Not too sure if I am going to make this a regular feature on a monthly or fortnightly basis - I don't want to make any promises in case this might turn out to be more of an ad hoc, or quarterly updates... but I was thinking that such entries are useful to show you what I am rediscovering in my stash, especially foundations and other bases. Sometimes I favour full coverage foundation, sometimes I like something sheer and lightweight.. but I am always learning more about how some products work, and in this entry, I will show you two foundation routines which I have gotten in my collection for ages. I used both a couple of times, but did not remember being too impressed by either one. But during my re-discovery, I realise that I am quite liking them! So it is worthwhile to share my discovery with you. I did not rotate too many other items besides the main actual foundation - so I will also include a section near the end of this entry devoted to other staples which I use in conjunction with both the foundations! In addition to all these rotation - I will also try to reach out for more 'new' foundations which I haven't officially reviewed on the blog yet, and I can already think of a good long list. So I hope to get back on the foundation review wagon!
Phew! Long introduction there! Long story short... just stay tuned for more reviews and also more casual chit chatting about products I am using along the way!
The first combo is the MAC Face Protect & Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation. I had purchased this foundation back when it was first released. The name of it sounds good - but after using it a couple of times.. I soon went back to other foundations I was liking and/or reviewing at that time and soon forgot about it. The performance did not impress me initially. I thought it was just kind of meh after I had higher expectations for it. But I know that many people like it.. my gf Jolyn loves it as this is her HG foundation. So I decided that I will go back to this foundation and give it a proper go.
So I guess the trick to this foundation is that you need to make sure that your skin is very hydrated. It is quite a full coverage foundation that isn't cakey - only if you buff and blend it properly into your skin. The foundation takes a good half an hour at least to set nicely and smoothly into your skin. I don't always like to use a pore minimizing primer on my skin.. because I do think that most foundations will smooth your skin after its properly set into your skin with powder and also they tend to wear nicer and nicer throughout the day. Wearing an actual primer sometimes just add an unnecessary step which I don't like.
The foundation has a thick creamy consistency. It has a subtly luminous finish - but mostly soft matte in my opinion. I like this as an everyday foundation, it is very long lasting (12 hours) and still look fresh. I compare this to Dior Star - but the Dior Star has a nicer and fresher finish so I still like the Dior one more. This is a foundation which will suit most skintypes.. and to me, it is a good basic foundation for work and going out. Of course, the scent is awesome too, like all Chanel foundations! So I am glad that I managed to re-discover this foundation and able to have a more positive impression of it - which means that it will not go to waste and forgotten!
Speaking of that, I have another Chanel foundie which I bought and forgot about...that might be the next one in rotation soon!
Here are a couple of pictures I took while applying ths foundation - shade B10 is a good match for me. As you can see, my pores are painfully visible, but overall I think the finish is still smooth, and come on, let's face it...nobody is gonna peer into your skin that close up like the pictures I have shown here. But if you are worried about pores and skin texture, I will mention another product later in this entry, and that is highly recommended if you want a really skin perfecting finish. For now, this is good enough!
side note on the Shiseido loose powder - it is lovely, but I will save my proper review for another time when I use it together with the matching foundation.
Everything just looks better after setting with powder and some color on the face, and of course the eyebrows. This is my everyday going to work look.
and when I need to look instantly glammed up somewhat, I will slap on a quick smokey eye, and this is a combination I have been liking:
apply a base with one of the Laura Mercier caviar sticks.. smudge it onto my lids close to the lashline. Then apply a matte eyeshadow over it and blend blend blend.. this way you get a really long lasting budge proof eyeshadow combination. Love it!
here's an overall look - and you can see that from a further distance, and with good natural daylight, the pores and all are naturally smoothed out. And I suppose this is how people usually view your skin anyway.
Next, we have another foundation combination and routine to talk about - the Tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage foundation. And I also use the Tarte Maracuja creaseless cream concealer with this.
Looks like a scary amount of makeup just for my base - but I am mixing two shades of the Tarte foundation...just for the heck of it. I do think that Light Sand might be just a tad/half a shade too dark for me, so I add some Fair Sand into it.. though I can go with just Fair Sand on its own. Again this is another foundation that you should use just a little bit, and buff it into your skin. Before I go on, I have some swatches to share with you.
And applying them on my face:
The Tarte foundation has a moussey/whipped creamy consistency. Just use a bit at a time, and build up the product for more coverage where needed. I think that this foundation has a very smooth natural finish. It is probably better for someone who has a oily skintype, and want something that's more matte. But it is not a flat matte. I don't think that this foundation lasts the full 12 hours. I would say I still look fresh and good for 8 hours, and after that the fading will start to happen. Regardless, this is a decent performer that is easy to use, and again, a good overall everyday foundation that I have been enjoying this week. It covers the redness in my skin, and gives it a overall nice smooth finish.
The Maracuja creaseless cream concealer is quite amazing though. It is one of the thickiest and heaviest formula I have seen among all my concealers. It is very full coverage yet doesn't look nor feel heavy. Because of this Fair shade that I have, I prefer to use it under my eyes not to conceal but to brighten up the area. I like to pat it into my skin using my fingers.. that gives the most natural finish. It really doesn't crease and is very very long lasting.
Here you can see the finish of the foundation after I set it with loose powder - it is very flattering in pictures, and makes my skin looks really smooth.
This is a more 'natural' look - natural lips, and with heavy lashes (but no smokey eyes).
I just wish it can last through the 12 hours that it claims - not to say that it isn't long lasting enough though.
And here's a ramble of all other products which I have been using in conjunction with these foundations:
1. I have been really really enjoying this MAC Face Protect SPF50. It is a great sunscreen and also a great makeup base that's clear and hydrating. It's a white cream that blends clear into your skin. I like that it has a slight fresh lavender scent, and it is just really awesome to use. Think I have raved about this quite a bit in my MAC collections update entry, so I shan't go too much into it here. Really highly recommend this sunscreen base.
and a close up pic of me applying the Face Protect. It works well with any foundation that I am using and did not irritate my skin at all.
2. Next is a collection of concealers and other skin enhancers I am reaching for -
-IPSA concealer palette, this is a product which my friend Cathy gave me when we met up late year. She mentioned this as her fave concealers, and I can see why, at last (finally got to opening and using it! Opps!). It is creamy and gives full opaque coverage. I like that there are 3 shades inside which are good for you to mix. I usually mix the darker and lighter shade together to make a good tone for me to dab over any pigmentation spots I have. It goes well over powdered skin and stays put. I also bring this out in case I need to hide any spots. I love the KA Sensual Skin Enhancer for the same purpose, but this is bit easier to use.
- MUFE HD Pressed Powder.. this is way better than its loose version. Just like the Nars translucent light reflecting powder.. but this is also mattifying and really skin perfecting. It's unbelievably smooth and silky without any sheen nor shimmer. I love this as a touch up powder on the centre of my skin. I have been trying out quite a few of these perfecting mattifying skin enhancing finishing powders lately, so I will give a more comprehension overview after I am done testing out a couple more products. Right now, this is pretty much my top pick.
- NARS radiant creamy concealer --- this is just a great concealer (used it with my Chanel Perfection Lumiere routine).. I am mentioning it here, cos I am almost running out of it -finally!! And this is one I will always highly recommend to everyone.
3. Laura Mercier Secret brightening powder
I like to dust this under my eyes after I used my concealer. It is very smooth and slightly brightening (but not shimmery). It is so fine and light that it won't ever cake up on the delicate eye area.
I love to use big fluffy eye brushes for this purpose. This is the Inglot 4SS brush.
5. Estee Lauder eyeshadow palette - I love the two shades in here for a matte smokey eyes. It is very smooth and easy to use. The matte shades are not chalky at all, and I am pleasantly surprised by this random discovery. This is what I used in my completed Chanel Perfection lumiere LOTD. I like to layer this over a shimmery base (eg the Laura Mercier caviar sticks). The deep brown blends out to a warm crease color. I am not too sure how the other palettes in this range perform but this particular one is pretty impressive.
What I am wearing in this entry - just a basic H&M jersey dress, here's a fitting room pic. It's quite short, but the material is quite thick (double layer if you know what I mean) and therefore flattering. I haven't actually worn it out before...still gathering the courage to rock a short tiny dress like this. But I like it - form fitting without showing my fatty bits. And it is only $19.90 or $24.90!
[update] so I wore it out after all. Threw my trusty COS jumper over it. disclaimer - backpack not mine. was helping my sis carry stuff.
I hope you like this type of catching-up chatty blog entry! Thank you for reading!!
Here's everything listed for your easy reference.
All products mentioned:
MAC Prep+Prime Face Protect Lotion SPF50PA+++
Chanel Perfection Lumiere 10 Beige
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage foundation- Light Sand, Fair Sand
Shiseido Future Solution Fx Loose Powder
MUFE HD Pressed Powder
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Cream Concealer -Fair
Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer Light 2 Vanilla
IPSA Concealer Palette
Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks- Cocoa, Moonstone
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy 03 Provocative Petal
MAC Fluidline Pencil Black Brilliance
Guerlain Universal Brow Kit
Innisfree EcoGel Eyebrow 03
ABH Clear Brow Gel
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Achiote
Chanel Les Beiges 30
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow
YSL Glossy Stain 11
Dior Addict Extreme Incognito
Real Techniques Buffing brush
MAC 217 brush
13rushes angled liner
Hakuhodo angled brow brush
RMK Cheek brush
NARS Yachiyo brush
Inglot 4SS brush