Monday, December 19, 2016

Foundation! A New Favorite

Happy Monday!

One week into getting back to blogging and I get knocked down by a virus. Trying very hard not to take it as an omen. I am feeling much better now so I thought I'd share a new favorite foundation that I discovered at my local Walgreens. Well, foundation and powder know. You have to have the powder to set the foundation, right?

Introducing No7 Lift & Luminate Foundation and the Perfect Light Loose Powder.

What prompted me to start looking for new foundation? Paula's Choice decided to discontinue the foundation I was using and the other foundations I had were either very old or too dark. Plus the powder I was using seemed to attribute to my skin feeling tight and dry by the end of the day. 

As I've said a thousand time before, my skin is very, very dry - especially in the winter. I think there's only two, maybe three, months out of the year that my skin is not auditioning to replace the Sahara as the driest place on earth. (Ok, maybe it's not THAT dry.)

Now that I'm wearing makeup on a daily basis, I needed something else to use. So, I stopped at Walgreens on the way home one night, expecting to get something from the usual suspects. However, Walgreens has been stocking other brands besides the usual suspects and I've been eyeing the No7 brand for some time so I decided to give it a try.

The display offers a way of testing out the foundations so it was very easy to find a color that would work. There are 15 shades in both cool and warm undertones available. Unless you are very dark, I'm thinking there's a shade for everyone. I'm in the shade Cool Vanilla. 

I really appreciate that the expiration date is clearly marked.

No7 did put a pump on this bottle, which I really appreciate.

You get a full ounce of product. While it does have sunscreen in it, it's not as high as the Paula's Choice foundation I had been using. However, if your moisturizer has a good sunscreen level, you'll probably be ok. 

The product itself is quite thick but also has sort of a mousse-like consistency.

I would call the coverage more medium than sheer but definitely not full. I do two layers, the first layer with a few drops of oil, which really helps with the moisture retention. This does result in a more sheer level of coverage, which is why the second layer is without the oil. 

Even though I would not call this a full coverage foundation, I can get some pretty good coverage with the second layer. Still loving the Real Techniques sponge for applying foundation and blending in concealer. 

The powder is in the shade Translucent.

This is a loose powder, which I actually prefer. I feel like I can control how much powder goes on my face better. It also contains talc so if you have a problem with talc, this might not be the powder for you. I don't have a problem with it so...

This powder does contain hyaluronic acid, which definitely helps with keeping my skin from feeling so tight and dry. By the end of the day, my skin still felt very comfortable.

There is very little color in this powder...

...and while this does look a little scary, the powder does blend out to kind of a sheer coverage with just a touch of glow.

The combination of foundation and powder lasts pretty much all day for me. There was very little breakdown of product. About the only place the products wore off was around the end of my nose but that's to be expected when dealing with a winter cold kind of thing. I was surprised to find that at the bridge of my nose, where I see a lot of wear thanks to my glasses, there seemed to be very little breakdown. Either that or the match to my skin tone is even better than I think because I saw no difference there at all. Elsewhere on my face, it looked pretty much like it did when I first applied it. Really pleased with that.

Cost-wise, No7 is a little more on the pricey side but then the price of the usual suspects has been steadily climbing, which probably means this will become the new lower end cost. The foundation was $15.99 and the powder was $12.99. For me, the price is totally worth it. Not only did I find a near perfect match colorwise but the way my skin feels at the end of the day truly justifies the cost. I'm looking forward to trying more products from this line.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned.


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