Every now and then I love to review products that can save you time so you can Have Fun Get It Done. I was very intrigued when I kept seeing girls all over the gram doing these makeup tutorials with all of their makeup, even their foundation, inside of their compacts.
I watched at how fast they were doing their makeup and how naturally done up they looked. They didn’t look like the makeup was caked on but still had that chiseled cheekbone, ready for a photoshoot, kinda look.
At first, I was intimated by the fact that it was a cream foundation. My skin had become so dry I was desperate to find a foundation that didn’t dry me out. The time saving aspect sold me on at least trying the product. The pretty packaging and organized nature of the products was a huge bonus. I felt like I had Marie Kondo whispering in my ear, “Dooooooooooo it.”
Maskcara Beauty was created by makeup artist Cara Brook, and I think she is a genius inventor – the next Joy Mangano. And no, I don’t sell the makeup and I wasn’t paid to write this post. But I do fangirl over women inventors that make my life easier.
I wanted to wait a couple of months after getting the product before reviewing it. My final verdict – I’m in love. It takes a few tries to get used to it if you’ve never applied cream foundation before, but once you get the rhythm of it down, it is amazing.
Because 95% of your makeup can fit into a magnetic compact you save a ton of time getting ready. Think about all the time you’ve spent not only digging in your bag but opening individual eyeshadow or blush pods.
Depending on the person and how dramatic you want to go it takes anywhere from 3 to 10 minutes to look super put together using this cream makeup.
The compacts are really pretty and they are so convenient because it holds your foundation, concealer, contour, bronzer, lip liner, illuminator, lipstick, gloss, lip balm, blush, eyeshadow, eyeliner, brow filler, and even solid perfume.
With Maskcara Beauty your foundation includes your contour, highlight (this is like your base foundation color) and a lighter highlight which brightens specific areas of your face).
The brushes are double-ended so you don’t need to purchase as many as you normally would. I currently use the B-squared Bronzer and 30-Second HAC brushes. The only thing I don’t like about the double-ended brushes is when I stand them up in my brush holder I worry about messing up the bristles on the bottom part of the brush over time. That is my only gripe with them so far. They are soft and great quality. Right now I’m looking for a clear tray that will fit into my makeup storage bin so I can lay the brushes down instead.
Another thing that impressed me was how versatile the products are.
The lip colors that come in both matte or satin-gloss finishes are blushes too. You can even apply the lip + cheek to your eyes.
Some highlight colors (base foundation colors), the Frenchie lip+cheek color, and the cream bronzer can act as concealers depending on what you want to conceal.
You can use contour as a lip liner, eyeliner, or a brow filler. Some eyeshadows can be used to fill your eyebrows too.
It is just nice to have options.
Your Travel BFF
Speaking of options, you can bring so many options with you when you travel and barely take up any space in your suitcase.
And because your foundation, concealer, and perfume are solid cream, you don’t have to worry about going over the liquid limit at the TSA checkpoint. I haven’t tried the perfume yet so I don’t know if it smells good or not, but I do appreciate the ability to add that to my compact – especially for travel.
Great for dry skin
This cream foundation feels amazing on my dry skin. It doesn’t dry me out and once it warms up on my face it looks like skin, not caked-on makeup.
I can’t speak from experience, but I have been following makeup artists on Instagram to learn how to apply this makeup and get eyeshadow look ideas. Quite a few of these girls have oily skin and they say it works great with their oily skin, they just use a mattifying primer and a setting powder and they’re good to go all day.
Looks scary in the tin but easy to fix and blend
Some of the colors look straight up scary in the magnetic tin. You will look at them and be like that is NOT my color – it’s waaaaaayyy to dark. While the colors are highly pigmented they usually look much darker in the tin versus on your face.
With cream foundation, a very little goes a long way with great coverage. It doesn’t even feel like you are wearing anything – at least it shouldn’t.
While creams look scary, they are shockingly easy to fix and blend out if you make a mistake.
With that said, there is a bit of a learning curve to cream makeup if you haven’t used it before. I was using way less than my liquid makeup and I was still using too much in the beginning. It is pretty easy to get the hang of it. Some people pick it up the first time, but if you are like me it might take you a handful of times to feel comfortable.
Saves money (and the environment) in the long run
The fact that I can buy whatever colors I want, and can replace them in the same compact as I run out is a selling point for me as a customer. It is a time saver, money saver, and environment saver.
I seriously wish and want ALL brands to be like this. I am done with buying palettes of makeup for 1 to 3 colors I really want and never using the rest.
MAC has a lot of magnetic pan eyeshadows that fit into affordable and sturdy magnetic compacts – all of their compacts are $8 each. Yay MAC! However, their compacts don’t work with other brands that also have magnetic tins. If you do want to store other makeup brands inside of your MAC compact you can buy a magnetic sheet from a hardware store, cut it to match the size of the compact, peel off the sticky side and lay it down inside the compact.
I’ve also tried downsizing my makeup in the past by removing the colors I wanted from a palette to a magnetic compact. Let’s see how that process went, shall we?
Heating up the bottom of the palette with a lighter so I can loosen the glue.
Lift the color out with whatever thin flat metal tool I can get my hands on. Knicks the top of my beautiful new eyeshadow and says explicit things I shouldn’t write here.
Wash the glue off the bottom of the pan, get really sticky glue all over my fingers, wash my hands, can’t get glue off my hands, has sticky residue on my hands all day. *ugggghhh*
Repeats this process four times. Somehow I’m actually sweating. Looks at clock. Wow, this is taking forever. Decides this isn’t worth it and gives up.
I really love my MAC eyeshadows, so I was blown away by how pigmented Maskcara Beauty’s eyeshadows are. I wasn’t expecting them to be horrible since I watched quite a few videos of girls applying their makeup before ordering, but I wasn’t expecting them to be that amazing either. I didn’t even need an eye primer. They showed up and were like butter to blend.
I actually look forward to doing my makeup because the process has become so much easier and the end result looks amazing. Plus I love how decluttered my makeup shelf is now. I think Marie Kondo would be proud.
If you are running out of foundation and you’re looking for something new to try I highly recommend this line. They have free shipping, a 30-day money-back guarantee, and 60-day exchange policy. So if for some reason it doesn’t work for you, you can return it. Or if you need a different shade you can exchange it. This was the only reason I placed my order because I was really afraid it wasn’t going to live up to the hype for me.
If you are interested in trying out the makeup I recommend you contact my Maskcara Artist Harmony Beus to get a color match by clicking here and tell her I sent you. She is amazing and extremely knowledgable – she can even match your colors with a natural light selfie.
Harmony also has the best hair tutorials. That is actually how I found her. I used an image of her hair to bring to my stylist and then I started following her on Instagram (@harmonize_beauty). And don’t worry, her feed isn’t an annoying billboard. She is super down to earth, funny, and makes hair and makeup tutorials fun.
You can order through my affiliate link with Harmony Beus here. All the opinions listed in my review are my own and I never say I love something if I don’t love it. I do use affiliate links on my blog here and there. I have not been paid to write this article, but if you choose to purchase through my link I could receive some free product.