Foundation review

While I was using MAC for about two years I decided to branch away from it, even if I could return my empty bottles for a free lipstick. I just didn’t like it anymore. Everyone gets sick of their old-faithful right?

So while I was deciding on what I wanted to invest in next, I took a good year off expensive makeup and decided to buy a bottle of cheap drugstore brand: Rimmel foundation. Sure the coverage was great, and I ended up buying two more bottles of it when it went on sale. It just didn’t look good after a few hours, and it certainly didn’t photograph well. Not that that matters incredibly too much, because I’m not going to be featured in any magazines anytime soon.

I have been looking for my holy grail foundation for a long time. So I read some reviews, talked to a few people and watched continuous youtube videos. A month or two ago I popped into the Bay and sat down at the Chanel counter. I know, stop right there, hey?  Look – I’m getting older now (lol) and I can afford to splurge once in a while on a new product to try out. Plus, I’m giving you all feedback on it too! So, she started taking off some of my makeup towards my chin/neckline and kept having to guess my shade as she was wiping it off. Turns out, I think I’m one of the lightest colors they have, #10 Nude. I guess all that bronzer I pile on, definitely darkens me up :) (Tanning beds are forbidden in my vocab!). All I wanted was to get color matched that day, so as soon as she was done I said thanks and then left.

Then, while I was in Toronto I decided to pick up Laura Mercier’s starter kit and try it out. Then a few weeks later I decided to pop into The Bay and get color matched at the Chanel counter.

To quote the Chanel website, the “oil-free formula imparts an unprecedented semi-matte finish that can be blended for a soft, natural look or built up for greater sophistication.” I’m pretty much going to have to agree with them on that. The makeup artist demoed using a kabuki brush to apply it, which does impart a nice, soft finish. However, I think I still prefer to use a regular ol’ foundation brush instead. Less work, still looks soft. I immediately LOVED the finish, which is just matte enough to keep things from getting totally shiny mid-day, but not so matte as to look like cardboard (hate that!). Cream blush blends amazingly on top, a light dusting of loose powder makes everything look perfectly finished, and my skin looks like skin, not skin covered in makeup. No settling, no excessive mid-day shinies. However after a few months of use, I’m probably getting more tanned on my face. So the makeup doesn’t match as well as it did. The coverage is fine, but it has a watery consistency. The Chanel counter lady told me I would barely need a pump of foundation. I have no idea what I’m doing wrong, but I often use more than that. Maybe that’s why my makeup wears off and looks cakey at the end of each day, no matter what I wear. Disappointing, especially seeing how expensive it is. I often mixed the two (Chanel + Laura Mercier) together, which gave me a nice finish. But I thought that was a bit weird, mixing it…

Laura Mercier is fantastic, only when you use a buttload of it. It’s tinted moisturizer, and I found that applying my concealer first (I usually do that after foundation), I have been using less. Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer is very  well known for giving people that dewy look without making you look oily. I love it, but I think I may have to go for the foundation itself instead of the moisturizer. The annoying thing about this is that I can’t buy it online at Sephora as some restrictions with the SPF in it, they have with Canada/USA selling it to us. But! I can buy it in Toronto.  But I don’t know how often I’ll be going to Toronto.

I probably will not be re-purchasing the Laura Mercier (because of the difficulty of getting my hands on it), or Chanel (for the price). I may hit up the NARS counter, or the Makeup Forever line. Holy grail, you have not been discovered yet. 

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  1. Have you ever tried Pur Minerals?? I’ve tried them all, MAC, Chanel, Dior, Estee Lauder, Biotherm, Smashbox, all the drug store brands (Maybelline, Revlon, Rimmel etc) So expensive and lower cost. I LOVE PUR Minerals. Love love. When I first tried it at Shoppers I thought, um ok my skin will be crappy looking with a powder foundation. It’s great and gives a nice coverage without being heavy. It’s sold in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart and through the Shopping Channel (love the showstoppers). Just go to Shoppers some day with a clean face and ask the cosmetician to try it. I looked on Shopper’s website and there are a few in your area.

    Nancy says: I’ve tried mineral foundation before and I’m not a fan really!

  2. I with you, looking for my “HG” foundation! I’ve used MAC before and I just wasn’t happy with it. I felt like I looked too makeup-y. I’ve read Sephora reviews and Make-up Alley reviews and some I want to try are: Lancome Teint Idole, NARS Sheer Glow, and Makeup Forever HD…seems like there was one more but I can’t remember. Anyway, think Sephora will give me samples of all these? hehe. I wish on their website in the review section there was a spot for skin type…like oily, normal, etc. I am oily and need something that won’t a) have me looking super shiny or b) melt off by 11 am.

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