I’m always on a quest for the latest and greatest, and have been noticing a recent surge in new foundations.  I’m hoping that this means that we are moving forward into a new era of product formulations.  At any rate, I thought it might be useful/fun to collect some of my research here.  Do you know of any new foundations about to be released?  Have you tried anything new that you’d recommend/or not?

I don’t own any of these yet (except for Le Metier de Beaute’s), so please consider this post is a scrapbook of new foundation ideas and not recommendations because I’ve never tried most of these or compared them (although several look intriguing).

All pictures are clickable:

1.  Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua ($45)


A “new generation” texture from Chanel.  I cannot wait to try this one, which is rumored to be a replacement for Chanel’s current Tient Innocence Fluide.  Vitalumiere Aqua is said to be water based, although based on my reading so far the texture is creamy but applies very lightly and sheerly.  There are three tones:

  • Beige which is normal to warm
  • Rose Beige which is rose-based
  • Beige Ochre which is natural (and not released in the U.S.)

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua comes in a very limited color range, has SFP 15 and a “crystalline fragrance.”

2.    Guerlain Lingerie de Peau ($56)


Liz and I had the chance to try this out during our Guerlain makeover in San Francisco, discussed here.  Lingerie de Peau is a light-to-medium coverage foundation that looks remarkably like natural skin.  The technology relies on a series of silk-like fibers to fuse to the skin while creating a re-texturized surface.  It looks very soft and pretty, the effect is very natural.  It was extremely pleasant to use, and if you have very pale complexion the range goes up to quite a pale shade (I’m very pale–Chanel Cameo / MAC NC15 and I was matched to Lingerie de Peau 30).  A definite contender.

Lingerie de Peau has an SPF 20 and a scent which fades on application.

3.   Diorskin Nude Creme Gel Compact ($48)


Diorskin Nude Creme Gel Compact is a cream gel-to-powder that incorporates a “microscopic network of soft waxes and mineral powders” to give a satin finish. Typical of Dior, this foundation includes skin care, in this case “Active Mineralized Water droplets that are ten times more concentrated in skincare active ingredients” to improve the skin underneath.  Comes with an application sponge in a compact format.  SPF 20.

4.  Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Foundation ($50)

Laura Mercier states that this is a smooth, lightweight and hydrating foundation, and uses a “multipeptide complex infused with Dermaxyl and advanced optical diffusers that help to visibly smooth out lines and wrinkles.”  There are swatches of the foundation here at KarlaSugar’s blog, and it apparently gives medium coverage.  The ingredient list includes some that appear to give sun protection (for example, Titanium Dioxide), but I could not find any SPF rating for this foundation.  Honestly, I’ve not tried this one and I believe the jury is still out on it.

5.  Bobbi Brown Illuminating Finish Powder Compact Foundation ($40)

Here I am absolutely clutching my pearls–a powder foundation from Bobbi Brown?  Seriously?  Apparently Bobbi took five years to develop a formula that she liked.  This is intended to cut shine while maintaining radiance.  This is a buildable powder–in other words, if you use a powder brush, you’ll get light coverage, medium coverage with a kabuki, dry sponge or dense brush, and a damp sponge will give you heavy coverage. look.  I suspect that this will build much better over combination and oily skin, and one must use extreme care if one needs heavy coverage over dry skin (or, perhaps use a liquid foundation instead).  I must admit, I’m curious about this one, but haven’t tried it yet.  SPF 12.

6.  Bobbi Brown Natural Finish Long Lasting Foundation ($45)

Another new foundation from Bobbi Brown, again geared to oily and combination skin.  Natural Finish is oil-free and designed to be long-wearing, to give a soft-matte coverage.  This replaces Bobbi’s former Oil-Free Finish Foundation. This is intended to balance skin by moisturizing both moisturize and absorb excess oil. SPF 15.

7.  Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage Makeup for Face and Body ($32)

Estee Lauder has released this heavy coverage, 12-hour foundation for “concealing all skin imperfections, including surgical and acne scars, birthmarks, sun spots and varicose veins.”  The maximum coverage version of the Double Wear. This has SPF 15.

8.  MAC Pro Longwear Foundation ($29.50)

MAC released this foundation for Fall 2010, which is a long-wear foundation intending to give up to 15 hours of wear in any environmental condition. This is intended to give sheer to medium coverage, with a lightweight and creamy texture.  I like the fact that the price is comparatively reasonable and it comes with a built in pump.  And honestly, don’t actual women need a foundation that lasts longer than 8 hours?  SPF 10.

9.  Lancome Teint Miracle ($37)


Lancome Teint Miracle was released during Fall 2010, an oil-free, fragrance free, non-comedogenic foundation that is intended to provide a “lit-from-within, beautifully bare, visibly flawless” look.   Lancome advertises that gives 18 hours of hydration and minimize redness. SPF 10.

10.  Le Metier de Beaute Le Peau Vierge ($125)

I’ve reviewed this foundation here.   I love it–I just ordered my second during Bergdorf’s recent card event.  SPF 20.

11.  Edward Bess Sheer Satin Cream Compact Foundation ($60)

An oil-free, cream-to-powder lightweight foundation that is rumored to significantly improve the look of the skin.  I’ve heard several raves about this one–five colors available.  Buildable coverage–satin finish.  No SPF rating.  If you look in the comments section, you can see a description by Eileen, who uses this foundation.  Very intriguing.

So, there is my sketchbook of recently released foundations.  I must admit that I’m very curious about several–which look appealing to you?  Have you tried any?  If so, what are your thoughts?  Am I missing any?

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