Friday, 22 March 2013

Foundation review.. Rimmel, Dior, MAC and more

Foundations can be such a personal choice and if you are anything like me you can sometimes feel intimidated to purchase when the beauty sales assistant grabs the mirror and asks you what you think. I used to go along with it and ended up with many foundations used perhaps only once or twice. These days I am more savvy and will ask for a tester to see how I can get on with it myself at home first. I've saved myself a small fortune I'm sure.



Foundations probably cause me most stress in my make up kit than any other item. I wish that I could be the kind of girl that didn't need foundation or even felt confident enough to wear none. However my patchy skin tone and under eye bags that seem to never budge mean that I like to wear foundation every day.

The one foundation that I really loved was a Laura Mercier Silk Creme that I had when I got married 7 years ago. However I soon got bored and discovered MAC Studio Sculpt foundation but after a few years I got fed up of the heavy feel it left me with although I still can't find anything that comes close,  which left me with the dilemma of what next.

I tried MAC Studio Tech compact which was brilliant but it just ran out way to quick and the Pro Longwear and Fix Fluid just didn't feel right on my skin. I also tried Clinique Even Better which gives a great finish although I'm all out so I've not included it in this write up. I'm still yet to find a foundation that is everything I want but a few have come close.

Since getting savvy I've ended up with lots of testers and I never can decide. So I set myself the task of documenting what I liked and didn't like as I seem to constantly forget which looks best. Lets face it the cost of some of these foundations are not exactly cheap and I find reading reviews before heading to the shop is becoming a more common occurence.


So whats my routine? I cleanse with No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser and moisturise with any spaceNK product I am lusting over or good old Nivea blue tub. My skin can get congested or dry patches and I try to remember to do a exfoliate but I can be my worst enemy for this. I tend to use whatever Primer I have knocking around, more often than not its Clarins Beauty Flash Balm.

I use my MAC brush number 187 a duo fibre brush to apply my foundation.
I will sometimes suffer with shine later in the day and I use Hello Flawless from Benefit, I highly rate this powder and the cover it gives.

*In the following photo's I've not applied concealer so I could test the coverage throughout the day and I have only touched up with my Benefit Powder when needed to combat shine, my bourjois bronzer and my NARS orgasm blusher.*


Dior Nude- Application of this is lovely, it felt creamy, lightweight and everything a product named Nude should feel like.  I would say the coverage is fair to medium. You can build it up but l then found l was having to use alot of product. Although the cover started ok it stuck to my dry areas as the day went on however l only needed the minimum touch up for shine.





Mac Studio Sculpt- Still a favourite of mine. I only have to touch up once with this later on in the day you combat my normal shine. It covers very well and I get no patches. However a few hours in you do get a heavy feel and thats down to the hell based formula. Great cover and the extensive colour range means I can match well. Great for a night out.




No7 Stay Perfect- One of the cheapest and it does the job well. It goes on well and covers well too. My only concern is that whilst I don't have to use my powder to stop shine, I do for keeping the cover. It tends to wear off after a few hrs, when my skin is suffering with its dry patches it can be prone to sticking. This is not as long lasting as MAC.





Clarins Skin Illusion - Like I've mentioned already I've used some skin products but never the make up so this one is totally looked at with fresh eyes. The application was lovely and it blended well. Throughout the day it only needed one touch up on shine and the cover lasted well. Not as well as the MAC but it held its own, so a good contender for a daily foundation.




Lancome- Now I used to love Lancome in particular the Maquimatte range that they used to do, so I had high hopes. Whilst the application was ok sadly for me this just didnt work well. The cover shifted over the hours, and almost yellowed on me, even with a top up of powder. So this just doesn't suit my skin well at all.




Rimmel Match Perfection- Cheapest of them all and it holds itself well. The cover is good and whilst it applies quite creamy it blends well. Like the others it needs touching up with powder. It doesn't stick to dry areas too badly but after a long day it can look a bit shabby just like any of the others. Overall for the price its a good option.






10 comments:

  1. Total Bobbi Brown obsessive here - have tried loads of other brands but nothing compares to it. Worth a try next time you're in HOF or Debenhams? Ax

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    1. Bobbi Brown is actually one brand in yet to try! Is John Lewis that stock them here. Will have a go avril x

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  2. Must try Bobby Brown but I'm a complete Bare Escentuals convert - love a powder instead of cream - it feels light on my 40 something drier skin and provides remarkably great coverage too. The concealer is magic!

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    1. Tried this and I just couldn't get on with it. Apparently the Estee Lauder version is very good

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  3. I'm a Bobbi Brown girl too but have recently been very tempted by the new Tom Ford foundation which has been getting rave reviews ... and at €72 it should! My sister bought it last weekend, so she's my guinea pig! So far she's very impressed. Have you tried it? Helen

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    1. No I've not. Will certainly try to get av tester though!

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  4. Hi really interesting post, im still into my laura mercier tinted moisturiser.....have you tried it yet? x

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    1. Yep have had that too. Lovely but I liked more cover. The liz Earle TM is quite good too x

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  5. I need a new foundation badly. I've been using a BB cream by Smashbox, since my GloMinerals powder foundation was out, but I just don't love it. Was thinking about trying the Tom Ford, but may go back to old favorite Mac Studio Fix. It really is the only thing that seems to stay on my skin, though when I use retinoids it tends to catch.
    What I would do for perfectly clear skin that never needed cover!

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    1. Have you tried the smashbox primer with a foundation?

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