First of all I was a little too excited about how well my nail polish matched this bottle.. couldn’t even start this without mentioning it.
You may have heard a lot about this foundation already as it launched in the US a couple of months ago but it’s only just hit the UK and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Luckily my local Asda store put it out as soon as they got their shipment (2 weeks ahead of the official release date) so I’ve had it for long enough to tell you what I really think of it. Those of you who follow my YouTube channel will know I usually do ‘first impressions’ videos when trialling a new foundation but with this I’m glad I didn’t because my feelings have changed completely since my initial application. The formula is completely liquid (in the US this was called ‘Liquid Powder’) and you have to give the bottle a good shake before applying or it will have little colour to it. I’ve found the best way to use it is with my fingers rather than a brush (my preferred method anyway) and love the way that it glides on to my skin, it feels silky smooth (that’ll be the silicone) and the finish is satin. It’s kind of cream to powder but I still set it as I do tend to get oily throughout the day.
The coverage is light, the picture above is just after appliction and you can see my freckles and redness around my nose etc. I don’t have a problem with that and prefer a lighter foundation but in my experience they don’t last as long and that is a deal breaker for me. When I’m working I’m out of the house early and not back til late with two 30min walks in the mix so my base is tested and in all honesty there are few foundations I’ve found that are up to my work days so I don’t hold it against L’Oreal that this is not.
After a few hours you can see (above) there is some shine but the product has also settled around the dry areas on my chin and fine lines around my eyes, that being said there wasn’t much left to settle as I’d lost the majority of coverage from the rest of my face and was starting to look a little bare.
Pardon the lighting but by the end of the day I was oilier than I’d happily be in the outside world and I didn’t actually leave the house the day I was testing for this post, It’s been FAR worse than this by midday when I’ve been at work. So if you’re looking for a little something to even out your skin on a Sunday that wont look too obvious but will perhaps give you a little more confidence than going completely makeup free this is great but if you’re looking to replace your regular day to day base.. I wouldn’t be looking at this to do it. It’s such a shame because when I first put it on I just love it, the way it feels and looks is awesome but it just doesn’t hold up – NARS Sheer Glow is the same, initially great but no staying power and ultimately a waste of time for me.
Usually I would try to give some balance by saying that my skin type can err on the side of oily and perhaps this would work better for drier skins but as you saw in my photos it clings to dry patches so unless your skin is still smooth it might not be perfect for you either. I don’t really want to give up on this entirely so I will be trying some different primers to see if I can get it to work a little harder for me and I’ll let you know how I get on. Lastly I wanted to mention that lots of people are comparing this to the Giorgio Armarni Maestro foundation which I’ve never tried myself but from other review seems to be very similar if not the same – L’Oreal OWNS Giorgio Armani (for those who didn’t know) so this could well be the same product filtered down to the less luxury market. Always interesting.