Have you ever tried a Polish drugstore brand? I have now! A while ago one of my commenters on Youtube asked if I had ever tried the brand, this being a Polish drugstore brand, I wasn’t sure I could get my hands on it without travelling to Poland. But then I found out that several EU retailers stock the brand online and when I was planning out what products to try out for a drugstore foundation review, I thought I could try some by the brand. So I got this and two other foundations just to see what it would do. Was it risky to buy a foundation online from a brand I had never tried? Yes, but as you will see in this review, it was a risk well worth taking, because the Eveline Cosmetics Wonder Match foundation in Light Beige is a lovely foundation indeed.
Review: Eveline Cosmetics Wonder Match foundation in 16 Light Beige
So let’s talk availability. The Eveline Cosmetics brand is drugstore and Polish and for years it has been near impossible to find drugstore brands from other countries online. But now there are several EU based retailers that stock different brands from around the continent. Places such as Kosmetik4Less (a German retailer where I buy most Essence & Catrice releases), Notino (which also does great deals on fragrance) and Lyko (a Swedish retailer that seems to be more makeup and beauty focuses) all stock this brand. I ended up making the purchase through Lyko, because they were a bit cheaper (I paid €9.20) and had more shades in stock.
What does this foundation have to offer?
I went into this brand blindly as I couldn’t find much in terms of recommendations for this brand, so I just looked at descriptions to figure out what might work for me. This foundations promises natural coverage that is easy to blend and a rich, hydrating formula including hyaluronic acid. It has a satin finish: not my usual favorite as I prefer something dewy and glowy, but this also promises to have some skincare like properties. Overall, for the price point, I was intrigued and in terms of shade range this was also one that had quite a few on offer. There seem to be 12 shades though, with none of them deep: the shades on offer seem to cover the fair-light-medium range mostly.
How does this foundation swatch?
This foundation has a lot going for it: the bottle looks and feels high end and there were quite a few shades for me that might seem right. The hardest part though when shopping an unknown brand online is to find your perfect match and that proved difficult. Based on swatches I found online, I thought the shade range was a bit weird. It was mostly yellow toned and the shade range was extended over time and no pictures online compared the new shades to the existing shades. Since 16 Light Beige seemed a bit more peach rather than overly yellow toned, I figured this may be best for me. It seemed light-ish enough, while not being too yellow which the other lightest shades in the range definitely were or were super light compared to other shades. There is quite a bit of a jump in terms of depth I feel. And if there is one thing I have learned about foundation is that the foundation can be slightly too dark as long as the undertone matches. You can adjust the depth of the shade, but you can’t change the color tone of the base.
How does this apply to the face?
Let’s talk coverage and performance. I think the way this foundation is described is spot on. This is a very pretty foundation once applied to the face. And not just when it is freshly applied. I find this foundation a great one for everyday as it has good wear time, keeps looking great and fresh as if just applied over an 8 hour period. The coverage is natural and indeed this has a satin finish that is very skin line. This applies well with a brush but also with a sponge, but I feel I lose some of the coverage when I use a makeup blending sponge. Perhaps a combination of both is best: apply with a brush, blend out with sponge for the most seamless application.
What is the shade match like?
The only problem? It is a bit too dark for me. I don’t find this super annoying, as I can blend it further down my neck and after I apply bronzer and complete my makeup look it really isn’t too noticeable. However, I find it difficult to find my perfect shade match in drugstore foundations to begin with. While this is too dark I don’t find it horribly noticeable as it blends in so well with my skin and thefore I can get away with it. I often will wear foundation that is slightly too dark for my skin as my face is deeper than my neck and if I match it perfectly to my neck I can look a bit like a ghost which is also not a great look. At least it isn’t too orange or yellow but I would still like this to be more pink or peach toned for this to work even better.
My final thoughts
The Eveline Cosmetics Wonder Match foundation is a great drugstore foundation. I cannot fault it for the coverage, finish, wear time and lovely way this works on my dry/ dehydrated skin. The shade is the only thing that is off, but with only 10 shades available that is no surprise. There are other shades that might be right for me, but undertone wise those really wouldn’t work. So I feel that is what the brand can work on: add shades in different undertones and make sure you have a good deep range. No matter where you are from as a brand, in 2022 it is really not acceptable to stop your foundation shade range at ‘Honey’.
Would I recommend the Eveline Cosmetics Wonder Match foundation?
Based on performance alone I would say: run out and get this. This is one of the best foundations I have tried in a long time and I love trying foundations so that says a lot. What I don’t like are the shades. There are no different undertones in the range and it definitely isn’t going deep enough. However, if one of the 10 shades is a good enough match for you, then at around the €10 mark this is a great drugstore foundation that I think will appeal to many people for a good everyday, no frills foundation offering.
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