NIP+FAB is a brand that I’m pretty sure I have never used before.Primarily a skin care brand that recently launched a makeup line. To be honest I don’t know that I would have necessarily gone out of my way to pick up any of it just because I haven’t heard too much about it. But I noticed my local Superdrug had started stocking it the other day. How many of you can resist the inviting glow of a new makeup stand?

I’m pretty sure that every makeup addict has one particular product that they gravitate towards before all others. Mine has always been foundation. I think the search for the holy grail, although I declared it over with NARS Sheer Glow and then very recently Lancome Teint Idole 24hr has me stuck in a magpie habit when it comes to foundation.

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NIP+FAB Is currently 1/3 off at Superdrug so I thought I’d give the foundation a go for £8.62. I got shade 20 (olive skin-yellow undertone) which appeared to be the most popular shade as the shelf was empty. Top Tip: go in the drawers under the stand if you can’t find your shade in a product, although frowned upon I’ve only been told off once for helping myself to hidden stock.

NIP+FAB?

If you follow my Instagram or Twitter you might already know my thoughts on this! I’ve been totally obsessing over it! What with this plus the Naked Heat palette, it’s been a really exciting couple of weeks makeup wise for me!

What’s so good about it you ask? Where do I start?!?

Packaging

A super teeny tiny little plastic squeezy bottle. It’s hard to believe that it contains 30ml of product but it does. There’s nothing fancy about it but I love that. It’s sleek and compact, perfectly portable and there’s no risk of the bottle breaking.

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Formula

Because the Packaging is basically identical to MAC Face and Body, I found that I was totally expecting a dupe here and it was hard not to compare the two when I first applied it. In comparison, yes it’s similar. It’s a water based buildable coverage foundation. The formula of the NIP+FAB foundation is slightly thicker than Face and Body but it’s close as a dupe. I’ve used Face and Body for years and I personally prefer the NIP+FAB formula. I like that it has a little extra coverage and it gives you that reassuring grip so you know that it’s sticking around without being uncomfortable to wear and looking mask-like.

 

Application/Finish

I like to apply the majority of my foundations with my fingers and then blend a little with a brush or a beauty blender to finish off. This foundation works well applied this way. The finish is said to be natural matte. I find it more of a semi-matte satin finish. The claims of a photoshopped complexion that guarantees ‘#nofilter status’ seems totally far fetched but it actually delivers!! I posted this very close up selfie on Instagram after the first time I used it. An iPhone image with no filter and no editing whatsoever! I applied a pea sized amount of product here and then around half that again and I found that to give me enough coverage so my skin still looked like skin (nose freckles etc.) I believe I could have added more without any problems had I wanted to build up to almost full coverage.

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#Nofilter 😱

 

Lasting power

A solid 8 hours. I kept an eye on how it wore throughout the day and it wasn’t budging. The finish stayed flawless even though it was a pretty hot day and I did a 2 hour trip in my air conditioning free car!

Shade Range

10 shades of foundation from pale to dark with various undertones. Plus 2 mixer shades.  A light and a dark which respectively alter the shade of foundation by half a shade with one drop.

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SPF?

Apparently not. Or at least not that I can find after a doing some research. It does contain Titanium Dioxide which causes the annoying ghost face when flash photography is used. However, it’s the last ingredient on the list so I’m presuming the quantity isn’t going to be enough to do this. I’m hoping that’s the case at least.

Price

RRP £12.95. Not quite the cheapest in terms of drugstore foundation but absolutely worth every penny in my opinion.

Skin Suitability

I have a normal skin type which is a little dehydrated and prone to occasional dryness. I’ve a feeling that it could look cakey on an overly dry skin type. I used it on my Mum who has the same skin type with no primer/moisturiser (my Dad was asleep where Mum keeps her skincare and heaven forbid we wake the beast! ;)) Mixed with a little Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua to lighten the shade, the overall finish was beautiful. It did need a little extra blending though as it settled into lines and looked heavier than it would have had a moisturiser been applied first. Oily skinned ladies should get along just fine with it. Again if the skin is extremely oily maybe not so much and I’d advise prepping the skin and setting with an oil control finishing spray/powder.

Availability

NIP+FAB website students get a 15% discount and if it’s your first order you receive 4 free samples with your first purchase. Superdrug, as mentioned selected NIP+FAB makeup is currently 1/3 off.

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Overall thoughts?

I am trying to hold off declaring this my new holy grail as I’ve only used it twice and it was only the other week that I declared Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear as HG but I think it is just that! I am absolutely in love with it to the point that I’m going to stock up my professional makeup kit with every shade.It’s just that good!! So far, aside from the fact that it has no name (really annoying!!), I cannot find a fault. For me, it’s absolute perfection!!

Have you tried any of the NIP+FAB makeup line? Any favourites?