A long-wearing foundation is essential come summer. Editor Trudi Brewer shares an enduring duo that adds radiance at the same time.
Max Factor Radiant Lift Foundation, $43.
Foundation is often the hardest makeup item to get right, and the beginning of a new season is the time to review your shade and the finish. Long lasting is popular in summer, but often with that benefit comes a matte (slightly ageing) looking finish. Not with this new duo. Now you don't have to compromise between radiance and a long-wearing finish, here’s how this new Radiant Lift Foundation works.
What is it?
A long-wearing, radiance making, liquid foundation with an essential SPF30.
What's in it?
Formulated to last, it also has some great skincare benefits. First up and not to be ignored, it’s packed with hydration hyaluronic acid, and skin-smoothing micro-pearls. These reduce the appearance of dark spots and fine lines, which in some light (like my revision mirror in the car) my skin takes on a slight shimmer. Finally, the built-in essential SPF 30 shields the skin from those damaging UV rays.
Why do we like it?
First up, it blends in seconds. You can use your fingers or a brush, so for busy women, this is a plus. A light layer (applied with the fingers) gives a sheer, natural, finish. Or, if you like a more substantial coverage, layer it on with a foundation brush. What I love most about this makeup is that while it's a liquid, it sets in seconds - no shiny residue, and no need for power over the top, hooray. Without the powder, it feels light and appears more luminous than most matte foundations. I tested this makeup on one of our shoot days, and it stayed put without the need for touch-ups, so it certainly delivers on its promise of being a long-wear formula. And I can happily report there are plenty of colours, my shade is Warm Almond pictured above.
Max Factor Radiant Lift Concealer, $27.
Now you have a great summer foundation - there is also a concealer to match - in case you are on the hunt for a new one. The dab-anywhere sponge tip is brilliant, and if like me on those days you need to erase the look of fatigue from your eyes, this concealer works swiftly to do just that. This clever concealer contains the same light-diffusing and light reflecting micro-pearls (much smaller of course) as well as a cocktail of nourishing vitamins to cheat the look of a bright, well moisturised eye area.