Foundation Basics & Reviews, Reviews, Uncategorized

L’oreal Nude Magique – Eau de Teint Foundation

Hey everyone, sorry I haven’t posted as much as I’d like to have done on here lately, I’ve had a lot on, not least being kept busy trying to organise my daughter to prepare for her Leaving Cert exams as well as College applications.  It’s all very stressful – more for me than her, that’s not right is it?!

Anyway, I thought I’d start reviewing more foundations for you, since I have a ton of them in my kit and I know what a pain it can be to find the right one!  Up for scrutiny today is L’oreal’s Nude Magique – Eau de Teint Foundation.

L'oreal Eau de Teint
L’oreal Eau de Teint


It comes in a small bottle and you just pour out the required amount and apply with your fingers.  It’s quite liquidy and runny as you can see from the pic below.  You have to give the bottle a good shake before you pour it out too.


However, it does provide amazingly good coverage for such a lightweight liquid product, I applied  a second layer to my skin though which I’d advise if you want to build up more coverage.  It dries to a powdery finish and doesn’t appear super shiny like I expected it to!

Left: Before Right:After
Left: Before Right:After

If you like the natural look and feel of a tinted moisturiser but need a smidgen more coverage, then this is a great foundation for you.  It lasted well and I would use this if I was in a hurry or had to run out to the shops or go exercising or something and didn’t want to bother with the whole palaver of applying a thicker foundation, concealer, powder etc.  You can also use it as a base for powder foundations, it would work very well for that actually and give it something to “cling” to.

The only thing I disliked about this was the bottle.  There’s no pump on it!  What the hell L’oreal??  One false move and this is going EVERYWHERE! Also, you really have to be careful pouring it onto your hand (which I’d recommend as opposed to your fingers so you can work in more product) cos it kind of… dribbles down if you don’t scoop it up quickly! Using a sponge is not great either since it’s so liquidy that the sponge just soaks all the product up.

This is available from all large pharmacies and supermarkets and is around €13 so good value.  I’d definitely recommend this for your light “no makeup” days or for someone with good skin who just wants to even out their skintone.

Have you tried this?  What did you think?

Foundation Basics & Reviews, Uncategorized

Great Cheaper Everyday Foundations

People always ask me if there are any good “cheap” foundations that they can use to save their more expensive ones, especially if they wear makeup every day as you can really find yourself having to replace your makeup very quickly so it’s a good idea to use a less high end brand of foundation for every day use. I recently tried out some cheaper brands of foundation to see if they could work as an every day foundation and maybe save my more expensive ones for the weekends and nights out.  I bought two foundations one called Healthy Mix from Bourjois and also Rimmel’s new Wake Me Up foundation.

Bourjois, Healthy Mix

The claim from Bourjois on this foundation is “Bourjois’ 1st radiance-boosting fruit therapy foundation for a flawless complexion for up to 16hrs!”

At €12.45  it’s a bargain, although a lot of pharmacies do special offers on this from time to time.

What I loved about this foundation:

  • It has a lovely fresh smell and it just glides on.  It applies like a dream and I find it has great coverage, hides any redness or blemishes but without looking heavy or caked.  It can be applied light and natural or in layers for heavier coverage.
  • This is a great foundation for all skin types but it’s great for dry skin as it has various fruit ingredients that help nourish your skin and is suitable whether dry or combination. If you are very oily, you may need to use a primer.
  • The claims that it last 16 hours are very accurate I have to say.  I did a Zumba class while wearing this stuff and although I was sweating buckets this didn’t even budge off my face and I’m not exaggerating one bit!
  • The shade range is very good also, 8 different shades in total and there is a very light shade that suits pale Irish skin right up to a darker shade for darker skin so there’s something to suit everyone.
  • It comes in a pump bottle which I love as you only use what you need and there’s no wastage.

My Thoughts:

I LOVE this foundation, I had heard great things about it.  It has come out top in all sorts of beauty polls and it really does live up to its good name.  Wow! is all I can say, I’m so impressed with it that I’ll be wearing it every day in work from now on.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation

This is also another good one for everyday use and will give your skin a lovely radiant glow.  The claims are that it’s: “Rimmel’s first liquid foundation that instantly reawakens skin with a healthy, radiant glow your skin will bounce back to life – even if your body is thinking otherwise.

Immediately eliminates visible signs of tiredness so skin looks rejuvenated. Also minimising signs of premature ageing.  Wake Me Up works just as hard as you – staying put for up to 10 hours and giving you a natural, medium to full coverage”

The price of Wake Me Up foundation is a pocket friendly €10.95 and again it’s available in most good pharmacies such as Boots.

What I love about this foundation:

  • As soon as you apply this, it just feels lovely and refreshing on your skin; it literally does wake it up and bring your complexion to life!
  • The smell is fresh and the consistency of this is quite creamy so it gives a good medium to full coverage.
  • Again, it comes in a pump bottle and a little goes a long way. Also it seems to last ages.
  • It works best with dry/combination skin as it’s so dewy, so not suitable for oily skin as it can tend to look quite shiny. (I will do another review on foundations for oily/spot prone skin but in the meantime see my suggestions for you below)
  • It gives your skin a beautiful glow and is great for tired dull skin or to give radiance and a flawless look to ageing skin.
  • It has an SPF of 15 and comes in 6 shades so you’re bound to find a colour to suit you also.

My Thoughts:

I really like this one also, and for the price you can’t go wrong.  It lasts a long time too, not quite as long as the Healthy Mix but it doesn’t melt off at the end of the working day which is great.  The matching concealer to this is brilliant stuff and I love it even more than the foundation.  It’s just the right consistency and coverage to use under the eye area and doesn’t cake up.  You could use this with any foundation, even the higher end ones, and it would look great!

So thumbs up to both of these foundations, they are great for the price and they do a better job than some of the more expensive foundations it has to be said!

Cheap Foundations for Oily/problem skin:

Revlon Colorstay Foundation for oily/combo skin – €17.99

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation – €8.75