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Tips 'N' Tricks | Sampling Foundation


Now this may not really be a tip or trick but my best advice when it comes to investing in make up is try it before you buy it. 

This won’t apply to all make up products but with liquids and in this case foundations - ask for a sample? I know we all feel a little awkward BUT you don't ask? you don't get right!? It's easy for me to recommend products that work for me but we're all different and the best way to ensure a product is for you

Also I hate the lighting in make up stores or on counter, it’s never right!? Nothing beats being able to try a product home and give it a go in your make up routine. This is why I LOVE America - The amount of times I’ve shopped at Sephora in the US, tried things and didn’t like them and I’ve taken them back. I wish this would apply in the UK but as it doesn’t I'll settle for samples. 

I recently tried two foundations which a few friends raved about, instead of purchasing them right off their recommendation I decided to try them before coming to my own conclusion. 

Diorskin Star Foundation  
There’s been a lot of hype about this foundation so I needed to see what all the fuss was about - My verdict? I love it, I will definitely be purchasing this! It’s a very light, fluid consistency that blends into the skin so seamlessly. It feels almost featherweight on and the coverage is buildable - it's perfect, just how I like it. I also love the radiant/dewy finish of this foundation in some ways to me it’s a cross between NARS Sheer Glow and the new NARS All  Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. For me the Diorstar combines the things I love about both of these foundation. I applied this with a buffing brush and a beauty blender on another occasion, both work well but I generally prefer using a beautyblender for even more of a flawless finish. The shade 040 was a good match for my complexion, maybe a touch lighter but this can be sorted with a bit of bronzer!

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation & Concealer 
Now I’m always a little skeptical when products claim to do TWO things, don’t get me wrong I love multi purpose products but I’m always a little wary and rightly so. The thing that I wasn’t sure about is that if this is both foundation and concealer this would essentially blank out your whole base and I’m someone who likes dimension when it comes to my face. I generally prefer the under eye are to be brighter than my overall base. Nevertheless I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Thoughts? NOT for me, I don’t like it at all! It’s flat on my complexion and looks cakey. The consistency is quite thick, now I can deal with a heavy base (e.g Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin) but this wasn’t nice to apply at all - It made me look far too made up and not in a good way! The colour I was matched up to was also not right but this wouldn't change my opinion on the product. 

If I had bought both foundations, I would have been utterly disappointed with the Clinique. That's why trying before you buy is worthwhile! It also helps if you're unsure about the colour match. Why is it our own mirror never lets us down haha?  

Any of you tried either of these? What are your thoughts? Do you ask for samples? Or shy away? 

Lots of Love 



  1. I literally do this for everything. It embarasses my friends so much! But that's why they have them!

    G x

  2. It can be so hard to know if you're going to like a foundation, regardless of reviews, so I think sampling is always a great idea. I was always intimidated to ask the high end counter staff for a sample, but they are actually always so enthusiastic to hand them out as it shows you're interested in making a purchase. My sister actually even tests out drugstore foundation by putting a bit of the tester into a little decanter for later. As long as you aren't taking more than a few days worth of application, I think that's a great idea too.

  3. I always ask for samples, but some brands (and stores) are more helpful than others. Foundation is so important too and I always feel that the sales staff are pushing you just to buy without you knowing if you like the foundation and have the right colour match. Actually I was even told by an assistant in Space NK once that "we don't do samples because we are makeup artists and we know we have colour matched you correctly".

  4. I always ask for samples. They look at you weirdly but excuse me...I am not going to dish out cash on a product that could be beaten by another. I wish makeup artists at the counter would be considerate about the fact that everyone has a different skin type and that we can't just settle for anything and everything. I hate the Bare Minerals Bare Skin. Worst makeup product ever for me. I love their powder much more; that's my staple product. The fluid was smelly and runny and patchy and goodness, no! It was a mess.

  5. Thanks for sharing hun, and great update on the Clinique Foundation and concealer I thought that would be too good to be true :). xxx

    Anna-Maria |

  6. i just started reading you blog and its perfect in so many way! but yes youre so right I ask for samples for everything, my boyfriend is always like 'oh noooo'


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