Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10
As my friends in the blogging community will know, I have been hunting for a decent full coverage foundation for the longest time. After years of neglecting my skincare, and two years of using high street foundations that weren’t even my colour- I finally decided to splash out and find a good foundation.
The most common issue I have is that I am olive toned. This means I am neither warm or cool toned, but sometimes it means that neutral tones don’t quite look right either. This has been even more difficult recently, as my lifestyle means that I haven’t had much time outside in the sun. At best, I am the palest I have ever been. This is an issue because when people think of ‘olive’ toned skin, they assume that means I am also tanned. Not at the moment though. In the past i’ve been given some awful colour matches- I won’t say by whom… (MAC *cough*), who took one look at my skin and threw me a bottle of orange paint. So, determined not to make the same mistake again, and to spend money I don’t have on something I will never wear- I started researching.
I decided to go with an Estée Lauder foundation, as I remembered being a fan of double-wear way back when I was 15/16 (I received my first one as a present from my grandmother I think in a not-so-subtle attempt to get me to stop caking on dream-matte mousse!) I had been worrying for ages when I was going to make the time to go over to Norwich (about 1hr drive) to get colour matched, but last week I went with my husband as he went on base to attend a commanders call. Afterwards I wanted to have a little look around the shop, and I discovered that up until that point he had expertly escorted me around a giant make-up section, a section that included brands from the U.S! RUDE. Not only that, but as it was later, there was no one attending the stalls, and so I didn’t have someone else tell me what colour I was or pressure me into buying something I didn’t need. No people. My favourite.
So, I got to leisurely sample testers until I found one I was happiest with! Last time, when my skin had seen the sun for longer than 10 minutes a year, I was in the shade 4N1- Shell Beige. To give you an idea of why I was struggling so hard to colour match myself, I recently picked up a 2N1- Desert Beige. Also, since my skin has changed a little since I was 14, I was nervous about the effects a new product would have on my skin. I am fairly lucky with my skin, as it is fairly normal. I never really suffer from breakouts, bar the occasional hormonal spot, and sometimes some blackheads in the T-Zone. However, sometimes some products can cause my skin to look dry, and consequently cakey. However, here is the finished look that I created when I got home!!
The first thing I notice with any product is the packaging. I’ve always loved Estée Lauder for it’s consistent, classy looking products. The packaging feels sturdy and luxury for the price point. The only qualm I have is the lack of pump on the bottle… It makes it so much more difficult to gauge how much product I am using. (GURL. FIX THIS ALREADY!)
As with all foundations, I applied with a damp beauty blender over a clean, primed face. It went on smoothly, blended wonderfully with my concealer and didn’t feel drying or cakey at all. It dries quickly to matte, which I love, because I’m too addicted to highlighter for a dewy foundation. Most of all it felt so much more lightweight than the high street foundations I’d been wearing that only provided half the coverage. It provides full, skin-like coverage that I adored. Furthermore, It is long-wearing and required few touch ups throughout the day.
Overall, I was left feeling great. I couldn’t believe I’d been denying myself a perfect base for 5+ years. Besides the product not coming with a pump, my only issue is that sadly after purchasing this, I discovered that Estée Lauder is now no longer a cruelty-free brand. Why!? Why would you go backwards like that? This irritated me immensely, as more recently I have been really trying to make my make-up routine cruelty free, as I genuinely believe that animal testing is an unnecessary evil.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post! If you know of any great cruelty-free options please feel free to let me know in the comments below!