Following on from the high end premium brands that I have been reviewing of late, I have been asked to suggest some high quality products that work just as well as the premium brands but without the huge price tag!!
I am currently looking for a foundation to suggest that will work just as well as the YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat foundation, (as this is an AMAZING foundation), but is not in everyone's budget.
I received Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Foundation in the post to test and review and this is how I got on...
I love the glass design of the bottle and the pump applicator, not really a fan of tube foundations as I always get out too much and then end up using far too much product!
The foundation is designed to be long wearing and should provide up to 16 hours of wear, it is oil free and has an SPF of 20.
A tip from Athena Skouvakis the make up artist for Collection 2000: to get flawless skin is to warm the foundation on the back of your hand before applying, as this helps it to sink into the skin and give more natural coverage. Never use too much if you already have good skin, you can always build the coverage.
Key to good application is that no one should be able to tell that you are wearing any foundation.
I was sent shade 06 which is Golden (their darkest shade) this is usually a perfect match, (but as I have a tan, it was just a teeny bit too light), but when my tan has gone, it will be a perfect match. Another tip that I have picked up, is if your foundation is too light or dark, this can be adjusted by the setting powder, so I just set the foundation with a slightly darker powder to balance it out.
This is an excellent foundation, at first I wasn't too sure, as it looked too heavy on my face and a bit cakey, but the key to this foundation is to learn how to use it!
It is a full coverage foundation and what I do when I wear the foundation is prime my face with moisteriser and then straight after use this foundation.
I warm it up on the back of my hand as when I do this, it makes the product a bit thinner (if that makes sense) and easier to apply and then it just goes straight on!
The formulation is perfect for my skin and there have been no breakouts with using this. (Sometimes, with thicker, full coverage foundations, they can sometimes block my pores and then I get spots, but I haven't with this).
Tip: If you find the foundation a bit too thick or think that it looks too heavy on your face, use a primer first (one that sets to a matte finish), and then use this over the top, this changes the finished look. It tried this and the results were so different to when I used it without the primer! The finish was very light, flawless and best of all very natural I also found that I used much less foundation!
I have also tested Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation (review to follow) and I would say that these are both very similar foundations, but with a huge difference in price!! (Formulations are a bit different),
Mac is a gel based foundation and more suited to dry skin, and Lasting Perfection is oil free, but the end results and coverage for both of the foundations was the same for me (Both full coverage foundations, with a soft natural look)! So it's worth a try if you are watching the pennies!!!
Mac Studio Sculpt Foundation retails at about £24 for 40ml, while Lasting Perfection costs just £5.99!!
This is a premium product and just as good as the high end expensive products, don't let the price put you off, it may be a cheap price, but nothing about this foundation is cheap!!! Only negative that I can think of is, that it would have been a bit better if they had a bigger range of shades!