Category Archives: Summer Foundation

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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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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Summer Foundations – pt 1: Revlon Beyond Natural

With summer around the corner, I guess it’s time to ditch the heavier foundations in favour or something more natural, fresh and light.  So I thought I would revisit some of my mineral foundations and tinted moisturisers, up first:

Revlon Beyond Natural Skin Matching Makeup

Not a typical tinted moisturiser, this foundation is some where between a tinted moisturiser and a light weight foundation but it does have a sheer light weight quality.  It is a bit unusual in that it goes on white and adjusts to match your skin tone.  It has an SPF of 15 and comes in a limited range of shades (light, medium, and deep) but it’s pretty easy to get a good match off these as it does blend into your skin tone.  It’s light weight and is moisturizing enough for those with dry skin,  but not so moisturing that those with slightly oily skin should steer clear.

I found it really natural looking and it gave me a healthy glow but the coverage is as one would expect, not great at all, it’s just too light and sheer for me, but on the plus side it doesn’t sit into wrinkles so it keeps you looking fresher long, and that I do love.  Costs about €15 and while this product is okay for everyday – running errands type of use etc., this Gal is not going to put away the full coverage makeup just yet.

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