Last Friday I made trip trough most make-up stores eg. Boots, Superdrug, and also Debenhams, House of Fraser, Harvey Nicolas. I was very curious – is there anything new in make-up, nail polishes, false nails and lashes etc… Also my another reason was to get foundations, get samples… I need to match it for my personal kit and professional. Get a bit of knowledge about all range on market.
Until now in my Professional kit are mainly sheer coverage foundations – MAC face and body foundations – I prefer it from few reasons :
- bulk size – 120ml!
- wide range of colours – easy to blend
- light sheer coverage that gives glow; build-up gives medium coverage
- visible skin texture
- very easy to blend and match to different skin tones
- can be applied over entire body if skin needs colour correction…(redness, spots, blemishes)
- extremely easy to re-apply – even if was powdered! – During photoshoots I had many situations that I needed to fix/get alter part of look – some foundations become messy and gives strange skin texture if applied over old layer, or if you try fix some spots.
In 2014 I would like to stock my kit also in full coverage foundations – I understand needs of my clients (e.g. brides) may may prefer full coverage regather then sheer coverage. Except Pro make-up brands like Kryolan, Ben Nye, MUFE, Make-up Atelier Paris, are other brands that could be worth of our attention. I don’t want to waste money by buying foundation that I am unsure… so I am going to get samples from many brands and get test it.
Me, and also most of my clients have porcelain – fair – ivory skin tones – so the colour rage would be also important.
This month I will go trough few brands: Max Factor, Revlon, Rimmel, Stilla, NYC, Max Factor, Bourjois, No7, Elisabeth Arden, Bobbi Brown, NARS, MAC, Laura Marcier, Lancome, Urban Decay, Maybelline. I am mad a bit as I had no time to get in to Illamasqua – but I will do it shortly.
I was prepared that some places do not offer test sample as most places have no container – I bought little jars for £1/set + sticky labels £1 /set at Works store. And ups….After getting to home I noticed in time that some lids leaking as it’s not seals properly…
I was extremely happy to have a friendly chat, great advice and service from counter staff at Elisabeth Arden, Bobbi Brown (House of Fraser), NARS, Laura Mercier (Harvey Nicolas) and also lovely help from Yves Saint Laurent, Smashbox staff (Smashbox is now Boots)…
Yves Saint Laurent had lovely service each time (I visited 3!) – but I had small disappointment with this brand – They stock all other colours except the lightest one (Bd10) for samples…so You can’t get it if you would love to test it during day and different lights…
I decided to test the new No 7 Foundation Match Service at Boots (this time Birstall Shopping Centre) – humm…well, it’s only said that my skin is ivory…nothing more…and lady was testing on my face 3 darker foundations despite I tried convince her that she really need take the lightest one… To me it’s rubbish! Their ‘computer’ for measuring skin tone is not more accurate than human eye…
I am very rare at House of Fraser and Harvey Nicolas – so this time I stopped for longer at NARS and Laura Mercier as I heard many positive onions. Honestly had positive surprise! Had no idea that this two brands have so many fantastic products e.g. highlighters, bronzers, NARS have a fantastic range of blushes and eyeshadows (I noticed that many their eyeshadows are dupe to Shu Umura!). Their blushes are fantastic! And can be used as eyeshadows as are strongly pigmented.
Laura Marcier have one of the best satin highlighter I ever seen. If you thinking of getting good quality highlighters this is really great option!
Laura Mercier: Shimmer Blocs and Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01
Remember girls – to get test as mush as possible and read reviews before you get waste your money by buying rubbish stuff 🙂