Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Armani Power Fabric Foundation Shade Mismatch Horror & Current Favourite Combo

I am a sucker for foundations and I love trying different foundations. 

We don't get all brands in India and I want to try everything make-up on this earth. Hence, online make-up shopping, which, often results in getting wrong shades of foundations and this becomes a major issue when the product is newly launched and there aren't many reviews online to shade match. This happened recently with me when I ordered Armani's newly launched Power Fabric Longwear High Cover Foundation.

I generally look for foundations that have medium to full coverage because of my problematic skin which often freaks out. Power fabric's description had everything I wanted in my foundation - longwearing + full coverage + velvet finish + relatively higher SPF of 25 = my ideal everyday foundation.

I use shade 7.5 in Luminous Silk and its tad bit darker for me but nothing that could make me look oompa loompa. So, I placed the order for Power Fabric foundation in shade 7.5 from Selfridges. I was super confident about the shade as the description in Sephora's website said "Tan Skin with Golden undertone".

Unfortunately the shade was not right for me. Shade 7.5 in Power Fabric is way too neutral as compared to Armani LS's 7.5 (which you could see in the photo below) and nowhere close to 'golden tan' as described on Sephora.

Regardless, I tried it on its own and immediately fell in love with the finish. It made my skin smoother, the coverage was medium but buildable to full. But, it did look make-upy and I could see the foundation sitting on my skin and the shade looked very grey on me which made me look ghostly. I immediately wiped it off and regretted buying it. 

Left: Power Fabric shade 7.5 ; Right: Luminous Silk shade 7.5
Let's roll back few months in the past. This shade mismatch incident happened with me few months ago also when I got myself Chantecaille Future Skin foundation in shade 'Sand'. But, this was not as horrific as the Power Fabric shade horror as the undertone was right. 'Sand' shade was too deeper for my complexion but I was still using it and the shade would look ok if not perfect after concealing and all that jazz. A beautiful foundation, by the way.  

Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation in Shade 'Sand'
So, I tried mixing a pump of Power Fabric 7.5 with a pea sized amount (almost equal part) with the Future Skin foundation in shade Sand and voila - it was my exact shade match - even better match than Armani LS 7.5. 

Left: Power Fabric in shade 7.5 ; Right: Future Skin in shade Sand

Mix of Power Fabric in shade 7.5 + Future Skin in shade Sand
I have been wearing this combo straight for about 2+ weeks now and it has quickly become my 'go to' favourite base for everyday. I like the combination of two foundations better than Power Fabric alone. I don't know what the Future Skin foundation, which is gel based and 60% water, does to Power Fabric foundation. It looks like skin but better which is even toned (dark spots still require concealing, which is ok for me), smoother and healthier. I do get oily through the day and requires blotting at least once.

Here's my puffy morning face with just Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base (skipped the smoothing primer for this post) of left and and just the foundation mix of Power Fabric and Future Skin on my face on the right. If you could it perfectly matches my complexion and beautifully evens out my skin, especially the darkness around my chin. 

This is how the foundation mix finally looks on me after I spot conceal the dark spots, conceal my under eye dark circles (setting the base in place with LM Translucent Powder) and add the dimensions back with some bronzer, blusher and highlight.

I hope this post inspires some of you to mix and match your foundations because I am sure we all go through this foundation shade mismatch horror.

Lots of Love

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Review: Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base

I haven't tried many products from Bobbi Brown brand but have heard some really great things about them. When I visited the store couple of month ago I was overwhelmed about what to try first and got myself a skincare item which is a hybrid of moisturiser and primer - Vitamin Enriched Face Base.

Its a reach moisture with Shea Butter and Vitamins C & E to hydrate and moisturise the skin making it velvety soft, without making the skin greasy. I thought this was gimmicky in when I first saw and heard about it. But, it does what it says and no wonder so many YouTubers and Bloggers love it.

When I first opened it, I loved its clean clear glass and black packaging. Very classy. 

The product itself is creamy-pale yellow in color and very thick in consistency. Despite being thicker in consistency, it spreads and slips well on skin. It has a slight lemony scent to it which I love and find quite refreshing. 

I have been using it quite regularly for last couple of months and I really love it. It does make my skin look velvety smooth and doesn't look oily or greasy or feel heavy on skin, in line with its recommendation for all skin types - from oily to extra dry. I have oily +combination skin and suits me well, but, I wonder how well it would suit those extra dry skin. I generally skip my moisturiser whenever I use this and directly apply it over my serums. On days when my skin is extra freaky and needs a boost of extra moisture I mix a couple of drops of Trilogy Rose Hip Oil or Sunday Riley Juno Oil. 

Whether using this as primer/ moisturizer or anything other primer, I never skip applying a mattifying pore filling primer around the T-zone where I tend to get oily through the day. 

The company recommends using it both day and night, but, I have used it during the day only as a makeup base. 

I hate that this such an expensive base and its really not good for my wallet that I love it. In India this is priced at INR 4450/- (Available online at Nykaa website - here) for 50 ml of product, which is more than double the price some of expensive range moisturisers (Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Extended Thirst Relief is priced at INR 1900/- for 50 ml and Clarins Hydraquench Moisturising Gel is around INR 3500/-). 

I have heard some great things about Bobbi Brown skincare line. What have you tried from her skincare as well as make-up line? I have tried her mascara and iconic Shimmer Bricks and I loved both. 

I love trying new foundations (whether new in the market or old ones that are raved about), so, next up I would try her Skin foundation. 

I hope you guys liked and found this post a bit helpful. 

Lots of Love

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

An over the top look | Glitter, Glimmer, Bold Eye and Lip

Its been ages that I have done a such a dramatic look. I was off to a family gathering the other day and had some time before we left to snap some photos. I posted a photo of this look in my IG a few weeks ago and thought why not share it here as well. 

I wanted to do really intense out there look - so it has everything glitter, glimmer, dramatic eye and bold lip.

I wanted a flawless base - lets be real I don't have flawless skin and I try to fake it with make-up and that's where my full coverage Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able foundation comes handy. As this is matte foundation I added a pump of Becca Shimmer Skin Perfector in Opal for a glowy finish. And to get rid of my dark circles I used another heavy duty product - Tarte Shape Tape Concealer (read more about it here) and to set the concealer in place I chose Laura Mercier Translucent Powder and to set the base I chose a more forgiving powder Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Airbrush Finish Powder. 

For color I used Tom Ford's Soleil Bronzer in Bronze Age and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat to rosey up the cheeks and to enhance the glow I used Diorskin Nude Air Luminizing Powder in shade 003. 

I wanted dark glittery eyes and for that I chose Lit Cosmetics Glitter in Rhinestone Cowbay along with my Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette and M.A.C. Cosmetics Rule eye shadow. And for the wing I used my Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner in Black and for lashes I used my current favourite Tarte Tarteist Mascara

Because I wanted bold lips I chose Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick in Raddish

For my brows my usual Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Soft Brown and Clear Brow Gel to set the brow hair in place. 

I hope your guys liked the final look and I agree its an over the top look but I enjoy such looks occasionally and I did get compliments. I get very rare chance to wear such looks if I am not posting anything. How often do you guys get a chance to wear such dramatic looks other than for posting on blog/ YT? 

Lots of Love

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Concealer Smackdown | Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer and Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer

These three are probably the most talk about concealers all over the internet in recent times and all of three of them have rave reviews by their admirers for different reasons. The under eye concealer game picked up with the release of Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer a couple of year ago, imo, which further got intensified when Urban Decay released its Naked Skin concealer and the later one ruled the charts for some time. The tube and wand type of concealer duel became much more intense with the release of Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer a few months ago and it featured in yearly favourites of almost all the YouTube beauty gurus. 

I had been using the Nars and UD concealers for some time and the Tarte's rave reviews intrigued me to try it. I have been using the three concealers alternatingly for last couple of months and have not made up my mind about each of them. 

Lets first hail these concealers for how full coverage these concealers are and they cover my hereditary dark circles like nobody's business without feeling heavy of cakey.  

Despite being in similar tube and wand category of full coverage concealers, these, are different in their own ways. While Nars concealer is creamy and thick UD concealer is much more liquidy but sets to a matte finish and Tarte concealer is on another level - its creamy, it sets quickly to a matte finish and feels light-weight and the coverage is much more than the previous two, imo. Nars concealer invariably creases under my eyes and I have to literally bake everytime I use this concealer. UD and Tarte concealers sets easily under my eyes without crease and they hold well through the day with light dusting of powder. 

I prefer the UD concealer over the other two for its forgiving formula. Tarte concealer is too heavy duty for me for everyday use. Don't get me wrong when I say this, but, the first time I tried the Tarte concealer I applied too much and it refused to blend cohesively with the rest of my face makeup. Lesson learned, you only need to dot the Tarte concealer instead of swiping it all over under the eye area, unlike other concealers. For photos and special occasions when I have plenty of time to correct mistakes (if any), Tarte is my hands down favorite. That's why, IMO, UD concealer is more appropriate for me on a day to day basis as the formula is more forgiving. 

Let's just look at the applicator of Tarte concealer - its huge and it has grove sort of a thing in it and hence it holds a lot more product than a traditional doe foot applicator like the Nars concealer. UD concealer's applicator is a double sided applicator, which I prefer as I don't have to dip my applicator twice in the tube. Just the personal preference of a forever late corporate executive. 

What's also great about Nars and UD concealers is their shade range. Nars concealer comes in 16 different shades from very pale to very deep skin colors. UD concealer comes in warm and neutral undertones addressing to specific needs in 11 different shades, while Tarte concealer comes in 14 different shades. I use shade Ginger in Nars, Medium Neutral in UD and Medium in Tarte. All the three shades has a peachy-salmony undertone which I prefer for covering my dark circles. Below are the swatches of all the three concealers side by side for reference: 

Left to Right: Nars Ginger, UD Medium Neutral and Tarte Medium

I got my Nars and UD concealers from Selfridges and Tarte concealer from the company's website. 

Price wise, UD (USD 28.00) and Nars (USD 30.00) are almost in the same price range, Tarte concealer being the most economical (USD 24.00). 

Nars has released a new variant to its Radiant Creamy concealers - Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer and this concealer is also getting rave reviews from the beauty community. And, I am very intrigued to try this concealer out as I am curious to see how well it performs under the eye areas considering that its pot concealer with matte finish. 

I hope you enjoyed this smackdown post, instead of review of just one product. 

Lots of Love