Not that I spend that long doing my make up everyday anyway, but I do find it tiresome applying liquid foundation sometimes, I always get it everywhere, and then you got rewash your hands, then you touch your top and you get foundation everywhere, you get my drift.
Stick foundation sounded like a blessing – I liked the sound of three; Becca’s, Laura Mercier and Shiseido’s. I already have Shiseido stick foundation OC40 (slightly too light on me) and I cannot stand the scent (sort of flowery-sweet) Shiseido put into their bases. I have only been using their Hydro Power Compact because I love it so, but I can barely tolerate the smell. (MAQUillage Creamy Compact foundation is amazing, by the way and has no scent).
Anyway, Becca is expensive in the UK, and I got a bit confused by the skin colour chart, plus the customer services never got back to me with advice, so Laura Mercier is was.
The little powder is Secret Brightening Powder, which it for under the eye area, or anywhere that needs some brightening. I go the one for medium skins, so it blends nicely and doesnt appear chalky on my NC35 skin.
When ripping the protective plastic, be careful, my dears;
Tut. It was really stuck on though. Hmph.
I bought it in Natural, choosing a shade over the net is always difficult. The next one up on Laura Mercier’s website is medium, but on the Strawberrynet website (with quite accurate photos) it looked like Natural is darker than Medium…go figure.
The foundation has a SPF 15 and as a light to medium coverage.
I quite like the chubby stick, although I am not into Laura Mercier packaging. I have so far found the texture to be pretty dry – it drags a little on the skin and doesn’t glide on as well the the Shiseido stick.
The coverage is good on areas on redness, althought a had some bit of discolouration it didn’t seem to cover without a few layers. The colour match was good, so it wasn’t to hard to blend it. Because my skin is dry at this time of year, it lasted fine, but would have needed some topping up (if I could be bothered) after four hours or so.
This was £30.00 (eek).
The Secret Brightening Powder is light, and blends really well, not leaving the racoon effect. I really liked this product and it would be a good one to use on top of your under eye concealer since it won’t dull any reflective concealer you have used.
You get a small pot for £15.00.