Wednesday, 15 August 2012

My foundation dream team: Revlon ColorStay Whipped Creme Foundation + Alpha-H Liquid Gold Perfecting Daywear

After perhaps a decade and a half of searching I think that I might just have found my foundation dream team: Revlon ColorStay Whipped Creme Foundation used on top of Alpha-H Liquid Gold Perfecting Daywear so I am here to review both of these wonderful products. I have previously written about my frustrations at not being about to find an 'invisible' foundation (here if you missed it) and I think that I have finally found products that are close to invisible on my skin. Hooray!! I will start with some pics of how the products look on my skin before getting into more detailed reviews.

Edit: This ended up being the worlds longest blog post - it rivalled my PhD thesis in length! As I didn't want to scare you away from reading about these great products I have decided to break this up into three different posts so that I can review each product in the depth that I like.

The first photo is of my skin without makeup. It is not too bad, some pigmentation issues on my forehead and a slight pigmentation moustache as well as redness on and around my nose. All I have on my skin is Avon's ANEW Aqua Youth Moisturising Day Lotion SPF15. Just as a little aside, I am finding the Avon Aqua Youth to be a brilliant moisturiser to wear under makeup. It has a really light gel/cream texture that absorbs nearly instantly into my skin leaving it fresh, hydrated and not at all greasy. It is the perfect lightness for wearing under makeup.

After applying my moisturiser and allowing it to full absorb (about the time it takes me to brush my teeth), I then applied two pumps of the Alpha-H Liquid Gold Perfecting Daywear, as instructed, to my entire face. The Liquid Gold Perfecting Daywear is designed to be used like a primer and once applied it hydrates the skin as well as filling in wrinkles and giving it a luminous glow. You can see in the picture below, that my skin now has a slight bronzed tint to it and it is also looking quite luminous. (If you would like more detail on the ingredients in the Alpha-H Liquid Gold Perfecting Daywear and how they work then check out this post).

I then gave the Alpha-H Liquid Gold Perfecting Daywear about 2 minutes to fully absorb and dry before applying the Revlon ColorStay Whipped Creme Foundation. The absolute best thing about the Revlon ColorStay Whipped Creme Foundation is that you can easily apply it with your fingers. My skills in makeup application are limited and makeup brushes scare me so I loved that I could use my fingers to apply it. The only issue with this is that the foundation comes in a jar and I have quite long nails, at the moment, thanks to my Gelicious manicure so the foundation got caught under my nails.

The foundation applies like a dream. It smooths in effortlessly and doesn't leave any noticeable foundation lines. It is completely weightless when - you literally cannot feel it. It felt as if I had only put moisturiser on. I trialled Nude 220 and it is perfect for my winter skin though may be a tad pale for my summer skin - though I could just set it with a bronzer to bring it to the right tone. My MAC colour is NW20.

I didn't bother applying any concealer and you can see that it has practically covered my pigmentation and it has totally taken the redness out of my nose. So it has really decent coverage considering the lightness of it.

It claims to last 24 hours; however, I didn't take it for that long a test drive. I would have worn it for about 8 hours and in that 8 hours I walked around 5km to pick The Crazy Kid up from daycare, so I worked up a slight sweat, and it still looked fresh at the end of the day so it is definitely long lasting.

This combination of Revlon ColorStay Whipped Creme Foundation + Alpha-H Liquid Gold Perfecting Daywear left my skin looking naturally flawless and luminous without the makeup being cakey or even particularly noticeable on my skin. It is exactly what I have been searching for all these years!

For your info, I set the foundation with my Guerlain Meteorites Pearls and am wearing Arbonne Lip Polish in Posh Chic on my lips.

Want to win some Alpha-H goodies? There are three different Alpha-H prize packs up for grabs, including the Liquid Gold Perfecting Daywear, but get in quick as this giveaway closes on Sunday August 19th. You can enter this giveaway here.

All opinions are my own and I received no remuneration for this post. Both of these products were provided for consideration (the Revlon ColorStay Whipped Creme Foundation was provided as part of BeautyHeaven's trial team).