FIRST IMPRESSIONS: New Soap & Glory One Heck Of A Blot Foundation

Friday, October 02, 2015

A shot of Soap & Glory Foundation and Primer

Flatlay of Soap & Glory Foundation, primer and powder

Those of you who follow me on Instagram will know that Soap & Glory has a very special place in my heart so when my attention was drawn to this new release, I knew I needed to try it. I feel I need to begin by stating that the colour selection is nowhere near ideal with only 4 shades to choose from, catering only towards the lighter skin tones, though I am hoping this is just an initial release to see how the product fares and expand from there. (It would be fantastic to see a brand release only shades in darker colours in order to test the waters though right?!? This story is getting rather boring and played out now!) I also picked up the Soap & Glory One Heck Of A Blot Primer (£10) which has only been out for a few weeks I believe, that I've wanted to get my hands on since that came out too.

Soap & Glory One Heck Of A Blot All Day Liquid To Powder Foundation - Caramel

First off, the packaging, because I am ridiculously superficial lol! It comes in a very compact, sturdy bottle with a pump, but what strikes me is that its made out of plastic. There is nothing wrong with it really, except that I've grown to enjoy pretty glass bottles of foundations, and given that their lipsticks & compacts are housed in rather luxe-feeling packaging, its strange to see this looking rather dressed down in comparison. Also the text on the bottle makes it look rather fun which isn't common when it comes to foundations which most often have a formal appearance. Regardless, I've always been a fan of all the witty jargon Soap & Glory adorn their packaging with even if it isn't to everyone's taste.

The foundation itself has a fair few claims (which foundation doesn't come armed with an encyclopaedia of claims???) based around its name - controls shine for 12 hours, full-coverage without cakiness & blurs pores and imperfections. I wore this foundation for the first time today for approximately 8 hours doing the things I normally do so here's my first impressions.

makeup flatlay including soap and glory one heck of a blot

It is a thick fluid, that doesn't run when I pump it out onto my hand. I used a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to initially stipple it on all over my face, before buffing it in. It was easy to blend & doesn't have any kind of offensive scent. It claims to be full coverage, but I would call it a medium, buildable coverage, because one layer didn't cover some dark marks I have but I was able to stipple on more on top and it blended in really well without looking cakey or weird.

The most noticable thing with this foundation is that on application it looks very matte, flat and quite sad actually. I know its a mattifying foundation and also paired with the primer it is meant to deliver in this respect, but what I mean is that it just made my face look dull. And this is without any powder as I wanted to see if it really would keep me shine-free for any length of time. Once I completed all my makeup I feel like it looked much better and I was definitely matte without looking flat so perseverance was key. Haha!

soap and glory one heck of a blot foundation caramel swatch

Now onto the most pressing matter of all: the shade match debacle. There were no testers in-store when I went in and I very nearly bought the shade lighter than this. I only opted for this one because I couldn't figure out whether Happy Medium or Cool Sand was the shade up from this and also this -looked most warm-toned out of the tiny selection. I am happy to report that it matches me very well indeed. Just for reference I am a MAC NC40 (Studio Fix Fluid) & Bobbi Brown Warm Natural. Compared to Estee Lauder Double Wear - 3W2 Cashew, which is a lot more golden, you can see that One Heck Of A Blot is very similar. I think its got just enough of yellow & beige which suits me very well. Sadly though, this is the darkest shade available so swatch, wear & test thoroughly would be my advice for my fellow women of colour.

makeup flatlay featuring kiko sleek bobbi brown soap and glory
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I was pleasantly surprised at how long I was able to go without powder to be honest. I mean I can't remember the last time I dared to do my makeup without setting it in place. It was about 2 hours before I saw some natural glisten come through the makeup but nothing outrageous. It gave the foundation the finish I actually wanted initially. And then after about 3 & 1/2 hours my pores began to make themselves centre of attention again, my nose began to get shiny so I dusted on some One Heck Of A Blot Powder with a Real Techniques Setting Brush to get rid of it. After that I was ok for the rest of the evening. The foundation lasted really well considering I went out with it and took a nap wearing it (don't judge; my youngest woke up at 4am and refused to sleep again!!!).

Overall, after one day of use, I am really very impressed with this foundation. It definitely delivers in the matte, shine-free respect. Mostly I am just glad that the shade matched me but I will remain a little bitter over this matter till there are more darker shades to choose from. Of course this is just my opinion after using it once and I will continue to use it with different primers & in different conditions to see how far it stretches. But all in all, so far so good.

Soap & Glory One Heck Of A Blot Foundation is currently available at Boots for an introductory price of £10 which will be increased to its usual price of £12 after 28th October so if you want to try this, I would get it now.

I hope you enjoyed this first impressions post. Feel free to leave me a comment below or come say hi to me on my Instagram.

Sal xxx

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