Makeup


Charlotte Tilbury has some really amazing products, I have reviewed many in the past (I will link them in the post) and with every new launch, there is a new excitement and rush to try the product. With each new launch, my expectations from the brand have always risen, I do not think there is anything from the brand which I have tried and not liked. The newest launch from Charlotte Tilbury is the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter which I will be reviewing in this post along with my other favorites from the brand.

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Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter – 5 Tan

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter (CAD $50) is the new Revolutionary product which is a must-have customizable complexion booster with the versatility of a face primer, with the mega-watt glow of a highlighter and the perfecting properties of your favorite digital filter. The ingredients in this product help to soft-focus, illuminate skin and makes lines and pores appear smoother.

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It is indeed a very versatile product, I have used it as a makeup base, a foundation, as a highlighter and it has amazed me in every way. As a base or a primer, it gives a radiant glowy finish to any foundation you use over it. As a foundation, it gives a beautiful natural radiant finish with light coverage, perfect no-makeup look, of course with the concealer for my spots. As a highlighter on the high points of the face, it gives the most natural highlight. If I mix this with my foundation or tinted moisturizer, the finish is a beautiful glowy face, which does look naturally flawless and radiant.

For my medium tan skin tone, Shade 5 – neutral caramel suits me perfectly. There are 7 shades available in the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter and as the coverage is light to medium, it can be great for a range of skin tones which match the nearest from the range of 7 shades. The packaging is in a heavyweight glass bottle, and the product is applied by dotting with the foam-tipped wand. The product has been working okay for my combination skin, no breakouts or irritation. Overall a really revolutionary and nice new launch from the brand.

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Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow Face Primer

Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow Face Primer (CAD $65) features ingredients to give your complexion an instant pick-me-up to create an effortlessly dewy look. It can be used as a face primer underneath the foundation or on its own for a relaxed dewy look. The packaging is in a nice sturdy plastic case with a pointed opening to dispense the product.

This primer does make the skin radiant and more youthful. I have used it as a primer or mixed it with my foundation, gives a beautiful natural dewy glow to the skin which looks very youthful and fresh. The texture is very smooth and the consistency is creamy, a little more than a pea size is what I use on my face and a part of the neck. I apply it with my fingers and that’s it. I just leave it like that on the no-makeup days and on the other days, follow with my foundation or tinted moisturizer.

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It can also be used as a natural highlighter, dotting on the high points of the face and it gives a beautiful glow to the cheek. I have seen with Charlotte Tilbury products that they are all multi-use products, and they all tend to make you look radiant and youthful. My skin does not looks or feel oily after application or even at the end of the day, it looks glowy and dewy all day. The other makeup products stay on well over this primer, no rolling off. It did not give me any breakouts or any irritation.

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Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blusher – Love is the Drug

Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blusher (CAD $50) has a creamy, color-rich texture in a cool shimmering pink to create an ultra-flattering makeup look. The blush is really beautiful, the texture is so creamy that it melts into the skin. The blendability is just amazing, love the way it just disappears into the skin and gives beautiful natural flush to the cheeks. The complexion looks healthy and luminous. The formula is very pigmented and gives a nice color payoff. The shade ‘Love is the Drug’ is beautiful bright pink, as I mentioned it is pigmented, so a little will be enough, means the blush will go a long way. On my medium tan skin ton, I just swipe and tap a little, gives me a nice rosy pinkish healthy glow.

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To use this blusher,

‘1. SWISH your brush around the outer shade & tap off excess. Run the brush flat, up the cheekbone starting from the apples of your cheek, to structure your face.

2. POP the shade by taking the pointy end of the brush, dip it in the centre colour & tap off the excess. Apply to the apples of your cheeks, blending seamlessly to make them pop & glow.’

Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick – Moon Beach

Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick (CAD $48) is a Lip To Cheek Dewy Colour Pop which has luminous, rose-gold iridescent peach shade inspired by the mesmerizing light of Moon Beach. It is inspired by the unique lighting, golden sands & bronzed goddesses of Ibiza. To use it, simply twist up color & apply straight from the bullet, blending with your fingers for a youthful, fresh look of year-round summer.

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The formula is really good, easy to apply and blends in nicely into the skin. It is perfect for on the go or for the next vacation you are planning. It gives a beautiful rose-gold iridescent glow to the skin with a hint of peach. It would be a great highlighter too. I am thinking of the beach and then this beach stick, the sand, the sun and the gorgeous glow with this.

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There is a slight shimmer, so it is definitely not for work or everyday wear but perfect to travel with on a vacation or a night out. It will be great for the weekend, a dot on the cheek and blend with the finger, gives a beautiful glow. The shade Moon Beach is a nice shade for my medium tan skin tone can be used as a highlighter as well as a blush, more of a highlighter as I did not notice much color payoff to the cheeks, a little unnoticeable hint, and rest is the glow.

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Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish – 3 Dark

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish (CAD $58) is a face powder which features ingredients to prevent excess shine and brighten complexions. It can be used in the oily areas to make them matte or on the whole face to set the makeup or for more coverage. The powder gives a nice soft blur, giving that airbrush finish to the makeup. The powder is very finely milled, and very smooth. It blends in nicely and does not gives that powdery look or feel. I use it either to set my makeup or for retouching when I have to freshen up my makeup. It does not give a full matte finish but good enough to look bright and not shiny keeps the glow intact which I prefer. The dark shade is not as dark as I expected before I saw this in person, it is a medium shade to me and works perfectly to set the makeup. The makeup does not look cakey.

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Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow – Medium to Dark

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow (CAD $80) is a perfect lightweight, buildable, blendable formula to create a well-contoured face. The Medium to Dark shade is perfect for my medium tan skin tone. The powder is like serious cream, it is so soft and melts into the skin so nicely. The lighter shade is the highlighter and the darker shade is the bronzer. The shades are beautiful and look so nice once applied, the formula is buildable yet looks very natural. The bronzer I feel is a bit dark for me, so a little swipe is all I need and it works for me, It is not orangey on the skin. The highlighter gives a beautiful glow to the cheeks, a little swipe into the product is all I need. The packaging is very beautiful, as is of all the Charlotte Tilbury Products.

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To use Filmstar Bronze & Glow,

1. Apply the ‘Sculpt’ shade to the areas you want to define, the hollows of your cheeks, the temples, jawline, the sides and tip of your nose. Never forget to blend-blend-blend!

2. Apply the ‘Highlight’ shade on top of your cheekbones, down the centre of your nose, your lip’s cupid bow and the brow bone for a candlelit complexion.

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Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette – Smokey Eye Beauty

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette in Smokey Eye is a makeup palette with intense black, gilded gold & nude shades. There are 7 shades to create a sexy, sculpted look and the ultimate classic smokey eye in this all-in-one makeup palette. This iconic palette is perfect for a wearable, gorgeous day look that is easily amped-up to a dazzling date night look. It is a gorgeous neutral palette for a daytime makeup look to dial up for date night with a deeply-defining, smoldering black shade. The intense black shade can be used to define the eyes for an instant smokey eye. The beautiful highlighter shade is the iconic Bar of Gold highlight to add gilded gold shimmer to your cheekbones. Add a pop of color with the Ecstasy-shade blush for an effortlessly sexy glow.

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The formula is very fine and smooth, blends in easily into the skin. It is perfect for sophisticated or glamorous yet natural look. The whole shade range is exquisite, but the blushes blend and balance for enviable cheekbones. ‘Swish’ is very pale pinky-peach and with the deeper ‘Pop’, both will suit all skin tones. This palette alone is a great way to transform from the office look to a party or night out look. And as it is travel-friendly, you can have it in the bag and you are good to go for all the occasions and events. Keep in mind to keep it in a pouch or something soft to not break the inner product, as It did happen to me in the past.

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To use Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette in Smokey Eye,

1. For a subtle daytime makeup look, start by applying the Eye Prime shade all over your lid for long-lasting application using the Eye Blender Brush.

2. Then use the Eye Enhance shade along your eyelid for added dreamy dimension!

3. Using the Eye Smudger Brush, dip it into the Eye Smoke shade and run across the upper lashline, adding on the lower lashline if you want to add intensity to your gaze.

4. Lightly dust your face with the Sculpt shade to give you that natural sun-kissed look, and highlight along your cheekbones and t-zone with the Highlight shade. Swish and Pop the cheek color on for a natural flush.

5. To dial up your look for the evening, blend the Smoke shade across the upper eyelid crease using the Eye Blender Brush. Use the Smudger Brush to bring your Smoke shade along the upper and lower lash line.

6. Sculpt out your contour by sucking in your cheeks and follow the hollow to define those cheekbones

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Charlotte Tilbury Your Lip Service – Royal Lipstick Trio

Charlotte Tilbury Your Lip Service – Royal Lipstick Trio (CAD $100) features 3 truly legendary lipsticks in 2 award-winning formulas, so that every woman can feel like a queen, look like a queen and think like a queen.

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This kit includes:

Matte Revolution Lipstick in Legendary Queen is a soft neutral wine shade in the award-winning matte formula. This gorgeous lipstick will add a pop of subtle color to your face that looks divine on everyone from 18-80.

Matte Revolution Lipstick in The Queen is the best-selling iconic lip shade in the can’t-live-without rosy, crown-jewel pink that instantly lifts and brightens your complexion. Wear this matte lipstick all year round for a timeless lip look.

K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in The Duchess is a charming tea-rose pink for a splendidly sophisticated lipstick look. In the sumptuous moisturizing formula that will leave your lips kissably-soft, this pink lipstick is perfect for every royal outing in your diary.

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I have loved and reviewed Charlotte Lipsticks in the past here and I always have them the in rotation, they are one of my favorite matte formulas that do not make my lips dry and looks great. This kit is so beautiful. The Duchess is the perfect everyday lipstick. while the other two are for nights or parties or when you want a quick fix to feel and look beautiful. The formula is nice, creamy and does not irritates the lips or dries them out.

Charlotte Tilbury products are available at Charlotte Tilbury Official website, Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, Net-A-Porter, and Cult Beauty.

 

GIVEAWAY – Open Internationally

I am giving away the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow – Medium to Dark (purchased by me) and Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter in Dark Tan (gifted). For more details to enter the giveaway, go to my Instagram here

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I am still swooning the spring makeup launches from Dior which I reviewed here and here we have the summer launches to keep us glowing and fresh. From the official description of the Dior Cool Wave Summer Collection 2018, ‘The heat of the sun sun and an indigo pool, the clash between hot and cold, sensuality fusing with the skin. Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup, sets the stage for a summer at its zenith with an effervescent collection that explores the contrast between aquatic blues and euphoric shades.

Dior Cool Wave Summer 2018 Collection - Review, Swatches

From these splashes of color and intense transparency springs forth a vibration all its own, both romantic and pop-art. “It’s like the splash of an incandescent body diving into cool water,” describes Peter Philips. “Formulas with a cooling effect in energetic colors melt into the sun-kissed skin.” For me, the collection has taken the basic essence of the summer and the collection is so practical which can be used and enjoyed during the summer for its vibrancy of shades, freshness in formulas, and the ease of use.  Whether it is for work, for shopping, for pool time, and for vacation, the pieces in the collection can all be used as well as they are very travel-friendly.

Dior Cool Wave Summer 2018 Collection - Review, Swatches

Cool Wave  – 5 Couleur Eye Shadow 597 Heat Up

After the long winter, while dreaming of summer, the first scene that comes into the mind is color of the tanned skin, the bright blue of a lagoon or the bronze hues of the later summer. Inspired by that dream, there are two 5 Couleurs palettes that feature a pattern like a ripple of a drop hitting the surface of the water, the effect is captured by the palette so perfectly. The 5 Couleur Eye Shadow 597 Heat Up (CAD $73) is about all the hues from the sun, the palette has luminous brown, coral, and nude shades. The formula is very creamy, an ideal combination to create multiple looks on eyes this summer.

Dior Cool Wave Summer 2018 Collection - Review, Swatches

From the picture, the top two shades would be perfect for a daytime look while the lower two can add the intensity to the look for either day or night wear. For my medium tan skin tone, the shades are more than perfect to even have a little hint of summer or for having that smudged-kohl, mysterious look. The formula blends easily and builds up quite well. The formula is nicely pigmented, so make sure to get the hold of it before working on a full look. Just want to mention that the top right shade from the palette is quite opaque on me, it does give a highlighting effect and also good as a very subtle shade, which I am really liking. I did notice the formula of the top right shade is a bit hard to work with compared to the other four, which are very creamy. I have already used this palette few times and love the versatility of it, the shades are perfect to create some amazing looks.

Dior Cool Wave Summer 2018 Collection - Review, Swatches

Splash On The Eyes – Diorshow Cooling Stick

Diorshow Cooling Stick (CAD $41) is a sleek, very sophisticated looking eyeshadow stick. The pencil glides along, leaving a feeling of freshness and solid color with a wet-effect finish bright with sunlight. It features a formula brimming with water for a gorgeous, fresh feel, Diorshow Cooling Stick unfurls its seductive bronze, precious gold and ingenue pink along the lash line or as a highlight in the inner corner of the eye. Diorshow Cooling Stick is a waterproof beauty booster is perfect for relaxing tired eyes and toning the eyelids.

Dior Cool Wave Summer 2018 Collection - Review, Swatches

Diorshow Cooling Stick in 001 Bronze Wave and 002 in Gold Splash is in the swatches below. For my medium tan skin tone, they have been a really great addition to spring, summer, and for even fall. They are easily buildable and the formula glides on pretty easily. The shades are very practical and can be used in the regular routine. Once applied, it does give a fresh light sensation and then it fades away, that cooling fresh sensation relaxes the eyes. Other than that, the staying power is good, the ease of application and the travel-friendly packaging is all a plus.

Dior Cool Wave Summer 2018 Collection - Review, Swatches

Taking Summer Vertical – Dior Addict Lip Tattoo

Dior Addict Lip Tattoo (CAD $37) has been here for quite some time and when the product like this is much loved, more shades are always welcome. The staying power, formula and the packaging has impressed many, including me, I reviewed few shades here last year and today, I have one shade to share with you called ‘Watermelon’.  If you have not yet tried this product, Dior Addict Lip Tattoo is a tattoo-finish lip ink with a no-transfer finish and an extreme 10-hour hold. The new shades are bright and vibrant, the formula is ultra-pigmented with water finish and nude feel fuses with the skin of the skin of the lips in a matter of seconds like a temporary tinted tattoo. Watermelon is a bright, mouth-watering pink shade and the tint it leaves is beautiful bright pinks which looks very natural after the product wear off the lips after few hours.

Dior Cool Wave Summer 2018 Collection - Review, Swatches

Cool Summer – Dior Addict Lipstick

Dior Addict Lipstick (CAD $44) is a concentrate of Dior and a palette in summer shades. It has a hydra-gel core which makes it stand out for the hydration and that shine it imparts to lips. There are beautiful shades launched which embrace an epicurean season with essential colors, the shades include an effervescent orange, a bronze nude, a sensual coral, a graceful pink, a dizzying fuschia and a blue-toned shimmery shade. The swatches I have below are for Dior Addict Lipstick 090 White Splash and 411 Nude Chill.

Dior Cool Wave Summer 2018 Collection - Review, Swatches

The formula glides on very easily, very comfortable to wear, hydrating to the lips as well provide a beautiful shine. There is no dryness or any feeling like that even after it wears off. The bullet is designed beautifully with the logo in the middle, such classic packaging, heavy and shiny.

Cool summer – Dior Lip Maximizer

Dior Lip Maximizer (CAD $42) is inspired by the Dior backstage, it has the mint extract that gives off instant freshness, irresistibly plumps the lips and creates an incomparably shiny smile with icy blue accents. The shade available in Dior Lip Maximizer is 011 Pool Blue. The formula is easy to wear, gives a cooling sensation and is comfortable to wear. It does give an oomph to the lips by plumping them a bit and the shine is so gorgeous. The effect stays on for a while and the shine adds on to the effect to give a beautiful finish.

Dior Cool Wave Summer 2018 Collection - Review, Swatches

Comic Strip – Dior Vernis

Peter Philips explains, ‘For a summer synonymous with playfulness and freedom, I wanted to come out with a collection of bright nail colors that women can use to express their creativity and personality’. The bright nails, this summer, are called Wizz, Splash, Blop, respectively in coral, denim, swimming pool blue shades. The Dior Vernis (CAD $34) is enriched with a pearly shimmer that catches the sunlight, sexy like a bikini and fun like a pop song. The shade I have on my nails is 404 Splash and I am really liking it. It is fun summer shade and I am planning to sport it with many outfits, the bright swimming pool blue shades do enhances the mood already as is Ice storm outside here in mid of April.

Dior Cool Wave Summer 2018 Collection - Review, Swatches

Overall, a beautiful and very practical collection that can be used for all occasions, during spring, and summer. The collection is worth checking out, the shade range and products will suit most of the skin tones, and don’t forget when you wear the seasonal makeup and shades, there is the mood factor too which makes you feel more beautiful. Dior Cool Wave Summer 2018 Collection is available from mid of April on all Dior counters nationwide, Sephora, Hudsons Bay, Holt Renfrew, Beautyboutique by Shoppers Drug Mart, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue.

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I have been a fan of Decorte Vitality Tincture Soft-Oil Infusion Essence since last year and I am so excited to share with you the newly launched color collection from Decorte which I have been testing since last few days. The Decorte makeup philosophy mirrors its skincare counterpart, to enhance and emphasize healthy, glowing skin. All products in the range work in perfect harmony with the body, with luxury texture and soft-focus colors that allow women to unleash their skin’s natural life-force from within.

Eye Glow Gem eyeshadows, The Rouge Lipstick, and Decorte Sheer Brilliance

Decorte’s color-range is paraben-free targetting women who want functionality in their makeup and perceive youth and happiness through a dewy glowy complexion. Decorte focusses on the formulas that add a virtuous light to the face, enhancing women’s natural complexion for a refined, elegant ‘lit from within’ finish.  The collection has a number of products including eye shadows, blush, highlighter, eyebrow grooming, eyeliners, lipstick, lip liner, and mascara.  I am reviewing Eye Glow Gem eyeshadows, The Rouge Lipstick, and Decorte Sheer Brilliance.

Decorte Eye Glow Gem

Decorte Eye Glow Gem (CAD $35) is described as a lustrous eyeshadow color that glides softly and lightly over eyelids. The vibrant and long-lasting eye shadow dome provides a dewy shine with a gradational, three-dimensional effect with every shade. Multiple shades can be combined to create custom colors to suit your mood and style.

I have been really impressed with these eyeshadows, they are one of the softest and luxurious formula I have used. The texture is very soft and creamy, it glides on very smoothly on the lids. A single swipe is enough to give color and to build it, I go for another one from the same shade or dab the other one on the center of my eyelids to create the dimension. The staying power is pretty well, I had it on for the whole day and I could still see it nicely sitting on my lids with a little creasing by the end of the day. I apply a single swipe for the everyday work look. I really like the soft dewy finish of these glow gems.

The shades are really nice, the ones I swatched below are BR382 and BR383. They both are nice shades for day or night look, they apply effortlessly and great to have in the bag for having the intense look in the evening when going straight to a party or get-together from work. It is available in 30 shades to choose from.

Decorte The Rouge

Decorte The Rouge (CAD $45) is a lipstick available in both matte and glow formula, for a high-pigmented finish that suits every woman’s needs. The glow formula provides moisturizing, lustrous and fresh colors with a soft, balm-like texture and a melting touch. The matte formula is highly pigmented with intense colors and a moisturizing feel, to create softer, fuller, firmer lips.

The glow formula is available in 13 shades and the matte in 5 shades. I have been using these for last few days and really like the formula. They di not dry out my lips and are comfortable to wear. The staying power is good as is the texture. It is very moisturizing and makes the lips look nice and plump. The formula glides on very easily on the lips and does not emphasize the lines. The shades swatched are RD 456 and BE 354 which are both perfect for day or night and casual or outing wear.

Decorte Sheer Brilliance

Decorte Sheer Brilliance (CAD $125) is Decorte’s first ever tinted skin perfector with SPF. Decorte Sheer Brilliance is described as a gorgeous, weightless formula that delivers protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays with the inclusion of SPF 32. With one, light coat, visibly sweep away fine lines, pores, and other skin imperfections. Unwanted redness and dark spots fade away and results are pure, even-toned complexion, a touch of luminosity and a perfectly sheer sheen. The key ingredients include the calming properties of Decorte Transient Onsen Water, Algae-based X-Inflam Defense (helps skin against damages caused by environmental stress), Cell-surround 360 degree (envelops cells with powerful anti-oxidant), SPF 32 Broad Spectrum Protection (shields skin from UVA/UVB rays).

I have used this product few times and my skin looks nice and fresh with this. There is no irritation or breakouts that I noticed. The shade medium is a nice match for me. The formula is a little runny but easy to apply and blends in nicely with the skin. The texture is so super light despite SPF in it. My pores and imperfections are less noticeable and the tint is just the right amount for a natural healthy look like the way tint should be. This is a nice go-to for the good skin days and I do have to use a concealer with this one but that is all tint is about, minimal coverage and a better version of the skin you are in. One thing I would like to mention is to shake the bottle before applying otherwise you will feel the product is too watery and does not looks on color wise too.

Overall, I would recommend these products for their formulas and shade range. They are going to be regular in my daily makeup routine, check my Insta stories regularly to see how these look on me. Decorte skincare and makeup products are available at Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Nars Cosmetics has been one of my favorite brands, I have reviewed products from this brand in the past here and on my social handles. Who does not loves a glowy and radiant face, and I was so excited when this foundation launched this year. In a foundation, what I look for is how it blends into my skin, if it oxidizes or not, does it makes my imperfections more prominent, like instead of covering the areas it may emphasize them, if the color matches my skin tone, and last but not the least, I love a dewy finish, not oily but radiant healthy glow. I have been using Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation since last few weeks to test it and here with my thoughts now.

Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

Nars Cosmetics describes the Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation (CAD $60) as its first 16-hour fade-resistant foundation with full-powered radiance. It is medium to full coverage stays vibrant and fresh during the day. The staying power is enhanced by a patent technology that delivers a uniquely weightless texture with superior blendability for an imperceptible effect that looks like skin. The foundation is formulated to improve skin hour by hour with skin optimizing complex which is a blend of raspberry, apple, and watermelon extracts that helps support skin’s elastic fibers to smooth and improve skin texture, while specialized pigments recognize and fuse with the skin for the closest match. It is available in 33 skin-matching shades, ranging from deep espresso to the fairest tones.

Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation is a medium to full coverage foundation, which is easily buildable. The formula is opaque and a little, pearl size is all that is needed for full coverage. I use a primer to smooth out the base and then apply this foundation with my brush or beauty blender. It blends very easily into the skin, giving a very natural, radiant, and luminous finish. I did tend to pump out extra product sometimes and I have noticed, if I apply a little extra, it starts to emphasize my dry areas or start clinging to them. So the best way is to exfoliate my face while doing my skincare routine and then follow the normal foundation routine.

Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

I am really impressed with the staying power of this foundation, it stays on very well for 12 hours or more. It is not transfer-proof if I am not setting it with a powder or setting spray. Even after using a setting powder or spray, there is a little bit of transfer, but that is normal with other foundations I have tried. I did not notice any oxidation during the day and the pictures from the camera and flash looked very natural with this one. One more thing I want to mention is that it did cover my spots and pigmentation, which is why I did not feel the need to use a concealer. The packaging of the foundation is in a heavy glass bottle with a pump, which looks very classic and chic. My skin tone is medium tan with golden undertones and I was matched Syracuse and Barcelona.

Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

Syracuse – Medium – Dark with brown undertones

Barcelona – Medium with golden, peachy undertones

Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

Top – Syracuse, Bottom – Barcelona

Overall, I am really loving the natural, radiant, and glowy finish which is what I prefer and like. A little is all I need to use for my full face and I do not feel the need of using a concealer. I usually do not follow with a loose powder to set as I prefer radiant finish on my face. At the end of the day, it is a little more dewy around my forehead and nose area, for which I retouch with a pressed powder on the go. I have combination skin for our reference and it did not irritate or had my skin break out. Another good thing is the shade range with different undertones to suit a wide range of skin colors. So, all in all, a product worth checking out.

Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation is available at Sephora, Sephora Canada, Hudson’s Bay, Lookfantastic, House of Fraser,  Nordstrom, Saks, and Neiman Marcus.

*Foundation is Press sample, all other products in pictures are purchased by me


Laura Mercier is the brand I have always loved and trusted for the concept, ideology, and the face of timeless beauty. Laura Mercier, the pioneer of the “Flawless Face”, is a world-renowned makeup artist and creator of Laura Mercier Cosmetics, Skincare, Body & Bath, and Fragrance.  Laura is the innovative force behind the brand’s iconic products, French aesthetic, and artistry techniques.   She continues to teach and inspire through her philosophy; “What makes you unique makes you beautiful.”  I am a fan of the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder since many years and I still have my first jar, a little is all you need for the natural finish. Another favorite from the brand is the radiance primer which I have it on my list to repurchase as I just finished one. I am going to discuss two new favorites from the brand which I am wearing almost every day nowadays, Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage with the Secret Camouflage brush.

Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Brush

“Laura believes that Foundation’s true purpose is to even out your skin tone so it looks it’s very best. Her foundations create a flawless, natural look that lets your skin show through, yet they are distinctly lighter in weight and texture than conventional formulas. The aim is to enhance your beauty, not cover it up.” I truly believe in that, I do not mask my face with everything artificial but use it to enhance what I already have, not to become another person but to look and feel a better version of myself.

Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation

Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation (CAD $59) is described as the perfect balance of blendability, coverage, and comfort. The foundation is high-performance wear that is sweat, humidity, water, and transfer resistant for 15 hours. The coated pigments glide on to create buildable medium to full color that beautifully evens out skin tone and minimizes the look of pores and imperfections. The weightless texture looks, fits and feels like a second skin. The skin-fusion technology provides ultimate long-wear with breathable ease. Controls oil immediately and throughout the day. The matte finish is never dull, flat or cakey. The weightless texture looks, fits and feels like a second skin. Skin-fusion technology provides ultimate long wear with comfortable, breathable ease.

Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation

Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation is a medium to full coverage foundation, the finish is matte. It is suitable for all skin types, especially normal to oily. The packaging of the foundation is in a beautiful heavyweight glass bottle with a pump, the cover, and the bottle has a beautiful luxurious feel to it. The formula is lightweight and the consistency is medium, neither runny nor thick. One pump is all I need for medium coverage and two pumps on the day I need full coverage, I do apply it on my neck too, otherwise, one and a half pump is enough for full coverage. I prefer a brush to apply foundation when I need full coverage. For medium coverage, either the brush or the sponge or the beauty blender works best. As the finish is matte, I do use the Radiance Primer from Laura Mercier or any other brightening primer as I do like a natural glowy finish. The foundation is easy to apply and blends in seamlessly with the skin, covering most of my problem areas and spots. The skin looks even, naturally flawless, and with a healthy radiance. The staying power of the foundation is really great, I had it on for over 13 hours and I am impressed with the results. I do set it with my powder puff or the powder brush, or the setting spray also does the trick after I am done with my face.

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I noticed no irritation, breakouts, or oxidization while using this foundation. I have combination skin and I am very careful about the foundation which tends to get patchy around my oily areas but this does not give me any issues. It goes on so smoothly and makes my skin look great. 4N1 Suntan is the perfect shade for my medium tan skin tone with golden undertones. It is not too orange, nor very neutral, the perfect balance. This foundation is available in 20 shades and range from very light to dark with various undertones.

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage (CAD $42) is described to provide a full camouflaging coverage that leaves the skin looking natural and flawless. It has more pigmentation than a traditional concealer, has long-wearing formula which covers completely to retouch flaws one by one. It gives a look of natural perfection camouflages blemishes, shadows, scars, capillaries, discolorations, redness, age spots, the nose area. The unique two-shade compact allows you to customize exactly the right shade and undertone to match your skin tone every day, any time of year. It is suitable for all skin types.

“To create the look of even, flawless skin, Laura turns to concealers, with specialized formulas for eyes and face. Either way, apply sparingly and build as needed, where needed. Especially under your eyes, you want to subtly brighten, but the tone should blend seamlessly with the rest of your look.

Laura’s Original Insight: Concealer Is Key. Concealer is at the core of Laura’s less-is-more approach to makeup—in fact, Secret Camouflage was her very first product. Instead of masking skin with thick foundation all over the face, Laura invented high-pigmented concealers to use for targeted coverage, leaving skin looking natural and flawless.”

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I have acne scars and pigmentation which I deal with many times in a year due to the hormones and external factors. A good concealer is always a game changer and mood enhancer I believe. This secret camouflage is like a secret weapon indeed, no doubt why it is so much loved all around by the makeup artists or beauty lovers. I really like the idea of having the two shades to mix and match based on the undertones and the concern where it has to be used, such flexible product it is. It provides full coverage, the formula is very creamy and blends really well into the skin. I have used it many times to spot conceal and also for the pigmentation, the finish is very natural. The staying power is pretty good, without touch-ups it stays on well for the whole day around 8-10 hours which I tested for. SC5 works very well with my medium tan skin tone.

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It is specifically meant to be used on the face to camouflages blemishes, shadows, scars, capillaries, discolorations, redness and age spots. With the Secret Camouflage Brush, I custom blend the two colors by mixing the two shades on the back of my hand until I find the blend that matches my skin tone. Then I use feather-light strokes to apply to areas of the face that need covering, concealing, or camouflaging. After applying with the brush, I pat in gently with fingertips. Secret Camouflage is not recommended for under and around the eye area because it is not emollient enough as I had few questions if this works well under the eye.

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Brush

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Brush

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Brush (CAD $34) is a perfectly shaped for precise application in the tiniest areas including shadows, corners of eyes, tiny scars or blemishes. The flatter, wider surface at the base of the brush is ideal for larger areas like ruddy cheeks, patches of broken capillaries, sun spots or any areas of discoloration. It picks up the right amount of product and works great to keep concealer from being too thick and cakey. Also, it does help in applying the product in the small areas as well as the tricky areas to cover the problem.  The synthetic bristles are soft yet firm enough to fill in lines and give flawless coverage over spots. I have experienced no shedding and is highly precise.

As a long time user and fan of this brand, I am very satisfied with these three products that I have been using these days and would recommend you to check them out. Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Brush are available at Sephora Canada, Sephora, Holt Renfrew, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, SpaceNK, and Net-A-Porter.

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