Foundations -Helena Rubinstein - Spectacular Foundation
FleurDefendue 8/11/2009 1:50:00 PM
Spectacular indeed! A very underrated foundation IMHO. It comes in a nice bottle with a pump. Its consistency is rather thick and I agree with another reviewer, who says that you should apply it rather quickly. I use my fingers to apply it (far better than using a brush) and it gives me flawless doll-like skin without the mask-effect. Coverage is medium to full. No breakouts, good oil control, long-lasting. The finish is glowy but not shiny. I wish I could find the lightest shade where I live (but this happens with many brands). I use 22 Apricot, the lightest shade available, but unfortunately I can wear this only in the summer.
When I apply it, it is very powdery and kind of bluish on my skin. 20 minutes later it sets into a nice veil. No shimmer on me neither redness coverage. I may use it up but I don't love it. Considering the price, I would suggest Rosee instead.
Foundations -Yves Saint Laurent - Teint Compact Matite
FleurDefendue 7/26/2009 7:52:00 AM
The review is for the Teint Compact Hydra Feel. Packaging: The golden YSL compact, refillable, with a separate sponge and a large mirror. The product: Cream foundation, that turns into a powder without looking powdery though. The result is something between luminous and mat. I always use powder over my foundation, but with this one I didn't need it. For me though it was a little bit hard to apply. First I used the sponge and when I tried to blend it, it seemed that I was kind of "rubbing it off", so I kept adding more and it didn't look good. I found out that it is better applied by patting the sponge on your face or using a brush. Great cooling sensation, lovely fresh smell (at least I like it), PERFECT oil control and very soft, silky skin after application. The coverage though is light (without concealer) and I don't think is very biuldable. It is a foundation for good-skin-days. I also loved the color selection, because I usually can't find the lightest shades here in any brand... With this foundation it was the first time that I didn't go for the lightest shade. I used #2 and #3 was also a good match. The refills seem reasonably priced for a high-end foundation (30 euros here), but the quantity is rather small. Overall, it is not perfect, not HG, but I will keep repurchasing occasionaly for touch-ups or for those days when I don't want to wear much foundation and I don't want to go without either. It really gives you that "fresh look". PS: Using it with a primer made a huge difference!
Liquid -Guerlain - Parure Aqua Fluid Foundation SPF 20
FleurDefendue 7/26/2009 7:09:00 AM
I had purchased Parure Extreme in Beige Clair 02 (the lightest shade) and, although it's a great foundation, the color was too dark for me. I had a sample of Parure Aqua (again in Beige Clair) and I decided to give it a try the other day. Well, I was impressed! In the summer almost every liquid foundation has disappeared by noon, but this one stayed. The coverage is medium and buildable, the foundation is luminous and hydrating, yet not looking oily or cakey. One touch-up during 8 hours (just powder). The most interesting part was the shade. Parure Aqua in Beige Clair is lighter than Parure Extreme in the same shade, so I could use it! (or maybe it was the sample? I don't know.). I believe it will be great in the winter. I used it with Lancome La Base pro Primer and Meteorites Poudre des Perles compact powder.
Treatments -Guerlain - Issima Secret Divin-Skin perfecting serum Anti-ageing
FleurDefendue 6/30/2009 12:22:00 PM
I love it and I hate it the same time. I love it because it is the ONLY thing that ACTUALLY improved my skin quality... and I hate it because of that, because it makes my skin better only if I use it constantly... It makes my skin soft, supple and radiant, it increases its elasticity, it reduces irritaton. At least I don't need a primer when wearing this, because I spend 74 euros where I live every 3 - 3 1/2 months. Maybe it is not a fair review, maybe it is too expensive for what it does and the quantity you get, but I personally HAVE to give it 5 stars, it is the only skincare item I can't live without.
Eyeliner -Guerlain - Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl in Lagon Bleu
FleurDefendue 6/30/2009 12:06:00 PM
I am wearing it today for the first time. It's been 11 hours since I applied it and it is still there. I love it! It is the perfect turquoise/aqua color, pretty true to the color in the tube. At first it was sparkling, now I am noticing it has turned into a more metallic shade, but it is still turquoise. However, I must admit it was difficult to apply it "the eastern way", the application seemed to be uneven, so I applied it with small strokes all around my eyes and the color pay-off was perfect. No fall-out at all. I paired it with Terracotta Gloss in Spice Sun and it was gorgeous.
Loose Powders -Christian Dior - Diorskin Poudre Libre Matte and Luminous
FleurDefendue 8/25/2008 11:30:00 AM
At the beginning I thought it was perfect... so fine and velvety and a perfect light shade. But when I applied it, I was totally disappointed. It is chalky and cakey, it doesn't blend with the foundation but it sits over it, it sits on my hairline and my eyebrows, making my face look like a white mask. I almost had to rub my skin in order to get rid of that effect. I liked the packaging, although it contains less amount than other loose powders. I don't want to be unfair, maybe some powders work well together with specific foundations... I used it with Teint Innocence Compact (Chanel) and it was a disaster.