Jill Stuart is such an irresistible brand for me, even though I can’t say that I have brilliant experiences with their products – I barely use any of the powder foundations i have from their brand (and they ain’t cheap!). I just love the packaging and scent of the products though and well…I guess I just don’ give up that easily.
When I spotted their new foundation and concealer release, I stumped up £80 to try it all out:
The new foundation is a cream / jelly foundation in a jar, and the new concealers are liquid, and come in 5 shades (2 skin toned and 3 ‘brighteners’). I chose the foundation 105 Tan which is the darkest Jill Stuart foundations go, and is usually an ok match for me, and the concealer in 01, which is a bright pink (the most brightening of the 3 on offer so good for under the eye) and 05 which is a medium beige, and better for facial blemishes.
Moist Silk Jelly foundation is formulated with Rosewater and it contains Rosemary extract, lavender oil and avocado oil too. I did have doubts about buying this at first, because I suspected it would be a mousse like texture and very light – this wouldn’t be unusual as I find a lot of Asian bases to be quite sheer.
To my surprise though, the texture of this foundation is quite creamy but wobbly…I guess the name ‘jelly’ fits it well, but think of a nice cream blancmange, rather than a fruity clear jelly. This foundation has PIGMENT and coverage, that’s for sure.
This base also has an SPF20 and comes with a mini spatula, which I like cos its glittery but I will no doubt lose quite soon…
105 Tan in this formula actually blends away into a NC30-ish hue with a slightly pale cast to it – I’d say it ran a bit light on my skin but it wasn’t an awful match. It is quite a strongly yellow based foundation though and I prefer a more neutral base.
I should mention here that I also got a ‘lightbulb’ sponge with this order. Jill Stuart call it the ‘Natural Creator’ sponge, meaning it helps get a natural finish, whereas Shu Uemura launched exactly the same thing but in cream, and called it the ‘lightbulb’ sponge, to go with their new lightbulb foundation!
More about this sponge in a bit. It cost £10 and I think that’s quite dear for a sponge…maybe because I see it as something that needs throwing away and replacing quite often.
Now to the concealers.
Once again, I presumed these would be slightly sheer concealers, with some luminosity thrown in.
01 Luminous Pink, 05 Medium Beige:
These concealers come in super pretty tubes (containers? bottles? containers?).
They also have that rose scent I love and I usually despise fragrance in base products.
Now – once again I was impressed by the coverage of these concealers, despite being liquid, they do offer really good pigmentation. I guess I was judging because Jill Stuart can be a bit airy fairy sometimes but I found both of these concealers worked very well and you only need a teeny weeny bit.
I am a huge fan of creamy liquid concealers – I just find them easy to blend.
Concealer 05 is a yellow based beige tan and is great for my skin blemishes. Mixed with 01, it makes a great concealer and brightener in one under the eyes.
Concealer 01 is a brightener which you can also use on other dark areas of your face (ie. corner of the lips). It is slightly more liquid than 05 and works better because of it. There is the finest sheen to it (not sparkles) but it’s not as simple as just a clear light pink. This is SO EASY to over do (which you will see in my photos below – I looked like a racoon). Even for someone with mega dark circles like me, 1-2 dots under each eye is enough.
Blended – you can see they have decent coverage:
Once these base products dry, they ‘set’ into an almost powder like finish.
Whilst I don’t necessarily think this base offers oil control, on my dry skin I personally felt it didn’t offer glow or radiance…perhaps combination skin types would like this base most.
Back to the sponge:
I have a beauty blender which is fine but I got bored of using it and prefer a brush or my fingers.
I do however like this lightbulb sponge. The base (fat end) is used to apply the base by tapping it into the skin. The pointy end can be used in the face crevices, such as under the eyes and at the side of the nose.
Here is what happened when I dipped it into the base! It picks up quite a lot of product but it doesn’t suck it up, which is great, as there’s less product wasted.
Excuse how moody I look in these photos…it was bright and I was squinting!
I found this method of application great – really quick and easy quite frankly, I would definitely use this regularly. The finish is even and also not too thick!
Tap tap tap!
Concealing – that stuff under my eyes is WAY too much you only need half of this amount as it’s pretty potent stuff!
Blended…I like these products much more than I thought I would, however, the finish lacks the glow I crave (like my beloved DHC foundation) – so I don’t know if this base could really be described as ‘moist’.
I have tried using it with a glowing primer and the result is better, more alive.
All in all, much better than I expected. All of the products offer decent coverage and the sponge is surprisingly handy too. I love the concealers and will carry these around with me and will use up the base, although I don’t love it as much as others cos I love foundations that offer lots of glow to the skin. People with oilier skins (but not actually oily as I don’t think this offers oil control either) – so maybe combo skins – may love this base more.
*Purchased from Alphabeautyuk