E.L.F. Mineral Infused Face Primer (Green – Colour Correcting)

Okay, this is one of E.L.F.’s primers, as mentioned in my NARS Sheer Glow review. It’s the green one, which is supposed to neutralize redness in the skin. This doesn’t’ feel like an expensive primer – because it’s not – but I love this stuff. I actually find it much better than Benefit’s The Porefessional (which is, like, 3x the price, and stings my skin). I’m not really sure about the colour correcting claim as I don’t see any difference after applying, and I have a lot of red in my face, but my makeup glides onto it and stays put all night, and it doesn’t sting like a lot of primers do (yeah, Revlon, I’m throwing you some serious shade right now).

All round great product, especially for the price. I’ve had it about 7 months and use it a lot, and there’s still plenty left.

Here’s a picture of what it looks like straight out of the bottle…

…and rubbed in (it doesn’t look green, I swear!)

Consistency: Lovely and smooth, applies beautifully even over moisturiser (which can make some primers go funny and roll off my skin in bits, like little face-slugs).

Sensitive Skin Suitability: There is some tingling, but not enough to cause me any worry. 4.5/5

Price: £6.95. Total bargain.

Rating: 8.5/10 (points taken off for tingling and colour correcting claims).

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

REALLY LONG REVIEW ALERT!

Oh, NARS Sheer Glow. What am I to do with you? I have such mixed feelings about this foundation; it’s like a boyfriend you know is no good for you, but you stick with him because he’s cool and popular, and just that little bit edgy. You think you can change him, but you know deep down you can’t. Similar is my experience with NARS Sheer Glow.

You know Zoella, right? Me too. Not personally, of course, but I occasionally watch her YouTube channel. Well, one day I happened upon her “Everyday Makeup Routine” video, where she used NARS Sheer Glow. I thought her skin looked amazing, so I did my research on the brand, looked at a few other reviews of this foundation (which were almost universally positive, except for Wayne Goss, who describes many of the same problems I had with it).

Anyway, I decided to go get a sample and try it out for myself. On the same day, I bought Guerlain’s Lingerie De Peau (review to follow shortly), so I was using that on a daily basis, and thus didn’t get the chance to try NARS Sheet Glow properly. Alas, Lingerie De Peau stopped working for my skin after a few weeks, so I decided to trial Sheer Glow properly.

First things first: obligatory “no, it’s not particularly sheer or glowy”. Yes, the name is misleading. No, that doesn’t make it a bad foundation. Glad we’ve got that bit out of the way.

I was matched with the colour “Deauville”, which is “light with a mixture of yellow and pink tones”, but I found it very yellow. Upon first try, it was lovely – great, light consistency, no scent (a winner for me and my anti-social skin) and the colour match was pretty good. It dries pretty quickly, so you have to work fast (not a bad thing, ‘cause I bloody hate waiting ages for a foundation to dry!). I applied it over my moisturiser and set off for work. Happy days…

…for a few hours, until it broke up, looked patchy, and slid off my rancid, greasy face. I tried not to judge it too harshly, as we’re currently in the midst of a heatwave, so I decided to try it again the next day with a primer. And it worked amazingly! Didn’t have great staying power again, as it was blisteringly hot and gross out, but that’s to be expected. I put it on at 7:30am, and by 1:30pm it still looks good. By 5pm, it’s still there, but starting to fade. That’s still a good 8 hours wear, so I’m happy with its performance.

I used it with ELF’s colour correcting primer and it worked perfectly. It doesn’t have a scent, which is great, and it doesn’t have an SPF, which I actually love – this means it’s great for a night out because it has no titanium dioxide, which is the ingredient in SPF that causes a white, ghostly face in pictures (flashback). I prefer to add my own SPF via moisturiser, so this is a big winner for me.

I caved and bought a bottle on the Friday and, interestingly, the same sales assistant (who was a delight, by the way – no sarcasm), matched me with the colour Mont Blanc, which is for pink undertones. I’m not sure how I feel about the shade match, so this review may be updated in a few days (or even in a few weeks when the weather is back to normal, and I can give an accurate judgement).

Colour: Deauville/Mont Blanc. Loads of shades available – try theTemptalia foundation matrix or Findation if you’re buying online, both tools are very helpful and pretty accurate at matching you with a colour.

Consistency: Although marketed as a dry-skin foundation, it has a pretty dry consistency and is therefore not very moisturising, so be careful as it’s reportedly a bit of a bastard for clinging to dry patches.

Staying Power: It lasted about 8 hours with a primer. Very impressed.

Sensitive Skin Suitability: Great so far, very gentle on my skin. 5/5

Price: £31.50 for 30ml

Overall Rating: 8.5/10

Hi again!

Okay, so I’ve been pretty neglectful of this blog, and I’d like to explain why: I started writing in the middle of my second year at university, so I had a bit of spare time to write about the things I love on this blog, but a few months later, exams struck. Obviously, I wanted to do well, so I focused on them and let my little beauty blog collect dust. Unfortunately, this hiatus continued into my 3rd year (which, of course, is the most scary and important year!), so I put all my energy into my studies. 

Fast forward to now – I have graduated and found my such a cushy marketing job in Swansea, so I have decided to take up writing again in my spare time, now that I don’t have to use it for revision and essay writing. 


So that’s it; I’m back for the foreseeable future to write all about my beauty (and possibly other?) purchases! I know I don’t have a massive reader base, but I do hope my reviews have been helpful, especially to those who suffer from the same skin issues as I do. So to those of you who do read my stuff, thanks! 🙂