Best of 2015!

Happy new year!!  As promised, here are the products that fall into the category of Best of 2015!  Did any of these make your lists?  If not, what products did you love across 2015?  So excited about 2016!!!

Miscellaneous Items:

 

Skin Care

Makeup:

What were your favorites across 2015???

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion

I am always on the look out for drug store beauty products and always on the look out for new foundations.  The effect of this is what I have here – a drug store foundation option – or not?  See what I think.

Yes, I test out a great deal of foundation.  One reason is that my skin keeps changing.  In part because of the seasons and in part because of the products I am using on my skin (Retin A has made my skin so dry!).  Regardless, I still love a good foundation!  Right now, I am starting to embrace a more glowy or dewy finish – but not too much or I will have flashbacks to my earlier years when my skin was SO oily!  I also want a nice level of coverage.  I do like the look of natural skin but not necessarily my natural skin.  On the other hand, I do not want a mask on my face nor do I want to feel the foundation on my skin.  Finally, it must last throughout the day and behave on my mature skin.  Not too much to ask, right?  I think you understand why I am always searching…

At present, my Holy Grail foundations are: Nars Sheer Glow, Make Up Forever Ultra HD, and Too Faced Born this Way.  (I have reviews on all of these and will link them once I get them uploaded.)  Yes, it is nice to have this line up but they do not all play well with my skin all year long. My Nars Sheer Glow works so well in hotter more humid weather as does my Make Up Forever Ultra HD.  Cooler (i.e., dryer skin days) weather aligns perfectly with my Too Faced Born this Way foundation.

So…how the L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion foundation work?

Pros:

  • Lovely finish!
  • Easy to use and blend especially with my Beauty Blender
  • Nice customizable coverage
  • Works well with mature skin (does not sit in my fine lines)
  • Nice packaging
  • Less pricey than my other foundations
  • Feels nice on skin
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Wearing the Lumi Cushion foundation

Cons:

  • It does not last – see photo of it wearing away from around my nose in just three hours.  This happened no matter what primer I used!
  • For the quantity of the product, it can be considered pricey

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As you can imagine, the lack of longevity in wearing power is a strong strike against this foundation and what a shame!  I really liked the finish, coverage, and all the extras.  I cannot use a foundation, however, that wears away to such a degree in just  few hours though.  Has anyone else found this as an issue?  If so, did you find a “fix” for it?  I would love to hear so I can move this product up into my “Like a Lot” drawer!

My search for foundations continues!

 

Too Faced Born this Way Foundation

Too Faced Born this Way foundation

Have you tried it?  What do you think?  I would love to hear!

Too Faced Born this Way Absolute Perfection foundation – http://goo.gl/aWXUsc – $39.  I am wearing Natural Beige.

Lorac POREfection Foundation and Powder: Are they perfection for me?

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Another foundation and powder  – Lorac POREfection foundation ($36) and Lorac POREfection powder ($33) went through the test.  Did they perform well?  IMG_4010

Start at the beginning.  The POREfection foundation is oil, paragon, and fragrance free and contains anti-aging ingredients that is touted to soothe, nourish, and provide a healthy, silky-smooth finish.  Coverage is supposed to be medium to full.  It also is described as being appropriate for all skin types including sensitive skin.

What did I discover?  I cannot comment on the ingredients but it is fragrance free.  It has a rather water consistency but does blend well.  This is one of those that a little spreads easily.  The finish is quite nice – satin and natural looking.  I definitely can see the ability to make this full coverage.  I had complimentary colors in both : PF3 light/medium beige.

All good so far, right…unfortunately, this is where the positive experience ended.  The foundation looked good at first but as I wore it the makeup seemed to separate from my skin and look like a layer on top of my skin.  It also began breaking up around my nose and every time I touched my face, it transferred and left a mark.  Another complaint is that it sat so heavily on my fine lines around my eyes – never a good thing!  The foundation also had a rather unpleasant tacky feel to it.  Finally, it felt heavy on my skin.  I could NOT wait to wash it off!  See the photo of right after the application and then 4.5 hours later.

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Right after application

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4.5 hours later. Can you see it separating from my skin and breaking up?

So…it is a definite no go for me!  See my ratings on the foundation:

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So how did the powder do?  So MUCH BETTER!  I really liked this powder.  It is silky and provides the perfect amount of blotting and additional coverage that you may want but it does not build up or look cakey.  I tested it out again over other foundations and loved it!

I have heard comparisons of this powder to Mac Mineralized Skin Finish (I have it in Medium Plus), so I tested it out.  I applied the Mac MSF on one half of my face and the Lorac POREfection powder on my other.  And….NO DIFFERENCE!  What does that mean?  My thoughts are that if you already have Mac MSF, you do not need this powder, but if you do not you may want to do a bit of detective work to see which you should purchase (if you choose to buy a new powder).  The Mac powder is one dollar less than the Lorac powder.

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Here are my ratings for the Lorac POREfessional powder:

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What do you all think?  Have you similar or very different results?

Here is my YouTube review of the products.  Oh, if you do not mind, can you also subscribe to m channel on YouTube?  I am trying to read 100 subscribers by the end of August!  Thank all!  have fabulous days!!

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Mac Longwear Waterproof Nourishing Foundation Review

 

Waterproof AND Nourishing Foundation?

Yes – Mac Longwear Waterproof Nourishing Foundation

I have said that I have three Holy Grail foundations and here is the last of the three – you can check out my other favorites on this blog  or on YouTube (It Cosmetics CC+ Cream and Laura Mercier Smooth Finish).  I actually was not looking for another foundation but the characteristics of this one (longwear, nourishing AND waterproof) caught my eye.  On top of that it was a Mac product, and I do like Macproducts.  Long story in a shorter version…I decided to try out this foundation when the summer hit because (kids had summer swim meets outside and that means big time sweating, we were headed on a cruise in a few weeks, and every now and then I shed a tear and hate ending up with streaks down my face) the conditions were favorable.

                                               
And what did I think?  First things – the packaging is very typical Mac (i.e., nothing frivolous, extravagant, or cool).  The foundation comes in a plastic tube with a dropper dispenser.  It is very easy to control – that is, it is not like Mac Longwear concealer that delivers way too much – at least for me.  I think this container will be easy to use the last drops and will also provide a good view to know when it is running low.
I used a typical amount, which is about the size of two peas (would that equal a lima bean?).  The consistency is not runny and definitely not moussey (e.g., Tarte Amazonia Clay foundation).  It blends easily and provides adequate (medium coverage) with one passover.  I used both brushes and Beauty Blenders to apply and both worked nicely (it will be your own preference here).  I did use primer and found that they all worked well.  That is, no one stood out as THE primer for this foundation.
Once applied, it settled to a semi-matte finish.  I did apply some light powder but that may not be needed for everyone and also may not produce the desired finish if you like a glowy look.  A word of caution is that there is no SPF in this foundation.  For some that is a plus but others may consider that a negative characteristic.  I am fine either way but just have to remember to apply my SPF when I use this foundation.
Did it last?  Yes, this foundation lasts through a typical day with no signs of wear except for a little break up on my smile lines and around my nose.  Was it waterproof? I admit that I tested this not by being caught in a rain storm but, admittedly, after shedding some tears (well many tears but that is another story).  The answer is that “yes” it holds up even after a storm of tears but my blush is another story!  Will I repurchase?  Oh my….that is such a tough question!  Yes, if nothing else rises to the top of Holy Grail foundation, I will repurchase but you know how that goes!
Okay…I would love to hear some comments and feedback!  Have you used this foundation?  Is there a primer that “clicks” with it?  What application process do you find works best?
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Holy Grail Status: Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation

Review of Laura Mercier Smooth Finish
Flawless Fluid Foundation

Hi All!  I am so excited to share my thoughts on this product – the Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluid Foundation!  It is definitely one of my Holy Grail foundations! This product is easy to apply, dries to a nice satin finish, and feels as light as air.  It boasts medium to full coverage (very true) and is easily build-able.  I love applying it with my Good LM 2Beauty Blender but my Sigma F80 also does the job so nicely.  The coverage lasts all day with very little breakdown (a bit around my nose) but nothing different than any other foundation. I am wearing the color Ecru – as a reference point, I am an NC 25 in Mac.

 

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What makes this foundations so much better than others?  I love the ease of application – but you HAVE to SHAKE it – the coverage, longevity, and the fact that I forget it is on my skin.  This foundation also does not seem to sit in my fine (maybe a bit more than fine) lines as much as others.  I think it also looks very nice.  I do apply powder over it (typically Laura Mercier Translucent Powder); but I always feel the need to powder, which I guess is a remnant from my younger (oilier skin) years.  Be careful how much powder you apply as it can get a bit cakey easily, which is probably a trigger to tell you that you do no need powder.  I use primer and find that the Laura Geller Spackle Hydrating Under Makeup one to work beautifully.  I also use my tried and true Benefit Porefessional that works wonderfully as well. 

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 Did I miss anything?  Is there anything else that you want to know about it?  Has anyone else tried this foundation? 

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A New Favorite – It Cosmetics CC+ Cream

 

A New Favorite:  It Cosmetics CC+ Cream

This is serious!  I have found a new HG foundation – well a CC Cream that acts like a foundation – It Cosmetics CC+ Cream!  Just loving this stuff!

Yes, this has been out for a while, but I finally decided I needed an all-in-one product that would hydrate, protect, cover – or beautify – and feel great.  Did I also mention that this has SPF 50+?!  This truly does sit right alongside my other HG foundations (Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless in Ecru and my MAC Nourishing Waterproof Foundation in NC 25)!

This CC cream blends well, feels great, and last all day.  I have applied it with my fingers, a dampened Beauty Blender, and several brushes (RT buffingSigma F80) and have been happy with all finishes.  The finish is pretty satin-like and maybe a bit dewy but very minimal as I tend not to like “glowy” foundations.  I most often do set it (very lightly) with a powder and have found that the It Cosmetics Celebration Powder Foundation works well if you dust it lightly but my Laura Mercier translucent powder gives me the best finish.

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