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;
W
N
C
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, 
Love 
Clo 
Xx 

Maybe she’s born with it, Dream flawless nude fluid touch review. 

Maybelline Dream flawless nude 

Fluid touch foundation 
20 ml 
So this was a total whim purchase, I saw this beautiful bottle and had to have it. It’s got this ombre style effect on the bottle but at 20ml I believe thats it is quite dinky for the price. 
However that makes it better for fitting in your make up bag, so swings and that. 
When you unscrew the top your met with an applicator wand. 

 

 I personally strongly dislike the applicator. It’s too scratchy to apply straight to the skin and I can see there being a lot of waste towards the end of this products life as you won’t be able to access the edge of the bottle. Not great for girls on a budget.
The formula itself is really lightweight and feels similar to the Armani Maestro foundation I tried once. It is very sheer on the skin and even my freckles can be seen through the product. It leaves quite a pleasant finish, almost like a powdery matte effect. It almost makes your skin look like its being shot in soft focus. 
Well, thats if you have good skin. I did find that it was not moisturising enough for me and my dry skin felt rather taut. Having a few blemishes on my skin also, (such a lucky girl me) I did find that the formula clung to the edges of the blemishes leaving me with a flaky finish. 
Schexxy. 
   

   

The foundation lasted through an hours gym session really well and here’s a before and after shot. It was set with a Ben Nye powder and it barely moved. 
   

 

   
Through out the course of a night shift I did notice that 7 hours in that the product had faded but it did not bunch or disintegrate on my face. Which is a plus for me. Fading I can contend with, patchy I can not. 
I found that I could not use a beauty blender or brush with this as it was so lightweight and any tools drank it all up. 
My tips for application would be to take the applicator and dot the products on your 4 clean fingers. Then blend the product on with those fingers until you’ve reached the desired effect. 
I will state that the smell of this product was rather strong and when applied near to my eyes the fumes did sting slightly which is rather concerning. 
The shade range is rather poor as frequently demonstrated by the drugstore/ high street and only caters for fair to medium skin tones with 7 shades. 
For the price of this product, I would not repurchase for my own benefit. However it looked absolutely beautiful on my sisters oily/combo skin. 
Once again, I hope this helps 
Lots of love, 
Clo
Xx 

Rimmel wake me up foundation review. The Twilight effect. 

Rimmel wake me up anti-fatigue foundation
Skin brighteing
Vit C
SPF 15
100 ivory
.£8.99.

 So this product had been on my wish list for ages, probably as long as I have been blogging, I have seen peeps rave about this foundation, that its their holy grail base, they cannot live without it. But other products had always stolen my attention with their dupe claims or for being the same price as a walnut whip.

At £8.99 its a mid price foundation for me, I know some say that its a cheapie but seriously I have found base that’s so cheap but is far better than the leading retailers.

I took the plunge and here’s what I found. 

 

 I really like the packaging. The orange cap makes it easy to find in my drawer on those half 4 starts and being one of my favourite colours makes me feel a little bit chirpier. The bottle is glass and has Rimmel embossed on the side of the glass which I’m not sure is necessary. A nice touch but if they could knock a pound off the price by not doing it, I’d be rather pleased. The bottle contains one fluid oz, or 30 ml if thats easier to work out. Underneath the cap is a bright orange, wait for it, pump.

 PREACH!

 Finally some decent pump action is happening up in here. Take notice Estée Lauder!
One pump released a decent amount and overall I was really pleased with the packaging. 

 

 There is rather distinct smell to this formula and I actually really like it, it kinda reminds me of hand soap and smells really clean to apply.

The formula is rather thick and viscous for a liquid foundation and if I was to tip my hand upside down like so, it wouldn’t run off.

 

  One pump of foundation covered half of my face comfortably and I would describe the product as medium coverage but it is easily buildable if required.
On weeks like this when my skin is having a bit of temper tantrum, its nice to know that I can add a little bit more product on to achieve higher coverage without appearing cakey.

The finish in my opinion was satin as although luminous it did cover imperfections and blemishes well.

Here’s a shot of how you can build up the coverage. 

  

 Whilst on the topic of luminosity, Rimmel claims that this foundation visibly awakens the skin and illuminates with a radiant glow and a flawless finish.
I have to say that I was rather chuffed with this foundation until I went for a pub lunch with my old man.
We were sat by the window and it was a beautiful day and could have easily passed for summer. He said to me rather bewildered, whats on your hand?
I looked down and my hand looked like a glitter ball. I had no clue and was confused myself.
He took my chin and turned my face and said to me “Why do you look like a christmas tree” Now he’s used to highlighter and knows what my face should look like, Glitter on my face is not a good look.
I put my brain in gear and worked out that the glitter particles on my hand were from the foundation I was wearing, “Wake me up” I looked in a mirror and I looked like Bella from Twilight glistening away. I tried to take a picture but it couldn’t convey onto camera. I managed to get a shot of my hand and this is what it looked like. 

 

  Now I like luminous and dewy but that was a step to far. As soon as I was out of the window space Porter said to me that my face looked normal again (what a charmer) and I have to agree my face looked fine. I hadn’t plastered it on, I hadn’t worn a different primer. There was no explanation other than the fact that in this foundation there are particles that under harsh light (such as direct sunlight or stage lights) will turn you into a glitter ball.

It’s such a shame as I was prepared to love this foundation, it didn’t cling to any of my dry patches around my nostrils, it lasted for hours, It completed all the jobs a good foundation should. It seems a shame to not get any use out of this but I do have to make you aware that I would not recommend this as a summer foundation or if you work on stage.
Due to its low SPF of 15 this in my opinion would be a great night shift foundation or night out base. Due to its luminosity and vitamin moisturising complex I would recommend this for those who have dry to normal skin.
Its anti-fatigue and would keep you looking fresh for hours on end. There would be no harsh lighting for you to turn into a twilight character. The product is buildable and can cover all sorts of blemishes on your skin that you may have from being run down.

 Rimmel seriously needs to sort out its cak range of colours however, 6 shades and their version of ivory was still to dark for me in all honesty. I tend to use this when I am wearing tinted moisturiser due to it being so dark. So not for you if you are fair skinned or anything darker than natural beige.

 I am guessing about 60% of UK woman would not be able to match their shade in this selection. That is my opinion only but its a travesty that in 2015 a leading cosmetic company believes that there is no demand for their products from women paler than “Ivory” or anyone darker than “natural beige”

All in all a good high street/drugstore foundation but with a few tweaks it could be perfect. 

 I hoped this helped 

 Lots of love 

 Clo

xx

Blogosphere is gonna go cray, collection foundation and concealer

So, hands up if you remember Collection 2000?! 
Well they’ve had a good ol’ clear out and are now known as ‘Collection’. 
I know, how trendy? 
Well anyhoo, I’ve recently been shopping my stash and noticed that some of my favourite lippies are Collection two thous… Ahem, *cough cough* sorry Collection. 
I had broken my cardinal rule and prejudged a brand. 
Well thats about to change! 
As we all know I am always on the lookout for the ‘Holy Grail’ drugstore foundation. 
So when I saw this foundation was reduced to 4 squid, I had to have it. 
Along with the corresponding concealer. Totes, had to have both, right? Oh and a bag of Haribo at the counter. Oops. 


So surprise, surprise I was the lightest shade they had. Oh and to be honest it was still a little bit dark for me, but then there was hardly a lot of wiggle room when you only supply 6 shades. 
6 shades? I can go through that many shades throughout the year with seasonal changes and what not. 
Collection is supposed to be supplying foundation to the people of the UK and I can assure you that there are a lot of people whose skin is darker than ‘Golden’. It’s actually disgraceful how women of colour and fair skinned ladies are represented by our drug store brands. Completely forgotten about or plain ignored? Sort it out. 
And breathe…
So I took the foundation home and looked at its packaging.
Not bad at all, but not beautiful. A cylindrical bottle with a pump and a few short words about what it claims to do. 
It’s not one I’d be proud to display but its functionality was good. 
Heres a swatch of one pump of collection.

As you can see it is quite orange toned. You get a hella lotta product from just one pump. 
Here is a comparison between the Bourjois healthy mix foundation, review can be found here and the collection foundation.
   
Both are the lightest shades in their lines but you can see a large difference in tonality. 
On application it felt quite heavy but this was due to my fondness of sheer foundation at the moment. From an objective point of view it just felt like a medium to full coverage foundation with a semi-matte finish. 
Now its not quite 16 hours, but I was super impressed with how long this lasted. I would estimate 8 hours on and my foundation still looked perfect. Not quite Esteé Lauder DW foundation flawless but pretty close. It was really easy to blend and didn’t settle in my pores. This is an oil-free formula, making it ideal for normal, combination, oily skins – you dry sisters may find that it clings to skins dry patches, so make sure you use a primer beforehand. I have normal skin and didn’t find any creasing or imperfections were highlighted by this foundation. 
 
There is no obvious scent to this product and it comes with an Spf 20 which is a good thing as SPF is so important. Due to the SPF It did reflect light quite a bit in photos which is a concern. 
With its finish and consistency, I would describe this as a ‘girls night out’ base. By adding a high SPF it will reflect light from any flash photography. 
And we all know we love a photo on a girls night out. 
But thats just a circumstantial opinion, if you are going to wear this maybe just stick to selfies to avoid a ghost face. 

Another downside is that despite the claims that it is anti-transfer I found my Iphone screen was harbouring some foundation residue. Stylish eh?! 
I also picked up the Collection lasting perfection concealer in Fair, the lightest shade. 
So this seriously confused me right, the concealer is fair, but the foundation is porcelain. 
Both are the lightest colours in the range so why are they not called the same thing. More reasons for people to get confused when buying base products. 
this concealer claims to be an ‘ultimate wear’ product with its magic powers including; conceals flaws, imperfections and blemishes for up to 16 hours. It is transfer proof, cures world hunger and is water resistant for full and long lasting coverage. 
Big claims for a cheapie concealer. 
The packaging is pretty basic and the product is housed in a clear tube. Its really convenient for popping in your handbag too. 
The writing on the tube comes off within days but thats not a deal breaker. 
There is a twist off doe foot applicator on the lid which I found sat nicely in the inner corners of my eyes. Probably not the most hygienic for spots. 

The concealer is lovely and creamy in consistency and there’s no danger of it running down your face. It conceals amazingly at both under the eyes, spots and discolouration. 
It’s so easy to blend out and I used my fingers to do this before setting with pressed powder. 

I use the Kimmy K triangle trick for my dark circles and it covers them brilliantly. 
It cancels out the discolouration around my nose and all my pesky period pimples are gone. 

This is by far my favourite concealer EVER. 
Its creamy, thick and the perfect colour for me. Its a long lasting matte finish concealer but it does not last as long as the foundation but its portable so yay for me! 
The foundation is a decent medium coverage foundation with a semi-matte finish that lasts really well. The main let down with this product is the shade selection. 
Sooooo, 
Moral is, don’t judge a brand by its outdated naff image. 
Because there’s stonkers to be found. 
Heres a shot of me, with a bit of Kim K Kontouring using the foundation, concealer and natural collection crushed walnut for contouring. 

I hope this helps, 
Lots of love, 
Clo

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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.

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    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.

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    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

    Clo

    Xx