Friday 25 September 2020

Foundation Friday #1: KVD Vegan Beauty True Portrait foundation review

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Foundation Friday’s here we go, starting with the one and only KVD Vegan Beauty True Portrait foundation, aka a dream base for light to medium coverage lovers. Want to know if it’s worth your money, then keep on reading.


Housed in a unique plastic bottle, the KVD Vegan Beauty True Portrait* will look stunning on any vanity. Easy to travel with too, thanks to lightweight packaging and a thin design. I love the embroidery and the all-white design, definitely up there with my favourite bottles!

Price and availability:

You can shop KVD Vegan Beauty on Boots and Debenhams in the UK. It retails for £28 for 30ml product.

Any sales?

There’s a fab offer on Boots at the time of posting. Get your bottle of KVD Vegan Beauty at half price for only £14! 

Shade range:

Happy to report, KVD Vegan Beauty offers an inclusive shade range (photo credit: Boots) so there’s something out there for anyone.

I’ve been matched to Light 010 which is fairly pale and neutral shade. Please see it in comparison with other foundations:


Ultra light and very runny, if it feels a little oily, make sure you shake that bottle well before use.


I would class it as light-medium, 1 layer is able to cover most of redness and discolouration and a second layer will add a bit more coverage. It builds up very nicely, though I tend to only go with one layer, and roughly the amount of product as per photos. I don’t feel like I need to and if I have any pimples, I’d go in with concealer to spot conceal.


It offers a very natural skin-like soft matte-satin finish. After 6 hours, I can see some of my oils coming through which makes it into a fab glowing base. I don’t mind the shine and have combination skin: normal to oily T-zone and very dry cheeks. It flatters both to be honest, as it doesn’t accentuate lines/dry patches, and sits well on my t-zone too.

Despite looking natural, it’s also super perfecting and my face looks almost doll-like for hours without the cake! I absolutely adore that. Who needs filters!

Lasting powder:

It looks absolutely stunning up to 12 hours after application (when set with powder in the 

t-zone for me). It doesn’t transfer, but if you’re too hands-on with your face, it’s only natural that it will rub off after a while. It doesn’t cake up or look unnatural with hours passing either.

After 8+ hours it may sit a little in my smile lines, but sadly, all bases do, but it’s easily corrected with a beauty sponge. If you don’t like to the shine, you can also use a damp blender to get rid of it easily, or even use a little powder as neither will disturb it or make it look cakes.

I always set my under eyes and t-zone but leave the rest powder-free. You can apply cream and powder bronzer/blush/highlight on top and not disturb the base underneath.

6 hours after application

Primers I trialled it with:

Ole Henriksen Banana Primer - as a base

Farsali Liquid Glass* - as a base or mixed in

Barry M Gloss Radiance - as a base

Farsali Skintune Blur* - as a base or mixed in

ELF Poreless Putty Primer - as a base

Glossier Futuredew - as a base, allowing 10 mins before application (full review here)


You need to squeeze the foundation coloured cut out in the bottle to dispense the product. A bit out there, but I rather like it.

I prefer to apply it a flat top brush Sigma F80 style, but it applies well with a sponge too, just a bit sheerer.


It's a perfect everyday base: quick and easy to apply, it melts onto the skin so there's no need to blend for more than a few seconds. No streaks, so cake, you really can't go wrong.

Buy now:

Boots (UK)

Debenhams (UK)

Photos disclaimer:

No filters or light editing applied to any of the photos. Photos are taken in daylight in front of the window with a mirrorless camera - no smoothing effects applied, nor artificial lighting used.

Thank You For Reading.

With love,

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