September 7, 2014

Current favorite bases

Oh hai! I realize I have disappeared from the surface of this blog for about 3 months. I wasn't planning on such a long hiatus, in fact I didn't plan any hiatus at all. But Summer just flew away.
No vacation for me (first year of building a business means you're poor in both free time and money), and not much time to slow down either. Which I guess is a good thing as it means the business is keeping me busy.

Came end of August and I realized my skin was entering Fall mode already (thanks cold humid end of Summer). And with that, I had no base that fit. And I do need a reliable base when I go out all days to meet clients, right? So I made a bit of shopping and I was actually very lucky to find 2 products that I absolutely love! And I thought it would be great to let you know about them.

1. Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Primer in Shade 1

I think it took me well over 6 months to pull the trigger on that one but OMG, do I love it! Now it's actually a primer, so don't expect any kind of coverage from it whatsoever. Even though there is pigment in it, it won't hide anything. This being said, on a good skin day where you would only wear a light TM, and with concealer where needed, it will definitely work on its own. Why? Because the silicone in it have a fabulous blurring effect. And so despite the lack of coverage, you just look better with it on. It makes the pores less visible and the skin look plumped and pretty. Bonus : it doesn't feel oily or make your skin oily through the day.

So when I'm not up to much, not leaving the office, and am having a good skin day, I will just wear that one with some concealer and a bit of powder on the t zone.

This one is 30ml and retails for £38 on Cultbeauty.

2. Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation in Fair 2.

I have to say first that I have tried a few other products from the Charlotte Tilbury range and that I wasn't really impressed. But this foundation completely stands out, in fact I'd go as far as saying that it's the best I have tried in a very long time. Possibly in years.
First of all, even though I guesstimated my shade to order on line, I must say that Fair 2 is the best match I have ever had in a foundation (especially since Illamasqua discontinued their shade 125). It's a neutral fair shade with no pink it it, but it's not too yellow.

This foundation feels and smells like skincare in my opinion. It's a light coverage but if you pat on a second layer where you need it, it definitely builds up to medium.
The finish is extremely natural, like a second layer of your skin but better. It holds very well through long days. It's not drying on dry areas or flakey patches (NO ALCOHOL!) and it's not oily on your oilier areas. So I'm confident it will work very well for me through Winter when I'm more dehydrated.
The one thing that could possibly be a problem for some, is that it contains a lot of silicones - but that doesn't bother me.

The packaging is a very hygienic and convenient sleek plastic bottle with a thin pouring nozzel (is that the right word?) so you won't waste any product. Great fact : you get 40ml when most brands offer 30. That makes the price much more interesting.

So this is now my foundation of choice for long busy days of meetings.

See how it's perfect for a business face?  :)
This one is sold on Charlotte Tilbury's website for 38£.

Have you tried a new base recently? How did you like it?


  1. Oh hello, stranger! :P I don't think I can wear the Charlotte Tilbury foundation due to my sensitivities, but I have to say -- it looks wonderful on you! Your skin looks like it's practically been blurred, it's so perfect.


    1. Aww thanks! Indeed, this is a fantastic foundation, too bad you can't try it :(

  2. You've been missed, Mariella!
    I really, really like the Sunday Riley product and I was truly wondering about Charlotte Tilbury's foundation, because I could not tell by her videos, the skin she creates always looked horrible and cakey and too powdery, always too much product; I could never see how the foundation really looked and I was hesitant, thinking maybe it'd be of a dated texture. I am really glad I read your review, I would love to try it now.

    Also, I am so happy for the description of the colour ("not pink, not too yellow"), so few foundations are lightweight and not thick, as I like them, and have a true neutral fair colour. I will probably be picking up shade #2 sometime in the near future.

    I have tried the eyeshadows from CT (all too shimmery, except for The Sophisticate palette, which is lovely, but just lovely), a few of her brushes (no, no, no), her Magic Cream (if it smells like the blue Nivea and looks like the blue Nivea and feels like the blue Nivea, it probably is a variation of the blue Nivea, maybe mixed with a few drops of essential oils), a lipliner (lovely, good colour, good staying power, nothing unique to be impressed by though) and her liquid liner pencils. Now, I cannot say a bad thing about her eyepencils, because only a couple of things will manage to stay around my eye without melting away in a couple of hours without a primer (maybe 4 with a primer), and this one impressively did, for a long 7 or 8 hours. I would gladly repurchase. I also loved the colour of the pencil I picked (Marlene Midnight), which is a blackened grey-ish deep blue. Perfect for a soft blurred line around brown eyes.

  3. Can you comment more on other foundations that match your skin tone? I'm curious about Charlotte Tilbury but I have no counter nearby to match. I'm fair skin (usually Chanel B10) with yellow undertone but cool (no pink).

  4. I have never heard of Sunday Riley but have heard a lot of raves for Charlotte Tilbury. I haven't tried any of them but after reading your post you made me interested in the blurring effects that they give. Anything to hide imperfections is a must try! Thanks for sharing.

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