Now–normally I’m one to shy away from natural makeup, but this brand has got me seriously converted. Continue reading JANE IREDALE // PUREPRESSED POWDER & SMOOTH AFFAIR PRIMER
As someone who for years feared looking even slightly dewy and hoards little packages of blotting sheets, it is truly weird that 1) I even purchased not one but TWO products that do not include mattifying in the title, and 2) actually love them. This is progress if I ever saw it everyone. Continue reading LUMINOUS COMPLEXION MUST-HAVES
Chanel has expanded its beloved Vitalumière range with a new product–the Loose Powder Foundation. The little mesh-topped pot comes with the softest mini kabuki brush that makes it easy to dispense and swirl on the powder. Continue reading CHANEL // VITALUMIERE LOOSE POWDER FOUNDATION
Imagine you’re a star…not like the one out in space, but a celebrity. You spend half of your life in front of cameras, and the other half worrying about how you look on camera. Continue reading DIOR // STAR FOUNDATION & CONCEALER
As if fall couldn’t get any prettier (see Chanel and Dior), Clarins is bringing soft pinks and taupes to the cooler months with their Ladylike collection.
The line features the new Ombre Matte eyeshadows (6 shades), 5 new additions to the Rouge Éclat lipstick collection, as well as a new blush, eyeshadow palette, brow palette and eye primer.
Personally, I’m looking forward to the lipstick, blush and new Ombre Matte shadows–Clarins has great lipstick formulations; the tone of blush looks like it would create a beautifully subtle flush; and I’m interested to see what these matte shadows are all about.
The Ladylike collection will be available at Clarins counters in August.
Also being released this Fall, a new foundation: True Radiance, which promises to perfect skin, while evening and illuminating the complexion. As Clarins loves to work with plants, this foundation is enriched with moisturizing and anti-pollution properties which provide luminosity and help protect the skin against external aggressors as well as the sun with an SPF of 15. True Radiance will be available in 12 shades.
Foundation has a really shitty rep, and no one really seems to love wearing it. It’s gross to apply (or at least for me, anyways), it transfers, a lot of the time you can see it on the skin… and more or less defeats the purpose of looking like you have great skin.
Alas, I have found a foundation that manages to avoid all previous concerns AND provides medium coverage. Yes, Giorgio Armani’s Maestro is heaven on earth. I know for a fact that I’m not the first to praise this product, but I feel as if many people rule themselves out as suitable to wear this one. I was afraid it would be that “sheer” coverage that a lot of these water-thin foundations typically give. Also, I’ve got hyper-oily skin, and haven’t dared worn a foundation that doesn’t cater specifically towards keeping my skin matte. This was all until one day in which I was so grossed out by the thick and just unappealing texture and feel of a not to be named foundation on my skin–I still looked shiny and I could just see the product on top of my skin. Lo and behold, I found myself perched on the Armani chair at Holt’s testing shades on my jaw, giving into this product’s cult following. And I say ‘giving in’ because this product is like $70, but stay with me here.
It literally has the consistency of water, and applies like a dream. You can’t see it atop the skin, it completely melds in, while still giving enough coverage to completely even out my skin tone and even hide a few blemishes. It doesn’t move, it won’t get all over anything that so much as grazes the skin of your face. It’s long lasting, EVEN on my oil-slick face (wow, nice, Anna). And for those days that I’ve got some unwelcome spots harbouring around my chin and forehead, adding a layer of Maestro Eraser, also water-thin, gives me the coverage I need without the world knowing it. In my long sixteen years on this planet, I have yet to see such an undetectable foundation with such obvious results. Bravo, bravo, Giorgio.
Do you know how hard it is to find a foundation sans SPF these days? Very hard.
First observed on a Lisa Eldridge YouTube video, the Clarins Ever Matte Foundation. It’s packed with SPF 15 (which, I should add, you should not solely rely on), a fresh, watermelon-y scent and the ‘Skin Detox’, which the brand claims to tighten pores and control natural-occurring oils on the skin. I first started out with this product last summer, using the first shade, Ivory. The texture is easily the BEST I have ever seen in a foundation. It’s almost… dry? Upon application, it’s not wet or sticky, it just glides on and sets almost immediately. The coverage is just as easily the best I’ve seen in a foundation. I trusted it to cover the red patches on my cheeks, the acne scars around my mouth AND the blemishes I was fighting off at the time. I can report that this superpower unified my skin tone THE best a foundation ever has, however I still followed with some targeted concealing on any zits still visible.
While this foundation promises to keep you matte all day, I know my skin, and that promise is just too good to be true. Following application, I set the whole shebang with a translucent powder, and I could go about 3-4 hours until I had to whip out a blotting paper. However, I have exceptionally oily skin and this product could most likely go a bit longer solo on someone else’s ‘oily’ skin (however, I would like to see me prove me wrong, it’s a lonely fight over here). Probably my only complaint, which is the sorrowful reason I had to, sigh, abandon my good ol’ friend, is the somewhat-lacking shade selection. While Ivory worked on my (slightly) tanned, summer skin, it’s just too much of a contrast on my hibernated, winter-y skin. Perhaps I can reconnect with ol’ Clarins after I get some sun.
So after Amanda commented on the, shriek, line of darker foundation on my jaw bone, and I knew it was time to break up with Ever Matte. It was a good run. So I hit the web, and after scrolling through about a hundred different products and reviews, I thought I should pursue a new endeavor, a powder foundation. I mean, powders are known to absorb oil, duh. However, I’ve typically shyed away from these bases because they don’t provide that much coverage and are known to look cakey. I thought my best bet would be the Make Up For Ever Duo Mat, which promises medium coverage and an, obviously, matte finish. I conceal any blemishes and large red patches beforehand (using a creamy concealer), then pack this on using a dense powder brush. I get the high coverage I would get with the Clarins this way, however I have to go heavier with the concealer using this powder. The Duo Mat wins the matte race– I can go a whopping 6-7 hours without the shine (hallelujah!). I use the shade ‘Beige Opalescent’, which fits my fairer skin tone, and there’s even one lighter, you know, just in case.
Where Duo Mat lacks in coverage, Clarins performs. Duo Mat wins the matte AND the colour competition. The prices are more or less the same. For me, Duo Mat gets my heart. But honestly, these two are killer in not-so-abundant variety of foundations for oily skin.