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Re-Review: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-HR Full Coverage Foundation

I picked this foundation up a while back on QVC before it was widely available via and Since then, a few things have changed (packaging, color range, name, etc.) which I highlight in the video below.

Overall, I think this is a great foundation for a majority of skin types (normal/dry to normal/oily). I probably wouldn’t recommend this to ‘extreme’ skin types (very dry or very oily) because it really works to balance out your skin tone while concealing flaws and imperfections.

I did feel this foundation lived up to its new 12-Hour claim, however I personally thought it wore best for the first 8-10 hours. I did see a little bit of oiliness in my t-zone, but think the airbrushed finish it gives is worth blotting over a couple times thoroughout the day.

At $38 for 1.7 ounces, this is a great value. Check out or for more details. To view my original review, which was more of a comparison between this foundation and Tarte’s Smooth Operator tinted moisturizer, click here.


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Review: Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation

When I first caught word of Chanel’s new Perfection Lumiere foundation I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it – a new long wear foundation with a matte finish from Chanel? Sounds fabulous! When it came time to cash in some handy dandy AMEX points in the form of a Nordstrom gift card, I couldn’t help but treat myself to a full size bottle of this new formula from Chanel.

Chanel Perfection Lumiere in B20

While I found a few aspects of this foundation I really enjoy, my overall experience with Perfection Lumiere has been one of trial AND error. My favorite aspect of this formula is how light weight it is. It has a medium, buildable coverage that looks natural and is great for everyday use. I also love the packaging; the pump is super handy and you gotta love the iconic ‘Chanel’ emblem on the cap.

In terms of long wear, I found Perfection Lumiere to hold up for a majority of the day (about 8 hours), but this formula didn’t hold a candle to some of my other favorite long-wear formulas such as Estee Lauder Double Wear / Double Wear Light, Mac Pro Longwear and Revlon Colorstay. By the end of the day, I could see the coverage dissipating with a good amount of oil breakthrough. With that, I found the finish to be a bit tricky – what starts out as extremely matte upon first application (almost too matte) quickly becomes natural, or almost ‘dewy’ by the end of the day. As someone who typically loves a matte finish, I found the finish of Perfection Lumiere to be overly matte, almost making my face look flat and one-dimensional for the first few hours of wear. The foundation also has a fast drying time, making application a bit difficult and in the ‘high maintenance’ category. This definitely isn’t a ‘throw on and go’ foundation like Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, which seems to diminish my skin’s imperfections and make it appear healthy and radiant.

While Chanel offers 20 shades in this formula in three color families, I still had a hard time finding a color match. I had read other reviews saying the foundation oxidizes a bit, making the color appear darker over time so I chose opt for a lighter shade than I typically wear in Vitalumiere Aqua (B30) and bought B20. At first it seemed too light, however after trying a sample in B30 I confirmed B20 was a better match. While B30 was too dark, I still feel B20 makes me look a bit ghostly. Be forewarned, while the color labeling system in Perfection Lumiere and Vitalumiere Aqua are the same, the actual shades are not.

Swatch of Perfection Lumiere in B20

As a total foundation junkie I was super excited to give this new Chanel foundation a try, but I’m sad to report I think Perfection Lumiere may be going back to Nordstrom! At $55 a bottle for 1 fluid oz., I’d prefer to stick with another one of my much-loved foundations that performs better with a lower price tag (re: Mac Matchmaster below).  

As a side note, I bought Mac’s Matchmaster foundation a couple weeks before trying Perfection Lumiere and I find them to have a lot of similar properties (long wear, light weight, matte finish, etc) but I’ve much preferred the Matchmaster. In general, I found Matchmaster to have better color matching properties (designed to adjust to skin’s natural undertones), a more luminous demi-matte finish that seems to make my skin look radiant while controlling oil and longer wear (despite not being classified as a ‘long wear’ formula). At $32.50 and 1.18 fl oz. I’d definitely recommend checking out Matchmaster as a cost effective alternative to Perfection Lumiere.


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Mac Matchmaster Foundation Review

Mac’s Product Description:

New Foundation technology using translucent pigments to enable a fully personalized finish influenced by the subtleties of your own skin’s undertone. Moisturizing demi-matte finish. Medium buildable coverage. Line-reducing soft-focus powders.

My Opinion:

I’m loving this foundation! As someone with a neutral undertone, I’ve always had a difficult time finding a color match, especially with Mac’s NW/NC coloring system (NW is a bit too pink and NC way too yellow). Mac’s Matchmaster foundation truly takes the guesswork out of finding the perfect foundation shade, as it blends and adjusts to your natural undertone. Wearing this foundation, I have virtually NO foundation line. I wear Matchmaster in the color 1.5 (typically I’m an NW20), although I’m sure I could wear 2.0, as this foundation blends and adjusts seamlessly into the skin.

Matchmaster has a demi-matte finish that is great for those with normal to oily skin. The finish isn’t overly matte or drying, but perfect for those that don’t want a glowing or ‘dewy’ finish. I would consider the coverage of this foundation to be light to medium buildable coverage. If you’re looking for a bit of extra coverage, I’d recommend pairing this with a good concealer, particularly for the under eye area. Because this foundation isn’t full coverage, you’ll definitely need to partner it with a good concealer for your ‘problem’ areas.

As for longevity, I wouldn’t consider this a long wear formula (which it doesn’t claim to be), but it definitely holds up for a good 8-10 hours. As someone with normal to oily skin, I didn’t find myself needing to blot or powder as frequently as I usually do with this foundation, which makes me think there may be something oil-controlling about the formula. As for the ‘soft focus powders’, I can’t say anything about that because I don’t have many fine lines or wrinkles.

At $32.50, the price is a bit steep, but Mac has thrown in an extra 5 ML (or 0.2 fl oz). Even though $32.50 is a lot of money to spend on a Mac foundation, I do believe it is worth the money for the great color match!

For swatches and a color matching guide, visit Karla Sugar here.

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Loving Right Now: Clinique Almost Powder Makeup

Clinique’s Almost Powder Makeup is a pressed mineral foundation that I’ve been absolutely loving lately! This product’s light weight feel and easy application makes this a great foundation choice for summer when I feel less inclined to reach for liquid foundations. This powder foundation can be applied with a powder brush or sponge that it comes with, however I prefer applying it with a flat top powder brush or kabuki. Unlike many powder foundations that seem to disappear by mid day, this powder foundation provides long lasting coverage.  You can apply this lightly with a big fluffy brush for minimal coverage, or built it up using a denser brush to provide medium coverage. Paired with a good concealer (for the under eye area and any blemishes/problem areas you may have), this will mask most of your imperfections.

The finish of this product is a natural matte and helps to control oil while still looking natural on the skin. What I love most about it is that it takes seconds to apply and looks absolutely flawless. No buffing and blending needed here! The convenient powder compact fits easily in your bag, making touch ups a breeze on the go. As an added bonus, the Almost Powder Makeup contains SPF 15.

At $24.00, I prefer this to Bare Minerals  (original), which made my skin itch and break out. I find the finish and coverage to be just as flattering as Bare Minerals. I find the pressed powder compact to be much more convenient for gals on the go like myself. I also prefer this to Mac’s Studio Fix Powder, which appeared heavy on my skin and left my face shiny by mid day.

For reference, I wear this product in the color Neutral – a light to medium shade good for someone with a neutral undertone.

Have you tried Clinique Almost Powder Makeup? What did you think of it?


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Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Makeup Lesson Kit

One of my subscribers recently alerted me of the Double Wear Makeup Lesson kit now available at and many other department stores. If you’ve been interested in purchasing Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Light Foundation, now is the time to buy!

The Makeup Lesson kit retails for $37.50 and includes a Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation (normally a $34.00 value), Spotlight Skin Tone Perfector, Double Wear Concealer and a travel size foundation brush. All products are full size.

I haven’t tried the concealer yet, but I have no doubt it will be full coverage and great quality. The Spotlight Corrector is an illuminizing serum that doubles as a skin brightening product that helps to erase skin discolorations over time. Spotlight can we worn under the foundation, or alone for a healthy glow. The kit also comes with an instructional “makeup lesson” DVD, but after viewing it I have to say it wasn’t very helpful so don’t expect anything revolutionary from it!

Will you be checking out Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Makeup Lesson?


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Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation

I wore Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Foundation in a recent video, and I received a flood of requests for a review on this foundation. The foundation is designed to be the light weight version of Estee Lauder’s ever-popular Double Wear Foundation. Unlike the traditional Double Wear Foundation, the Double Wear Light comes in a plastic squeeze tube. The foundation comes in six different shades called intensity levels, but does not come in a variety of undertones. In my experience, most of the shades tend to have a neutral to yellow undertone.

This foundation is known for having light-medium coverage and a staying power of 15 hours. It also has a lightweight feel and is good for taking photographs (unlike the traditional Double Wear that reflects the flash and gives a “white face” appearance). The foundation is also oil-free and good for hot/humid environments as it won’t slip or sweat off throughout the day.

I really like this foundation because it provides less coverage than the traditional Double Wear, yet still provides enough coverage to even out the skin tone and conceal minor flaws. Double Wear Light IS NOT comparable to a tinted moisturizer, as its definitely provides a good amount of coverage. I also prefer it to Lancome Teint Idole Fresh Wear (another light and long wear foundation marketed to oily skin types) because the high alcohol content of the fresh wear made my skin super dry (which is a rarity)!

My only gripe with this foundation is the color selection. As someone with a neutral to cool undertone, I’ve found it difficult to find a perfect color match. Intensity #2 suits my skin tone fairly well, but is slightly too yellow toned, and Intensity #1 is a little too fair for me. I wish they’d make this foundation in more shades. Also, I don’t think it lasts as long as the traditional Double Wear Foundation, but that is to be expected because the coverage is less.

Overall I’d definitely recommend checking out this product. Its a unique product in that it is long wearing, yet provides light to medium coverage. This kind of foundation is is difficult to find as most long wear foundations are very full coverage. I find the Double Wear Light is more wearable and suits a variety of skin types. Plus, its a bonus that it works with flash photography!


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Tarte 8th World of Wonder Best of the Amazon 7 Piece Clay Collection

The Tarte Amazonian Clay 8th Wonder of the World Kit was recently featured on QVC as one of their “Today’s Special Values” for $48.00. I was lucky enough to receive notification from Tarte’s online newsletter (yes, I read them) about the collection and pre-ordered on QVC for the special value price.

This kit is absolutely AMAZING! All of the products are full size and amazing quality. I was most excited to try the kit for the new Tarte Amazonian Clay Balancing Foundation (currently only available in this kit) and Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Wear Powder Blush in Glisten (a color exclusive to this kit). The kit also comes with a refillable eye shadow quad, Amazonian Clay eye liner in a pretty deep purple shade, Lights Camera Lashes mascara (one of my all time favs), Pureoptic Moisturizing Lip Gloss, purple braided cosmetic pouch and large synthetic buffer brush.

The new Tarte Amazonian Clay Balancing Foundation is a medium-full coverage and reminds me of a their popular Smooth Operator foundation in consistency. The foundation is very creamy and thick and applies seamlessly to the skin. What I like most about this foundation is that even though it provides more coverage than the Smooth Operator, it doesn’t look cakey or unnatural on the face. As a fan of more medium-full coverage foundations, I’ll most likely be reaching for the Balancing Foundation during the work week when I need a little extra coverage, and stick with the Smooth Operator on the weekends. I tried applying this foundation with the large synthetic buffer brush that came in the kit, but found it was almost too dense for my liking – buffing away too much product to make for less coverage. I do love the buffer brush, but think I’ll reserve it for my pressed powder and mineral foundations.


Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Glisten. (Image courtesy of Makeup and Beauty Blog)

I’ve also been loving the Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Wear Powder Blush in Glisten. I had been eyeing these blushes for a while (being the blush addict that I am), but never purchased due to the high price tag (normally they retail for $25.00 each). After giving this blush formulation a try, I have to say I may actually be picking up a few more of these at full price. Their high pigmentation and lasting power truly make them worth the price tag. Glisten is a golden peachy pink color very similar to NARS Orgasm. To my knowledge, this color is not currently available anywhere other than this kit.

Overall, I think this kit was an amazing value and contains more wonderful exclusive releases from Tarte Cosmetics. If you’re a fan of Tarte Cosmetics, but looking to save a little cash, I’d suggest subscribing to their e-mail newsletter and keeping up to date on their exclusive releases/kits on QVC.  I can’t wait to see if/when these products will be released to the general public, and what you all think of them!


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