geesh, these names make the titles so long and aesthetically unpleasant… dang…
here’s my 11 hour experience with this foundation from Clinique that brings so many claims… I had to check them all against my combination-oily skin with dark spots and acne remnants that need coverage, and some wrinkles that worsen with base products – tough balance, I know, but I also know many of you out there feel the same.
the skincare ingredientes included are nice, but I prefer to rely on skincare to deliver actual effects, and also because an SPF of 20 is hardly enough for my needs (or would hardly be correctly applied, seeing that it is a heavier coverage product which we tend to sheer out). I really believe including SPF in tinted products makes people fall into a false sense of security and risk their skins more… so for me a foundation having sunscreen in it is completely indifferent.
you can easily find Clinique anywhere, but here’s a link for Lookfantastic in case you need it :)
on Instagram, you all voted on this one to go under the microscope today, and, to be honest, I was rooting for this one to end. I mean, the claims! medium coverage, natural matte finish, long-wearing, hydrating… and a super affordable price? I wanted to put it to the test!
bar my pitiful shade matching, I think you’ll get a thorough first impressions, application and review on this little nugget.
it is available supposedly in 36 shades (at least in the US), in store in Portugal and in most online renowned online shops we only have access to about 10 (shameful!). I found a larger range at Maquibeauty but they only ship I believe to Portugal and Spain. it turned out practically impossible hard to find an online store with more than the 10 shades (Feelunique, for instance, only has a limited shade range), so I’m leaving you the link to the Essence European website (where they mention only 19 shades… wtf?!) where you have a store finder.
do let me know if you know of a bigger online retailer that has the full shade range and can ship around Europe…
a haul and try-on of the goodies I got from the latest release. this is becoming such a nicely curated collection and I can’t wait for the newness in the Autumn – and maybe some restocking of lip pencils, and the blushes that I had to leave behind this time around…
Lisa Eldridge releases new products just a couple of times a year and has a limited stock, so the best option would be to sign up for the newsletter and follow her channel to know all about the new products in advance. there are still some products for sale at the time of this post, but for instance the blushes are all sold out.
Oh, I’ve missed doing these videos! Here’s a “too close to comfort” review of Purito Cica Clearing BB Cream.
Things you may want to know:
I have combination skin, going through a more oily phase; over 40, so with wrinkles; acne-prone since I was 12, with breakouts and hyperpigmentation which I tend to prefer to cover;
you can buy this product from Yesstyle (it takes a while to ship, if you know of a European retailer that can ship this faster, let us all know!);
it’s (at this time) 10,60€ for 30ml;
it’s a light to medium coverage foundation, feels like a cream, leaves a luminous to dewy look on the skin, evens out and visually smoothes texture;
terrible shade range – 27 (the shade I’m wearing) is the darkest colour;
claims to contain moisturising “Cica” extracts to strengthen the skin barrier– it does contain Niacinamide, Panthenol and Centella Asiatica, among other lesser-known ingredients that help with skin barrier and soothing the skin, as well as classic emollient, humectant and moisturising agents, and a cocktail of UV filters (the US website claims SPF 38 PA+++).
This one was so raved that, as soon as I test-drived my sample (as I should always do, impulsive buyer me…) I had to make a video on it.
This foundation retails for around 40$, around 40€, or 39£ — for 50ml —, comes in 40 shades with 4 different undertones, it’s not cruelty free and claims highly customisable coverage, a natural finish, and resisting through water and sweat.
It’s widely available in counters worldwide, and I found it online at Selfridges and, of course, Sephora US.
It’s been a while since I’ve done an Up Close and Poresonal on an affordable foundation, and it sure has been quite a while since I’ve ventured into the luminous and glowy side of coverage.
The claims on Essence Fresh & Fit Awake Makeup are simple: fresh, glowy complexion, high coverage without mask effect. If you’d like to see how I got along with it through a long day and take notes to see if it makes it into your to-buy list, just click away!
As you may know, Essence is available in drugstores and does not have (as far as I know) an online shop.
An up close and poresonal on another really hyped foundation. The list of claims is long and full of everything one can wish for. Was it worth it for me? Check out the video and see what my impressions were.