Just Charlie G

It’s possible you’ve heard of, or even tried, Clarins Everlasting Foundation but it’s had an overhaul and is set for relaunch on the 15th February.

P1160386Available in 10 shades Everlasting Foundation +*  offers 18 hour wear times, matte coverage as well as an SPF 15.

The first thing worthy of mention is the pump bottle.

P1160387I’m a big fan of Clarin’s Extra Comfort Foundation and that comes in a glass jar which I actually don’t mind, but a pump makes for better hygiene, it also seems to pump out in nearly the right amount, I used two pumps. Sometimes with pump bottles I struggle with getting the right amount and often end up with wastage where I’ve pumped out too much. Not so in this case.

In terms of shades, I opted for shade 103 Ivory, which is the shade I use in Extra Comfort. I found this marginally paler, but it’s not too pale, it actually blends perfectly into my skin, colour wise.

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P1160390The finish was a little tricky on my very parched skin, my skin has some dry and flaky patches which are nearly gone and I did think the finish of this was clogged up a bit in the patches, but it turns out, and it’s not the first foundation that I’ve tried that does this, that when I look in the mirror a short while after applying, it’s settled down and evened out, covering the patches really well without looking patchy.  The longer it’s on the skin, the more it settles.

The foundation  contains bamboo powder which has matifying properties as well giving the foundation its great hold on the skin. Organic quinoa seed extract reinforces the skin’s barrier meaning that while this is a matte finish, you never look dry.

In short, I’m very pleased with this. I’ve always said that Clarins make the best foundations out there and this still holds true. I love how it looks on my skin. I found that although my skin felt comfortable all day, I didn’t quite get 18 hours out of it, getting more like 14-16, but I’m a horrific face-toucher, it’s a miracle anything stays put for 6 hours, never mind 12.

Please excuse the warm glow of the below photograph, it was so sunny when I took it, but it will give you a good idea of how the finish looks on my dry skin.

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I can’t decide which foundation I prefer between the two, Extra Comfort and Everlasting+, but since I’m just about to run out of Extra Comfort, I will happily switch over to this.

Clarins Everlasting+ SPF 15 Foundation launches on the 15th February and will retail at £27.50 for a 30ml glass bottle with pump.

*Product provided free of charge for review purposes.

 

 

 

I don’t get it 🙁

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer

Okay so this little pot of foundation is much loved and notoriously a bit difficult to use. So lets just say I went into this with my eyes open but having seen the possible results on some of my favourite bloggers I had to give it a try.

So what we’ve got is a tiny 18g pot of foundation which costs an extremely expensive £38. That said, you need only the minutest amount of this product. I mean maybe the equivalent of 2 or 3 grains of rice. Tiny. So that little pot should last you a very long time indeed.

The product itself is an extremely densely pigmented foundation that can be used in a variety of ways, as a concealer, as a foundation, as a highlighter or mixed with moisturiser as a tinted moisturiser.

At this point I’ll say that I bought this in a blog sale at a much reduced price and for that I’m very grateful. I’d be crying if I’d paid the full amount.

I’ve tried this various ways and I can’t get it work for me at all.

I did my research and  knew that for best effect you need to mix with a touch of moisturiser. Otherwise it’d just be beyond maximum coverage and incredibly cakey (which does make it a good concealer). I’ve played about with the ratios of moisturiser and foundation and I can’t find a way to make this work. I’m not very oily at all, in fact I’m the opposite and prone to dryness, but within an hour of wearing this I’m an oil slick. That’s with powder. It settles into every single line on my face making me look much older than I am. I just don’t know how to use this stuff. I’m giving up.

As I think everyone knows by now I’m a huge Dr Lewinn’s fan. I’ve tried out some of the fab skincare and am a complete devotee of the nail products and now I’m delighted to introduce you to the new Anti-Ageing Foundation.

Dr Lewinn's Skin Perfect Anti-Ageing Foundation

Dr Lewinn's Skin Perfect Anti-Ageing Foundation

Well the claims this foundation makes are pretty impressive. It says it will visibly smooth wrinkles and fine lines, hydrate and protect from ageing. Active ingredients include Rose Stem Cells to renew and stimulate skin, Matrixyle Synthe’6 to enhance skin collagen and tourmaline to boost radiance.

Well I don’t know if you can actually measure anti-ageing per se so I can’t comment on that but I do think it makes my skin appear younger for sure. It’s a medium coverage foundation and has a good feel on the skin, sort of satin or velvet, matte but not devoid of all radiance.
Dr Lewinn's Skin Perfect Anti-Ageing Foundation

Dr Lewinn's Skin Perfect Anti-Ageing Foundation
Okay so my thoughts are as follows, it’s quite thick and I find it a bit tricky to work with but with a good base of moisturiser it’s not so bad and it’s worth the effort. It doesn’t feel heavy or thick on your face which is good.

Colour wise, there’s quite a limited range of shades, only six, but it’s a new range so I’m optimistic that should it be a success they may expand the line to cover more skin tones. I have the palest shade, Ivory, and it’s nearly perfect, leaning just a little too yellow for my skin but I don’t think it’d be noticeable to anyone looking at me especially, it’s just something to bear in mind.

Here I am wearing it…

Dr Lewinn's Skin Perfect Anti-Ageing Foundation

All in all, a very nice foundation and one I wear quite often. The RRP is £25 but I notice it’s on sale at the moment and retailing at £20 so grab it quick if you fancy it!
www.drlewinns.co.uk
*Disclosure – PR Sample*

I have a new foundation love! Meet Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup.

DiorSkin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup

DiorSkin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup

Once I started to appreciate how amazing all the Dior cosmetics I tried were, then it was only a matter of time before I gave into the buzz about their base products. I popped to my local counter at Debenhams and let the lady do her sales pitch. I was going to either go for the BB or this one, but I’ve got a couple of BB’s on the go at the moment so I went for the more traditional foundation. Shade 20 is absolutely spot on for me, it’s what I thought I was going to be before I went in, but both the sales assistant and myself agreed this was pretty perfect colour wise.

This foundation promises a subtle velvet finish with just the right amount of correction, adding shine free radiance. And I’d agree with that. It is velvety, and it isn’t shiny and it does correct. It also does a pretty good job of looking like skin rather than foundation. What I truly love about this is that when I remove my make up at the end of the day, it’s looks pretty much the same as it did a moment after application. This stuff does not budge. The other thing that I love about it is that it just works perfectly on my tricky skin. With many products, they either slide off my (not very oily) nose, or sit in the pores, or make my not very flaky skin look incredibly flaky and I have to mess around with primers and different application techniques to make them work. This however works with whatever brush I use and without the need for any primer. It works every time and makes me flawless. It states that it gives just the right amount of correction, I’d go further than that and say that certainly for me, unless I have a blemish of epic proportions (which sadly happens too often), I can skip concealer all together.

It’s just a total winner of a foundation. The only reason I don’t reach for this every single day is that when my skin is clear, or it’s extremely hot (like it is now) then I like a sheerer finish. I am also still very much in love with the Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick, as I love the finish on that one too, it’s a little more shiny than this one, but you know how it is, you want a different finish on any given day. In terms of performance though this is a far and away winner.
DiorSkin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup
I purchased mine from Debenhams but I’d recommend purchasing yours from Escentual where it’s currently £25.60 instead of £32!

*Product was purchased myself with my own money, but this post contains an affiliate link*

Powder foundations don’t have the best reputation do they? I think it’s because of the way they can sit on the skin and look…well… powdery!

I have found the most legendary powder foundation that isn’t just good for a powder foundation, it’s amazing as a foundation full stop.  It’s incredible.

Estee Lauder Invisible Powder Make Up

So  the powder promises lasting wear, not to cake, not settle into your fine lines or clog your pores and give you an airbrushed, polished finish.

Formula wise this isn’t your average powder, this is Estee Lauder’s powder gelee formula, so it’s a liquid, powder and gel texture.  We’ve seen it in shadows and highlighters and it’s a formula that was begging to be put into into a face product.

It comes in 14 shades I think and I have shade 1N1, Ivory Nude which couldn’t be any more perfect for me.

Estee Lauder Invisible Powder Make Up

Estee Lauder Invisible Powder Make Up

Estee Lauder Invisible Powder Make Up

In the bottom of the compact is a specially designed sponge for applying, it’s double sided sponge, a velvety side for a sheer coverage and a sponge side for a fuller coverage and the first couple of times I tried this foundation I wasn’t blown away….until I tried to buff it in with a kabuki. Dear lord. Talk about won over. This is base perfection. I’m not even kidding. This stuff gives me radiant skin that looks as though I’m not wearing anything. I could rave on about it but there’s only so much you can say about a foundation. In terms of coverage, it’s buildable which is nice, but it leans on the sheerer side but if you’re looking for something light and glowing for the Summer months this is it.

Estee Lauder Invisible Powder Make Up

Estee Lauder Invisible Powder Make Up
Available from Estee Lauder and other Estee Lauder stockists now, but it’s shifting fast, quite a few shades are out of stock on the Estee Lauder site. Don’t just take my word for it, try it for yourself!

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

When I had my Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful make lesson a couple of months ago they used the Long Wear liquid foundation on me and I fell in love. It lasted well on the skin but it seemed to have the perfect balance between wearing for a long time, but not being heavy and matte, in fact I’d go so far as to say it’s the opposite of that. I’d not got round to buying a bottle yet as I am working my way through some other foundations I must finish up before I buy more, but I was delighted to received the new Long-Wear compact as a sample recently.
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation

Available in 18 Shades this foundation promises 12 hour wear, flexible breathable coverage, no caking creasing or settling, controls oil and shine and protection against sweat and humidity.

My shade in all Bobbi Brown foundations is Warm Ivory. It always looks completely wrong for me in the bottle or in this case, in the pan, but it’s always just right when I apply it.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation
The foundation comes in a lovely solid black compact and comes with a sponge for application, I’ve used both the sponge and a foundation brush (seriously loving the Liz Earle Foundation Brush at the moment) and both apply really well, I think using a brush has the edge though and of course, it goes without saying that the sponge is perfect for out and about.

In terms of all the claims made about the product, I think they all hold true except for one. This does last all day, it gives a fantastic natural looking medium coverage, it doesn’t crease or settle (usually a problem for me around my nostrils) and it seems to hold well whatever situation I’m in, although I’m yet to put it through it’s paces in the tropical biodome a the Eden Project (ooh but I will later this month!). The only thing I don’t find is that it’s not terribly matte on me, that’s not a criticism, I actually love the finish on me, it’s more natural. It has a hint of shine about it that doesn’t scream oil slick. It’s very nice and brightening.

Not the most flattering pictures ever I admit, but you can see what I mean about the finish.
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation
The Bobbi Brown Long-wear Even Finish Compact Foundation is £32 and if you purchase from www.bobbibrown.co.uk use the code LWCOMPACT at checkout to get yourself a 7ml sample of Vitamin Enriched Face Base.

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

A couple of weeks ago I sobbed a little bit when I squeezed out the very last drop of my beloved Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser. I cannot rate that base highly enough actually when I look back on my review (nearly two years ago) I absolutely didn’t do it enough justice. Over the last year I’ve grown to LOVE the stuff and so it was that I came to be sobbing as I used my last drop. Okay I wasn’t actually really sobbing but you get my drift!

Clinique CC CreamI didn’t have to wait too long for a replacement which arrived in the form of the very brand new Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream SPF 30.

I’m on record as saying I’m over BB creams and I kind of am, in the sense that I’m over hearing about them (I regularly use two) and I have to confess that when I heard CC Creams were on the way I did a little eye roll. I must stress I’m speaking generally and not about Clinique here. I’m not sure why I feel like this, certainly I’m a base fiend and I can’t get enough, it all seems a bit gimmicky maybe?

Anyway, enough of that, Clinique’s CC Cream offering is a Hydrating Colour Corrector (hence the CC) with a worthy SPF of 30.

The aim of the product is to create a natural glowing skin whilst hydrating and protecting. It utilizes colour correcting optics to correct a range of complexion issues, so dull, ashy skin should appear brighter, sallow, yellow skin turns into a peachy glow and blotch redness is neutralised and so on.

In terms of coverage, its tricky to describe! It’s light coverage for sure, but overall the impression is one of a heavier foundation, not because you can see it on the skin, it’s not obviously there, but I assume because of the colour correction it provides such a good even finish, one I certainly don’t expect from such a light product.

Take a look. It comes in six shades and I’m wearing the palest, Very Light. It matches my skin very well indeed.

Clinique CC Cream

Clinique CC Cream

So there it is, all my freckles can be seen, and my skin tone is even, it almost looks like I’m wearing nothing. I really love this.

I do have one negative point, it’s just that this really needs to be applied to moisturised skin, and recently and well moisturised skin at that, otherwise it doesn’t seem to blend all that well (on me at least). That’s not a big issue for me though since I’m applying immediately after moisturising. It does make me wonder how it would perform on very dry skin though.

Once it place it seems to stay put all day. Great stuff.

£28 for 40ml and available now from Clinique.co.uk or counters nationwide.

Oh and if you’re wondering, much as I love this, I still prefer the finish of the Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser, but I need much more concealer with that!

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

You’re just going to have to bear with me at the moment as I’m going through a phase of complete Bobbi Brown obsession. Absolutely every product I try is amazing quality and in a way that other brands sometimes don’t, each product I try seems to enhance what you’ve got rather than mask it.

Anyway, I’ve mentioned before that a month or so ago I went along to my local counter to get foundation matched. After a lengthy consultation in which my entire make up was done (except my eye make up) I left with the Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in Cool Beige.

Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick

Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick

So, in case you weren’t aware, all of Bobbi Brown’s foundations come in the same shades meaning the foundation stick has a couple of uses. Firstly you can of course use it as your foundation in the morning, but in addition, the little twist up stick makes it a perfect handbag size product for touching up throughout the day… so in theory, you could use another Bobbi Brown foundation, but keep this to hand for, as I say, touch ups.

The reason I was recommended the Foundation stick is that it’s a very buildable product, meaning you can make apply it more heavily on areas where you require more coverage, for me that’s my chin and sometimes my nose, blending it out sheerly over areas that need less coverage. You can apply with a brush from the stick, or as I do, apply the stick to the face and blend out once on. This is a very creamy foundation that blends like a dream, I do find I am getting through it very fast though.

That said, I love it, I love how works on my skin giving me the desired coverage but keeping some glow and life. That said, this does tend to go shiny on me throughout the day if I don’t use powder on the danger zones as it were. But a light dusting of powder fixes that for me, I wouldn’t recommend this at all for oily skins but for dry and combination skins, like mine, this is fabulous.
Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick

The stick is a quite expensive £28 considering I’m getting through it rather fast, so it is my intention to purchase at some point in the future, the Long Wear foundation and keep this for touch ups.

I purchased this foundation myself.

 http://www.bobbibrown.co.uk

Pur Minerals 4-1 Foundation and Brush

You can be forgiven for not having heard of Pur Minerals if you are in the UK as they have only just launched here via Marks & Spencer. Known as “The Complexion Authority” they have created a range of amazing mineral cosmetics that not only work as cosmetics but that also have skincare properties. The formulas are designed to work with the skin  to correct, prevent and interrupt common concerns, even after the make up comes off.

As you probably have come to expect from a company producing mineral cosmetics, there are no chemical dyes, petroleum based oils, fragrance or fillers.

I really am not too sure what the 4 in 1 part of the name means. Obviously foundation is one, sunscreen is another, otherwise I’m not too sure!

Anyway, I’m going to just start with the negative, the Chisel make up brush (£13). It picks up and transfers the product well, it also buffs well, but sadly I found it shed hairs all over my face, so I’m using a kabuki I bought from another brand a few years ago which works perfectly.

Onto the good stuff. The 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Make Up Compact (£24).

Pur Minerals 4-1 Foundation and Brush

Pur Minerals 4-1 Foundation and Brush

So we’ve a pressed mineral powder in a sturdy compact with a mirrored lid. I estimated I would be the shade “Light” which seems to be about right for me, and there are ten shades available.

As with all mineral powder foundations you buff this into your skin in circles and build up to your desired level of coverage.

I’ve it’s been a while since I’ve used a Mineral Powder foundation with any regularity, and this is the first pressed version I think I’ve tried and I have to say I really really like it. It covers beautifully, even with my horrible skin at the moment, I managed to not need concealer and that’s really saying something. I don’t own another foundation that lets me skip concealer!

Love the finish and it’s so incredibly quick and easy to apply. Lasts well throughout the day too, but even if you need to touch up, it’s the work of seconds.

I don’t have a bad thing to say about it. It’s fantastic.

Pur Minerals 4-1 Foundation and Brush

 

Lovely stuff. Not mask like either, strangely, for saying it has such good coverage, my freckles still show through!

Available now, along with the rest of the range exclusively from Marks & Spencer’s Your Beauty and online from the Marks & Spencer website.

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

I’ve reviewed Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation on the blog before so you’re not going mad if you remember that! I repurchased this a couple of months ago when I found out that there were new shades added to the range. Previously I wore Shade 1N1 Ecru but I didn’t feel it quite right, although looking back at the photographs on my last post I’m not sure why I thought that.

This time round I visited the counter to get samples to try out at home first before I finally decided upon shade 1C1 Cool Bone, which is one of the new shades.

I like the shade very much and I feel it suits me well. I would strongly recommend you read my original post as actually my thoughts are still the same on this product and I was reminded to write this post with the advent of some skin disasters I’m currently having and although I’m trying to avoid foundation as a rule at the moment, I when I do need some, it’s this I reach for to cover my acne. It still requires a huge amount of care on application and I have to be extra careful around my nose and I find that one buff too much and my whole face is ruined, and I can’t buff at all on my nose. I have to stipple it on until I can’t see the marks any more. Regardless this is still an amazing foundation for two things. First if you need your base to stay put all day without touch ups. Double Wear does not budge. Not one bit. Secondly  if you are trying to cover spots this is incredible.

Downsides are that it can clump in places and I find sometimes it can accentuate any fine lines I have.

Still I highly recommend this foundation, its perfect for blemishes and long wear. Ideal for nights out and long days. Be warned, this is is not a natural looking foundation, it screams I’m wearing make up and I don’t care.  It does give a wonderful flawless finish though but it’s not a dewy natural finish by any means.

Anyway, here’s a plethora of pictures for you to look at.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

A staple that I think everyone should have in their arsenal for those bad skin days where you need to cover. I don’t wear it every day, as its quite heavy, but when I want to look my best despite my break out, this is what I’ll reach for.

Anyone who is looking for my massive break out, these are photographs taken before my skin freaked out.

I bought mine from the Estee Lauder website where I got two samples with my purchase, as show above. the mascara sample is outstanding so that’s straight on my list of must haves. It’s the Double Wear Zero-Smudge Volume + Lift Mascara.