Sunday, 24 March 2013

Battle of the High End Foundations





For years I was always a MAC Studio Fix Fluid girl and wouldn't try any other foundations because I liked to stick to what I knew. Then when I started reading blogs and became a beauty blogger myself I decided it was time to branch out and try some new foundations. I have never really found a drugstore foundation that I like or that works for me, I have really red skin and an oily t -zone so I like a medium to high coverage and it has to be long lasting. I always tend to go for high end foundations as I find that they're just much better quality and there is a wider colour range.

The top 3 high end foundations that I find work for my skin are Giorgio Armani Lumious Silk (5,6), Laura Mercier Silk Creme (Cashew Beige) and Chanel Perfection Lumiere (40 Beige). As you can see from the photo above all of them are a very similar shade and that's why I love them so much, they match my skin perfectly. Each time I've went to one of their counters, the girls have colour matched me and they all done an amazing job (I'm always a bit worried about them choosing the wrong colour).

The first of these foundations that I discovered was the Armani Lumious Silk which I bought last October. A couple of the girls in my old work had bought it and raved about it so I had to try it, It's also a celebrity favourite (Kim K, Megan Fox, Kristin Cavallari). When I first tried this foundation I absolutely loved it, it has amazing coverage but doesn't look cakey on the skin, gives gorgeous radiant finish and stays put all day - what more could you want? Also, because it doesn't contain an SPF it look amazing in pictures which is always good for when I'm blogging. You can see a photo of me wearing this foundation in my Christmas Makeup Post. Luminous Silk costs £32, which is the cheapest of the three. When I first got this I only used it for nights out but that soon changed when I found a new favourite...

Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation is definitely my favourite out of the three and I'm not going to say much about it as I did a full review on it not too long ago which you can read here. This foundation is a blogger favourite and once my sister tried it and loved it I just had to have it. It has the best coverage out of the three, which is great when I'm having bad skin days or I want a flawless finish for a night out. It's great for my oily t-zone and still manages to give a gorgeous natural glow. Silk Creme costs £33 and I definitely think everyone should try it!

The last one is the newest foundation in my collection, Chanel Perfection Lumiere (and also the one I'm wearing in the photo above). I've always wanted to try a Chanel foundation but they never seemed to have enough coverage for me. One day I got a sample of Perfection Lumiere in a magazine (luckily in the shade 40) and I wore it for a couple of days and absolutely loved it. I ended up forgetting about it until I got another sample when I was buying my sisters birthday present and once I tried it again I knew it was going to be the next foundation I purchased. I'd say this has the lightest coverage out of the three, but it still has more coverage than the other Chanel foundations. It has a semi-matte finish but as you can see from the photo above it still gives my skin a lovely glow. This is going to be perfect for days when I feel that my skin is looking good and I don't need as much coverage (it still manages to cover my redness). This is the most expensive at £36 but it's definitely worth it if you want to treat yourself.

So far these are the three foundations that I'll definitely repurchase. What are you're favourite high end foundations? I really want to try NARS Sheer Glow next.





20 comments:

  1. Laura Mercier Silk Creme is my favourite :) Giorgio Armarni Luminous Silk has been on my wishlist for a while I really want to try it! And Chanel Perfection Lumiere sounds amazing! :) I've tried Nars Sheer glow I think it's nice but not my favourite! Xx

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  2. I love the Silk Creme Foundation too, am the same colour as you Cashew Beige :) I think you'll really like the NARS sheer glow, it's one of my favourite together with LM Silk Creme and MAC Studio Sculpt :) xx
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  3. Out of the three you mention, I've only tried Laura Mercier Silk Creme. I love the finish, when I can get the product to behave the way I want it. Some days I find it looks so cakey and I had a hard time using it in the winter when my skin got very dry. It is a beautiful foundation though, and I'm trying to incorporate it in my morning routine more often.

    I absolutely *love* Nars Sheer Glow. Out of the 5 different foundations I own, it is easily my favourite and the one I go to the most. Part of the reason for this is their amazing colour range, which incorporates neutral, pink, and yellow undertone variations. This foundation also goes light enough for me, which is hard to come by. I also adore the finish to this foundation: it looks extremely natural, kind of "lit from within"... it is definitely not as radiant as YSL Teint Touche Eclat or Laura Mercier Silk Creme, but it is also not a matte foundation at all. Honestly, I can't rave enough about it!

    I'd love to try a Chanel foundation in the future!

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  4. My Laura Mercier silk creme is my go to. Everything about the foundation is perfect!
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  5. Loved this post hun! Laura Mercier is next on my
    'to-buy' list, it sounds amazing! We have the same kind of skin by the sounds of it too so im I'm hoping I love it as much as you do!! You look beautiful in that photo too :) x x x.

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  6. Brilliant post hun, I've been lusting after Laura Mercier for oh so long! I think it's time to hunt down a counter in Ireland:D xxx

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  7. Great post. I'd love to try the Armani one but there isn't a counter where I live. I've used LM in the past and it really doesn't agree with me xxx

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  8. Ah I'm so envious, I absolutely loved both the Chanel and the Armani, particularly the Armani - nice to apply amazing finish but then the broke me out :(

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  9. the one I want to try the most is the laura mercier silk creme foundation, it looks like it has amazing coverage! it's my birthday tomorrow so if I get any money I might treat myself to it:) xo

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  10. I really want to try a lighter shade of the chanel foundation as these sound amazing! I always prefer high-end cosmetics to drug store as I feel you get much better use from them :D x

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  11. I love Chanel Perfection Lumiere, it is my favourite foundation but I soooo want to try Armani's. that is definitely on my wishlist x

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  12. So glad I read this post! I’m on the lookout for a decent high coverage foundation, mainly for nights out! I’ve just had a look at your christmas post too and the armani foundation looks so gorgeous! I have an oily t-zone like you.. now I’m left choosing between laura mercier and armani, hmmmm. I hate deciding between brands! Great post xx

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    Xx

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  14. love this post, you're beautiful! I really really want to try the laura mercier foundation, heard so many amazing things about it

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  15. I think Chanel is my fave - love how flawlessly it goes on. May have to try out the Armarni one! Love the post!

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  16. The Chanel foundation looks amazing on you! I recently got Silk Creme and love it. Mostly down to your review a little while ago that I wanted it so much and it really is amazing! Will have to try an get samples of the other two foundations soon. xx

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  17. Lovely posh hun! really enjoyed it :) you look absolutely gorgeous in the photo too! I'm really interested in the Laura Mercier foundation, I don't think i've actually heard anyone say anything bad about it! :) all of these foundations look amazing though! you've made me want them all haha! xxxx

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  18. Loved this post! I really wanna try the Armani foundation! I love Silk Creme and Chanel, but luminous silk I am yet to try! Nars Sheer Glow is what I wear and love love love it. From the sounds of what you want from a foundation you will definitely love it too! xxxx

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  19. Love this post - I'm definitely stuck in a MAC foundation rut. Laura Mercier & Chanel are both on the payday wishlist! X

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