IMG_0248It goes without saying that when I have a day packed of meetings and events or it’s nighttime and I’m going “Out Out” I will be reaching for a foundation of sorts to see me through the day and/or night. A matte foundation formula has better staying power than a dewy or light formula, allowing you to forgo powder touch ups or reapplications.

But up until now dry-skin suffers have had to deal with caking and drying and oily skin suffers aren’t getting the longevity they crave. WHAT TO DO…?

IMG_0258Swatches top to bottom: Elizabeth Arden, Suqqu, Nars

The matte foundation trend dominated 2014 and although the powdered down, less dewy look shows no signs of stopping we are now privy to some newer products that strike the perfect balance between velvety matte and a lit from within glow, not to mention formulas that just go on and on and on…

Dry skin sufferers get ready to embrace a beautiful velvet complexion without worrying about drying. I have selected my 3 favourite new(ish) foundations that promise a pretty matte satin face with long lasting, skin loving effects.


IMG_0252Nars All Day Weightless Luminous Foundation

Wow this baby packs a pigmented punch! I literally covered my entire face with a teeny speck of this product! I can see this formula being discarded by many as too thick or drying however, as a dry skin sufferer I have found the perfect way of applying this so it goes the distance.

First you must use a serum and a moisturiser followed by a primer. If you ignore one of these steps and have dry skin this won’t work for you. After following these skin prep steps then squirt a pinky nail sized amount on the back of your hands and using the warmth in your fingertips apply it in stroke across the face blending as you go.IMG_0243This formulation needs warming up so it can glide across the skin creating a beautiful finish. To avoid build up and streaks around nose and eyebrows employ a small fluffy brush to buff out the product and blur the edges.

I wouldn’t recommend using a brush to apply this product as you will have a lot of wastage and leave with you with too thick a layer. The Nars Luminous Weightless foundation is buildable which makes it great for all day as well. Aside from the Vichy Dermablend foundation (trialled here), this is the most pigmented foundation I have ever tried.

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IMG_0251Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin 24HR Makeup SPF15

Elizabeth Arden’s newest Matte offering claims to be a “modern matte finish” that controls unwanted shine but allows natural luminosity. Indeed this isn’t a true matte like many of the newer formulas. The clue being in the name the Perfectly Satin effect is luminous but matte when powdered down.

IMG_0244It has sebum control in it – great if like me you get an oily forehead around midday! The coverage is full but it has a light texture that is really enjoyable. the little mineral mica blurs imperfections. They also do this is 10 shades including pink based tones which many brands no longer do.

All in all this is a beautiful product with a hardworking, advanced formula.

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IMG_0255Suqqu Frame Fix Cream Foundation spf 25

If legendary MUA Mary Greenwell loves it, I love it! Suqqu was a brand new brand for me a few months ago and I’ve enjoyed discovering this quality Japanese makeup. The Frame Fix Foundation is definitely the hero product of the brand and for a reason too!

This product is nothing short of luxury and the pot presentation makes it feel like you are using a rather delicious cream, however this is a foundation. As expected with the hefty price tag the packaging is luxurious, but somewhat excessive – it is contained within a hefty glass jar with a shiny black lid, it comes with a spatula and sponge. The Suqqu line is beautifully, immaculately minimalist but comes with a maximum price.

IMG_0253Weirdly they recommend using this product without a primer which scares me slightly so I use my primer anyway.

Like the NARS All day Weightless Luminous foundation a tiny bit goes a long way so apply with your fingers. It gives a medium coverage and a natural coverage.  Those with oily skin might not achieve a matte finish but if you’ve dry skin like me then a matte/satin complexion is achieved. I would advise powdering the T-zone for longevity. This product is amazing for more mature skin as well.

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Have you tried any long-wear foundation formulas you simply swear by? Please leave your favs below so I can try them out! Also don’t forget to leave your experience below if you have tested out any of the products in this blog!

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