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All about achieving (faking?) that perfect complexion

Quite a few of you have been asking me about what I have been wearing on my skin lately. I thought I'd just do a post on it seeing that even I am quite happy with my daily complexion routine now and plan to stick with it as long as I can. 

First up is the Revlon ColorStay Foundation. I tried this previously in their dry skin formulation and it looked really bad. Just recently I got my self a combination/oily formulation and in the shade Golden Beige which is an amazing match for NC30. It is however slightly pale for me and I ordered myself a darker one in Early Tan. 

There's not much I can say about this foundation. It's full coverage, which can be easily buildable from medium to full. It gives me a slightly dewy skin-like finish. It lasts all day too without getting oily in the t-zone. It does not budge no matter what you do. It is transfer resistant too! And who says heavy coverage means cake-like thick finish? This is not at all like that. Simply stunning for the price. 

and of course, you guys know how much I like my MAC Face and Body. This is exactly my shade and I opt for this when I don't want something feeling heavy on my skin or something that makes me look pale. This is effortless and works great when you have good skin. It does not cover a whole lot and does not last the whole day too! You will need to touch up with powder. My go-to foundation natural looking foundation however. 

And don't we all struggle to find the right shade of concealer? I am not saying my search for the perfect concealer has ended by any means but MAC's Select Cover Up is a closer match to what my perfect concealer would be like. It's opaque yet very pigmented, creases very little on me and only because I have fine lines under the eyes and does not slide off. It gives a lovely dewy finish but feels slightly tacky. I would love to find a powder that I can use to set it. Try using this over foundation and that's how it works best.

and NO NC shades won't always look ashy under the eyes. In fact NW's never worked for me and looked grey and NC30-35's work best and cover up really well too. Will repurchase.

I like to apply MAC Face and Body and Revlon ColorStay by fingers and that is still my best method of application for them. However this Flat top powder brush by Elf is quite something for £3.50. It does not shed at all which is a shocker as even MAC brushes shed. This is such a relief as I don't have to go on picking little pieces of brush hairs from my face.

It is a foolproof way to apply foundation. You absolutely need to skills to apply foundation with this. Just place a blob of foundation on the brush or on your face and then spread it haphazardly for a few seconds. Voila! Flawless foundation. I mean £3.50, you kidding me?

And just a few pictures to show the above mentioned complexion tools in action. I use them all every single day without fail. Almost obsessed!

There's nothing better than faking the perfect complexion is there? I am so vain :p
shoppingaholic said...

And I still wish i could know how to use that!! one can over do it if doens't know!! you look fabulous, dewy skin gives me green eyes!!


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Eva said...

I really enjoyed this post! I'm NC30-NC35 :) I'm always on the hunt for a new foundation. Thank you for sharing your favorites.



Shivani said...

I am definitely going to try color stay. You always have such a gorgeous complexion shifa. x

Sherrie said...

Wow you look lovely hun :) your skin looks amazing! I want that brush now ha ha! Plus I have never tried Macs Face & Body foundation but keep reading great reviews about it so I need to check this out :) x

Inner Belle said...

u loook stunning i wish i cud say i can get a way wit face n body but i no i need alot more coverage than that for sure, ps u look well different in the bottom right pic, i guess wer so used to seeing ur side shots x

Andrea. said...

I have all those products minus the Mac Face and Body I just bought the Makeup Forever Face and Body and I love it. I'm also Nc30 but right now I actually need a shade darker. Can't wait to try my colorstay I have the same shade

Venus Loves Virgo said...

Great review! Im going to be trying out that Revlon foundation. Your photos came out lovely :)
Have a great weekend XOXO
btw...come join my contest to win a couple of Smashbox pink palettes in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Devea said...

You skin is flawless! I want to try that brush!

GREEDS said...

I want that ELF powder brush ASAP! Those photos are flawless. I love your posts/reviews. They're always so informative.


Stevista said...

You mentioned 2 of my favorites, Revlon Colorstay and Elf Powder Brush! :) you're so pretty btw! :)


Love it! Your skin looks amazing! I'm for sure doing makeup tomorrow just so I can copy this look!

Ki said...

I LOVE the last picture - so pretty! :)

I just bought myself the 187 and I'm planning to get MUFE face and body - let's see how those two get along :D

Poohkie said...

Your skin looks absolutely flawless. Loving the red lips!

Sugar said...

The Revlon Colorstay is definatly the BEST foundation EVER !!! i've bought around 40 foundations before finding this one !

Anonymous said...

I have been wanting to try that brush for ages, now even more.

Roshni said...

you look beautiful! love how glowey ur skin looks :) xx

The Beautifier said...

I LOVE the Revlon Colorstay foundation! I have it in Oily/combination, which is great for flash photography, I have the dry/normal version too but I find it a bit meh!
I love my ELF flat top brush too! I love to use it with my liquid and cream foundations for an aribrushed effect!
p.s your look gorg as always! xoxo

Imo said...

I wish I could find colourstay in my shade! I feel like im missing out..ny fave concealer is by amazing cosmetics, it is actually amazing =D

Anonymous said...

You look fabulous - I too really like the last picture. This is a great review, I think the ELF brush is amazing, but it is good to know that the Revlon ColorStay gives such a dewy finish. Thanks for this.

ellamarie84 said...

I love colorstay. I don't use it often but when I do I'm always amazed at its longevity! I need that ELF brush in my life! You look beautiful by the way!

Princess Feef said...

totally agree with u !
i love full coverage foundations ,,
and i seriously dont know how some people ( also one of my friends )
have some red acne dots ,, and not bother to wear a foundation ,, just butt loads of bronzer ,, makes me go eeeeh =S so bronzer is more important than foundation ?? hhh

u look gorgeous in the pics ,, and flawless =D

Cynthia Z said...

U look stunningly beautiful in those pics girl! Flawless.

I'm loving Colorstay Oily/Comb too. I have in in Warm Golden. And I so want that Elf brush!


Lady 01 said...

Hey, PLEASE reply! For revlon colourstay do you mix early tan and golden beige? Thanks xxx

Sheefa F said...

Golden Beige is perfect for NC30/35 skin :)




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