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NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation: Swatches of (almost) All Shades

January 21, 2015

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NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation ($48) has just been released in twenty new shades. This new fluid is said to give “full coverage in a single, weightless drop.” I’m in the process of testing this out, but I did want to post some images for those who are considering the product. I will say that so far, the promise of lightweight, all-day, excellent coverage has been holding true. All signs so far point to “yes,” if you love a skin-like, satin-to-matte finish. NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is available at Nars online, Sephora, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, and will soon be available elsewhere estimated on February 1st.

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True to the Francois Nars aesthetic, the bottles are absolutely gorgeous. Designed by the New York Design firm Baron & Baron, it features an all-new pump design that gives you “the exact amount of product to perfect the entire face.” Again, I have to attest that it really does.  This dispenses less than a traditional foundation pump, and one smooth motion gives you just that perfect amount of dime-sized drop to perfect my skin. The elegant glass bottle, well, oh my, you could even say it glows.

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Although the sample bottles do not come with ingredients list, the enclosed sheet states that the product is free of fragrance, paraben, alcohol and oil.  This formula must be shaken before each use.

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Also, the formula uses Even Tone Technology to neutralize redness, dullness and discoloration, and to improve skin’s appearance over time. Here are 19 of the 20 shades (I didn’t receive the lightest shade Siberia, but am hoping to track it down soon),

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Swatches:

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Another set:

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One more:

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I hope these are a helpful start. NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is available at Nars online, Sephora, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, and will soon be available elsewhere estimated on February 1st.

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Here is quick comparison of my shade Deauville in both this new All Day Luminous compared with my year-old bottle of Nars Sheer Glow in Deauville. I cannot tell the difference in tonality and color when applied to my face, of course the texture, coverage, and formula is very different.Nars All Day Luminous08

These samples were sent to Cafe Makeup without charge for consideration for review. This post contains affiliate links (for more information, see About Cafe Makeup). 

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Quick Preview: New Nars Foundations, Powders, Eyeshadow Palettes more…

January 9, 2015

This is just a quick teaser post of some Nars items that arrived.  This box contains the new series of Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, several Soft Velvet Loose Powders, Eyeshadow palettes, eye pencils, a new lipgloss, a more.  Please keep in mind that this is just an “open the box” style post. These pictures are not color-accurate as I have not set up the correct lighting.  Still, so exciting!  I can feel my heart beat faster and faster….

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Foundation Skin care

My Thoughts: Testing Zelens Age Control Foundation

December 20, 2014

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For the past two weeks, I’ve been testing out a new foundation–Zelens Age Control Foundation ($105), which many have declared to be their “holy grail” foundation (my earlier review with a full ingredient list is here). I can see why. This premium skincare/foundation has proven to give a very high overage (with minimal product, translating into a “no cake” texture). In addition, the foundation seems to fill in pores, giving one a porcelain like finish, while retaining a lightweight, breathable feel. In other words, one doesn’t feel as though one is wearing a silicon mask, but it gives an airbrushed finish. Zelens Age Control gives a beautiful color that gives a lit from within glow with a skin-like, near-matte finish. Finally, this foundation does not quit.  Despite experiencing over-heated restaurants, freezing cold wind, dryness, humidity, this foundation lasts all day like you wouldn’t believe. Really, I can see someone finding this foundation and never buying any other ever again.  It’s really good.

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The line states that the formula “helps restore firmness and elasticity with a complex of 17 active ingredients including peptides and antioxidants. Photo-luminescent diamond spheres optically veil imperfections, helm minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.” This claim is a little difficult to evaluate, because I really do pour on so many other skin care products in my regime. It makes my skin look younger, although this could be its “veil-like” properties.

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There are a few things to be aware of when using this foundation.  First, the coverage goes medium to high with very little product. That means that you will either find a match, mix two if you are in between, or keep looking for another foundation. In my previous post, I noted that I had trouble applying the foundation.  Well, it’s a good thing that the brand sent me two shades because my “trouble” stemmed from using the lighter Cameo shade. When I applied the Porcelain shade with my fingers, no special technique required, it applied beautifully with no trouble at all. So, no surprise for those of us who are used to trying out high-coverage foundations–the color match really does matter so very, very much. Speaking of which, I owe you some swatches:

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Cameo is very, very light–maybe an NC10?  N5? Porcelain is closer to my NC15.

The second thing to note is that this foundation lasts, and lasts, and lasts, and so full removal at the end of the day is important.  I definitely had a clogged pore or two when I “oops! missed a spot!”  I use an oil cleanser (MAC), a toner (DDF), and a Clarisonic (full 2 minutes!). When I thoroughly removed the product, I had no trouble at all.

This seems to work beautifully for my combination skin.  Those with very dry skin may prefer By Terry’s Densiliss. Those looking for a broader shade range should look at Tom Ford’s Traceless Perfecting Foundation  Also, please keep in mind that buying foundation is a very, very personal thing.  Yes, I love this (and I think you will too), but it’s impossible to say for sure until you try it for a few days.

Zelens Age Control Foundation ($105) is available exclusively at Barneys New York in the U.S. Outside the U.S., it is available at Space NK.

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A First Look: Zelens Age Control Foundation

December 7, 2014

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I’ve been testing out a new foundation–Zelens Age Control Foundation ($105). This is one of the latest in the premium skincare/foundation category. The texture of this foundation is quite unique–it has a very high coverage using the smallest amount of product. Also, the texture of the skin becomes quite poreless. I’m also detecting quite of “lit from within glow” although the texture is satiny and very skin-like. It effectively blurs imperfections, and does so without feeling as though one is wearing lots of silicone. Really spectacular.

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It’s extremely lightweight and breathable. It makes my skin looks significantly younger. I need to experiment with my application, because my first attempt today gave me (perhaps?) too much coverage. As it usually takes me 3-5 times to figure out new products, I’m not concerned. I can do this. And I know the results will be totally worth it.

According to the line:

A skin-perfecting treatment foundation providing long-lasting natural-looking medium to full coverage. The moisture-enhancing formulate helps restore firmness and elasticity with a complex of 17 active ingredients including peptides and antioxidants. Photo-luminescent diamond spheres optically veil imperfections, helm minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The line has sent me the two lightest colors to test, so I’ll be posting swatches later this week and give more details as I learn more about it. Although I’ve tested the Zelens sun care, which was quite lovely, I’m quite stunned at the quality of this foundation so far. I’ve only tested it for a few hours, but I wanted to let you know about in case you might be stopping by any Barneys New York this week, so that you take a look yourself.

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In the meantime, here is the ingredient list:

AQUA (WATER), CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, COCO-CAPRYLATE/CAPRATE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, DEXTRIN PALMITATE, GLYCERIN, TRIMETHYLSILOXYPHENYL DIMETHICONE, CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE, HYDROXYSTEARIC/LINOLENIC/OLEIC POLYGLYCERIDES, HYALURONIC ACID, PALMITOYL TRIPEPTIDE-5, PALMITOYL DIPEPTIDE-5 DIAMINOBUTYROYL HYDROXYTHREONINE, HYDROLYZED SESAME PROTEIN PG-PROPYL METHYLSILANEDIOL, TETRADECYL AMINOBUTYROYLVALYLAMINOBUTYRIC UREA TRIFLUOROACETATE, MAGNESIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE, HYDROLYZED PEARL, PERILLA FRUTESCENS LEAF EXTRACT, BRASSICA CAMPESTRIS (RAPESEED) STEROLS, YEAST EXTRACT, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, GLYCOGEN, SILANETRIOL, BENZIMIDAZOLE DIAMOND AMIDOETHYL UREA CARBAMOYL PROPYL POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, CERA ALBA (BEESWAX), BORON NITRIDE, MANNITOL, SILICA, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, DEHYDROACETIC ACID, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, PECTIN, XANTHAN GUM, PVP, VP/POLYCARBAMYL POLYGLYCOL ESTER, PHENOXYETHANOL, DISODIUM EDTA, BENZYL ALCOHOL, SODIUM CHLORIDE, SORBIC ACID, CITRIC ACID, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), SODIUM BENZOATE, MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE, LINALOOL, [+/- (MAY CONTAIN) CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), CI 77492 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77491 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES)].

Zelens Age Control Foundation ($105) is available exclusively at Barneys New York in the U.S. Outside the U.S., it is available at Space NK.

 

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Foundation Tom Ford

My Thoughts: Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation

November 26, 2014

A few weeks ago, I began testing Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation ($80). The foundation was released in Fall ’14, and is described by line as a “natural-finish, long wearing, humidity-resistant foundation” that hydrates and evens skin tone to create a “flawless, supple, and pore-less canvas on which to sculpt the features.” Tom Ford Beauty categorizes this as a medium-to-full coverage foundation with SPF 15 broad spectrum protection. Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation is available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bergdorf Goodman.

Tom Ford Firming Foundation02 copyHere are my thoughts based on my testing:

  • This liquid is sold in a plastic bottle that is modern, unbreakable, sanitary and travel-friendly.

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  • There is a built in pump.

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The pump twists up, keeping the product spill-proof and sanitary.

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  • There’s a slight chemical scent to this liquid when first applied, which may be sunscreen ingredients. It fades quickly. I don’t detect any perfume scent.

 

  • Some report that this has a matte finish. On my skin, the finish is natural to slightly glow-ish (especially as the day progresses), probably because of its moisturizing ingredients. On application, the foundation does dry down to the point where it does not transfer. In my opinion, those looking for a true matte finish will want to powder down.

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  • The moisture-add does help my winter-stressed skin, so the description that the foundation includes helpful skin benefits rings true to me. Those with oily skin may notice a bit of a glow as the day wears on (when worn without any primer or powder).

 

  • The claim to a poreless finish rings fairly true to me as well.  This foundation did have a noticeable pore-minimizing finish.

 

  • Like Armani and Burberry (and some other) foundations, this layers beautifully. I can add just a whisper, or build up past medium toward full. I haven’t tried to go all the way to full.

 

  • The longevity was quite good for a moisturizing foundation.  The glowy-moisturizing aspects makes this a little tricky—there are few moisturizing foundations that truly last all day.  I get more wear time out of my long-wearing foundations that do not have any moisturizing properties, including the Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick, Chanel Perfection Lumiere (the standard and the velvet), MAC Pro Longwear. Nonetheless,  on me the Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting lasts about 70-90% of the time that the others named here do (rough estimate). Also, I don’t get any shifting or “looks like its lifting off” effect. As the day goes on, I notice that the coverage seems to lessen, and a glowy sheen starts to emerge.

 

  • Some may be wondering how the Tom Ford Traceless Perfection stacks up next to the By Terry Densiliss Foundation (reviewed here). Of course, both are premium liquid foundations that have skincare benefits. In my opinion, Tom Ford’s Traceless Perfection feels more moisturizing and behaves more like a standard layerable liquid foundation with the slight-glow foundation. In contrast, By Terry Densiliss feels a bit closer to a cream when applied, tends to dry down closer to a matte-satin, does not have the pore-control of Tom Fords, and lasts a bit longer throughout the day. In other words, those with dryer skin may prefer Tom Ford, while those with oily/combination skin may prefer By Terry.
  • The foundation includes Tom Ford’s Infusing Complex which helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I can vouch for this–this does give me a beautiful canvas.

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After spending nearly an entire Spring and Summer in California, I was counter-matched to Tom Ford Traceless Perfection in #3 Fawn. On this snowy winter day, this is a bit warm and dark for my current complexion but still wearable. If I were to buy another today, I’d go a shade or so lighter (in Ivory or even Cream). Here’s a swatch of Tom Ford Fawn #3 compared to my MAC Studio Sculpt in NC15 for color.

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This foundation is said to be particularly good in warm-to-cold conditions. Those who are running from the cold outdoors into overheated buildings will appreciate that the foundation does, indeed, seem to hold up well in highly varied temperature conditions (as well as those who get super warm due to, ahem, other reasons). I get this same quality from Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation, and the other long-wearing foundations in my stash including By Terry, Chanel Perfection Lumiere and MAC Pro Longwear.

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In addition to octinoxate and titanium dioxide for sun protection, the product includes the following: (click to enlarge):

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Unlike many foundations that I’ve tried recently, I’m not seeing alcohol listed here, which is a very good plus.

Overall, Tom Ford Traceless Perfection is worthy of the title premium foundation in its excellent finish, skincare benefits, and overall look. This has excellent buildability. Those looking for skincare infusion and moisture, especially in these drying winter months, may find that this is a favorite.

Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation is available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bergdorf Goodman.

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