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Saturday, 5 November 2016


Melariche is a new beauty retailer launched in the UK stocking a range of beauty, skin and hair care products catering for women with deeper skin tones. They recently were kind enough to send me a few products to review and one of those was the Swedish brand Marena Beaute Le Teint Tarou Flawless Compact Foundation in the shade Dakar.

Maréna Beauté are a Swedish makeup company who specialise in tailoring their makeup for women of colour. They have an impressive range of options which include foundations, blushers, and powders. I've only been able to try out their compact foundation, so I'll share my thoughts on it.

Before I get into my thoughts on the foundation, let's take a look at some of the claims Maréna Beauté make. The foundation is supposed to blend 'perfectly into your complexion', as well as be long-wearing and buildable. It's also supposed to correct minor blemishes and imperfections for a natural look. The foundation has a creamy texture with a satin finish. The finish is medium to full (as it is buildable) as well as preservative free.

Let me start by saying that I'm not typically a fan of compact based cream foundations. I normally find them to be quite oily which is not great for me as I have an oily/combination skin type. So I did not have high hopes for this particular foundation. Before I get into what didn't work for me, I'll start with what I've really enjoyed about it.

First of all I have to say that I love the packaging of the compact. It's a black square compact with a mirror and a sponge inside. The packaging itself feels extremely high in quality, and is definitely suitable for travelling which is great for easy touch ups too. The foundation I received, as mentioned previously, is in the shade Dakar, which I have to say is a fantastic match to my 'NW45' skin tone. Knowing that Maréna Beauté is a brand that specialises in catering their products for women of colour, I was glad to see that they produced a foundation that not only matched me, but matched me extremely well. I do not find this foundation too orangey like some tend to be and nor did I find it too grey in its tone. This particular foundation shade is a dark brown with a red undertone. So if you haven't already guessed, I love the shade matching of this foundation!

The actual wear of the foundation has me a little torn. To apply the foundation I personally use a buffer brush, but the website instructs you to use a sponge. I personally do not have any issues with the application of the foundation. I find it has a really good medium to full coverage as claimed, and because of this I don't find that I need to build it up much. However, when wearing the foundation I have to say that I personally do not find this to be as long-wearing as some of my other liquid foundations. It appears that within a couple of hours my oils have already started to show and by the end of my work day I am quite shiny. Although, it is not as bad as some of the compact foundations I've tried, as the foundation itself seems to still be in place (except for on my nose where it breaks down quite a bit). I also find that the foundation seems to crease under my eyes, so I would suggest that you apply a thinner layer there and definitely use a damp beauty sponge to blend it in to avoid it caking and therefore creasing. This foundation will definitely need to be set with a powder, and Maréna Beauté also recommend this for the best finish. Despite the issues I have with the foundation, I can't argue with the fact that the foundation does give me a flawless look and the satin finish is a beautiful touch.

All in all this is a good foundation, although I would suggest that it would be best suited for those with normal / dry skin, as I think oily skin may find it to not last very long. I highly recommend checking out the Maréna Beauté range more, especially as a woman of colour because it's very hard to find brands that exclusively cater for darker skin tones and 100% get the colouring right.

You can find the Maréna Beauté range on Melariche's website here. It retails for £35 (9g) and you can use the code 'beautybreaks' for 10% off (not an affiliate code). Also check out my Melariche haul and see how the foundation applies below:

Speak soon,


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