Last month we brought you the news of Elizabeth Arden’s latest base offering, promising naturally beautiful coverage for all skin tones. Available in 20 shades – I’m Warm Sunbeige, 06 – this is a foundation for the BB/CC cream generation, who hate the feel of heavy product on the face.
Lightweight and comfortable to wear, there are also skincare benefits aplenty. Vitamins C and E protect from environmental damage that can prematurely age the skin, as well as boosting radiance, while botanical extracts work on moisture and hydration. There’s SPF 15, as well, along with intriguing sounding ‘Radiant Mineral Crystals, for a flattering, soft-focus type effect.
That all sounds pretty good – but does it work, and more importantly, is it worth €36 of your precious eurobucks? Well, in the few weeks that I’ve been trialling it, I’ve become increasingly besotted – to the extent that my other base products are feeling decidedly put out.
It’s just so very, very lovely, you see, and so easy to apply and blend. After trying various tools, I actually think that fingers work the best – and not just ‘cos I’m lazy, and fond of the easiest way. Brushes can leave streak marks but, when smoothed in with my paws, the finish is utterly seamless. I blend a pump over my face and add an extra dab or two to problem areas round my nose and chin.
Coverage is definitely light, but enough to even out my skin-tone, disguise redness and give a pretty and youthful effect. There’s more pigment than, say, Estee Lauder’s Invisible Fluid Foundation, or Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua, although it’s in that same weightless, ‘second skin’ camp.
Mostly I love it because it just makes my skin look great – plumped up and lit from within (but not ‘dewy’, which translates to plain shiny on my oily t-zone.) Oh, and not that I’m swayed by these things IN THE SLIGHTEST, but just look at that squared off glass bottle – and the dotey red door on the lid!
Available nationwide now, the brand is also offering an on-counter shade matching doohickey – but you might want to rely on your own human eyes.
So tell us, what do you think? Are you a fan of the nude-skin effect, or are you still in the full-coverage camp?