November 2, 2012

Foundation sensations from Giorgio Armani, Guerlain, Clinique, Pur Minerals and mark.!

The nice thing about foundations these days: there is so much choice!

The bad thing about foundations these days: there is so much choice!

Don't you find when you get out there to actually buy one that there are so many to choose from that it can be overwhelming?! So here's a little overview on some of the new ones on the market - go try the ones that sound interesting!

Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup - 30ml - $68 - a high slip fluid foundation with a unique texture due to patented Fusion Technology - an ultra-fine oil-pigment suspension that perfects the complexion with the thinnest colour film that blends perfectly and corrects skin imperfections without buildup. There are 9 shades available which are supposed to be adaptable to all skin tones due to smart pigments that are so fine, they fuse with the natural skin colour.

I have actually tried it, not the right shade unfortunately so I can't speak as to how smart the smart pigments are but texture wise I can say that it's way different then anything I've ever tried, it really feels as light as water but still very moisturizing, this is one of those products that you just have to try for yourself - if you hate the way foundation normally feels on your skin, this one is so for you!

Available now exclusively at Holt Renfrew.
Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Light Diffusing Foundation - 30ml - $64 - both moisturizing and light-diffusing to boost the luminosity of the complexion and radiance of the skin. Enriched with Luminescent Water - a marine spring water which penetrates deep into the skin and also contains Prisma Light 360 pigments - which form a fine veil on the skin's surface concentrating pure light. The end result is: a fresh and healthy glow, evened and smoothed out complexion, supple and plumped skin with a satiny and luminous effect with a natural, no-mask result.

This is the foundation that I've been using lately - I was thrilled to discover it had a shade light enough for me and I'm loving the light texture and the lovely glow it gives my skin. Having combination skin, I normally avoid formulas that add extra moisture for fear of making my skin look oily and I probably wouldn't use it during the summer-  but as a cold weather foundation it's suiting me very well - the normal parts of my face feel a lot more comfortable and while it hasn't stopped me from having a shiny nose, it hasn't made it any worse!

The only downside could be that even if you love the sound of it, there are only 6 shades available and none of them seem very dark, so this is going to work best for the light to medium skinned.

Also available in a cream formula if that's your preference for $66. Both available now at Guerlain counters across Canada.
Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfecting Makeup - 30ml - $33 - available in 12 shades with a lightweight texture that provides seamless coverage and instantly disguises the look of pores through optics while working to minimize their appearance over time.

It smooths and conceals instantly with spherical optical diffusers and soft focus materials that capture and diffuse light to immediately soften and blur the appearance of large pores - while salicylic acid gently clears out dead and dulling skin cells, padina pavonica extract and salvia sclarea build up the pore surface to help pores appear smaller, and laminaria saccharina extract minimizes sebum production that may cause pores to stretch.
Pür Minerals Liquid Foundation - 30ml - $26 - a lightweight and oil-free foundation that offers all-day true colour tone that won't smudge, rub or fade. Enriched with super-hydrating Cereting Complex that draws vital moisture to the skin offering a flawlessly fresh look that you might even forget you're wearing it!

Available now at Shoppers Drug Mart.
mark. Got The Goods Multi-Benefit Foundation Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 15 - 30ml - $20 - a good for your skin oil-free and lightweight foundation in 14 shades containing orange and lemon extracts - for their vitamin C and source of natural exfoliator AHA, as well as willow bark - to make skin look firmer and tighter and to improve the look of skin's tone and elasticity. As well, it immediately boosts skin's moisture by 57% to give a radiant and dewy finish.

Available from your Avon rep - 1-800-265-AVON or online at

- Lisamarie -

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