Saturday, 18 April 2015

Base Make Up: The Foundation & Concealer Edition

(L-R) Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation, NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, YSL Touche Eclat Foundation, Skinfood Salmon Dark Circle Foundation, YSL Anti-Cernes Multi Action Concealer and Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser

So on top of using BB Cushions, I've been sampling and trying to finish up some base make up products lately. I think I'm getting closer towards finding my perfect liquid foundation but it seems that I'm still on the hunt for HD under-eye concealer.  Concealers have always been hard for me considering that I have dark brown eye circles against the backdrop of pale skin. Nothing seems to really work!

But anyway, onwards we go to some mini reviews on a plethora of base products that I've been using recently. 

1. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation in Sand 
I was given a generous sample of this foundation to use at home and I'm close to buying this...but am holding off just in case there's something better. I think this pretty much sums up my feelings towards the foundation. It's great but there's nothing that makes me think that I need it straight away.

Sand, a light neutral colour that seems to lean towards beige, is the perfect colour for me during the warmer months. I honestly don't think I've ever been matched up with a better shade. The colour matches my neck and the formula doesn't seem to oxidise much, if at all. The foundation looks like second skin and seems to hide light redness pretty well. I find that it's a light-medium coverage foundation.

Bobbi Brown just announced the launch of its Intensive Skin Serum Foundation which I'm guessing is aimed at drier skin types. I'm totally excited about it and a part of me wants to impulsively buy it. But I'm going to hold it together until I hear some reviews on it. LOL.

2. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Deauville and Mont Blanc
Everyone seems to rave about this foundation!

Can I just say that there doesn't seem to be anything sheer or glowy about this foundation?! In fact, to me, it provides medium coverage and a slightly matte finish. It's also heavier than what I'm used to but I find that I don't mind it that much. It covers imperfections very well - redness and pores can be blurred nicely.

I find that, because I'm used to lighter coverage, I'm happy using only a smidge to cover my face. I'd imagine that if I were to purchase this, it would last me a long time.

However, the reason why I can't pick this up is because there isn't a shade for me. There isn't even two shades I can mix to get the perfect colour. I was initially recommended Deauville, which is described as a neutral balance between pinks and yellows, but I found it to be too yellow. It made my skin look dull and, over time, it would turn gray. I was then told to try Mont Blanc, a light pink toned shade, and I found that, that was a little too pale for me in summer. For winter, Mont Blanc is actually pretty good with bronzer/blush.

On the 'might purchase' list. 

3. YSL Touche Eclat Foundation in BR30
I actually own this in B20 and, at one point, I thought that it was a decent foundation. I loved that radiant glow it gave my skin but it didn't offer much coverage. Then my skin condition changed. I have some acne scarring and underdeveloped zits/pimples.

I went to the counter to get rematched and was given a sample pot of BR30. The SA said that B30 would be too yellow for me and that BR30 would be better. I tried it at home and it was just way too dark!

I've tried mixing this with my B20 but I can't seem to get the right shade for myself. So it's a no to purchasing a new bottle.

Having said that, I think this is a good foundation for those with already good skin. 

4. Skinfood Salmon Dark Circle Concealer in # 2
On to the concealers! I've always wanted to try this because it's enriched with salmon oil, making the texture more emollient. I really hoped that it'd be moisturising on the under-eye.

The first problem with the concealer is that the shade doesn't properly conceal my eyebags. It just makes them look ashy. I know I need a corrector for my brown eyebags, so the product isn't entirely to blame. But the second problem is that it's a very light coverage concealer despite it being in a cream form. It's quite oily and shiny on the skin and, because of that, it tends to slip and slide. It disappears very quickly and you have to reapply quite often.

It is pretty moisturising compared to other cream and liquid concealers I've used but too bad that it tends to move around. I think this can be rectified by powdering the under-eye area afterward but that usually emphasises my lines, so I always skip this step.

5. YSL Anti-Cernes Multi Action Concealer in #2 Nude Beige 
Can you believe a YSL SA recommended this concealer stick for the under-eye area? And can you believe that I believed her and bought it?

Initially, she suggested the Touche Eclat but I scoffed because that I already owned it and know that the pen is a brightener not a concealer.

The stick is dry but very pigmented. I'd imagine that this is better for concealing spots.

The colour is too dark for me now as well. It was okay when I picked it up but I guess if I was totally desperate, I could always used it as a subtle cream contour. 

6. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circles Eraser in Brightener
I have this in Light, which is a yellow toned concealer and, funnily enough, does a decent job of correcting my dark circles. It's not fool-proof but it's a lot better than other shades that are matched to my skin tone.

The Eraser creases after a period of time but, at least, the texture is smooth and creamy. I twist the pen and will put product on the back of my hand before applying it with my fourth finger.

For some reason beyond me, I thought that the Brightener shade would help my dark circles and so I paid full price for me (yes, let me whinge because I never pay/enjoy paying full price for drugstore brands. Why would you when there are always sales?!). 

When my eyebags aren't that bad and I've had enough sleep, the Brightener looks pretty good on me. It's kind of like what I expected my Touche Eclat in #1 to do. This shade is also pinker than the Touche Eclat which means it doesn't wash me out too much.

Which base products are you loving or hating at the moment? 


  1. I recently snagged up a bottle of NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (in Ceylan) from a blog sale. I was surprised to see it isn't all that sheer and glow-y (just like you said)! It actually covers better than the new NARS foundation. Ceylan is actually a good match for me although I find it a bit darker than my own complexion. :)

  2. Great reviews! I like a lower coverage foundation as well and i'm surprised the nars sheer glow is not that sheer! My favorites right now are maybelline BB cream and the Lioeli waterdrops BB cream!

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  3. Thanks for coming through Angela!

    Re Sheer Glow - I know what you mean since you kind of expect it to do what the name suggests! Luckily, the finish is still very pretty. Ohhh I've seen the Lioele BB Cream on a few blogs but the colours look a bit dark for me!

  4. I totally would have thought you were in the shade Gobi or Mont Blanc!

    Yeah, the new NARS foundation didn't feel that good on my skin and it didn't cover much up too! I found it even tougher to find a shade in the new foundation range ahah.