Sometimes as a blogger you receive an email which leaves you physically gobsmacked, and that’s exactly how I felt when I was asked if I’d like to receive and review ALL 32 shades of the brand new Beauty Blender Bounce Foundation. I feel so lucky to have brands contact me and want to work with me, but never have I received a full foundation shade range before so I’ve been pretty overwhelmed since *this* three foot Beauty Blender arrived on my doorstep, all the way from America and I definitely don’t feel worthy of such an amazing delivery. I love, love, LOVE the BeautyBlender and I’ve mentioned the original egg shaped sponge countless times on my blog over the years but the Beauty Blender is absolutely the best beauty sponge I’ve tried, and I’ve even done a beauty sponge showdown on another website and the Beauty Blender came out on top by a long way.
The launch of the new Beauty Blender Bounce Foundation is an exciting one as it’s launched exclusively at Cult Beauty, and I have been sent every single shade so I give you swatches of all the shades just incase you needed any help to decide which shade will match you. Buying foundation online can be such a minefield especially when you have to consider the undertones so I really hope my swatches are helpful. In addition to the 32 different shades, BeautyBlender and Cult Beauty were kind enough to include a BeautyBlender in every shade they offer within the foundation range and I feel extremely lucky that I won’t have to purchase a new Beauty Blender for a very long time.
“A weightless, full-coverage foundation in 32 shades that easily blends for a flawless finish and a revolutionary bare-skin feel. The whipped liquid glides and bounces easily so it never looks cakey or fake- no matter how little or how much you layer on. Never chalky or lifeless, the velveteen matte finish has a multidimensional effect, like naturally gorgeous, healthy skin.
The lightweight, buildable formula addresses not just tone but also skin texture so your complexion looks smooth and even. Skin looks picture perfect- IRL and on-screen for up to 24 hours. 90% of testers in a consumer study agreed that they would replace their current foundation with Bounce.“
The Beauty Blender Bounce Foundation 30ml £32 is beautifully packaged within a rectangular bottle with a frosted, glass bottle and a silver shiny metallic lid. The foundation dispenses through a little nozzle, but it comes with a lock so you can lock the foundation shut when travelling without worrying about unwanted spillages. To unlock the foundation you simply slide the little ‘bolt’ across, and the foundation oozes out into the BeautyBlender shaped hollow within the front. This special well is designed to be a palette so you can dab your Beauty Blender or brush into the well without having to pump foundation onto the back of your hand making it a lot more hygienic and it’s very easy to clean too. You have to ensure you hold the bottle upright when using the pump so the foundation doesn’t gather in the gap below the nozzle, and the bottle comes with a sticker over the top of the pump button to prevent any spillages. Are you ready for a massive swatch-fest….
Here are the shades broken down into skintones according to Beauty Blender as well as undertones categorised by colour (purple are cool toned, blue is neutral toned and black is warm toned according to Beauty Blender):
Light: 1.20, 1.50, 1.10, 1.40, 1.30 and 1.60
Medium: 2.10, 2.20, 2.40, 2.50 and 2.30.
Medium+: 3.10, 3.15, 3.25, 3.45, 3.55, 3.65, 3.20, 3.30, 3.35, 3.40, 3.50, 3.60, 3.70 and 3.75.
Deep: 4.10, 4.70, 4.40, 4.60, 4.20, 4.30 and 4.50.
All of these Beauty Blender Bounce Foundation swatches are done on dry, unprimed skin and I’ve swatched from the lightest shade to the darkest and numbered them so you easily tell them apart. Beauty Blender have categorised the shades into Light, Medium, Medium+ and Deep, and then categorised even further into cool undertone, neutral undertone and warm undertone. There has been some controversy over the shade range lacking deeper shades so I had to mention it. The owner of Beauty Blender; Rea Ann Silva created the range to fill a void in the market for skintones like hers as she’s a Latina woman with bi-racial children. Without a doubt there aren’t enough shades for the deepest of skintones but on the flipside, I feel like they could go considerably paler too. It’s amazing more and more beauty brands are becoming more inclusive with their complexion products, and with the numbering system for each shade, there’s room for shade extensions too.
My skin is extremely pale with a strong cool undertone and I can make four of these shades work for me. I can apply 1.10 straight from the bottle, and 1.20, 1.50 and 1.60 need a tiny amount of lightening so I simply add a couple of the Body Shop Lightening Drops to the mixing palette on the front of the bottle to make my custom shade. The pump dispenser has a good level of control so you can choose how much product you want, and I’ve found I only need one generous pump. I have tried the Beauty Blender Bounce Foundation with a Beauty Blender and a brush, and it’s definitely best when applied with the Beauty Blender. The coverage is buildable and pretty decent, covering acne scarring but allowing my freckles to still show through and it feels remarkably lightweight which I didn’t expect. The description of a ‘whipped’ formula gave me Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse flashbacks, but it’s nothing like a mousse and I think the whipped texture is why it’s so lightweight.
I thought I’d find the ‘velveteen matte’ finish drying on my skin, but it really isn’t and I can’t feel it on the skin during the day. If anything it’s more forgiving on my dry skin, but on my driest skin days I like to add a little Baking Oil for a sheerer, more luminous finish. It’s such a quick foundation to apply and it looks great when spritzed with a setting spray during the day too. I read that the founder of Beauty Blender was going to launch this foundation first and then their iconic sponge so it’s been a long, long time in the making but wow it was worth the wait. Yes the shade range isn’t as inclusive as it could be, but 32 shades is still very generous and on par with the likes of NARS, Smashbox and Bobbi Brown.
You can purchase the Beauty Blender Bounce Foundation now at Cult Beauty alongside the iconic Beauty Blender itself.