The quest for the perfect foundation continues in barginous fashion after a recent buy 2 get one free offer at Superdrug on L’Oréal products. I had heard a few reviews claiming that this foundation is similar to Revlon Colour Stay which I like but it is not without its flaws (no pump and it stinks). It cost £10.99 for 30ml of product as opposed to Color stay which is £11.99 for 30ml. Not a huge difference price wise but when you think that the L’Oréal has a pump meaning it’s easier to use only as much as you need whereas with the Revlon I always feel like I’m wasting product as I can’t control how much I’m pouring out. They both have nice, substantial feeling glass bottles.
The L’Oréal wins on the fragrance front too with its light floral scent. It starts out a bit strong but quickly fades away and there is none of the heavy chemical stench of Color Stay. The formula is thick but not as thick and unforgiving as the Color Stay too so you have more time to blend it. If you are looking for really full coverage then Color Stay will win out. I would call this medium but buildable. The colour range isn’t as wide as Color Stay as far as I know (I could well be wrong though) but the palest (15 Porcelaine) is a good match for Morticia here.
Now the blurb on the bottle says “Long-Lasting Perfecting Foundation” with 16 hour wear and “Fights the signs of makeup meltdown Anti-Transfer + Anti-Mask Effect”. 16 hour wear? Yes on the rest of my face but regular readers will not be shocked to know that after about 6 hours it’s begun to break down on my nose requiring a hefty dose of powder to even things out again. Though oddly, because it isn’t as heavy as Color Stay, it isn’t as noticeable when it starts breaking down as the naked patch isn't as apparent.
The only negative I have personally is that it sure as hell isn’t Anti-Transfer. I notice some coming off on my hands every time I touch my face and I phone is frankly covered. This isn’t fixed by setting it with a powder. It’s annoying but I guess I shouldn’t be touching my face anyway. If floral scents are a turn off for you this won’t be for you either, I happen to quite like it though. Personally I do prefer this to Color Stay. It isn’t as thick and heavy, it’s packaging is more practical and it doesn’t smell of chemicals. Love it! x