Last week I chatted about the new Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable Foundation, sharing an overview and swatches of the new collection. This week I’m bringing you my very first wear test video! I decided to give the foundation, concealer and primer a try, showing you 9 hours of wear – head to my previous blog post to hear more about my thoughts.

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For those of you curious, I used the foundation in the shade Classic Ivory and the concealer in the shades Fair & Light – Fair ended up being surprisingly light on my pale skin (and right now I’m turning into a nice shade of Casper).

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Drugstore foundations are always fun to try. They’re more affordable and accessible than most of the versions you’ll find at Sephora & department stores, but can really be hit or miss. I’ve tried some great ones & some duds and now there’s a new one on the market that I couldn’t wait to dive into – the new Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable Foundation. The original Lasting Finish Foundation will still be sticking around, so don’t worry if you love that one. This new version is supposed to be light and airy, so you don’t feel like you have anything on your skin and it can still breathe underneath your makeup, avoiding congestion and having your makeup look like it’s caked on.

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In addition to the new Lasting Finish Breathable Foundation, Rimmel is also launching a concealer and primer to go along with this.

I want to chat about the foundation with you first & I’ll touch on the concealer and primer below!

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The foundation ($11.99 CAD) is available in 15 shades (mostly mid-toned shades). This is definitely an expansion of the shade range they’ve offered before, which is great to see, but there’s definitely still room for improvement. It would be great to see them break into some darker shades, especially since brands are really starting to make an effort to have something for every skin tone, and to have more offerings for those with deeper skin tones since they’re still a little limited there.  That being said, it’s really nice to see a wider shade range, especially for a really affordable foundation option. Hopefully in the future, they’ll be able to expand this further and make it more inclusive.

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The foundation does feel really light on the skin and offers light to medium coverage, which can be built on. I found that it gave a really nice, even look to my complexion (I’ve been wearing the shade Classic Ivory) while helping to cover up problem areas. I do need to use concealer to build up more coverage on areas that need a bit more help, but really like how this wears for a daytime foundation. I actually prefer not to set this one with a powder; it has a pretty soft finish and sets nicely on my skin, but I’ve been pretty dehydrated lately and I find using a setting powder dries it out a bit too much. If you’re a bit oilier you might want to add this step in.

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The foundation comes with a wand applicator, which I like. I apply the foundation directly onto my skin using this and use a brush to blend it out. If you prefer a pump, you’re out of luck on this one; just use the applicator to throw some on your hand before you apply normally.

It’s not cakey at all, which is something we can all agree is a good thing, and it does leave my skin looking fresh. I found that it lasted quite well through the day and a bar shift; I did have a little bit of shininess at the end of the night but it wasn’t bad at all. It did fade a bit over some red spots, but again, at this point, I had been wearing it for about 18 hours. Will it last for 25 hours? I find that a little hard to believe, but for a light-to-medium coverage foundation I found that it did a pretty good job.

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The Rimmer Lasting Finish Breathable Concealer ($10.99 CAD), available in 6 shades, provides medium, buildable coverage for problem areas. It’s a bit on the thicker side and blends really nicely into to skin. I find that it does a pretty good job of covering up imperfections without looking heavy.

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It comes with a round, cushion applicator for direct application to the skin. It doesn’t work too well for me for really blending in the concealer, so I tend to apply to the skin using this and blend using either a sponge or my finger.

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This collection also includes the Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable Primer ($11.99) to help prolong the life of your foundation by up to 8 hours. It’s quite thick and lotion-y and not my personal favourite style of primer. At first, it felt a bit tacky, but once my foundation had been applied and set it softened and left behind a more matte feel.

Will you be giving the Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable Foundation a try? What’s your favourite drugstore foundation?

Check back next week because I’ll be sharing a wear test video!

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I’ll go ahead and admit it; I’m a foundation hoarder. I’m constantly searching for my new favourite and have tried tons of different variations. A few new options have landed on my desk recently (including one that I’m obsessed with – more on this to come) and I’ve been spending some time diving in and testing them to find out what works. One of the newest additions to my collection is the NARS Velvet Matte Stick Foundation, NARS’ first foray into stick foundation.

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This new foundation, available in a range of 20 shades, promises “instantly smooth, soft-matte perfection” allowing for full control of its use. It’s a double ended product, with the stick foundation on one end and a removable Touch-Up Blender on the other.

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Application is really easy with this foundation. I actually haven’t used very many stick foundations in the past, maybe 1 or 2, so this is still relatively new territory for me. I suggest starting off a bit light with this foundation, applying a few swipes over the face (try the cheeks, forehead, chin and nose) before blending in and building up from there. I found that applying less of this foundation was better, as it seemed to sit on the skin and didn’t blend in very well when I added a bit more for extra coverage. The blending tool included is great for quick touch ups on the go but I prefer to use a brush to really blend this foundation in properly. It has a nice velvety texture once it’s been applied and blended in to the skin.

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In terms of coverage, I find that this has a medium finish. It helps to even out my skin tone, cover redness and hide imperfections though I needed to use a bit of concealer afterwards to really cover the spots. It’s nice for daytime wear since it isn’t very heavy and blends in nicely. The finish for me isn’t completely matte; it leaves a little bit of a sheen, but I like to finish off with setting powder anyways so this isn’t a big issue for me.

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Before and after NARS Velvet Matte Stick Foundation application – wearing Mont Blanc with a bit of Barcelona

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I have to start this post off with a bit of exciting news for my Canadian pals – it Cosmetics has made its way in store at Sephora across the country. Seriously, this is such an exciting development for me. I fell in love with the brand (and their Bye Bye Under Eye concealer) a few years ago and I’m looking forward to trying out more of the products now that I can actually see them in store!

Anyway, enough about that – let’s get to the goods. Today I want to talk about the it Cosmetics CC+ cream, a new favourite of mine. The CC cream boasts that you’ll have “Your Skin But Better” with use and I knew that I had to put it to the test – my pal Jess from Beautezine has always raved about this, and I really trust her opinion on cosmetics.

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First, I love the fact that this cc cream actually takes care of your skin while you wear it – it also acts as an anti-aging serum with a combination of hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and vitamins A, B, C and E. Products that multitask and do double duty are so amazing in my book, especially when it comes to makeup. I feel a lot better about wearing something on the daily when I know that it’s providing added benefits for my skin. It also contains SPF 50+, which means it protects from the sun while wearing – throw it on before you head out for the day & you’ll feel better knowing that you’re going one step further. I love products with high levels of SPF so you don’t even have to think about sun protection!

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The it Cosmetics CC+ cream claims to be full coverage, but I see it as more of a medium coverage foundation. It does provide nice coverage and helps to hide imperfections, but I find that you need to spot conceal or add a second layer to really get full coverage. It does a really nice job of evening out the skintone and hiding redness; my skin is left with a really glowy look and a dewy finish. I’ve also noticed that my pores appear smaller and my skin feels hydrated while wearing it. Make sure you blend in to avoid a cakey finish. I like to start off by applying with the Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush before blending with a Beauty Blender.

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it Cosmetics CC+ Cream swatches in Fair, Light, Medium, Medium Tan, Tan, Rich & Deep

The CC cream is available in 7 shades as of right now, ranging from fair to deep. I’m currently wearing shade Light, but will probably need to switch up to Fair as we move later in the year; the lighter shades do tend to wear a bit darker. If needed, you can totally blend a couple of shades together for a custom match.

Before/after wearing it Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream

Have you ever tried it Cosmetics CC+ Cream? Let me know what your favourite CC is in the comments below!

 


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If there’s one thing I know about Kat Von D beauty, especially after chatting with makeup artist Erik de Soto, it’s that every single product has been developed and tested to be of quality that Kat herself can be proud of. Vegan/cruelty-free makeup has come a long way – there was a time when payoff, shades & options available weren’t what you would hope for, but with lines like this the products are easily on par, if not better, to other non-vegan options.

For fall 2016, KVD has decided to expand on her Lock-It offerings, making it easier than ever to find the perfect components to create your most flawless complexion. So, what does Kat Von D have in store for us?

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1. An expansion on the best-selling Lock-It Foundation ($47 CAD) lineup. With new packaging and the addition of 13 new shades (for a total of 30), KVD is making it easy to find your match – when you’re at either end of the skin tone spectrum, it can be a bit of a task to find the shade that accurately matches. The addition of these new shades, with various undertones, provides more options. Mo options, no problems.

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2. Complexion perfection is just one step closer with the new Lock-It Concealer Creme ($34 CAD). Super pigmented, high coverage and nice & creamy, these cover imperfections in a flash and hide dark circles. They’re also perfect for highlighting & contouring – Erik suggests picking up 3 shades (one that matches your complexion, one darker & one lighter) and using these to shape your face

3. KVD is also adding in one more essential product with the new Lock-It Setting Powder ($39 CAD, not pictured). Completely translucent, and perfect for any skin tone, this loose powder is unbelievably lightweight with a matte finish that helps to blur the skin for an even smoother look.

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The new Artistry Brush Collection is stunning and amazing – you’re going to want to get your hands on these gorgeous brushes. They’re soft and lush, with 100% cruelty-free bristles and stiletto-shaped handles that are not only super chic, but functional as well – Erik mentioned that these can be used as spatulas for blending products together.

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4. The Lock-It Foundation Brush ($43) has been sculpted to fit into the contours of the face, ensuring even, all-over application that gets into every corner. Blending is also easy with the thick, full bristles.

5. The perfect companion to the new concealer creme, the Lock-It Edge Concealer Brush has a sculpted head to make precise, concentrated application easy. The brush is also perfect for contouring with its smooth edge – apply a deeper concealer in use the edge to blend up and into the skin.

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6. Finish off your face by applying powder with the full, soft Lock-It Setting Powder Brush. The long, rounded brush picks up just the right amount of powder and evenly distributes it over the skin.

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7. Fans of baking will definitely fall hard for the Lock-It Precision Powder Brush. An arched edge with dense bristles allows for precise application – apply a layer of setting powder over concealer, allow it to bake for a few minutes, then brush it off to lock the makeup in.

The new Lock-It offerings (aside from the foundation addition, available October 2016) will be available in July 2016 at Sephora.

 

 


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