Beauty · Make Up

The Quest For Perfect Foundation: Dior Skin Forever Undercover

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I’m not sure about you, but I find myself forever searching for the perfect foundation. This is not an easy task as I have combination / oily acne prone skin as well as an incredibly pale skin tone. I am currently testing out the new Dior Skin Forever Undercover Foundation in the shade 012 porcelain and thought I would write-up a mini first impressions post seeing as I received a small sample pot after buying the full-sized version last week.

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This foundation claims to have the ‘highest level of pigments’ found in Diors range ‘almost twice as many as the original Dior Skin Forever Fluid foundation’. This means that this is a full coverage foundation and I personally found that a small amount of this product went a long way. Upon applying it to my skin it instantly covered my flaws (redness and acne scars). I also felt that this was incredibly lightweight in comparison to other foundations I have used in the past, which was wonderful news especially considering I didn’t have to apply multiple layers to get a good coverage.

The Dior Undercover also leaves my skin with a matte finish but not in an overly cakey way which can sometimes happen with high coverage products. It is also water based which is fantastic as it doesn’t react with my oily t-zone and stays put throughout the day. This is another bonus as it claims to be long wearing and able to last up to 24 hours which I found to be sort of true, not that I wear my make up for 24 hours straight but I did discover that I didn’t need to touch up my make up as often as I  usually have to do when wearing other foundations.

However, I have also found that this foundation does begin to oxidize a few hours after being applied to my skin, and was slightly darker / more ‘orange’ then I would have liked.  So on that note if you were debating purchasing this product I would recommend getting it matched to your skin tone before buying.

And that is that. Let me know what foundation you are currently loving or if you have any recommendations! Also sorry for how many times I repeat the word ‘foundation’ throughout this post. Until next time!

 

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Beauty · Make Up

Urban Decay x Jean-Michel Basquiat: Gold Griot Palette

I will start this post off by admitting that mid way through this year I lost all enthusiasm when it came to my makeup. At the end of 2016 I was playing with all these wonderful bright colours, caking my eyelids in glitter and just generally having fun with the looks I was creating. However, fast forward nine months and the only eye  shadow in my collection that currently sees the light of day is a No.7 pale grey transition colour that I got for free and if I’m truly honest that’s on days where I can be arsed to apply it at all.

That was until I stumbled upon the Urban Decay x Jean-Michel Basquiat Limited Edition Gold Griot eye shadow palette at my local Urban Decay beauty counter. I was instantly drawn in by the colours Sucker Punch, Influence and Crown. This collection also featured another eye shadow palette named Tenant and fingers crossed this will also one day join my collection as it has the most wonderful and daring shades of green, pink and blue.

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Both of these fantastic eye shadow palettes are housed in a mini reproduction of Basquiat’s artwork, with all eight shades inside each palette haven been inspired by the art work it is encased in. As if that isn’t cool enough, the palette itself has been cleverly created out of canvas, and even includes a small cut out on the back so you are able to hang your own little bit of Basquiat artwork on your wall.

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The colours are incredibly pigmented in comparison to other eye shadow palettes I own, and they are so easy to blend and manipulate as you use them. I am currently using Enigma (Top colour) and Levitation (Second from top) as transition colours.

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I have also used Not For Sale (third colour down) paired with a MAC cranberry red shimmer shadow to create an autumnal smokey eye look, as well as pairing Sucker Punch with the shade Influence (fourth pan and fifth pan down) to create a dramatic copper smokey eye look.

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As you can see from my awful attempts at swatching these colours, Pseudonym (second from the bottom) was the most difficult shade to blend out, and to be honest I’m a little disappointed in this colour as well. On the back of the palette packaging Pseudonym looks like a deep plum colour, however in the pan it looks black with flecks of pink shimmer, yet upon swatching this shade it looks as if it just plain matt black. One that may end up being difficult to work with. However if you look underneath, look at how beautiful Crown is (last pan)! The way the light bounces off this lustrous gold shade makes me very excited about the upcoming festive months, and I am sure I will make use of this colour at every given opportunity.

Now, due to this collection being ‘limited edition’ as well as being originally released way back in April, this palette wont be hanging around for long so if you are interested in purchasing it then I advise you act quickly.  I’m secretly praying that the Tenant pallet will still be in stock by the time my next pay-day rolls around, and if I am lucky enough to get my hands on it (fingers crossed) then I will also do a small review on the different and more daring shades that are encased inside.

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