MegaCushion Foundation SPF 15
Wet n' Wild has upped its game recently with some impressive budget makeup options, but MegaCushion Foundation SPF 15 has some missteps that keep it from joining the brand's best.
For the uninitiated, cushion foundations are liquid foundations placed in a compact container with a spongey top that keeps the liquid from dripping out. They present an alternative way to use liquid foundation, and can be applied with whichever tool you prefer.
This foundation includes an applicator sponge that does a great job with precision placement and blending. The foundation itself provides light to medium coverage, and has a dewy-fresh finish that's best for those with normal to dry skin. It comes in a range of natural-looking shades for fair to medium-deep skin tones. It also wears well throughout the day without creasing or fading.
While all of the above is appealing, one problem is that this contains fragrance, and it's initially quite strong. It lingers for about a half-hour after application, which isn't the most pleasant experience, to say nothing of the fact that fragrance can irritate skin.
Another drawback: While this provides broad-spectrum sun protection, it's only SPF 15, and SPF 30 or greater is the standard that's now recommended by doctors and health boards worldwide (see More Info for details). If you're going to layer this over a moisturizer rated SPF 30 or greater, no problem, but if not, this shouldn't be your go-to for modern-day sun protection.
While there's certainly a lot to like about this foundation, you're better off considering the superior options on our list of Best Foundations with Sunscreen.
- Provides natural-looking, dewy-finished medium coverage.
- Wears well without creasing or fading.
- SPF 15 is below global standards for optimum sun protection.
- Contains lingering fragrance, which can irritate skin.
Sunscreens Rated Lower than an SPF 30: An extensive body of research and a growing number of medical organizations around the world have determined that a sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater is mandatory to ensure adequate sun protection.
Although a sunscreen rated lower than 30 will provide protection at the SPF number on the label and may claim broad-spectrum protection, we always point out when it does not have a rating of SPF 30 or greater because that's so important for the health and appearance of your skin.
References for this information:
Journal of Clinical Oncology, September 2016, ePublication
Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, and Photomedicine, August 2014, pages 212–219
The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, September 2012, pages 18–23
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, May 2008, Supplemental, pages S149–S154
Wet 'n' Wild At-A-Glance
Strengths: Inexpensive, good tinted moisturizer with sunscreen; some attractive bronzing powders; mostly good eyeshadow and lipstick options.
Weaknesses: Unimpressive concealers; large assortment of average to poor eyelining products; the mascaras do little to impress; some lip products suffer from the inclusion of irritants; the makeup brushes.
Wet 'n' Wild is one of the few cosmetics companies around that prides itself on being extraordinarily cheap, although the prices have increased across the board since we last revisited this brand. But don't let its hokey name and pre-teen marketing tactics deter you, because there are some great options available, and the packaging has improved in almost every category. The best-performing products will seem like steals, while the less impressive to horrible products will quickly have you thinking, "you get what you pay for." It is not very often that a line offers such a procession of clear-cut winners and dismal losers, but once you know what to focus on, you won't get soaked by Wet 'n' Wild. This line is available in most major drugstores across the country, and, like most drugstore lines, does not offer testers. Interestingly, the selection of Wet 'n' Wild in Canadian drugstores tends to be better than what U.S. shoppers will find.
For more information about Wet 'n' Wild, visit www.wnwbeauty.com.
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