Review : Origins Plantscription Foundation & Concealer
This patent-pending, anti-ageing foundation with Anogeissus floats effortlessly over skin to deliver instant age-and-pore-correcting perfecting SPF helps prevent future ageing signs.
Colour stays true for hours.



This anti-ageing concealer with Anogeissus helps cover dark circles plus reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and flaws instantly. And the creamy coverage effortlessly floats over skin without creasing, caking or sticking. Long-wearing.



The packaging of these products is nice and simple, nothing too fancy but what you would expect for foundation and concealer. 
Both the foundation and concealer come in a wide range of shades.
I would describe the foundation as being mid-range coverage but build-able. The concealer covers well. 
left – make-up free  right – Origins foundation and concealer
The foundation leaves me with a dewy finish. It feels moisturising on the skin and doesn’t cling to dry patches. I use powder with it (stupid oily skin) and get a full days wear without sliding. The foundation has a natural looking finish and leaves your skin feeling bare. The concealer blends and covers well, even on those pesky under eye bags!
The foundation and concealer can be purchased here.

MUA BB Cream New Shades
You may recall a little while I reviewed MUA’s BB cream, you can read that post here. I really enjoy using my BB cream on good skin days and find that it lasts quite well. The only downside with it was that there were only three shades, light, medium and dark.
Several months later and good news, MUA have released new shades. Their BB creams are now available in Light, Light Rose, Medium, Medium Rose, Medium-Dark and Dark. With the shade range doubling in size hopefully this time there will be something for everyone. 

MUA BB Cream in Light Rose*  MUA BB Cream in Medium Dark*
The Light Rose colour is practically perfect for me. Medium Dark is a little too dark at the moment but I think it will be perfect for when I have a tan – one to pack for honeymoon!
MUA’s BB creams cost £4 and are available from MUA’s on-line store (where they are currently on offer for just £3!) and in Superdrug stores.

Review : Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation – Ivory “I’m Pure 4 Sure”
 Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation £24.50
Our brightening makeup gives a naturally luminous complexion you can believe in. The oil-free formula with SPF 25 PA+++. builds from light to medium coverage while feeling barely there. And with the power of our Oxygen Wow Hydrating Complex, it helps boost cellular respiration and prevent the signs of ageing. Available in 9 shades.
 
I’ve been wanting to try this oil free foundation for quite a while now and had hoped to pick up a sample when having my eyebrows done at the Benefit Brow Bar. Unfortunately they didn’t have any samples available, instead the SA applied the foundation on me so that I could get a feel for it. It really impressed me which resulted in me purchasing it.
The foundation came with a Porefessional sample which I will give to my mother as she really wants to try it.
I was matched to Ivory “I’m Pure 4 Sure”. This shade is perfect against my pale skin tone. The foundation comes in nine shades so there should be a decent match for most people.
 Left – No make-up  Right – One layer of Benefit Hello Flawless
The foundation offers light to medium coverage and builds up quite well, I wouldn’t recommend it for those seeking a higher coverage. I love how it looks on my skin, my skin feels fresh and appears to glow when wearing. It has a dewy finish, which has a tendency to make my oily skin look even worse, not with this though, this provides a real natural, non-greasy, dewy finish. It lasts all day on my oily with setting powder and doesn’t slip.
The packaging could possibly be classed as a bit dull compared to other Benefit products but I like it, its plain, simple and descriptive. Random, but I really like the font of the text! It looks like a glass bottle but is actually plastic. I’m always surprised at how light it is when I pick it up as it looks so much heavier!
It comes with a pump – yay! One pump dispenses more than enough for a full face of foundation. The formulation is quite runny but blends in well.
Overall I have been really impressed with this foundation and am very glad that I made the splurge. This is my perfect foundation for when my skin is playing nice and I just want a ‘my skin but better’ day.

 

Review : Urban Decay Naked Foundation
I picked up a sample of Urban Decay’s Naked foundation from Debenhams just over a week ago and have been using it every day since. 
Weightless and virtually invisible, this revolutionary, oil-free and paraben-free formula creates a flawless, demi-matte finish; light diffusing spheres make you look professionally retouched. It’s the ultimate in ultra definition.
The girl on the counter thought that shade 1 would be right for me so gave me this to trial. She was right as this matches my skin perfectly.
The foundation itself is very runny. It blends in really well and doesn’t make fine lines more visible. I’d describe the foundation as being medium coverage, but it is build-able. 
left bare skin – right with UD Naked foundation
As you can see from the before and after pictures this foundation helped to reduce the redness around my nose and conceal my spots slightly.
full face of UD naked foundation with setting powder and blusher
You don’t really need a setting powder with this foundation, but as my skin gets so oily I tend to wear one. I have trialled the foundation both with and without powder.
Without powder I get about 4-5 hours wear before my oil starts coming through, which is a great improvement on other foundations.
With powder I get a full 8-9 hours wear shine free, which is pretty great.
Unlike a lot of other foundations that I have used I found that this didn’t slip when my oil came through, it just broke down instead which is better as I don’t end up looking all patchy! 
The foundation includes anti-wrinkle ingredients as well as Green Tea and Vitamin E so is very kind to your skin. The one potential downside is that it doesn’t contain an SPF.
If, like myself, you suffer with oily skin I highly recommend picking up a sample of this foundation. If you have dry skin I’m not so sure as I think that it may cling to dry patches.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation costs £27 for 30ml of product.

Review : ELF Personal Blend Foundation in Light
Create customized mineral based color for a perfect match, year-round! Housed in a unique quad chamber for the perfect mix, the weightless mineral formulation blends seamlessly into skin and contains natural skin protecting SPF 15 and is 100% mineral based with no parabens, preservatives or chemical dyes. Infused with key Vitamin E for rich antioxidants that hydrate and replenish the skin. The inner dial allows you to control the amount of product dispensed so you can create your customized color and keep the powder closed for clean and easy use everytime.


I originally purchased this foundation just to make up the cost of my e.l.f. basket so that I qualified for a special offer they were running, I didn’t really expect it to be that great but thought it was worth a go as I’d never tried a mineral foundation before. I’m so glad that I did because it has fast become my favourite foundation!
The packaging is clear and simple. There is an inner lid so that you can close the other three colours and just use the one that you desire. I personally prefer the colour of all four blended so have removed this.
As my skin has improved somewhat I no longer require high coverage foundations, I do still have quite a bit of acne scarring on the cheeks, chin and around the nose so do require some coverage. The foundation covers my acne scarring and brightens my skin.
I apply this foundation with my e.l.f. stipple brush which does the job perfectly and leaves the skin looking flawless, I’ve actually had people commenting on how flawless my make-up looks when wearing this.
I’ve been wearing this foundation everyday to work and it really does last all day. My skin doesn’t get as greasy as it used to but it does still get slightly greasy on the cheeks, despite the greasiness this foundation doesn’t budge.
As you can see from the swatches you get a great colour selection in one pot which could come in handy for the fake tanners amongst you! 
e.l.f.’s Personal Blend Foundation is available in light (shown), medium and dark and costs £8.