Favorite Things 2011: Foundations & Powders

It has been quite the journey this year. Just when I thought I knew everything about foundations… several brands came out and totally surprised me. I’ll break my favorites down by formula…

STICK: Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation

This foundation has made me fall in love with stick formulas all over again. It’s full coverage, but perfectly weightless. And it really is TRACELESS. It blends through with the ease of a cream, and sets softly matte on my oily skin. It wears well all day, with minimal need for touch ups.

LIQUID: Guerlain Parure Gold

 Every time I stray from this foundation, I go back and it impresses me all over again. Guerlain broke the mold with this liquid foundation. It blends out beautifully, sets soft, and really gives your skin an overall ‘glow’ from within. Just stunning. This is an amazing foundation. Everyone should try it at least once.

CREAM: Dolce & Gabbana The Foundation

This foundation is just STUNNING. The coverage (full) is ridiculous, and it wears beautifully. This is a recent discovery for me… and I’m so glad that I gave this foundation a chance. It’s really amazing, and worth every penny.

SILICONE: Armani Face Fabric

This foundation is completely weightless, and imitates the look and feel of perfectly smooth skin. It’s conveniently packed in an easy to use tube, and just a little bit goes a long way. Love this stuff.
POWDER (Loose): Kevyn Aucoin The Gossamer Loose Powder

I’ve been using this powder consistently since I bought it. My color is RADIANT DIAPHANOUS, which is how you’ll typically see it described in my FOTD’s. It’s lightweight and really works to ‘set’ the finish of the makeup, without giving you a powdery or cakey look. The amount of yellow in my particular color really makes my overall look ‘glow.’

POWDER (Pressed): Dolce & Gabbana The Foundation Powder

I am typically not a fan of pressed powders, but this one has blown me away. You can  use it wet (like a foundation) or dry (like a pressed powder). For me, it’s the perfect companion to the cream foundation. Used together, the effect is perfectly airbrushed, without looking overdone.

That’s it! Those are my favorite ‘bases’ for 2011. Ciao for now!

FOTD: Blue Shimmer

Today, I mixed a little powder and a little cream to create a little blue shimmer:

Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick in Praline
Kevyn Aucoin Radiant Diaphonous Powder
Chanel Blush in Rose Temptation
Rock & Republic Eyeshadow in Tribal (brows)
Chanel Lagons Palette:
Medium Blue on lids and under waterline
Light Shimmer Blue in crease
Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Shadow in Mirifique (lids)
By Terry Kohl Crayon Terrybly in Black Print
By Terry Mascara Terrybly in Purple Success
Armani Sheer Lipstick in #18

FOTD: Silver & Red

I wanted to dig into my new Armani Eyes to Kill Silk Eyeshadows. For this look, I used the shadow in #17…

Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation (Caramel)
Koh Gen Do Translucent Powder
Chanel Blush in Rose Ecrin
Suqqu Eyebrown Pen in Moss Green
Armani Eyes To Kill Silk Eyeshadow in #17 (lids & blended through crease)
 YSL Shocking Gel Liner in Deep Black (lashline)
Guerlain Automatic Eye Pencil in #1 (waterline)
Armani Eyes To Kill Stretch Mascara
Rouge d’Armani in Rouge 400
*A full review on the Tom Ford Foundations is coming.*

Tom Ford Beauty: IN STOCK


I went to the Neiman Marcus website this morning, and noticed that the Tom Ford Beauty line is now in stock! It had been on ‘pre-order’ — with plans to ship no later than the 7th of November. But it looks like Neiman’s sped things up a bit, and decided to get things started a little early.

I ordered the Traceless Foundation Stick, and the Traceless Foundation… both in Caramel. According to swatches from London Makeup Girl, that looks like the best match for me. I also bit the bullet and got the cream foundation brush (which is stupid expensive) because I really want to know how it works with the foundations.

So, now that my wallet is cussing me out, and forbidding me to spend money on ANYTHING more than food and shelter…

I’m excitedly waiting for my Tom Ford goodies to arrive!