Saturday, 21 July 2012

Stila Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer



I'm not a great one for foundation and prefer to use a tinted moisturiser or powders - even though I now know I need help to even out my skin tones and cover up blemishes - oh woe the dawning of an old aged skin!

I went along to a Stila launch recently and against my usual natural hesitance found myself in front of one of their brilliant makeup artists. He was there to promote the new Stila Stay all Day Foundation & Concealer and before I knew it he was remarking on my lovely skin (well it was tanned) while whisking a brush lightly over my cheekbones and forehead. He then used a little concealer under my eyes and finished off the whole effect with a flourish of blusher...

I looked in the mirror and I must say I was very impressed. Because this range has no fewer than 16 different shades from bare (1) to cocoa (16) he had managed to match my skin tone perfectly - I was caramel (10). So my skin looked exactly like my skin but a more perfect version. And it did last all day and into the evening which was pretty impressive too.

So how does it work? The formula is oil-free so glides on effortlessly and doesn't feel at all heavy. It contains botanical extracts like ginseng, gynostemma and ginsenosides that enhance blood flow and circulation in the skin's capillaries. This all helps with slowing down premature aging apparently, but I suppose only time will tell with that claim! Vitamins A & C also provide antioxidant benefits and Vitamin E helps with more anti-aging.

It also contains a unique silicone elastomer so your skin looks and feels, well, skin-like! The lid contains the matching concealer and a small mirror for touch-ups and the whole kit comes with a brush for easy application. The downside? It is a bit pricey at £29.50 but I have been using a tiny amount which gives me great coverage so I do think it will outlast most cheaper alternatives. I'm not sure when it goes on sale but will be soon so keep an eye on Stila!

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