As you would know, I’m planning on doing my wedding makeup myself and my biggest worry right now is finding the right foundation. I have a couple of foundations that I like quite a lot – MAC Matchmaster, Clinique Super Balanced and Bourjois Happy Light which have worked well for me and photograph well too. But I’ve always worn these in Mumbai where my skin is generally fairly oily. My skin tends to quite dry in winters when I am in hometown Bhopal and I really don’t know if my oily skin routine would work or not with just a richer moisturizer underneath. I decided to check out some luxury brands for foundation. Here’s my experience so far ~
– Guerlain ~
I love the staff at Parcos, Infiniti Malad. They are really sweet, helpful and fairly generous with samples. On my previous visit, I’d got samples for Lingerie de Peau and Parure de Lumiere foundation. The shade I got for the former was light for me but I really liked Parure de Lumiere. It gave a very beautiful, glowing finish and felt moisturizing without being greasy. But it had tiny shimmer in the formula that didn’t show in person but can give a slightly oily look in flash pictures. Its not something everyone might notice, its not glaringly obvious but I can see it so that is out. But it did look very beautiful in person and in pics without flash!
– Lancome ~
I had tried the new Teint Visionnaire foundation at the launch event and I thought it looked nice – gave medium coverage, very nice glowing finish. It made my skin a tad oily later but I’m thinking that would actually be a plus (with the dryness issues I’ll face when in Bhopal). I would like to try it again, get a sample and test it in flash pictures before I shell out 3500! But I do not like the Lancome counter nearest to my place (Inorbit Malad). The staff is not very helpful. They don’t give samples and only dab a tiny dot along the jawline when you want to try a foundation. Apparently applying foundation all over the face is against company policy (as is giving samples, according the SA).
– Shiseido ~
I spent quite a bit of time at the Shiseido counter today. I really wanted to try the Perfect Refining foundation which I had tried a long time ago and liked. It has good reviews too. The SA was quite nice and helpful. I tried Perfect Refining on one half of the face (along with the Perfect Refining Primer underneath) and Radiant Lifting foundation (more hydrating, meant for dry/mature skin) on the other half. I like Perfect Refining better, its got a satin finish and better coverage than Radiant Lifting. It is wearing quite well on my skin too after nearly 8 hours post application. Shiseido has stopped giving samples as well for this but I do have one lying around from some time ago, I’ll dig that out and see how this looks in pictures.
The change of location + weather is bound to throw my skin off its regular state and I’m a little worried about that. But I guess with a good moisturizer and a hydrating base (like MAC Strobe cream or Clarins Instant Complexion perfector), a satin finish foundation should work decently well. Shade match + photographing well is the most important thing. So far, I’m not set on anything but leaning a bit towards Shiseido Perfect Refining. But then I feel that Shiseido Radiant Lifting might be better for dry winter skin 😐 Decisions!!
I’m yet to try Estee Lauder, Dior and YSL foundations. And if I still can’t make up my mind, I’ll go for Clinique Super balanced or MAC Matchmaster 😛
And lastly, a few things I picked up from MAC today ~
Strobe Cream (Rs 1950)
This is a moisturizing light cream that adds a nice glow and sheen to the skin. I love that it doesn’t have shimmer, just very very fine pearl that adds radiance. Have tried samples a few times but this is the first time I picked up the full sized bottle. Really looking forward to trying this!
Prep + Prime Lip Base (Rs 1050)
A lip primer that is hydrating and keeps your lipstick in place for a longer time. Because I’m planning on wearing a matte lipstick for the reception, I thought this would be a good pick. Tanveer of ATB raves about this and its been on my list forever!
False Lashes #7 (Rs 850)
They seem a little dramatic but because I already have long lashes, something very natural doesn’t really add much effect. The SA recommended these ones to me.
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