Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint Review

Are you surprised that my search for a fun, new foundation continues?  Well, it has, and I have recently tested and reviewed the Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint with SPF.  So what did I think?



Let me start by saying I was so intrigued by the descriptions of this Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (I tested the color Groeland) product (matte, skin like, long lasting, packed with SPF), and I do LOVE Nars products – even at their elevated price ($44 for this product)!  In fact, one of my favorite foundations is the Nars Sheer Glow!  I also recently have started discovering their blushes and lipsticks but that is another posting.


Quick backdrop for this review.  I have dry skin right now (due to my use of Retin A).  I have quite a bit of hyper pigmentation on my lower cheeks and easily get redness in patches on my face especially around my nose.  And, of course, I have fine lines and wrinkles…

Did it live up to my expectations?……….Ummm – sadly – no.  The greatest fail for this skin tint is that it never became one with my skin.  Instead, it just sat on top and looked like something on my face.  I tried numerous primers and no primer and various application methods all with different formulas of moisturizer – should one have to work that hard though?  The second greatest drawback for this skin tint was that it ITCHED my skin so much that I could not wait to wash it off!  Ugh…this was not a fun test and a less fun review.

I do not know what happened because I hear such wonderful glowing reviews from others.  Perhaps it is my sensitive skin?  For example, I cannot wear BareMinerals powder foundation as it makes my skin crawl and itch like crazy.  I have never before had itching from a liquid foundation (like) product however.  Even without the itch factor though the appearance it created was not flattering and just sat on my skin – no blending or marriages between my skin and the product at all.  I even experimented with different setting sprays to see if I could get it to work.  Nothing seemed to make it both look flattering or feel comfortable.  On top of it all, I am not thrilled to purchase a product that you have to stand on one foot, hold you hand at a 37 degree angle, and say “pretty please” ten times!

Any thoughts or recommendations?  What are your experiences with this product?  Sorry that I could not be more favorite to it. Regardless, I still LOVE Nars products!

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Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation Review


Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation

I know – another day, another foundation!  Why do we (or I) always keep searching for the next best foundation when we already have two or three that hit Holy Grail status?  I cannot answer that question, but I can say that I am so thankful that I have kept looking!  More on that later.

One of the newest foundations to hit the shelves of Sephora and other beauty retailers is the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible foundation. Purported to be an invisible foundation that leaves your skin feeling natural but looking beautiful all within a medium coverage.  It has some new ingredients in it, which I will not bore you with (actually I do not understand the chemical properties of the new additions so I do not want to mis-speak), but I will provide you this link to review it for yourself.  What I can say is directly from the product marketing:

Developed specifically for the film and TV industry’s most advanced technology, Ultra HD Liquid Foundation creates a naturally flawless complexion—on and off camera. Completely invisible under the latest, super-focused 4k lens, this revolutionary foundation features uniquely-coated pigments that provide medium coverage with a lightweight texture that looks just like skin. Long-lasting with a natural-looking finish, Ultra HD Liquid Foundation is formulated with hyaluronic spheres for time-released hydration that ensures comfortable wear on all skin types. Now available in an expanded range of 40 shades to match all skintones, Ultra HD is the perfect everyday foundation for a flawless complexion—and an unretouched life. 

Doesn’t it sound wonderful!  Are you already set to take the testing it out plunge?  Well, I was!  I used the MFE HD foundation before this new improvement, and although I liked it, I did not LOVE it.  But, I did like it enough to venture off to Sephora and get some samples and then a bottle of my own.

Important note: If you have worn the previous MFE HD foundation, your color code will be different with this product.  Fortunately, they have made it very easy to know which code matches up to which new code (several tables available and the old and new codes are written conspicuously on the top of the box).

Okay…All this build up…did it impress me?

Do you see me smiling?  Wonder why?  It is because I LOVE this foundation!  It is lightweight, covers wonderfully (but not too much to make you look like a solid piece of clay), blends easily, and last all day without transforming into anything odd or sinister on my skin!  See my ratings below.

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Should you run out and try it?  Well, YES!  I cannot speak as to how it will work for you if you have different skin than myself (normal to dry with some oiliness around my t-zone; hyper pigmentation scars, and occasional acne); however, I have a suspicion it will work very well on most skin types.  I just loved how this foundation applies (prefer my Morphe M435 but the Beauty Blender does an awesome job too), covers, and stays fresh all day.  I have worn it with and without primer but do prefer some primer just because…

Let me know what you all think as well!

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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.


Good LM 3

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.

What are all your thoughts?

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