theBalm timeBalm Foundation ★★★★
About: cream foundation, free of parabens and enriched with rejuvenating, anti-ageing ingredients designed to offer skin,care benefits, iron out imperfections and creating a flawless, long-lasting finish. Suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive. Packaged in a clear plastic compact container with twist lid (no mirror).
Review: Despite having cheap, unattractive packaging, the quality of this skin-loving foundation is super effective on my oily and sometimes sensitive skin. timeBalm Foundation hasn’t triggered any irritation or breakouts and I am almost certain my skin has improved slightly during the time I’ve been using it. With buildable coverage that conditions and transforms my complexion to skin perfection within moments, it layers and blends over any areas needing extra support, yet never settles into fine lines and pores, nor does it start flaking or getting crepey. Since having deemed the included sponge useless, I’ve tried various application methods, but I achieve the best results using a synthetic foundation brush. I’ve used it alone and with a pre-foundation primer and discovered that I get the most effective performance by prepping and priming my skin first and finished by a light dusting of translucent powder to set the finished look. The retail price for timeBalm Foundation is inexpensive considering that it is infused with nurturing, caring skin-friendly ingredients. There is a good amount of product in the pot, which I expect will last ages, so I don’t think the cost is unreasonable. Personally, I would be prepared to splurge on the theBalm timeBalm Foundation for myself and I would confidently recommend it to anyone who wants a reliable foundation that’s flattering, comfortable and long wearing, to deliver a fresh, dewy, naturally flawless appearance.
TimeBalm Foundation has a slightly dry, stiff surface texture, however it amazingly converts into a smooth, creamy consistency once it comes into contact with the skin. It has a subtle herbal-type scent, not at all offensive or noticeable after application. Providing a generous coverage that is highly pigmented and super buildable, it blends evenly, minus streaking, flaking or caking up. Due to the weightless, moisturising, non-comedogenic formula, my skin was able to breathe instead of feeling suffocated and it provided adequate hydration throughout the day, without causing greasiness. I received the foundation in the medium shade, a complimentary skin-coloured hue with yellow undertones. I personally prefer yellow-based shades, as they tend to always perfectly match my own natural colouring, just like this one does. Giving my face a uniform colour and discretely concealing any obvious flaws, the polished, healthy-looking, finish has decent longevity, staying in place and only requiring minimal maintenance. Because my skin is particularly oily and the foundation doesn’t entirely eliminate excess oil, I still notice a bit of shine occasionally, so a quick touch-up to blot away any surface shine helps to freshen up my look.
I think the overall presentation is quite dull in comparison to the majority of theBalm’s colourful, entertaining, retro-style packaging. The inner compact-sized container looks cheap and a bit tacky, made of clear, rather brittle plastic, with a screw off lid (that will break in a flash if accidentally dropped). I was somewhat surprised after my previous experience with this quality brand to find their foundation is housed in a container resembling that of a budget, 'no-frills' cosmetic brand. As the sponge is too flimsy, it was essential to use my own applicator and also it has no mirror, therefore I wouldn’t deem it to be very travel friendly and definitely not ideal to pop in my bag and use on the go but regardless I am thrilled.
Tip: Can be successfully layered if needed. Simply dab any extra problem blemishes or under eye circles and blend out the edges.