If you know me at all, you know I am a fan of a full coverage foundation and if you know makeup at all, you probably will have heard that this is the Holy Grail of full coverage foundations. I have been lusting after this for years, stalking it online, swatching it at counters but the €36.50 price tag put me off every time. I have never spent that much on a foundation and I was content with my Vichy Dermablend or Revlon Colorstay. I just didn’t know how this could be so superior to them and at double the price!
However, when I was over in Florida, we visited an outlet shopping centre where there were many designer shops that sold off stock at reduced prices. On the map, I spied a cosmetic outlet store and was straight in there. They sold off Mac products from old limited edition collections (which I know many would weep for) and old Christmas gift sets from the likes of Bobbi Brown but nothing caught my eye until I saw this foundation. For $26.50 – we’re talking about €19. I began to swatch frantically looking for a shade fair enough for my skin. I had never got far enough in my research of the foundation to find out what shade I was. I ended up with ‘Cool Bone’ as it looked more neutral than ‘Bone’ and seemed to be the palest in the store. I couldn’t wait to get this on my face.
The foundation itself comes in a glass bottle – I know, let’s all gasp and shake our heads – we all hate glass bottles. I personally don’t mind them as I generally don’t travel with my foundation and do my makeup in a carpeted room rather than a tiled-bathroom.
The other bugbear for most is probably that it has no pump dispenser. I haven’t even looked into whether or not you can buy a separate pump because honestly, I don’t care. I pour some out on my hand and if I dispense too much, I get as much as I can back into the bottle – no big deal. Although one of the first things I noticed about this foundation was how difficult it was to remove from my hand afterwards! Which is obviously a plus.
To be honest, I think the colour is about one shade two dark for me but in this horribly cold weather, I have enough clothes on that I hope people don’t notice. If I was to repurchase, I would definitely get colour matched at a counter. They do so many warm tones, cool tones and neutrals that trying to look up a shade range online is very confusing! Usually I can just safely opt for the lightest colour.
Immediately I was so impressed with this foundation; it glides on easily and smoothly with the aid of my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, it covers EVERYTHING – when I apply concealer on top, I actually cannot see any difference and it has a beautiful demi-matte finish. It actually leaves quite a nice glow to the skin which looks healthy and natural. I do add some powder to the T-zone but this is hardly necessary and more out of habit.
As promised, this foundation lasts and lasts. Regardless of how many hours I wear it for, it always seems to look the same and it never fades or gets patchy. What surprised me most is how it doesn’t even seem to get oily throughout the day. Usually by lunch time, my T-zone will get a bit of a shine to it but not-so with this foundation. Despite its ultimate coverage, it doesn’t look cakey or heavy. It just looks like flawless skin and based purely on how it looks on the skin, it is my favourite foundation of all time.
I literally cannot fault this foundation. It does absolutely everything I want my foundation to do. It is everything I was ever looking for. Despite it being a shade too dark for me, I was relieved to find that it didn’t oxidise at all either which is always a plus. The added SPF10 is a welcome bonus.
While €36.50 still breaks my heart, I can definitely see myself paying it such is my absolute adoration for this foundation. If it is full coverage you seek, the rumours are true; you absolutely need this in your life.
What do you think? Are you a full coverage kind of girl? Have you tried this yet?