Benefit say Hello Happy with new foundation

The first thing I thought when I saw the new Benefit Hello Happy foundation was how non-Benefit it looked! The shape of the bottle reminds me of Clinique's packaging on some of their bases, although it's a little less rounded. And obviously there isn't a cute happy face on the Clinique bottles! The new base is a Soft Blur Foundation, with light to medium coverage and an SPF15 PA+++. The idea, Benefit say, is that it looks like skin and … [Read more...]

New Concealers from Laura Mercier and Clinique

Concealers seem to be having a moment of late - quite a few have recently landed on my desk. The latest two come from Clinique and Laura Mercier. Laura Mercier launched its Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Concealer (£24) earlier this year, a medium to full coverage concealer, with a natural, luminous finish. It feels weightless on skin and perfects, hydrates and blurs imperfections with 12 hours of crease-resistant wear. The concealer … [Read more...]

Benefit launch Porefessional Pearl Primer

Benefit launch The Porefessional Pearl Primer just after Christmas - perfect for the whole Korean K-beauty-led 'glass skin' trend that you are going to know all about come 2018 - trust me. The idea behind it is, of course, perfect skin. But rather than the matte perfection we've all been after this year, and not the dewy look that can be a bit much, this is a sort of middle-ground - a 'glass effect. Super shiny, but perfectly matte … [Read more...]

YSL All Hours Encre De Peau Base Collection

YSL's new All Hours Encre De Peau collection is about creating the perfect long-lasting base - it's in the name, right?! The claim is that this base will stay flawless, with no touch-ups needed for 24 hours. The All Hours Foundation (£33.50) is the brand's first 'night-proof' foundation that will stay put through drinks, dates, dancing and more. It's waterproof and transfer-resistant ,and has a soft-focus, matte finish. The formula is oil-free, … [Read more...]

Get your Glow on with Clinique

Clinique launched a new base this month - the Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup SPF15 - perfect for oily and combination skin. As the name suggests, the idea behind this foundation is to make your skin glow. It's a lightweight formula, moisturising, and buildable. It's fine for all skin types, but best for combination and oily. It contains a highly active derivation of Vitamin C which helps brighten, increase clarity and visibly redcue … [Read more...]

NEW Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-LOngwear Foundation

Laura Mercier is the latest brand to launch a new foundation - the Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation. Apparently you can get 15 hours of wear out of this one, and it's full coverage, but weightless. I have tried it - the shade I had wasn't the right shade for my skintone, so I didn't wear it out, so I can't comment on the 15 hours (would I need 15 hours from it?) but it is a smooth, matte finish, and it does feel weightless. I did … [Read more...]

Estee Lauder NEW Double Wear Nude foundation

I love a new foundation (although I have found a beauty in Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow), and I have three to try out over the next few weeks. First up is from Estee Lauder. The NEW Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup SPF30 landed on my desk last week, and it's actually perfect for my holiday, because the shade is 2N1 Desert Beige, which is a little darker than my normal shades. There are 33 shades to choose from, for all … [Read more...]

Bobbi Brown Instant Full Cover Concealer

Bobbi Brown's latest concealer hit counters this month - and the tagline is 'Better Than Sleep' I'm not sure about that, but it is good. According to Bobbi Brown, it's like 'eight hours of sleep in a swipe' and, after a few rough nights earlier this month, it did the trick. I'm not a massive concealer user every day, but when I feel I need it, I want one that works. One thing I will say about this, is that it is full coverage, so it … [Read more...]

Benefit’s Porefessional pore minimizing makeup

Benefit launch the latest product in the Porefessional line this month - pore minimizing makeup. It's essentially a foundation, or let's call it a base, with corrective powers, namely pore minimizing of course! I adore the packaging - it's what Benefit do best, turning a simple beauty product into something fun. You twist off the top, then pull the sponge applicator out of the bottom of the bottle, and use to apply the product  that comes … [Read more...]