Monday, 23 January 2017

A dream for dry skin: Charlotte Tilbury's Light Wonder Foundation

Finding a foundation that ticks all the boxes, and fits your specific needs can be extremely difficult. With so many different options on the beauty market, it can be overwhelming, and hard to narrow down a handful of selections.

My first makeup splurge was on a Mac foundation, I didn't particularly have much knowledge about foundations but I simply followed the crowd, thinking a raved about foundation would immediately work for me. At first, I really liked it but I simply settled for the cons of the product, trying my best to mask any dry, flaky areas with even more product - school boy girl error. After a few years of getting to know my skin more, and realising the importance of researching a foundation and sampling it before investing, I found myself making better choices.

After years of sticking to Mac and thinking that I wouldn't find a foundation that didn't cling to drier areas on my skin, I eventually began to look elsewhere. I ended up trying numerous different foundations, none of which I was impressed with. I then fell in love with Laura Mercier's Crème Smooth foundation and couldn't believe that no matter how much of the product I applied, it didn't make my skin look flaky. This trusty, glass tub of heaven lasted me agggges, and sadly when it came to attempting to repurchase it just before Christmas I found out it was in the process of being discontinued.

Once I had stopped sulking and trying to look for it everywhere I decided it was time to let it go and find something else. I honestly didn't think I would find another foundation that worked so well with my skin, and that I loved as much, until I took a recent trip to the Charlotte Tilbury Covent Garden shop.

I explained to the lady my needs, and she recommended the Light Wonder foundation. I was awkwardly in between two shades with one matching perfectly, and the other being slightly too warm, so I went for the exact match, hoping that a bit of bronzer would liven it up.

I had my skin fully prepped and the foundation applied professionally. My initial reaction was that I liked it but wasn't overly thrilled. I think because I had no concealer, bronzer or blusher added; I couldn't quite decide if it was for me. Anyway of course I had to have an impulse buy and get it regardless (typical me).

I had a few breakouts at the time which is probably why I didn't instantly feel amazing , so I waited for my skin to clear and tried it out myself at home, hoping for a better outcome.

 I found it best to apply it gently with my fingers, and the consistency is unlike any other foundation I have used. It is so silky and creamy and glides on effortlessly, not sinking into any dry patches, just providing an even, flawless, fully blended finish. It doesn't add a great deal of coverage, however once concealer is applied (and a light dusting of powder), it really does look stunning. I would say it is like 'your skin but better', making it ideal for daily wear. I am yet to experiment with it properly, like trying to build on the coverage for perhaps a night out; but I absolutely love how the product gives you a gorgeous glow, and really hydrates your face. You can honestly feel the moisture in your skin, and it lasts all day.

It comes in a travel friendly 40ml tube so at £32 you get slightly more product than a typical foundation bottle. The squeezy tube is also super easy to work with, and means no foundation gets wasted. I really do love this product, and am so glad I have finally realised there are foundations out there that will suit me. Personally, the only thing I would love is if it offered slightly more coverage, just for those days where you feel like your skin needs it. Other than that, paired with a top quality concealer the coverage is just enough. It is safe to say, I have finally found my match!

Have you tried Light Wonder? Or do you have a different preference foundation for dry skin?