Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Top New Ultralight Makeup Foundations: Yves St. Laurent Fusion Ink & Laura Mercier Smooth Finish

Wearing YSL Fusion Ink in BD50 Warm Honey

If you caught any of the runway shows from Fashion Week, you'll notice that the look for SS2015 is one of fresh color and a earthy palette of neutrals. You'll see this everywhere from eye shadow to foundation. Less is more and the nearly nude face with matte lips is trending now.

So one of the best ways to try this new look out for yourself is to stop in at Sephora or a department store counter to get a complimentary color match of these NEW ultralight foundations. These new foundations are so light and fluid that it feels like you are wearing NOTHING at all. Here are the two favorites I just purchased.

Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink Foundation (Le Teint Encre De Peau)
I first saw this foundation at Sephora earlier in September along with YSL's Touche Eclat Foundation. I ended up purchasing the latter which may be good for a cold, dry winter but WAY too oily for the fall. So I went back and purchased the Fusion Ink Foundation everyone has been raving about. Well for one thing, it slips on like nothing and is very similar in texture to Dr. Perricone's No Foundation, Foundation. The big difference is that the Fusion Ink is much more pigmented and covers better. It also will hold up for nearly 24 hours as I found out by falling asleep in it after my bodacious birthday party!

YSL Fusion Ink Foundation has a weird stick applicator so it's best to apply to the back of your hand first and apply with a Beauty Blender Sponge or a fine goat hair brush like the Esum G47. Coverage is buildable but the look you'll want is "barely there". The result is a healthy, natural look that just makes people think you have amazing skin. So now that your summer tan is fading, go and get matched up by one of the pros. This foundation is just shy of 1 oz (0.84 fl oz) and retails for about $60 plus tax but will last as a little goes a long way. My shade? BD50 Warm Honey but I may need to go lighter as my tan fades. This shade isn't as "warm" (read "yellow") as most foundations in this category which I actually like. The finish is semi-matte and looks incredible with a bit of NARS Orgasm Illuminator popped on top of the cheekbones. No setting powder is needed and this foundation did not require blotting or touch-ups.

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation
I visited Lord & Taylor to be color matched for this. I have used LM primers and tinted moisturizer before and like the product line. So I was really curious to try her new take on the ultra-light, long wearing foundation trend. Once again, this is a very light, almost watery foundation. Very similar to Dr. Perricone's No Foundation, Foundation which I really like and wear most everyday even if I'm not in full makeup. This new LM foundation however melts into your skin and leaves a lit from within glow. You can not see or even feel it on your face and it doesn't settle into fine lines or pores. Pretty amazing! This foundation comes in 24 shades and mine is Macadamia which is Light with Warm Undertones.

The best way to choose a foundation is to have it color matched to your neck in the store. Then go out and wear it in different lighting conditions: at home, dinner, outdoors, etc.
Right now Laura Mercier will do a color match in this foundation and send you home with a FREE 5 day supply. Sephora will do the same with any of their foundations and products as well. They are the only ones who sell YSL cosmetics so I often shop there.

Both of these foundations are long wearing and incredibly enough, can not be seen on the skin which is what you want for the new, "barely there" trend. This look says "See my healthy skin, not the piles of makeup I've globbed on top." So get with the program and lighten up! What's next? How about a dupe for Urban Decay's NEW Naked 3 Palette? Stay tuned!

Makeup: YSL Fusion Ink Foundation, NARS Orgasm Illuminator & Hourglass Extreme Sheen Lipgloss in Nectar. Mary Kay Mascara, Eye Shadow - Lancome

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