In my never-ending quest to find a foundation that transforms my skin from drab to fab, I thought I’d give the drug-store brands a try. If it’s good enough for Kate Moss…
Packaging: Well it’s no Chanel or YSL but then the proof is never necessarily in the packaging. The curved glass bottle is fairly ergonomically pleasing and the tangerine orange lid certainly made it easier to find again whenever it had been cast to the depths of my handbag. Definitely deducting points though for having a suction pump prone to breaking and no mechanism to push all the product to the top of the bottle (what IS that called??).
Quality: The whole idea of the foundation is that it seeks to make you look as though you’ve had 12 hours sleep in a fluffy, feather-lined cloud whilst harpists strum softly in the background (I presume). Whilst I wouldn’t go that far in terms of performance, it certainly perked up my tired, essay-ravaged skin and helped me look the right side of ‘almost awake’. It’s smooth and doesn’t settle in any pores or indentations you may have but I was fairly disappointed with just how its ‘wake me up’ technology works. Like many of the cheaper brands, it incorporates, dare I say it, glitter in to the mix. Now from a distance this does make you look glowing but close up… well, I felt a little too sparkly for my liking.
Longevity: So-so. I found that after a few hours it had started to wear off my cheeks (where I need it most) and it doesn’t mix well with oilier skin types. To be fair, all it needed was a little touch up and I was good to go again but I have used other foundations with better staying power.
Price: Extremely bank -balance friendly… thank goodness! Usually retails at £8.99 for a 30ml bottle but Boots actually have an offer online at the minute, meaning it’s now £5.99. Snap it up if you want a cheap and cheerful alternative to the higher-end products but don’t expect miracles.
Am I being a meanie/brand snob? Probably. Let me know in the comments below!
Phewf, what a moutful! Also, is ‘defense’ the American spelling of ‘defence’? The English Language student within wants to correct it so badly…
Packaging: Very cool and slick, feels kinda space-age with the chrome-esque lid… just me?
Quality: I’ve completely fallen in love with this moisturiser and have used it religiously for months. Don’t think just because something’s ‘anti-ageing’ that you can’t use it on youthful skin too, it can’t hurt to get a head start now can it? Really lovely consistency, and absorbs into the skin very quickly so you don’t have that annoying stickiness after application that some moisturisers can give. The smell is so-so, perhaps a bit too ‘mediciney’ for my liking but I know loads of people love it so I guess it’s just personal preference. I got the dry combination version so go for whichever suits your skin type, it certainly hasn’t over-saturated my skin so seems pretty true to form.
Longevity: Most moisturisers are pretty rubbish at keeping my combination skin the right side of glowing. They either completely overload it, leaving it oily, or they work for a few hours and then leave me with dry skin again on my cheeks and nose. This product is different in that it really does keep the skin soft and supple all day with no additional oilyness… perfect! The added bonus of SPF 25 is great too, I’m pleased to see more and more skincare brands making this a component in their products as you can never be too wary of the sun!
Price: It’s a bit of purse squeezer (did I just make that up?) at the eye-watering £37 for a 50ml tub. Interestingly, on the Clinique website you can get 30ml tubs for £20 but only in the dry combination type. I’m not too sure why this is. Bottom line, while it IS a brilliant product, I recommend putting this on the Christmas list or saving it for a pay day splurge. £37 for moisturiser is a little extravagant, although you really do get what you pay for with Clinique.
Have any of you guys tried this before? Think the price doesn’t match the product? Let me know in the comments below!
Welcome to my new little feature! Essentially this is all about beauty so if you’re looking for a quick review of a whole plethora of products, you can find it here. Let’s crack on shall we?
Packaging: Spot on. So pleased more foundations are utilising the special pump thingy that means all the product is sort of scraped upwards and nothing is wasted (ever so eloquent there, Lesley). It’s sleek, simple and aesthetically pleasing. I love clean, neat, fuss-free packing. *OCD alert*
Quality: I was very pleased with it actually. It really freshened up my skin and made it look pleasantly dewy without being overly oily. Coverage is medium to full, I’d say. Was particularly good at hiding the pigmentation I have around my nose and on my cheeks. Consistency was perhaps a little too runny; it did result in me pumping too much product out on occasion and it having to be wiped away. I hate wastage 😦
Longevity: Fantastic. Survived long, full days at uni and would only need to be touched up if I was going out after a particularly gruelling shift at work. Seems to have pretty brilliant staying power.
Price: We all know Benefit is a little pricey and at £24.50, it might be worth getting a free sample before you commit to buying. I still would highly recommend though and I will be repurchasing once I’ve been paid. (Friday 26th could not come sooner!)
So what do you guys think? Have you used this foundation before or are you considering it? Let me know in the comments below!