Flawless, Nigella-style foundation

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Watching The Taste recently (which is crap) I am transfixed by Nigella's amazing skin. I know she's certainly had a bit or botox or whatever, but she clearly has fantastic foundation.
As a fellow pale and interesting type I was hoping for some recommendations for foundation that gives that wonderful creamy effect.
I use a light, illuminating foundation during the day but want something heavier for evenings.

Any ideas?

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Tue 28-Jan-14 13:54:52

She has LAYERS of the stuff on, properly slapped on with a trowelgrin

I remember seeing Joanne Lumley in the flesh and being shocked at how much make up she wore in real life.

You need your own personal make up artist to achieve Nigella's lookwink

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Tue 28-Jan-14 14:06:27

Actually I want proper old fashioned cream foundation, the sorry in a jar that you dip your fingers in circa early 80's Helena Rubenstein type stuff. They did something very odd with foundation at some point and it just doesn't seen to work on my skin....

The best I've found is Loreal lumi magique rose pearl which is a perfect match for NW 20 skin.

NW 20? Is that a skin colour pantone?

So I need a trowel and a make up artist? Is the Loreal one proper full coverage?

FrugalFashionista Tue 28-Jan-14 14:17:12

DameDiazepam foundation like that still exists. Amazing coverage, very heavy.

I've never gotten a good glow from liquid foundation (just a sweaty look) but mineral foundation applied properly can give a really fantastic glow and airbrushed feel without the heavy cakey feel.

bishboschone Tue 28-Jan-14 14:20:30

I'm sure it's mineral makeup . I have loreal and it's amazing but only for evenings ..

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Tue 28-Jan-14 14:27:41

I use mineral make up most days, it's good.

That Revlon stuff has a sort of velvety finish though which I don't like, sort of powdery. I want very very creamy stuff. Thanks thoughsmile

NW 20 is a Mac shade.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Tue 28-Jan-14 14:29:07

Actually just realised I haven't tried the Revlon one, it's the maybelline one I've tried. I'll look in boots tomorrow, thankssmile

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Tue 28-Jan-14 14:40:55

Oooo it has good reviews on make up alley <excited>

FrugalFashionista Tue 28-Jan-14 15:06:17

Dame it's one of my favorite foundations <foundation junkie> but the finish is more matte than glowy, but not at all powdery on my dry skin. It might also be a US only product <drugstore junkie> If so, lots of eBay vendors should carry it.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Tue 28-Jan-14 15:09:46

Matte is good, not keen on glowy sweatygrin

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Tue 28-Jan-14 15:14:36

Oh no, its not a UK product according to google-Bugger!!

I'll start hunting on e bay...

Gillybobs Tue 28-Jan-14 15:17:21

This stuff is DA bomb! proper coverage, semi matte finish, lasts for hours and hours. The catch is they aren't launching it in the UK so need to buy it on ebay and pay a fortune for postage.Worth it mind you


Gillybobs Tue 28-Jan-14 15:22:30

Oh dear, I see I'm late to the party. Sorry! I think it's quite creamy, not powdery at all

fedupandfifty Tue 28-Jan-14 15:24:59

Have you tried panstick by Max Factor? Very creamy, good coverage. Heavy though.

jasmine1979 Tue 28-Jan-14 15:31:23

I'm usually a huge fan of mineral foundation only. Other foundations make me want to scratch my face off!
This clarins one though is just amazing. It's £££ but really worth every penny. Coverage is really good, but it doesn't look cakey or obvious at all. smile You also only need a tiny amount for good coverage so although it's expensive it lasts a long long time.

Clarins are also one of the few make-up counters that I've found that are great at giving out samples. So well worth giving it a try.

GiniCooper Tue 28-Jan-14 16:00:55

Primer, primer, primer.

I have gone through foundation after foundation and a make up artist recommended urban decay primer.

It's amazing the difference.

GeekInThePink Tue 28-Jan-14 16:04:20

Sorry to butt in but what is mineral make up like for dry skin?
I worry I will look powdery and uneven

bishboschone Tue 28-Jan-14 17:08:36

My skin is dry .. It's fine .. I use loreal

GeorginaWorsley Tue 28-Jan-14 18:20:33

I tried every foundation out there I think.
I want good coverage but not flat,long lasting but not drying.
The ones that last are too flat,eg Double Wear,the ones that look amazing when first on don't last!

kerstina Tue 28-Jan-14 18:22:27

Nigella mentioned Laura Mercier pressed powder being in her handbag in one interview. She used to be the times beauty journalist didn't she? I used to read it but can't really remember her favourites.

GeorginaWorsley Tue 28-Jan-14 18:35:29

She did indeed,around 2003 ish??
I've never tried anything from Laura Mercier ,apart from Secret Finish.
Perhaps that's it??

Ellisisland Tue 28-Jan-14 18:44:28

It's contouring as well as foundation. I use these for contouring


Ellisisland Tue 28-Jan-14 19:04:49

Also here is a link to Nigella talking about her beauty regime


bishboschone Tue 28-Jan-14 19:29:03

I get on really well with Botanics bb cream ..it covers like light foundation but a nice texture .. I use this in the day and mineral make up for nights out ..

bishboschone Tue 28-Jan-14 19:29:21

Sheer cover is supposed to be amazing but I haven't tried it.

Piscivorus Tue 28-Jan-14 19:33:18

I have Bare Minerals which I think may be similar to Sheer Cover and find the coverage far lighter than they advertise. By the time I build it up to get the coverage I find it looks cakey

FrugalFashionista Tue 28-Jan-14 19:34:48

I was highly sceptical about mineral makeup although lots of friends have sworn by it for years (it sounds like a cult doesn't it wink) because my skin is dry and acne/rosacea prone. Regular pressed powder makes it drier still and also flaky but mineral makeup is really finely milled clay that is worked into your pores (the buffing). So it works, although I didn't expect it to. I moisturize with one of my LRP moisturizers about half an hour before and fix with a spray of Avene thermal water and that seems to work well.

The Lily Lolo I've been experimenting with has a high kaolin content so it actually feels slightly creamy. The shade range is much better than in liquid foundation and you can fine tune it infinitely by adding in a few grains of a darker base. You can also increase the coverage by mixing in more concealer (kaolin) into your base. You can order tiny and cheap sample jars so if it doesn't work for you you haven't invested much.

I'm wearing it today and my skin has this incredible lit-from-within glow and looks flawless - pretty incredible as I had a hideous outbreak of eczema over Christmas and still have some residual flushing and scarring.

SinglePringle Tue 28-Jan-14 19:40:07

On tv, Nigella's make up will have been airbrushed on. The make up artist uses a very fine spray but will probably do three or four layers. Plus concealer / powder etc.

It's due to all programmes now being recorded in HD. Without airbrushing, their skin looks as flawed as yours or mine.

She'll take 3 hours in make up, minimum (& then touched up throughout the day).

FrugalFashionista Tue 28-Jan-14 19:41:25

Oh and I definitely need coverage (redness, hyperpigmentation) so I use the concealer with a Mac 219 brush, works really well. On most days I only retouch a bit with the concealer, but sometimes I do a full face with the mineral foundation and that's when I achieve that special glow.

escargot Tue 28-Jan-14 19:51:28

Clinique Even Better Compact?

QuinnFabray Tue 28-Jan-14 19:52:19

That Revlon whipped cream foundation is indeed fantastic. I'm so sad they're not planning on launching it in the UK, as far as I know. I buy mine from eBay, have a stock pile of the stuff.

TheresLotsOfFarmyardAnimals Tue 28-Jan-14 19:52:53

Shiseido do a heavy cover foundation that Kate Middleton uses.

Gosh, I hardly know where to start. How do you know what colour to order the Revlon one in?

I think I may need to invest in my own make up artist with an airbrush for big nights out. Easy!

kerstina Tue 28-Jan-14 20:02:57

Single pringle that makes sense about the air brushing. I have been scrutinising a lot of people on tv who I know are in their 40's and wondering how they looked so flawless and what foundations their make ups were using.

FishCalledWonder Tue 28-Jan-14 20:09:31

I have terrible skin: old acne scars, enormous pores, red patches etc. I had foundation air brushed on my wedding day and it was amazing. Looked flawless and stayed matte. Never had a day off from a shiny forehead since!

QuinnFabray Tue 28-Jan-14 20:39:02

Google "Revlon colorstay whipped crème swatches" and you should get some pictures with all the different shades. Or you could try findation.com or Temptalia's foundation shade matrix. I know that sounds bonkers. These are all just online tools to help you find the right shade match.

SinglePringle Tue 28-Jan-14 20:44:19

Yup, airbrushing the foundation on is absolutely standard on tv now. And remember the lighting is designed (especially on studio shows) to very much flatter skin tone etc.

Plus there will be a make up artist standing by to nip in during any break in filming to touch up. And they will have blended the exact shade of foundation by mixing various different ones together - as well as using different colours / textures / finishes for different parts of the face.

Housewife2010 Tue 28-Jan-14 21:00:16

Ellisisland, Thanks for the link. In the court case in outside light, Nigella's face looked amazing. She was wearing lots of makeup, but looked so good. I'm into Hourglass Ambient powder in Diffused Light at the moment. I'm wearing that over EL Doublewear Light today and my skin looks good.

Merguez Tue 28-Jan-14 21:08:29

Can someone please explain how the Bare Minerals stuff is supposed to work.

I find it seems to highlight my pores, and then by the end of the day it looks powdery and my skin seems quite dry.

Maybe I am doing it wrong?

escargot Tue 28-Jan-14 21:09:31

I hated Bare minerals merguez made me look waxy and lined sad

goodasitgets Tue 28-Jan-14 21:55:59

I am v pale (lighter than nw20)
Mainly I sorted my skin care so my skin looks good anyway
Then I use urban decay naked liquid foundation mixed with lush forever young (highlighter). Applied with real techniques brush and stippled all over face. Loose powder on T zone and bare minerals blush (rose radiance)

goodasitgets Tue 28-Jan-14 21:58:03

This is the best pic I can find of my makeup in natural light!

GeorginaWorsley Tue 28-Jan-14 22:00:13

I don't like Bare Minerals either.
I looked like something out of Madame Tussaud's .

FrugalFashionista Wed 29-Jan-14 07:55:21

The first time I tried mineral I applied the way I would use normal loose powder - liberally with a soft powder brush - and the end result was a floury mess / goth face.

Now I spoon out a tiny amount (the size of half a rice grain) on a jam jar lid, swirl and tap with a kabuki and buff it in. The buffing should take a longish time, you are really working it into your skin. I don't use it around my eyes. The results are fantastic and the final light misting with water fixes it and gives a lovely dewiness. If the result is too pale, rethink and remix the shade. With mineral, there is no reason to settle for an imperfect color match as you can really fine-tune the shade and coverage in a way that is not possible with liquid foundation. If it feels too dry, moisturize well before and try using an even tinier amount the next time.

Its not going to work for all skin types, but it can be a lifesaver for problem skin. I ended up trying it because I've become sensitized to most regular cosmetics amd needed a bismuth free alternative. I wanted to get rid of light rosacea-induced redness and irregular skin tone. With liquid, only the heaviest coverage foundations were successful in really covering major redness, and I had problems finding a good cool/pink base that was pale enough (Revlon Ivory is the best match I've ever found). So it's a really pleasant surprise that a really tiny amount of mineral will sort out the redness and the result is much more natural than what I ever achieved with heavy liquid.

Merguez Wed 29-Jan-14 08:23:08

Sounds like I have been using too much then …

Didn't know you were supposed to mist with water either.

I am a young-looking 50 though - maybe it's just not appropriate for older skin?

nomorebooze Wed 29-Jan-14 08:27:56

whats budget? if you don't mind spending a bit of cash La prairie caviar foundation all the way! amazing foundation and worth the money, not there new lighter coverage one as found that crap, the original one with concealer in the lid! if any big department store locally go and try it.....

wools Wed 29-Jan-14 08:28:32

I use bare minerals Matt version and it's great for older skin - very natural and doesn't look like you're wearing any make up I can't stand Bare Minerals original - very obvious and it does sit in the pores highlighting all the flaws - dreadful on mature skins.

RonaldMcDonald Wed 29-Jan-14 08:30:39

I hate mineral make up, it's awful on my skin.

I used to use Chanel Vitalumiere Cream and had excellent flawless coverage but then discontinued it and I struggled for a replacement anywhere close to as good.

I use Revlon color stay for combined skin with a brightening base

Eliza22 Wed 29-Jan-14 08:40:49

Botox. Cheek fillers. A professional makeup artist following you around where ever you go. A stylist. She's built her career on some kitchen know-how and the Domestic Goddess persona so, she has to maintain that look. Otherwise, she becomes just a domestic.

Failing that....cut out alcohol, drink lots of water and use Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24 HR foundation with a light hand. Seriously, Nigella's had good work done to her skin and that's her choice (and bank account) but she can look as rough as any of us when not "on duty" and has fewer lines/sagging now that she had 5 years ago. Nothing that really makes that much difference comes from a bottle IMO. And I think she looks good, if a little immobile facially. smile

Eliza22 Wed 29-Jan-14 08:51:20

Of God, my post sounds so bitchy. Didn't mean it to but it really is all smoke and mirrors! I'm a domestic (SAHM grin and I put my face on every day! or else I look shite...

VillaVillekulla Wed 29-Jan-14 09:26:04

This thread has made me want to buy the Revlon one. I'm currently using the Maybelline Matte Mousse one which I quite like. Is the Revlon one better?

I use lilli lolo foundation in porcelain. Works really well and I'm nearly 50. I moisturise really well about 10 mins before and buff for about 5 minutes. I tip a small amount into a large bowl, then swirl, tap and buff. They also do a Matt finishing powder which works really well over the top.

You can buy small samples to try out which shade works best for you. If I've been outside in the sun for a tiny bit I mix in a bit of blondie, and in summer I use blondie (I really am very fair).

It's also a good sunscreen.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Wed 29-Jan-14 09:37:31

I spent all flipping evening googling the Revlon foundation, WHY isn't it in the UK?sad it's on Amazon but in the deepest shades only. Find out on Ebay but ours at least a tenner in postage <sigh>

GatoradeMeBitch Wed 29-Jan-14 09:39:08

I badly want the Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation. Essiebutton used it in a tutorial on her YT channel and I was so jealous of the results! I'm hoping it comes to QVC soon, I don't think they stock Tarte anywhere else in the UK.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Wed 29-Jan-14 09:41:01


VillaVillekulla Wed 29-Jan-14 09:49:28

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen I found a few eBay sellers that were offering free postage and a reasonable range of shades. Like this one

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Wed 29-Jan-14 09:52:10

Only the lightest or deepest shades available thoughsad

I will keep my eye out though on Ebay, I'm determined to try it outgrin

VestaCurry Wed 29-Jan-14 10:08:26

I have the SK II air touch foundation. It is v v good, v v expensive at full retail price but I bought it from eBay for much less. I trialled it in a department store beforehand though - v impt to get correct shade obviously.

FrugalFashionista Wed 29-Jan-14 10:12:10

Dame if you have a friend who will visit the US it's a drugstore staple there! I impulse bought it last time I was over there and really liked it. You can get and idea by your corresponding shade in other Revlon foundations, at least for me Colorstay liquid Ivory equaled Colorstay whipped Ivory.

Accidentprone I like the same products you do, the matte finishing powder (contains kaolin and mica) is worth experimenting with for anyone with more mature skin. I'm 41 and relatively line-free but liquid foundation has been increasingly tricky for me for a few years.

GatoradeMeBitch Wed 29-Jan-14 10:18:09

I would never use BareMinerals again. I wish I'd asked for a sample before forking out nearly £100 on starter kits! There is something in it that reacts with my skin when I get hot. When it happened I was out in the middle of the countryside, my face suddenly felt like it was burning. I tried to get some relief from the rain, but it turns out BM is water resistant! If you google Bare Minerals allergic reaction, or Bare Minerals rash, it's not that uncommon.

Now for any mineral foundation (even Tarte if possible) I would put it on, then throw myself around to an aerobics dvd to test it before wearing it outside!

Deathwatchbeetle Wed 29-Jan-14 10:23:19

I am rather pleased with max Factor's creme foundation (whipped creme). It looks creamy but does go on quite velvety like a mousse. It glides on wel and feels goodl. I am 54 and it looks good on me but I am a young 54, not sure how it would look on someone more wrinkly.

Deathwatchbeetle Wed 29-Jan-14 10:24:41

Forgot to say I have redness (broken veins) on my cheeks, around my nose and the sides of my face and on top of my brows (I guess my natural complexion is red!!!!!). I have fairly palish skin but with warmth and found the ivory shade was fine.

thepurplepenguin Wed 29-Jan-14 10:25:14

Max Factor are also now doing a creamy matt foundation in a jar, much nicer than the maybelline, isn't powdery...

thepurplepenguin Wed 29-Jan-14 10:25:44


Deathwatchbeetle Wed 29-Jan-14 10:26:31

Also forgot to say it is better than the Maybelline mousse stuff that cracked in patches on my skin and seemed very dry and was a bugger to put on

FrugalFashionista Wed 29-Jan-14 10:47:41

Gatorade I got that same burning/stinging feeling with one of the Lily Lolo finishing powders, like crushed glass worked into my skin, wanted to claw my skin, awful feeling, it's either the high mica content or iron oxides. BM also might have bismuth in it. But I don't get that from the Lily Lolo basic foundation base and the matte finishing powder.

My skin loves lili lolo and I have crap skin - reacts to all sorts, body shop vit c brought me out in a rash which took 2 months to go (which is when i discovered lili lolo, as recommended by India knight). Also aloe vera, biological washing powders, anything too scented........ hmm

I have to take my own sheets when we go on holiday (complete pita)

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Wed 29-Jan-14 11:30:06

Frugal-how heavy is it? I have relatives in the US....

I will try the Max Factor one in Boots.

Bare minerals original had bismuth in it which people react to, the matte version doesn't. If you take it back to the shop I'm sure they will swap it for you, I've done that with lots of make up.

claudeekishi Wed 29-Jan-14 11:30:26

Another big Lily LoLo fan here. I buy a pot of Porcelain and a pot of Blondie, empty them out into a lunchbox, shake well to mix, and then divide back into the two pots. Porcelain on its own is a bit too ghostly but Blondie is too dark for me. This method works really well smile

I've tried loads of other stuff but Lily LoLo foundation (or just Benefit Boiing concealor in shade 1 if I'm having a v rare good skin day) are my saviour products for sensitive pale / reddish skin.

I did wear Lancôme Teint Idole in 005 on my wedding day and it looked lovely and pearly, but haven't been able to get it to work as well for me ever since.

FrugalFashionista Wed 29-Jan-14 11:45:08

Dame 215g / 7.5 oz in a glass jar confused

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Wed 29-Jan-14 11:55:29

Glass jar means heavy!sad grin

I feel the need to start a campaign to get it in the UK!

knitknack Wed 29-Jan-14 13:43:44

I've seen the whipped cream Revlon in boots! It must be here in the UK...

knitknack Wed 29-Jan-14 13:46:46

Now that IS weird - I was SURE I'd seen it but can't find it online.

I do have some - bought ages ago for about £12 on ebay... it's good, quite heavy, blends nicely. I really do think Revlon are amazing for the price.

FrugalFashionista Wed 29-Jan-14 14:07:36

Knitknack maybe they withdrew it? You are lucky you still have Revlon, they stopped their distribution altogether back home in the North. And pale shades are not available in Italy hence I plan business trips to the US to stock up

Dame I meant 215g with the jar (checked with the kitchen scales) but yes, the glass jar is faffy... They never understood packaging, regular CS would be even better with a pump...

Well I've gone for the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24 for now, shade 01. It's very nice. I'm not quite Nigella levels of perfect, but I do look pretty super.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Wed 29-Jan-14 15:28:21

Frugal-I agree, Revlon products are fantastic.

DrankSangriaInThePark Thu 30-Jan-14 11:15:09

Lulu- I trust Eliza22's recommendations implicitly (Eliza, it's me, NotTreading!) so I am going to go and get some as well, as my Bourjois Health Mix has about another week in it, and I can't get that where I am!

Have you tried 'bare minerals'? It's a powder you layer. I'm betting it's that kind of base tbh as it covers all sorts and is good under lighting.

Eliza22 Thu 30-Jan-14 12:22:54

Oh my! Feeling the pressure here now! Would say, let SA match you for shade and use a light hand as one day last week, feeling the effects of too much wine the night before, I used the trowel application method and spent the whole day trying to rectify this (as I looked even worse) only to find that the claim 24 HR wear was exactly that.

NotTreading grin hello again!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 30-Jan-14 13:04:42

I had a look at the Max factor whipped foundation, seemed really nice but shades were a bit fierce. I'll do some googling to see if I can find what my colour would be, looks promising though...

Repunsal Thu 30-Jan-14 15:15:54

Have been following this thread with interest as I am looking for a new foundation. Am currently using ELDW but as my skin is fairly dry it can go cakey. I think I will try the Lancôme Teint Idole, can anyone help me with the shade? I am pale and have been using Shell (EL) which would be a good match do you think?

escargot Thu 30-Jan-14 15:40:02

try this foundation match guide repunsal

GinSoakedBitchyPony Thu 30-Jan-14 15:41:52

Graftobian HD Creme Foundation applied with a damp sponge in THIN layers gives that look. Hard to get hold of in the UK although may be worth trying theatrical supply shops/online stores. It was invented for tv/film use.
Do NOT over apply it, and it won't work well on oily skin.

escargot Thu 30-Jan-14 15:46:15

ewww forget that link, way too complicated!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Thu 30-Jan-14 16:48:34

Loads of graftobian on eBay!

Oooh, DamDiazepam Bourgois Healthy Mix is my 'day' foundation. The Lancome is a far more coverage, and very long lasting, but it really doesn't feel heavy to me, I'm a fan.

Eliza22 Fri 31-Jan-14 12:49:45

I agree...lancome one stays on forever and is not as heavy (IMO) as the Estée Lauder DW Light.

muser31 Fri 31-Jan-14 13:42:24

i got laura mercier creme foundation for dry skin as recommended by someone, and i only wear it occasionally as i see it as a treat and use maybelline mouse or clarins the rest of the time, but i have found my skin smooth and flawless when its on, yet you wouldn't think i am wearing any make up.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 31-Jan-14 13:48:23

I was massively disappointed with the healthy mix foundation although I did like the concealer.

KeepTheCarRunning Fri 31-Jan-14 14:02:56

I use bobbi browns liquid foundation in porcelain and it's really good, has a nice coverage without being obvious or cake-y. My skin is dry, irritable and prone to dry patches and cracks but this one I find gives a good glow.
I've tried mineral powders previously but the brush really hurt and irritated my skin (I swear I wasn't rough with it!). Has anyone had similar?

squoosh Fri 31-Jan-14 14:05:06

I love that I can get a perfect shade match with Bobbi Brown's foundations but am always disappointed with the coverage and staying power.

squoosh Fri 31-Jan-14 14:05:32

The lightest Healthy Mix shade is bright orange on my skin.

KeepTheCarRunning Fri 31-Jan-14 14:08:51

Squoosh they have a long wear range, I haven't tried it yet but it could be something?

Dame I find the healthy mix is great for generally brightening up my skin, but the coverage is pretty much non-existent.

Eliza22 Fri 31-Jan-14 15:31:34

I just want to put my makeup on and then leave it knowing my foundation (and anything on top of it....it's not called foundation for nothing) hasn't slid, patchily off my vis by lunchtime. Bobbi Brown drove me bananas because it looked great for a couple of hours and then I started to look febrile (worked in a hot environment) and just like I'd bought the very cheapest brands available and NOT spent the best part of £100 on a couple of "staples".

squoosh Fri 31-Jan-14 15:38:40

I've tried the long lasting BB foundation too KeepTheCar but it didn't last very long. Shame, as I really rate lots of her other products.

GeorginaWorsley Fri 31-Jan-14 16:21:07

Agree ,staying power rubbish with Bobbi Brown foundations.
I don't love Healthy Mix either,doesn't make my skin look as wonderful as I would like!
I want great staying power without that 'flat' look.

cannotfuckingbelievethis Fri 31-Jan-14 16:54:26

I'm trying No 7 Beautifully Matte at the moment (used to be a ELDW devotee until I realised that I hadn't revised my foundation in about 12 years and it was now making me look about 90). Can't quite decide if I like the Boots foundation. It has pretty good staying power - I slap it on at half 6 most mornings and it's still there just now. It can look a wee bit cakey around my nose and sides of my nose though which is annoying. It might be how I'm applying it though. I've been using my Real Techniques brush but will try with the Real Techniques sponge tomorrow to see if I can get a more airbrushed finish.....Think it's about 13 quid which will be a lot easier to swallow than £27 for bloody Double Wear !

squoosh Fri 31-Jan-14 16:55:43

I've heard good things about the new Japonesque foundations in John Lewis, so I'm going to try them next.

cannotfuckingbelievethis Fri 31-Jan-14 16:55:54

And I've never had any luck with Bobbi Brown foundations. Considering most of their products are brilliant (if a tad expensive) I've found their foundations to be piss poor if you have oilier skin....

thepurplepenguin Fri 31-Jan-14 18:29:51

I also really dislike healthy mix. Greasy, yellow and far too easy to over apply. Yak.

I got the max factor whipped creme foundation in true ivory today. Loved the texture on the back of my hand, shall report back re longevity etc...

GeorginaWorsley Fri 31-Jan-14 19:40:15

I tried some of the Whipped Creme today on my hand too!!!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 31-Jan-14 20:29:28

The ivory seemed a bit pink, will try it again tomorrow,I loved the consistency.

Coumarin Fri 31-Jan-14 23:30:25

Another vote for the Lancôme one.

The healthy mix looked good on me for about 10 minutes and then turned into a patchy greasy mess. If you have combination or oily skin then avoid.

The Lancôme is easy to over apply so less is definitely more. The Real Techniques stippling brush goes fantastically with it.

Really good shades if you're at the very pale end if the spectrum too. That's what drew me to them in the first place, actual choice of pale shades.

pinkstinks Sat 01-Feb-14 11:45:05

I used to wear mac nw15 which was too orange and I now can't get enough of the Rimmel wake me up in ivory! So easy to apply stays on all day and is my skin coir! Not bad for around a fiver on offer or 8.99 normally...

shoeprincess2 Sat 01-Feb-14 11:48:06

Suqqu is marvellous. The Cream foundation.Gets better as the day goes on.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sat 01-Feb-14 11:48:16

Pink-I liked that too but didn't like the sparkly bits which was a shame as it's great and colour is good for me too.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sat 01-Feb-14 11:50:01

Suqqu should be marvelous for 62 quid a potshock

pinkstinks Sat 01-Feb-14 11:51:33

Dame- the sparkly bits really threw me at first too and I didn't wear it. I came back to it and gave it a chance and I honestly do not notice the sparkle now! But at the beginning it was very different to what I was used to.

I just can't believe the colour works so well on my skin especially with redness around nose area and pale cheeks.

It is the number one selling foundation in the uk now!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sat 01-Feb-14 14:43:53

Stop press!!grin shock I am wearing the max factor whipped cream in ivory! It went on best with the real techniques stippling brush, fab colour and I finished off with a swirl of Loreal lumi magique powder. So far so good but will report back later wrt staying power and if the colour stays true....

swooosh Sat 01-Feb-14 14:45:40

I've finally found my holy grail foundation, MAC studio fix fluid! Go in and get colour matched.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sat 01-Feb-14 15:19:24

Nooooooooo it's crap for my skin, but was worth getting colour matched to know my true colour and easy to google and compare it to other shades. Glad you've found one though ! Hooray!grin

sotiredfornow Sat 01-Feb-14 19:33:50

Has anyone tried Clinique Even Better? What's the staying power like?

thepurplepenguin Sat 01-Feb-14 19:45:17

I have had the max factor one on all day, is lush. Went on so easily and has lasted really well. Yay! Might not be holy grail exactly but is great for now, certainly the best thing I've tried for ages.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sat 01-Feb-14 19:50:15

I agree! It's fab so far and has stayed put well and not pooled into my pores or faded/oxidized. Didn't shift while I cooked dinner!

butteredsidedown Sat 01-Feb-14 22:32:53

Do not, under any circumstances try Maybelline superstay better skin foundation. It is shit.

I normally use Lancôme teint idole and am running out and looking to budget slightly.

The maybelline is the only foundation that looked so bad I had to wash it off my face and start again before I could leave for work.

I neeeed some of this Revlon whipped stuff in my life.

GeorginaWorsley Sat 01-Feb-14 22:49:47

Interesting to hear views on the MAx Factor Whipped Creme one.
I liked texture on my hand but was worried it would look a bit flat,and heavy.

squoosh Sat 01-Feb-14 22:51:35

I always find Max Factor foundations to be very pink toned. Makes me look embalmed.

goinggreyagain Sat 01-Feb-14 23:04:37

The Laura Mercier silk crème foundation is amazing. I have rosacea and use this when my skin is really bad. When I look at photographs I can always tell which make up I have on as my skin looks flawless with the Laura Mercier.
The bare minerals gave me one of the worst flare ups I have ever had.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sun 02-Feb-14 00:18:59

I'm seriously impressed with the max factor whipped one-it's stayed put and looks just like when I applied it. I layered it on a moment ago and it doesn't cake at all so would be great for a night out when you wasn't a heavier look. Very impressed so far!

themessyapron Sun 02-Feb-14 00:38:45

I went foundation shopping today. I did Bobbi Brown and tried Estée Lauder day wear light (is that the right name?)

Settled on a Lancombe one I've seen recommended on here - teint idole, I think? In 010.

Was very bizarree to have a decent amount of make up on my face. I have good clear skin but it's quite red in patches despite me being pale. All of the foundations wiped all that away - am not used to seeing my skin one pale colour!

Also learnt that I should use a peachy blush rather than pink. Picked one up from Nars. It's very bright!

squoosh Sun 02-Feb-14 00:52:48

Which Nars blusher did you go for, Deep Throat?

themessyapron Sun 02-Feb-14 01:11:03

Gilda. It's matte. Orangey/coraly

I need to practise my make up! A tip I got today was not to put blusher on the apples of my cheeks when smiling - but put it higher up. You experts probably know this but was a revelation for me! smile made such a difference

shoeprincess2 Sun 02-Feb-14 11:45:03

I didn't pay the full price for the Suqqu. It is great, but I agree that the price is steep and so if I can find anything cheaper, I would probably use that in future. Definitely interested in the MF Whipped Creme. I have issues with foundation usually pooling in my pores or going claggy during the day.

OhTheDrama Sun 02-Feb-14 12:33:24

Love the Max Factor whipped creme, it gives my skin a lovely glow about it, definately not flat and heavy. I get the best results if I buff it in with a buffing brush. The bourjois healthy mix has stopped working for me, it makes me look jaundiced whatever colour I try!

Have just bought the new No 7 stay perfect superlight or something. The jury is still out on that, can't say it was instant love but will give it a proper test for work tomorrow and report back.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sun 02-Feb-14 12:37:48

Shoe princess-I have the same issues with foundation going into my pores,I haven't even got big pores eitherconfused anyway, give the max factor stuff a go because I don't get that at all with it. I haven't tested it on a hot day so out might be my winter one as in the summer I wear bare minerals, we'll see...

shoeprincess2 Sun 02-Feb-14 12:48:44

Dame- thanks. I am at the end of the Suqqu and despite my love for it, �62 is a bit steep. I shall go and test it this week (agree about the pores thinfs. Mine aren't huge either, yet certain foundations make me look craterous!)

JosephineBornapart Sun 02-Feb-14 12:52:04

I haven't time to read all of this thread but the Daily Mail did a feature on what Nigella wore on her face for the court appearance. I think they were being a bit bitchy because the whole lot came to something over £1K- including primers, foundation, highlighters, false eye lashes etc.

If you see pics of her when she is in the street without proper TV or camera make up there is a HUGE difference and she looks like any other saggy jawed, slightly blotchy and pale 50 something. (me!)

JosephineBornapart Sun 02-Feb-14 12:54:29

Just a point about Lancome - many of their foundations including Miracle are full of alcohol. This is one of the things that make them set and dry quickly on your skin, but alcohol is dire for skin- makes you break out and breaks down collagen.

themessyapron Sun 02-Feb-14 12:59:51

Josephine - I realised the Lancombe stuff has alcohol in it after I bought it. Do you think I could take it back and ask for a refund? Would the Estée Lauder stuff be better?

I take really good care of my skin and use good products. Seems pointless if I'm slapping on crap foundation

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sun 02-Feb-14 14:11:31

Yes, make up counters will take stuff back if you ask ime.

I just remembered something, when I got married my photos are amazing which is a minor miracle as I loathe having my pic taken generally. Anyway, one thing I remembered was that the photographer used this big reflective disc that he got my sister to hold while the he snapped away. THAT'S what gives you the luminous glow, tons of up lightng! Same on TV programmes, all the lights make you look fabgrin

Perhaps I should train ds to walk around next to me with an up lighter...

coffeeinbed Sun 02-Feb-14 14:14:52

India Knight is warring on about the YSL BB cream today.
Anyone tried it?

coffeeinbed Sun 02-Feb-14 14:15:11


themessyapron Sun 02-Feb-14 14:48:43

Lancome have just refused me a refund. Manager said 'everything has alcohol in it'. It doesn't, does it?! I used one pump of the foundation to be fair but I won't be buying anything of theirs again. Bad customer service really puts me off

I'm off to Bobbi brown smile

themessyapron Sun 02-Feb-14 15:03:08

And out of two Bobbi brown shops neither have my shade. EL it is.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sun 02-Feb-14 15:20:15

Gosh that's appalling customer service almost add bad as Bare Minerals'

JosephineBornapart Sun 02-Feb-14 15:48:17

I don't know if Lancome would refund just because you said it had alcohol in it- you could try.

I returned a sun screen to Bobbi B which I'd bought online because when it arrived it contained essential oils of lavender and rosemary and I had heard these can irritate- I hadn't used any and they refunded me.

NARS and Clarins foundations are worth trying.

NARS Glow is nice if you can find a shade to suit.

It is light but highly pigmented and not at all greasy- in fact it's quite matte.

I'm pale and currently using Gobi which is slightly too pale for me- makes me look like a china doll- but the next shade up looks much darker.

themessyapron Sun 02-Feb-14 16:22:54

I know Josephine. I bought it saying I had sensitive skin though. It's the third biggest ingredient, after water and something else.

I went for Double Wear in the end in Ecru. Perfume free, alcohol free. Assistant really layered it on though - I'll do it a bit lighter when I do it myself smile

I can see that the Nars blushes could be a bit addictive! Am loving this bright one!

cherryhealey Sun 02-Feb-14 16:28:38

Almay used to do one back in the 80s that I wore it covered everything amazing- made your skin look like alabaster....someone once came up to me in a club and told me that!

Jaffacakesallround Sun 02-Feb-14 16:30:42

If you can find the right shade, Clinique Repair Wear is brilliant- full coverage but not drying. This is NOT the new one they do with serum which is rubbish.
Sadly they stopped doing the 2 palest shades- I used Alabaster and people used to rave about my skin- and now it's all too dark.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sun 02-Feb-14 16:51:10

You could try emailing head office messy apron? Worth a go. Say you're allergic to it, that usually does the trick.

Clinique has fab customer service,I emailed them and said I'd been sold a powder too dark and they let me choose new stuff from their website and I kept the powder and gave it to my friend.

Take note Lancomeangry

Back2Basics Sun 02-Feb-14 16:53:49

I think she has no7 beautiful matt on.

It's a really thick soft looking foundation but you need a Heavy face cream on first otherwise it won't look right.

Jaffacakesallround Sun 02-Feb-14 17:19:30

I don't think Nigella would use No 7!

Jaffacakesallround Sun 02-Feb-14 17:20:35

here you are- all the info you need smile

Nigella's make up

Walnut8 Mon 03-Feb-14 09:35:45

I love the Lancome foundation and I have very sensitive skin - I break out with the vast majority of foundations including anything mineral with bismuth, most MAC foundations etc etc. I would give the Lancome one a chance anyway, it is a great foundation. Did you try it on?

Hmmm, slightly disconcerted to read that about the Lancome foundation. I wore it all day on saturday as I had an event to go to and it didn't feel comfortable by the early evening and looked a bit flat. I may have applied too much though.
However, today I've mixed a little of it into my Bourgois Healthy Mix and it's amazing. I get the glowiness of the Bourgois with the staying power of the Lancome. A fab discovery.

nomorebooze Mon 03-Feb-14 21:39:45

im telling you girls again la prairie, la prairie, la prairie caviar concealing foundation wears light or thick coverage and lasts all day and stays perfect, v expensive lasts ages! go and try it honestly I shouldn't keep going on but its worth itsmile

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 03-Feb-14 21:48:09

Are you on glue? It's 136 quid <faints>grin

nomorebooze Mon 03-Feb-14 22:16:53

yeah I now but so worth it haha! lasts 2-3 times longer than other makes! get it when hof has 10% off...............

Stonehaven Thu 06-Feb-14 07:08:06

asgoodasitgets I'm so pleased to find another paleo-loving poler!! We're a rare breed grin

DrankSangriaInThePark Thu 06-Feb-14 09:35:33

cherryhealey- I bet the Almay one you are talking about was "Rachel" (bizarrely, they all had girl names) White tube? I wore "ivory" and it was fab. (or was it because I was 20?)

I bought a pot of whipped crème yesterday, and for the price it's OK. Not much coverage though and definitely "settled" into my dry skin. So I don't know where they get their "hydrating" blurb from. It is similar to, but not as good coverage as, Maybelline mousse IMO. But for 8 euro it will do for now.

Those Healthy Mix detractors, you are using the foundation and not the serum foundation? I made the mistake of buying the serum foundation and it was hideous. Slimy and gloopy and yellow. The foundation foundation, completely different, on my skin at least.

I had a La Prairie foundation once. (they were flogging it off as they weren't going to stock it anymore) It was a liquid one and no better or worse than anything else.

salisburysteak Fri 07-Feb-14 16:58:55

I bought the bourjois happy light primer and foundation and concealer after reading this thread and a utube makeup artist recommends it. Will post how if goes. I'm expecting miracles. Nearly bought the whipped creme but pot is tiny

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 07-Feb-14 17:13:26

I watched The Taste last night, you're right OP it was crapgrin her foundation is down to clever lighting and lots of it! They all looked good, not hot and sweaty like on British Bake Offgrin

coffeeinbed Fri 07-Feb-14 17:16:07

I use Healthy mix Serum.
I happen to love it, so maybe it's just not right for your skin, Sangria.

DrankSangriaInThePark Fri 07-Feb-14 18:47:36

Yes, I think that's it coffee. I remember when Chanel Vitalumiere was raved about on here so like the baaaaa-sheep I am I went and got some and I was very underwhelmed.

Update on the whipped crème.....over primer, I must admit it covers really well and lasts. The 50 natural shade is just right for me. Salisbury- I started my pot yesterday, and I wear makeup 7 days a week, so I will let you know how long it lasts, it does look tiny, but I suppose as it's a cream, it might be deceptive.

RonaldMcDonald Fri 07-Feb-14 18:50:07

lolling at are you on glue from diazepam

GeorginaWorsley Fri 07-Feb-14 19:02:51

Have bought Clarins Everlasting and I really like it so far .
Definitely flawless look!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 07-Feb-14 19:22:31

What happened to Almay? I used to wear loads off their stuff in the 80's!

coffeeinbed Fri 07-Feb-14 19:38:16

I think Almay is called something else now.
or did it merge with Rimmel or Maybelline?

VillaVillekulla Fri 07-Feb-14 19:52:31

I got Revlon Colorstay liquid yesterday and I have to say I really like it. It felt a bit odd at first - tight and mask like - but it's made my skin look half decent and has lasted all day long. I like.
I didn't get on with the Bourjois Healthy mix either. Either the serum one or the other one. I've got a bottle that I've literally used once and don't want. Very annoying. Can't take it back. Can't bring myself to bin it.

DolomitesDonkey Fri 07-Feb-14 20:28:21

Im currently using chanel perfection lumiere, given how much comes off when I cleanse it's a stayer! Agree with so many others, secret is in the primer - and I'm yet to find one im totally in love with.

DrankSangriaInThePark Sat 08-Feb-14 08:10:01

In my local McArthur Glen outlet place, the Revlon store stocks the odd bits and bobs of Almay, so I'm guessing Revlon is the umbrella company and simply stopped marketing it. It was bloody marvellous. At the time, (late 80s early 90s) I tried Lancôme Maquimat, Chanel Matt-something or other and the Almay one, and the Almay one was far and away the best.

Another one I used to love which disappeared was Charles of the Ritz. (mad name, fab products) The first light reflective powder I ever had was from there, and a lippy you literally needed a good scrub with a flannel to get off.

I am on the latest Garnier primer at the mo' which is fine, but the best I've tried is Clarins Instant Smooth. I also liked their foundation of the same name, but I think it's been discontinued.

DrankSangriaInThePark Sat 08-Feb-14 08:10:58

Whenever I join these threads it makes me realise what a foundation/skincare junkie I have been, and still am.....ever onwards for that holy grail....

Now mascara etc, any old poundshop stuff will do me...

Eliza22 Sat 08-Feb-14 10:22:20

Wow, I remember Charles of the Ritz. I used to wear a perfume of theirs. Wonder where they went? Also, I loved Ultimo 2. (??) something like that. Used to buy it a House of Fraser.....then it disappeared, all "nudey" colours which, in the 80's/90's went against the sparkle and shiny stuff (well, we had to counter those power shoulder pads and big hair with something!).

As for being a junkie I shit you not..... "My name is Eliza, and I'm addicted to all things "counter"! ". Seriously, when I mooch around John Lewis counters, it's like discovering treasure, all little gleaming pots and jewel coloured pans.

DrankSangriaInThePark Sat 08-Feb-14 10:42:42

grin at Eliza.

Ultima was, I think, also a Revlon brand. I remember when they were discontinued reading in my bible of the time (Cosmo) that they had tapped into a trend at the wrong time, late 80s, nudes and beiges? Nope. Five years later....

My Zambian friend could still get Charles of the Ritz in the 00s from South Africa. My Mum still keeps her hairgrips in a CotR powder pot - Revenescence loose powder. It had the light reflecting bits yeeeears before Estee Lauder came up with Lucidity.

I could prattle on for hours about this. grin

DrankSangriaInThePark Sat 08-Feb-14 10:45:16

Bought by Revlon and then shut down in 2002 Wiki tells me.

Eliza22 Sat 08-Feb-14 10:53:22

Of course! Ultima and Ultima II. Ahead of their time trend-wise, for sure. Bobbi Brown et al, came in just at the right time.

DH has just made the suggestion of a trip to the cinema and an Italian restaurant later, at a "dangerously close to a Laura Mercier outlet" location. Will he NOT learn?!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sat 08-Feb-14 11:02:20

Oh yes, Charles of the Ritz,I remembergrin

If you want a good primer, try Lanacane anti chaff gel, same ingredients as the Smashbox one, it's fab stuff. NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE LANACANE YOU USE FOR ITCHY BITS!

GeorginaWorsley Sat 08-Feb-14 11:05:39

I must get some of that lanacane stuff!
I'm a foundation and lipstick junkie,eyeshadows I can take or leave.

coffeeinbed Sat 08-Feb-14 14:13:03

I don't think I there is one HG foundation.

It's because my skin feel different every day, and i want different stuff for it - more coverage in winter, just a bit of something in Summer or because tanned skin looks - for me - wrong with foundation.

I have found a happy middle with a tinted moisturiser, Just Skin, but even that looks off some days.
Sometimes I mix - Healthy Mix Serum with some highlighting primer, but am running out of that particular primer and will have to with because it's to made anymore.
I'm lucky enough in that I don't need heavy coverage, or at least deluded.
Sometimes I feel like trying something new.

It's not a constant.

PeterAndresSprayTanner Sat 08-Feb-14 15:12:21

I use bare minerals because it covers really well, but you have to blend it like a demon. I 'work' it into the pores that are visible (round nose etc) and it gives a pretty flawless finish. A quick smidge of a highlighting primer underneath and the result it quite natural and even.

If I'm having a very bad skin day, I'll use some Botanics BB cream (purchased following it being recommended on here - very pleased with it) with a swoosh of bare minerals over the top, for extra coverage.

My latest discovery that I am really pleased with is the Sleek blusher in rose gold - again, bought it after it was recommended on here. A very good dupe for the NARS 'Orgasm' blusher. In fact I have converted a friend at work - who is a NARS addict - who commented that it's almost identical but a fraction of the price. Beautiful colour and it looks lovely on.

nomorebooze Sat 08-Feb-14 16:14:59

afternoon allsmile DrankSangriaInThePark: the liquid one is defo sh*t its the one in the jar with concealer in the lid which is another thing completely! its the Dogs bo*****s! well i think so anyhoo! tried Lancôme, Laura mercier, Bobbie brown, none compare even hubby thinks it looks really good..............and that itself is a blooming miraclesmile

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