[unpaid/sample/affiliate/ad] Make up moods are shifting like sand – one minute I’m swearing off it for good and the next, I’m dreaming of when I might have the occasion for a really dark and smoky eye. I’ve sort of got my make-up mojo back – on some days anyway – and almost always have a slick of Gucci lipstick on – but the thought of a full-on foundation … I can’t. Not yet anyway.
I am enjoying discovering lighter coverage though – things that just enhance rather than cover up – I’ve used some really good skin care over the past few months and I’d like that result to be able to shine through. I’m also using a daily dose of Tan Luxe which really helps – when my tone is warm I feel sort of covered anyway. Anyway, years ago I had a reaction to Perricone MD eye cream (I am talking at least a decade ago) which meant I didn’t really keep up with the brand at all. Fast forward to last week and the chance to try the No Make Up range, I thought it was time to give it another go. Thank goodness I did.
The foundation is a serum foundation, which means that the texture is very light and a bit like applying a hyaluronic serum with a bit of pigment. There is, of course, a skin care element to the formula and SPF20 – if you ever used Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude Fluid Touch Foundation, it’s very similar to that in feel with less pigment. At the back of my mind it’s also reminding me of Giorgio Armani base but I forget which one. The feel is silky and the look is dewy that dries down to a neutral finish and while it’s not an invisible foundation, it’s certainly at the more natural end. Use just a tiny bit – less than you think you will need and add more if needed. I don’t wear a lot of concealer and while this one is okay it hasn’t persuaded me to use more!
The No Make Up Mascara is genius – the brush is my perfect brush that allows you to wiggle to the lash root and pull through, no matter what your lash length. It’s an everybody mascara that isn’t – unusually – an intense black but more of a smoky black so even paler tones aren’t ruled out of this. I’ve done an Instagram video which shows you how all of the products apply and it’s probably worth a look (actually, it’s been a surprisingly popular one – last time I looked it was at over 7K views) HERE.
Elizabeth Arden Hyaluronic Acid Ceramide Capsules
I’d be prepared to put money down to bet that you won’t have experienced a skin care texture like this before...
Now, the No Eyeshadow Eyeshadow is another top recommend – it’s in one neutral shade (unless you have deep tones in which case you aren’t represented here so that’s something the brand needs to rectify – although there are plenty of foundation shades, strangely) that acts as a tone unifier giving lids a even and brighter appearance. Great if you have discolouration or veins that you aren’t happy with. I liked the brightening element that made my eyes look naturally brighter.
In the swatch, it’s No Eyeshadow first, followed by No Foundation in Ivory then Nude (my shade) and finally the No Concealer in Light. Really, the No Make Up range is a very good representation of the ‘me but better’ genre – it’s not cheap (keep the lids on tight) but a little goes a long, long way. I’ve yet to try the blush and the gloss, but I’m now very keen to do so because I loved the look the products I do have created – natural, glowy and seamless which is an every age look I can get along with. I think older skins will get on particularly well with it – my top tip is to use a good oval style brush to apply the foundation and don’t bother with the dropper – just tip a bit into the palm of your hand and pick up with the brush from there. Anyway, it’s HERE, non affiliate HERE.
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