Saturday, 9 June 2012

Battle of the High End Foundations

Hey Ladies,

I hope you're all well, this post is about the battle to find the perfect high end foundation. Let's face it, it's a bit of a jungle out there. You can't open a magazine, or walk into a department store without being inundated with foundation campaign's all declaring 'I'm the one for you! Pick me!' I've had quite a journey to find a few I like and there's no better time than the present to be on the market for a new one. There are quite a few gems out there!


So let's get started...


Benefit's 'Hello Flawless, OxygenWow' This is oil free with an SPF of 25, this is Benefit's first foray into the world of liquid foundation and my, my, my they created a beauty. This foundation makes some pretty big claims for something in such a little bottle, it promises to have a brightening effect and it contains Vitamin C & E, which help boost cellular respiration (oxygen wow). The consistency is rather watery, which isn't really what I was expecting but it works well, It offers a medium buildable coverage. All in all, it impressed me, and I would recommend it.


Illamasqua 'Skin Base' Illamasqua claim that this foundation was inspired by the Asian BB phenomenon it promises to smooth, soften and condition your skin whilst providing natural, buildable coverage. I can't say I agree with that statement, the formula on this is thick but not unblendable, a brush is not the way to apply this one, it takes warming up with the fingertips before applying to the face. This is a fuller overage foundation, but it takes that little bit of extra effort to apply.


Armani 'Lumionous Silk' I have used this foundation on and off ever since it was launched, it was my very first foundation splurge, I was in love; but it comes at a price, it's in around the €50-55 price bracket. Just like the name suggests this foundation feels like silk, I apply it with a buffing brush and and it blends like a dream and gives my skin a flawless look. I adore it. This one is a medium buildable coverage.



Lancome 'Teint Miracle' I like this foundation, one of the first things I noticed was the scent, it's a very faint floral rose. It's a lightweight formula, it contains 40% water so it won't clog the pores. It gives a very subtle glow. Coverage is medium full, and the staying power is pretty decent too, I'd say about 7 hours.



Make Up For Ever 'HD Foundation' This is one of the let downs for me, it was so hyped up. I don't see what all the fuss is about. I've found better foundations in the drugstore. It's meant to be a full coverage foundation but I find it pretty sheer. I'm just not impressed with this one.


Chanel 'Perfection Lumiere' I love this foundation. I've done a full review on this, which you can read here I'm not going to ramble on too much but it's a truly beautiful full coverage, long wearing, non cakey foundation.

So that's it for this post.
I hope you enjoyed ladies!
Let me know if you have any foundations you can recommend!
Tell me which high end ones have been a let down for you!
Until next time
xoxo
Aundrea.

24 comments:

  1. i am drooling over your foundations!!

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  2. Aw lol. Have you tried any of them Hun? Any recomendations for me? ;) xx

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  3. I love Hello Flawless, haven't tried the others, heard so much about make up forevers foundation, eager to try it for myself because of all the mixed reviews. Great post!

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    1. Thank you hun! I was suprised at how much MUFE let me down... Let me know what you think if you try it! :)

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  4. Great Post and loving all the foundations you have!! I was expecting Illamasquas skin base to be a favorite! oh and MUFE HD is exactly as you said talked up but there are better drugstore ones!
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    1. I know right? Just goes to show, you can't always trust the hype :) I do like the illamasqua, I just thought it would be easier to work with. Thanks for reading :) x

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  5. Nice round up, lady! I absolutely love Perfection Lumiere, it's one of my favourites xo

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    1. I thought I was the only one! Everyone else seemed to hate it... I think it's amazing :) Thanks Hun :) xx

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  6. DYING to try armani.... but the designer lift or maybe ill try both

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    1. If you try designer lift let me know! I'm curious about that one :)

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  7. I reeeeeally want to try the Armani one, I have a stupid number of foundations in my collection and need to actually finish at least one before bringing a new one into the foundation family!

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    1. A girl after my own heart. I always say I'm going to finish mine before I buy a new one... Never happens lol x

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  8. What a great review!! I have serious foundation envy after this!! I recently got the Armani Designer Lift and am in love. Such a brilliant formula. Glad I read that about the Make up forever hd one, I hadn't read much about it and was considering getting it but I wont bother now. I wouldn't mind trying the Chanel but I've heard it can be quite drying and I have dry skin anyway. (Sorry for the essay!)

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    1. I have incredibly dry skin, and believe it or not it's better on me than most foundations that are actually formulated for dry skin... I found a winner ;) I'm going to so a separate review on compact foundations as I recently bought the Chanel vita lumiere aqua compact (which is for dry skin) AMAZING! ;)

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  9. My personal favourite is Lancôme teint miracle, in this lot. My all time favourite is nars sheer glow, tho. :)

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    1. That one didn't agree with me at all. I adore NARS, we just didn't see eye to eye Sheer Glow and I :( Thanks for reading :)

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  10. Great review blog is looking fab:) Chanel one sounds great!

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    1. It's pretty epic! You should try it :) Thanks Hun ;)

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  11. Blog is looking great! I'm using Illamasqua's Rich Liquid foundation and I love it. Really want to try Lancome's Teint Idole. x

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  12. The Chanel foundation sounds lovely. I finished my Vitalumiere Aqua recently and I'm on the look out for a new one maybe this is it xx

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    1. Aw, you should def try it, it's fab, it's now a toss up between the Chanel and ysl' touche éclat foundation ;)

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  13. Hi honey! Thanks for the post, it's helpful. I tried Chanel's one and I completely agree. Lancome was Ok too but probably won't buy it anymore... I wonder if you have tried any foundations from Estee Lauder and if yes, what do you think? I have a Double Wear one and it's thick, probably like the Illamasqua one but since I haven't tried this one I cannot really say.. I like the full coverage it gives but it's definitely not the best foundation for a day and I must say I don't use it very often.. I am thinking about buying the "light" version of Double Wear..
    xxx

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    1. I've only ever used double wear a few times before I gave it to a friend. I found it way to cakey... Not a good look lol x

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