Brows………The Fill Factor!

•September 25, 2016 • 3 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Over the past few years, there has been increasing importance placed on dressing the eyebrows. They do add to the overall finished look, frame the face and the majority of women i know, are very self conscious of their own.

brow-tools

My eyebrow from The 1980’s to today.

In the 1980’s, brows were quite natural, no real plucking or shaping was required. Mine were quite thick, not as heavy as Madonna’s were but, as i was and still am a huge fan of Madonna, i loved my eyebrows being slightly wild and bushy.

The 1990’s came with quite heavily plucked, pencil thin brows. I tried this out once and it looked too weird on me and thankfully, i never did it again.

Early noughties brought the ‘Scouse Brow’. This was a heavy brow that was penciled in to full opaqueness and then heavily defined around the edges. This made the brow the real focal point of the face and for a time, it was very popular. Brows were normally coloured darker than the natural hair colour and i never took to it at all. It was far too unnatural.

Now, we have been brought back to having a natural brow again; however this time, softly defined around the edges. They have a more coiffed finish.

Waxing and threading are very popular to give highly defined brows, as are 3D brows.

For those who have over plucked in the past and have very little eyebrows left, there is tattooing and Microblading.

I am lucky because. i never over plucked other than that one time and phew! My eyebrows grew back.

My current brow routine.

Shaping

Eyebrow without productI currently pluck my own brows. Previously, i had them threaded but noticed that they were struggling to grow back. This was a no no for me although, they looked incredibly defined.

I only ever pluck underneath the brow and never above. They don’t really grow above the brow anyway.

I use a set of tweezers and take the few strays out carefully. I normally do this once to twice weekly and this keeps them defined and in good shape underneath.

Pictured above right is my brow without product.

Products  I use to fill in my brows.

Chanel Sculpting Brow Pencil. 30 Brun Natural.

Chanel Eyebrow Pencil 30 Brun NaturalChanel Eyebrow Pencil 30 Brun Natural without Flash

A natural mid toned brown pencil and not in any way ashy in colour. Works a treat and sets down without budging.

MAC Eyebrow Gel. Dirty Blonde.

A warm ash brown shade. I like applying this when i want a slightly lighter brow and i use an eyebrow brush to apply it with. Sets down again.

MAC Brow Gel Creme Dirty BlondeMAC Brow Gel Creme Dirty Blonde Swatch

Dior Brow Chalk. 002 Soft Brown.  (New)

A slightly waxy kohl product which comes in an odd choice of shape. I love this mid toned brown with a tiny touch of ash to it. It’s great to apply with a brow brush for precision and by itself for a carefree, no fuss look. It doesn’t set but doesn’t wear off either.

Dior Brow Chalk close upDior Brow Chalk on Eyebrows

Avon Ideal Flawless CC Concealer stick Softening yellow. (New)

A slightly waxy pencil. It is supposed to be a correcting concealer but it is fantastic to use as a highlighting pencil as well. I use it under my brow bone to brighten up the area.

Illamasqua Brow and Lash Gel.

A wonder product that has fast become a ‘Holy Grail’. It sets and keeps them brows in place all day. It also doesn’t go flaky with white bits either.

Body Shop Brow and Lash Comb Duo.

Any will do really. Used to blend products through brows.

Lancôme Eyeshadow Brush.

To blend highlighter underneath the brow bone.

Today’s look, i have used the Chanel pencil for this post.

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1. Brush through brows. 2. Pencil at the base of the brows in a neat line to give precision and then, start to do short sweeps with the pencil upwards and out along the rest of the brow. 3.Brush the pencil through the brow to blend out.

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4. wipe away any excess product that has brushed past the brow point. 5. Apply highlighter under brow bone to aid definition and brighten up the area underneath the brow. 6. highlighter under brow bone ready to be blended out.

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7. Brush highlighter under brow to blend out. 8. Add brow gel  and brush through the brows to set the brow as you want them and; 9. The finished brow look.

A video showing the technique i adopt.

A website i recently viewed, Into The Gloss, has an article explaining  ‘How To Fill in Your Eyebrows’ , if you want to watch a video on how this is achieved. They adopt similar techniques i use for my brows.

Final Thoughts.

Eyebrows are no longer the after thought to any beauty routine. They are currently big business in fact.

If you are lucky enough to have amazing brows to begin with, little needs to be done other than a comb through and maybe a touch of coloured eyebrow gel.

If you’re like me, in the middle throws of life, then your eyebrows may start to be thinning out a touch. Filling in becomes a big part of the beauty routine and the right shade of brow product for your skin and brow tone, are very important.

no-brow-productsme-september-with-finished-brows

Above left without product and right; with. 

Microblading can also help with the thickening up of brows but again, be very careful that the right shade is used and it isn’t a cheap procedure, nor is it permanent either.

Threading helps with stray hairs and gives precise, very nicely shaped brows; however, it can further enhance thinning and patchiness to the brows like it did with me.

The best way for me at the moment is, manual shading in. At least if i make a mistake, i can rub it all back off and start again. You can play around with different looks to your brows and it all comes off at the end of the day.Gorgeous Fluffy

I hope this was an interesting read and your thoughts would be great thanks.

Take care and i will see you all soon.😉

 

The Forgettables and Unforgettables …………In My Beauty Collection.

•September 17, 2016 • 6 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I was inspired to do this post by a recent Youtube vid i saw, which was a tag about 10 forgettable products.

Forgettable and Unforgettable Beauty Products

I got to thinking about products i just don’t reach for but probably thought i would love when i bought them; and then, i also have beauty products which i thought i might not use much but i reach for on a daily basis and can’t be without.

I will alternate with a forgettable product and an unforgettable product.

MAC Kohl Power Eye Pencil, Orpheus. (FORGETTABLE)

MAC Eye pencil Orpheus Close upMAC Eye pencil Orpheus Close up Swatch

A black pencil with golden micro shimmer. When i swatched this on the back of my hand i thought i would never put it down. I’ve used it twice. It just doesn’t work at all on my eyes. Nothing wrong with the pencil itself. It’s just a weird combination of black and gold that doesn’t work for me.

Dior Brow Chalk, Soft Brown. (UNFORGETTABLE)

Dior Brow Chalk close upDior Brow Chalk Soft Brown Swatch

Reviewed here. When i bought this, the SA assured me that this set down once applied and stayed the whole day. Well, she lied! It doesn’t set down at all and once i realized this, i thought i would hate it. What was the point of owning a brow product that wore off as the day went on?Dior Brow Chalk on Eyebrows

Thankfully, it doesn’t wear off at all and gives a lovely natural finish to the brows like a traditional kohl pencil does with extra staying power. I use it everyday without fail.

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Natural Healthy Glow Powder Duo. 00 Light Blondes. (FORGETTABLE)

When Chanel released their Les Beiges Healthy Glow powder compact, it was an outstanding success and everyone jumped on board and released their versions of this product. Guerlain offered us the above.

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Powder 00 BlondesGuerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Powder 00 Blondes Swatch

I love Guerlain Terracotta bronzing powders, they are amazing in quality so; therefore, i believed i would also love this too.

Here’s the problem. It doesn’t give me that healthy glow or any blurring effect Les Beiges does. It’s more like a setting powder than anything else. The colour range is very sketchy. Light blondes is too pale for my skin and the next shade up is too orange. I have very rarely used this, opting for Les Beiges more.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder. (UNFORGETTABLE)

When Chanel released the short vid online showing Gisele Bündchen using this powder ‘on the go’, i thought it was a bit of a gimmick.

I bought it anyway, thinking i could use it as a setting powder if it wasn’t much good.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder 25Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder 25 Swatch

How wrong i was! It gives the most amazing blurring effect with that ‘healthy glow from within’ everyone talks about. I could never be without this product in my collection. If i could only buy one beauty product, this would be it. After mascara of course.

NARS Blusher, Sin. (FORGETTABLE)

Yes, sadly NARS. When i first started blogging nearly 4 years ago, NARS blushers were the most raved about beauty product on blogs and Youtube. I bought into the hype and thought Sin was a beautiful shade and it is.

The thing is, where so many other blushers i own are multi tonal or have extra dimensions to them, NARS Sin doesn’t. It just looks a little flat on my skin. Highly pigmented yes; however, it reminds me of makeup products from the 1980’s! Basic! I really thought i would wear this one a lot.

NARS Blusher, SinNARS Blusher, Sin Swatch

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil Face, Body and Hair. (UNFORGETTABLE)

I have mentioned this product in my favourites a few times. It is a beautifully scented and natural product.

When i first bought it, i thought the oil wouldn’t dry down and it would feel greasy on the skin. It doesn’t and it dries down so you forget about it, if it didn’t have that subtle scent it has.Nuxe Body Oils

It is completely non-greasy and works really well through the ends of the hair, wet or dry.

I use it after my shower at the gym and i will never stop buying this one. I have tried a few others but they never completely dry down.

Final Thoughts.
Fluffs de bunniesI could have given a list of many more products in the forgettable and unforgettable categories but this post would have gone on for some time. I may do another one again soon.

The forgettable products are by no means bad. They just never lived up to my expectations. It doesn’t mean they won’t for anyone else.Spider close up

The unforgettable products actually exceeded my expectations and that’s a great buzz when you buy a beauty product and it just never ceases to wow. It’s always money well spent.

Have you had any forgettable and unforgettable’s? Take care and i will see you all soon.😉

August Favourites. Beauty and………………The Little Beasts!

•September 11, 2016 • 2 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I was going to do a July favourites; however, it just got too late in the month to publish it so; August has arrived and i don’t want to miss this one.

I have been getting more and more into photography this past two months and macro photography in particular.

Spider in the web

I don’t own a macro lens at the moment, but i think my kit lens is doing a fair job while i’m still learning.

Spiders are my choice of subject and that’s because currently, there are many of them in my back garden.

They are the Cross spider or; Araneus Diadematus, and are common in the UK between June and November.

Spider in Web

There are about 7 currently making massive circular webs and what is really unnerving is, when i get up close to them, they raise their two front legs at me as if to say, back off or else! Lol! (Yes, they do bite as well).

August Favourites 2016

Previously, i mentioned to you that my favourites wouldn’t strictly be about beauty; however, here are some that i have been loving this past month.

Biotherm Blue Therapy Serum in Oil, Night.

Sadly, Biotherm (owned by L’Oreal) didn’t really take off in the UK and they pulled out of the market as a result.

This is a high end priced brand that produced natural products that were nice quality. This oil in serum in particular. It’s as good as the Estée Lauder Night Repair serum because it softens skin overnight and plumps out any fine lines. There is no fragrance present either.

The good news is that the products can still be purchased on the allbeauty.com website.

I am using up products that i have on my dresser that are half full as a cost cutting measure and i forgot how good this product is.

NUXE Nuxellence Jeunesse Youth & Radiance Revealing Care Moisturiser.

I had tried previous samples of this product and bought it as a result. It’s brand new and i love the packaging. It’s a twist up to open and  down to close, which protects the moisturiser from air thus, stops the denaturing of anti-oxidants.

Nuxe Nuxellence Jeunesse PackagingNuxe Packaging

It’s a simple, light weight moisturiser which is good under makeup. It doesn’t have an SPF but the foundation i wear does.

Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant.

This is a fantastic product for cleansing and reducing pore size. It really works too.

I found out about this product from a Lisa Eldridge video. She said it is gentle and effective to use on models, who change makeup constantly for photo shoots and of course, she’s right. It is super gentle.

The active ingredients are; lactic and Salicylic acid, along with, fruit and plant acids. This tube has lasted me ages and i will be repurchasing.

It is probably the most effective cleanser in the hydroxy acid category i have used for pore reduction other than Glamglow Tinglexfoliate treatment mask.

Estée Lauder Highlighting Powder Gelée, 01 Modern Mercury.

I love this rose gold highlighter and have used it this past month while it’s still sunny outside.

estee-lauder-gelee-highlighter-modern-mercuryestee-lauder-modern-mercury-highlighter-swatch

It’s very subtle on my skin tone and is more prominent with a tan or on darker skin tones. If you missed out on this, not to worry; Victoria Beckham has included it in her collection for EL this Fall. It’s in much nicer black and gold packaging too.

These gelée powders are also widely used in Tom Ford’s ranges, (also owned by EL), so it will be easy to pick up if you can’t get it in VB’s collection.

Dior Mono Wet & Dry Eyeshadow, 658 Cosmopolite.

This is one of the best single eyeshadows i have ever owned by any brand. It just packs a punch. I haven’t even had to use it wet at all.

Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow 658 CosmopoliteDior Mono Eyeshadow CosmopoliteDior Mono Eyeshadow 658 Cosmopolite Swatch

It’s a high silver shiny mid toned brown and great for the mobile lid. It works with most other colours i use because it’s quite neutral. A lovely creamy consistency for a powder that blends out very well and it hasn’t creased on me either. I do use an eye primer though.

This one has had a lot of use with different shades over the past month to create different makeup looks.

Dior Addict Hydrating Gel Core Lipstick, Sophisticated.

A lovely mauve/brown tone which packs a shine; ideal for Autumn/Fall.

Dior Addict Gel Core Lipstick,927 Sophisticated Close UpDior Hydra Gel Core Lipstick Sophisticated

I love this gel core formula very hydrating and gives the illusion of a slightly plumped effect to the lips. A bit like a lip gloss.

I have been playing around with this one the last months. Trying it out with different makeup looks. It’s a contradictory shade because it leans both cool and warm at the same time on my lips. I shall be testing this one out more before i decide which eye look it really goes with.

There you have it. My August favourites. I have just bought some extension tubes for my camera, (picture on my instagram account) so i can get even closer to the spiders before they die off for the winter.  Oooh! I feel itchy ha!

Take care and i will see you all soon😉

Latest Haul…………….Chanel & Dior Fall 2016.

•September 3, 2016 • 4 Comments

Hi Everyone,

As i may have mentioned, beauty costs have been cut this year to make way for saving for my dream holiday, which i booked two weeks ago. Whoo hooo!

I am however, still going to buy key products including limited editions and products that i do not own already in my collection.

Dior Skyline Fall 2016.

Dior Haul Fall 2016

This was the hardest for me because all of this collection is gorgeous and i could have bought so much more. I was really hard on myself and decided on one key and one new product i don’t own in my collection.

Dior Brow Chalk, 002 Soft Brown.

I wanted a new brow product as my others are running out. Dior released 3 brow chalks in this collection and i opted for the mid toned brown.

Dior Brow Clhalk PackagingDior Brow Chalk fully extended from tubeDior Brow Chalk Soft Brown Swatch

It’s like a wax/powder product, not so much chalky, thankfully. The idea is you apply straight from the stick. I found that a little difficult without it smudging under and above my brows. The best way for me is to apply with my angled brow brush and it applies a treat and blends really well.

It doesn’t set down completely and this worried me a bit because i thought it would wear off during the day. It didn’t. It also maintains a natural look, like a traditional brow pencil does.

Dior Brow Chalk on EyebrowsDior Brow Chalk close up

Dior Addict Hydra-Gel Core Lipstick, 927 Sophisticated.

I loved this shade as soon as i set my eyes on it. The colour reminds me so much of a previous Dior Addict shade i own, Chesnut Chic. It is a lovely shiny mauve/taupe brown shade. Very unique and this one is limited edition, unfortunately. (The unique shades generally are). Chesnut Chic is a little more shiny than this one.

Dior Addict Gel Core Lipstick, SophisticatedDior Addict Gel Core Lipstick, 927 Sophisticated. Close UpDior Hydra Gel Core Lipstick Sophisticated

This particular lipstick formulation is lovely because it feels watery and very hydrating on the lips. I am beginning to prefer this type of lipstick the older i get because they keep my lips looking youthful.Dior Addict Gel Core Lipstick,927 Sophisticated

Of course, hydrating lipsticks tend to lack in longevity but i still get a couple of hours wear out of these formulas.

Below; Dior Addict High Shine Lipstick, 612 Chesnut Chic. This is a less pigmented silver mauve shade with intense shine.

Dior Addict Lipstick ChesnutDior Addict Lipstick Chestnut, Swatch on lips

The packaging is very classy with magnetic closing. There is also a lip gloss to go with this shade in the Fall collection but i don’t think it’s needed so much with this lipstick formula.

Chanel Le Rouge Collection No 1, Fall 2016.

Chanel Rouge No 1 Fall Makeup Collection 2016

Next up is Chanel. A little bit of a disappointing collection for me. I like red lipstick but own many. The eyeshadow quad is a similar version of Harmonie de Soir, (which i own) only matte. The eyeshadow quad is beautiful in quality and pigmentation and the matte isn’t a dull matte by any means. I might buy it in the future because it’s permanent.

I did go for one of the stylo’s and an illusion d’ombre. Both limited editions.

Chanel Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner, 929 Agape.

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner, 929 AgapeChanel Stylo Yeux , 929 Agape Close up

A mid toned brown with copper, gold and green micro shimmer. A lovely easy wear eyeliner. I do love Chanel Stylo Yeux. (The old formula, especially). I find the newer version wears off a bit quicker on the waterline and don’t set down. The advantage of this is, it’s much easier to apply and doesn’t drag across the eye.

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner, 929 Agape (in sunlight)Chanel Stylo Yeux, 929 Agape (Swatch)Autumn Eye Look

I’m sure this pencil is quite dupe-able in colour, so i won’t be buying a back up.

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow. 128 Rouge Brûlé.

Being an ex. Pastry Chef, i find it so hard not to call this crème brûlée!! I like this one compared to the previous one they released last year that was a deep orange in shade. This one isn’t so garish and is more wearable.

Chanel Illusion D'Ombre 128 Creme BruleeChanel Illusion D'Ombre 128 Rouge Brulee close up

It is still quite orange in colour but with a copper edge to it. A duo chrome. (Chanel do so well). There are also mild hints of pink, gold and green micro shimmer. Chanel didn’t move too far away from that wonderful micro shimmer after all and; this is what makes this shade really lovely to wear. Pictured on my eyes above.  

Gone are the Illusion D’Ombre of old. (They were heavily shimmered); however, you will never stop me loving Diapason; which has never dried out on me and is an incredible blue/purple colour.

Chanel Rouge Brulee in direct sunlightChanel Illusion D'Ombre 128 Rouge Brulee on fingerChanel Illusion D'Ombre 128 Rouge Brulee Swatch

I didn’t bother with the Rouge Contraste, (the other Illusion D’Ombre in this collection). It was very matte and was just another dark brown eyeshadow. Nothing special.

Final Thoughts.

I love the Dior Fall collection and liked the Chanel one. The Dior collection is that bit more dynamic and interesting for me personally.

I hope this Rouge number one collection by Chanel is not a hint of things to come because it isn’t one of my favourites.Me in Autumn look

FluffyOn a more positive note, the quad matte eyeshadows and Rouge Brûlé are the stars of this collection and have fantastic quality and; i will always love Chanel lipsticks over any others on the market.

What are your thoughts on the new Dior and Chanel Fall collections this year?

Take care and i will see you all soon.😉

 

 

 

FOTD…….Autumn/Fall brown, Red, Gold & Copper Hues!

•August 27, 2016 • 6 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I love creating new colours for my face and especially my eyes. FOTD is a great way to try out different looks.

Recently, Chanel released the Rouge No 1 Fall makeup collection for 2016 and it’s a mix of golden browns and deep red hues.

Even though i’m not a real huge fan of the look, i do like elements of it and; this inspired me to create my own look using two products from that very collection along with, other products from previous Holiday collections, that i still love.

FOTD Autumn Hues

Here goes.

FACE:

Chanel Teint Innocence Naturally Luminous Fluid Makeup, 30 Cendré. (Disc.)

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder, No 25.

Chanel Joues Contraste Blush, 48 Enchanteresse. (Disc.)

Estée Lauder Pure Colour Illuminating Powder Gelée, 01 Modern Mercury. #Estée Lauder are about to release this again in Victoria Beckham’s Fall collection 2016. Get it while you can. 

Guerlain Météorites Travel Touch, 01 Mythic.

fotd AutumnEYES:

Dior 3D Lash Maximizer. (NEW)

Chanel Dimensions de Chanel Mascara, Noir. (NEW)

Chanel Soft Touch Single Eyeshadow, 85 Sillage. (Base shade)

Chanel Quadra Eyeshadow, Harmonie Du Soir . (Taupe Brown across lid and red shade in outer corner and socket only).

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow, 128 Rouge Brûlé. (NEW)

Chanel Waterproof Stylo Yeux Long Wearing Eyeliner, 929 Agapé. (NEW)

Chanel Le Crayon Khôl Intense Eye Pencil, Rouge Noir. (lower lash line)

Chanel Waterproof Stylo Yeux Long Wearing Eyelinger, 89 Or Rose. (Waterline)

Chanel Eyebrow Pencil, 30 Brun Natural.

Fall 2016 Look FOTD

LIPS:

MAC Pro Long Wear Lip Pencil, Morning Coffee.Autumn Eye Look

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick, 135 Énigmatique.

That’s my take on the Chanel No 1 look and i think it makes a more accessible day look for the Fall. Take care and i will see you all soon.😉

 

Latest Haul……..Charlotte Tilbury and Bobbi Brown!

•August 13, 2016 • 2 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Well! So much for reducing my beauty spending. I have done so compared to recent years but i intend to get it down further. Until then; here are my latest beauty products i just couldn’t resist.

Bobbi Brown and Charlotte Tilbury Haul

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow, Pink Stone.

I do love the BB cream eyeshadows. This one interested me because it is a mid brown tone with a pink undertone. A really nice shade and BB herself, does natural shades so well.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow Pink Stone packagingBobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow Pink StoneBobbi Brown Long Wear Eyeshadow Stone Pink Swatch_edited-1

I liked this one in particular; (although the new collection is all beautiful) because it’s going to work with many shades i already own and use.

Bobbi Brown Blush Brush.

I love BB brushes. I have owned a few of hers for a few years now and they wash brilliantly and go back into shape.

Bobbi Brown Blush Brush

I wanted a new one because i love the larger, more dense packed head of this and the natural hair.It is also less likely to splay but we’ll see. It does feel quite soft on the cheeks and is great quality for its price.

Charlotte Tilbury. Fallen From The Lipstick Tree, Hot Lips Lipstick. Liv It Up.

CT Kissing Hot Lips LipstickCT Hot Lips Lipstick, Liv It Up. Close Up ShotCT Hot Lips Lipstick Case

You’ve got to love CT. She is the queen of marketing and self publicity and why not!

I had never tried any of her lipsticks and thought the new collection was an ideal way to try them out.Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick, Liv It Up

The collection is named Hot Lips and is all about the lipsticks CT has created for famous celebrities she has worked with. Some celebrities include; Kate Bosworth, Nicole Kidman, Helena Bonham Carter, Liv Tyler; etc.

One pound from each lipstick sold, goes to women’s charities across the UK, which is a nice touch.

I bought Liv it up. The one created for Liv Tyler. It’s a nude-ish, light pink and ideal for wearing with a darker eye.

Bobbi Brown Blush Brush up closeI love the retro rose gold packaging of the lipstick and the pair of lips printed into the lipstick itself. Very nice touches.Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips, Liv It Up Lipstick Swatch

I will get back to you with how they all work out.

Take care and i will see you all soon.😉

The Tuesday Tester…………..Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Foundation.

•August 2, 2016 • 1 Comment

Hi Everyone,

Back with another foundation review. This time i have managed to get a hold of the new Estée Lauder Cushion Stick foundation sample.

I like the look of this because of the packaging. It can be easily carried in the handbag and used during the day.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Cushion Stick Nude Foundation

What Estée Lauder Say.

Its light weight and comfortable to wear. Wears for eight hours without touch ups with sheer to medium, radiant finish.

As you use it, it gets smaller because it twists up.

The sponge is also removable for washing.

Price and quantity is, £28.00/14ml. (Standard 30ml high end foundation is between £30-£36, 30ml of this would be £60.00).

Initial Thoughts. 

The SA told me that she had given me a sample that was equivalent of 100 twist ups.

It does contain fragrance but isn’t heavily scented.

The shade ivory beige is a good match for my skin tone.

I like the idea of it diminishing in size as the product is used up. This will make it great for the handbag and travelling.

I must admit, i hate the original Double Wear Foundation. It sets horribly on the skin, sinks into every line on my face, making me look much older so, i was interested to try this new lighter foundation out to see if it was any different.
EL DW_Cushion_Stick_FINAL

Application and Finish.

I lightly moisturized my skin only; no primers, concealers; etc. It applied really nicely with a brush because my sample obviously didn’t come with a sponge. The formula is quite liquid and buffs out very easily.

I used about two twist ups of the foundation, (at a guess). It smoothed out some of my smaller pores quite easily. It also managed to cover up my redness and smaller blemishes.

The foundation sets down quite quickly and leaves the skin with a soft slightly powdery feel. I would say two twist ups would give a medium coverage and one will be quite sheer. I need medium coverage. As you can see, i would also need to add concealer to cover larger blemishes.

It wore well for over 4 hours; however, it started to separate a little around my nose. Not bad considering i had no primer underneath and i always have to re-apply at least once during the day anyway.

Without MakeupEstee Lauder Double Wear Cushion Stick Nude Foundation on my face

Above Left; without any makeup other than mascara and lip balm. Right with  EL cushion stick makeup.

Final Thoughts.

I like this foundation and it does give an illuminated satin finish to the skin. It doesn’t accentuate my lines at all either.

No, i will not use it as my main foundation because i still feel the tightness on my skin after it sets down. It is far too pricey for the amount of product you get as well. (It isn’t worth £60.00 for 30ml if 30ml was available). double-wear-cushion-stick_parallax-new

Yes, i like the idea of it being ideal for work as a great touch up foundation for the t-zone.

Hooray! If you have an oily t-zone like mine because this wears very well and didn’t show any oily shine through after a few hours.

It will make a great foundation for travelling too, taking up little space and shouldn’t melt off on a hot day.

However; what i hate in general is, this growing trend of using ‘cushion’ foundations and only getting half the amount of foundation for double the price. I just can’t bring myself to buy into it at all. I mean, Seriously!!

Let me know your thoughts.

Take care and i will see you all soon.😉