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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Foundations for NW45 girls and How I apply my Kett Hydro Foundation

In laymen’s terms the best way to describe my complexion is Chocolate or for makeup junkies, I’m an NW45 in MAC. As most NW45s I turn NW50 in the summer. I’ve been on the hunt for some new foundation and most of the time when I talk make up people tell me “You don’t need makeup you’re fine without it” or “You really don’t need foundation just use a little powder!” I love the finish of foundation because I think it makes me look Iike I’ve been dipped in chocolate! Lol. I have found that the foundation that works best for me in terms of best match has been the Make Up Forever Mat Velvet + in #85 (in picture) and the Face and Body in #178.

I have been wearing both of those for about 2 years and have had no complaints. I like the way it looks in person and when I take pictures. The one thing I love about the Face and Body is that most people didn’t think I had foundation on in person so needless to say that is one that stayed on deck especially in the summer time. 

Since I am such a product junkie I like to try new things and going to IMATS was perfect for me because all the brands I wanted to try were all under one roof. For the past 2 weeks I have been testing two foundations that have worked so well for me that I have to share only because I know how hard it can be to find a product that doesn’t make you look orange or red. I bought Face Atelier Ultra Foundation in #12 Sable and I also got Kett Cosmetics Hydro Foundation in O9 (big) and Structure (small). 
I bought the Face Atelier knowing in the back of my mind that it might be a little light since I had gotten about 2-3 shades darker in the previous weeks and even mentioned this to the girl who put it on me and rang me up. I played with it a little that night and decided to bring it with me on Sunday to see if they possibly had a darker shade. I went back to the counter and asked a different girl to apply it which made me feel much better about my purchase because honestly, I had buyers remorse in the beginning. I wanted to like it because I saw some press on it and also because some celebrity women of color had used it. When I applied it a couple of days later I was so surprised at how flawless the coverage was and the fact that I didn’t have to use my concealer like I normally do.

I liked the look so much that I did a quick video explaining how I put it on and everything. Later on that night I took pictures and posted them on my FaceBook profile and got a couple of compliments however when I looked a little closer I notice I needed to blend my neck better because there was an obvious difference and honey it was not a good look. I still didn’t want to give up on this foundation but what made it bad was I saw a haul video MakeupbyRenRen did where she showed the correctors she bought. I almost fell out of my seat when I saw the "0 ++" corrector. All I could think was, “None of those girls said anything about correctors! To me that should have been the up sale but oh well.  I applied it again this past Sunday making sure to take my time and not rush the application, and “blend, blend ,blend” and boy let me tell you…I don’t me to toot my own horn but BEEP BEEEEEEP! It was gorgeous and I got so many compliments.  Just so you know it does tend to feel a tad sticky so I just used  powder to dust over my face since I do tend to get a little shiny around noonish.  

These are the powders I always use, again because they match the best and two of these I can just throw in my makeup bag. 

The things that I love about the Kett Hydro Foundation is that:
  1.         I don’t have to use a conceler, its buildable
  2.         it feels so light that you don’t feel like you’re wearing foundation
  3.         In pictures it didn’t look like I was wearing foundation
  4.         Easy to mix for a true match if you don’t have an airbrush kit.

I was interested in purchasing this foundation because I heard that the main ingredients included water and glycerine. When I passed by their table at IMATS I noticed that their was a girl that was around my complexion so I asked if she was wearing the product and she said yes. I had her put it on one side of my face making sure to cover the dark spot on my cheek and it looked great. After she rang me up and gave me my total she told me that she also used “Structure” as well. Because I am used to just buying one foundation at first thought I was a little turned off at the idea of buying two however as I walked away I got excited because I couldn’t believe I was able to walk away with 2 foundations for less than $35.
When I got home a played around with it I found that 5 drops of O9 and 2 drops of Structure is the perfect combination for my entire face. I repeat the process to cover my entire neck since its slightly darker than my face. Another thing that I like to do is use O9 under my brows with an angled brush to define them which takes the place of using my concealers. I generally use MAC but now I don’t have to when I use my Kett Foundations.


  1. I've been more and more impressed with what I've been hearing about Kett. Can't wait to try it myself!

  2. hi can u please make a swatch of your Kett O9, i would like to buy but not sure of the shade. thanks