A thorough review, after having used this palette for several full days, showing you the beautiful performance and blendability of this brighter mid-toned palette, but also some less spoken about characteristics I’ve stumbled upon and may be of interest to you. Keep in mind in the meantime I’ve received Vega as a gift (I’m spoiled, I know), and I’ve had the same experience with all the formulas in that palette.
If you’re looking for super smoothing flattering mattes that blend themselves out and with which you can hardly over-apply, this is definitely one palette to look into. But if you’re into shiny-sparkly shades, or if you need longevity for a full day of work (or just because you have oily lids), you may want to watch the whole video.
Of course this is just my experience (although I’ve been talking with some people and I’ve been having some similar feedback), so take it all with a grain of salt! It’s overall a beautiful palette, I love the “poppable” pans, the concepts behind the colour stories, and how impeccably and effortlessly you can make a look.
as a huge fan of foundations and a huge fan of Lisa Eldridge makeup, this was one of the most anticipated launches of the year for me.
as soon as she divulged we could get a set of samples to try free with a purchase from her most recent launch, I dove right in. you can also get the samples for a small amount.
the full size of the foundation is being sort of soft-launched in her pop-up store House of Eldridge in Covent Garden, London (it’s a whimsical mix of makeup museum with her vintage makeup collection on display, makeup store, and jewellery store, with both her lines for sale, and it’s open until the end of the year).
I had to control myself for a few days before being able to try it on camera (needed to be home during the day for a full-day test), so here’s the moment when I get to finally play with it for you:
what I could gather at the time of this post:
the sample cards contain 4 shades and you can buy them online or get one for free with a purchase from her online store (at this moment, some are sold out, but they’ll restock soon);
the full-sized foundation will cost 44£, around 52€;
it’s available in 40 shades, in what seems a very inclusive range – goes up to very dark shades and has olive undertones for lighter shades.
in the video I’m wearing shade 16 – light medium with true olive undertones
*please note that at the time of application I had too close to my face, on the left side of the image, a lamp that has a freaky colour temperature bulb (it said daylight on the packaging, but it’s quite greenish), and it reflected massively on the olive tones of the foundation, making it look like I have a green patch on my face. when I turn my head you can see it’s just that weird light, everything is normal, just bad lighting…
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.
Some people had huge artistic impulses and took the added time some of us had to play with make up with the freedom of a kid with watercolours. Sadly, it was not my case. Nonetheless, I still found som great gems that became staples in my make up routine, and that let me feel I wasn’t totally falling into a rut.