Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Aallexxy's Foundation Files; Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation

Foundation Files; This is where I test out different base products, from concealer to powder, tinted moisturiser and foundation etc, over a period of 7-14 days and post my findings. (Follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Bloglovin so you don't miss a post). So let’s get started!!!

First off some information about me; Skintype: Combination (leaning dry in winter and Oily in Summer). Shade Reference: in between MAC NC45-50/NW43. Undertones: Yellow/Neutral.

Brand: Urban decay

Name: Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation*

Coverage: Medium
Shade: Dark Warm

Swatch:

 
What the brand says: Want a foundation that delivers amazing coverage, lasts all day and works both wet AND dry? Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation delivers. Our advanced, velvety formula provides weightless, buildable coverage with a luminous, demi-matte finish for a Naked Skin feel.

While some traditional powder foundations might look dusty or even cakey on the skin, Naked Skin blends gorgeously and wears comfortably. Like the rest of our Naked Skin line up, Naked Skin Powder Foundation diffuses light to blur fine lines and wrinkles to make you look as if professionally retouched. It’s also ultra-forgiving: apply more in the areas where you need extra coverage and all you’ll see is beautiful, perfected skin.

Enriched with coated, micro-milled powders and HPP (Highlighter Performing Pigments) technology, Naked Skin Powder Foundation has a creamy feel, rich, long-lasting colour, and a perfect level of coverage to even out the look of your skin tone.

Added bonus: We included a protective pouch in a purple X-rayed flower design to help keep your compact protected from crumbling.

Naked Skin Powder Foundation comes in a range of meticulously calibrated shades. Our shade-matching system provides a clear starting point for finding your perfect shade: the first part represents shade intensity, and the second indicates shade undertone.


Wear Time (with/without primer): Excellent, minimal touch-ups required, if at all any. (NB: not tested during humid summer weather) 
Price (ml): £26 for 9g

Pros: Compact
Non Cakey
Long lasting
Multi-purpose
14 Shades

Vary the coverage

Good Value

Cons: Probably not suitable if you have extremely dry skin
Contains Talc and Silicone
Packaging prone to finger prints
Suitable skin types: Normal, Combination, Oily. (Extremely dry skin will need to thoroughly prep skin or avoid).
Ingredients: Talc, Nylon-12, Dimethicone, Silica, Magnesium Myristate, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Zinc Stearate,
Dimethiconol, Sorbic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Lauroyl Lysine.

[+/- (May Contain/Peut contenir): Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/77492/77499 (Iron Oxides)].


Oxidation: None

Any Other Information: Comes with additional carry pouch and puff.
Conclusion: For an avid liquid/cream foundation lover like myself, I have fallen hard for this powder foundation, it's creamier than typical powders and works brilliantly wet for fuller coverage or dry for light coverage and a matte finish. I have used this alone, over concealer, to set liquid and cream foundation or as a touch up powder throughout the day.
Rating: Love

Pick it up here. Have you tried this foudantion? What are you thinking of my new blog series so far? Any requests?

Thanks for visiting the blog today
Alex
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 *Pr Sample

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Aallexxy's Foundation Files; Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluid

Foundation Files; This is where I test out different base products, from concealer to powder, tinted moisturiser and foundation etc, over a period of 7-14 days and post my findings. (Follow me on Instagram,Twitter and Bloglovin so you don't miss a post) So let’s get started!!!

First off some information about me; Skintype: Combination (leaning dry in winter and Oily in Summer). Shade Reference:in between MAC NC45-50/NW43. Undertones: Yellow/Neutral.

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluid
Brand: Laura Mercier
Name: Smooth Finish Flawless Fluid

Coverage: Medium
Shade: Pecan (Medium to Deep with Cool to Neutral Undertones)

Swatch:
Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluid Foundation Swatch
What The brand says: A long-wear, oil-free foundation that magically blurs the line between real skin and makeup. Shake & tap to activate this unique formula. This revolutionary bi-phase, two part formula is designed to deliver the most natural looking colour and lightweight coverage. Colour true pigments rest at the bottom of the package while reflective waters (Hydro-Brilliant Technology) float to the top. Vigorously shaking the package before each use ensures the pigments blend with the reflective waters to create fresh colour every time. Long-wear (12 hours). Humidity-proof, sweat-proof / water resistant. Oil-free; non-comedogenic. Non-greasy; non-drying. Dermatologist tested. Suitable for all skin types (including sensitive skin), especially normal-to-oily skins.

Wear time (with/without primer): This base has great wear time, on my combo skin though, my oils do push through after a while, but it gives more of a glow than oil slick look.
Price (ml): £35 for 30ml
Pros: 24 Shades

Cons: Messy packaging
Suitable Skin Types: All; oily skin types will need good prep, especially if you prefer a true matte finish.

Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Water/Aqua/Eau, Silica, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Phytostearyl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Poly(Glycol Adipate)/Bis-Hydroxyethoxypropyl Dimethicone Copolymer, Citrus Limon (Lemon)Fruit Extract, Fumaria Officinalis Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Hull Powder, Fumaric Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Polysilicone-11, Dimethicone/Divinyldimethicone/Silsexquioxane Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Isohexadecane, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Sodium Lauroyl Asparate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Zinc Chloride, Polysilicone-1 Crosspolymer, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Ammonium Polyacryloydimethyl Taurate, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, Polyurethane-40, Nylon-12 Fluorescent Brightener 230 Salt, Polyvinylalcohol Crosspolymer, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Propylene Carbonate, Triethoxycaprylysilane, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Disodium Edta, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol. Maycontain/Peut Contenir/(+/-): Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Ironoxides).
Oxidation: None
Any Other Information: This is one of those bi-phase products, where the fluid and pigment seperate, so you have to shake it to mix. If you shake it with the lid on, the product oozes out everywhere, a way to prevent this is to shake the bottle with the lid off and your finger over the hole.

Conclusion: This is a gorgeous lightweight base, that photographs beautifully and covers well without looking cakey or heavy. I have overlooked Laura Mercier base products in the past, not sure why, but I will definitely be investigating them further.
*Rating: Love
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Monday, 18 May 2015

Aallexxy's Foundation Files; Premae Mattifying Mouse Foundation

Welcome to my new blog series, Foundation Files (see original review here). This is where I test different base products, from concealer to powder, tinted moisturiser and foundation etc, over a period of 7-14 days and posting my findings. So let’s get started!!!

First off some information about me; Skintype: Combination (leaning dry in winter and Oily in Summer). Shade Reference: in between MAC NC45-50/NW43. Undertones: Yellow/Neutral.

Premae Mattifying Mouse Foundation
Brand: Premae

Name: Premae Mattifying Mouse (MM) Foundation*

Coverage: Medium
Shade: 09 Maple

Swatch:

Premae Mattifying Mouse Foundation in 09 Maple Swatch
What the brand says: 'The mousse conditions and cares for the skin, nourishes the pores and soothes blemish prone skin with Rose and Lavender essential oils. Due to the allergy-friendly formula, this foundation is gentle enough to fall asleep in, and also includes hydrating Mango and Jojoba to protect and shield the skin against free radicals.
This foundation has the same technical and scientific attributes as the rest of the multi-award winning Premae Skincare range; it is free-from gluten, nuts and tree nuts, parabens, petrochemicals and SLS. Suitable for all skin types, this healthy foundation shade 09: Maple caters for dark olive to light golden skin complexions.
8 core benefits of using Premae Mattifying Mousse Foundation
– World first Mango Butter based foundation
– 2 in 1 Mattifying Mousse Creme to powder formula
– Anti-ageing, Antioxidant and Phyto Nutrient (Vegan fruit and herb ingredients)
– 15 shades from fair, olive, to very dark
– Buildable coverage: light to full
– Soft enough to sleep in!
– Lightweight, airless, breathable and pure
– The 1st healthy foundation formulae – Mango Butter, Jojoba and Rose based'

Wear Time (with/without primer): This has decent wear time, but I do require 1-2 touch ups throughout the day.
Price (ml): £29 for 15ml

Pros: 15 shades available
Allergy free
Great for sensitive skin
Gluten, Nut, Paraben, Petrochemical and SLS free
Cons: Price; as you are getting half the size of a usual foundation.
Contains Essential oils
Suitable skin types: I wouldn't let the word Mattifying put too many dry skinned beauties off, as this foundation is hydrating and gives a luminous glow, if you're super oily you will need to prep skin accordingly. 

Ingredients: Water, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Mango Butter, Xanthan Gum, Rosewood, Lavender and Rose Essential Oils, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Ultramarine Blue. May contain: Zinc Oxide, Micronized Zinc Oxide, Silica and Kaolin Clay.
Oxidation: I was shocked to be colour matched to 09 Maple, it adapts well to the skin tone.

Any Other Information: I feel come summer I will need a darker shade.
Conclusion: I'm really enjoying using this foundation, and it's great to know that long-term it's doing my skin good, and on the odd occasion I do fall asleep in my makeup, I won't wake up the next day and feel guilty.

Rating: Like**

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*Pr Sample

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Aallexxy's Foundation Files; NYX HD Concealer

Foundation Files; This is where I test out different base products, from concealer to powder, tinted moisturiser and foundation etc, over a period of 7-14 days and post my findings. (Follow me on Instagram,Twitter and Bloglovin so you don't miss a post) So let’s get started!!!

First off some information about me; Skintype: Combination (leaning dry in winter and Oily in Summer). Shade Reference:in between MAC NC45-50/NW43. Undertones: Yellow/Neutral.
NYX HD Concealer
 Brand: NYX
 
Name: HD Photogenic Concealer*
Coverage: Medium
Shade: CW08 Nutmeg (perfect match for me) and CW05 Medium (Swatching for reference and I can mix the two for a under eye highlight)

Swatch:
NYX HD Concealer Swatches
 What The brand says: Concealer who me? This lightweight cover-up obscures imperfections, discoloration and under eye circles, but does so without ever looking cakey or obvious. Little wonder the Concealer Wand is one of our best-sellers. The concentrated, emollient-rich concealer formula goes on like a dream, is non-comedogenic and creates medium to heavy coverage. Available in 12 shades. Use the lavender for sallow skin, the green to neutralize redness and the yellow for under-eye darkness.
Wear time (with/without primer): The wear time on this is great, holds up well with and without primer and doesn't crease on me. It has good coverage without looking cakey or heavy.
Price (ml): £6 for 5ml

Pros: Affordable
Long wearing
Non-cakey
Doesn't crease
Lightweight

Cons: Needs darker shades
More accessibility
Suitable Skin Types: All (extremely dry prep accordingly)

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Cetyl Dimethicone Copolyol, Trimethylsilcxypheny Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Caprylic/Capric triglyceride, Polymethlmethacrylata, Silica, Sorbitan Olivem, Magnesium Sulfate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) wax, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Xanthan-GUM, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide Yellow (CI 77491), Iron Oxide Red (77492), Iron Oxide Black (CI 77499)
May Contain: Water, Glycerin, Cetyl Dimethicone Copolyol,Phenyl Trimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polymethylmethacrylate, Silica, Sorbitan Olivem, Magnesium Sulfate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax,Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, and Xanthan-Gum. MAY CONTAIN: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Chromium Oxide Green (CI 77288), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Iron Oxide Black (CI 77499), Iron Oxide Yellow (CI77491), Iron Oxide Red (CI 77492) Ultramarine Blue (CI 77007), or Manganese Violet (CI 77742).


Oxidation: None
Any Other Information: Its called the Concealer Wand on the website , it's showing 8 shades with 3 colour corrective shades on the website, but having attended the beauty blogger event last week, I do believe that when they officially launch in the UK more shades will be available (I'll update this post accordingly).

Conclusion: I absolutely love this concealer and can see why it would be a best seller for NYX, for something so affodable it's very effective. It covers well, has good staying power and is Talc and Paraben free.
**Rating: Love
*Pr Sample
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