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Cult Community: customer Sarina Munro recommends the ranges pioneering inclusivity

When freelance beauty writer and Cult Beauty devotee Sarina Munro got in touch to pitch a piece about the make up ranges catering to many – not the few – we seized the opportunity to usher her ‘Backstage’ and grant you access to her (unadulterated!) insights. Over to Sarina…

“As a beauty journalist and woman of colour, I love that {Cult Beauty} has a variety of brands that champion inclusivity and shades that cater to all. Gone are the bleak days of struggling to find a colour match. Now there is a plethora of choice – shades for the most alabaster skin tone to the deepest, as well as different prices, coverage and finishes.

{1} Hourglass {Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick} – £42

My ride-or-die – this was the first foundation that perfectly matched my skin tone. There are 30 shades and ‘Beige’ is perfect for my Asian skin. This triangular stick of magic is a full-coverage foundation, where you can use just a little and blend it out with a kabuki brush for a natural, radiant finish or build it up for a full-on Instagram glamour look. This also doubles up as a concealer and is perfect for travelling, as you won’t get any drips or leaks. If you haven’t tried this much lauded foundation – get shopping – you will NOT regret! Every beauty lover should have this in their kit!

{2} Too Faced {Born This Way Foundation} – £29

Forget Facetune, this oil-free, medium-to-full coverage liquid gives a flawless finish. It comes in 35 shades and applied with a Beautyblender it really does look undetectable – just like it says on the bottle! I love this foundation for days I want full coverage, while looking “natural”. It’s also a go-to product when I’m hormonal and my skin needs oil-free products. It is my favourite liquid foundation.

{3} Beautyblender {Bounce} – £32

This medium-to-full coverage liquid foundation has just joined the Cult Beauty family. I love the bottle, as it can also be used as a mixing palette – ingenious! There are 32 shades and it feels lovely on the skin. I hope that BeautyBlender will expand the deeper shades, so that there are more choices for darker skin tones like there are for Caucasian and olive skin.

{4} Jouer {Essential High Coverage Crème Foundation} – £34

This foundation comes in 50 shades – yes 50! I feel that this in itself is something huge and should be celebrated. I love the shades for ethnic and deeper skin tones. This foundation is oil-free, matte, long-wearing and gives super-high coverage. It also contains skin-nourishing ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid to hydrate and a tripeptide complex to plump out fine lines.

{5} NYX Professional Makeup {High Definition Foundation} – £14

This is my favourite budget foundation. It is a light-diffusing formula that comes in 20 shades. It gives a medium coverage and is a great everyday foundation for people who prefer something that feel more lightweight.

{6} Hourglass {Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint} – £51

This wonder product is beyond any skin tint that I’ve ever tried before! It is part skin care, part foundation – an absolute powerhouse of hyaluronic acid. This advanced formula of HA floods the skin with hydration, plumps and tightens fine lines and leaves your complexion looking youthful and radiant! This is a must have for anybody who suffers from dry patches, dehydrated skin and mature complexions.”

by Sarina Munro


Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…