Saturday, 28 April 2012

Make up Collection Insight # 5- Face

Hi again everybody,

So I have another little insight into my make up collection for you guys today, and it's an area that's very dear to my heart- foundations, primers, concealers, highlighters etc. I love putting foundation on, I know some people are perfectly happy to skip foundation, but I like to have that canvas on which I like to apply other make-up. I don't really have problem skin- i get a break out every so often- for the last 18 months or so, I have found that I now have dry patches, particularly on  my forehead and cheeks.  

Concealers are a bit of a hit and miss for me, somedays I use it and some days I don't- depends on lots of things like trying to cover blemishes or concealing dark undereye circles (i have spent years studying law which required a lot of late nighters and some pretty gruesome under eye circles!). My fave at the mo is the Catrice Allround Concealer- I've hit pan on a couple of colours already so a repurchase is due- i reviewed it in detail here.

I'm not really a huge fan of mineral make up, it's not that I dislike it per se, I just never seen myself reaching for it. I have the E.L.F. Mineral Foundation and Concealer (in my eyes these are practically the same!). I love MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation though, I think this is great as both setting powder and a really light foundation- defo a HG product. I also use Catrice Skin Finish in 010 Translucent as a setting powder and I love this over foundation.

Highlighting is another hit and miss practice for me tbh. On night where I want to look all dewy and misty, I reach for Benefit's High Beam and place a bit on apples of my cheeks and just under my brows. My all time fave highlighter though is cult fave Yves St.Laurent's Touche Eclat- this is an amazing product, I love the little brush applicator and how easy it is to apply and blend, dream product and a must have for your cosmetics collection!

I only really use primer when I am going out for a long day or on a night out just to make sure my foundation will last the night- at the moment I am loving Revlon Photoready Primer but Smashbox Photo Primer is a long time favourite of mine. The ELF version is also quite good, not my favourite, but I do find myself reaching for it from time to time, and I think it does the job nicely if you use it very, very sparingly. I also like Laura Mercier's offering.
As far as setting powders go, my favourites are MAC and Catrice, but ELF have four versions that to appeal to me and I use these intermittently- the Mineral Booster in Sheer, the Mineral Glow in Shimmer, the HD powder and the Studio Pressed Powder in Porcelain. This Makeup Lock and Seal was sent to me as a free gift by ELF last Christmas and I haven't had the chance to even take it out of the packaging yet- one of these days, I'm gonna be inspired!
My prep before I put on foundation is usually quite simple- I use Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream under my eyes to hydrate any under eye puffiness, and in recent months, I have been using Simple Moisturiser on my forehead to alleviate the dryness. I'm actually currently on the prowl for a regime that will work better for me. I've been using anti-wrinkle creams since I was about 20- seriously I am always getting stopped for ID still so I must look under 18, but SPF etc is really important to me in foundation or moisturiser or whatever I wear.

I'm really hard to please when it comes to foundations- I mean really, really hard. I look for so much from every little bottle, and if I do not like it, I cannot lie. My HG foundation is prob MAC's Studio Fix Fluid Foundation- I have this in NW20/NW15 and NC20- and sometimes I mix these colours to give me the effect I want. I am very iffy about this foundations though. I have very fair skin, and used NW20 for years, but found recently enough that it was looking very dark against my own skin, so I purchased NW15 to lighten it up a bit, but I don't find that much of a difference between NW15 and 20 to be honest. If I used NC 20 all over my face, I would look completely jaundiced, but I find it's useful to mix in the tiniest squirt of this to combat any redness. I don't often suffer from redness to be honest, and I don't use it very much. In terms of quality- the coverage is great and it doesn't break me out the way some other foundations do, it lasts quite a while too.I always pick up MAC foundation when I go to the States because at €30 odd quid a bottle here, it's significant- in the US it's only $25 ish (cannot remember exactly) but when you convert to euros, it was a substantial saving. I always buy a new pump every time I get a new bottle aswell, I just like the idea of it being fresh. I do love MAC Studio Fix dearly but I still feel like it hasn't quite hit the nail on the head in terms of colouring for me yet but I'm optimistic as always!

I have a few Bobbi Brown foundations also which are almost gone now and I don't think I will be repurchasing. I love the smell, the texture, the way the foundations melt into the skin and provide great coverage- the only thing I have never really been happy with is, you guessed it, the colour! I always find they are a little yellowy- and it was only when I was reading Aisling McDermott's (of book 'Gorgeous to Go' did it become clear- allegedly all Bobbi Brown foundations have yellow undertones and are more suitable for warmer skinned folks- and suddenly it all became clear! I visited the Bobbi Borwn counters both here in BTs and in stores like Bloomingdales and this was not pointed out to me once. I was colour matched at this counters with Moisture Rich Foundation in  Shade 1 or 'Warm Ivory' and in the Skin Foundation I was matched as Shade 2 or 'Sand'. I only ever use these when I have fake tan on- and even though I loved the mechanics of it, I just cannot wear something which makes me look like I need a liver transplant. I have Bobbi Brown concealers in Pale Yellow/ Ivory and a corrector in Light Bisque and these work ok for me- the former is particularly handy in the event of redness.

Which brings me on to my next point- drugstore foundations. There are just not enough words in the English language to convey how completely dismal the selection of pale foundations in high street branded foundations. I mean,  I am very pale, paler than most probably, but why these brands carry so many dark colours just confuses me so profoundly- I wish they would just cater to the market. I actually could rant and rave about this for hours so I am going to nip myself in the bud now and just go through what I have and what I have found has worked or not worked for me. I have two ELF Studio Flawless Finish Foundations in Porcelain and Sand, and I really like the colouring of these actually. Porcelain is a good match to my skin colour- it is very pale, and the coverage is very full. I purchased a 'Sand' which is a shade darker just in case I have fake tan on, and I'll mic the two of these and apply bronzer to match up, and it's a system that works for me. The coverage of these is really heavy, which I don't mind because sometimes I prefer fuller coverage, and I quite like the smell of the product too, the packaging and the way it comes with a little pump. If you like full coverage, this is a good starting point. 

Other drugstore foundations I have include Catrice in Shade 101 (Sand Beige) which was a tad too dark for me even though I got the lightest shade possible, I like the way this product applies, I think it is easy to blend, I hate the smell of it but I know some others love it, and again this comes with a pump. I wish Catrice had a lighter shade. I tried the Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid in Light Porcelain and Ivory but now that my skin is now a bit dry, I am trying to veer away from whipped, airy foundations. L'oreal True Match foundation in Ivory is a great colour match for my skin, and I would absolutely love it only the formula really makes me skin around my forehead look very dry, such a pity- but might try other L'oreal foundations in same colour to see if they sit a bit better on my face. Revlon Photoready foundation in 003 Shell is quite nice and I have a few NYC/Rimmel foundations which are okay but not the exactly perfect foundation specimen that I am seeking. I know my foundation soulmate is out there waiting for me, somewhere!

And finally, onto tinted moisturisers. I mean- summer is fast approaching and I don't want to wear foundation all the time, and I don't feel right leaving the house with no baselayer, so tinted moisturiser seems like the sensible option right? But again. it's so incredibly hard to find one for me- I absolutely hate and curse the day I wasted money on the Nivea and No 7 tinted moisurisers- they oxidise terribly on my skin- just bad, bad, bad. The E.L.F. Studio tinted moisturiser is a strong competitor, only i find that sometimes it looks a little yellowish on my skin, it's not really a natural look. My HG tinted moisturiser without a shadow of a doubt is  Smashbox Sheer Focus in Fair- this is just precious- the way it applies, the way it lasts, light natural coverage, inoffensive colour, it leaves you healthy and glowy looking, it doesn't feel greasy or clog your pores, like enough for a sunny day, is oil free and has SPF 15. I'll keep repurchasing this to the death, I just love it.

So I know this was another exceptionally long post- I'm nearing the end of my make up collection insights. I love collection posts and I hope you are enjoying these. 
Thanks for reading


  1. Love your blog, I'm following now :) Feel free to check out mine!

    Laura x
    Petit Chatons

  2. thats a LOT of foundations! haha, ive tried a lot but still cant find my HG:(
    Vote in my poll on my blog -
    Need enough votes before i buy a new foundation:)

  3. Yup that is a LOOOOOT of foundation. I also find a lot of foundations to be too yellow or orange for me, that is why I normally use BB cream, not the new european/amercian ones but the asian ones like Dr. Jart or Skin food, skin 79 and such. They seem to match my skin better,and it helps my redness. I find MAC NC15 to be a tiny bit too yellow for me. I liked the look of the ELF studio one, but it caused me to break out big time. Have you tried Gosh Xtreme wear foundation? the lightest shade is really light, fits me perfectly in winter time.


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