Fabulous Face Compact Foundation
Last Updated:02.26.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Fabulous Face Compact Foundation is a creamy, medium-coverage foundation with an attractive satin finish. It's easy to get heavy-handed with this cream foundation because it goes on so thick; it's important to remember that a little bit goes a long way. For best application, use a sponge and stipple it over the face until you've reached the desired amount of coverage. Although this product is oil-free, it is not recommended for blemish-prone skin or for covering blemishes.

Fabulous Face Compact Foundation is best suited for normal to dry skin, and is available in shades for medium to light skin tones. There are no options for very dark or very light skin, but what's available is worth considering by other skin tones.

  • Medium-coverage foundation with an attractive satin finish.
  • Creamy texture blends easily.
  • Oil-free.
  • Goes on thick; takes practice to know how much to use.
  • Creamy, emollient formula may cause break outs; not recommended for blemish-prone skin.
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Isostearate, Talc, Phenyl Dimethicone, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Tribehenin, Nylon-12, Microcrystalline Wax, Ozokerite, Polyethylene, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Oleic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vanillin, BHT. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide , Iron Oxides, and Bismuth Oxychloride.
Brand Overview

Ulta Beauty At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; several good mascaras; the blush, brow pencil, eyeshadows, and most of the foundations are worth a look; a few intriguing skin-care products (but nothing you cannot find from lots of other brands).

Weaknesses: Testers are not always available nor are the Ulta displays consistently clean; bad liquid eyeliners; poor-to-average cleansers; nothing-special pencil eyeliners; requires careful shopping because the makeup is such a mixed bag--for every good product there are two unimpressive ones.

Since Ulta was founded in 1990, the company has continued to carve out a unique position as a specialty beauty store by offering a large selection of upscale and drugstore cosmetics in all price ranges, all under one roof. There are currently over 675 Ulta locations across the United States, and, like Sephora, Ulta sells its own product line right alongside more familiar brands such as Revlon, Murad, and philosophy.

The Ulta Collection offers a variety of basic makeup products, from foundation to eye shadow to lip gloss. Nearly all items in the Ulta Collection are inexpensive, and its lower price point is a major draw.

As with most cosmetics lines, Ulta has its share of good and bad products; however, it seems for every good to great makeup product the line has two average-to-poor options. Testers may or may not be available, so choose wisely.

Among the safer categories of Ulta makeup are the eyeshadows, many of the mascaras, brow products, and most of the foundations, particularly the cream-to-powder and powder formulas.

Despite our enthusiasm for Ulta's large selection of eyeshadow, the quality is inconsistent, especially when it comes to texture and how they apply, even among different shades in the same category. The best way to shop this line is to pay attention to which products we've reviewed favorably and to take extra time to play with the products in-store (assuming the Ulta you frequent keeps testers available).

In recent years, Ulta has branched out from makeup to skin care. Their namesake skin care has the same affordable price point as the makeup, and some of the products are actually quite good. Skip the cleansers, ignore the moisturizers in jar packaging, and forget about the pore-tightening products...the rest is worth exploring, but again, this is not a brand to shop without some knowledge of what you're buying and how it performs.

For more information about Ulta Beauty, call 866-983-8582 or visit www.ulta.com.

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Good, IF you like cookies....

I disagree with the other reviewer. This does have an almost over powering vanilla smell. (You can see it listed on the ingredients.) Personally, I abhor any cosmetics which smell like food such as strawberry lip gloss, but if that sort of thing doesn't bother you, go for it. Performance is good. The texture almost appears a little chalky initially but its not noticeable. The smell on the other hand....that just doesnt fade.

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Samantha S.
Perfectly Portable

I am lazy in the morning & I prefer to put on makeup & forget it. I like that this compact includes the sponge & the ease of application is perfectly portable. However with this type of foundation if you have any dry spots it will highlight them. The product lasts me thru 12 hr days without touch ups. Thanks to Paula I don’t have an acne challenge anymore & I can wear this type of foundation. This has little to no scent.

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