Category Archives: Foundation

Cruelty Free Foundation – MAC Studio Sculpt

Mac Studio Sculpt foundationsSince writing about animal testing for cosmetics I have been trying to find more cruelty free makeup both for person and professional use, I delved into my makeup kit and came out with MAC Studio Sculpt, one of a frankly ridiculous amount of foundations I own.  MAC are listed on the USA PETA site as not being tested on animals but aren’t on the UK site, I can only imagine that this might because MAC products are made across the world, in Italy, France, Japan, etc. and perhaps the products made in the USA by MAC are not tested on animals.  I can’t get a clear picture on this, this is just my estimation, if you know for sure, let me know.  Anyway MAC Studio Sculpt is made in the USA so I reckon I’m safe from a cruelty free perspective.  While I have this product in my kit it’s not one that I have worn too often.  So I thought I’d revisit it and do a bit of a review.

Understanding MAC Foundation Codes: Just a quick note on NC and NW codes used by MAC for those of you who are unfamiliar with them, NC is Neutral Cool and is for skin with yellow undertones and NW is Neutral Warm and is for skin with pink undertones.   Read the rest of this entry »


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Revlon ColorStay V’s Make Up Forever Mat Velvet +

Revlon ColorStay verus Make Up Forever Mat Velvet +Revlon ColorStay is quite often compared to Make Up Forever Mat Velvet +, I own and wear both foundations and thought I would do a review comparing the two.  For the review I’ve used Revlon ColorStay in Sand Beige (180) and Make Up Forever Mat Velvet + (30) as the colours are quite similar.  I wouldn’t ordinarily wear these shades as they are a tiny bit too dark for me unless I have a small bit of fake tan on.

Price:  Make Up Forever Mat Velvet + €36 for 30ml.  Revlon ColorStay also in 30ml bottle is usually €17.50 but from time to time it is on offer for €13.50, so keep an eye out for this offer.  I wouldn’t pay €17.50, but for €13.50 that makes it a great buy in my opinion.

Texture: Both have a similar texture and are quick to dry. Be careful around the eye area as both can settle into fine lines and wrinkles ensure you apply a light eye cream first.  Both are good if you have oily/combination skin, but avoid if your skin is at all dry.  Revlon ColorStay also comes in a normal/combination formulation but it’s not great for dry skin either. Read the rest of this entry »


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Super Impressed by Maybelline Super Stay 24H

If you want an in expensive, good coverage, long-wear, oil free, light feeling foundation that doesn’t settle into crease or fine lines with SPF 19 then maybe Maybelline Super Stay 24H with micro-flex stretch formula, non transfer, 24 hour makeup is the foundation for you.  Maybelline Super Stay comes in a pump which is wonderful but the bottle is nothing to look at.  This is not a foundation you would put out on your bathroom shelf to impress your mates, but don’t be deceived by it’s less than pretty looks, this is a great product.

Maybelline:            ‘Flexible, breathable all day comfort’

Me:                         This really doesn’t feel like a long-wear foundation as it’s quite light in texture and it feels equally light on your skin.  The flexible side of this product is where it really shines in my opinion.  It doesn’t sit into fine lines or creases, it seems to move with your skin!! When I wear a long-wear foundation (e.g. Estee Lauder DoubleWear or Revlon Colour Stay – two of my favourites) on my face I find they sit in creases around my eyes – at 40 yrs old this is a concern.  Read the rest of this entry »


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Bridal Makeup Essentials

essental primers and illuminators for bridal makeup

Primers & Illuminators

No matter what look you go for, and no matter how much makeup you usually wear, what brand you like, if you are on a budget or not; there are some essentials items you should have for your wedding day makeup that will help your makeup stay in place, the following are just some of my suggestions, I’m not saying they are any better than others, just my thoughts:

Illuminator: Try Clarins Beauty Flash Balm or Clarins Instant light complexion perfector to eliminate signs of tiredness and refresh your complexion (I recall getting very little sleep the night before my wedding, I has hyper!)

Primer: it’s a long day and you want your makeup to last so a good primer from either Smashbox photo finish, Makeup Forever HD primer, Laura Mercier foundation primer or Clarins Perfecting Touch for example will be your best friend!  Good branded primers range in price from €22 to €30 and are worth every penny in my view.  Read the rest of this entry »


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Summer Foundations Pt 4: Clarins HydraQuench Tinted Moisturiser

clarins hydra quench tinted moisturiserOkay so technically not a foundation but tinted moisturizers always seem like the kind of product we think we should be wearing during the summer months. I was given a sample of Clarins HydraQuench Tinted Moisturiser by my sister in-law, who’s a Clarins junkie, and although the colour was completely wrong for me (03 Peach) I think it is a lovely product.  I’m not personally the biggest fan of tinted moisturizers in place of foundation (I need the coverage – and how!!) but I could totally see myself buying this for wearing on holidays.  Although pale faces like me will still need to use a high spf product.  The SPF in this product is only 6, which I find a bit disappointing.  Read the rest of this entry »


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Summer Foundations – pt 3: Mineral Powder Foundation

L’Oreal True Match Minerals: What the product promises: ‘Evens skin tone like a foundation.  Light as a powder.  Long lasting.  SPF 15’ available in 9 shades.

I only used this product as it was given to me by a friend (the colour didn’t suit her) and admitedly the thought of using a powder as a foundation at first freaked me out a bit.  True Match Minerals is a nice product, it’s light weight, goes on easy with a decent range of colours.  In terms of application, I shake some product out on to piece of tissue and gently roll the brush into the product and tap it off to ensure you don’t have too much on the brush.  Then apply to the face with the brush using light circular motions and blend as you go.  Start from the centre of your face and work out, if you have the correct colour you shouldn’t need to go into the hair line.   It may well even skin tone, but it does nothing for my skin texture, I found it a bit drying.  The packaging is clumsy, I find it awkward to open both sections, and it’s liable to crack, which I hate in makeup packaging.

At €22/23 it’s a bit on the dear side, I’m just glad I didn’t buy it myself.  I know there are other better mineral powder brands, but based on this experience I don’t think I’ll bother, I’ll need some convincing!

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Summer Foundations – pt 2: Daniel Sandler Mineral Water Based Foundation

Daniel Sandler mineral water based foundation: Now I thought that I might be onto a real winner with Daniel Sandler Mineral Water Based Foundation, liking the idea of mineral foundation but not being a bit fan of mineral powder foundation.  I’d read such great stuff about Daniel Sandler, and I love his watercolour blush, I was naturally excited to try out this product.

What the product offers: WATERBASE tinted moisturiser and concealer, packed with skin nourishing ingredients, transforming skin with a radiant finish without suffocating skin and clogging pores. Simply reveal your true beauty. Used on its own, WATERBASE acts as a tinted moisturiser to warm up skin but when mixed with the Concealer it transforms into a cooler shade of Foundation. WATERBASE provides adaptable coverage, from sheer to full, depending on how much concealer you mix with it, yet always results in a dewy, weightless finish. The concealer when used on its own covers up dark circles and blemishes without leaving panda eyes.

It comes in three colours (Fair, Medium, and Dark) and costs €32 for a 25ml bottle.  Read the rest of this entry »


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