Here's my 9th snapshot/mini review of 4 things I'm using regularly right now.
The Givenchy Teint Couture Balm is not my usual type of foundation. I've not dabbled in Givenchy foundations before because I always find the shades a bit too dark for me. This product came to my attention via Sali Hughes-she wrote about it and I really trust her opinion. The formula is quite a dense cream but the coverage is light to medium at best. I tend to use this at the weekend when I want a lighter base and I do like it. I am using the shade 3 Nude Sand which is a surprisingly good match for me and rather than adding colour to the face, the formula just seems to even everything out. Having said that, this is a glowy base that I need to set with powder and re-powder a couple of times a day. It's a bit heavier than a tinted moisturiser but a lot less than my usual full coverage week day base. I just whack it on with my fingers and smooth out.
Adding to the glowy base the Givenchy offers, I have been using the Becca Backlight Priming Filter after I finished up using the Marc Jacobs coconut face primer (which is hands down the best primer I have ever tried). This primer from Becca has a slightly thicker cream texture and a definite peachy undertone to it. The peach tone isn't visible on the skin but it definitely imparts a glow/luminosity to the skin. The Marc Jacobs primer has a slight tackiness to it which I believe helps foundation to stick longer and I don't feel the same tackiness with this primer. But it definitely gives the skin a more radiant, soft focus look and it seems to work well with any of the foundations I have tried over it. There's a lot of positive hype around this primer-I just don't love it as much as I did with the Marc Jacobs. I would say if you have very dry, dull skin this is a good option, otherwise I would go for the Marc Jacobs.
This is my second experience with the Kate Somerville range-and my first experience was not a positive one. The Goats Milk cream broke me out really badly, and I donated it to my mum. I'm happy to say that this Oil Free Moisturizer is much more agreeable to my skin. I bought this cream before I went through the menopause and my skin was a bit oilier and it's probably not something I would pick up now-but that doesn't mean I don't like it. I love the hygienic dispenser of this moisturiser even though the packaging is a bit chunky. This is a really light, unfragranced cream that absorbs instantly, providing just enough hydration. There's no greasy residue left behind and it seems to even out the skin. It's a great base for make up and doesn't destabilize anything you place over the top of it.
The Trish McEvoy Intense Gel Liner is immense. I have the shade Deep Aubergine and it was included in a Trish McEvoy gift set and wouldn't be something I would usually pick up. Deep Aubergine is a very dark blackened purple colour-it really pulls out green tones in my eyes. The formula is so smooth and almost fluid for a pencil liner. I love the fact this is much softer than black and is so easy to work with. I'm tempted to get more!
I'd love to know if you have tried any of these products and how they're working for you!