I’ll admit, I didn’t used to be a huge foundation fan. Call me lazy, call me blessed with relatively good skin (natch!), but up until recently, it wasn’t something I bothered with more than once in a while for a big occasion.
Of course, times change, as does my skin. I now find I love the finished look that foundation can give me. I’ve got a few that I know I can turn to in times of foundation need, but with new formulations and ingredients breaking boundaries on an almost daily basis, I’m always keen to try out the latest. Of course, it’s always a challenge to find the right shades and tones for my Indian skin – too yellow and I look luminous, too pink and I look weird and it’s so difficult to find something dark enough within these confines.
So I was more than a little chuffed (huge understatement, huge!) when the very fabulous Daniel Sandler, (a British make-up artist who I adore both for his lovely products and because he himself is so lovely), sent me some of his foundations and concealers to try out. Not only have I been trying them out, I’ve been wearing them almost every day, and that’s really no exaggeration.
This liquid formulation gives fabulous coverage, SPF15 protection, a radiant, luminous finish and stays on all day. I can’t really ask for more than that from a foundation. I use a foundation brush to apply to get a sheer finish, but it’s also really easy to build it up if you want more coverage.
I had six shades to try from the impressive range of ten available, the one I’m wearing in the first face photo (at the top) is Shade 09, second from the right.
As much as I love the look of the liquid foundation, it’s not the best option for on-the-go touch ups – too much to juggle and I’ll invariably make a mess somehow. I love the Catwalk Compact Foundation as it’s literally the Liquid formulation in solid form, so there’s none of that pancake, heavy, ageing effect I so often associate with solid foundations. Just the same radiance, luminosity and even coverage that I get from the Super Mineral Makeup. I also apply this one with a brush for a sheerer, everyday look, building up in the areas where I need more coverage.
|Wearing Catwalk Compact Foundation, Camo Concealer
and Soft Peach Watercolour Blusher
I had four shades to try from the range of ten available, my colour, and the one I’m wearing in this photo is Shade 09.
According to Daniel, most of the time, we’re not wearing enough concealer, and I know I for one am guilty of that (another, independent make-up artist told me the same thing at a press launch recently). Possibly because we’re wearing the wrong formulations that go cakey and dry under the eye, we tend to go too light on the concealer. The Camo Concealer is super creamy so blends beautifully without pulling on the skin and doesn’t settle into those fine lines under the eyes. It even contains Tea Tree, to deal with any minor inflammations and helps to heal any blemishes.
I normally apply with a concealer brush and blend with my ring finger, but it applies just as well with the finger alone. My perfect match is Shade 06 (on the extreme right) and it has replaced my concealer of years, Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Golden (just in case you’re the same colours as me). These are just seven of the shades from the impressive line up of 12, yes 12! So there really is no excuse to be using the wrong shade concealer.
I couldn’t go without telling you about the fabulous blusher and bronzer that I also received. In all these photos, I’m wearing Watercolour Creme-Rouge Blusher Soft Peach (left), and in both the first photo and the one below, I smudged a little just under the brow bone for a little lift. Fiji, (right) the Watercolour Creme Bronzer, is perfect for my skin tone to add a natural warmth and glow that is perfect to perk up my complexion on these dull winter days. I’m already a HUGE fan of the original Watercolour blushes, ( I think I have five or six of them!) so having these in a much more user-friendly, more portable solid compact format is the icing on the cake.
|Wearing Super Mineral Makeup, Camo Concealer,
Soft Peach Watercolour Blush and Fiji Bronzer
Bottom line? Darker skins tones, so often neglected by some of the bigger brands (Revlon, I’m talking to you; why do you sell such a wide array of shades in the US, but not to us here in the UK?), are spoilt for choice by this British brand.
You can find Daniel Sandler at Urban Retreat in Harrods and online and also at his website, DanielSandler.com where, if you’re quick, there are some very special discounts on the foundations and concealers!