that the fall/ winter months are finally back and the weather is cooler; the foundations are coming back out to play. I previously did a feature Friday on this product on my IGTV but have yet to type it up so here goes. Definitely late but you know what.... Okay, I have no excuse I just never got around to it. But I'm here now cheese!
The Beauty Bakerie brand is one of those melanin rich brands that emerged during the cosmetic revolution as I liked to call it. As more melanin-rich influencers began to be noticed and have a following; more cosmetics brands emerged to cater to those missing chain links that was holding dark skinned beauties together. To me it was really a no brainer. Did beauty companies forget that the first female millionaire in the US was black and came about because of beauty? And this was during pre-industrialization. Do they not realize the hair business is a billion dollar enterprise? Anyway I digress. Let's get back to Beauty Bakerie.
For those of you who don't know the brand Beauty Bakerie is an Indie Black Owned makeup brand that is the brain child of Cashmere Nicole. The cosmetics brand features an array of beauty products such as liquid lip sticks, setting powder, highlight and foundation. One thing that makes the brand stand out is that true to the Bakerie aspect of the name; the brand’s products all have a bakery or cake themed name; such as lip whip lipsticks, flour setting powder, and the focus of today’s review, the cake mix foundation. How cute is that?! Can you say marketing at its finest?
The Beauty Bakerie Cake Mix Demi Matte Foundation is the first foundation line for the brand it was launched in spring 2018 on the brand’s website. Available in a whopping 30 vegan and paraben-free shades; 10 shades for each undertone neutral, cool and warm. The brand describes the foundation as serving up medium-to-full coverage for a smudge-proof, skin-smoothing finish. The foundation is also said to be creamy, but lightweight so it won’t clog your pores; and infused with Vitamin E to protect your skin and keep you lookin’ sweet. The product is also described as being best for those with oily skin, so you know that is right up my alley.
The foundation retails for $28 usd for 30 ml/ 1 oz and can be purchased from the brand’s website.
HOW I FOUND MY SHADE:
As I have said in previous foundation hunts 1 | 2 | 3 it is so hard to order foundation online. It is a bit like a game of Russian roulette and straight guesstimation on your part. The Beauty Bakerie Cake Mix Demi-Matte Foundation does give you a foundation comparison guide and pictures of models to help guide your decision in choosing a shade. They try to match you with a shade that you may wear in another brand to what is similar in their range. Unfortunately for me, I did not have any of the mentioned brands so I really only could rely on the descriptions of the shades and the pictures of the models that accompanied it.
As mentioned before, the foundation is available in 30 shades. And one of the marvelous things about this brand is that the deeper shades are first; with the shade #1 being the deepest shade and shade #59 being the lightest shades. The shades are numbered in odd number fashion.
I ended up ordering the shade #9 which was described as being deep with warm undertones. I was a bit hesitant but the description matches my other foundations shades so I went with it.
Just a note: I recently visited their website and they updated their foundation finder so I think that should improve the outcome of our foundation picks.
Can I just say the presentation is winning?! It is absolutely cute packaging like this that a girl like me goes gaga over. Sticking true to their theme, the foundation is housed in a beautifully designed box packaging. On the package, there is the product name, description and shade. Plus the bonus treat of having the ‘baking instructions’ of how to use the product.
The foundation itself came in a frosted glass bottle with a golden lid that you can easily pop off and on in between uses. The container is see through so you glimpse the actually shade of the product you are receiving and the product information is written in beautiful golden writing on the bottle.
What I enjoyed about this product is how easily it blended into my skin. It was virtually seamless. Prior to applying the foundation, I put on some primer to smooth the pores and help the product to apply and adhere better. I applied the foundation using 2 different methods. Method 1 was using my flat top kabuki brush (my preferred choice). Method 2 was using a blending sponge. Truth be told, both methods were pretty well and there wasn’t any major difference in the tool that was used. I just have a general preference for my makeup brush.
The foundation is a liquid consistency. I applied the foundation in sections, using 2 pumps on the back of my hand for each side of the face. Then blending the foundation out in stippling motions. The foundation dries fairly quickly so you have to be mindful while blending. Due to its matte finish, it can be quite unforgiving and therefore accentuates poorly blended areas.
The foundation is medium buildable to full coverage, so if you are someone not really into the full beat for the gods and prefer a more natural look it can work for you too.
On first application I realized that this was not my best fit shade. The shade was a little too dark for me and I ended up having to do an extra highlight so that I could bring the shade closer to my actual skin colour. The foundation looks natural on the skin and blends well without sitting on top of the skin or clinging to any enlarged pores.
My skin type is oily and I also have acne scars, so I pleased to see how well it covered my scars while also giving me a smooth and matte finish.
To put the foundation to the test, I actually wore it on a road trip to the Appleton Estate Rum Tour to see if it could stand up to the heat and the hustle and bustle of the trip.
The foundation actually kept up pretty well. It lasted a good 8 hours before my oils started showing up and seeping through. And even though I was getting a bit shiny, the foundation still looked really great on. I was impressed. Plus I also noticed it didn’t transfer or move. Once it was on, it stayed put.
Overall, I would recommend this product. I believe it is more fit for oily skin and combination skin gals like myself and may be a bit too drying for dry skin. But I think it is a pretty great product and a beautiful finish otherwise.