Monday, 14 August 2017


Over the past couple of weeks I've been trying and testing a couple of new foundations because I'm getting stuck in a rut and using the same ones all of the time. I was luckily sent a couple of new pieces to try that I would've never thought to use in a million years. I've been trying and testing the Joan Collins First Base foundation and Fade To Perfect concealer. Now when I think of celebrity endorsed brands I tend to think gimmicky, cheap and not worth your pennies. Well, is this the game changer we've all been looking for?

So as I've said over the past couple of weeks I've been switching between the Revlon Colourstay which is a new foundation to me, and the Joan Collins Timeless Beauty First Base. What I can say is that I've not broke out with either foundations, had any sort of dryness or oiliness that I don't already naturally have on my skin. I mean that, it didn't alter my skin AT ALL. I was very impressed.

I am what I would say is 'normal' skin. I'm not dry, oily or have any sort of sensitivity or skin problems. I tend to stay away from matte foundations just because I don't like the feel of them on my skin.

When I first tried the Joan Collins foundation I didn't have many hopes or great expectations for it to work well. When I opened the packing the frosted glass bottle looks luxurious but the gold top felt a little bit cheap to me. It's not the greatest packaging because every time I lift the lid and put it back on it scratches off the gold enamel. But as for aesthetic I think it's lovely and if it hadn't been for that it would be perfect!

My first impression of the foundation is that it is a light to medium coverage that is easily build-able. It takes normally around 3 pumps for me to cover my face and to give it enough coverage to hide away any small blemishes and discolouration. I've tried and tested it with makeup sponges (your average wedge and a real techniques sponge), brushes and using my fingers for a bit of old school teenage years vibe. I prefer to use a damp real techniques sponge to apply it to give it the best coverage and to get the best results.

Alongside the foundation I have been testing out the concealer and have been wearing it every day regardless of what foundation I am wearing or my base. I don't think it's the most high coverage concealer and it is a little bit on the thin side but it does conceal blemishes and covers my dark eye bags. I can see why Joan Collins brought this line out as it would be suited more towards more mature skin as it doesn't sink into fine lines. It is good quality coverage regardless just not my favourite I've ever tried.

After wearing the foundation and concealer all day it does feel just a little bit dry and does oxidise on my nose quite a lot. That is a problematic area for me and I struggle to find foundations to sit on my nose no matter what I use. It also doesn't sink into my fine lines too bad. I have what I call a Gordon Ramsey on my forehead. Not so fine lines that resemble tram tracks so I am very conscious
about foundation and it sinking and making it worse. Although it doesn't cement over the creases it doesn't exaggerate them at all which makes me very happy!

Overall I think it is a good foundation and has a nice finish to it, but it's not groundbreaking. It is so much better than what I was expecting and I do enjoy wearing. However, I think it is more suited towards a more mature skin and would work perfectly on them. Or it would work for someone who has more fine lines than the average person like myself at 24!

What do you think, would you try something new out of your comfort zone? 

Until next time, 

*This post contains PR samples, all views are those of my own. 


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