So for those of you who read my last post, (I need to get back in the game, it’s been a busy time for me though sorry sorry sorry) you would know I made a cheeky trip to Sephora to buy foundation and ended up purchasing the amazing limited edition Ariel Storylook Volume 3 eyeshadow palette. Because I tipped my points to a wee bit over 500, the lovely cashier offered me a reward of “Flawless Classics” minis from Laura Mercier which I also featured in my last post.
I’m still experimenting with the palette and frankly I want to give it a proper go using all the colours before I give it a review – because of all the detail I also thinks it deserves a post of it’s very own.
Therefore, I’m just going to review the minis I got and also the foundation!
Laura Mercier Flawless Classics Minis
What I would definitely buy again:
The setting powder and the mini fan brush. I love love love it. It’s the universal setting powder, so no illuminating or that. It is white on your hand, but then as you smooth it out over your skin it is clear. I could swear it’s a teeny tiny bit sparkly but overall it’s just an airbrushed kind of feel and it makes me feel as though I can go through anything and my make-up will be fine. You only need a little bit, and it ensures that even if you have a horrible day or a disgustingly hot and sweaty day you can at least look good while feeling uncomfortable
What I’d maybe buy again:
The lipgloss. I really like it, although I normally prefer a more matte, lipstick kind of look. It’s a cherry-pinky kind of colour and it’s subtle and as an additional bonus point it tastes fantastic. Not that I recommend eating it…please don’t eat it.
What I’d definitely NOT buy again
I hated the smell of the primer and I found it clogged the make-up I put on afterwards, even if I waited a sufficient amount of time. The tinted moisturizer also did a similar clogging thing, which I find really really odd for a moisturiser I have to say.
So what I’ve learnt from this freebie set from Laura Mercier is not to judge a product by the description before trying it out. I’d have never bought setting powder off my own bat since I have dry skin, but it did the opposite of what I expected it to and I can see this becoming a staple for me. Whereas I’ve heard rave reviews of their tinted moisturiser, so I’d have bought that and regretted it big time.
Now on to the Sephora foundation!
Sephora 10 Hr Perfection Longwear Liquid Foundation
This so far is my favourite foundation of almost ten years of wearing make-up. I mentioned last time that the girl at the checkout said she loved it and was wearing it and she looked great! She also said she had dry skin and it was perfect for that skin type which I share with her. Well she wasn’t wrong! Lemme break it down for y’all:
I would rate the packaging a 10/10. It comes in a glass bottle, which I much prefer to plastic (what can I say, I’m classy like dat) and I love love love that it has a pump. It makes it so much easier to distribute and for a clumsy gal like myself that’s a real plus.
The coverage is described as medium-buildable and I would agree. I don’t like to go overboard on foundation because I don’t suffer from bad skin, but I do like to have an even complexion and get rid of any reddyness (my cheeks) and any under-eye darkness. I usually use the pump 2-3 times per application and apply with the Sephora no.47 Liquid Foundation brush but I find it goes on just as nicely with fingers. It blends really well and I don’t have to spend too much time on it if I’m in a big rush.
Availability of Shades
I picked shade no.22 Light Natural. On the Sephora site and in store there are the letters Y, P and N to indicate whether it’s intended for someone with a Yellowish, Pinkish or Neutral complexion and a little guide for who should use what. That’s really helpful for those of us who aren’t really sure what to choose (as it is a new foundation, it’s extremely helpful) and what will suit us. Because I personally want to eradicate any redness, I went for the 22 which indicated P for those with Pinkish skin tones.
$24 dollars without tax, this works out to around £15 (I always equate cost back to my home currency, even after being here in Canada for two years now) which for the overall quality of it I think is a bargain. I’d consider this a mid-range priced foundation.
I know it sounds really odd, but I like the scent of this foundation. Some foundations can smell a bit weird or heavy and it doesn’t really want to make you slap it on your face, but this one smells quite nice as they go.
I would definitely repurchase this foundation. I’d give it a 9/10.
Next week I promise to do a breakdown of the Ariel palette…like I said, a lotta shades and I haven’t got round to trying them all yet so I feel like it’s unfair to do a review prematurely!
What have you guys been hatin’ and ratin’ lately?