Review: YSL All Hours Liquid Foundation

Today’s blog post is a goody, mainly because I have found true love in a foundation and it’s time to share that love with you all! I don’t think I have loved a foundation as much since Armani Luminous Silk was released, and I honestly don’t know that I’ll ever love a foundation as much again!

Say hello to YSL All Hours foundation…

Back in September, I was invited to the launch of this newest release from YSL where I was very kindly gifted a bottle to take home and try. Since then, I have worn it almost every day, growing to love it more as the days go on.

I have to admit, I didn’t expect to love this as much as I do, mainly because it’s a medium to full coverage foundation and over the past few years I’ve tended to prefer light to medium bases. However, the formula of this is just so incredibly light, you really don’t feel like you’re wearing a full coverage base at all.

The formula contains very fine pigments which combine to give an oil free, light texture that isn’t thick or thin, and blends incredibly on the skin. I find I only need one pump because of it being so blendable, and that alone is enough to cover the entire face.

According to YSL the formula is ‘enriched with a skincare complex and UV filter to leave skin feeling fresh and smooth‘; it is also waterproof, transfer resistant and contains SPF 20.

The finish is matte, and I have dry skin, which again was another surprising element for me. I usually avoid matte foundations like the plague! My dry skin doesn’t tend to get on with them, and I much prefer bases that brighten the skin and give me a glow. But somehow, this manages to smooth out blemishes, cover pores and make my skin look radiant all at the same time.

It gives my face a completely flawless finish no matter how I wear it and I find myself being surprised by it over and over again. I’ve worn it with and without primer, and with and without finishing powder, and have been so impressed by how well its worn regardless of primer or powder.

Foundations don’t tend to brake down too easily on my skin anyway because of it being on the dryer side, but I definitely think this is one of the only, if not the only, matte full coverage foundation that hasn’t made my skin look dull or cakey.

Now, my skin has most definitely changed in the last few months with being pregnant, but all my other foundations work the same as they always have, so I’ve no reason to think that this will be any different even when I’m not pregnant. However, I will be sure to keep you all posted if it is.

As always, I apply it with a stippling brush which is my go-to for applying my foundation as I find it gives you a lighter application. If applying with a beauty sponge or blender, you might find that it applies a bit thicker so that’s one thing to bare in mind.

I wear shade BD25 but it comes in 22 shades overall so there’s a good range to choose from, but when it comes to price, however, it is very spendy. A bottle is going to knock you back a hefty €42 so make sure you get a sample in store. A purchase this costly shouldn’t be made lightly so make sure you try before you buy!

In terms of longevity, I have my bottle over two months now. I’ve have used it almost every day and there’s still a lot of product left so this one will last you a good few months if you do choose to invest.

If any of you do buy or have tried it before, let me know because I’d love to hear your thoughts. It’s definitely a new favourite for me, I just love it and nothing else is remotely getting a look in for the foreseeable future anyway!

Sorcha x

Review: MAC Next To Nothing Face Colour Foundation

When it comes to makeup, there are very few brands that do it better than MAC in my opinion. For years, my go-to foundation was Studio Fix Fluid foundation, very closely followed by Studio Fix powder. Both of these are full coverage finishes, and it’s only in the past few years that I have begun moving away from full coverage, to much lighter, dewy foundations.


As you get older your skin changes, and now I rarely wear a full coverage foundation unless I’m going on a big night out. I’ve grown to much prefer the feel and look of a lighter foundation, and that’s where Next To Nothing comes in.

I had read a little bit about this foundation in the Spring just after it was released, but it was only when I was in MAC back in June that I decided to swatch it and see what all the hype was about.


When talking to the makeup artist in store, she explained to me that this was MAC’s answer to Armani’s Luminous Silk and honestly, that was a very bold claim to make. As far as high-end foundations go, Luminous Silk has been my go-to since I discovered it around 18 months ago. It gives my face a perfect creamy coverage that smooths out my skin while also giving it an incredible glow (if you missed my review earlier this year you catch catch it here).

Given how much I love Luminous Silk, naturally I was intrigued to see if Next to Nothing lived up to its claims so I bought it, and have been putting it to the test over the past few months. Here’s how I’ve been getting on…


First off, Next to Nothing is extremely light weight, and MAC describe it as more of a tinted cream than foundation. The formula is quite wet, much wetter than you’d expect, and because of that, it blends very quickly into the skin. 

As far as consistency goes, I’m not sure how much I like it. I like that it is very easy to apply, and I like that a little goes a long way. However, the wetness means you have to be careful how you apply it. In general, I prefer stippling brushes to apply liquid foundation (MAC 191 is my favourite), but that doesn’t work well at all with this foundation. When I applied it with my stippling brush, it kind of dragged the formula rather than blended it, so a flat foundation brush or a beauty blender/sponge are your only real options for an even coverage.

Speaking of coverage, it is so light that it gives a ‘barely there’ look to the skin yet still manages to blur out skin imperfections. It gives a lovely smoothness to my skin which also softens it, so from that point of view, it is very nice. It is comfortable to wear, doesn’t feel heavy or thick in any way, and has a lovely hydrating element to it too which I wasn’t expecting.

I think maybe the thing I like about it most (and this is where it is similar to Luminous Silk), is the lovely sheer glow it gives to my skin. My skin is combination to dry, more dry than anything else, and because of that, has a tendency to look dull at times. I think that’s mainly why I’m so drawn to dewy foundations now, and this definitely brings a lovely soft glow to my face.


But, and there is a but with it; don’t be expecting a flawless finish. I have some red lines and broken capillaries around my nose area which it doesn’t cover very well, and due to pregnancy hormones my chin has been very dry and sandpaper-like over the past few months, which means I need a good amount of concealer when I use it. It doesn’t have the same creaminess that Luminous Silk has, and the coverage is maybe just a little too light, even for me.


One thing that struck me when I was researching the foundation was, that as well as using this as your stand alone base, MAC also suggest using it over your current foundation to give an extra glow to the skin – that just completely baffled me. I’m not sure why you should ever need to use a foundation, over your foundation?! That’s what primers and highlighters are for…

Also, when this was first released it was hailed as an ‘Instagram filter in a bottle’ because of its retouching quality and the sheer glow it gives the skin. While I’m sure that was just part of the marketing plan, I’m not sure I get that claim either.

Before
After
 

So how do I feel about it now? Well, I like it but I don’t love it. On a warm Summer’s day, or a day when you just want a light tint to the skin, it is the perfect option. It will give you a lovely glow and keep your skin soft and smooth. So, if you tend to prefer light foundations, then I would definitely recommend getting a sample in store to try it out.

But, if you want something a little creamier, longer lasting or have blemishes you want to cover, it’s not the best choice. And, although it has an oil-free formula, it probably isn’t going to work for you if you have oily skin either.

Before
After

I am wearing shade Light Plus, which is maybe a little too light for my skin tone, but the next shade up, Medium, was too dark. There isn’t a great shade range with there being only nine in total, but because it is so light and blendable, it is easy enough to work around that.

I think it will be great for when bump arrives and I don’t have the time to apply a full face of makeup every day, so I’m definitely going to keep wearing it for light coverage days. But overall I think this one is going to be a love or hate kind of product – the only question is, do you love it or hate it?!


If you’ve tried this foundation I’d love to hear your thoughts on it, so please comment below and let me know. Or similarly, if you have any lightweight foundations that you love, then share those too.

Sorcha x

Review: Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation 

A couple of months back, I was sent the new and improved Teint Idole Ultra Wear foundation by the lovely people over at Lancôme to try out.


In all honestly, I’ve never tried a Lancôme foundation before; my Mum has worn different Lancôme options for most of her life and swears by them so I’ve always tended to associate them with her and not me. But, after trying this out for the past few weeks, I’m really beginning to understand her long standing love affair with their foundations.


The consistency is lovely and creamy without being too thick or thin, and though Lancôme describe it as a full coverage foundation, it is full coverage without being thick or cakey. Because of that, it blends like a dream and a little goes a long way.


My pet hate with foundations is a thick consistency so the fact that this is light and creamy makes me like it. But what makes me like it even more, is the fact that it really lasts on the face all day long. 


I’ve worn it with and without primer, and while I do prefer to wear a primer under my foundation, I have to say, it really held its own on days when I had nothing on underneath it, which is always a great sign when it comes to foundation.

Foundation on left side, no foundation on right side

For the purposes of this post, in my photos here I haven’t used any primer underneath to show you how easy it glides on and blends into the skin, especially because the shade I have, 03 Beige Diaphane, is just a touch dark for my skin tone at the moment. 

Before foundation on right side
After foundation on right side

Now, when I say a touch dark, I really mean  just a touch because I’ve been easily able to wear this for the past few weeks. However, I do think it will be even nicer to wear in the Summer when I have a tan (I don’t really wear fake tan).

Foundation blended into both sides

While I really like this foundation, there is one thing I don’t like about it which I have to mention, and that is: its extremely strong floral perfume scent. I find it so overpowering – it was almost sickly the first time I smelled it but I think that’s mainly down to the fact that I just wasn’t expecting it. It completely hit me out of left field!

Finished look

Having said that, I’ve managed to look past that because I do like how it wears, so if you don’t mind a scented foundation then the formula makes this really worth trying out.


I have to say, I’ve been really impressed by this and probably shouldn’t be surprised by that, given what an enormously successful and popular brand Lancôme is. 

Have you tried any Lancôme foundations or do you wear them regularly? This is a new discovery for me so I would love to hear your thoughts! 

Sorcha x

Review: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Foundation. Probably the beauty product that I test and try out the least and I’m not sure why really. Up until a few years ago all I ever wore was MAC’s studio fix fluid foundation and it worked so well for me that I was reluctant to move away from it. I’ll buy and try anything else – powders, blushers, mascaras, lipsticks, you name it! But, with foundation I’ve always tended to stick to what I know. Up until last year that was.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation hadn’t really entered my radar until I started coming across it on some of my favourite blogs over the past year or so. Everywhere I looked it was getting glowing reviews, and some of my friends I discussed it with, swore by it too. Naturally my interest started to grow and I became intrigued to try it out.

When my sister was getting married last September, her makeup artist, the lovely Sarah Keary, recommended using Luminous Silk on my face for its great lasting power and dewy finish. Plus, she explained to me that it looks great in wedding photographs as it has no SPF, and therefore you get no flashback. With comments like those, how could I resist?!

When my makeup was finished, I absolutely loved how this foundation both looked and felt on my skin, and knew then and there that I needed it in my life. Immediately!

I finally got my hands on a bottle when I came home from my travels in December and I have been using it pretty religiously ever since. And as if that wasn’t enough, my Mum and Sister have been converted too – it’s that good.

The consistency is very lightweight, and it definitely lives up to its ‘luminous’ claim. As some of you may know by now, I have dry skin and therefore my face has a tendency to look dull, particular in the Winter months. Therefore, I’m always looking for ways to brighten my face and get a bit of glow back into it, hence why this foundation was such a winner for me.

The forumla is oil free which works great on my skin tone, but my Mum has oily skin and it seems to work just as well on her too. I usually wear a brightening primer under my foundation, but I’ve found I haven’t needed to with this which is also a major bonus. I still wear primer, but if you have skin like I do, you could probably get away without using one at all.

In the above before and after photos the foundation has been applied to bare skin. No primer or other makeup has been used.

Because the formula is also lightweight, it’s very buildable meaning this foundation is great for day or night too. In the day time I’ve been using one-to-two pumps for a light coverage, then at night I sometimes add an extra pump for a slightly heavier coverage. It’s rare that you find a foundation that works well for both day and night, and isn’t too cakey or thick on the face, and this is the main reason why I’ve become totally obsessed with it!

In the above before and after photos the foundation has been applied to bare skin. No primer or other makeup has been used.

I don’t think I could ever go back to my old MAC reliable now, and I’m pretty sure this is going to become my go-to foundation from now on. Don’t get me wrong, I do really like other foundations, and Studio Fix is still a great full coverage option, but Luminous Silk is without a doubt my new favourite.

The only down side for some will be the hefty price tag that accompanies it. At €45 it’s an expensive purchase, and there are some budget alternatives on the market that could really hold their own beside it, for example, the Bourjois City Radiance foundation which I also really like and reviewed last year. But to be honest, for a high-end option, I think Luminous Silk is worth every penny of that €45 and I certainly will be buying it over and over again!


Have you tried Luminous Silk? If so, what do you think? If not, what is your favourite high-end foundation? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Sorcha x

Review: Bourjois City Radiance Brightening Foundation

Last week if you read my Budget Beauty Makeup post, you will have seen me writing about the Bourjois City Radiance foundation. As I mentioned in that post, I’ve seen lots of my favourite beauty bloggers talking about this lately and giving it lots of high praise, so I’ve been dying to see what all the fuss is about.

A few weeks back when in Boots, I picked up my own tube to try it out. There are six shades in the range and I opted for shade 03 (light beige). Although I have a lot of freckles on my face (if you follow me on snapchat you’ll have heard me ranting about that!), my skin is quite sallow with a gold/olive complexion to it so I tend to go for shades that have a slightly gold or yellow undertone rather than pink undertone.

I applied a pea size amount to my hand to get an idea of the texture and the first thing I noticed was that it is very light weight. Not watery, but thin, meaning you only need a very small amount as it is super blendable. I found the pea size amount was plenty to give me a light, even coverage – exactly what I was looking for.

Now, I’ve read on other reviews that the staying power varied on people but I have to say, the five or six times I’ve worn it now, it’s lasting pretty much all day long. I’ve worn it with and without primer, and yes without primer it does tend to leave the face a bit quicker, but not quick enough that it would stop me wearing it.

Before
After

I love a light coverage in warmer months, in Summer I tend to only wear liquid foundation if I’m going out at night, but this foundation seems to be a nice happy medium as you really don’t feel like you’re wearing a heavy liquid foundation when it’s on your face. Plus, it contains SPF 30 which is always a bonus and it really lives up to its claims of being a brightening foundation too as it leaves my skin looking quite dewy. And we all know I love a nice dewy glow!

I’m not sure I would wear this as much in Winter, but overall I’m very impressed and will definitely keep using it for light coverage days.

The even better news about this foundation is the €13.99 price tag which to me really is a bargain. You can pick it up from Boots or any other Bourjois stockists.

Sorcha x