Search for the Perfect Foundation. Part IV. Liquid

Foundation Swatches

1. Green People Pressed Powder Caramel Light, 2. Sheer Cover Mineral Foundation SPF-15 Nude, 3. YOUNGBLOOD Natural Mineral Foundation Soft Beige, 4. Sisley Phyto Teint Expert Ivory, 5. L’Oréal Infallible Stay Fresh Foundation 200 Golden Sand, 6. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation Shade 4

This is absolutely not the last post in the series, but I earnestly doubt if I will ever find anything that will be as good as… Sisley Phyto Teint Expert (available worldwide this fall) Sisley Phyto Teint Expert It’s quite significant that the best foundation I’ve ever tried is the one, which is not even available on the market yet. It proves that the cosmetics industry doesn’t stand still, that new products are being developed and powerful ingredients are being discovered as I write this text. It means that the products of tomorrow will most likely be more efficient than whatever we use today and that my doubts in finding something better than Phyto Teint Expert are completely unfounded and we can with almost 100% certainty say that I will. Nevertheless, it doesn’t detract from Sisley‘s breakthrough that I was lucky enough to witness.

I think the key to success of this liquid foundation started with the company’s realisation that modern women have a lot of demands when it comes to the base for their make-up: It’s no longer just about a perfect shade – it gotta correct all the imperfections while looking natural, it’d better have some skin-care properties that should adapt to a particular person’s needs (like: anti-aging or moisturising) and it have to stay on all day, with no touch-ups required. It seems unreal, but Phyto Teint Expert has nailed it on each front.

When I applied it on for the first time I was surprised how fast its rather thick formula blended with the skin, leaving no traces on top. To put it on I was using nothing but my fingers and result turned out to be very natural and even. The coolest thing about it is that once it gets on your face it almost cements and stays there all day-long with no change in texture or colour.

As always with Sisley, brand stands true to its skincare innovations, so apart from providing a perfect base for the make-up, this new release is packed with active plants-derived ingredients (like Cucumber extract, Ginkgo biloba leaf extract and Vitamin E) that help to moisturise and protect your skin. I haven’t been using it consecutively long enough to see any positive change it the condition of my skin (because I also had to test five other foundations), but reportedly regular use should improve skin’s radiance and protect it from environmental damage.

Of course if there were no big NOs this product would be perfect. The major drawback for me is that unfortunately far from everyone would be able to afford it once it launches in September this year. Its recommended price is 108€ and I bet that many of you wouldn’t even consider the purchase. However, those of you who would, I warn you: start saving now, you won’t regret. It is just as good as I’ve described it above, so I really hope that my 30ml frosted glass bottle will never break and will last forever.
Score: 9,5/10

L’Oréal Infallible 24H Stay Fresh Foundation L'Oréal Infallible 24H Stay Fresh Foundation To be entirely-entirely honest I do have some prejudices when it comes to mass-market cosmetics brands like L’Oréal, Revlon or Covergirl. It’s rather stupid, but in some way I feel like when a company produces millions and millions of units of a blusher or a lipstick, it’s impossible that their quality is as high as it could be. I mean, when it comes to such volumes, imagine how much money you could save by choosing cheaper materials instead of better ones.

Of course there’re exceptions, for example since I’ve discovered L’Oréal‘s Million Lashes Mascara So Couture I’ve been hardly using any other mascara ever since. So I thought that to make my collection of foundations more complete I had to test something that every department store sells.

Because my main concern with liquid foundations is durability, I went for Infallible 24H Stay Fresh from L’Oréal. It does live up to its name and stay on for the whole day (fortunately enough I didn’t face the situation when I would have to wear it for 24H straight, but I’m sure it would pass that test too). However, it’s quite hard to apply evenly and it doesn’t layer very well in case you need more coverage. I’m sure there are better options even in the same price range and I promise you to find out in the next foundation search post, until then restrain yourself from buying this particular product.
Score: 5/10

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation Giorgio Armani‘s Luminous Silk is a liquid foundation with a medium coverage. It’s quite runny, so I didn’t really master application with a foundation brush, instead I preferred to use my fingers to work it into the skin. You don’t need a lot of product to cover the entire face and it layers all right in case you want to conceal any blemishes or pigment spots.

That said, it is at its best when applied moderately to achieve trendy dewy complexion with a natural lustre. Unfortunately due to my skin problems I need a much thicker product that would give me a fuller coverage. But I have once seen it on a friend who has a very beautiful and smooth skin texture, cute freckles and the only thing she needs foundation-wise is a bit of colour correcting. Luminous Silk looked gorgeous on her: evening out the complexion, but still letting the freckles be visible and the beauty of the skin shine through.

So in case you don’t have any severe skin problems, I really recommend you to try this product. Into the bargain it is very reasonably priced: 50€ for a fancy glass bottle with a big ass name on it – isn’t it virtually free?
Score: 7/10

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