[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] As you know, I get a lot of products here so the chances of me going back on any of them is slim. I do have some favourites and staples but recent send outs have been welcome reminders that new isn’t always better.
I’ll kick off with Chanel CC Cream, SPF50. What’s surprising about this formula is how much of a make up product it is when all the ingredients suggest it should be more SPF. It’s one of the most breathable, comfortable makeup/SPF hybrids I’ve used that evens out your skin tone with a light but present touch while offering a high SPF. It uses Murunga Plum as a source of Vitamin C and gives a natural skin finish with luminosity. Boots has it on offer (at the time of writing) for £43.20 instead of £48 (and elsewhere £50) HERE.
I loved Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base when it launched and it’s so often highlighted as a superstar primer. I’m not much of a primer to be honest – I am never truly sure they’re doing the job (although they’ve improved a lot over the years and I’ll cite the expensive but effective Hourglass version as one to look out for … I still haven’t reviewed it!) but Vitamin Enriched Face Base manages to properly moisturise the skin without leaving any surface oil – it somehow welcomes the foundation or base that follows and because skin is so nicely hydrated, helps give a smooth application. I actually do think it holds foundation for longer but mostly have been recently using it as a pre-make up moisturiser for Instagram content (sometimes I do two or three videos in one day so that can involve make up on/make up off three times) and its a godsend for that. It’s £46.50 HERE – there are varying sizes but if you’re not sure it’s for you, you can find a To Go Size HERE for £12.75.
Ah, MAC Studio Fix! It launched in 2016 although I feel it’s been around forever. If you can find your shade (and with 67 options, you will be able to), it’s a reliable, easy to work with base that can be built up or thinned down for a tinted moisturiser. In fact, BB Vitamin Enriched blends very nicely with this. I feel that Studio Fix has turned into the reliable workhorse of foundations – it’s not tapping into any current trends of luminosity or hybrid skin care – and yet, it’s versatile and does exactly the job you need it to in terms of blending beautifully, giving a very decent, perfecting coverage and a not-too-matte finish. You receive a dual ended foundation brush (worth £25) free with purchase (at the time of writing). It’s £29 HERE. Do you have any old favourites that you’ve brought back recently?
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I love the beauty stalwarts posts! I’ve gotten through more Burt’s Bees lipbalms, Kiko eyeliner pencil, especially in shade 10 (Metallic Golden Ivy), than I care to remember, having tried cheaper and much more expensive options along the way.
However there’s one other product that gets my longevity #1 Old Favourite prize and it’s Clarins Beauty Flash balm. I got back to using it last year after a long break from it and it’s still every bit as good as I remember as an overnight treat or with makeup. Occasionally it does scroll a tiny bit under makeup but I forgive it all that and more, maybe it’s the scent… I find it’s a very comforting, reassuring product!
Stay safe in this wild weather Jane, everyone xxx
Now you’ve made me want that eye pencil!
Love the face base so much! I always frustrate myself looking for the next best thing even though my old favourites can’t be beaten! Kevin Murphy Young again hair serum is my all time favourite “just before blow dry” product. It is amazing in partnership with babyliss big hair.
Usually I end up going back to Estée Lauder waterproof sumptuous extreme for mascara and bronze goodness bronze and eyeshadow. L’Oréal true match, blooming beauty pie for eye pencils (hate hate the subscription nonsense) Guarlain lipstick (I think it’s better than Lisa Eldridge) and you have to try Cinema perfume by YSL as it is the business
Have a very lovely weekend Jane
L’Oreal True Match is one of my very favourite foundations – I worked with them a few years ago and was a convert from then. I have a bottle next to me, in fact 🙂
This is a lovely post. It’s nice to hear which products stand the test of time. I’ve had my eye on the vitamin enriched face base for a while, but I’ve held back because I’m not sure where it should go in terms of layers. Would you mind sharing – would you put this on before or after sunscreen? Thank you 🙂
You put it on before your make up – let it sink in a bit and then apply your layers afterwards. I’d put it on after morning cleanse (if you do) and give it plenty of time to sink in and settle before adding whatever you would usually add next.
I didn’t even know Chanel did a CC cream! Do you think it would be of any interest to somebody who already uses the Les Beiges cushion foundation? It sounds as though it might fulfil a similar brief.
Absolutely I do.
Yep, I’ve been reverting back to good ol’ Clinique alot recently. I’d forgotten how brilliant the even better glow foundation is. And such a great price point. I’ve also gone back to their tinted mosituriser surge. No frills but delivers every single time. Finally, Charlotte Tilbury lip pencils.
Clinique rarely lets us down – all the new and shiny brands have overshadowed it of late I think but I always think of it as thoroughly reliable.
NARS Orgasm! I don’t need to say anymore than it’s just perfect!
It’s so long since I used that but I believe :-)))
Talking of Bobbi Brown…..the smokey eye mascara is hard to beat. The brush isn’t too large and the formula doesn’t clump or make the lashes crispy. It’s not the cheapest (cost per ml) but you know what? I’ve decided I’m worth it!!!!
You are! I’ll second that, definitely! I have one but it’s not what I pick up first to be honest.. not sure why because it IS good!
I’m still using MAC Face & Body, which is older than Studio Fix. Other “golden oldies” for me are Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks, Laura Mercier primer, and Shiseido lipsticks. The Caviar Sticks are so good. I have oily eyelids and these don’t budge even in hot humid weather.
Oh yes, Caviar sticks – and the LM Bonne Mine palette – my favourite ever product from the brand.
I’d forgotten how much I like the Bobbi B vitamin enriched cream, so I’ll have to get some now!! Thank you for the reminder. I also second the person who likes the Bobbi B smokey eye mascara. I try out other mascaras fairly often but always return to the smokey eye!
There are several new mascaras coming out just now – I’ve just tried one that I’ll post about this week and it’s fantastic.
Oh goody! Love mascara!
Help! Having used Trinny BFF 30 for several years I seem to be having some sort of skin reaction, so I went back to my old favourite Armani Prima CC spf 35 CC cream only to discover it has been discontinued!
Did you ever review it, and can you recommend something similar? Is this Chanel product something I should try?
Having gone back to my remaining old tube of it, I am reminded how good it is/was… it really gives a subtle glow without too much coverage.
I love your blog, and would love to hear your thoughts/ recommendations.
Hi Debbie – have you tried No7 Hydra Luminous? I know that Erborian CC gets rave reviews as well. I think those are probably the closest matches – lightweight and sheer and I also like L’Oreal Glow Cherie although that might be just a tad too glowy. You can always add moisturiser to your base which will make it sheerer still.
Thanks Jane- I will certainly check those out