Long Wear Foundations 2015: Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer

And now we’re on to round 2! Let’s see how Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer fared…

Photo borrowed from Clinique's website. Because their photography looks better than my half-used sample pot.

Photo borrowed from Clinique’s website. Because their photography looks better than my half-used sample pot.

Unfortunately I have to start this review on a bum note. This foundation caked. And it caked a lot.

In fairness, it’s highly possible that this happened because I never managed to apply the stuff very well.

After all, the formula itself isn’t thick and cakey. It actually does that magical thing of mixing great coverage with not feeling too thick and mask-like on your skin. Which is always nice – especially in summer.

Nevertheless, it just didn’t look that great on my face. I think that had a lot to do with how I applied it – and perhaps the shade range, too.

Still, I’m a firm believer that foundations should be idiot proof, and that good foundations should be immune to the effects of cheap brushes and a hamfisted technique. Granted, it’s always going to look better with a better brush, but still. I expected more from you, Clinique.

As for the lasting power on this stuff, it’s decent. It’s certainly better than the average foundation you’d pick off the shelf. It lasts well past lunch, which makes it a decent contender in my book – although it doesn’t quite keep up with Double Wear.

Even though I vetoed this stuff as a foundation, I was amazed by how well it worked as a concealer. Because of the lasting power, I started patting my sample on as a concealer on spotty days, and was really impressed! It conceals the worst zits for hours on end.

As a long-wear foundation, I’d pick Clarins or Double Wear before this any day. But as a concealer, this stuff is a real winner. Perhaps that’s why they marketed it as a Concealer/Foundation in the first place?

Oh. Now it all makes sense.

3/5

Long Wear Foundations 2015: Clarins Everlasting Foundation +

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Photo pinched from the House of Fraser Website

So here we go. Here is the first foundation I’m testing for summer wearability this week. Clarins Everlasting Foundation + is more of a reformulation than a new-for-2015 contender to the long wear foundation market, but they’ve given it a new name (well, added a ‘+’ onto the old one), a special new formula, and a launch all of its own, so I think it probably still counts.

Anyway, on to the review. Put simply: I like this foundation. The finish is silky and glowy, and it looks much more like skin than long wear foundation usually does – other contenders tend to have a more thick, matte consistency.

As for the actual coverage, it’s pretty good too. On areas where I don’t have spots – only discolouration – it evens out my skin tone and makes it all look pretty perfect.

Just applied Everlasting Foundation +. Please excuse the slightly wacky morning eyes.

Just applied Everlasting Foundation +. Please excuse the slightly droopy, wacky morning eyes. I don’t like mornings.

Where spots are concerned it tends to wear off by the end of the day, which is disappointing – but that’s partly because I struggled to neutralise their angry red colour first thing in the morning, too. It also doesn’t help that this foundation doesn’t adhere very well to lumps and bumps, generally speaking. Including my nose.

That said, I found the coverage to be much more buildable when I switched from a beauty blender to a brush. The foundation stuck to itself – and my spots – much better, without resulting in a cakey finish. So that’s a big thumbs up.

Overall I’d say that the lasting power of this isn’t quite as good as that of Estée Lauder’s Double Wear (there’s about an hour or so in it) but in terms of consistency it’s a very good contender. There’s no threat of caking with the Clarins version, and where Double Wear can look chalky at times, Everlasting Foundation + really does look like skin, only with a much better texture. For summer, where we mostly favor a more natural look, this is perfect.

Finally, for all those who want great coverage without feeling like they’re wearing a mask, this is seriously good. Even in the sweltering heat of a crowded Metrolink carriage, your skin feels like it can breathe. Even if you can’t. Which is ace.

4/5

How to Stop Your Face from Melting: Long Wear Foundations 2015

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A few weeks ago I took this photo (#nofilter) on Deansgate in Manchester. That’s Manchester, England. As in, the rainy city. The one with the grey sky.

Needless to say, it looks like we’re in for a long hot summer. And what does a long hot summer mean for makeup fanatics? A melting face.

Fortunately, cosmetics powerhouses Clarins and Clinique released two new long-wear bases this year, which offered interesting alternatives to Estée Lauder’s cult favourite foundation: Double Wear.

Let me just say at this point: with oily skin and acne issues, I’ve been a loyal member of the Double Wear brigade for years now. So far, I’ve not found anything that lasts as long or covers as well. But that doesn’t mean I’m not keen to find a substitute. After all, it does get a bit cakey sometimes.

Fortunately, both Clarins’ Everlasting Foundation + (new formula) and Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting Foundation & Concealer claim to last for at least 12 hours (18 in Clarins’ case), AND they supposedly offer great coverage too.

Most importantly, both have cited “IT DOESNT FEEL LIKE A MASK, GUYS!” as one of their major differentiators. You’ve got to hand it to them, they know what they’re competing against.

So, can they beat Double Wear? I’ve snaffled samples of both, so stay tuned this week to find out!

Review: Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation Primer

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It’s taken me a while to get round to reviewing this one. Partly because I really wanted to do it justice – it’s a cult product, after all – and partly, perhaps more importantly, because I didn’t really have a lot to say.

The thing is, there’s no “wow” factor. Thanks to my oily skin, primer or no primer, my makeup still fades by the end of the day, the hyperpigmentation still pokes through eventually, and I’m still left virtually bare-faced if I don’t top up before I go out again in the evening.

Maybe my choice of foundation and concealer isn’t helping, but for the price, (which is £29, by the way) I’d kind of expect this primer to keep my face absolutely perfect past lunch. But it doesn’t. It just stops some of my makeup from disappearing, rather than all of it.

I’ve used this primer with YSL Perfect Touch, Vichy Dermablend, and Laura Mercier’s own Silk Crème Foundation, and though all of them last longer – 4-5 hours in Vichy’s case – they still can’t hack it for the entire day. Am I asking too much? For someone with dry skin, no. But for a greasy-faced girl, maybe I am.

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Here’s a cheeky swatch. See how it comes out sort of like a gel?

Ironically, the one time this primer really impressed me was when I wore it without any other makeup. I was going on a road trip that day, and I’d intended to put my makeup on in the car while my boyfriend was driving. I massaged in some primer before I left the house, then decided I couldn’t be bothered to follow it up with makeup in the car.

At our destination, about 4 hours later, my face was still perfect. There were no pools of oil on either side of my nose, no greasy film over my chin. Usually these appear within an hour of cleansing, so when I finally went to put my makeup on I was really surprised!

So I guess the conclusion to this post is, this stuff is AMAZING…if you’re not wearing makeup. If you are, I don’t think it makes quite enough of a difference. Certainly not twenty nine quid’s worth. Maybe I’m hard to please, but sorry Laura, I’m trying Becca next time.

Latest In Beauty: Glamour Beauty Power List 2014 Box

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I gave in guys. I ordered it. There was so much pretty. And it only cost me £15.99 for a year’s subscription to the digital version of Glamour, AND all this beauty stuff:

  • Maybelline Stripped Nudes Lipstick in “710 Sultry Sand” (full size, shades vary)
  • James Read Sleep Mask Tan (25ml)
  • Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (30ml), with muslin cloth
  • Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence (60ml)
  • Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara (full size)
  • 10 Eyeko Eye Makeup Remover Wipes
  • Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (30ml)

It was worth it. Je ne regrette rien.

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Well, je regrette un peu. There was some difficulty with the Maybelline Stripped Nudes lipstick. Being a pale nude, it made me look a bit ‘2002 Page 3 Girl.’ In fact, it would have served me very well for the ‘Makeup Through the Ages‘ collaboration that we did a few months back, where I based my look on S Club 7. Jo O’Meara LOVED nude lips. But it wasn’t really for me.

I’m also a bit fearful of the James Read Sleep Mask Tan. I’ve been exfoliating the shiz out of my face of late, so would probably be able to avoid any patchy tanning disasters, but I’m scared. I don’t fake tan my body, so there’s a strong risk that this might look a bit weird on me.

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HOWEVER. The other stuff. Oh wow, the other stuff. The main reason I ordered this box was to try the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, and it did not disappoint. It removes makeup easily, and makes me feel like I’m in a spa. It’s made my evening routine 100 times more relaxing.

You know how some Chinese restaurants give you a hot flannel for your hands, between courses? And how you always want to press them to your face, but it’s slightly inappropriate? The hot cloth cleansing method answers that need. In the most soothing of ways. Sigh.

The Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence is also gorgeous. I can’t say much about the long-term damage defence yet, but after I spritz this on, it detangles my hair and makes it feel lovely and soft after a blow dry. It also smells beautifully sweet, so that’s a plus. Thumbs up there.

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As for the Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde mascara, although it certainly takes more than un seconde to apply, I’m pretty pleased with it. If you’re careful to apply it right from the roots, it fans out, lengthens, and of course volumises lashes beautifully, without making them clumpy. Hopefully you can see that from my right eye in the picture! The only downside? I live in fear of poking myself in the eye with it. That brush is capable, man.

I’m yet to try out the Eyeko Eye Makeup Remover Wipes, but I use their eyeliner pen almost daily, so I have no doubt that these wipes will remove that brilliantly. That’s what they say, isn’t it? Whoever makes the makeup will make the best remover for it. If they know how the liner or mascara is made, they also have the secrets of the best way to break it down. Cleverrrr. Anyway, I’m saving these wipes for when I need a quick makeup-removing fix – i.e. when I stagger in after a night out. Because I’m classy like that.

Finally, we have the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer. I’ve been using the oil free version of this for a few months, so it’ll be good to have a mini back-up for when I’m travelling light. I’m also intrigued to see the difference between the oil free and normal versions. Although the original foundation primer is not specifically made for greasy skin, I’ve found with some products that the original can work better than the special versions. We’ll have to see if that’s true in this case!

Have you ever ordered a Latest In Beauty box? What are they like? As this box is dedicated to Glamour’s Beauty Power List 2014, do you think these products accurately represent the best in their categories? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Go on, drop us a comment.