The Bold Xchange team has followed the Mented Cosmetics story for years now, so a review of their products was long overdue. Although the makeup brand started with nude lip colors for every skin tone—a product lineup that Mented Cosmetics founders Amanda Johnson and KJ Miller viewed as a gap in the mainstream beauty market—we decided to try out their Skin by Mented foundation and the brush you can purchase with it. After trying out the foundation stick on my own face, I also did some swatches with all of their shades, using the sampler kit that comes with every purchase of Skin by Mented products. 

Since its inception, the Mented Cosmetics collection has grown from its iconic nude lip colors to include eyeshadow palettes, foundation, concealer, and more! All their products are vegan, non-toxic and cruelty-free. Here are the vitals:

Price: $30 for the foundation, $15 for the brush, $40 when you purchase them together ($5 discount for bundling. 

Delivery time: 4 days. I ordered the bundle on a Monday, it shipped on a Tuesday, and it arrived to me that Friday. The entire process was quick and easy. It came in a small, Mented Cosmetics-branded cardboard box. The inside of the box is blush colored and with more Mented branding. Most people might not care, but as an ecommerce geek, it was impressive and added a nice touch.

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The Details

Probably the most impressive part of my experience with Mented Cosmetics was when I did the swatches on my arms. It showed just how many skintones are covered by their foundation. It wasn’t just that they had colors to match skin from deep to fair tones, but they also had nuances that accounted for olive undertones, as well as red and yellow undertones. And as the shades got deeper, the foundation itself seemed to get creamier. 

Overall, the foundation, even though it’s a stick, goes on silky smooth, and the foundation brush helps it melt into your skin. Even when I use the brush on my edges after laying them with gel, I find that the brush is gentle enough not to disturb my baby hairs, but just strong enough to blend the foundation into my hairline. All in all, it was a worthwhile investment, and I plan to stock back up on Skin by Mented when I run out!