I think you could say I have a wardrobe of foundations:
- One I put on for night (no SPF so no white face of light reflecting)
- One to wear when I do something mildly sporty and need only very little colour WITH SPF.
- One for everyday
- One for Winter when my skin is a little on the dry side
- One for Summer that is a little darker and sweat proof ETC
Basically I have quite a few, and my search for the perfect foundation continues. Because everyone of these are a little flawed. For example the night time one is not quite the right colour, even if I love the texture. Neither is my Winter one. My every day one is the perfect custom blended colour, but not quite covering enough etc. etc.
So what is my perfect foundation?
It needs to be very covering and concealing, it needs to be light on the skin, it needs to be smudge proof and easy to apply.
Why do I place “covering and concealing” top of my list?
As I am getting older, my skin is developing a lot of dark spots and stains.
Hyperpigmentation is usually worse in darker skinned women, like myself. Age is a factor: as one gets older melanin is not as evenly distributed, and old acne scars are like a magnet for melanin as well! Add to this my early menopause caused by chemo therapy and I am an age spot’s dream!
So much fun waking up and discovering more spots that weren’t there the night before!
I am not complaining. I am blessed with very few wrinkles, and wrinkles are harder to cover up, right? I am pretty good at covering the Hyperpigmentation up, but it involves many different layers: moisturiser, primer, pore refiner, Foundation, concealer, settingpowder and/or fixing spray.
I came across a very interesting spray foundation on Instagram and I set off to find more about it. ERA Face – Spray Foundation. I found an Australian distributor that sells it. However, I needed help choosing a colour and wanted to try it. At $79, this is really something you need to feel and try.
So then I saw this photo.This photo blew my mind.
Apparently, this gorgeous girl had Fraxel laser done which left her with some pretty big pigmentation marks. Helen Sotis Make Up Artist covered it with ERA Aero Brush Foundation. I also found out she is a distributor as well.
I rang Helen and she was so lovely, and seeing she didn’t live too far from me, I made an appointment to see her.
She took the time to apply the foundation in 2 different ways (one sprayed lightly over the face and then buff it in with a kabuki brush, a stipple brush or a sponge) or spray it on a little palette (or the palm of the hand) and apply it with the fingers and buff it in with your tool of choice.
It covered EVERYTHING in one go! It is super light, cooling and very fine on the skin. It looks dewy, and doesn’t look like make up, it looks like skin. I was ecstatic!
Now before you go and think this is an exaggeration, who on earth would get so excited about a very pigmented foundation, I will let you see for yourself. This is me. Before and after.
This is one spray over the face and blending it in with my Real Techniques Expert Face brush.
What a great result!
This is what it says on the Era Beauty website:
- Medi-spa levels of vitamins & botanicals Full,
- buildable coverage that lasts day-to-night
- Loyal Hollywood following Generous 2.25 oz size
- 10 oil-free shades
On the pamphlet it expands a little more:
- 60% water
- Anti-Oxidants A, D &E
- Botanicals – Aloe Vera & Chamomile
- Mineral Pigments
- Oil-Free (non Comedogenic
- Fragrance Free
- Water & Wear Resistant
I used my Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer before the foundation, and used a translucent ELF compact powder to set and I found it lasted really well. I tested the product today, applying it 8:00AM. I worked all day, I was in and out of the car and air-conditioning , and I did a fair bit of walking in 29C muggy heat, so sweat was abundant. I also am on the phone A LOT and usually my foundation transfers badly onto my phone. I resisted the urge to touch up with a powder and I only reapplied my lipstick after lunch.
The second photo was taken at 6:00pm, when I got home.
I think for the next time i wear this, I will spray a bit of foundation on the palm of my hand and conceal areas first before I spray the rest of the face. This is a tip I picked up from the ERA website. I wear colour nr R6 Ginger.
I LOVE IT. It feels like you are not wearing anything.
I have one criticism. The packaging. It is the BIGGEST FREAKIN LID I HAVE EVER SEEN!
It makes the box look so much bigger with the spray bottle only being small. And for $79, I hope it lasts!
Do you have more than one foundation? For different occasions?
Please note, these photos are taken with my IPHONE and have not been edited whatsoever!
Til next time,