Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Velvet Finish Foundation Round-up

Rummaging through my foundations, I decided to round up the ones that I own that provide the most velvet/matte finish since that is a finish that a lot of us gravitate to during this time of year (especially if your skin is on the oily side). On the dock we have:


Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet, Giorgio Armani Maestro and Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder foundations. I have more comprehensive reviews of the Chanel here and Hourglass here, but I find that reviews by comparison are even more helpful. I am going to provide you with a nerdy list of my likes and dislikes for each of these. Alas, let's begin.



LIKES: 

- this is the best if you have any texture issues/concerns. I have some deeper acne scarring on my cheeks and this smooths out the skin surface perfectly. 
- feels incredibly lightweight and is easy to blend with fingers or a brush (not the beauty blender)
- doesn't oxidize pink on me and it's a decent colour match
- looks incredible when you first apply it on the skin, it's a true velvet finish, with a slight glow from within

DISLIKES:

- lasting power. It starts looking weird after about 3-4 hours. The coverage gets patchy, the oils break through... not impressed. I actually get longer lasting power from Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua.
- it transfers way too easily. This is the only foundation I've owned in my life where it actually transferred on a boyfriend's face after kissing him. OH HELLZ NO. Unacceptable. 

Verdict: if your skin is normal and you don't get oily patches, I think this is more suitable for you. This has a medium coverage yet feels very light on the skin and gives a nice smooth look to the skin even if you have acne scarring/texture issues. Sadly it just didn't last on my oily skin so I won't be repurchasing.




LIKES

- the most lightweight and easy to blend foundation I own (best used with fingers)
- the colour doesn't oxidize at all (!!!)
- evens out the skin tone extremely well, has a soft skin-like finish
- really pleasant soft soapy scent
- good lasting power

DISLIKES

- the application is a hot mess. It has a dropper... and any accidental drops on clothes do not wash out easily since the pigment of this foundation is suspended in oil
- a nightmare on dry patches. If you have even a hint of dry flaky skin (which can sometimes happen even if you're oily and battling acne) this foundation will cling to it and it will look terrible.

Giorgio Armani Maestro #4
Verdict: if you have normal/slightly oily skin and don't have any texture concerns or dry patches this foundation is perfect for you. It's easy to apply with your fingers and gives a light/medium buildable coverage. Just don't drop any of your clothes unless you want to rack up your dry cleaning bill.


LIKES

- lasting power. This stuff is water resistant, you can take a swim and this shiz will still be on your face.
- you don't need to set this foundation with powder since it dries exactly to a powder finish
- this is truly the most long-lasting foundation of the bunch

DISLIKES

- be careful when selecting a colour since it dries up to a full shade darker.
- hard to apply since it sets to a powder finish quite quickly... you don't have much time to blend it into the skin or to customize the coverage (which is medium coverage, I'd say)
- the pump gets clogged every time because the formulation dries down to a solid powder

Verdict: Maybe I just sucked at applying it.... but I think that this feels slightly heavy on the skin and it's hard to work with. The result is nice and long-lasting, however, so it's a good one to keep on hand for long-haul summer days where water may be involved but you still want your face to look done up.

Have you tried any of these? Do you have any other matte/velvet finish foundation recommendations for me?

xx

Sandra

21 comments:

  1. great reviews! really want to try the chanel foundation :)

    Rachel x
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  2. The Hourglass is my go-to for Summer occasions, weddings etc. when I need my foundation to last all day and night but you have to work so fast when applying it...

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    1. yeah the application is a pain in the you know what!!

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  3. Not sure if it goes into the matte category since I think it has a bit of a satin finish, but the Dior Forever foundation is really great! One of the only foundations I have completely finished without getting sick of it! The other being Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua :)

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    1. i have been meaning to try the Dior Forever! thanks for the reminder

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  4. I have the Chanel and I like it. But for the moment, for my super oily skin I am using Laura Mercier pressed mineral powder in Classic Beige as my foundation. It covers while looking like skin (you must be oily though), doesn't emphasise pores and literally lasts until I take it off. This shade is perfect for me in high summer too (I am about a Mac NC40-42 in summer). Not so good in winter: more dehydrated skin, no colour match.

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    1. ah i am so jealous that the LM mineral powder works for you! unfortunately i am allergic to it :(

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  5. Being a fellow oily skinned gal I'm always on the hunt for a foundation that will leave my skin with a matte, yet lively, finish. The Hourglass Immaculate foundation didn't live up to the enormous hype for me, but once I started applying it the Bdellium Maestro 953 duet fiber brush the application and finish improved. I don't know what it is about that brush but it blends the foundation beautifully. My current go to is Givenchy Eclat Matissime, have you tried that one? It blends into the skin beautifully and while it doesn't keep me shine free all day I only need to blot or powder once and I am good. It also doesn't breakdown or get patchy once my oil starts to breakthrough which is what I experience with so many other liquid foundations. I may have to try Teint Couture soon since you've given it such a good review!

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    1. I haven't tried that Givenchy but I adore the Givenchy teint couture so the matissime is on my list now! i'll also have to try the hourglass with a different brush and see how I get on. xx

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  6. I just can't get into my Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet, is one of the few foundations that oxidize slightly on me and even if I always love it when I first apply it as the days go by I'm not impressed.
    I don't have the Armani one but I use the L'Oreal supposed dupe and I love it!
    I swatched the Hourglass one and the shades are really dark indeed!
    Love foundations round ups!!!

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    1. all chanel foundations oxidize on me as well, luckily I bought this one one shade lighter so it does end up working but meh... I wouldn't repurchase. I will have to try that L'Oreal dupe!!

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  7. I love the Maestro, but I agree -- definitely for "good" skin days! I'm oily and find that it clings to random dry patches. Does last pretty well on me though.

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    1. it's awesome except for the dry patch clingy!! if I didn't have dry patches 90% of the time I think I would use the Maestro a lot more. xx

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    1. me too! I wish I didn't have dry patches so that I could use it more haha

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  9. For me, YSL Teint Resist and Lancome 24h are the most long lasting ones. Also DW by Estee Lauder, but it is too mask like... flawless skin though after applying it. Have you tried Bare Minerals mineral foundation? I LOVE it, there is no weird oily look after a while and it looks really natural but with coverage. If you are alergic to Laura Mercier, try Bare Minerals. My skin is also acne prone, but BM calmed it down significantly (compared to liquid foundations).

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  10. Just getting in to the GA Maestro myself, love it! Have you tried the D&G perfect matte I wonder?

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  11. Great roundup! I totally agree about the Maestro foundation- the biggest pain ever to apply, but so worth it if you can persist! Have a great weekend, Sandra! xo

    -Jen

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  12. I have similar issues with the Hourglass immaculate. When I first applied it i was like /oh hell naww/.
    However, I've come to really enjoy it when mixed with the Laura Mercier Tinted moisturizer oil free. A 75 to 25 mix on hotter days. The finish remains matte but it's not such a pain to apply and it looks beautiful especially when "set" with an ambient lighting powder. I've tried mixing it with Hourglass Veil and Mac Face and body- both combos didn't work.

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