Final hauliday post – Meow Cosmetics.
I’m easing my way into wearing foundation, so I recently started using Bare Minerals again (or Bare Escentuals, whatever they’re called). I used to really like it, but now that I’m using it again… I hate it. It cakes on and it settles in my pores and fine lines, making them look much worse than they are, plus the finish gets kind of waxy and shiny if I apply too much. Primer and finishing powder only does so much to help the problem. I don’t know if the formula has changed or if it’s just my skin, but I really don’t like it anymore. So I’ve been shopping around for a Holy Grail foundation. I tried the Silk Naturals HD Cream Foundation in my last post and it was ok, but no HG. I’ve also heard great things about Silk Naturals’ mix-your-own powder foundation, but that seemed like a hassle. Then I found Meow Cosmetics.
Meow’s foundation line is overwhelming, to say the least. They have *86* shades across 14 different undertone groups. The website could really use a re-design and the names are kind of confusing since there’s a cat theme to the line, but stay with me. This is a good product and shade-wise, there should be something for everyone here. The shades range from almost pure white to very dark, although not all undertones are available in the deepest tones. There are also three formulas- a regular, a sensitive skin regular and a full coverage depending on what skin type you have. I’m cool-toned pale olive with some peach (I think), so I snapped up samples in everything that looked even kind of close. Samples are $1 each, but full sized prices vary. See note below the swatch for full pricing info.
When I got them I was surprised by how light they are. I usually wear the lightest or second lightest foundation in any range (the palest ones are usually too pink for me), but even the next-to-lightest depth of my favorite shade looked almost white in the bag. I guess I’m not as pale as I thought, and they really aren’t kidding that some of these undertones run light. The “breed” that I liked the most was Purrrfect Puss Mineral Powder Foundation in Chartreux, which has both peach and yellow undertones. While the depth I chose was slightly too pale, I made it work and WOW, I’m glad I did.
The finish is so smooth. It seems impossible to over apply, it feels great and it diffuses the same imperfections that the Bare Minerals foundation amplified. I tried wearing both foundations, one on each side of my face and the difference is obvious. Look at the comparisons below:
I think the difference is staggering. Meow is a much better value, to boot! Depending on the formula you choose, the large Meow jars cost $23.45-$28.95 and contains 22-30g net weight of product. The smaller size is $12.75-$16.75 and contains 6-8g. The standard size bare Minerals foundation jar contains 8.5 g of product for $27. So you can get the “small” size of Meow Cosmetics standard coverage foundation and get almost as much product as in a regular Bare jar for less than half the price.
But really, look at how smooth it is when not in an extreme closeup! I was really astonished at some of the pictures I took, the skin looked so airbrushed. LOVE.
Now I have to decide if buying a full size jar of this magic qualifies as a replacement purchase during my NO BUY period, or if I have to use up my stupid Bare Minerals before I can buy it.
Anyway, I got a few more things as well. I got samples of their tinted shimmer powders, Crystalline Cat in Quartz, Topaz, Opal and Moonstone ($9.95 10g-$13.95 20g). These are too colorful to use as a finishing powder on my skin, but they make really great blushes. Very sheer and diaphanous.
Then there are my Indelible Gel Eyeliners in blackout and black cherry ($14.25). These are really nice, standard gel liners. They’re creamy and opaque, but they’re very small (the same size jar as a standard mineral eyeshadow), so for the price I think I could do better. I don’t regret getting the black cherry, though. It’s a beautiful black color with ruby microglitter. it changes from brownish-black to dark red depending on the light and I really love it.
And the last part of this order was a full size ModernEyes eyeshadow in Gone With The Kitty ($7). Based on the swatch, I thought it would have more of a rosy undertone, but it’s actually a pale, golden orange. It’s very pretty, but not quite as interesting as the Silk Naturals shadows (that are also less expensive). I just wasn’t as excited about Meow’s shadow selection for some reason, even though they do have a lot of pretty colors. I think it’s because they focus more on bold, opaque shades, so their softer shimmery shades are all kind of one-note and all appear to have the same gold highlight. Since I like using pressed shadows for my dark colors and loose shadows for sheer washes, they didn’t really have the complicated, nuanced colors I was looking for in a mineral eyeshadow. It’s more of a personal preference. I have more shadow samples from them on the way, so I’ll update later. Quality is great, though!
For the full face look, I’m wearing the ModernEyes eyeshadow in Gone With The Kitty ($7), Black Cherry Indelible Gel Eyeliner ($14.25), Crystalline Cat Glow Powder in Quartz ($9.95) as a blush, Meow Purrrfect Puss Mineral Powder Foundation in Sleek Chartreux ($23.45) and Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick in Inspired ($26)
And then I placed a second, Cyber Monday order that hasn’t arrived yet. This is the list, to be swatched later:
Full Sized Primp & Preen: Top Cat Finishing Powder ($16.25)
Eyeshadow samples from the Santa Baby collection in Platinum Mine, Duplex and Kisses ($8).
Sample of Untinted Crystalline Cat Glow Powder ($12.95).
Camo-Cats Concealer samples in Green, Yellow, Sleek Chartreux, Inquisitive Chartreux, Yellow Undereye, Lavender Undereye, and Sleek Chartreux Undereye ($10.25-$16.25)
I wish they were here now!