Monday, 26 July 2010

make up: foundation

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A few months ago, I posted about the foundation I wear in summer. Winter needs a different approach. I really like a foundation in a compact, with it's own sponge, so I can carry it about with me. (I don't actually bring it anywhere with me, but hey, I like to be prepared!). I also love fancy packaging!

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As I mentioned back in that post, I have quite pale skin, and finding a good shade is really hard. So, when I saw this one, I was pretty chuffed: a good shade! the great packaging! It seemed like it was going to be a match made in heaven. Unfortunately, the texture is not ideal. It could just be my winter-lashed skin (which is pretty sniffles-ravaged too, right now, alas), but I have noticed this with other pale foundations; they go on kind of cakey, and don't stay smooth. Yuck. But the darker ones? Oh, they go on smooth and lovely, but... well, they make my face orange. Rock and a hard place?

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Still, the packaging is pretty super cute. They've also got the shade right – almost no other make up companies do – but now the texture needs some work!

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As this one here is running out, I went and got some new make up today. (And got told I have a "difficult" skin tone, though they said it in the nicest way... honestly, I'm not actually all that pale. And what about red heads?! What do you red heads use?) I haven't tried it on my face yet, but I am pretty excited – so far, everything looks promising... I will let you know when I know!

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49 comments:

Solanah said...

That packaging is just darling. I just stick to MAC foundation, it's always great, but I know what you mean about being pale! One instance especially was when I went foundation shopping in Italy, they laughed at me! It was funny though, of all places to go foundation searching, Italy certainly isn't the place for a pale gal.

Hope you like your new makeup!

xoxo
Solanah
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LaRae said...

I am a red head with super pale skin as you mentioned, and for me I've always had luck with Mac Cosmetics. They make a wide array of shades, right down to one that is Face & White in white (which if I'm not mistaken is used by Dita Von Teese). You might check them out next time.

Anonymous said...

Gosh, another gorgeous post. I'm a red-head and I too find make-up matching difficult. Have you tried the Clinique compacts? They are really lovely and light with no orange after affect... Well for me, maybe different for others. Love your hair and your beautiful photos. Danielle :)

Raquel said...

I'm a red head with umm...rosy..cheeks and freckles. I don't use foundation, just a little bit of powder in winter, and more often than not, nothing in summer. It would only be fighting a losing battle.

Anniina said...

These photos are so lovely!

esme and the lane way said...

Solanah: oh no, the Italy shopping sounds bad, but hopefully more in a funny way?! :D I tried a MAC one about a year ago, but it gave me the cakey thing... I think it must be my dodgy skin! And thank! I'll def post about it, & I'm hoping it's going to be a yay, it's great kinda post :)

LaRae: aha, another MAC user! :D Maybe the actual compact I got had gone off or something?! I hear sooo many good things about MAC foundation, & I love they're lipsticks :) I am glad you have found a good one for you, though, and maybe I should check them out again, it sure sounds like it :)

Anonymous: thank you! I tried them today, but they told me they have discontinued the compact one and only do powders now, and were out of my colour... if that's the case, maybe you should stock up on them while you can?!

Raquel: nothing wrong with rosy cheeks and freckles :) It sounds like you have great skin. I need a bit more help in the skin department, and anyway I like to paint my self up tarty-like ;) hehe not really, I just like quite a made-up finish!

Miss Emmi said...

I'm a pale redhead - at the moment I'm using MAC but both NC15 and NW15 are not quite right on me...I think it is to do with both the undertones pulling too yellow/orange on me, but the Studio Finish powders are great. (I think their pro store on chapel street carries a wider range of shades, so I'm planning to check them out and get colour matched). I've found Estee Lauder actually makes great really pale shades (my best friend is white as a sheet and she found her perfect shade in the Doublewear range at Estee Lauder, I'm pretty sure). Bobbi Brown has some really nice concealers with names like porcelain, alabaster and ivory so you know they have a few shades right at the pale end!

Andi B. Goode said...

Ooh I DO love that packaging. I don't use foundation at all but I almost want to buy that just for the cute packaging lol hope the new one works out for you!
Andi x

esme and the lane way said...

Miss Emmi: ah, yes, they are the shades I tired, & I found the NW15 (I think – the yellow-y one) a perfect colour, but maybe my skin is just too dry and gross for it haha. Those concealers sounds awesome, I need a new, heavy duty one (as I think my panda eyes in these pics show! I'm not normally that bad, it's just from my cold, promise!) :D Does that mean that you use EL, too?

Andi B. Goode: isn't it cute! Wow, you're lucky having great skin!Wish I could go make up free, but it's just... bler hehe :)

Sahakiel said...

I feel the same problem as you with the Benefit make up, the texture needs more work, but yes, the packagin is really cute... the best one I've ever seen at the moment!

I use liquid make up on summer too, with some powder, because here in Spain is so hot that compact make up brokes in your face, literally! No matters if you use creams or whatever :(!

Emma said...

Have you tried Loreal True Match in shade N1. I was very pale until I moved tOz and found it matched my complection and went on very nicely. By the by its the foundation that Dita Von Teese uses and you dont get much paler than that!

Sienna said...

I'm quite pale and use Revlon's Colourstay foundation in the second palest shade. It has a bit of yellow in it that helps counteract any reddish spots.

It would be great not to wear foundation at all though.. not just at the gym!

Penny Dreadful said...

You are perhaps in the wrong country for pale foundation options! I am not particularly pale, but I have been using the Max Factor Colour Adapt which I like as it is very light and you don't get that heavy stretched feeling.

Velvet said...

I'm looking forward to hear about that foundation! Thanks for sharing.

Frollein von Sofa said...

I'm a red head with really pale skin and I found the best make up ever 5 years ago. It's Yves Saint Laurent Perfect Touch Radiant Brush Foundation, Number 3. I like the big soft brush - while applying your make up you feel like a painter, and you get a very porcelaine-like complexion.

Charlie said...

I use MAC satinfinish liquid foundation for winter, and then some matte foundation that's a tiny bit too dark for summer, but I always mix it on my hand with a sort of pearly highlighter that's very light. That gives the foundation just the right colour and some light reflecting particles as well! Works great.

Ellie Rigby said...

I don't have pale skin and I rarely wear foundation but when I do, I go with clinique. I am allergic to everything but their stuff sits beautifully and my skin is a bit odd (it's yellow based or something the girls behind the counter tell me). Have you tried staring off with a light moisturiser each day? Nivea face lotion - you can get it in a tube at coles for $7 and it's spf15plus, isn't greasy and should stop your makeup going cakey if you mix a little bit with it on the sponge before you apply.
Packiging is sadly no where near as nice as the benefit foundation though!

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Hannah said...

Hello :) im a red head with pale skin and I use a revlon liquid foundation (il assume its the lightest shade they have) and i love it. You cant even see it on the skin and its perfect for slightly pink toned skin. Ive used a benefit foundation stick in the past and was more persuaded by the friendly sales assistant to buy it, rather than its effectiveness on my skin. I got the lightest one they had and it was still too orange and dark, plus i find the consistancy too thick, however, I do use it in summer on blemishes and it works a treat! and , just any ivory powder on top! xx

Justice Pirate said...

so sweet!!! I love this so much! The first shot is so nice. This makes me want to bust out my 45 collection.

Elsie said...

I love this foundation even though i dont suffer with extremely pale skin tbh.
last year i started DJ'ing and because of the cute packaging my dad bought me some as a gift:)
im now addicted :)

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Miss Emmi said...

I don't have any EL foundation yet, but after hearing my friend rave about it I'm planning on getting colour matched at a counter and then sending her to get me some for cheap (she works at Clinique so she gets to buy any product from the EL family for super cheap). I have a bit of a problem hoarding makeup, so I'm trying to finish my MAC foundations first so I can use them to Back to Mac for a lipstick before I open any new bottles.

Also, I've just been reading my sister's Cleo and was super excited to see you in there! All of your outfits looked great, but I was really drawn to the one with the leather skirt - I think you've inspired me to go out and get my own, as you've proved they can be worn in a classy, classic way.

Q's Daydream said...

These pics are AMAZING!!!!!

freddy said...

Let us know :)

Saving Capulet said...

oh wow!! you look so beautiful!!! O.O i love the red accents!

Amy said...

Ah, the troubles of finding a good fair foundation! One of my favorite beauty bloggers recently wrote about this and there are lots of helpful suggestions in the comments.

http://www.hey-dollface.com/2010/07/the-best-foundation-for-pale-skin-a-roundup-plus-colour-swatches.html

Clara said...

you're perfect 50's girl!

Miss Lottie Lou said...

Ooo I used to use this!! I've since moved onto their Rebel tinted moisturiser :)
But when I did use this, I agree with what you say about the texture. I found having moisturiser to hand and using them together helps with it going on smooth :)
Lottie x

said...

That's such adorable packaging!

When I was searching for LIQUID foundation I came across L'Oreal's True Match line which I liked, and it matched my skin really well which surprised me! I've heard lots of good things about the compact version of the foundation too. Plus Dita Von Teese uses it so if that woman can find a colour match it's got to be a good thing! haha, I'm not sure if it's available in Australia though?

Lovely photos as always <3

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Esz said...

That is seriously awesome packaging. So cute! Best of luck finding the right shade - I can't really help you there as I have the most average coloured skin (NC25 in MAC).
Have you tried minerals? I know they really can be hit or miss but if you find a good one they usually have more shades than normal foundation

Michelle said...

Hello again :) I am not redheaded, but I have very pale skin, and I use Shiseido Moisture Mist (I don't know if you can get that in Aussie, or if it's just for us Kiwis?) in Cool Copper, and you can use it with a damp or dry sponge. I always use the damp option, and it's so good I've been using it since high school. I have quite dry skin in winter, and its still good then, I just make sure I moisturise well first :)

Hope your cold is better soon =o)

Michelle said...

oh and I forgot to say its called 'Compact foundation SPF 18' - as opposed to the beauty cake :)

Almost Sylph said...

Have you tried Bare Minerals? I had trouble finding acceptable foundation, being rather pale myself and having absolutely horrible skin. Bare Minerals has been good to me. They're powdery and you apply them with a brush. I use the two palest shades (Fair and Fairly Light) and mix them to get the color correct. It's very easy, and mixing is important for me since I, too, have a "difficult" skin tone. Good luck with your cosmetic endeavors!

Stefanie Valentine said...

I use a Dior mineral powder foundation and I think they do quite a pale shade, but I'm not 100%. The reason I use it is because it is perfect for my dry skin. Otherwise I use Mac. I hope this one works out for you!

Amie said...

wow such a cute record player!




x amie

rubyslippers_86 said...

As always beautiful pictures :-) Revlons new photo ready foundation gives a beautiful finish and they always have a wide colour range.. Might be worth a look?
I also love stila's Illuminating Powder Foundation compact, great coverage, not cakey and cute compact.

x Ruby Slippers

Laurel said...

Unrelated to make-up - I just wanted to say that I LOVE your turntable!

And really - records just sound better x

I am still searching for the perfect foundation - winter is such a terrible time for a gal's skin! (Just bought some MAC duty free when I visited Melbourne - it seems to do the trick - though isn't perfect)

x L

Lulu said...

i have the same funky skin =/
i use a really think layer of Gabriel Cosmetcs liquid foundation in Pale Ivory (their lightest, but it might be too dark for you? i don't know, i'm pretty white but also rather cool toned though i'm not a red head and i'm not as pale as they come. i am referred to as a ghost or a vampire a lot, so it might be worth looking into haha) that i got at the natural food store. Whole Foods might have it?

http://www.amazon.com/Moisturizing-liquid-foundation-Pale-Ivory/dp/B00028OTAC

Becca Jane said...

Oh the dilemma of finding things light enough for my pasty white, pale skin. The joys of being a redhead! I usually go for the very lightest shade I can possibly find and mix it with a bit of my moisturizer because I find that lightens it up somewhat. I have yet to find a foundation that is truly light enough

Anonymous said...

I love these photos! The record player and your cherry red lipstick compliment each other so well. Beautiful.

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Kaileigh said...

I'm a redhead (well, strawberry blonde) with pale freckley skin... I can never find anything that works just right for me. The other day I was in Sephora and found Makeup Forever's foundation... it was almost a perfect match (at 40 dollars, it better be), I didn't grab it because of the price, but it's definitely one to consider...

RetroJetGirl said...

Wow I really love that first picture, it's amazing!

Sophie said...

Hi :)
the Hd foundation by Makeup Forever has plenty of shades, like ivory and porcelain rose, and also it is not cakey at all, it's a very buildable foundation.
As a very very VERY pale girl
( sometimes I'm wondering if I have any pigmentations in my skin ! xD) the lightest shade in the range is again a tiny tiny bit too dark for me..
For adjust the problem, I mix a bit of the "Blanc de Chanel" , which is an illuminating primer, with my foundation. It lighten up slightly the whole thing.


And I agree with Miss Emmi, the concealers by Bobbi Brown are pretty good !

Also, I wanted to say that you are absolutely gorgeous. ^^

(sorry for my english by the way, I am french.)

Orphaned Apparel said...

Love these photos!

Amanda said...

If you don't mind spending a bit more (around $60), Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is lovely. I'm incredibly pasty, and shade #2 works very well. It looks entirely too dark and yellow in the bottle for my pink-toned skin, but it really just evens everything out nicely. And the price can be justified by the fact that one bottle lasts for 4-6 months.

sueper said...

just a perfect package, to bad the texture isn't too great!

Shananigans said...

I have a similar problem with light coloured foundations going cakey on me (too dark ones are fine, of course). I am currently using Mac Studiofix in NC15 (hate it, but feel I should finish it), some Revlon liquid in the lightest colour (better, but a bit dark), a Natio liquid in the lightest colour (pretty ordinary), and Bare Minerals in pale. So far I'm not loving any of these, and none of them sits well over sunscreen.

Super Kawaii Mama said...

At the moment my skin is paler than usual. So I'm using either a BB cream from the faceshop or otherwise The Bourgouis Healthy mix foundation in shade 51, the lightest. It is just right and only $32 to boot! :)

Shady Del Knight said...

World class beauty, world class photography! Ladies, please forgive this jarring intrusion on your discussion, but I just had to acknowledge the quality of this blog and let all of you pale skinned women know that there are a great many men who regard women with pale skin as the gold standard of beauty. Thank you, EATLW, for embracing vintage in such fine fashion!

Emma said...

I am a red head with extremely pale cool toned skin, I use the Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation in no.2. It's amazing, you can do sheer coverage or layer it like nobody's business and it won't look cakey of fake. I live in Melbourne too, I got my foundation at Myer Bourke Street Mall
By the way your blog is so beautiful! It gives me a whole new appreciation for Melbourne :)

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