I have always been on the fence with regards to BB creams. The market is flooded with them yet I haven’t tried one worth mentioning so far. Pardon my simpliness but they seem to be just tinted moisturisers masked as something greater. When you Read more…
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Pur Minerals has been available in the US for over a decade but has only recently made it’s way to Irish and UK shores. It’s job is to provide coverage and also improve the quality of the skin. As a rule I usually pass on mineral makeup. I have tried a few Read more…
I’m a huge Benefit Cosmetics fan. There are very few of their products that I don’t love – Boing Concealer being the only one. And even though it didn’t suit my skin type I had to admit that the coverage was amazing.
Well, I now have another product to add to that list, unfortunately. Some Kind-a Gorgeous…
I bought a Benefit sampler kit at Sephora in December so that I could try this product but also for the mini Hoola bronzer that came with it.
Shade – Medium
Smell: Not great!
Texture: Smooth, velvety
Finish: Cream to powder formulation. Matte, powder finish.
Packaging: Very cute
Coverage: I expected medium coverage based purely on my experience with similar products. It’s lighter than this. It does even the skin tone which is a foundations main job after all. I needed too much concealer afterwards.
Staying power: It doesn’t last long on my combination skin. After a few hours it felt like I needed to powder, yet on application this products left a powder finish on my skin. My chin was oily by lunch and there was no product left there, although it did cling longer to the normal areas of my face.
Price: Expensive. I also think I would fly through the standard pot.I would recommend using your fingers instead of a sponge to make it go further.
Shade range: Awful. Only three. I never complain about Erase Paste only having 3 shades because Medium suits me perfectly. But if you aren’t lucky enough to fit in to the three shades you have to make do being a little off or mix products.
- The product seems to oxidise on my skin after application. It’s not really a problem if you’re prepared – applying evenly and not being too heavy handed.
- Came off on my shirt and was hard to wash out
- Seeped into fine lines – fine lines I hadn’t noticed until I tried this :(
It has to be said, some people really love this product! Maybe it’s just not designed for my skin. Would love to know if you have tried it and what you think.
If you can get your hands on a Benefit sampler pack in Sephora I would recommend trying before buying. For those of you on this side of the water, ask the artist at the Benefit counter to apply some for you and wear for the day before you buy.
Have you tried this? Do you like it? Thoughts on cream to powder foundations?
I’m still on my quest for the best drugstore foundation. I like Revlon Photoready and rely on Rimmel Lasting Finish on days where I need a little more coverage but I still want to explore. I picked up a bottle of Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation after my Lasting Finish ran out. It was on special for €6 in Boots – how could I resist!
I am always attracted to products that claim to brighten and provide a glow but products that actually achieve this are few and far between. I expected this to be like Rimmels previous anti-fatigue offering, their Recovery Foundation. Wrong in some ways but right in others – the grit in Recovery is not in Wake Me Up, thank heavens! The shimmery face however, is the same.
Here’s a photo of me wearing the foundation to give you an idea of how it looks on the skin.
I should point out that I had a hefty amount of Make Up For Ever Full Cover on my chin in this picture and a little Photoready concealer under my eyes.
So what do I think?
- I like how it looks in normal lighting and on camera – natural and fresh. It creates a soft-focus affect.
- It’s one of those Smear-it-on-n-run foundations. No need to worry about brushes and bases and over blending.
- It’s cheap.
- The shade suits the undertones in my skin – ie. this shade is not pinky
- Coverage is on the medium side of light to medium. You will need concealer for posts and discolouration – but that’s not a foundations job anyway.
- There’s no glow for me, soft with a touch of dewy and sparkle. The sparkle level is a little more than Photoready and looks fairly obvious is harsh lighting and sunlight. (I was a bit paranoid wearing it to be honest – it could have looked fine but I didn’t want to look like a disco ball).
- Staying power is a HUGE downer for my skin (normal to combination). I had no foundation left on my chin after 2 hours, well if you don’t count the bits clinging to the side of my spot! After a full day of wearing I had hardly any product left on my face, with the exception of slightly flaky areas, which looked worse.
- The shade range doesn’t cater for fair skin. If you’re NW/NC20 or lighter you will probably have difficulty finding a shade that suits.
Would I recommend?
For my skin type, no. If you don’t want a shimmery face, no. But this could work really well on dry skin, or even normal. If you have no issues with shimmer it’s worth a look. If you look on MakeUpAlley, some people love this so it could be a skin type issue with me. Personally, I won’t be repurchasing, although I will use up the rest of the bottle – I’ll just wear it on dull days :)
As I mentioned, I bought it in Boots for €6 – it’s well worth a try for that price. You might love it. Then if it doesn’t suit your skin type there’s no need for boo hoo’s. It’s usually €10.95 I think, hardly going to break the bank but we’re all looking after out cents these days.
Have you tried this? What do you think?
Copper & Gold Makeup Tutorial for Autumn
- Sigma Brushes http://www.sigmabeauty.com/?Click=85058
- Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation
- Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer
- MAC Strobe Cream http://tiny.cc/5g4g0
- Bourjois Bronzer 51
- Rimmel Lipstick Soft Coral
- Estee Lauder Gloss in Electric Ginger
- Nars Orgasm Blush
- Collection 2000 Collagen Curl Mascara
- Avon Supershock Eye Liner
- MAC Coppering
- MAC Shroom
- MAC Brule
- MAC Woodwinked
- MAC Omega on brows
What I’m wearing:
- Nail Polish – Leighton Denny Babydoll http://tinyurl.com/69hc7tv
- Top – H&M (Last season) (less info)
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One of my most commonly asked questions is how to choose foundation for oily skin, what products are good, what type of foundation to use etc. I decided it would be easier to record a video response to the many questions. By the way, I have made a few suggestions about products I have found useful but check out the comments for other peoples suggestions – I always learn something.
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I have been using an airbrush kit for the last year or so. I use it for foundation, bronzer, primer, highlighter and blush – unfortunately I’m useless at applying the eyeshadow. Here’s a little video on the product…
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I am a self-professed foundation addict. Ironically, I wear very little of the stuff but I do like to try them…all of them.
I’m a fan of the natural but flawless foundation effect. This is notoriously hard to come across. I have found Nars Sheer Glow meets these requirements for my skin type but it hasn’t stopped my search for a more affordable option.
With that in mind I have been testing Light Touch Foundation by IsaDora.
The shade I have is 54 Almond which doesn’t really suit the undertones to my skin although the colour isn’t far off. I recommend testing the three closest shades to your own skin before you buy.
The foundation itself is for natural radiance and designed to be a protective moisturiser It’s very sheer, not unlike a tinted moisturiser. Although this is not comparable to my beloved Sheer Glow, it does stand on it’s own. I found that it evened out my skin tone, which is what a foundation should do primarily. It didn’t provide a whole lot of coverage though but then again it’s designed to a ‘light touch’ product. It’s not one for those of you who like medium to full coverage.
My skin is far from perfect and so I require a little more coverage on my chin (thanks the heap loads of scars from old spots!). That being said, I like to keep my overall base sheer and build the coverage or add a concealer to the dodgy areas.
This is fragrance free, tested for sensitive skin and contains SPF15 which is always a bonus.
This is a good day to day product for those who like sheer coverage.
IsaDora is available in pharmacies nationwide, including Unicare. It costs €19.95.
What do you think of IsaDora?
I cannot count the amount of emails and messages I have received from readers and viewers who are looking for a base light enough for porcelain skin. It is no easy task.
Case in point, MAC’s lightest shade is not light enough for some Irish skins. Even the foundations found in Boots that have names like ‘Porcelain’ and ‘Extra Fair’ have too much pigment in them. Often, when the they are light enough they will be pink toned and give a funny hue when applied to the face. Super fair girls, I may envy your skin but I don’t envy the task of finding products that are light enough.
Here are some great products for extremely light skin.
A very light base – Lush Jackie Oates Colour Base
This is a light, nourishing colour base designed for porcelain skin. It was inspired by the likes of Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore. It also contains a host of good ingredients like oats, honey and shea butter.
If you have never heard of Lush’s Skin Supplements, all you do is add some of it into your moisturiser. You can decide yourslef how much coverage you want, adding more pigment for more coverage. It costs €9.95 for a pot. It might seem small but bear in mind that it’s concentrated and is not meant to be applied straight from the pot.
Bronzer for fair skin
On another note, I came across a great bronzer for very pale skin. I know that it can be difficult to find one light and natural enough.
This one is from The Body Shop’s Honey Bronze Summer Collection and is designed for fair skin. Mine is in shade 02.
Benefit High Beam is the best highlighted I’ve come across for extremely light skin. It’s extremely light – it doesn’t work well on my skin, the contrast is too great.
Dainty Doll Cosmetics
Nicola Roberts (Girls Aloud) created a make-up line designed for very fair skins a few years ago. It was called Dainty Doll. It was on sale on a temporary basis and by the time I contacted them last year it was no longer available. Well the great news is that her line in now available from Boots.com at the moment and will be in stores by the end of June. Harrods and ASOS will also stock the line I hear.
I never managed to get my hands on any of the products – it was my sister that I had in mind but they’re definitely worth a look if you find it difficult to shop for make-up.
Some other honourable mentions…
- Chanel Blanc de Universel
- Prescriptives Custom Blend Foundation
- Guerlain les Meteorites Compact
- SKII Bases and loose powder
- Dior Base de Teint
Have you found any good products for very fair skin?
I have been using Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation for a month now, exclusively – which is odd for me. I recorded a video review for those of you who are in the Market for a “drugstore” foundation. I hope you enjoy!