Posts Tagged foundation
It’s interesting how different people’s opinions can be. Last week, I read Tracy’s post on this very same product, and she stated that she far prefers powder foundation to liquid. In my case, in general I prefer liquid foundation to powder! See, I think what I like about liquid foundation is that it typically leaves skin looking a bit more moist and glowing, whereas I always imagined powder foundation to leave you looking matte and sort of dull. I like the idea of a powder base, because Hello, how easy it is to use? But overall I choose liquid every single time.
However, I think I’ve found THE product to meet all my needs. Make Up For Ever’s new Pro Finish Powder Foundation ($42CAD) – can be used dry like traditional powder foundations for a matte, full coverage look, or…can be used wet, for a more satin finish with sheer coverage! Yay!! And it actually does what it claims! Double-yay!!
The color that received is the same shade that I wear in MUFE’s HD Foundation – 153, which makes total sense (and isn’t always the case – Clinique numbering and naming system does not follow ANY pattern whatsoever – you can be a Sand in one formula and not be a Sand in another…drives me absolutely batty!). I would still test it in-store to be sure, but if you don’t have that option, choosing the same color as your HD shade is a good bet.
The case comes with a sponge and your typical flip-up storage for said sponge; however, ingeniously they’ve included air holes in the bottom of the casing to let your sponge air out after using – so handy!
There are some nourishing ingredients in the formula to help keep your skin hydrated and comfortable while you wear it. Tracy found that by the end of the day her drier skin felt *slightly* tight; however, my skin is normal to oily and I experienced absolutely no dryness – and also next to no oiliness! It kept my skin’s oils totally controlled without being too matte and flat-looking, which I found impressive. Pretty cool I’d say!
Below are shots of my skin in natural light – on the left side I wore it dry, and on the right – wet.
Do you notice how on the side where I applied the foundation dry, it takes on a slightly more yellow tone? I think that’s merely because the product is being applied more densely, rather than with some transparency when applied wet. Nonetheless, I prefer the powder applied wet as it seems to meld into my skin more and look more natural. It still looked good dry, and if I needed more coverage I’d use it that way. But I tend to be a sheer to light coverage gal when it comes to foundation, so wet is ideal for me.
Here’s a full-face shot:
You can see that on the left side there is more coverage than the right. I like having the option of customized coverage, and I suppose you could even alternate between the two at once if you had some problem areas that required more concealment. It really does a great job! Check it out with flash:
If you’re in the market for a foundation, and your preference is a powder – or if you’re interested in trying something different – I’d highly recommend the Pro Finish powder. It feels lightweight (even when applied dry) and the stay power is great even without a primer. And the way it controls shine really is something else! Right now this is only available online at Sephora, but will be in-stores February 2013.
Do you prefer powder or liquid foundation? What kind of coverage do you like in a foundation?
Heads up guys – there’s another Make Up For Ever event going on at Sephora this weekend! With fall just around the corner, its a perfect time to get matched for a new foundation and MUFE has your HD shade – I guarantee you can find one to suit your skintone perfectly (there are like, 26 shades, so if you can’t – I’ll eat my hat!)!
They’re also offering a free gift with a purchase of the foundation, so if you’ve been thinking about it, now’s the perfect time! And while you’re there – check out some of their other fabulous products, like their liquid liners, eyeshadows (pencil, powder, and cream), blush, lipsticks…so many goodies to choose from!
It’s been a long while since I’ve had to buy a foundation – as a haphazard user, I tend to have a bottle for well over a year (I just finished my NARS Sheer Glow, which I purchased back in January 2011). Buying foundation usually isn’t exciting for me, but once you get down to the dregs of anything, the thought of getting something new is a thrill. When I was in Sephora a couple weeks ago returning the Boscia cream I’d picked up (quick boo-hiss on that – it made my skin burn!!), I saw that the new ‘Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation’ by Hourglass (which I had drooled over after seeing it on several model’s faces from previous runway shows) had been released. First, I have to comment – it’s sort of an oxy-moron, isn’t it – ‘liquid powder’?? Now owning the product, I know what they mean, but I suspect that might be a bit confusing to consumers. Anyway, so I saw this gleaming at the store and I just had to swatch it and check it out. I rarely try anything via swatch and want it instantly, but this was an exception. It smoothed onto my skin leaving the most natural veil of color and a subtle luminosity that was kind of entrancing. Designed for combination/oily skin, with anti-aging properties, and free of pretty much all baddie ingredients (see box below for the exhaustive list), it just seemed too good to be true. I was in the market for a new foundation, but when I looked at the price – $64CAD!! – I balked and gently put it back in it’s place and slunk away. As I tend to do in Sephora, I wandered around some more just admiring the pretty things, when I happened to glance at my hand again. The foundation had settled and had turned into a subtle, velvety finish. I was so surprized at the change, and at how lovely it made my skin look, that I huffed it back to the kiosk and picked up a bottle in Warm Beige – the darkest shade there (unfortunately). Before I could exert any sense, I bought it.I think pictures will show you more than I can describe. Behold:
You can notice two things in the photos: that the foundation is a touch light and beige for my skintone, and that it makes my skin look FLAWLESS. While I’m disappointed about the shade – which will be even more disheartening once I’ve gone down South and have got a major tan going on – I really love the coverage and I love the matte yet luminous look it gives. I can warm it up a bit as you can see with bronzer so the shade blends better, so for now it works. The formulation is lovely – quite thin so it doesn’t feel heavy in the least, but gives great, even coverage quickly. There are so many things to love about the foundation that I still wanted to review it, even though I’m not getting the best out of it due to the shade restrictions. I highly recommend trying it out (or at least getting a sample) if you’re able. The technology is superb and it seems like a perfect foundation to wear going into the warmer months.
Aside from the shade, what are your thoughts on ‘Immaculate’? Do you think you’ll give it a look? What kind of finish do you prefer on a foundation?
I had a hard time coming up with the title for this post, as to state I have a NARS collection sounds like I should have a HUGE stash, and in fact I don’t – but out of all the cosmetic brands I own, I have more NARS makeup than any other, so that constitutes as a collection, right? Anyway, don’t say I didn’t warn you!Modest, to some I’m sure. In any case, I definitely feel that NARS is the brand that gets most of my money on a consistent basis. I’m pretty much a devotee and I’m certain my relatively small assemblage will continue to grow until it is no longer ‘modest.’ I’m OK with that!
Earlier in the week, several of my fave blogs wrote on one of their own collections – of blushes. As I am becoming something of a blush enthusiast myself, I read these posts eagerly with a mixture of interest and envy. While their numbers were all near the 30 range, a quick look in my train case revealed that I have a measly 8 blushes – a fair number if one is to be realistic, but clearly I am nowhere near a true aficionado yet! Anyway, to the point: half of my blush collection is made up of NARS shades (plus 3 of my 4 highlighters). While there is something like, 31 shades of NARS blush, I have had an idea percolating in my head that I want to start a collection of just NARS blushes – I know having 4 hardly makes a dent, but it’s something to work towards right?
Anyway, again, getting back on track – here are my NARS blushes, or 1/2 of my blush stash:Starting with the most exciting, as well as my first NARS blush if you can believe it – WOW, take a look at Taj Mahal! When I was first breaking into higher-end cosmetics, I wanted to buy really interesting, one of a kind products you couldn’t replicate at the drugstore. Case In Point: Taj Mahal is a fiery orange with high shimmer. It looks terrifying, not only to the shade but the formulation, but it’s actually quite beautiful on the right skintone. I limit this to the Summer months as it just feels that way to me, though the shimmer probably would do wonders for Winter-pallid skin. It can show up rather noticeably in sunshine so a light hand and some major buffing is necessary, but the resulting look is well worth it.My next blush purchase from NARS was the lovely Torrid, which the SA noted would be my version of the award-winning ‘Orgasm,’ which was too light for my skin. I’ve gotten a lot of use out of this blush, especially in Spring and Summer. It’s a lovely peachy-pink shade that really goes with just about anything, but I like to switch it up (but of course). Very flattering and girly on, and the shimmer really doesn’t even factor into it when all’s said and done. Another winner.I snagged Turkish Red, a discontinued NARS cream blush, through a swap, and at first I was not impressed. I wanted a red blush to give me that ‘cold weather flush,’ but I found it just looked silly once on. However, I gave it another shot and made sure to keep a light hand (I use my MAC #130, which is why you see pock-marks in the blush), and now I find myself reaching for this shade again and again – it almost gives me a two-in-one look where I look like I got some sun, as well as was out in the cold. Really pretty effect.After reading the infamous ‘blush posts,’ I confess I pretty much ran out to Sephora and picked up Sin, in order to make myself feel better. Also, I had just finished a blush (which is kind of amazing) and figured I was allowed to buy a replacement of sorts. I’ve owned this blush now for a total of 26 hours, and already I can say with certainty that this is my favorite of all my blushes (all 8), hands down. Wowza, this blush was made for my brown-olive skintone! An MUA-er noted that this shade works well for olive skin as it “swallows up the purple” – sound strange, but considering some reviews I’ve heard find it produces a bruise-like effect, it seems accurate, as on my skin it looks absolutely wonderful. It turns out to be more of a neutral pink-mauve and is ridiculously flattering and perfect for Winter. I haven’t been this excited about a makeup item in a really long time – I woke up this morning and was so happy just to know that I’ll get to wear it again! So, so sad, but ultimately true.
NARS blush retails for $29CAD.
Next, we have almost my entire collection of highlighters, courtesy of NARS. First, my fun Summer purchase, one of the coveted illuminators in Laguna (reviewed here). I didn’t get as much use out of this as I’d hoped, mostly because I’m lazy and an extra step wasn’t always in the cards. Still a great product though and I’m hoping I’ll start pulling it out more this coming year.I received this from the Sephora rep after the luncheon I attended back in May. It’s a lovely bronzed shade of highlight, that could be used in place of bronzer for fairer skins – for me it’s really just a highlight with a touch of bronzed effect. I can use this year-round, which I like, and the texture is so smooth and not at all greasy. This is my first full-sized Multiple and it has me considering buying another down the road (they retail for $46 CAD).I hounded people on MUA to get this product, one of The Multiples in South Beach. I wanted it so bad and no one wanted to swap for it with me – until finally someone approached me for a swap and had this deluxe sample in her swap list. Shortly thereafter I received the Laguna Multiple from my Sephora luncheon, and didn’t have as much need for this. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s a sample, but the texture on this is so smooshy, it’s quite irritating. I can’t apply this directly to the face, but have to use my fingers because otherwise it’ll deposit way too much product and ball up on my skin. So, needless to say I’m glad this is just a small portion of product – though the shade and look of it is quite lovely. Sort of like warm rose-gold.
Moving right along…NARS eye shadows!I bought this Habanera Eyeshadow Duo without first trying it on or even really swatching it, which was a mistake. I was going by the awesome photos on MUA, but sadly, on me this duo falls flat. The metallic ice blue shade is far too much on my darker skin, and the pretty plummy shimmer has poor color payoff that makes me sad. I have this up for swap now, which hurts my heart a bit as it was my first NARS eyeshadow purchase – and I hate to part with a NARS product, regardless – but it’s gotta go. I never used it, and it could be receiving some mad love elsewhere, so…Ohhh, how badly I wanted this Rajasthan duo from last year’s Fall collection!! As soon as it landed on counters I scooped it up, and I’m still very pleased with the purchase. The golden metallic shade is very subtle but really, really gorgeous; the dark blackened-teal shade is mysterious and adds depth to any look. Its texture is a bit more stiff than the gold shade, but it isn’t usually a problem. Overall, a solid combo which you can make work a variety of ways.The lovely Grand Palais duo from this past Spring collection. Previously reviewed here. I don’t use this as much as I’d like, but I still get great pleasure from it, especially the taupe side, and I think this adds two new shades to my eyeshadow collection, that I might not have purchased otherwise. Soft and lovely!
NARS eyeshadow duos retail for $38CAD.
My one lipgloss from the brand:I posted a swatch of Wonder back in the Summer after I received it also at the Sephora luncheon. Great shade of tomato red-orange. My first and only NARS gloss ever, and I really love everything about it – the texture, the opacity, the shade. Eventually I’ll pick up another from the line (they retail for $28CAD), but at this point I have too many to entertain buying any more at the moment!
And the basics:I totally forgot to include the Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base in the group shot, oops! Too late now (literally – it’s almost midnight)! I discussed the awesomeness of the base in my Best Of post – really stellar product that works wonders for keeping your eye makeup in place. Go check it out!I also just extolled the virtues of the Sheer Glow foundation in my last post – this shade in Syracuse is an insane match for my skin, it blows my mind a little bit. Definitely get to your nearest NARS counter and at least try this formula out, it’s worth a look!As much as I love loose powder for it’s long-lasting ability – as in, you don’t have to buy it very often because it lasts forever! – I also hate it for the same reason. I thrive on change, and MAN do I ever want to change to a different powder than this one! This is the shade Mountain, and that’s another thing I’m totally over – powders with shades, rather than just an overall translucent one. I won’t make that mistake again. In the meantime, I swear I’ve only used a third of this product, and I’ve had it for probably two years!! It really just needs to get be finished already. Absolutely nothing wrong with the product, it sets makeup well and looks natural, but I’m just done with it now. I want something new, damnit!! (The loose powders retail for $42CAD)
So that’s my collection – nothing too crazy but I like just about all of it and I feel that it was all money very well spent. I’d like to try some of the new Longwear Eyeliners, and the Larger than Life mascaras, as well as continue to pick up a new blush every so often. NARS to me is like the upscale, less gimmicky version of MAC, which suits me to a tee.
What do you think of my collection? And of NARS in general?
Today I bought a $55 foundation merely because I was cranky and needed the uplifting boost a ridiculous purchase can (briefly) buy you. Granted, the foundation is amazing (NARS Sheer Glow - more on that in a minute), but it’s one of those purchases that I a) didn’t truly need, and b) might have a bit of buyers remorse later, which totally negates the ‘good’ feeling I was striving for. In any case…
Work is pissing me off severely the past week and as I have to work to live, unfortunately there’s not a whole lot I can do about it right now. Except shop, apparently.
NARS Sheer Glow foundation is normally not something I would pick up, for a multitude of reasons. First being that it’s $55(CDN) before tax and that’s kind of ridiculous. Second, I generally don’t wear foundation unless for a special event, or if my face is having one of *those* days. Third, its for normal to dry skin, which mine is resoundingly NOT. HOWEVER. I received a sample of the product in a swap back in early summer. The shade was too light for me then but it’s absolutely perfect now. Additionally, my skin has still been acting up terribly the past few weeks and I desperately needed something to cover and hydrate the scaly dry patches of skin. The bottle of Revlon’s Colorstay for Combo Skin just didn’t seem to be a good solution. Insert Sheer Glow. Lovely and hydrating, and miraculously didn’t harm my upset skin in the least – in fact, I think it may have even improved it! The package states that it hydrates and improves skin brightness, radiance, and texture, making skin softer and smoother. Amazingly, it did! My skin looks better now than it has in MONTHS. I can’t entirely contribute this to the foundation, but the fact that it didn’t further irritate my skin and adequately covered the issues without looking cakey or heavy was enough for me to be vastly impressed.
Interestingly, general consensus on makeupalley.com doesn’t give this foundation a very high rating (3.9 out of almost 600 reviews*) so I normally would have given it a pass, but I’m so glad I didn’t. It might be too heavy in the summer, but for now it’s perfect. Sheer, even coverage but still more than enough to deal with any minor discolorations. While I’m still smarting a bit from the price tag, I still feel that it was an entirely justified purchase that I’ll be quite pleased with over time. Anyone else try this product? Are you a yay or nay?
*Curiously, those who consider themselves very oily gave it a 4.7 rating (out of 9 people) and 100% would buy it again.