Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Waterproof AND Nourishing Foundation?  Yes - Mac Longwear Waterproof Nourishing Foundation

I have said that I have three Holy Grail foundations and here is the last of the three - you can check out my Favorites section and lower on this page for the other two.  I actually was not looking for another foundation but the characteristics of this one (longwear, nourishing AND waterproof) caught my eye.  On top of that it was a Mac product, and I do like Mac products.  Long story in a shorter version...I decided to try out this foundation when the summer hit because (kids had summer swim meets outside and that means big time sweating, we were headed on a cruise in a few weeks, and every now and then I shed a tear and hate ending up with streaks down my face) the conditions were favorable.

And what did I think?  First things - the packaging is very typical Mac (i.e., nothing frivolous, extravagant, or cool).  The foundation comes in a plastic tube with a dropper dispenser.  It is very easy to control - that is, it is not like Mac Longwear concealer that delivers way too much - at least for me.  I think this container will be easy to use the last drops and will also provide a good view to know when it is running low. 

I used a typical amount, which is about the size of two peas (would that equal a lima bean?).  The consistency is not runny and definitely not moussey (e.g., Tarte Amazonia Clay foundation).  It blends easily and provides adequate (medium coverage) with one passover.  I used both brushes and Beauty Blenders to apply and both worked nicely (it will be your own preference here).  I did use primer and found that they all worked well.  That is, no one stood out as THE primer for this foundation.

Once applied, it settled to a semi-matte finish.  I did apply some light powder but that may not be needed for everyone and also may not produce the desired finish if you like a glowy look.  A word of caution is that there is no SPF in this foundation.  For some that is a plus but others may consider that a negative characteristic.  I am fine either way but just have to remember to apply my SPF when I use this foundation.

Did it last?  Yes, this foundation lasts through a typical day with no signs of wear except for a little break up on my smile lines and around my nose.  Was it waterproof? I admit that I tested this not by being caught in a rain storm but, admittedly, after shedding some tears (well many tears but that is another story).  The answer is that "yes" it holds up even after a storm of tears but my blush is another story!  Will I repurchase?  Oh my....that is such a tough question!  Yes, if nothing else rises to the top of Holy Grail foundation, I will repurchase but you know how that goes!

Okay...I would love to hear some comments and feedback!  Have you used this foundation?  Is there a primer that "clicks" with it?  What application process do you find works best?

Here is a video review of this foundation.  Please subscribe to my YouTube channel and also give me a "thumbs up" as a way of sharing some encouragement.

As always, have positive and productive days!


Review of Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluid Foundation

Hi All!  I am so excited to share my thoughts on this product - the Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluid Foundation!  It is definitely one of my Holy Grail foundations! This product is easy to apply, dries to a nice satin finish, and feels as light as air.  It boasts medium to full coverage (very true) and is easily build-able.  I love applying it with my Beauty Blender but my Sigma F80 also does the job so nicely.  The coverage lasts all day with very little breakdown (a bit around my nose) but nothing different than any other foundation. I am wearing the color Ecru - as a reference point, I am an NC 25 in Mac.

What makes this foundations so much better than others?  I love the ease of application - but you HAVE to SHAKE it - the coverage, longevity, and the fact that I forget it is on my skin.  This foundation also does not seem to sit in my fine (maybe a bit more than fine) lines as much as others.  I think it also looks very nice.  I do apply powder over it (typically Laura Mercier Translucent Powder); but I always feel the need to powder, which I guess is a remnant from my younger (oilier skin) years.  Be careful how much powder you apply as it can get a bit cakey easily, which is probably a trigger to tell you that you do no need powder.  I use primer and find that the Laura Geller Spackle Hydrating Under Makeup one to work beautifully.  I also use my tried and true Benefit Porefessional that works wonderfully as well.


Did I miss anything?  Is there anything else that you want to know about it?  Has anyone else tried this foundation? 

Thanks all!  Have positive and productive days!



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