Posts Tagged ‘foundation’
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, $43
I’ve gotten so many questions lately about the latest foundation from D&G! I put up swatches for the deeper shades of Dolce’s Perfect Finish Creamy Foundation when it came out so I thought I’d put up a post with swatches for the Luminous Liquid. I liked the Creamy Foundation (reviewed here) but was a little unhappy with the container. I’ll put up a review of Luminous Liquid in the future. I love that it’s just coming out because my skin turns more normal (t-zone) to dry (cheeks & chin) in the Fall/Winter. Something like this would be a fail in the Spring/Summer for me most likely. It’s retailing for $59 for a 1 oz. bottle and there are twelve shades available on the Saks website but I think there are more. Until my review here is a brief description from the Saks website on the foundation:
For the woman who desires to enhance her natural beauty with a complexion that gleams with lustrous radiance. Dolce & Gabbana presents a sophisticated, modern fluid format for foundation that is silken and sensuous. Dressing the skin with radiant, golden light, the complexion appears perfected with a flawless, dewy finish and impalpable coverage. Each shade offers skin an amazing natural looking coverage with skin conditioning and hydrating benefits.
I can’t wait to compare this to my latest love YSL’s Le Teint Touche Eclat. I wonder which will make me glow more:)
Here are those swatches! Remember to click on a picture to make it bigger.
Almond #150, Soft Tan #160, Golden Honey #170, and Soft Sable #180 (left to right)
I wanted to love this new foundation from Clinique. It’s called Stay Matte and lets face it my combination skin (with oily t-zone) could use all the help available staying less oily. Just so you have an idea of how oily my forehead and nose gets most foundations last on my skin a few hours (3-4) before I need to take a powder. The unfortunate thing here is that this foundation has the same staying power as regular foundations in my stash. I was disappointed to find that this formula was no different performance wise than foundations that I’ve purchased that aren’t named or marketed to oily girls like me! That’s not what I was expecting.
I was hoping it would help me stay matte longer but it never happend! I would put this foundation on and three hours later the grease was visible. Not what I was hoping for. In the first one to two hours my skin looks fantastic. So by hour three when the oil poors forth its a surprise. I was so sad to see this happen day after day but by day four I was done with this stuff. I may pull it out when the weather gets cooler but as far as day to day in the Spring/Summer this is a miss for me. The color match was dead on, I got #26 Amber. I love the color match and the first two hours but thats it. Boo hiss!
There are a wide variety of shades available (over 20!) and at $23 this foundation isn’t too darn expensive for 1 oz. I just wish it worked better keeping me looking “normal” for longer. I hate touching up and I want something that I don’t have to mirror check all the time. Some foundations that really work better for me are MUFE Mat Velvet+, Mac Pro Longwear, and Nars Sheer Matte. With those I can go for the better part of the day without touching up.
I would have to say that this foundation was a miss so if you have combo or oily skin get a sample of this first before purchasing.
I’m really in love with this foundation. I got a sample a few weeks ago and loved it. I went back and got a full size bottle after using the sample for three days. I was a little wary of the claims on this formulation because the information on it explains that it controls oil. I was thinking “yeah right” but I’m here to tell you I think it does…
I have combination skin which in my case means a dry chin and cheeks with an oily t-zone. I usually need to touch up an oil breakthrough around the 4 hour mark with most liquid foundations. I can go a good 6-7 hours without touching this foundation up. It’s a thin kind of watery formula and if you don’t mind shaking it up like a can of spray paint you might want to try it. I’m serious. You have to shake the living daylights out of it. One of the SA’s at Nordstrom told me that you have to shake it until you don’t hear the beads inside anymore. Because that means its mixed but truth be told I give it a good shake back and forth ten times and it’s all set.
I’m using shade 6WN1. There are warm and cool shades available and a wide range which is good. I would say this is a buildable but by no means a full coverage foundation. One of the things that I like is that it looks so natural, it looks like your skin but better not a mask. I hate a mask like foundation. I want to look better and somewhat flawless not like I’m wearing another persons face. At $35 for 1 oz. it is pricey. I recommend getting a sample like I did and trying this out first. I got a sample of two shades and took them home to test out. They were generous sized samples so once I figured out the right shade I wore it for a few days. After the first day I was sold. It didn’t need to touch it up for a long time and it didn’t change color, move, or fade on me.
Get a sample of this and see if it works for you!
This has got to be one of the most interesting products I’ve picked up in a while. Foam foundation? What a concept!
I purchased two shades Light Cocoa#360 and Cocoa #370. I wasn’t sure which one would work for me. The hardest thing to do at the drugstore is pick out a foundation in my opinion. I never know what to get. Luckily I picked up two close fits for my skin. One is a darn near perfect match. Light Cocoa #360 works for me because its got a more yellow based tone. But if you are around my shade but have a red/orange undertone Cocoa #370 might work for you. I took a picture of each color foundation so you can see what it looks like straight out of the can and smoothed into my hand.
Light Cocoa #360 Airfoam
Cocoa #370 Airfoam
Both air-fused foundations have SPF 16 so they have sun protection which is great. I found the consistency to be easy to work with and a little goes a long way. In fact in the pictures on the left above I have too much product for my hand. I wanted you to be able to see the color but I have enough in both pictures to practically do my whole face. A little ball of foam goes a long way.
The directions say to shake the can up and press lightly to dispense the foam. A walnut size amount of foam is all you need so about the same amount as the pictures above on the left. I put this on the back of my hand and dabbed the foam on my face quickly. This smooths into your skin nicely like a moisturizer almost. The only thing that I felt was odd is that after the Airfoam dries on your skin I felt a tightness each time. I’ve never had a foundation do that. It wasn’t so uncomfortable that I couldn’t keep testing the product out, it was just strange. Kind of like a washing your face with a new cleanser and your skin feeling tight afterward. That has never happened to me with a foundation. I didn’t break out using this but those with sensitive skin might have an issue. I’m wondering what in the world is causing “the tightening effect”.
Since I have combination skin I must say this is a good fit for my skin type. Maybe it’s that tightness but whatever is in this stuff keeps my skin in check most of the day. My oily t-zone doesn’t creep through for hours, about four-five hrs in fact!
After trying both I found Light Cocoa #360 to be a better match. Both look good but as usual I figured out the best shade for me using my neck test. Red/Orange toned foundations trick me all the time, I’m drawn to them. They make my skin look more alive. Basically I put both colors (Light Cocoa & Cocoa) on either side of my face and then I looked at the side view of my face and my neck. So my neck does not have foundation on it at all, it’s just bare. A red/orange based foundation always looks crazy on me when I look at the comparison against my neck. It looks so wrong and that’s how I can tell a foundation isn’t a good fit. It looks like my head and my neck do NOT belong together. When I looked at the Light Cocoa #360 side of my face and neck it looks perfect, no glaring differences.
This is light coverage in my opinion and something that I think will appeal to those that don’t like thick foundation. This stuff is light and easy to wear. I didn’t notice any fading or splotchiness throughout the day. Sometimes that’s a concern for light weight products like this. When I tried to double up on the foam under my eyes (for my bags/discoloration) nothing happened. I ended up pulling my concealer out most days. So I think this air-foam was fun to try but I think for the amount of coverage I wouldn’t repurchase. I would just use a good tinted moisturizer in its place. I am glad I tried it and I liked it more than I thought I would. It’s priced at around $10 at all the major drugstores as well as Walmart and Target. If you like checking out new makeup technology this might be a fun thing for you to try.