Dior Backstage foundation — Up Close and Poresonal

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.

Clinique old favourites (and a new flirt)

Sometimes I like to look at my beauty stash by brand to see what is my curated selection from it. Clinique is a brand I never noticed I had a strong relationship with, until I realised that some of their products are actually re-re-re-re-purchases. In this day and age of trends and companies coming out with new launches that they shove down your throat, this means A LOT (quite more than stuff I buy once and move on to the next new shiny equivalent from any other brand).

Here’s my curated selection of besties from Clinique (and a new fling I’m into at the moment):

Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm
Fresh Pressed System
Beyond Perfecting Foundation
Lash Power Mascara
Beyond Perfecting Concealer

 

Essence Fresh & Fit Up Close and Poresonal

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.

My Cover FX favourites for textured skin

Despite being really curious about the new foundation releases (including one by Cover FX), I can’t help noticing a trend on the textures/formulations of these foundations, and they don’t always agree with my skin’s needs. No shade: I just find there are some days when my skin just can’t handle the long-lasting fluid highly pigmented new formulas (usually silicone and alcohol-heavy) that are sprouting everywhere, because they can start to sit weirdly after a few hours, enhancing the texture and some dry patches I didn’t even know were there.

These products, however, despite nobody talking about them, have been proven gems for any kind of mood my skin is going through, keeping it looking smooth, and are especially nice for touch ups at the end of the day, since they come in handy packaging and the creamy formulas mesh so well not only with textured skin but on with day-old makeup.

I really do think these are worth their own video, despite no influencer is paying them a great deal of attention.

Also, Cover FX is cruelty-free and has a boat load of shades to choose from.

All the products are available both in Cult Beauty and Beauty Bay. Always compare prices, because they can fluctuate a bit.

Total Cover Cream Foundation (40 shades)
Cover Stick (24 shades)
Pressed Mineral Foundation (40 shades)

Maybelline SuperStay — up close and poresonal

Happy new year!
Back into the swing of things, I’m starting off with one of my favourite videos to make: an Up Close and Poresonal on the Maybelline Super Stay Foundation.

It´s sort of been relaunched (some say it’s been reformulated), and there’s some buzz about it, so I got my hands on it and tried it on camera. Another great affordable find. Drugstore brands are making it hard to justify the high-end price tags, aren’t they?

If you want to know all about my 10 hour day with this foundation, just click play.

This foundation is widely available in your local drugstore (for us in Portugal, in supermarkets), and online through Feelunique.

catrice hd liquid coverage foundation — up close and poresonal

this week I bring you a review on a foundation that, according to Stephanie Nicole, is extremely close in formula (over 95%) to the new Fenty Beauty Foundation, and may have possibly even been made in the same factory — without a proprietary formula. because Portugal was AGAIN left out of the worldwide launch of the hype brand of the month and its foundation has had high reviews, I had to at least give its alleged cousin a try.

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the Ordinary Coverage foundation . up close and poresonal

it finally arrived, and I spend a whole day with it on my face to show you how it performs on combo, acne prone, ageing skin.

please keep in mind that this was *my* personal experience with it, and sort of a first impressions.

for more information on how to choose your shade, please read my post on the Serum Foundation.

where to buy: I usually go to Victoria Health for everything The Ordinary, but you can also buy the Colours range directly from the Deciem — the Ordinary website.

The Ordinary Serum Foundation | Up Close and Poresonal

This is nothing less than a phenomenon. Due to its very low price (under 7 €) and to the amazing array of colours, the foundations from The Ordinary have been constantly sold out. If you want one, you really have to want it and wait for quite a while…

The Ordinary foundations come in two finishes: Serum (Lower coverage, dewier finish) and Coverage (higher coverage and demi-matte finish). They have no frills nor high claims, and it’s almost a relief to know that. It’s just a foundation.
I managed to get my hands on the Serum version, and that’s what I’m going to talk to you about.

 

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Hourglass Foundation Stick — Up Close and Poresonal

I finally got my hands on it, so here comes the in-depth review!

If you’re in the U.S. and Canada (or in a country that is enabled to shop from those online stores), Sephora carries this foundation.
If you’re in the E.U., it depends if there’s an Hourglass counter on your local beauty store. I’ve found that you can order online through SpaceNK.