Is it time to stick it to luxury beauty brands and opt for the ‘dupes’ of the make-up market?

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I can say for myself, and undoubtedly many others, that when splurging on over-priced pretty-packaged makeup products, it can go one of two ways; you can either totally justify why you spent that amount of money on essentially a teeny-weeny pot of face-paint, or you could be so overjoyed that you underestimated something that is now an essential (and affordable) part of your make up routine. The latter will have you spreading the word to friends, family and beauty fanatics – urging them to stop buying luxury beauty products because there’s something newer, cheaper and all round a better product on the market that you’ve been missing!

Today, I am spreading that word to you…

After using Bobbi Brown’s Foundation Stick during the winter months, I did really love using it. It was quick and easy to apply, and it gave the right coverage I needed in those colder, bleaker months where the only option for a tanned face was fake tan… or good makeup coverage. Like any foundation stick, just swipe onto the areas that need more coverage and blend away – I use my finger tips in a patting motion so that it blended nicely with my moisturiser because I found spreading the product across my face gave a horrid streaking and chalky effect.

Thumbs up all the way – until one day I just couldn’t be bothered to do my whole tinted moisturiser and concealer routine, and just applied the product straight onto my skin. The product made the areas I applied it to extremely chalky and really clumped in areas that weren’t moisturised. This didn’t give me much hope for the warmer months that are soon approaching, because in summer I like to wear as little makeup as possible. So, because I didn’t want to have to resort continuing with tinted moisturiser daily just so my foundation stick looked presentable, I went on the hunt for something a little more creamy and moisturising.

L’Oréal’s Infallible Shape Stick Foundation does just the trick, and at more than half the price. It’s a much nicer product to build on, and what I mean by that is you can apply layer upon layer and it won’t become cakey or chalky. The smooth and moisture-rich texture makes it easy to blend, and you can wear it alone, or with moisturiser, or even over foundation for even more coverage. I tend to use it in the same areas as I did with the Bobbi Brown stick, which is on my cheeks, chin and sometimes my forehead if I had any redness from breakouts.

I would definitely recommend this to people who can’t be bothered with the faff of applying liquid foundation, or maybe if you like a natural look where you can control how much coverage you have on certain discoloured or prone-to-breakout areas because although it gives good coverage, it is still quite lightweight so it doesn’t feel like you’re suffocating your skin!

Jemima Plume Xx


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