I thought I would do a full review on the Nip+Fab foundation for you guys! Although I did give a few of my thoughts on Instagram, after fully testing the foundation a few times along with different methods, I’m going to give my thoughts and verdict!
So, as most people know Nip+Fab released makeup (in addition to their existing skincare line) in the summertime, and ever since, has been very popular! They are stocked in Superdrug, and you can shop the whole range HERE. Foundation was amongst the release, coming in 10 shades altogether with additional lightening and darkening drops to custom adjust your shade if it’s not an exact match and containing 30ml of product, just like most other foundations. I managed to get my hands on 5/10 foundations along with both shade adjusting drops, thanks to the Nip+Fab team kindly sending me some to swatch, just for you guys!
The foundation is a matte formula and although I initially thought it was a light to medium coverage formula, I do now believe it’s medium to buildable (which is what is stated on the Superdrug website), because this can cake on heavy if you’re not careful, for me a little goes a long way (which is nice so you get more product for a little longer).
Below I’m going to just list some brief pros and cons for the foundation, just as an overview and a quick indicator:
- When on offer, the price can be as cheap as £6, which is a very good price for a foundation like this!
- The formula is lightweight
- Non-sticky feel on the face (and even better when set properly)
- Buildable coverage
- Easy to work with and blends nicely (blends even nicer with a primer water)
- Good for combination skin types
- The packaging is travel friendly and small, due to the plastic material and squeeze bottle (so it won’t smash and won’t all of a sudden splurge onto your carpet/floor)
- Foundation did not separate for me, even after 5 hours of wear.
- Lack of yellow and olive undertones
- Lack of shade range as a whole
- Oxidises a little when dried
- Can appear grey/dull even when the foundation has dried
- Due to lack of yellow and olive undertones, not ideal for everyday wear (for those specific undertone groups)
- Probably not suitable for anyone with dry skin or patchy skin (as it can cling a little)
The yellowest foundation I tested for my skin tone (NC30/35) was in the shade 20. I do have yellow and olive undertones, so finding a shade that matches me is so hard (like most South Asian people)! I did some comparison swatches of the shades I was given, and here they are below:
I did mention on my Instagram, that this foundation lacked olive undertone, and came off a little grey, so this did kind of disappoint me. Unless you’re going to be doing the whole shebang, with contour and under eye highlight, this may not be the best foundation for ‘everyday’ wear, because for that you really do want the shade to match you. I did also try this foundation with lightening drops, and to be honest, I wasn’t that much of a fan, because the problem laid in the undertone.
However, what I do LOVE about this foundation is the formula. For me personally, it doesn’t make you feel groggy, or feel too sticky on the face (especially when you touch your face) especially if you set it correctly with powder.
I did test this foundation with all the methods I suggested in my previous post that highlighted how you can turn a dull foundation glowy (click HERE to read) and found that for me personally, it’s better to have the foundation a little tanned in colour (so I add a bit of the shade 40), and it’s nice to mix it with a yellow based highlighter (such as the Kiko 208 Water Eyeshadow, click HERE to see) as well as prepping my skin with some primer water (my favourite will always be MAC Prep + Prime Fix+). I feel like this is the MOST I can do to make the foundation look less grey, but if this is too much for you, I would just recommend on skipping out (I don’t mind doing this though). I also find if you mix liquid highlighter drops, such as the shade Original from Iconic London, you won’t need to add a darker foundation shade, but will still be able to achieve a glow (just less yellowy), it just depends on your preference.
If you’re interested in product ingredients or have any allergies, I’ve listed what the foundation contains for you below, as it doesn’t list ingredients on the packaging or in-store.
Aqua (Water), Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, HydrogenatedPolyisobutene, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Talc, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), PhenylTrimethicone, Silica, Mica, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1Dimethicone, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Phenoxyethanol, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone,Isostearic Acid, Panthenol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Methylparaben, DimethiconeCrosspolymer, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate+/- May Contain: CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI77891 (Titanium Dioxide)
Overall, I like this foundation! I get good use out of this, and it looks great on my skin, the only shame is the shade range and the adjusting I have to do to it in order to make it work. I do still recommend this though, it’s a great foundation if you can work well with it; but it still doesn’t beat my Nars Sheer Glow foundation. If you don’t have strong yellow or olive undertones, then this foundation will be fine for you, but for a banana looking Simpson character like me, it needs work! I do hope more shades are introduced in the future because I like the formula.
Would I repurchase this foundation? If on offer, yes, if full-price (RRP £12.95), no.
I hope this more in-depth review helped some of you still wondering if you should purchase this foundation! Feedback from those who have already purchased and love it has been so lovely to hear! Thank you for trusting my reviews.
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Until next time, lots of love,