Saturday, September 17, 2011

Collective Swatches of Foundation, Powder, Concealer on Pale and Freckled Me

I have wanted to swatch all of my foundations for a while now, I have a good set of them that work fairly well for me color-wise.  I wear foundation quite sheer, I'm looking to even out my skintone, tone down redness and add a little extra coverage to my chin which is perpetually marked with current/old acne spots.  Ultimately, I don't need a perfect match in color but anything too-too dark will turn me orange.  My neck is quite a lot lighter than my face, my cheeks are dark with heavy freckle coverage.  My arm is similar to my neck, maybe a tad lighter.

Here's what I have, now supposedly I swatched the Dream Matte powder but I think it was just too light and I couldn't find it in the picture for the life of me.  I have the products labeled in the arm swatch picture with product name (not including brand) and shade name.


L'Oreal Magic Smooth Souffle in Light Ivory, LORAC protecTINT (tinted moisturizer) in Dare to Bare, Revlon PhotoReady in Vanilla, MAKE UP FOR EVER Mat Velvet+ in #15, Revlon ColorStay in Ivory, Revlon New Complexion (cream) in Ivory Beige, Revlon PhotoReady powder in Fair/Light, CARGO blu_ray Pressed Powder in #10, Maybelline Dream Matte Powder in Cream Light, MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural in Light, Revlon PhotoReady Concealer in Light, Laura Mercier Undercover Pot Secret Camouflage in UC-1 (did not swatch Secret Concealer), Sonia Kashuk Sheer Mineral Powder Foundation concealer and foundation in Pale Ivory (I'm shocked how white this is when swatched heavily), Revlon ColorStay Mineral Foundation in Fair.


I am also trying to be a bit more scientific about my camera settings to handle the indoor lighting and flash to provide better color balance instead of relying on the automatic settings.  I think these came out fairly true to color after minor tweak in the white balance in my photo editor.
I am not wearing any foundation, but I do have some blush on - e.l.f. blush/bronzer duo - just the blush on cheeks so I didn't look sickly.


While the Revlon New Complexion looked peachy on my arm, and when initially applied on my face it had a grayish tone - it matches me pretty well but I don't think the face swatch was as heavy as the arm.  MUFE Mat Velvet+ looks starkly too light, but when sheered out it probably matches my neck the best out of all of them.  When I repurchase Revlon PhotoReady, I would choose the lighter shade - I had bought Vanilla because I wanted the more yellow tone but I've found pinkier shades can work especially when set with my MSF Natural which is more yellow toned.


Wearing Urban Decay Money on lid, Loaded in crease, Physicians Formula Happy Boosters transluscent powder (using the white-ish heart) for brow highlight, Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero, someone (don't recall who :) ) blue liner in waterline, CoverGirl LashBlast Volume on upper and lower lashes, L'Oreal Colour Riche lipstick in Fairest Nude.

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