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{Review} LA Girl Pro Coverage HD Illuminating Foundation

Was that  a mouthful or what? Yikes.

So this foundation really doesn’t need much of an introduction. LA Girl has a cult following and us SA girls were beyond excited when we found out it’d hit our shores mid February 2017.

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I’m fairly okay with matching my own foundation now, so I popped in to Dischem and saw all of the testers. What’s great is that there is a huge selection of shades, around 16 shades I think. I tried 2 and thought that the shade ‘Warm Beige’ was a good match for me.

What does it claim?

  • It’s ideal for a flawless looking, full coverage finish.
  • Lightweight formula is comfortable for all day wear.
  • Paraben free formula with added anti-oxidants helps hydrate and improve the skin’s appearance.
  • An innovative white foundation mixer to adjust and customize color.

So it is any good?

It applies really nicely onto the skin. I have used a brush and a damp beauty sponge. Both times my skin has had a dewy look to it, very healthy and natural. I’m not a full coverage kind of gal, so I prefer the more sheer look I get with a damp beauty sponge and I also only apply one layer of foundation. Personally I’d say this gives a medium coverage, though I’m sure it’s buildable.

The formula is incredibly lightweight and it feels like there’s nothing on my skin. Gone are the days of having your face feeling like there are layers upon layers of foundation on your skin!

Does it last all day? Firstly I use a mattifying moisturiser, a mattifying primer and I also set the foundation with a translucent powder (you see I am not taking chances!).  I’d say I get a good 8hrs with that method and then my chin and nose start looking a bit faded. I do feel it fades rather naturally, so I have no issue with it only lasting 8hrs or so, BUT I am somebody that battles with sneezing and hayfever all day, so it may just be more wear and tear on my part. The foundation does transfer though, as anything I swipe against my face takes some of the foundation off.

We’re all into gluten free, sugar free and of course paraben free, so that’s always a plus with any of our cosmetic products (Okay I’m actually NOT into sugar and gluten free…let me just be real…lol)

The packaging looks more luxurious than it is. I thought it was a glass bottle, but it’s plastic which is fine. I’m just pointing out what all the fabulous YouTubers would make mention of, because apparently looks are a big deal! Even for your foundation bottle. lol. The dispenser is a pump dispenser and I quite like that as you can control how much product you need. I use 2 pumps and that’s enough for me without any wastage.

A burning question is: How does it work for oily skinned gals? I am VERY oily. Super oily. So I was very nervous about trying this foundation. I had visions of being able to fry an egg on my forehead after wearing this foundation. lol. On a cool day, after about 7 hours I had shine on my forehead, but it wasn’t like an oil slick. On a hotter day, standing in the hot sun, this time reduced to about 4 hours when I saw some shine starting to peep through. That’s not a deal breaker for me though…what are blotting papers for? Just to add, the shine was only on my forehead, I didn’t get shiny anywhere else.

Overall impression? This is a fabulous foundation at a great price! It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re int he market for a new foundation. In winter this is going to be my go too when my skin is a bit drier and can benefit from the more dewy type of foundation.

This foundation retails for R175 and is available exclusively at Dischem. Let me know if you plan to give it a try or if you’ve already tried it, what are your thoughts on it:) I’m a chatty gal, so I enjoy chatting in the comments 😉

Edited to add: If you’re new to foundation, don’t be shy to ask for a tester or let them apply in store. Go about your day and check the foundation after a few hours to see if you like how it wears. Once you’re happy, go back and make the purchase. I’ve wasted tons of cash buying on first test in store and getting home and realising the shade is awful!