Last weekend Angel and I headed down to The Dorchester's Crystal Suite to a Max Factor celebratory tea and foundation masterclass held in honour of the 5* reviews of the Xperience Weightless Foundation on Boots.com. Max Factor’s foundation expert, Myrna Carlebur gave a history on the man and the development of liquid foundation in the 20th century and then award winning MUA Caroline Barnes gave us a demo of Xperience and Second Skin foundations while talking us through all our foundation queries.
Xperience Weightless Foundation was released in six shades in October last year following extensive global skin tone research and therefore they are all yellow-based rather than pink undertoned. This surprised me as I adore the lightest shade - 40 Light Ivory - and don't find it looks yellow on my pink undertoned skin. The formulation is whipped so although it gives medium to full coverage you hardly feel like you're wearing foundation. Xperience works well on oily skin, which is great for me. On the second model Caroline applied Second Skin and explained that it suits dry skin textures best.
Caroline used four brushes to apply Xperience, but I find I prefer to use my hands as this warms up the foundation and helps it melt into my skin better, plus the formulation is so smooth it's a doddle to blend in with fingers.
I was colour-matched to a mixture of 40 Light Ivory and 45 Raw Silk (£9.99 for 30mls) , and it's pretty darn spot on as surprisingly for a high street brand their lightest shade is actually very light, almost a bit too much for me! It's always better to go lighter than darker, on my skin anyway as my neck and decolletage are very pale.
LIGHT IVORY LEFT, RAW SILK RIGHT
Miracle Touch is still my favourite Max Factor foundation, and I'm all out so I need to buy another. The trick with it is to apply with a foundation brush, not the sponge that comes in the compact. Throughout my late teens I used to slater on Lasting Performance - foolish because I had lovely skin and didn't need such crazy coverage! I still have a tube of it and do like to get it out for nights out, but it's much to heavy for daytime.
This is me at the end of the day, a little greasy, but still have some decent coverage. Definitely in need of a blotting sheet though!
ANGEL WITH LIBERACE'S PIANO
This gorgeous Alex Monroe necklace was in the goody bag, I've been wearing it all week, it's so dainty and perfect for work. My love for gold jewelery is slowly coming back.
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