Loreal true match foundation review 

Morning campers, anyone else finding the weather completely unpredictable lately? 

I sure am and I’m having to change my makeup accordingly every day. 
An old purchase I’ve been reaching for more recently is the Loreal true match foundation. 
Lets start with packaging shall we
30 ml glass bottle which allows you to see what shade is in the bottle. Incredibly the product comes with a pump dispenser meaning you can control wastage. 
Due to the bottle being glass and the cap being a see through plastic this can get really grubby. Keep the baby wipes on standby you dirty girls! 

The foundation is a rather runny liquid formula as you can see and the texture is incredibly silky on the back of your hand. 


The consistency of the foundation is one of light to medium coverage. It is not too sheer and is oil free which is good for my temperamental skin. 

The coverage melds my skin discolouration and unifies any hyper-pigmentation I am suffering with. 
It does not cover raised skin issues such as acne or scarring, I would look to invest in a concealer if you suffer from those skin complaints. 
I found the foundation lasted around 6 hours when worn with a primer and set with a powder. 
The fading began around the nose where it slowly migrated to all other dry patches. I found that a quick sweep of powder freshened the whole look up for the end of a hard days work. 
Drinks afterwards? You’ll need to reapply. 
To reduce those devilish dry tell tale signs creeping in, use a rich moisturiser before application. 
Application is rather simple as you can use brushes or blenders depending on your personal preference. 
It is extremely easy to blend into the skin and mimics the texture of my skin. To put it in every day language. Your make up looks natural and skin like rather than ‘putting a face on’ 
The finish is naturally matte with luminosity on the cheeks in my opinion. One layer is sufficient for a days work and I have to dispute claims that you can create made to measure simply by adding layers. Too much product and it just sits on the face and doesn’t dry. 
Which is a nuisance when you need to apply eyeliner and you leave a thumb print on your temple. Strong look Clo. 

True Match contains SPF 17 in its formula making sure your skin is protected from those invisible rays. The SPF does cause a little bit of flashback but its really not something to worry about on a night out. If this is a major concern for you then reserve this for a day time foundation

My favourite bit about this product is the shade range. 
There are 3 schools of colouring;
Standing for warm, neutral and cool. Within those colourings there are shade ranges. 
I wear C1 and it is the best drugstore foundation for pale skin I have come across. 
There is no muddy orange  or grey and ashy tones common among pale foundations. 
There are 23 shades which is incredible seeing as the foundation is only £9.99. 
hope you agree the finished look is fierce
I would recommend this foundation if you struggle finding drugstore foundations for pale skin. It has reasonable staying power and a natural finish. Its SPF protects from those harmful rays and its formula ensures your skin looks like skin at all times. 
I hope this helps, 

Bare skin, Bare minerals, pure brightening serum foundation review. 

Spring has sprung, and I’ve tossed my full coverage foundations to the back of the drawer with gleeful abandonment. 

However, I’m not prepared to go bare faced just yet and I’m still to try CC or DD creams. 
I know, late to the party or what? 
So I looked in the depths of my make up station and shopped my stash and I rediscovered this bad boy. 
The premise behind this base product is that it melds the concept of a traditional foundation with the added benefit of anti-ageing properties. 
Now I hate to start with a negative but I do not feel this is as revolutionary as it claims to be as I do not feel that you could replace your serum with this product alone. 
The skin brightening claim is slightly misleading as yes it does brighten upon wearing it but I have not seen any long term effects from using the product (nor would I want to) 
So now I’ve got that that off my chest lets get onto the good news. 
This super light product is an extremely fluid foundation that feels almost greasy when applied to the back if your hand. This is not a horrible feeling but feels rather wet.
I would not describe this as watery in its consistency as it feels slightly more slippery and tacky to touch. 
However I am happy to disclose that this product contains no    
water, oil, silicone, parabens, or fragrance. 
It’s a very hard texture to describe and I think I’ve tried every adjective I know to attempt it. 
I will tell you that you will have to shake the bottle vigorously as the pigment does separate from the liquid. 
The product applies beautifully to the skin and upon application feels matte. This quickly dries into a beautiful dewy glow. The product completely unified colouration on my face but did not cover blemishes with one layer. 
In order to cover spots or blemishes, coverage will need to be built. Which is good news for us as this can easily be done. It starts with sheer coverage and with the use of a triangle foundation brush or stippling brush can be built to a medium coverage simply by adding more drops to the back of your hand. I’d recommend two drops for sheer, and up to four for medium. Any more and it can become cakey. 
Here’s how it looked on me when I applied it. From bare-faced, blended and full face on. 
The product blends easily on the skin and I hardly require a beauty blender to buff out the edges, however I do love using this product in conjunction with a darker foundation to achieve that Kimmy K look. 
You can watch that here
The colour range is amazing with twenty shades and at £26 it is not ridiculously expensive for the quality of the product. 
I wear bare porcelain which is the palest shade but there is a really good range of shades for women of colour. Finally! 
It has an SPF of 20 which is amazing at protecting your skins from those invisible rays as sun damage is the main cause of premature ageing. 
The overall finish feels like you’re wearing no makeup at all and leaves the most beautiful dewy finish. I particularly like this when my skin is dry as it does not settle and die in my dry patches. 
I personally don’t think those with oily skin will love this due to the slippery greasy feel on the skin. 
I understand there is a brush that is sold with it but after talking to friends who had purchased both they told me to save my money. They stated that the brush drank the foundation and that it was a wasteful purchase. 

        So a very good foundation for those who require a natural, light, no make up feel foundation with adequate SPF and shade range. 

      Let me know if you like this product in the comments. Do you agree that this is a great Spring foundation?

      Lots of love



      The ultimate test. The hunt for an Esteé Lauder double wear foundation dupe. 

      So my obsession with Foundation is unwavering. If you are regular reader of Brazenrouge you will know that my favourite product is a beautiful base. With the power to unify colouring, masks redness, and correct the appearance of sunspots and skin damage it is the product I purchase most. 
      For ages now I have been lusting over the cult favourite Estée Lauder double wear foundation. 
      It is the number 1 foundation in the UK and boasts up to a 15 hour staying power. It can last through heat, humidity and non stop activity according to Estée Lauder. 
      I’ve been super tempted to buy it but at nearly £30 the super scrimping coupon clipping, cheapskate in me felt reluctant. 
      I needed to know that it would live up to its mind boggling claims and not just be another fleeting fling, leaving me to collect dust in my drawer with only traces clinging to my dry nostrils to remind me of another sordid affair. 
      I went to get colour matched and was given a small tester size to try out. One of the huge advantages that high end brands have over the Drugstore. 
      My obsession grew and I had fallen in love. 
      The real size comes in a frosted glass bottle which screams Luxe. With the Gold screw top lid it can take pride of place sitting on any dressing table. 
      There is a distinct lack of pump, which is an irritant as it means that you do have to purchase one, but there are plenty in boots that fit. However as 30 pound a bottle, I kinda expect a lady to come with it to apply it for me let alone a flippin’ pump. 
      The DW is really rather thick and although hailed as a medium coverage I feel it definitely belongs in the land of full coverage. The product on the back of my hands left tiny peaks when the brush left. Almost like when making meringue, you know those peaks Mary Berry bags on about? 
      It applied beautifully to the face with a foundation brush and there appeared to be no requirement for my beauty blender to make an appearance. 
      It required very little need for concealer on those pesky blemishes and left in my opinion, a semi matte finish. 
      I know, I know, proper fangirling. 
      It didn’t cake on my skin and looked beautiful with or without a primer. 10 hour days at work couldn’t budge it. It is like a protester, camping on my face demanding to be be noticed. 
      I was totes in love with this product and was just about to purchase until…
      The enabler of all apps. I buy more products and waste hours of my life pinning items on this virtual mood board. 
      I was casually browsing at best drugstore foundations, seeing if any of mine were in the running when I saw that many were hailing Revlon color stay as a dupe.
      SAY WAAAA? 
      At £12.49 its not exactly what I describe as cheap (others may, but I often wear a foundation that costs the same as a McFlurry) 
      It was cheap enough though. 
      I’m always wary of reviews brandishing the word dupe. Don’t get me wrong, I will use the term and often do but I do find some use it as an attention grabbing way to trick you onto their site or channel. 
      I learnt early on in blogging, to only believe the word Dupe from the bloggers or vloggers that you trust. 
      Too many times I’ve been let down after rushing out to purchase something that has been utterly cak when I got it home. 
      However, you all know curiosity got the better of me so I completely caved and its now added to my expanding collection. 
      The packaging is a bit plain, you could easily walk past this in the aisles, a clear glass cylindrical bottle, nearly 10cm long and 3cm wide it doesn’t take up to much room in my daily make up bag. 
      Hating that I sound so negative right now, but again another product without a frickin’ pump. 
      Is there a ration on? Can anyone let me know why we are being deprived such a basic mechanism from our beauty supplies. I hate to think its a huge con, trying to get us to waste product so we can spend more? Since when did beauty get ugly?
      Anywho, not a problem, I’ll buy a pump. Can I find one that will fit? Nope,
      Serious rage at this fact, just sayin’. 
      The actual formula is really quite runny, instad of peaks you’re left with dribble, trying to balance your hand so it doesn’t drip.
      I was cursing the anonymous pinner for fooling me once more. 
      I applied and this happened to be the day after my primer had run out. I had serious PMS and eating six bags of crisps couldn’t even cool my temper. 
      It looked appalling. I applied it with my Real techniques triangle foundation brush and it kept bunching and migrating every where. Instead of gliding onto my skin it grouped up like hooded youths outside your local co-op. 
      I was fume. My pores looked like craters and I looked like a mess. 
      I grissed it out and wore it to work and it was a mistake, I felt compelled to repeatedly apologise for my face and explain I was testing a new product for the blog, whilst being told nervously “it looks fine”. Bless them girls, they’re like mums and sisters to me and they could tell I was having a bad day. Confirming that I looked like a patchy patsy may have pushed me over the edge. 
      I couldn’t wait to get home and remove the rubbish from my face. 6 cotton pads it took! I was in shock, so not only had I wasted 13 squid on this shush, my precious micellar water had to take a battering for my sins too. 
      I tested another product the next day and felt better about life in general. I had been make up shopping, life was good. 
      But I couldn’t get this revlon out of my head. I was so annoyed that I had wasted my cash that I braved it another time, however this time armed with a Make up revolution primer. 
      Only a cheapie, but I love that brand and have never been let down by anything I have bought from them, 
      I sat at my desk and sneered at the foundation, adamant that after that night, I would have had tried everything I could with Revlon and it would be destined for the bin. I tentatively put on my primer, horrified at what I was prepared to do for this blog. 
      Then something amazing happened. 
      The foundation went on flawlessly, making my skin as smooth as an egg shell, not like a satsuma peel. I couldn’t believe it. It glided like torvill and dean on ice and covered my redness. My blemishes were concealed and the dry patches were hidden not highlighted. I was in shock. Convinced that this was a fluke, I decided that I was going to really put this to the test, I applied contour, liquid highlighter, blush lacquers, all the items that were destined to cause it to split. 
      I ran into work, (late, one must never contour on a schedule) and was greeted by oohs and ahhs and sweeping approval. 
      I felt confident, my skin looked flawless and it stayed put all night. 
      I couldn’t believe how a primer had made all the difference. 
      It is definitely a medium coverage foundation but it is easily buildable. 
      Here’s a shot of how it looked. 
      I was so shocked by this comeback kid, I wanted to test it once more. 
      I know, slightly sadistic of me but if I’m going to sit here tapping away like a keyboard warrior proclaiming a drugstore brand is equivalent to a high end cosmetic company, number 1 foundation in the country, has Kendall Jenner as their poster girl then I needed to be sure. 
      Sunday March 15th.
      Mother’s Day. 

      A niece who is as honest as the day is long. She’ll tell me the truth but in a kind way. 
      2 sisters, honest, truthful, but can be scathing in their delivery. Hey, thats what sisters are for. 
      The true test, Mum. 
      The woman who can shatter all beauty purchases by one look. She has your best intentions at heart. She loves you the way you are. She has seen trend after trend on you and knows what suits you best. 
      When my mum likes something, I know its a quality product and it suits me. When my mum doesn’t like something, I used to ignore her, believing I knew best. Only to be now haunted by my timehop where I was sporting a lot of acid yellow eyeshadow. Eww. 
      Basically my mums opinion matters. 
      I cleansed and moisturised, I had the foundations side by side. 
      First half of my face was sporting DW. Again, blended beautifully and looked amazing on. I used the beauty blender around the neck area and made sure it was the best it could be. 
      Here’s a few snaps, one before blending, one after blending. 
      Taking a new foundation brush I applied the the colorstay to my face. I did notice there was slight brush marks from this as you can see here.
       I took the beauty blender and buffed away until I was happy with the finish. I couldn’t tell the two apart.
      Here’s how it looked. 
       I was pretty happy so applied the rest of my face before sealing with my stay matte powder. 
      I decided to say nothing at first, Mum will let me know if it looks naff. But my sister caught me first. I explained one was drugstore, one was Estée Lauder. The foundation she wears. 
      She thought the Revlon was high end! Get in, I was elated. Feeling rather more confident with my challenge. 
      Mum came down the stairs and I gave her her gifts.
      No funny looks, no sighs, no telling me I had a tide line. 
      This Revlon stuff is kicking arse I thought, 
      I was so excited I had to tell her. 
      This was about 2 hours after application, she got real close and squinted one eye. Mum examined my face with such concentration I felt like I was at school again, trying to hide whatever random piercing I decided to inflict my body with, from her knowing gaze. 
      She took a step back and leant back in for another look, this time squinting the other eye. 
      Rather quickly she sprang back and with certainty in her voice answered the question “which side is high end” 
      She chose…
      Drum roll please.
      I jumped and squealed in delight proclaiming “thats the cheapie, thats the cheapie”  
      My dad stood confused in the background, hoping we would all leave so he could have a secret nap. 
      We went for lunch and I kept an eye on my face.
      Here’s how it looked 3 hours later. Very little difference as you can tell. Apart from a stray mascara fleck. ‘barrassing. 


      6 hours on, still little difference and I asked my mum and sister for an update. Mum couldn’t tell the difference again and I heard my niece ask in the back ground “wait, what, you’ve got 2 different foundations on?” 
      Too right, I have girl, with one being about 16 quid cheaper. 
      Here’s how it looked. 


      So as I sit here now at nearly 8 o clock, the lighting is very poor. It is pitch black outside and I’m sat here staring at my face. 
      10 hours on and my blemishes are starting to emerge. My bags are looking heavy and my lips have all but faded.
      Not quite the 15 and 24 hour staying power offered by the respective brands. However the majority of my face still looks pretty damn good considering the time. 
      I reckon a quick coat of concealer and a swipe of lipstick I would look pretty fresh.
      So I am happy to announce that yes, Revlon color stay for normal to dry skin under the right conditions, is a dupe for Estée Lauder Double wear foundation. 
      And just in case you were wondering my right side is the double wear. 
      Enter the fanfare.
      I’m out!
      Lots of love
      revlon Colorstay  

      Normal dry skin 
      SPF 20 £12.49 30 ml 
      Estée Lauder Double wear
       £29.50 30ml 
      SPF 10

      Bourjois, healthy mix foundation review.

      Hi hi,
      So I am totally addicted to foundations at the moment. Its strange, I used to purchase crazy lipsticks or garish eye shadows but now I am all about getting my base right.

      I recently posted about how to choose the perfect foundation and you can find that here if you fancy a read.

      I never intended to purchase this foundation but I had to go to Boots for a prescription and there was a 15 minute wait.

      Queue spending money when I shouldn’t.

      But anyways, I’ve purchased it now and have skipped merrily back to my car even though my prescription was nearly as expensive.

      This foundation cost £9.99 which to me is a medium priced drug store foundation.
      There is currently 3 for 2 on selected Bourjois in boots at the moment, so its easy to justify an impromptu lipstick expenditure at the same time.

      The packaging is okay. It came in a 30ml bottle with a pump. Yay! Love a pump. Especially when you don’t have to buy the pump separately. Shame on you cosmetics industry. You couldn’t lop the top off of this bottle without completely shattering it, so thats a shame. You win some you lose some I guess.

      There were 8 shades available and surprise surprise, I’m the palest shade. I still did my colour matching though. I am 51, light vanilla in case you were wondering. There was a really poor selection for women of colour in this range and I feel that I ideally 2 more shades under light vanilla for us pale chicks is also necessary. Why do cosmetics companies believe we are all this ‘beige’ colour? I do not know one woman who is ‘beige’. If you are beige can you tweet me your picture because I am interested to know who ‘beige’ suits. You can tweet me @brazenrouge

      First thing I love about this foundation is the beautiful smell. It actively promotes that it uses fruits in its formula. I don’t know if its a gimmick or not but it is a really pleasant smell.
      The fruits mentioned are as following;

    • Apricot for radiance
    • Melon for hydration
    • Apple to protect your youth
    • Really? An apple is going to protect my youth? How about well paid apprenticeships and a government who doesn’t sell out the young person at its first opportunity, to protect my youth instead?!

      Alas, I digress.

      Here’s a swatch of one pump. As you can see quite a lot is dispensed and I would describe the consistency as a creamy liquid. It did run, but not ridiculously so.

      I applied with my Real techniques foundation brush to one side of my face. I did so without a primer.
      It applied really easily to my face and one pump of the product covered half my face evenly and smoothly. It did dry quite quickly so you’ll have to work fast. I personally would rather work fast than have to wait 10 minutes for my face to dry though. My skin looked smoother and although I have no blemishes at the moment (hallelujah) it covered old scarring and discolouration around the nose. The colour was flattering and I feel Healthy mix provided coverage without masking my face. It felt comfortable and breathable on my skin and pleasant to wear.

      The bottle mentions the word luminous which automatically makes me think this was going to be a sheer dewy foundation.
      I would describe this as a medium coverage foundation with a satin finish. Perfect for those winter days when our skin needs more TLC.

      It makes reference to the fact that it lasts up to 16hours on the bottle. I always think thats a cheeky bit of wordplay by the beauty industry. Customers assume that the foundation will look good for 16hours. Companies mean it was tested and it lasts on the skin for 16 hours.
      I did not prime or powder my skin but here is an image taken at time of application. I found that 5 hours after application this had worn away. Apologies for the lighting, winter can do one now.


      Worn with a primer and set with a powder this neared the 8 hour mark. I think this is a reasonable length of time considering its a drug store foundation but not fantastic.

      All in all a good foundation, beautiful smell, average packaging. Does not last for 16 hours but lasts a nights work with primer and powder.

      I can’t help feeling that the shade selection lets down this product.

      Have you tried Bourjois healthy mix foundation? Do you find it hard to find your shade in drugstores? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

      Lots of love



      Beauty tips, that actually work.

      I live for tips. Not the monetary version, although that would be nice, the advice kind I mean. Tell me how to do something and I’ll drift off. Make it short and snappy and call it a Tip or a Trick and I’m yours.

      There’s loads of tricks I’ve picked up over the years, for example;
      Avoid yellow snow,
      Consume the content you wish to create,
      Drink wine in the bath, not in the shower,

      But how many do I use in a day to day way? How many tips do I know that could benefit others?

      Being a beauty addict and avid blog reader I’ve picked up a fair few.

      Here are some of my favourites;

      1) When I want a really nice crisp line from my eyeshadow I have a really simple Tip. Line a business card up against the outer corner of your eye. Take your crease brush and brush upward and outwards to the point where your eye socket is. Now brush the shadow across the socket before blending it out.

      There you have it, how to get a nice neat crease.

      2) Take the same card and line it up in the same place.Take your favourite liquid eye liner and draw a line to your desired length. Complete liquid liner as normal.

      Voila! A perfect feline flick.

      3) Mix primer and foundation. Sometimes, I fancy a really sheer coverage on the days my skin is playing ball. But, I can’t simply afford a foundation for every possible mood. To make a sheer version of your favourite foundation pop a pea sized amount of primer on the back of your hand and a blob of your foundation. Mix with a foundation brush and apply.

      Sheer coverage, made easy.

      4) The 2 finger rule. No this is not a drinking game.
      Place two fingers next to the side of your nose and start your blush at that spot,make sure you are not lower than the bottom of the nose.

      Having your blush too low or too close can make you look old and ill.

      5) Rescue dryed up mascara with a cup of hot water by popping the mascara in the hot water for 5 minutes. This loosens the product from the walls of the tube.

      When you remove the wand it should be as good as new.

      6) Turn your eyelash curlers into mini GHD’s with this little tip. Heat up eye lash curlers by lighting a flame under it for a few seconds. Check its not too hot by placing on your inner wrist. Curl your lashes as normal.

      ‘No, They’re not falsies.’

      7) Intensify eyeshadows by having a white base underneath. Take a white eyeliner, shadow, I actually use a white primer and cover the lid. Smudge gently and apply shadow.

      Bright, vibrant eyes!

      8) The best way to cover dark circles is by dotting concealer under the eyes with a triangle shape. Not a semi circle. The triangle technique gives under eye bags a lift.


      We all need a lift from time to time.

      So there you have it, 8 tips you will use on a daily basis.
      Let me know if you like the tips, or if you have any of your own in the comments or on Social media.

      Lots of Love