[First Impressions] Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter

Hello

This is one of the samples that came with the foundation I ordered a few months ago. I left it in my beauty draw and ended up completely forgetting about it until I had a mini clear out recently. I hadn’t heard much about this at the time but it does keep popping up on Instagram etc. now.

It claims to be

a customisable complexion booster with the versatility of a primer, the mega-watt glow of a highlighter, and the perfecting properties of your favourite digital filter. Ingredients help to soft-focus, illuminate skin and makes lines and pores appear smoother.”

Essentially, it claims to do a bit of everything.

So, I decided to try this out under my work makeup and see how it held up all day and this is how I found it.  I think you can also wear it over your foundation, however, for me I decided to try it under the foundation especially as I was at work.  The foundation I used was Revolution Pro Foundation Drops.

N.B: I do my makeup for work at 6:15am and I don’t get home from work until 6:30pm so this is about 12 hours of standard wear. 

My sample came in the shade ‘2/light’ which is the shade that I would pick if I was buying and the full size costs £30.00, which means that it has to be amazing for that price for me to consider buying it.

Application 

Okay, so I really didn’t know what to expect but it was a bit like applying a tinted moisturizer. It definitely improved the skin tone and removed any redness that my skin had.  A little also went a long way and I found that I didn’t actually need much of the sample to go under my makeup.  I think that you could use more on holiday etc. without any other face products.  I may try this at the weekend, if I have enough left.

I then applied my foundation, which I don’t think I applied as much as I usually do, given that there was already a layer of something on my skin however, my foundation applied well and I upped the coverage with concealer.  I didn’t notice that the foundation had the WOW factor in applying as normal but I think that this was because I had already evened out the skin tone.

Before work 

My pores definitely appeared smoother and my makeup looked more ‘finished’ and glowy but my skin could still breathe.  It didn’t seem like I had applied an extra layer of foundation or anything like that. The difference wasn’t too noticable and no one mentioned anything.  I work in an office where makeup changes are noticed quickly. 

Lunch time – 1pm 

By this point I am not sure I like how my face looks close up but I do like it from a distance. It looks refreshed and glowy.  My makeup has stayed on all day so no complaints so far.

Home time – 6:30pm 

My make up still looked okay and I probably could have carried on wearing it with a small touch up.  It wasn’t as glowy as lunch time but my skin did look refreshed still.

Overall, I prefer my makeup without this underneath.  I am interested to see if this makes a difference on top of my makeup and I think it would be good for holidays when you I don’t usually wear makeup but need something to even out my skin tone etc. I do not think I will rush to buy the full size version but will maybe look at this again before my next holiday.

Have you tried this product?

 

Love, Minnie xoxo 

 

 

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[First Impressions] Revolution Pro Foundation Drops

I have had my eye on this foundation for a while now and having looked at everyone’s reviews I thought I would give in and finally order with my next Superdrug order.  I initially planned to walk to Superdrug on my lunch break in order to properly colour match however, it has been so hot in the UK that I just couldn’t do it.  I colour matched online and luckily they have a wide range of shades and they actually help with descriptions of colour tones for each.

I went for F4 which claims to be ‘for light skin tones with neutral undertone’ which I think is accurate and the colour matches my skin tone.  I am also going to purchase a shade darker as I think F4 will be too light for when I am tanned. Luckily it is too warm for me to fake tan at the moment… not ideal living in a flat when it is so warm.  You will have seen from my haul video that I also purchased the brush that goes with it and have only used them together so far.

It is very affordable at £7.00 for a 18ml bottle.

The first time I applied this foundation was after work before a mid-week cinema date with Rob.  I couldn’t actually believe how smoothly it went on and the finish was like my skin, it wasn’t cakey nor did it cling to any dry patches that I often have. I think I actually said ‘WOW’ out loud when applying.   I don’t have oily skin and did not use a powder to set it. It lasted all date and I was pleased.

I have used it a few more times since then for day time looks and each time I have been equally impressed with the application and the finish.  I would definitely say that it is medium finish but is buildable and has better coverage than The Ordinary Foundation.  You cannot feel it on your skin and it hasn’t led to any breakouts as of yet. It is not really a matte Finish and leaves the skin glowing.  I have actually had compliments on how good my skin looks when wearing it.

The biggest test for the foundation came this weekend when it was so warm and I didn’t have any real plans except popping to a few shops and sitting in the garden.  I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to see how it lasted all day.   I was so pleased,  my skin looked almost as good at the end of the day as it did in the morning, despite the fact I had been in a hot shop, sat in the sun, had a nap and even a little cry.  Rob was coming over in the evening, and usually I would at least touch up my makeup or re-do the whole thing. You can tell its a relationship at an early stage. However, I didn’t need to,  my skin still looked almost flawless.

I will do a full review once I have been using it for a bit longer, but I have a feeling this will be a firm favourite now.

What are your thoughts on this foundation?

 

Love, Minnie xoxo 

 

 

 

First Impressions Over a Week – Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation

I actually bought this foundation a week ago now, thank you for persuading me In Your Face by Maleeha.  I picked it up in Asda when I was doing my weekly shop and it cost £7.00 which is very affordable for foundation. I think that it is often on offer in other stores but this was just most convenient for me.  I picked it up in the shade Ivory which is a good match for my summer skin however, I have a feeling that it may be too dark in the winter months.  I thought I’d try it for the best part of a week and tell you my opinions as the week goes on.


Saturday

I didn’t want to apply much make up as I was not leaving the house so I applied one layer.  I first noticed that it went on the skin very well and blends evenly.  I think that it could be buildable and I will try this out during the week.  One layer definitely mattifies the skin and covers most of my sun spots! It is not full coverage with just one layer. I used it over just my usual SPF30 today.

This lasted all day!

Sunday

So, I wasn’t planning on wearing any makeup today but I ended up applying this foundation and a highlight stick that I am also trying out but unsure about at the moment! I applied a little more than yesterday, over my usual SPF but also the anti-aging cream that I use every other day. It really does have good buildable coverage. I tried applying with a cheap buffing brush but ended up swapping back to the beauty blender. It went on well and lasted all day without any touch up or powder.

I do want to invest in a good brush set soon so if any of you have any recommendations please let me know.

Monday

The first proper day of try this as it is the first day I am leaving the house.  I wanted to layer it up a bit more and I realised how runny it actually is, especially compared to the Clinque Even Better Foundation that I have been wearing recently.  The second coat (not all over, just under the eyes and around problem areas) blended evenly with the first layer and it made my skin look even but not so mattified.

It was almost lunch time by the time I noticed that the product creased around my eye lids.  I have a feeling that this could be because I put too much of the product on at once and it is ‘runnier’ that what I am use to.  It did however, last all day and I didn’t seem to have any problems after lunch time.

Tuesday 

I decided that I would layer it up slower today.  Smaller amounts on my face to build up gradually.  This took longer and I actually left the house later but it was worth it.  The makeup looked so much better on my skin first thing this morning.   It was still dewy rather than mattifying and although I left drying time, it doesn’t seem to work that well with a cream highlight so I think I will stick to the power ones.  (I checked the cream highlighter at the end of the day and it was still just sat on my foundation – it didn’t blend well at all.)

I also have more breakouts today but this may be due to the TOM rather than the makeup as I am also retaining so much water this week.

I checked my face throughout the day and have not noticed the same creasing that I had yesterday.  Therefore, maybe my method worked.

Note to self today – pick up a powder at the weekend to try with this.

Wednesday

Happy Hump Day!

Today I decided to apply the foundation with a Real Techniques brush rather than a beauty blender and I have to say I think I prefered it.   It seemed to actually become part of my skin rather than looking ‘oily’ on top.  I used one layer all over and then the second was just buffed into the areas that need it i.e. my chin at the moment has so many breakouts, I am hoping that they are hormonal. 

I did not use the cream highlighter today but instead opted for the L’Oreal True Match Highlighter and specifically the white colour.  I only used a little bit on my brush to ensure that this is still subtle enough for work.  It seemed to blend a lot better than the cream highlighter and left my skin mattified again. I will write a full review on these highlighters shortly.

I had to pick Mike up from the airport late tonight and I accidentally fell asleep around 8pm, with my make up on.  I was horrified but I didn’t have time to take it off and reapply before I left the house so I simple touched up the problem areas i.e. my hopefully hormonal breakouts.  The foundation seemed to stay on my face pretty well even during the nap. I didn’t wake up with any further breakouts which is my worry when I fall asleep in makeup.

Thursday 

I can’t believe that this is my last day before the post goes live, this week has gone so quick. Unfortunately, I did not take many photos as the week went on due to a busy schedule but I will post the ones I have.

I am so tired today that I don’t think anything could make my face look good.  I applied the foundation with a brush and then a beauty blender and this worked well.  I used a different bronzer today and a powder highlight which both worked well with the foundation.

Overall, I am happy with this foundation as it is good medium coverage and feels very lightweight on the skin.  My full review should be up next week. 

Love, Minnie x

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