High End Makeup Haul | A New Foundation, Concealer & Powder

Thursday, March 02, 2017

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I obviously don't have to state this but I will just for the sake of it anyway: The spending ban isn't going so well.

In all fairness I was doing great until Space NK sent over a promotional email, oh and then I noticed how I only had a handful of foundations left and freaked out. Long story short, I ended up adding a few new bits of makeup to my collection. And they just so happen to be all brand new base products.


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Estee Lauder Double Wear Light - 3.5 | £31

If you read my recent post: Makeup Collection Series - Foundations you will have seen that this was on my wish list. I love Double Wear so much and I have only heard great things about this light version that I knew I had to try it for myself. I've been looking for a base product that offers a matte finish and decent longevity without looking too full-on.

The packaging states: 15 hour wear. Light as air. Lightweight, comfortable makeup stays vibrant and fresh, no matter how active your day becomes. Resists smudging and won't "melt" off through heat and humidity. Controls excess oil. Won't clog pores. Sheer-to-medium coverage. Natural finish...

I have high hopes for this and really hope this ticks all the boxes for me.


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NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer - Ginger | £23

I'm not the biggest fan of NARS' Radiant Creamy Concealer which featured in my Top 10 Surprisingly Disappointing Products post because I just found it to be too drying on my under-eye area and didn't offer me enough coverage. So yes, it was shocking to see me rushing to purchase this new concealer which is actually marketed as a mattifying product and is a pot concealer which I never get along with.

But something about it called to me. The promise of a full coverage matte concealer that would blend and blur and cover completely all the while looking natural? Count me in!

And so far, so good. I've tried this both under my eyes and to spot conceal and I much prefer it for my under eye area. It is actually quite creamy and pigmented but doesn't look cakey or heavy or unnatural (in the way the Anastasia Beverley Hills one does). Ironically I find this more creamy and less drying than the Radiant Creamy for some strange reason...and I'm so glad!!! It feels weightless on the skin and though I get my usual creasing, its nothing too dramatic or unflattering. Personally I am not a fan of it being in a pot but in terms of performance, I am impressed so far.

I also liked the fact that the shades seem to run the same across from the other concealer too giving me the confidence to order my shade online. I went for the same shade and while they're not completely identical, they are pretty similar.


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Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder - Shade 3 | £32


Because I have oily-combination skin, I use powders a lot. I prefer pressed powders because they are less messy and I have tried my fair share of mattifying powders over the years. But recently I have been seeking out makeup to help me achieve a glowing base while controlling my excessively oily t-zone. That is precisely why this powder caught my attention.

It claims to give the skin a soft-focus and luminous finish and I can tell you it does just that. It has a subtle glow that helps reflect light and blur imperfections. The sheer colour in the powder really helps to brighten and blur the skin in the most flattering way. And most importantly, it sets my makeup wonderfully and allows my complexion to look radiant and glowing in a way that I usually can't enjoy with blotting, mattifying powders.

It doesn't look cakey on the skin and can be used really lightly all over for a really diffused luminosity. You can also use this as a highlighter by packing it on the high points of the cheeks. I perhaps could have gotten this in the shade lighter but thankfully the colour is so slight that this melts right into my skin without depositing much colour at all.

To me this is a slightly cheaper version of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders and available in more skin-like shades. They both have that super subtle glow that isn't bourne out of any discernable shimmer. So this one is great if you're looking for an alternative or you struggle to choose which shade to get from the Hourglass line.


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Have you tried any of these? Will you be purchasing the new NARS Concealer or are you too much of a Radiant Creamy enthusiast? Have you bought any new base products recently? I'd love to know...


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Sal xxx
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32 comments

  1. Great Post Sal, I need to try EL foundations. My sister raves about Double Wear and it hides her acne marks completely and gives her flawless face. This light one sounds lovely too.

    Ash | www.mstantrum.com

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    1. Thanks Ash. Double Wear is totally worth all the hype! xxx

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  2. I love both the Estee Lauder Double Wear and the Double Wear Light.

    That Nars concealer is on my wishlist. I love the Radiant Creamy, and I was worried this would be too mattifying but it sounds great.

    Lovely post.

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    1. I'm surprised that I don't find this concealer that drying but I am so so glad! Thanks for reading hun xxx

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  3. I love Double Wear Light - I hope you enjoy using it! The Nars concealer sounds amazing! xx

    Beautylymin| LuxuryFragranceGiveaway

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    1. I'm sure I will if its got your seal of approval Siobhan xxx

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  4. I am supposedly on a spending ban too but guess what? It's not going so well either. I am part of a Canadian FB beauty group where beauty lovers trade and sell products and it's so hard to turn the other way and say no when the prices are really good. I look forward to your review on the Double Wear Light!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Awwww I totally understand! I cannot CANNOT resist a good bargain! Hahaha! Thanks love xxx

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  5. Haha I love the disclaimer at the beginning! Estée Lauder DW is a favourite of mine so I'd definitely like to try the Light version!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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    1. Hahahaha...it wasn't needed but I needed to put it in anyway ;) I have high hopes! xxx

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  6. Ive been thinking about buying the Estee Lauder double wear light for the last few days because I love the double wear foundation so much. Cant wait to hear what you think of it :)

    www.beautylifebecca.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Yes, I'm already so impressed with it. I can't believe I haven't had this in my life all these days!!! xxx

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  7. Damn it now I have the need to do some shopping :)

    Sarah x

    www.misssarahspy.blogspot.com

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    1. Hahaha! It's nice to treat yourself every now and then ;) xxx

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  8. Thank you so much for sharing, I've been thinking a lot about getting that EL double wear, but I always get something else and seem to totally forgot about it. Great haul, I totally need to go shopping soon!

    Kisses | Live. Laugh. Love. & Make Up

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    1. I'm super impressed with it so far. xxx

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  9. I'm in the same boat Sal. I'm supposed to be 'cutting back' but I made a colourPop order. It seemed like a good idea at the time but now I thinking 'what on earth is wrong me' hahaha! I need the NARS concealer though, it sounds like I would love it! I don't think it will be long before I order it! xx

    LPage Beauty

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    1. Guilty of the ColourPop order too...eeeek! I'm really enjoying the concealer and I'm so glad because I didn't get along with the other the way you do xxx

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  10. I hate getting promo emails because I know I'll get suckered into buying something haha! I feel like telling you that I've only got one foundation in my collection might scare you...! I don't like when concealers come in a pot because it can get so grubby but it's great to hear that it's impressing you so far!
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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    1. Lol! It won't scare me at all...I am trying my best to cut down my collection but its a lot harder than I thought it would be. Yes, I don't know why it had to be in a pot xxx

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  11. I need to try the original estee lauder double wear, along with this1 xx

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    1. You will love them. Both great products xxx

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  12. I really want to try that EL light foundation. I definitely think the original double wear would be too heavy on me. But this one looks great!

    www.thinkingofmakeup.com

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  13. Oh darling!!! Everything in this haul have been on my wish list at some point or the other. Let's start with the Double Wear Light- I really want to try it so badly but each time I am around the Estee Lauder counter for a match, I am either in a hurry or there's no sales associate to help me. Still, I need to get it!! I am really liking the sound of the LM powder and just like you, I am so in love with powders!! I have been resisting the temptation of the NARS concealer!! I might give in. Fantastic post and gorgeous photos as always!!..xx

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    1. Oh its so annoying when there's no one at the counter when you actually want to try something. I had the same issue at the Lancome counter the other day - I really need to get a new shade match. You will love the powder xxx

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  14. I'm surprised you love the matte pot concealer under your eyes and that it doesn't look cakey! I usually try to use the wettest possible concealer under my eyes because they crease so easily, but maybe I just have really dry under eyes? hmmm

    http://rosewaterreflections.blogspot.ca

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    1. I am just as shocked but pleasantly so...I usually like creamy concealers and avoid the pot ones like the plague but this sounded too tempting. I am glad the risk paid off xxx

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  15. Ouch, a spending ban..? Well, base products are basically essentials, so don't blame yourself too much! I'm eyeing that new Nars concealer but I'd need to see Vanilla comparison pictures. Funny that I'm quite dry but I still like the Radiant Creamy under my eyes. Maybe it's all the layers of skincare that I put underneath that helps it out. There's still a fine line between dry/cakey and just okay, so it could be creamier. Need to take a look at the new concealer when I can! xx

    xx Laura / Laurantaina Beauty Blog

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    1. Haha I know what you mean...I know most people love Radiant Creamy but for me its far too drying. I hope the shades run the same for you too. Thanks for reading love xxx

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