Primers. The chore of my makeup routine. I always um and ah over them because, after applying my moisturiser, I always feel like I’m clogging my skin with an unnecessary amount of products. Yes, they do make my makeup last longer, but I’m really impatient and there are no immediate results so I’m pretty bad at applying them.
I recently purchased the L’Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Primer in a 3 for 2 offer in Boots and I was really impressed!
A while ago, I bought the L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer and couldn’t have been more disappointed with the thick, stodgy texture and the way it left my skin feeling heavy. I was reluctant to invest in another L’Oreal Primer after this disaster, but I gave into the rave reviews that I’d heard and took the plunge and it paid off.
The Lumi Magique Primer is pumped out in liquid form – a white, shiny, semi-thick liquid – which I blend evenly across my face with clean fingers. It doesn’t feel sticky or heavy on your skin and blends in effortlessly. Already, my skin has a healthy, dewy glow (but not shiny!). If you don’t wear much makeup, or you’re having a ‘less-makeup’ day, this would be perfect on it’s own just to add a bit of life to dull skin.
I applied my usual everyday makeup over this and I have to say the difference was astounding. Even after dusting powder over my face, I still looked dewy and healthy. This primer allows me to set my makeup and feel confident that it won’t ‘melt’ off, as well as keeping my skin looking dewy and fresh – which isn’t an easy combination!
As for staying power, this primer isn’t the best I’ve tried (that would have to be the Smashbox primer) but my makeup lasts up to 8 hours without me needing to touch up or reapply, which, let’s be honest, will do, especially at £9.99 in comparison with £25.50 for a Smashbox primer.
Where this primer lacks in staying power it more than makes up for it with the lightness and feel it leaves on my skin. Definitely a worth while purchase!
Photo from: the L’Oreal Website
I realise I’m going against my mantra of ‘budget beauty’, but recently I received an Estee Lauder voucher and ended up getting a bit carried away!
The first product I looked for was the Double Wear ‘Stay In Place’ Foundation. I’ve read so many reviews of this foundations and comparisons with my much-loved Revlon ColorStay so I wanted to see what all the fuss is about.
Firstly, unlike many other foundations, I was easily able to find a shade that matched my skin perfectly (pale but with a slight yellow undertone) – 1N1 Ivory Nude (almost identical to Revlon’s ‘150 Buff’). Estee Lauder produce an astonishing 31 shades of foundations across a variety of undertones and skintones suitable for everyone!
I applied the foundation by dabbing it across my face and then blending it out with my BeautyBlender sponge and the initial look on my skin was flawless, smooth, not-cakey and gave a more airbrushed look then the Revlon Colorstay. But less than an hour into my day, shine began appearing around my nose and chin (both with Rimmel’s ‘Stay Matte’ powder, and Estee Lauder’s ‘Double Wear’ powder on two separate occasions), so I reapplied more powder over the shine. This made my skin appear flakey and cakey and another couple of hours later, my foundation had become patchy, not just in those areas but all across my face to the point where it was beyond repair.
Obviously, with skin as oily as mine, shine is to be expected but given that with my much cheaper Revlon Colorstay, I can stay shine-free for much longer and when I do need to reapply powder, my foundation looks freshly applied. Personally, I was really disappointed with this foundation, despite the initial flawless look as it really fell down on its tagline ‘Stay In Place’. This foundation would be ideal for a makeup look for a photo but don’t expect it to last too long. All in all, it did not measure up to its hype and sadly, it’s ended up on my products-I-regret-buying pile. Not a great start from my Estee Lauder splurge.
Thankfully, the next product saved the day! Another Double Wear product, I was a bit skeptical after the Double Wear foundation disaster but tried this out nonetheless. The Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer (although a bit of a mouthful to say) definitely lived up to its name.
The thick consistency of this product really helps to cover and conceal any blemishes to give a really flawless look. Despite this, once applied it still feels light on the skin and doesn’t feel cakey or heavy. Unlike it’s foundation counterpart, once applied this concealer really lasts, which surprised me as I mostly conceal the oilier parts of my face (around my nose, chin and forehead).
The packaging is simple yet gorgeous, with the clear tube and gold screw top. However, one down side of this is the applicator. I am not a fan of concealer that come with applicators that dip into the product because I apply concealer to hide acne and blemishes. The thought of putting this applicator directly onto said blemishes to pick up bacteria, to then put back in the bottle and reapply to my face later makes me squirm as it’s unhygienic and allows for the spread of bacteria. Instead, I draw out the applicator and, with my Real Techniques concealer brush, remove some of the product and then apply to my face. I then blend this into my skin with my Real Techniques Blending Sponge for an airbrushed look. (After each application I wash the brush and the sponge with some warm water to get rid of any bacteria).
Continuing with the Double Wear theme, the final product I purchased was the Double Wear Stay-in-Place Powder Makeup, a pigmented compact powder.
Usually, I set my makeup with a translucent powder (one with no pigmentation) so as to not disrupt the colour spread of the foundation I have just applied. However, I bought this powder in the same shade as the Double Wear Foundation, expecting to use them together. Unfortunately, this made my face appear cakey, and the addition of another pigmented product made my face appear as one block colour with no natural changes of shade or definition which could only be corrected by adding more makeup. I tried this powder out with my much-loved Revlon ColorStay Foundation with similar results.
After nearly throwing this onto my ‘Products I Regret Buying’ Pile, I gave it one more try. I was leaving the house (to go on a food shop) with no makeup on, but I’d noticed in the mirror that day that my face was particularly red and blotchy. I lightly dusted some of this powder across my face, and due to the pigmentation, it evened my skin tone out – not enough to give full coverage, but enough to make me appear less red. This powder is perfect for those days when you’re not bothered about getting fully made up but want a bit of coverage and a bit of SPF protection (SPF 10), although I’m pretty sure you could buy a similar product with similar results on a smaller budge, so I’m not sure this was really worth the money!
I think I’ll be sticking to ‘budget-beauty’ after my first high-end splurge ended rather disappointingly!
Photos from: Estee Lauder