Dec 042010

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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  22 Responses to “Sketchbook: Recent Foundation Releases”

  1. Currently, I am also using Peau Vierge and love it. I would love to try Guerlain’s Lingerie de Peau next!

  2. Knowing the Guerlain has pale shades available makes that the most attractive to me. I wish I matched Chanel, I would love to try Vitalumiere or the Aqua version but they run far too dark/yellow for me.

    • Also, Burberry’s has a super pale shade but that foundation has been out a while now; oddly the shade range of Chanel is very narrow-there are only 1 to 4 in each texture range.

  3. I’ve tried the Laura Mercier Creme Smooth and it was absolutely lovely. It felt fantastic on the skin, gave medium coverage, didn’t need to be set with powder (lasted 8 hours on me and then was washed off – looked as good at the beginning of the day as it did when I tried it on). The finish was a very real-skin finish, not overly dewy, not matte. But best of all, it just felt wonderful on my skin. Wonderful as in, “I’ve never tried another foundation that felt this nice”.
    I’m majorly craving a jar. I know that a lot of people are writing it off immediately because of the jar format, but I don’t think it’s a big problem for anyone who will bother to take the time to use a clean spatula to get foundation out of the jar instead of their fingers. And I like that a jar is designed to last 2 years – that’s more foundation than you usually get.
    In terms of shades, Porcelain Ivory is the tiniest tiniest touch dark for me, I’m neutral toned, 10-20 in the MAC range. I want to get a bigger sample, try it for a week, and be sure before I buy it.

    • Thanks for your report Ann–I’ve seen some on Makeupalley absolutely love this foundation, but others thought it a bit dry. I’ll be curious to see what you think after your test. Take care, Amy

  4. I wish Le Metier would come out with a lighter shade of the peau vierge…

  5. I’ve read several reviews about the Chanel one and it sounds like something I would like. But I am more interested in getting Dior’s Hydra Life Pro-Youth Skin Tint SPF 20 which is not new but should work great for my very dry skin. It gives more coverage that a usual TM (like LM) but less than a foundation.

  6. As part of the spring collection for Asia, Guerlain is supposedly releasing a new shade of Langerie de Peau: 00. From reading various blogs, I know that many of us could not be successfully matched because the lightest shades were still too dark. Perhaps 00 will be the answer. I hope it will be released in the US and that it is more of a porcelain shade.

    Don’t forget the new cream compact foundation by Edward Bess. If you loved what Dior’s new Crystal Nude primer did for the look of your complexion, you’ll love EB’s foundation. It sounds like they are using similar silicon sphere technology to create a soft-focus, glowing-with-good-health luminosity that wears well throughout the day. I haven’t tried Crystal Nude yet (It’s on my short list!), but I’ve been wearing EB and can attest to it’s longevity. Once you put that baby on, it’s on until you remove it at night; no primer needed. Add to that, buildable coverage that goes from sheer to medium; a light-weight, moisturizing formulation that leaves your skin feeling baby-soft, and you’ve got an extraordinary foundation. So, what’s the catch? It comes in very few shades 🙁

    • I can’t believe I forgot Edward Bess! Thank you Eileen for your review–sounds like a must-try! I’ll hope for a good match the next time I am in Neiman’s. I’m so impressed with the other Bess products that I’ve tried. Take care, Amy

  7. I have and like Teint Miracle. It’s working much better for me as we’ve hit the cooler months, I just wish there was more shade range. The Lingerie de Peau is one I like to try and having had the Peau Vierge applied at a makeover I would love to get it but it really is outside of my budget. The Laura Mercier looked interesting but I’m guessing it’s had mixed reviews. I must do some research.

    Thanks for the interesting round-up. It’s really useful for my next foundation purchase research!
    MB x

    • Thank you MB! I’ve been so busy but out of the corner of my eye noticed a lot of foundations being released-instead of writing notes I decided to just post it so others could save time.

  8. I’ve been using Vitalumiere Aqua since October (I picked up two on my recent trip to Asia) and I love it. The finish is not too “dewy” but not matt and coverage is light, enabling me to create much sought after “natural” look. Given the choice between yellow undertone and pink undertone (I am neutral tone), I always go with yellow undertone b/c I know I can combat that with Kanebo Sensai’s brightening base or Cle de Peau luminizing enhancer base. In Asia, Chanel has a new make-up base that was released with Aqua that would do the trick. Anyway, I am so glad that it will be released in the U.S. so that I don’t have to CP it. Thank you for the info.

  9. I’m looking forward to these new foundations. I think foundation is one of the makeup items that has shown the most improvement over the years, but there is still plenty of room for improvement. I know you haven’t tried any of these yet, but which to you seems the most promising for oily skin?

    • For oily skin, I’m guessing Guerlain’s (because its lightweight, Chanel (because it’s water based) and Bobbi’s–Bobbi’s liquid really seems to promise to provide mattifying properties.

  10. I really want to try the new Chanel foundation, sounds very promising! I have also tried Guerlain Parure Extreme & Lingerie de Peau – I really like both but I’ll have to order online because my shade wasn’t available at the counter. But I’m a little torn between the two because I like the Extreme because it lasts all day but I like the finished look of Lingerie though. Not sure what to do??? 😐

    I have been using Estee Lauder Double Wear and I like it because it is very long wearing but it’s a little too matte for me. Another one I really liked was from Sisley Paris – the oil free foundation. It was a perfect match for my skin but wasn’t long wearing.

    I’ve tried many others but so far Guerlain has been the best for me but I still want to try the new Chanel one. I haven’t had much luck w/their foundation due to limited shades.

    Oh one more, sorry! Another one I liked was Le Metier de Beaute – Classic Flawless-Finish Liquid Foundation. Good foundation but since I’m somewhat oily this one didn’t help much and was really oily within a couple hrs of application 🙁

  11. Hi Amy! I really like Vitalumiere Aqua, it makes my face look glowy without feeling very greasy. The shades run dark though, as I use B20 and I am an NC30 in MAC. My NC20 friend uses B10. Lingerie de Peau, however, oxidized on me and made my face look dirty and orange 🙁 I was matched to 20 which looked perfect at first then darkened after a few hours of wear. Peau Vierge sounds really interesting to me right now, I really want to try it soon! Unfortunately Le Metier isn’t available where I live so I might have to find a way to purchase it (or a sample) online.

  12. What foundation is best for dry skin?

  13. Hi! I am a huge Bobbi fan, I have always used her foundations that are formulated for oily skin types with great success. Right now I use the Natural Finish Foundation. I bought the new powder foundation as soon as it came out, and it was probably one of the worst products I have ever used. I went so far as to send a letter to the company asking them to reconsider/reformulate this product. It offers little to no coverage, does not apply dry at all with any type of brush, and applies with a lot of tugging wet for a sheer, uneven finish. This foundation broke my heart because while I love the Natural Finish Foundation, sometimes I want to throw something on more quickly. If you are looking for this type of formula go with Chanel, it applies beautifully wet or dry and really holds up. It also provides extra wear time for oily girls when dusted as a setting powder. Sorry to disappoint anyone… Definitely test this foundation at the counter before committing. I never return anything and this went right back.

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