Short answer: yes
It’s been seriously yonks since I tried a new foundation and fell completely and madly in love with it. The last time was probably last summer when I first tried the L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion and realised that it’s the quickest and easiest base to use and gives the most gloriously glossy finish. I’ve just repurchased a new tub. The lack of newness in the face department is probably down to the fact that I’m a fussy little wotsit. I like my bases to look completely undetectable on the skin, give an evening-out amount of coverage, have a high score in the longevity stakes and have a dewy look to them. The only thing with this brief is that long-lasting and dewy don’t fuse together too well.
I managed to find the (almost) perfect base in the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream. It packs in the coverage in an extremely natural way and gives serious glow. The only thing it lacks in is longevity. Sure, it hangs around for a decent amount of time, but on my London-bound days by the time I finally look in a mirror in the afternoon, I feel like it’s barely there (side note: I know that powder would help here, but I really am not a fan of the stuff). I needed something that lasted and I was willing to give up a bit of glow for it and I’ve found the perfect compromise in Giorgio Armani’s Power Fabric Foundation.
I had initially snubbed this because there was something about it that just screamed ‘CAKE FACE’ from the description, but after raves from Caroline Hirons, Sali Hughes and many others, I couldn’t help but make a purchase and you know what? It’s bloody lush. Now this is a new direction for me. It’s nowhere near as dewy as I normally reach for, but it’s undetectable on the skin (tick!), the coverage is insane, yet natural-looking (tick!) and boy does it last (tick!). The finish isn’t completely matte, but depending on what I layer it with underneath I can get a little sheen going on.
First, let’s talk application (to see it in action watch this video). I tend to put a hefty amount of the BECCA First Lighting Priming Filter underneath to add a good amount moisture to my skin and to avoid looking too ‘velvety’ once I put Power Fabric on top. I dot the foundation over my particularly ruddy areas then I blend it out with my ZOEVA Buffer Brush. The formula is pretty thin considering the coverage and so it doesn’t take long to blend at all and the end result is a soft, but considerably even looking finish. If I want something a little lighter for everyday then I take one pump of the primer and one pump of the foundation on my fingertips, give them a mix and then apply it on my face with my fingers.
The real reason that I’ve fallen for this though is the fact that I look in the mirror six hours after application (often longer) and it still looks pretty darn good. Of course there’s always the tip of my Rudolph-esque red nose that likes to eat foundation and the bit of my chin when I’ve been resting my head in my hands for the last five hours – but overall it looks pretty alright. My natural oils start to peek through after a couple of hours and if anything, it gets better with time. I’m pretty much 99.95% sure that this will be the stuff that I reach for on my wedding day. Real talk, eh? Yep, it’s that good.
Photos by Lauren Shipley