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Monday, 11 March 2013

Review & FOTD | Soap & Glory Show Good Face Foundation

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I purchased Soap & Glory's Show Good Face foundation a couple of weeks back, and promised a review; here it is! I chose the shade 'The Fairest of Them All' which is, as the name suggests, the lightest shade available. Marketed as a 2-in-1 Foundation and Primer, this instantly aroused both my interest and my suspicion, as I would always rather a product do one thing properly than lots of things badly! This claims to give a dewy, bright, flawless finish, as well as providing SPF 15 protection, which is always a good thing to have in your foundation.
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I really like the outer packaging of this foundation; like all of Soap & Glory's packaging, it features vintage imagery and clever punnery, as well as providing a decent amount of information about the product. "Soap & Glory's amazing new Lightscramble Luminosphere technology mixes mega light-diffusing powders with high-tech encapsulated soft-focusing pearls and leaves the wearer looking candle-lit and camera ready. It's literally a bit of a blur. Lovely!"
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Inside the cardboard packaging is a black plastic tube with pink lettering and a screw cap, which unscrews to reveal a precise plastic nozzle. I found this made it really easy to apply just as much product as you needed and is great for dotting straight onto the face to apply with your fingers; alternatively, you can squeeze onto the back of your hand and apply from there with a brush, which is what I tend to do with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. Without primer, it takes quite a bit of buffing to get a finish without brushstrokes in, but over primer I didn't find this to be a problem.
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The image below shows Show Good Face alone on my face - I didn't use a primer for this photo, and haven't added any concealer or powder. You can see it's a pretty good match for my skintone, and provides a reasonable level of coverage - blemishes do need covering up properly with concealer, but it's great at evening out and brightening your skin tone, and it definitely does disguise blemishes - just not completely. As for the Primer claim - I think it depends entirely on what you'd use a primer for. Whilst it's better than some foundations in terms of hiding enlarged pores, I'd still tend to use your normal primer if this is a problem for you as it is by no means flawless. Similarly, with my oily skin, I definitely need to use a mattifying primer (and plenty of powder) to give this even a chance of lasting the day. I don't suffer from redness but again, I'd expect that if you use a specific product to combat this, you'd be best continuing to use it under this foundation. In short, I can see some benefits compared to a standard foundation, but not enough to allow me to skip the Primer step on a daily basis. It's dewy and brightening but unfortunately not quite flawless! I don't think it's something I'd repurchase purely because I feel I can find products which perform equally well for me, at a much lower price - this is towards the higher end of drugstore foundation prices, and I don't think it performs well enough to warrant it. That said, it is a perfectly nice foundation, so I wouldn't rule out repurchasing.
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I've also got a quick FOTD using Show Good Face over my favourite primer, The Body Shop's Tea Tree Pore Minimiser. I also used NARS 'Douceur' blusher, which I won in a giveaway and posted about recently - I really love the subtle colouring it gives me. The red lip is a little outside my comfort zone and I admit I didn't leave the house wearing this, but paired with a neutral eye from the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, I think this works quite well for me!
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[Products used: ELF Eye Primer; Soap & Glory Show Good Face Foundation in shade 'The Fairest of Them All'; MUA Pro-Brow Kit; Urban Decay Naked Basics palette; Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Mascara; Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer in shade 'Light'; Ulta3 Matte Lipstick in shade 'Deep Red Rose'; The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser; Nars Blusher in shade 'Douceur']
Show Good Face Foundation is available from Boots in-store or online, priced at £11 for 30ml. Have you tried this foundation? Are you a fan of Soap & Glory's cosmetics line?



  1. Admittedly I would probabaly be cycnical about something that claimed it was a 'primer and foundation combined' and from your description it sounds as though I would still need a primer (oily skin too!)! But I'm also a pale girly who is still searching out her ideal foundation so I may give this a try!

    1. I was cynical too, and it turned out I was right - I'd definitely recommend still using a primer on oily skin, but I'd say it's one of the best matches for my pale skin I've found, so maybe worth a try? :) xo

  2. I love the overall theme of your blog! That foundation looks rather good!

    I have tagged you in my 'Procrastinating Beauty Blogger TAG!' If you could give it a go that would be amazing, but if you choose not to, thank you anyway!


    Megan x

  3. I've been reading a lot of great things about Soap & Glory recently, I really need to go and have a look at the range! You look beautiful <3

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

    1. Aw, thank you sweetie, that's so lovely of you! Definitely have a look, they have some lovely products :) xo

  4. hay, nice blog and this is a great review ;)
    new follower

  5. I've never tried any soap and glory cosmetics, I might give them a try!

    Great Review

    1. Thank you! They make my all-time favourite mascara :) xo

  6. Think I'll give this a proper looks next time I'm in Boots, you look beautiful in the last photo xx

    Lucy Loves To Blog

  7. This probably isn't for me. Finally found my perfect foundation though! I hate that mascara, it's way to dry, their cosmetics haven't got along with me at all so far! Shame as I love their bath/body products. I do love MUA's brow kit though...!

    Lizzums x

    1. I wouldn't say it's perfect but it'll work til I can find my perfect foundation! I don't like wet mascaras so that's probably why I love it so much haha xo


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