Dior Diorskin Perfect Cushion Foundation – Skin type changing

My skin was very cooperative throughout the last weeks. Just a few days after I filmed my First Impressions video on the Dior Diorskin Perfect Cushion Foundation (what a name!) it decided to act up. It was turning from well-behaved to oil slick, from pretty clear to full of breakouts and then, within 24 hours, to dry, itchy and flaking.


Dior Diorskin Perfect Cushion Foundation


That of course had nothing to do with the foundation, I blame it on the change in weather we experienced, but it gave me the opportunity to really see how the Diorskin Perfect Cushion Foundation would perform. On any skin type.

For all of you not willing or able to watch the video, the loss of course is all yours. But I will sum up my thoughts underneath the clip (remember to watch in HD and on You Tube) so you only miss out on my sparkling personality *cough* and still get all the hard facts.

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Face of Filming – My foundation and brow routine.

When I started making videos, I had no idea how different my makeup would look on camera as opposed to real life.


Face of filming - Foundation and brow routine


Of course I had heard people mention it, but as always you only ever really believe the things you experience yourself. So after a lot of trial and error, all documented on camera of course, I finally have settled for a routine I am content with.

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Catrice All Matt plus Shine Control Makeup – My love for labels

I love it when things are organized. Like in exactly labelled, filed and sorted away.

When I started working at my ICU, still doing night shifts, I would spend them going through the documents, organizing them and making sure they were sorted by type and date when everything else was done.


Catrice All Matt plus Shine Control Makeup
Catrice All Matt plus Shine Control Makeup


It drove my coworker (male, spontaneous, chaotic – you get the drift) absolutely crazy, especially because I kept asking if he had done the same with his records already, pointing out the many benefits that would come from this system.

We even got into a fight about it. He called me crazy and compulsive, I called him careless and chaotic.

Today? We are happily married. Needless to say I am responsible for the paperwork.

But where am I going with this? Well, the thing is, the Catrice All Matt plus Shine Control Makeup is a lovely foundation. But it isn’t labelled correctly. And that is driving me nuts.


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The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops in „Lightening“ and some 80s reference

„Flash – ahaaaa, savior of the universe!“

Just be glad that I didn’t make a video on this one, otherwise you would have heard me singing, a thing only children aged below three can appreciate.

And no, I am not out of my mind, at least not more than usual. I just keep typing TBS drops in „Lightning“, and that somehow reminds me of the super hero in golden shorts and I chuckle. At my own joke. Sitting in front of the laptop.


The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops in "Lightening"
The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops in „Lightening“


I really need more of a social life…

Moving on: The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops in „Lightening“ have really saved my … makeup-verse (totally a word), golden pants or not.

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Sephora MicroSmooth Baked Face Compact – One for summer

While everyone knows and loves Sephora as a place to shop, I feel like their own makeup line doesn’t get all the love it deserves. Of course, not all of the products they do are outstanding, but there are a few that are well worth checking out.


Sephora MicroSmooth Baked Face Compact in "Light"
Sephora MicroSmooth Baked Face Compact in „Nude“


My biggest problem with Sephora though is the access. You know, I like to feel makeup before I buy it. Smell it, touch it, admire the packaging… The whole sensual experience. Problem is: there is no Sephora in Germany.

So I shop when I am in France. And this is where I bought the Sephora MicroSmooth Baked Face Compact in the color „15 Nude“.

Now I was in France September 2015. Right at the end of summer.  Right at the end of winter though I am facing another problem.

Can you guess which?

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Splashing my face with water – MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation

I think we all are old enough to know that advertisements and reality usually don’t match.

Sometimes even the claims sound a little odd to me. Case in point? The new MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation.

MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation in NC 15
MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation in NC 15

According to the sales assistant, your face after applying the foundation should look and feel like you just splashed it with water. Hydrated and glowing.

If I splashed my face with water, it would feel tight, my eyes would get a little red and my nose would start running. Not really that tempting, hm?

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So this „Strobing“ thing… – MAC Mineralize Foundation SPF 15 Loose in „Light“

Have you heard of „Strobing“?
Of course you have, it is hard not to if you are into beauty and makeup.
Everyone and their grandma is going on about it, and even though I boldly claimed you wouldn’t hear me talking about it anytime soon, here I am.

But not with a „Strobing“ tutorial, because I am the last person able to fill you in on it´s secrets.
To be honest I don’t even get the whole „new thing“ attitude people take, to me it just seems like strategically placed highlighter that is blended well. Am I missing something here?

So what is my point?
I guess my point is that even though I vowed not to give into this hype, I noticed me reaching for a different kind of base lately.
One I have owned and shunned for several years now because of the slightly dewy finish it gives.
A finish that I enjoy more than I ever thought possible this summer.
Blame it on the strobing slowly getting to me, here is MAC Mineralize Foundation SPF 15 Loose in „Light“.

Now since I bought it (2010) they have changed the packaging and gotten rid of the included powder sponge you were meant to use for application.
That is a very good thing, because despite getting a second sponge to change them up and wash them in between uses I was always worried about hygiene. Plus the sponges didn’t hold up to well.

The sponge, looking battered despite not being used.

What MAC claims:
A silky, mineral-rich powder foundation that brushes on to deliver medium buildable coverage and a radiant look. Gives skin a smooth, natural dimensional finish with exceptional luminosity and a velvet-soft, comfortable feel.

One pot contains 9,5g and retails for 37,50 € at MAC  or for up to 70 € on Amazon (don’t ask why, I have no idea).
There are nine colors to choose from, ranging from „Extra Light“ to „Deep Dark“.

I will not go into detail on the ingredients (it is a makeup product, not skincare after all) but I wanted to share that the SPF comes from physical sunscreens like Titanium and Zinc Oxide and that there are some added „beneficial ingredients“ as Vitamin E and Wheat Germ Oil.

For application I use a Kabuki brush and buff the powder into my skin. Due to the packaging it isn’t completely mess-free, but works much better than having to rely on the (gross looking) powder sponge in the lid.

MAC Mineralize Foundation SF 15 on my Kabuki

The coverage is light, buildable to medium while feeling like a light dusting of powder on my skin. My skins texture looks refined, more even and is silky-smooth to the touch. Yes, I do touch my face several times a day, even though I know I shouldn’t.
And it is luminous, giving you the often praised „lit from within“ glow without being shimmery at all.  Last year I would accept nothing but a full on matte face, but somehow my preferences seem to have changed…

On days where my skin is extra oily, I will need to blot around my T-zone halfway though the day. Staying powder isn’t exceptionally long, I need to reapply around twice if I want it to last a whole working day. This is average for a powder foundation on my skin.

Now let´s take a look how it looks on my face.
1. No foundation, no concealer. (And no freckles, that is hyper pigmentation aka sun damage)

No foundation, no concealer. Bare skin.

2. MAC Mineralize Foundation, no concealer. Redness and hyperpigmentation look less visible, the finish is very natural and luminous.

MAC Mineralize Fondation SPF 15 Loose on my skin

Does it live up to its claims?
I don’t know if the mineral-rich part is very important, I rely on my skincare to fix my skin, but the finish, the texture and the coverage are just as claimed.

Will I rebuy?
It is perfect for hot summer days where you just can´t be bothered to cover your face in liquid of any sorts and just want a little help while looking natural.

Who do I recommend it to?

Anyone looking for a natural finish that doesn’t need too much coverage.
If you have major skin issues to cover, the coverage will be too light, and if you are exceptionally dry it probably won’t be rich enough for you, but everyone one else give it a go.
It is perfect for natural makeup days and easy and quick in application.
Have you tried this one before?
And what is your take on strobing?

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Are you a neutral girl? Then M.A.C. Matchmaster Foundation might be just the one for you

M.A.C was my first makeup love, and it will always hold a special place in my heart and on my drawer.

During my first year of building a collection, all I bought was M.A.C. 

I am a little embarrassed to admit I own at least one piece of every LE released in 2012, sometimes waiting in front of the store with other addicts on release day, just to make sure I would get my hands on the desired item. 
And even though these days are long gone and I stray and buy other brands on a regular basis, MAC eyeshadows and lipsticks will always be a big part of my stash.
M.A.C. Matchmaster Foundation in 1.5
My first ever highend foundation was M.A.C., and I keep going back to try another one, even though I have never been overwhelmed.
My most recent purchase was the M.A.C. Matchmaster Foundation in the shade 1.5.

Unlike other M.A.C. skin products, the shade range isn’t divided in NC and NW colors. This foundation claims to be neutral, neither warm nor cold, and thus suit every skin color equally, something that instantly drew me in. 
My skin is light, but with yellow undertones, leaving me looking sickly when I am super pale and limiting the shade range at the drugstore dramatically, as light foundations there are usually pink-based. The warmer shades, however, are too dark most of the time.
What M.A.C. claims:
„Uses Shade Intelligence Technology to bring customized shades in a flawless demi-matte finish with medium, buildable coverage and broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 15 protection.
Gives perfect color purity without looking ashy or chalky, reduces shine on the skins surface and helps to absorb excess oil. Conditions and soothes the skin while minimizing the appearance of pores and imperfections.“
It comes in a glass bottle with pump (thumbs up for that) containing 35 ml (1.18 fl oz) and retailing for 37,50 € here. There are 13 different shades to choose from, ranging from fair to very deep.

The formula is quite thick, but easy to blend and doesn’t settle into my lines or pores. It feels a little silicony, but not too slippery, very lightweight, and there is a faint chemical smell that disappears after blending.
I need one pump for my entire face, maybe a second if I want extra coverage.

Titanium Dioxide is used as sunscreen, so be careful as it may flashback in photos.

As it claims to „condition and sooth the skin“ I looked for active skincare ingredients, something I usually don’t do in foundation.
Active ingredients:
– Tocopherol (Vitamin E): antioxidant
– Sodium Hyalorunate: locks in moisture
– Lecithin: lipid balancing
– Xanthan Gum: smoothes
Now lets see how it wears:
1. No makeup, just under eye concealer and eye makeup done: 
Spot marks on my right cheek and chin, and a nice zit on the left side of my mouth.
No makeup except eyes.
2. One layer of M.A.C Matchmaster, no added concealer or powder:
My skintone looks even, it is mattifyed without looking flat. The spot marks and the zit could use extra concealing.
M.A.C. Matchmaster foundation in 1.5

3. After six hours of wear, no concealer or powder:
There still is some coverage left, but the shine is back on my forehead and the imperfections are more visible. If set with powder, as I usually do, it would have lasted longer.
After six hours of wear

Does it live up to its claims?
Yes, mostly.
I already talked about sunscreen in foundations here, so I will not go into detail now, just know you will not get a SPF 15 using one pump of this.
The finish is demi-matte, the coverage is medium and buildable and it works very well with my skin tone. The oil-control capabilities during the day aren’t sufficient for my skin, I have to go back in with powder after two or three hours.
It contains more skin care ingredients than I would have thought, which is a bonus, and my skin feels nice and hydrated when wearing it.

Will I rebuy?
I would, if there weren’t so many other foundations waiting for me to try out. During the winter months, 1.5 is to dark for me, but it is a great match in the summertime.

Who would I recommend it to?
People with normal to combination skin. If you are very oily, the sheen will be to much, and if you are very dry it will cling to your dry patches, as it isn’t that moisturizing on its own.
But if you don’t have severe skin concerns, and are in the market for a medium coverage foundation with natural finish, this one is for you.

Have you tried Matchmaster before?
And which finish do you prefer? I admit, I am all about matte finish. A little old-fashioned, I know…