I’m a big believer in the idea that you don’t always have to spend a lot of money to get a high-quality product. Sometimes, the cheapest products are actually the best ones. However, there are also some products that live up to the adage, “You get what you pay for”. This is one of those products.
BYS is a cosmetics company that makes cost-effective cosmetics. Their products usually retail for between $2 and $7 and are available at junk stores. I’ve tried a wide variety of BYS products, from nail polish to lipliner, and I’ve found them to be pretty good. I’d even rate their nail varnishes as the best I’ve ever used. Last year, I needed a liquid foundation to use for some special FX makeup that I was working on. I didn’t want to spend a lot of cash, so I snapped up this 40ml tube of BYS age defying liquid foundation for $4 from my local Reject Shop.
The packaging is very simple, just a clear plastic tube. I like the idea of putting a foundation in a tube, because it means that you can squeeze out every last drop of product, so there’s no waste. I find that this tube can be a little bit unruly, and sometimes you wind up with a lot more product on your brush than you actually wanted. Overall, it’s pretty easy to control the amount of product that comes out, so I’m happy with the packaging.
I’m not so happy with the colour of this foundation. I bought the Medium Beige shade, which was the lightest hue I could find. The shade is slightly too dark for my skin, which was fine when I was using it for special FX makeup, but isn’t so great for everyday wear. I noticed that a lot of the BYS foundation range are yellow-based, which is great for darker or tanned skin tones, but won’t work so well for ladies with blue or pink-based skin.
The texture of the foundation is also quite strange. It has a waxy, slippery feel to it. I find that the product is quite hard to apply satisfactorily. The formula doesn’t blend well, and leaves a streaky finish. It takes a lot of work to blend this foundation into your skin. While most good foundations seem to ‘disappear’ into your skin with a little blending, this product just seems to sit on top of your skin. It doesn’t really set either, so I have to give my skin a light dusting with translucent powder after application. This makes for a cakey, over-done appearance, which I’m not such a fan of.
The foundation also doesn’t last very well. If I’m wearing it and I touch my fingers to my face, a layer of foundation will come away onto my fingers. By the end of the day, I find that most of my foundation has sweated off. The waxy texture also means that this product makes my normally oily skin look like PVC. It’s super-shiny and slick, and I have to apply powder several times a day just to keep the glare at bay.
Overall, I would recommend this foundation if you are wanting to wear foundation as part of a costume, or if you want to experiment with some special FX makeup. I wouldn’t recommend this foundation for everyday use. It is difficult to apply, has an unattractive finish and lasts about as long as a snow cone in hell. I’m not a fan.