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Just as they promised when backlash hit after their initial launch of 32 shades had an alarmingly low amount of deeper shades, beautyblender is back with 8 more shades. 7 of these shades are in the 4-range which includes the deeper shades. I have to say, the additions look really good.
I already reviewed the initial launch in both a blog post and video, so if you want to know about the formula, wear, and the innovative packaging, make sure you check that out here.
(These new shades were also sent to me by the brand for review consideration)
I thought although they seriously needed more darker shades in the initial launch, that of the shades they did have, they did a good job—I’m saying this because those were shades that actual people can use vs some of these brands that have two or three deep shades that look ashy. With the addition of these new shades, although of course there will still be people who can’t find a perfect match—which is true of any foundation line, even those with 40 or more shades. For instance, I (along with some others) don’t have a good shade match in Fenty (though I’m hoping that new 445 shade is a good deep brown with neutral undertones). And Fenty isn’t the only brand with a decent shade range for deeper skin tones where I don’t have a good match—it happens. (You can see which shades I wear in other brands here) But it was the stingy amount of deeper shades in the first go-round that was super disappointing in beautyblender’s initial launch. I am not one to speculate, but perhaps there was some industry/business reason why the brand launched with the first 32 shades. I’m guessing maybe there’s some launch date that they needed to hit in order to be included in some award or something and they were still working on the other deeper shades. They did come out with these fairly quickly after the launch so maybe they were still working on perfecting them but wanted to launch the product by a certain date? I don’t know—I’m speculating. They *did* win an award for best new foundation so maybe my guess isn’t too wild…lol.
But these new shades certainly make up for the sting from the initial launch. A foundation range that truly caters to deeper skin tones not only has more than two dark shades, but it also realizes that we have undertones, too (and they ARE NOT grey—nor are we all super red). While not perfect, I do feel that the additional shades coupled with the few from the first launch, do make for a good range for deeper skin tones.
This is a matte, full coverage foundation though so if you’re looking for a good range with different formulas, look at brands like Cover FX, Make Up For Ever, Estee Lauder, NARS, etc. Matte finish foundations seem to be all the rage right now so most foundations with a good range are matte.
Check out my previous foundation reviews here
These are the official descriptions from Sephora.com—I’m focusing on the 4-shade range so if you’re 1, 2, or 3 go here to get shade descriptions. There’s also a shade finder to help you find your shade.
For reference, I’m shade 4.40N. You can see which shades I wear in other brands here
4.00 N/O – deep neutral with warm olive undertones (NEW)
4.05 W – deep with warm undertones (NEW)
4.10 C/O – deep with cool olive undertones
4.15 W – deep golden with rosy undertones (NEW)
4.20 W – deep with warm undertones
4.30 W – deep with warm undertones
4.35 W – deep with warm undertones (NEW)
4.40 N – deep with neutral undertones
4.45 N – deep with warm undertones (NEW)
4.50 W – deep with warm undertones
4.55 C – very deep with warm undertones (NEW)
4.60 N – very deep with neutral undertones
4.70 C – very deep with cool undertones
4.75 N – very deep with neutral undertones (NEW)
Price and where to buy: $40 at Sephora (all the shades are on sephora.com in case you don’t see them at your store) and beautyblender.com. Get 4% cash back when you use eBates.
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