FOTD: YSL Midnight Garden

So…
I’ve decided to keep the new YSL eyeshadow palette. It’s really beautiful, and I was further impressed after actually using it in practical application:

FACE
Hourglass Veil Foundation (6.0)
YSL Radiance Blush in #3
LIPS
MAC Lipstick in Violetta
EYES
YSL Midnight Garden Palette:
Darkest Purple on lids and under waterline
Darkest Green in corners
Lavender through the crease
Estee Lauder DoubleWear Pencil in Forest on waterline
Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara

FOTD: IMATS

So, I’m finally back after spending ALL DAY at IMATS. I never used to do that. Blame Bianca (MUA) for this one… I was all set to go and she dragged me to a class by Iman/Tyra Banks’ makeup artist, and I’m so glad she did! But I’m getting ahead of myself.

First, here is the makeup I did for the show today. My motto was easy clothes, simple makeup and comfortable shoes.

FACE
Hourglass Foundation  Veil in #06
Armani Loose Powder in 02
Armani Sheer Bronzer in #2
EYES
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Ting (lid)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Pom Pom (crease)
Armani Waterproof Eyeshadow in #2
Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara
LIPS
Le Metier Lipstick in Rio De Janiero

Flawless Finish: Hourglass Veil Foundation

Foundation Type: Liquid
Skin Type: Normal to Oily
Coverage: Sheer to Medium

I’ve been looking for a good tinted moisturizer that is oil free and does good things for my skin at the same time. I love the idea of the Laura Mercier version, but hate… read it… HATE the way it smells. It reminds me of what a Barbie doll smells like when you first remove it from the packaging. Like fresh rubber. Gross. Not something that I want on my skin.

Some time ago, Ki (Fabulous Makeup Artist) asked me why I hadn’t looked at Hourglass. Well, the truth is I didn’t really have an answer. It just wasnt on my radar. I’ve actually only ever purchased a lipgloss from the brand. But I went back and took a closer look at the rest of the line, and I’m very impressed by what I saw.

This is what came home with me: the Veil Fluid Makeup in 06 (Sable). It is an oil free foundation, with sheer to medium coverage. It claims to do fabulous things like tighten the skin, improve skin’s texture, and diminsh fine lines and wrinkles.
I tried it on in the store and FELL IN LOVE. It’s like my skin, but much much better. I like it as much as I like Chantecaille’s Future Skin — but this one has the added benefit of being packaged properly and in much more sanitary fashion.

I absolutely love this packaging. It’s got a great weight and feel to it. You need just one pump of foundation for sheer coverage… two for medium coverage. This is what the foundation looks like:

That’s not just the flash reflecting in the foundation finish. It appears to contain light diffusers (glass beads is listed among the ingredients. I’m not kidding. GLASS BEADS), although that’s hardly obvious when you put it on your face. It just looks like skin… really great skin.

The downside to this foundation is the limited shade range. It doesn’t go too light, or too dark. If you’re medium to medium/olive – this is a great foundation for  you. Otherwise, you’ll have to add correctors or helpers to make it work, and that just makes the effort a waste of money.

While we’re on the subject of money… prepare to spend $60 on this foundation. It’s not cheap. For your  money, you get one fluid ounce of product. Because you need so little to get the job done, I’d say it’s worth it if you’ve got fairly blemish free skin. If you want more coverage, skip this foundation. But if you want a lovely finish for summer that doesn’t look too ‘made up’ — I think Hourglass Veil Foundation is the way to go.