After moisturizing I go in with a primer. Recently I’ve been using and liking the Laura Mercier Radiance Primer (£29). This little primer creates a smooth base and adds a soft glow that minimizes the look of any imperfections. It doesn’t extend the life of my foundation but I still like it for the amazing ‘healthy glow’ effect.
The foundation I’ve been testing for some time now is the well-known Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation in Cream Ivory (£34). This is a thick, medium to full coverage foundation with a radiant, almost dewy finish. I have mixed feeling about this one. I found it can either look beautiful or horrible depending on how well you apply it and what skincare are you using underneath. It’s so thick and pigmented that you have to be careful when applying, take your time and blend, blend, and… then blend some. Its staying power on me is average and I tend to get quite oily when wearing this. At times LM Silk Crème can block my pores and I fell that my skin is more congested after wearing it, for this reason alone I won’t re-purchase.
Two drugstore concealers I’ve been loving lately are Revlon PhotoReady in light (£6.49) and Rimmel Wake Me Up in Ivory (£5.49). I use Revlon PhotoReady to conceal any imperfections including blemishes, scarring and redness. It has a good coverage, nice creamy consistency, blends well, and stays put if set with a powder. Rimmel Wake Me Up is great for under eyes to hide dark circles and brighten up the area. This has a lighter consistency; it blends easily and doesn’t sit in the fine lines. Good and inexpensive, a win – win.
My setting powder of choice for the last four months has been Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder in 020 (£39). This is a lightweight, translucent powder that sets makeup and adds a subtle healthy glow to the complexion. The powder is very finely milled and adds a beautiful, final touch to any makeup look. The downside for me is that it doesn’t do a very good job at keeping oil at bay. But, to be fair, it wasn’t designed for that. Overall, a very nice, luxurious powder.
On my cheeks I’ve been wearing YSL Cream Blush in 09 Babydoll (£29), which is a very pink, bright, ‘perk me up’ colour. Nice, cream to powder texture, very pigmented and easily bendable. Expensive but not really unique, and I’m not yet convinced it’s worth the high price tag.
The eye palette I’ve been reaching for a lot over the last few months is Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Eye Palette. Gorgeous but sadly this was a limited edition. I’ve reviewed it previously here.
Tweezerman Brow Mousse (£10) is a great little clear gel to tame unruly brows. I cannot say a bad word about it. Again read a full review here.
Lastly, my lip products of choice are two drugstore offerings: Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie (£7.99) and Bourjois Effect 3D Lipgloss in Frambroise Tonic (£7.99). Both are lovely, raspberry shades, perfect for spring! Natural and soft, yet, classy. Their staying power is average but it’s easy to top up on the go as both allow for relatively mess-free application.