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Saturday 22 April 2017

Two foundations that deserve more hype: Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation & Givenchy Teint Couture Blurring Foundation Balm

Although I have around 15 foundations (far too many!) in my current makeup stash, there are two that I am currently obsessed with and I want to share my thoughts on them with you today because neither gets the hype they deserve.

First up is Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation. Although this foundation is described as hydrating, don't let that put you off if you have oily or combination skin because I know that Emmy (who I believe has oily skin) and Dagmara (who I believe has combination skin) both love this foundation as much as I do and I have very dry skin, so this really seems to be a foundation to suit all skin types. It comes in 22 shades so there is hopefully a shade to suit everybody. What I love about this foundation is that it seems to blur my imperfections (visible pores in the cheek area and fine lines on my forehead) and although I wouldn't describe the finish as matte as per the description, it also isn't glowy - my skin just looks quite luminous and healthy. The coverage is medium but buildable to full and it doesn't break down over time or become cakey around the nose or laughter lines - in fact, it just stays in place all day without the need for any touch ups. It isn't drying, which surprised me because usually log-wearing foundations are too heavy and drying on my skin. It would be a good one to wear on holiday if you like to wear foundation during the day because it is water, sweat and humidity resistant. Overall, I cannot rate this foundation highly enough and think it should get more hype! It is priced at £29, €37 or $42. I need to try the matching concealer next!

My second foundation obsession is Givenchy Teint Couture Blurring Foundation Balm. I have never seen anybody mention this on youtube or on blogs before and I just don't know why! I took a leap of faith when I order this because of the lack of reviews, plus I had never tried any Givenchy makeup before but the description made it difficult to resist - blurring & balm - it sounded right up my street. This foundation only comes in 8 shades, which is quite disappointing but if you can find a shade that works for you, you won't regret buying it. This feels very lightweight on the skin, yet it has the coverage of a foundation - completely evens out my skin tone and it has the comfort of a balmy primer, yet it doesn't slip or slide off the skin once applied. It definitely lives up to the blurring promise in its name and although the finish is quite (not overly) dewy, it doesn't highlight any textured areas. It doesn't look or feel heavy and only a small amount is required to achieve a light coverage but it can be built to medium without any caking. My skin looks fresh and healthy and overall, I look well rested and as though I have had a facial when I wear this foundation. I find it works best when applied with my fingers so it would be ideal for busy mornings. I just simply can't rave about it enough and just wish I had tried it sooner. It is priced at £30.50, €42.50 or $45.

Have you tried either of these foundations? I would love to hear your thoughts on them. What products in your collection deserve more hype? 

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