January 29, 2014

Quick review of a few foundations (YSL, L'Oreal, Clinique, Suqqu)

I have not bought many foundations last year, I have really slowed down my purchases on that front - but it doesn't mean I am not trying many of them. Yay for samples!
So I thought I'd give you a very quick review of some of them, and tell you why I didn't buy them in the end.

L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder.
I actually bought this one because it was a/cheap and drugstore and b/hyped as a perfect dupe for the very expensive Armani Maestro.
The good: feels like nothing on the skin, evens out the skintone very naturally, matte finish, lasts well. Has some pale shades in the selection.
The bad: contains lots of silicone and alcohol so if you're sensitive to any of these, it won't work for you. The packaging is pretty but there is no pump so it can be a little messy, I personally didn't care though.

I will be wearing this in Summer as the alcohol makes it unsuitable for me in Winter.

YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation.
I wanted to try this because I thought it looked fabulous on several YouTubers. I would look at their skin and thing "wow" and this is what they would be wearing.
Alas, for me, it didn't do much.
Heavily fragranced (like a lot of YSL products) and with a weird shade selection in which I couldn't find a match (I was somewhere between BR20 and B30), I also found the product a bit slippery to apply and not particularly good looking or long lasting on myself.

Clinique CC Cream
Some bloggers who hate BB creams as much as I do, said that this was a game changer. And also, I had used and rather liked the Moisture Surge tinted moisturizer, so I thought this might be a good Winter product for me. Bonus: it has several shades and some are really pale, I think I wasn't even the paler one.
Too bad, but I didn't like it. I felt it was thick and hard to blend and a bit greasy, which is what I don't like with most BB creams. I really didn't see a huge difference between this and a BB.
I may miss something but for me, there was no revolution in this product.

Suqqu Frame Fix cream (old formulation)
There is a new formulation in the market right now, but the old one is still available - in very selective places, like any Suqqu product.
I found this very hard to work with, but okay, not impossible if you use the right tools and the slightest amount. Definitely not something for beginners though.
On me it started melting off my T-Zone after 4-5 hours and I'm not even super oily. I didn't look great as time passed.
So, that's over 60€ saved there.

Have you tried new foundations lately? Which did you like or dislike?


  1. Hey Mariella, whoa I love your new layout! It's so nice and clean!

    So sorry to hear most of these aren't winners. I think it is hard to find foundations that anyone actually likes though. I tried a bunch of foundations recently (found a lot of sample tubes). My favorite is Guerlain Tenue de Perfection. GA Luminous Silk isn't bad, but Face Fabric? My face became an oil slick within several hours! Definitely a no-go.

    1. Hey Sunny! Thanks a lot, I am loving it too :)
      I did wear Luminous Silk for a while several years ago, but after 4-5 hours it would just slide off my face and disappear :( The problem I have with a lot of foundations is that I'm quite pale, for example I have no match at all in any of the Guerlain foundations :(

  2. Thanks for the brief reviews Mariella! There are a few here that I'm interested in, but I promised myself I wouldn't buy any base products until I use up one. And I think that's a difficult thing to do. Hahaha!


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