SPRING, you elusive little bastard, show thyself! Apologies of the passionate opening line but I am sick to death of the biting wind ruining what should be warming and bright spring days. I’m also mega frustrated because I’m fighting a losing battle with Hayfever and watery eyes, meaning morning #makeupgoals quickly disintegrate beneath a river of salty tears.With little patience for eye makeup my focus recently has been on perfecting a flawless base. Brows are a daily must and lips are adding some colour in. It all feels easy and effortless, just how spring makeup should be.
I’ve had loads of new foundation launches through that I’m eager to share with you guys. In fact, there were so many I couldn’t share them all otherwise I’d be here typing shit up til spring 2017 and then the cycle would start all over again… So today’s focus is Light and Bright.
RMK UV Liquid Foundation
I’m starting of strong with this stellar foundation find from RMK. The latest to launch from their base collection is this ultra light, high coverage fluid with factor 50. This was the 1st new foundation I tried this year and I was immediately in love. You can’t fault a foundation that delivers factor 50SPF yet comes in the most lightweight fluid formulation that blends seamlessly and delivers a gorgeous glow with good coverage. I’m recommending this one to everyone.
On the skin this is almost exactly the same as Charlotte Tilbury’s Light Wonder, which is a long standing fav, but the RMK is a runnier liquid. If you haven’t heard of RMK they also do great primers but their colour cosmetics lines leave much to be desired.
Pur Minerals Air Cushion Foundation
This has to be the dark horse of the bunch. As a self-confessed packaging snob how inexplicably strange that my favourite new foundation of 2016 so far comes in the most hideous packaging. Turns out I am LOVING these new-to-market netted cushion foundations. I’m finding that the delivery system is great for controlling the amount of product you use.
Pur Minerals leads the way for the new breed of light and dewy foundations on the market. Highly pigmented, full coverage with airbrush effects yet the most blendable, light as air formula and dewiest effect on the skin ever. I wish all CC’s gave me airbrushed effects like this.
Laura Mercier Candleglow Foundation
This foundation has been a real divider amongst Laura M fans. I can understand why you might not get on with it if you have oily skin as the effect is very glowy and dewy, I’d imagine it wouldn’t last long. It also doesn’t work well on dehydrated skin either unless you prep prep prep because the formula will get absorbed.
Okay, I’m not selling it at all. I like it because on a good skin day I put this on over a moisturizer and primer and it gives me the most beautiful ambient glow. Yes, you still need concealer in the problem areas but you may as well skip the highlighter because this does the work for you. You will need a powder to set it but the finish really is beautiful. Longevity is at a 6 but wow factor is a 9!
Givenchy Teint Couture Balm Blurring Foundation
I’ve never written up any Givenchy beauty before, mainly because until now I haven’t been massively inspired by any of the products. Typical that it would be a base product that draws me in.
The Balm Couture is essentially a blurring foundation which describes itself somewhere between a tinted moisturiser and a foundation. I say it sits comfortably in the light foundation category. This is super similar to the RMK foundation I reviewed above; it creates a beautiful dewy skin and has more coverage than expected. It also contains diamond dust for light reflection and an antioxidant complex with Vitamin E as well. It’s a beautiful product, not crazy about the packaging though.
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation
Probably the thickest formulation of this round up but I wouldn’t say the fullest in coverage. If you are familiar with Chanel foundations you’ll know what I mean. The fluid is Chanel-standard double cream thick, but the Les Beiges formula buffs into pretty sheer coverage and settles into a balmy semi-matte, semi-dewy finish. It’s not as luminous as the VitaLumiere which makes it a good alternative for normal/combi skin types wanting a dewier more natural finish. For a full write up with face swatches go here.
Are you switching up your foundation for spring? Which of these 5 bases is calling your name?
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