Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation £15.50 available from Boots
Real Techniques miracle complexion sponge* £4.99 available in Boots/Superdrug from September 2013
With a muji-full of various foundations and an overflowing collection of brushes and buffing-implements, it it rare for me to go more than a week without switching up my foundation-applicator-combination. However recently I have stumbled across a winning partnership that has featured relentlessly in my morning makeup routine.
I always use to be a slave to my foundation brushes, and was never fussed by sponges or beauty blenders, but I believe the Real Techniques miracle complexion sponge may have changed my opinion ever so slightly. This uniquely designed sponge has three distinct surfaces giving you three different ways to apply your foundation. The rounded sides are great for blending in foundation on larger areas of the face by using a stippling or dabbing motion. The precision tip is ideal for applying a more concentrated layer of foundation over blemishes and imperfections and the flat edge works wonders over the contours of your face; around your eyes and nose for example. In all honesty, I tend to just use the rounded and flat sides on this sponge and love the way is makes your foundation blend in flawlessly with a smooth, even finish.
The other half of this perfect pairing is my Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation (25 Nude). Marketed as a camouflage foundation that can cover the most severe skin flaws, redness and uneven skintone, I feel I should confess now that I don’t suffer from any of the above particularly badly. Dark circles yes, and a slightly uneven complexion at times, but I don’t necessarily need this foundation and all its optimal-coverage claims. However I think you can still use this foundation if you are just after a lovely, flawless base, long-lasting results with a skin-friendly formula. I literally use the tiniest pea-sized amount on the back of my hand, blended in with my Real Techniques sponge and the result I get feels a lot lighter and fresher than some of the other, ‘full coverage’ foundations I’ve tried – namely MAC Studio Fix Fluid and Estee Lauder Double Wear. No horrible mask-effect but a great coverage meaning no concealer required! Great if you are trying to minimise your base products during the hot summer days.
Which foundations are you loving at the moment? Are you excited about the Real Techniques sponge being released in a few months?