Sephora Brightening and Hydrating Foundation in the Shade Medium Review and Swatches

Sephora Brightening and Hydrating Foundation
Sephora Brightening and Hydrating Foundation

I do not stock up on foundations as much as I stock up on lipsticks because I use lipsticks on almost a daily basis. Foundation is something I don't wear on a regular basis because I feel it prevents my skin from breathing.To make matters worse is the humidity here in Singapore which holds me back from applying foundation. So I had not bought any foundation for almost 3 years and was using my MAC whenever I needed one.Since it has been the only one in my stash, it got over and I had to invest in some other foundation. I could have probably gone for the same one but I really wanted something lighter this time and also something that is not completely matte and would give a subtle glow. MAC foundations are great for high coverage and for special occasions but on ordinary days, they tend to be heavy on the skin.

I just ventured into Sephora with no idea as to what to pick next and kind of wandered not knowing which brand to try. I wanted DIOR's foundation, but I felt that it would be a bit too much for ordinary days and who would spend so much for regular wear? Hence, I decided to try Sephora's foundation and asked the SA to help me with a foundation that gave an average coverage and also made my skin hydrated. She recommended the Brightening & Hydrating Range & tried on some shades on me that had yellow undertones. I was quite skeptical looking at the shade range but however, she did manage to find the right one for me. 

About Sephora Brightening & Hydrating Foundation : 

Achieve an even and comfortable coverage with this foundation. Upon application, it reduces the appearance of blemishes, lines and dark circles. The nourishing formula instantly brightens and smoothens your skin. It leaves your skin suppler to create a translucent appearance.
  • Enriched with moisturizing hyaluronic acid
  • Provides day-long hydration
  • Contains light-reflecting pigments
  • Fragrance-free
Ingredients :

Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Isocetyl Stearate, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Stearic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Phenoxyethanol, Nylon-12, Triethanolamine, Acrylates Copolymer, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Silica, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Methylparaben, Cetyl Alcohol, Parfum (Fragrance), Trisodium EDTA, Cellulose Gum, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Propylene Glycol, Limonene , Sodium Hyaluronate, Geraniol , Butylphenyl Methylpropional , Citronellol , Hydroxycitronellal , Benzyl Benzoate, Alumina( /-): CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77019 (Mica), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides)

How to ?

Apply a small amount of foundation onto the back of your hand.
  • Pick up product with the tip of your foundation brush.
  • Dab the foundation on your face using small, light strokes.
  • Working in small circles or upward motions, start blending from the nose towards the cheeks, chin, and forehead.
  • Do not forget to cover dark areas such as skin around the nose and the mouth. Ensure that face and neck are evenly shaded.

Sephora Brightening and Hydrating Foundation shade medium review
Sephora Brightening and Hydrating Foundation Shade Medium

My Opinion about Sephora Brightening & Hydrating Foundation :

The Sephora brightening & hydrating foundation comes with a pump dispenser which makes things a lot easier than the normal bottle packaging. You can take out how much ever you desire and not wonder what to do with the excess , as is the case with the normal bottle type. The foundation bottle is transparent , so if you have 2 shades it becomes easier to spot the one you need. The foundation has no strong smell which is just amazing and you will not feel as though you have something heavy on your face.

The texture of the foundation is quite creamy and blending it is so easy that you can probably use just your fingers to blend it. In fact, I just dot the foundation on my face and blend it using my fingers because the warmth helps to blend it better. It is so lightweight that you will hardly feel as though you have worn any foundation on your skin and your skin would thank you for that. The foundation does not provide full coverage and you might need 2 applications to achieve a flawless base. However, I just use one layer so that it looks more natural with little flaws still left uncovered. Those of you having dark under eyes might need additional concealing because this might not be able to cover it up like those high end or full coverage ones.The Sephora Brightening & Hydrating foundation gives a very subtle glow to the skin and does not dry out your skin even when used for the whole day. 

The shade that I am using is Medium and it matches my medium to fair ,yellow undertone skin tone. I was using NC 40 in MAC and I feel that Sephora 's Medium is doing justice to my Indian skin tone and does not look garish on me. Another big advantage of using this foundation is that it does not have SPF and will look good under the flash.
Staying power of this foundation is about 6 hours after which it thankfully disappears and not causes any uneven patch or residue. If you use 2 coats, then probably the wear time would be about 8 hours which is really good for working women. The foundation does not make your skin look oily even after few hours which is a great positive aspect.`

Sephora Brightening and Hydrating Foundation shade medium swatches and review
Sephora Brightening and Hydrating Foundation Singapore

Usage Observation :

I used this foundation during my recent beach vacation and I felt totally comfortable wearing it for the whole day in the hot sun. The foundation did not oxidize nor it did cause any breakouts ,which was such a blessing. We had whole day tours to various places and I was worried that due to the excess sweat, I might end up getting breakouts but fortunately, it was so lightweight that it kept my skin really fresh.I also added a bit of liquid highlighter because I wanted that golden glow during my beach vacation and my face still did not get oily.

Price of Sephora Brightening & Hydrating Foundation: SGD 29

Sephora foundation shade for Indian skin tone
Sephora foundation shade for Indian skin tone

Pros of Sephora Brightening & Hydrating Foundation:

1 : Lightweight formula

2 : Daily wear foundation

3 : Affordable

4 : Lets your skin breathe

Cons of Sephora Brightening & Hydrating Foundation:

1 : Provides very less coverage

2 : Those with lots of pigmentation must avoid this.

3 : No brightening effect.

Swatches :

Sephora Brightening & Hydrating Foundation shade Medium swatched
Sephora Brightening & Hydrating Foundation shade Medium Swatched

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