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A few weeks ago I was hovering by L’Oréal’s stand in Boots, mainly because I wanted to try the Manga mascara in turquoise. My eye then caught their stock of foundations. In abundance.

Truthfully I have forgotten the last time I bought foundation from the high street (or “drug store” as some of the English bloggers having an identity crisis insist on calling), so I was left bamboozled at the various types L’Oréal alone offers. I’m sure I counted at least five types. Effort!

The hardest issue I have to deal with is a match for my Asian brown skin. Swatching on the back of your hand is not a reliable colour-match method and there is major doubt on the hygiene levels of the testers, so it is always a gamble to buy a whole bottle. There must be a landfill somewhere just full of discarded foundation bottles two-thirds full…

I have tried the much talked about L’Eau De Teint from L’Oréal but the darkest shade Sand is too dark and the next shade up is dipping into pinkish tones when I’m yellow.

Any way as I fleeted between L’Oréal’s various foundations, I kept returning to True Match. After several swatches and confident Honey was the ‘true match’ for me, I was on my merry way. I was won over by the claim that 96% were satisfied this foundation was a true match for their skin tones and also with such a wide selection of shades available, I figured I stood a better chance.

Well I am pleased Honey is a spot-on match. I’m usually a NC42 in MAC, 12 in Illamasqua’s Skin Base, F300 in EX1 Cosmetics and coincidentally also Honey in EVE LOM’s new foundation and tinted moisturiser (reviews of those coming soon).

Firstly I am fond of the shape and design of the bottle. Dispensing from a pump and light enough to stick in my make-up bag are a couple more plus points. Secondly, it applies and blends seamlessly, leaving a soft, matte finish. I apply the foundation at 8am and by the end of the working day, it’s not screaming for a touch-up. True Match is something I have been both surprised and impressed with, and consider it an ideal everyday foundation.

Here’s how it looks on me. (I am extremely tired so don’t concentrate on the bags under the eyes. Gracias!)

lorealtruematchhoneyAt £9.99 for 30g it costs substantially less than my favourite (Skin Base at £27) and best of all, is a true match to my skin tone. That’s a pretty good deal in my books. Have you given True Match a whirl? Let me know what you think!

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So who’s bought a Cheek Pop? If not, why ever not? They’ve been on sale on Clinique’s website since the beginning of the month and they are out in the shops finally but if you’re still umming and ahhing,  this will assure you they really do pack a punch as well as look darn pretty.

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I’ve been using my fingers to apply the blusher because it is so buttery and easy to blend. All four shades work wonderfully with my skin tone for a natural flush of colour.

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I’m wearing Peach Pop and I can tell you the blusher stay put. I applied it early in the morning and this picture was taken in the evening. It is frustrating the pictures don’t depict how lovely these blushers appear so you’re going to have to trust me on this one – Cheek Pops are a hit (with me). Berry Pop is my other favourite.

I also find them really convenient and compact to shove in my handbag and top up on colour if I am going out in the evening.

Clinique’s Cheek Pops cost £16.50 each and are available at all Clinique counters now.

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Tart(e)ing Up

Mar
2014
18

posted by on Blushers, Eyeshadows, Lipsticks, Mascaras, QVC, Tarte Cosmetics, Tried & Tested

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A couple of days ago, I posted on the arrival of Tarte to British shores via the vessel that is QVC. Now I’ve had a play with the make-up.

I used the Sultry Sunset palette, mascara, Amazonian butter lipstick in Rose and the pink coral hue of the Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in Fearless. Foundation and gel eyeliner were non-Tarte choices.

The make-up was applied at 10:30am (yes, I remember the approximate time) and these photos were taken around 7:30pm on the same day. I didn’t reach for a touch-up on the eyeshadows and blusher at all so what you see is how the make-up looks after nine hours wear.

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The eyeshadows have held up amazingly with no major creasing. I used a primer (Urban Decay’s Primer Potion) and NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk to help bring out the colours of the eyeshadows. I’ve discovered first-hand how some really big brands’ eyeshadows have failed miserably with a primer after a few hours, so Tarte gets a massive tick mark for passing the crease-resistance test.

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They are very soft, powdery eyeshadows, easy to pack on with no fall-out and although some of the shades are not what I would normally go for, they are very flattering.

I used Exotic Guava all over the lids, Wild Orchid in the crease and Twilight Plum in the outer corners before highlighting with Golden Skies.

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Fearless is a new shade for spring but it isn’t very pigmented. I had to layer and buff it a few times to get to a tone of colour I was satisfied with. Even then it is still very soft – no chance of looking like aunt Sally then. Having said that, the blusher didn’t budge and remained as even as it was first applied. I’ve read that previous Amazonian clay blushers had a stronger pigmentation and I am curious to try them.

Moving onto the lipstick, I found it to be very moisturising. It’s not a sticky feeling like lipgloss and its scent is minty. I love this colour as it looks so natural on me yet has a hint of colour that’s creamy and light on the lips. I’ve not tried the other two lipsticks, which I am guessing won’t look as convincing on me as Rose does. I also find the eco-friendly cardboard lipstick case is wonderful – light in weight yet solid to grip.

The all-singing all dancing mascara which is housed in a very unusual casing claims to lift, curl and condition the lashes. Don’t expect bambi-esque lashes, again the emphasis is on natural beauty but the wand separates the lashes and there is no clumping.

I’m not usually one for barely there make-up but my opinion has shifted towards curiosity with Tarte. I really like the eyeshadows and the blusher for a natural, daytime look, and to a certain extent the lipsticks. The mascara is one I would not miss personally in an over-saturated market. I am intrigued, however, to try the foundation and will watching QVC attentively on 28th March when Tarte launches on the channel.

What are you looking forward to the most from Tarte?

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