Foundation Collection : 15 and counting… + video

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There’s no other way to say this. I am unashamedly a foundation collector and have no real reason to justify this weird addiction to this single makeup product. Regardless of what good things I may be using or claiming to have a found a favourite, the immediate attraction when a brand new drop hits the new arrivals page is like nature’s calling. On the flip side, this means I actually have a collection video to show you because the average person certainly doesn’t own 15 foundations…and counting.
PRODUCTS MENTIONED

…and of course just in case you’re looking for more skin tone matches, I have a few other brand colours listed under the My Stats tab at the top of the page. Over the years I’ve used a fair share of both drugstore and high end offerings but sometimes you just have to admit that drugstore shades are far and lacking. If you’re also a self proclaimed foundation collector, I’d love to know your favourites for your skin type!

Happy Sunday,

COVERGIRL | Vitalist Elixir Foundation + Swatches

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It’s not often that the drugstore comes out with a foundation that reads like my dream straight on the bottle… lightweight, full coverage, hydrating, SPF20 and contain a cocktail of vitamins for my skin, this is the Covergirl Vitalist Elixir* foundation. With so many glowing reviews online, I was eager to give this a whirl and see if its really a drugstore gem but there’s a lot more to a base product than a first glance. 
THE BASICS
Brand: Covergirl
Product: Vitalist Elixir Foundation* SPF20
Size: 30ml
Colour: 14 shades (shown: Classic Ivory)
My other colour matches: See here
Price:  $14-18 CAD
Availability: Drugstores nationwide (Walmart, London Drugs etc)
Would I (re)purchase: No.
Ingredients: 
Water / Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Talc, Dimethicone, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sodium Chloride, PEG / PPG-18 / 18 Dimethicone, PVP, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylene / Methacrylate Copolymer, Trihydroxystearin, Arachidyl Behenate, Methicone, Silica, Sodium Benzoate, Synthetic Wax, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Cetyl PEG / PPG-10 / 1 Dimethicone, Ethylene Brassylate, Behenic Acid, Polyethylene. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.
Housed in a luxurious and well designed glass bottle, I love that this comes with a great pump and locking mechanism to prevent accidental makeup bag spillage. The added SPF will be a welcomed addition for most makeup lovers but I do personally prefer my own sunblock. There are currently 14 shades listed on the Covergirl website and on the shelves, ranging from a light to a medium dark spectrum.
Application is really easy with this formula and looks great with fingers, a sponge or a brush as the product is creamy and blends easily over moisturized skin. I didn’t feel the need for a primer over my usual trouble zones as this had great glide and didn’t accentuate skin texture too much. It left my face soft to the touch and has imparts a satin finish, which given its currently winter time, I didn’t bother with a setting powder. In fact, I must say the overall look on the skin is beautiful!
Covergirl | Classic Ivory (3rd from top vs my other foundations)

So if you’ve been wondering up until now why I’v listed this as a flash review and not a full review like I usual do, perhaps this picture will explain the situation. This was one of the very rare occasions which I applied a foundation, gawked in horror in the mirror, decided it was not salvageable and then promptly washed everything off to start over. While Covergirl is certainly not know for having the best shades, the fact that they decided this shade of dark apricot fit the idea of Classic Ivory is completely perplexing to me. Needless to say, I wasn’t able to fully test the foundation due to the lack of colours for my skin tone. Word on the street is that this also further oxidizes to an even deeper shades once it’s set in but I didn’t stick around long enough to find out. 
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SHISEIDO | Synchro Skin Lasting Foundation

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When it comes to big name beauty brands, Shiseido is an international powerhouse that somehow manages to stay under the radar here in North America. With a whole string of well established sub-brands under its name in the overseas market, I always wishes there would be more to explore yet low and behold Shiseido releases two harmonizing base products; Synchro Skin Luminizing Foundation and Synchro Skin Lasting Foundation. I had the chance to test out the latter in the past few weeks.

THE BASICS
Brand: Shiseido
Product: Synchro-Skin Foundation SPF20*
Colours: 11 shades
Size: 30ml
Price: 58CAD
Availability: The Bay, Nordstrom, Shiseido counters
Would I (re)purchase: No
Better Alternative: MAC Waterweight Foundation
Website: www.shiseido.com
Note: This product was provided by Influenster & Shiseido as a testing sample. I am not otherwise paid. All thoughts and review details are solely my own. 

Packaged in a sleek frosted pump bottle, the Shiseido Synchro-Skin echoes the fluid lines of familiar Japanese design. Though heavier in glass, it doesn’t take up too much space on my vanity however the cap has to be matched a certain way to click closed which has be fickle.

TEXTURE & APPLICATION
Due to the formulation, I recommend a vigorous shake before attempting to use the foundation for the first time. The high water content means there’s often separation in the bottle so don’t be alarmed if the first few pumps are just clear liquid.

Appropriately mixed, the texture of Synchro-Skin is smooth and creamy; easily spread with a brush or a sponge though I personally prefer the latter. The product spreads quite thin over the skin and feels very lightweight.

COVERAGE & COLOUR
The shade I had been testing out is labeled Neutral on the bottle but the Shiseido’s website appears to denote an intensity number which I am not able to find. Upon initial application, the colour looks quite close to my skin tone but is perhaps a smidge dark compared to my neck. There is slight oxidization throughout the day. Unfortunately this foundation doesn’t brighten up my complexion and I tend to look dull in a hour or two. See my other foundation matches here.

With varying methods of application, I can achieve a range between light to medium coverage which is great for everyday wear. There is a tendency to cling to dry patches so a heavier moisturizer or a smoothing primer is recommended. Over applying and over buffing the foundation can also emphasize dry patches. The initial dry down is a soft matte but will soften to a satin finish in about 30 minutes.

Shiseido | Synchro Skin Lasting Foundation (shade: Natural)

LONGEVITY
I found average wear to be 4-5 hours on my combination skin before it starts to breakdown so it’s not particularly long wearing at all for it’s name. Oil control is lacking when worn alone. I prefer the finish on the drier parts of my face after a few hours of wear but by then my forehead will need to be touched up.

SENSITIVITY
This foundation needs proper double cleansing to remove. I initially noticed clogged pores after frequent wear but more thorough cleansing seemed to help. This is something I recommend taking off as soon as you get home instead of waiting around until bedtime.

THE FINAL VERDICT

The Shiseido Synchro-Skin Lasting Foundation* is a light to medium coverage creamy product with a satin finish. The finish does look very pretty but it is for a very specific customer; someone who doesn’t have too many dry patches, has normal skin (or prefers to wear a primer) and isn’t concerned about longevity. In every sense I simply found this to be a very average foundation. Personally, many things fall short for me but I may potentially give the glow version a try. 

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ARMANI | Power Fabric Foundation

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Just like those sleek black suits they do so well, when Armani releases a new foundation, everyone’s buzzing about it. While there has a been a few base product launches in recent year, the Power Fabric Foundation* seemed to me like the brand’s way of re-energizing their image… after all they are known for the untouchable Luminous Silk. With words like matte, flawless and full coverage being the selling points these days, Armani plays its card. I’ve used it pretty consistently for the past month and I’m ready to talk.
THE BASICS
Brand: Giorgio Armani
Product: Power Fabric Foundation* SPF25
Size: 30 ml
Shades: 12 Shades (Canada), 20 Shades (USA)
Price: $64 USD / $70 CAD
Details: Made in France
Availability: Sephora, The Bay, Armani Online / Counters
Would I repurchase: Probably not.
FEEL & APPLICATION
Presented in an iconic frosted glass bottle, what denotes Power Fabric is the red Armani insignia on the lacquered cap. Pumping out the product, I was surprised that it had a thick almost moussey consistency but it applied thin on the skin and blended out easily whether you used fingers, beauty blender or a dense fluffy brush. There is an every so slight skincare scent to the foundation but it was neither strong or bothersome. One full pump will give you a single half face application so this is certainly one of those products that you will run through fast with regular wear.
TOP – BOTTOM | Power Fabric #3.5 | Luminous Silk #02

COVERAGE & COLOUR
According to the Sephora website, there’s currently a spectrum of 12 shades available in Canada and 20 shades listed in the USA ranging from but there’s likely additional offerings around different parts of the world according to the regional demographic – it’s a pretty popular set up by many luxury brands. My testing shade was #3.5 and is listed as neutral for fair skin tones which blended in like a great match despite coming off very dark and red in the bottle. You can see (below) that it’s a smidge dark compared to my neck but not terribly noticeable. My usual shade is MAC NC15-NC20, see my full range of matches on My Stats page.
I prefer wearing this over a pore smoothing primer especially for the center zone of my face but my swatches are over bare skin. It does cling slightly to flaky patches and I find a beauty blender is best for those problem areas with texture. Power Fabric photographs so beautifully! Despite being marketed as full coverage, I would call one layer a medium and I had a hard time building it up to a true completely coverage. Non the less, I love how it retains a touchable skin like quality and it’s certainly not a true matte foundation. Dry down has a slight powdery touch and there is also some transfer if left unset.

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WEAR & LONGEVITY
This is where things started to go downhill and quick. Going solo, Power Fabric stayed neat for only 3-4 hours and with a primer / setting spray combo, it was only able to push through to about 6 hours before I felt like I just really needed to take this off. Now while that doesn’t sound bad at all from a regular running to the grocery store perspective, I was expecting more from something that claimed to be full coverage and long wearing. On the plus side, while I certainly noticed a good amount of wear problems, the foundation never fully melted off my face even in this summer mugginess yet this is certainly not something I’d recommend for those truly oil skinned. 
POWER FABRIC VS. LUMINOUS SILK
This is the burning question then and my vote still swings towards Luminous Silk as the preferred formula for my combination skin and my makeup style. I found lasting ability to be about the same but LS is easier to smooth over skin texture and offers a satin touch finish that I prefer. It’s still my go to event or date foundation
of choice.
THE FINAL VERDICT

Giorgio Armani’s Power Fabric Foundation is a medium slightly buildable coverage soft matte foundation which photographs excellently but lacks in staying power. The SPF is a nice added bonus and doesn’t appear to cause any flashback but shouldn’t be relied upon for solo sun protection. I can see Power Fabric useful for achieving a particular velvety finish for a short event or occasion but it’s not something that I feel can put up with day to day stressors unless you work in mild temperature controlled environment or have dry to normal skin. So while this is not a bad product per say, it was a disappointment measured against its claims. Additionally, for a similar effect and similar lasting ability, MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid or Estee Lauder’s Double Wear are very comparable at a much lower price point. 

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Review: Covergirl | Clean Matte BB Cream + video

Finding a good everyday foundation is like searching for the perfect flat shoe. It needs to be reliable, easy to wear and also make you look fabulous yet you can throw into your bag on the go. Lately, my casual foundation of choice has been a surprising hit from the drugstore; in fact it’s so good that upon receiving my PR sample I actually went out to buy another in a better shade. Now this is something worth talking about.

Covergirl BB Cream Matte - Review
THE BASICS
Brand: Covergirl
Product: Clean Matte BB Cream
Size: 30ml
Colour: 6 shades (shown: Fair, Light*)
Price: $8.99 CAD (often on sale)
Availability: Drugstores Nationwide
Would I repurchase: Probably yes.
IngredientsWater / Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Talc, Dimethicone, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sodium Chloride, PEG / PPG-18 / 18 Dimethicone, PVP, Silica, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylonitrile / Methyl Methacrylate / Vinylidene Chloride Copolymer, Trihydroxystearin, Arachidyl Behenate, Methicone, Sodium Benzoate, Synthetic Wax, Hexyl Laurate, Cetyl PEG / PPG-10 / 1 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Ethylene Brassylate, Behenic Acid, Polyethylene. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

Let’s get one thing clear first. This is not a bb cream in the Korean context. It won’t heal your skin, provide multiple benefits or clear any blemishes. What this is, is a skin friendly everyday light coverage foundation that feels natural on the skin and gives a polished look to your makeup. Oh and did I mention it dries matte?
Wait, what? I thought you hated matte finishes?
Yes I hear you but this foundation, housed in an compact and travel friendly squeeze tube, imparts a naturally matte look that is not one bit powdery. In my books, this is a big win. It has no added fragrance and the formula is that of a light lotion which blends easily with just fingers or a foundation sponge. Within about 30 seconds, it’s set and there’s no trace of stickiness!
Covergirl BB Cream Matte - Fair Light
LIGHT* (Top) | FAIR (Bottom)

MY STATS | Check my other foundation matches & skintype
Now as with every single Covergirl foundation I’ve used since my teenage years, the shade selection can get a little tricky. The shade Light looked horrendous in the tube but I made it work for a few days until I was in the drugstore and discovered Fair which is much more neutral in tone. Coverage ranges from light to medium depending on how many layers you put on but on me it’s a perfect amount for a day to day look, even if I’m not wearing much makeup anywhere else.
NOTE: Fair seems to oxidize slightly with wear but Light didn’t have that problem at all.
I’d mark wear time for this foundation at around the 5 hour mark on its own but it can absolutely go longer if you have a primer and setting routine. My favourite way to wear this so far is with a moisturizing primer underneath, apply this with fingers and top it off with some highlighter on the cheeks.

Covergirl BB Cream Matte - Review

THE FINAL VERDICT

The Covergirl Clean Matte BB Cream is an excellent light coverage everyday foundation option for those who want a simple to use product that gives a natural finish and goes especially well if you don’t like to wear a lot of makeup. Also a great choice for teenage skin, it doesn’t feel heavy even after a long day and doesn’t look cakey even as it wears off. No breakouts and no irritation for me but remember that this needs to be properly removed like any other makeup despite its “bb” name. Shade matching is a little tricky so be sure to test swatch in the store if you can. 

Happy Sunday,



Review | Laura Mercier: Mineral Pressed Foundation

As much as I love foundation, my relationship with powder bases are fleeting. It’s not a dry skin problem per say but as a lover of glowy, luminous skin I cringe at the sight of my skin looking…well… powdery. Luckily I’m always curious about untraversed territory and recently picked up the Laura Mercier pressed foundation after hearing years of raves from Lisa who adores their loose version. Whenever a new product doesn’t look right, she always tops it off with some LM and all is right again. How could I say no to that!

Laura Mecier Mineral Pressed Foundation Review

THE BASICS
Brand: Laura Mercier
Product: Mineral Pressed Powder Foundation SPF15
Shades: 8
Size: 8.10 grams
Price: $47 CAD
Would I repurchase: Yes!
Availability: Sephora, Laura Mercier counters world wide.
Website: www.lauramercier.com

INGREDIENTS: Zinc Oxide, Silica, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Lipids, Jojoba Esters, Pearl Powder, Lauroyl Lysine, Copper Gluconate, Zinc Gluconate, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract, Lycium Chinenesis (Lycii) Berry Extract, Silybum Marianum (Milk Thistle) Extract. (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica (CI 77019), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007).

Laura Mecier Mineral Pressed Foundation Review


Now the Laura Mercier loose mineral powder has been a hot seller for years and the brand has only recently put out the pressed version. It seems that the shades do correspond to the loose version which also has 8 colour options though there’s some discrepancy as to whether or not the shades match exactly in use. Note that there is also an even newer Smooth Finish Foundation Powder that’s been released (in a round compact) which has 20 shades.


This mineral compact however is house in a sturdy but travel friendly plastic case with a mirror under the flip lid and a dual textured sponge with a velvet side in addition to the regular sponge material. According to the instructions, this is meant to give varying degrees of coverage to your liking. Unfortunately the applicator sits right on top of the powder after discarding the thin plastic card that came with the packaging (because seriously, who has time to fiddle with that thing when you’re trying to get your makeup on). 

Laura Mecier Mineral Pressed Foundation Review

Laura Mecier Mineral Pressed Foundation Review

Shade | Real Sand

Smooth to the touch but not too soft (or wet), the pressed product is fragrance free and contains a very subtle hint of shimmer which is undetectable to my eyes once applied but does help soften the look of my skin for an overall pleasant yet natural glow.

Now I’m still on the fence about colour matching since among 8 choices there, there wasn’t quite my perfect colour. The lightest of them, Soft Porcelain looks quite pale but Real Sand (which I have here) can look a little dull in certain lighting and just doesn’t brighten my skin like some of my favourite base products. I think there’s probably a little too much yellow in this shade for me and I’m likely somewhere in between the two shades.

Note: This does contain SPF15 in the form of titanium dioxide which I think causes a tiny bit of a light cast when used.

Laura Mecier Mineral Pressed Foundation Review
Since I’ve already declared the sponge inside a bit rubbish for practicality as I don’t want a dirty sponge hanging out with my powder all day, I prefer to put this on in sweeping, swirling motions using the biggest baddest kabuki brush I own. This one is from Royal and Langnickle and it has make quick work of getting the powder on evenly and I can move on in under a minute.

Laura Mecier Mineral Pressed Foundation Review

Photo above is unedited except for cropping. Natural light.

Here (above) is the before and after with one full application all over my face. The little red mark above my lip still shows through but my skin tone looks a more even and my skin smoothed out in a subtle way. I’d say its about a medium coverage but you can certainly go heavier with a sponge if you please. The best part? It doesn’t feel or look too powdery even for my fickle taste. It’s very forgiving over dry patches and doesn’t enhance any skin texture irregularities if you just use it as medium coverage.

Laura Mecier Mineral Pressed Foundation Review
On its own in the fall/winter weather I can get an easy 4 hour wear without even thinking about a check in the mirror. Give it a few more hours and it inevitably does a little separating near my smile lines (from moving my mouth…you know, talking) and thus I’d just smooth those areas with a puff but it’s not necessary to reapply more product. For those long 10-12 hour days it does help to pair this with a primer and my winter favourite has been the Paul & Joe Moisturizing Primer which go fantastically together. It lets the powder apply smoother over pores and also enhances wear time though granted 10+ hours is a marathon test for any foundation. At the end of the day, this is easy to remove and my skin
isn’t troubled even with almost daily wear.
Laura Mecier Mineral Pressed Foundation Review
THE FINAL VERDICT

Laura Mercier’s Pressed Mineral Foundation is a really forgiving and easy to use medium coverage base that’s ideal for a quick and polished look that you can do with your eyes closed. It doesn’t aggravate dehydrated skin (even in winter) and glides nicely over skin texture irregularities. Fragrance free and with minimal ingredients I also find it a good test product for sensitive skin but do note the Bismuth Oxychloride content if you are allergic. Its not the smooth as butter texture of some powders but it looks very natural on the skin and would also be great as a topper if you wear lighter liquid foundations. I would like to see an expanded colour selection in this formula but by the time you’re reading this I’ve probably already gone and picked up the Soft Porcelain to add to my collection.

Stay Lovely.



Review: DHC Q10 Moisture Care Foundation

As a well known name in the Japanese beauty market, you may know DHC (that’s the Daigaku Honyaku Center, in case you wondered) for it’s wide range of nourishing skincare but they’ve also taken that expertise over to makeup. The brand offers a small curated range of products for a natural makeup look that’s often a hit for those wanting something light for everyday. With North American headquarters located in California, they’re recently opening up to the Canadian market and so I thought we’d familiarize ourselves with a few of their best selling products!
DHC Q10 Moisture Care Foundation Review


THE BASICS
Brand: DHC
Product: Q10 Moisture Care Foundation*
Colours: 4 shades; No. 01 Natural Ochre (shown)
Size: 30ml
Price: $28USD
Availability: DHC (US Website), Select T&T Supermarket locations across Canada, DHC Amazon Website
Would I (re)purchase: Probably not.
Website: www.dhccare.com

Housed in an easy to control plastic pump bottle, the Q10 Moisture Care foundation is targeted towards drier skin types with an extra kick of anti-aging benefits of coenzyme Q10 which is often found in skincare to help plump and firm up skin. A small clear window on the side of the packaging lets you see when you’re close to finishing the product, a minute but useful detail that I can really appreciate from many Japanese designed products. Let me say that this particular product is an overwhelmingly long time popular choice in many Japanese magazines.

 DHC Q10 Moisture Care Foundation Review

The foundation itself is impressively high coverage; starting off as medium and quickly buildable to a near full immaculate finish with a velvety satin sheen. I was delighted at how beautifully smooth it was whilst still being very high coverage and easy to blend. The formulation is slightly thicker (almost a cream) and really cocoons the skin once applied. With a slightly powdery dry down however, it does accentuate dry patches if you use it with a buffing brush so fingers or a sponge (like a Beauty Blender) is my best recommendation. As well, prepping with a moisturizing/smoothing face primer also seems to help with persistent flaky areas such as my nose which (granted) never like to blend smoothly with anything. Pores and fine lines are easily smoothed over with this Q10 foundation and it should be very forgiving on problematic or more mature skin types. How beneficial the Q10 property is from a purely skincare perspective is open to debate but I doubt many of us will wear a single foundation every single day for long enough to see drastic long term benefits.

DHC Q10 Moisture Care Foundation Review

DHC Q10 Moisture Care Foundation Review

See my colour match in other brands | Here.

As you can see in my before and after photo (below) the colour match with Nature Orchre is next to perfect and here I am only wearing on layer all over the face with an extra bit under the eyes and around the chin. Note that the foundation looks darker when first pumped out, then slightly lighter when first applied but eventually settles just a tinge darker to a more natural finish. And speaking of natural, the first couple of hours wearing this was a complete pleasure compared to most traditional full coverage base products. Be forewarned that this isn’t the lightest feeling product on the skin and if you have oily skin or are used to super invisible products, this will not be for you.

DHC Q10 Moisture Care Foundation Review
DHC Q10 Moisture Care Foundation Review

However the DHC Q10 foundation just doesn’t last on my combination skin. In a quick two hours I’d start to notice creasing around my mouth and smile lines. A little further on my pores and other skin textures will start to show through again as well. I did find this to be a very skin friendly product (with oat and olive as moisturizing ingredients) and actually seemed to preserve my skin condition when I remove it at the end of the day but it just didn’t look as great past the morning hours compared to the initial application. Wearing this with a primer did help the longevity slightly but transfer still remained an issue whenever I’d touch my face or even use my phone. For those who have very dry skin or plan on using this in the cold winter season, it may not be as much of a problem but this is certainly not humid weather friendly.

 DHC Q10 Moisture Care Foundation Review

THE FINAL VERDICT

The DHC Q10 Moisture Care foundation has so many good things going for it including a beautifully smooth feel, a hydrating base as well as great high coverage in a user friendly formulation. Yet if it’s not going to stay on my face then it just falls short of being a functional product in my arsenal. If it had been more long lasting then this would easily be a highly recommended product for everyone but for now I’d limit this to dry/very dry skin or very sensitive skin types unless you don’t mind touching up every 3 hours. Close but not quite a winner, I’ve got my fingers crossed that DHC may reformulate this in the future.

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INGREDIENTS:
water/aqua/eau, cyclopentasiloxane, zinc oxide, glycerin, diphenylsiloxy phenyl trimethicone, pentylene glycol, isotridecyl isononanoate, butylene glycol, diisostearyl malate, sorbitan sesquiisostearate, PEG-9 polydimethylsiloxyethyl dimethicone, PEG-10 dimethicone, sodium chloride, PEG-3 dimethicone, dimethicone, aluminum hydroxide, polypropylsilsesquioxane, phenoxyethanol, sodium citrate, magnesium aluminum silicate, sorbitan sesquioleate, methyl methacrylate crosspolymer, HDI/trimethylol hexyllactone crosspolymer, stearic acid, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, aluminum dimyristate, avena sativa (oat) kernel extract, tocopherol, ubiquinone, arginine, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, serine, silica, olea europaea (olive) leaf extract, ethylhexylglycerin, behenyl alcohol, hydrolyzed elastin, polyglyceryl-10 pentastearate, sodium stearoyl lactylate, ceramide 3, sodium hyaluronate, sodium acetylated hyaluronate, soluble collagen, titanium dioxide/ CI 77891, iron oxides/CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, mica/CI 77019

Review: Guerlain Baby Glow Foundation & Perles de Blush | Spring 2015

LES TENDRES | “Dream of a spring sprinkled with softness. Indulge in a divinely fresh glow….Wrap yourself in discreetly cozy light. Adorn yourself with an angelic complexion. Enhance your skin with an evanescent halo of beauty.” —- Guerlain

Guerlain’s Spring 2015 Makeup Collection is perfectly angelic with it’s soft rosey hue and delicate colour selection. The focus this spring is about creating a youthful radiant complexion enhance by a natural makeup look.

Product: Meteorites Baby Glow Light Revealing Sheer Makeup* SPF25/PA++
Shades:  Light, Medium, Dark
Sunblock: Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate
Size: 30ml
Price: $60 CAD
Availability: Guerlain Boutiques and counters nationwide
Would I (re)purchase: Possibly.

Let’s start with what I think is the star of this spring release and that is the new Baby Glow foundation from Guerlain’s adored Meteorites range. Labeled as a light revealing, sheer makeup created to fight the signs of fatigue and everyday stressors that can make skin look dull and lackluster. It promises to restore natural radiance and leave you with an even, plump and radiant complexion. In other words, the magic of Meteorites in a liquid foundation form.

Top : #02 Light / Bottom : #03 Medium

The swatches (above) show the 2 lighter shades of 3 total shades offered. While the shades do range quite a bit between each other, it is of course not enough to cover everyone so do try to compare colour swatches and see if you may be a fit or even better yet, stop by a counter for a personal colour fitting.
On me, shade #02 Light still runs a smidgen dark and is slightly too peachy, something that may or may not translate in photography (my camera doesn’t seem to pick up peach very well) but it is evident to my naked eye in real life. Do other people notice? Probably not. While peach is not my undertone, it could be a strategic choice as it is a colour that generally brightens up the skin.
Packaging is a soft tube with a pump on one end that allows a precise amount of product to be dispensed. Simple and function but very well made.
The product itself is a creamy smooth consistency that looks creamy out of the pump but blends easily and seamlessly with my skin and is very forgiving over fine lines and pores, softening them with a blurring effect.

With a name like “sheer makeup”, I was really expecting a tinted moisturizer type of product and in a way it both is and is not. When swatched on my hand the coverage appears to be sheer to light but on my skin it is more of a light-medium. This almost completely evens out my skin, knocks out redness and gives a soft satin sheen. There’s not a trace of noticeable powdery residue on my skin and it just feels comfortable and is very easy to wear without a fuss. Obvious spots, scarring and under eye circles will need the help of a concealer but I think this type of coverage is probably acceptable by most people for day to day wear.

Makeup look wearing only Baby Glow as base (un-enhanced)

What really impresses me about Baby Glow other than the beautiful finish is the fact it manages to look good without the help of a primer or a powder. It’s a one step product you can put on with your fingers and be done with your skin. Lasting power is a good 5-6 hours on my combination skin in the winter weather. No breakouts or other adverse reactions.
Product: Meteorites Perles de Blush*
Shade: Angelic Radiance (Limited Edition)
Size: $67 CAD
Availability: Guerlain Boutiques and counters nationwide
Would I (re)purchase: No.

To bring a fresh kiss of colour to the face, this spring collection also brings a limited edition Meteorites blush. It contains a trio of pressed pearl spheres with fuchsia to revive the cheeks, petal rose to refresh the skin and iridescent champagne to highlight. Packaged in a vintage themed cardboard box with a thick velor puff.

As with all Meteorite product, the combination of colours in each box may vary slightly but it should more of less impart a similar pinky/coral flush on the cheeks. The product is mean to be used swirled together so the highlight really becomes part of the blush instead of an extra step but it’s neither shimmery or glittery on the skin at all. One curious ingredients I found on the box is actually diamond powder! Talk about glow!

I find this best applied with a looser blush brush that would allow a bit of colour to be picked up from each pearl for a more even application. On my cheeks I get an almost translucent flush that can be built up from a sheer innocent blush to a more lively bright pink.

NOTE: As with most Guerlain makeup products, both the foundation and blush are heavily scented. It lingers and can be a bit overwhelming for those with sensitive noses.



THE FINAL VERDICT
Both the Meteorites Baby Glow Foundation and the Meteorites Perles de Blush from the Guerlain Les Tendre Spring 2015 collection are perfectly fitting to created a youthful complexion. The colours and textures are softly illuminating and would be something that works for both younger skins and more mature skin. With that being said, I think the Baby Glow Foundation has to be the more innovative and satisfying of the two with the way it evens out my skin for a natural looking base. While the latter is beautiful, I just don’t feel the blush is worth the high price tag (even for a luxury brand) as the colour and finish can be easily replicated with other products. Of course, if you are a Meteorites collector (and some people are) then you certainly must have both.

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Review: Laneige BB Cushion Foundation SPF50/PA++

You’ve heard about me talk about bb cushions for a while now and you may have even read my reviews for a few of them. Since then I’ve really grown to love them for easy on the go application and convenient touch ups, all without getting a single finger dirty. Today we’re delving into one of my favourite Korean brands, Laneige and their award winning BB Cushion.

THE BASICS
Brand: Laneige
Product: 6-in-1 BB Cushion* SPF50/PA++
Colour: #13 True Beige (shown), 5 shades in total
Size: 15g x 2 (per package)
Price: $46-50 CAD via YesStyle
Availability: Yes Style (online), Laneige stores worldwide
Would I (re)purchase: Yes
Websitewww.laneige.com.kr
As you’re reading this right now, Laniege currently has a few different bb cushion types on the market. This exact one you’re seeing here is the latest updated version of the original bb cushion (other variants include the Pore Control and Anti-aging) which has taken Asia by whirlwind especially with their beautiful spokes model Song Hye Kyo.

The full package of the Laneige bb cushion comes with a mirrored compact case, instruction pamphlet as well as two refill cushions (one of which is already installed in the compact) each at 15grams for a total of 30grams of product. The official Laneige website lists 5 shades which coverages light to medium-dark skin tones (around NC/NW45-50) although most stores tend to carry the 3 lightest shades.
Of course, multi-functionality is the bb cushion’s claim to fame and Laneige markets this to be brightening, provide UV protection, increase moisture, provide natural coverage, provide skin soothing properties as well as be water resistant. The product itself is sealed inside a lidded compact which can be closed after use to prevent evaporation.
A closer look at the cushion itself (below) shows a soft sponge which holds the foundation. Now having use a few cushions from various price points, I can say that the Laneige version feels sturdy yet soft to the touch while others feel rough in comparison. A simple pat with the enclosed sponge into the cushion picks up a small amount of product that you then blend over the skin in a patting motion. The foundation has the classic (heavy) Laneige fragrance that will linger around for a couple of hours after application and while I don’t mind it, I would have preferred they make it a little milder.
Here I’m wearing the lightest shade No.13 Light Beige which is described by the brand as a beige shade with yellow tones that creates a bright and clear complexion. Do we agree? I certainly think so!

Having had a little hiccup with the IOPE No.21 which had a pale cast, I was rather worried the Laneige version would be too light as well but it actually blended in very nicely with my (NC15-20) skin and helped to even the colour with my neck. In these photos I am wearing one layer of the foundation but it is certainly buildable. I’d rate the coverage at light to medium which will easily take care of some redness, light discolouration and minor blemishes. Dark circles and prominent spots will require additional concealer but I’ve rarely worn any when using the Laneige cushion as I find the coverage perfect for my daily use.

What really impressed me, above all else, was how natural this looked while still giving me an illuminated lift to my complexion. My skin just looks smoother and clearer without a drastic coverup. The finish is a satiny glow that leaves skin looking soft and supple but not greasy. Minimal cling to dry patches and smoothes over pores decently though it I would still recommend a primer for pores to make things more impeccable.

Doing a little finger swatching with the foundation reveals a creamy consistency which gives is great blendablity yet it feels thin, light and comfortable on my skin. I do notice that it never really sets completely (as most cream/compact products would) and remains somewhat pliable which does mean that if you wear glasses, those pesky bridge marks are inevitable.

As far as all of its skincare functions go, the Laneige bb cushion did an excellent job of keeping my skin hydrated throughout the day and even helped to calm some facial redness. By the end of the day, after removing the makeup I still found my skin to be in pretty good condition instead of looking worn and tired. There were no notable improvements in skin tone or dark spots, so although I adore the Laneige White Renew Serum, this bb cushion alone isn’t going to take care of your skincare altogether. No other breakouts, negative reactions or skin issues to report which is great!

My main (and only) disappointment with this bb cushion its lack of long lasting power. It doesn’t break down or melt off per say but that fact that it never trul
y sets means that it rubs off everywhere with everything I touch. Plus this also means that it does crease a little into smile lines. In the fall to winter season, it lasts a good 5 hours on my combination skin an it is easily retouched if needed. I do tend to like it better when worn with the Laneige Water Base CC Cream which helps with smoother pore coverage and also seems to extend the wear slightly.

THE FINAL VERDICT

You win some, you loose some but the Laneige BB Cushion is mostly a winner in my books! The texture and blendabilty really impresses me and the fact that it provides a natural satin glow yet keeps my skin moisturized all while feeling lightweight is exactly what I need this time of the year. If you are looking for quick everyday coverage (the type you can do while standing on the bus) that looks great in all lighting situations then you certainly need to give this a try. Best suited for dry to combination skin rather than oily skin. For the fact that this has great colour match and does not cling to my dry patches, the Laneige bb cushion edges out the IOPE slightly for me and I will most definitely be picking this up again either in this variation or trying out another from the range.

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Review: Maybelline | Dream Wonder Fluid Touch Foundation + swatches

New to the ever popular Maybelline DREAM family, the newest drugstore item to hit the town is the Dream Wonder Fluid Touch Foundation. With a new bottle design and dispensing system, this also boasts a breakthrough texture that created to provide an impeccable finish for a bare skin look and feel. Too good to be true? Being the foundation lover that I am, I was ready to try it on.

THE BASICS
Brand: Maybelline
Product: Dream Wonder Fluid Touch Foundation*
Sun factor: SPF20 Octinoxate (3%)
My Colour: Classic Ivory
Colour selection: 12 shades total
Size: 20ml
Price: $14.99 CAD
Availability: Drugstores nationwide
Would I (re)purchase: Probably not.
Website: www.maybelline.ca

The Dream Wonder Foundation presents itself in a slim glass bottle with a teardrop design and an ombre sprayed finish that shows a peak of the foundation colour at the bottom where the glass is clear. After properly shaking the bottle (as we’re instructed), you’ll find the dispensing system is actually a single dropper bead. Not quite your regular pipette style dropper, this exclusive design was specially created for the easy dispensing of the ultra fluid foundation. Simply hold the cap vertically in your palm or fingertips and let a few drops of products bead and drop down.

In theory it sounds great (not to mention very hygienic) but on busy days gravity proves too slow and I usually end up dabbing the dropper on my hand instead. While the foundation is indeed thin, it’s not quite liquid enough to roll right off the dropper.

Smooth and fluid to the touch, the Dream Wonder feels like a powder suspended in an silicone/alcohol base. On first contact, it feels almost creamy and soon turns into a light matte finish as the emulsifying ingredients evaporate only to leave a slight powder behind. The transformation process happens quickly and you have around 5 seconds to blend it in before it starts to set so I recommend working in one small area of the face at a time using either your fingers to tap then blend or use a stippling brush .
The Dream Wonder foundation surprised me with the medium coverage that it provides, managing to smooth out slight blotchiness, minor blemishes and easily unifies my skin tone. The thinner consistency allows layering to achieve slightly more coverage where needed though not quite full coverage. As my skin is particularly feisty the past few weeks, you’ll notice that it doesn’t cover scars or prominent spots.
When it comes to colouring, I’ve always been pretty close with their shades and usually fall into Classic Ivory (see all my other foundation matches) which is exactly what you are seeing in the swatches. It’s a reasonably good match for everyday wear though I do find a slightly white cast in certain lighting situations. When worn with other makeup, the difference is negligible but if you are stuck between two choices, I would in this case suggest the darker option.

Note that sometimes foundations can look slightly different in the bottle versus a hand swatch versus how it actually wears on your face so I’d always recommend sampling a tester if you can. In the case of Maybelline, while not all their base products look consistent in the packaging, your usual shade is most often the best one in the range despite how the bottle might look.

The product is not scented by does carry a slightly alcohol note due to its ingredients.

In the close up (above), notice that Dream Wonder catches on dry patches on my nose and also around any blemishes that are in the healing stage. In fact, this will catch on any dry spot on your face due to the powdery suspension of the formula. This means, if you have acne issues or dry skin this wouldn’t be your best option. It does however sit very well over my pores and does not settle into fine lines around the eyes or mouth.

Lastly, I did find this to be quite long wearing foundation despite not marketed as being so and it held up easily to 4-5hrs on a warm day without any major fading on my combination skin. There will be some slightly powdery transfer if you rub your skin but neither breaks down or separate too terribly during the course of the day and it does blot down easily if needed. No skin irritation or any adverse affects to be seen and despite the high silicone content, it did not seem to cause any breakouts which is likely due to its thinner consistency versus the usual heavy texture of silicone products.

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THE FINAL VERDICT
In many aspects, Maybelline’s Dream Wonder is a great foundation. I absolutely can not feel it on my skin upon application and that’s a rare statement. Its slight matte finish will be appreciated by those with normal to slightly oily skin and it photographs quite nicely as well. The medium coverage is enough for your special nights as well as everyday wear making it a great basic to keep in your arsenal. Personally, the fact that it enhances dry patches is the main reason I won’t be going back after this bottle is finished. The other is the price point, which seems quite high for a drugstore product offering only 20mls of product. If neither of those are your concern, then go and grab yourself a bottle as it a beautiful product.
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INGREDIENTS: DIMETHICONE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, ISODODECANE, ALCOHOL DENAT.,VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE,ACRYLATES/ POLYTRIMETHYLSILOXYMETHACRYLATE COPOLYMER, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, WATER, DISODIUM STEAROYL, GLUTAMATE, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE; MAY CONTAIN: TITANIUM DIOXIDE, IRON OXIDES