2016 not 1916: The Foundation Problem – When will cosmetics brands wake up?

Hi Guys,

Hope all is well and Happy Friday! Now, I was going to do a blog post today on my favourite ‘holy grail’ foundations today, but the plan has now changed… basically I was in Covent Garden fixing my iPhone yet again, (don’t ask) I took myself into the Charlotte Tilbury Flagship store in order to get some samples of her Light Wonder foundation to discuss on this planned blog post. Well….. that just changed the whole direction of today’s post!

I’m sure you all have, at some point wasted money on the wrong foundation- sold down the river by a bored sales assistant who can’t be bothered to properly colour match you. You let them put it on, take their word for it & eagerly pay for it, all excited-thinking how good your gonna look on your night out later on, yet when you get out into daylight and catch a glimpse of yourself in a passing shop window or mirror or worse still, when you get home (after walking round all day like either an ashy wannabe ghost or a perma tanned, Donald Trump look-a-like) you realise it- yep, you’ve just wasted £30 (odd) on the wrong foundation!

So upon entering Charlotte Tilbury today, I approached a member of ‘Team Tilbury’ and requested 2/3 samples of this foundation in or around my colour….The sales assistant looked at me pityingly, and mumbled something about needing to check the back for “darker” colours. She disappeared for some time, then came back and I was told… (yet again) sorry but they have NO deeper shades of foundation for samples… all of them gone! Only lighter shades left until further notice! Well…I felt like I saw Covent Garden in 360 degrees all at once, my eyes rolled so far back into my head, in fact, my eyebrows still hurt with how high I raised them. I was alienated from this brand entirely in that 15 second exchange of words. Now, let me just explain one thing about Charlotte Tilbury, I literally only went to get samples to swatch for this blog as I thought readers might like to see it. I know already, that NO Charlotte Tilbury foundations suit my skin complexion- they are all far too orange and there are only about 3 deeper shades anyway, this brand isn’t for me as far as foundation goes. This brand is designed (IMHO) for the caucasian, fair woman. Anyone who doesn’t fit in that very small box needs to look elsewhere (Below i will post a few recommendations for other brands who are more diverse in their range).

Through talking to other beauty lovers in my networks, I gleaned that the issue of a lack of foundations for the darker/deeper skins also exists at the other end of the scale… the very pale complexions too have problems getting the right match (the stunning, english rose, snow white, types). Hardly any brands actually carry foundations that go fair enough for some people! Crazy right? There was me thinking that fair people had it easy…no. They suffer the same problems we darker skinned beauties do. When there are light shades they are all seemingly very red or pinky undertones (actually, this is the similar issue with the deeper foundations). What about the very pale who have yellowish skin complexions?  What are they to do if they are lighter than the lightest shade a brand carries?

This is not the first time this has happened to me, I am quite often told by various brands, they have sold out of all darker shades (either that or I am told none suit me). This isn’t because they are more popular, this is because they don’t carry as much stock in these shades to start with. So not only are the darker shades limited in colour range and usually all red/orange based, they are also scarcely stocked. I am sure the problem is there for the very light shades too. Of the darker shades that do exist, it seems their formulations are often unstable and they just end up orange after being worn for more than a few hours, or some have complained they just go ashy- seems like no love is put in to making such colours.

Foundation Swatches for your comparison

Just so you can see, some differences I have swatched on my arm (which is a slightly different colour to my face but hey ho) some of my selection of foundations that have been colour matched to me by staff in store. What do you all think? Personally my favourites at the moment for me are M.A.C Face and Body in C7 and Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk in 8.5. The left picture is just slapped on and the right picture is lightly blended into the skin.


In order from top (wrist) to bottom (elbow):-

  • M.A.C NC45 and NW43 Studio Fix Fluid (Good all rounders, large range of colours and shades- nice medium to full coverage, good choice for MUA’s but still too orangey for me personally- 45 in the Studio Fix Fluid is a touch too light for me and 43 is a bit too dark and way to red/pink)
  • Dior Airflash in 600 (lovely application as its spray on, and build-able but bottle gets used up quick, requires lots of shaking and has slightly oxidised in the bottle so is now a bit too dark)
  • Lancome Teint Miracle in Praline (oxidises in the bottle pretty quickly tbh and ends up orange after only a few months, although started off a good summer colour for me)
  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk in 9.5 (currently a favourite, fairly expensive however, but great colour match and lovely and dewy)
  • MAC Face and Body in C7 (all round winner, also my current best match and good price point, nice and yellowy undertones for me, great for weddings and flash photography)
  • MAC Matchmaster in 7.5 (wayyyyy too orangey based for me, nice coverage however)

Foundations for different skin tones.

To cater more “unusual” skin tones (pffffttt), I have found a few good reliable and recommended brands which have a huge range with different undertones (pink, yellow and neutral) for you ladies to try:

UnknownM.A.C Face and Body – (£22.00 50ml and £29.50 120ml)

This Foundation works really well for me, and is used by lots of professional MUAs because it has clearly yellow or pink undertones (comes in different numbering system so only in N or C) because its so dewy and light it seems to absorb into the skin and takes on the skins natural colouring (current favourite) can be bought in and M.A.C store or www.maccosmetics.co.uk

Unknown-3Unknown-2NARS- Sheer Glow (£31.00) & All day Luminous Weightless Foundation (£32.00)

For those with deeper skins and yellow or olive undertones- I am recommended this time and time again- one even by sales staff on other counters. Can be bought in store or at www.narscosmetics.co.uk

Unknown-4 Illamasqua Skin Base (£32.50)

This foundation range is the most inclusive I’ve come across- because not only does it go from the very light shades for very pale people to very deep dark shades with a range of undertones it has a literally white foundation which you can add to colour to adjust them as you like (plus I know the guy who built & designed this and he made it clear to me that when he made it he really wanted to be inclusive to everyone  with every skin shade) this can can be found in store or online at http://www.illamasqua.com

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MUFE has an absolutely huge range of colours and is designed for HD TV (so is great coverage, feels list on the skin has no flashback other perks) the range is massive and goes from the very light to very dark definitely worth a try if you are very pale or deeper. This can be bought in store at Debenhams, Sephora (online for us in the uk) and also PAM London and Guru Make Up Emporium carry it too. http://www.sephora.com, http://www.debenhams.com, http://www.preciousaboutmakeup.com, www.gurumakeupemporium.com

Before I go……

It’s not the 1960s, black people wear make up too, and the world is now more and more diverse more make up brands need to keep up. Likewise they need to cater for the for the very pale. Why hasn’t there been a shift in the cosmetics industry? In my opinion because companies are worried that the darker (or very pale) shades just won’t sell. They will sit on the shelf and expire and will end up being binned at gloss to the company. They are probably right because people who have difficult skin to match, skin which doesn’t fit into the little neat square box cosmetics companies have us in, just don’t have faith in cosmetics brands and therefore they don’t bother to even look and subsequently sales are low. Ironically if they made more shades for deeper or lighter skin tones people would have more faith in and loyalty to the brands and it would sell. It’s a chicken and egg scenario and a sad state of affairs. One can only hope that in the future brands wake up and smell the coffee.

So, some food for thought guys? What are your experiences and thoughts on this topic? What brands do you use and why?

and with that I bid you all farewell for now…..


Mwah xxxx


*pictures from http://www.makeupforeverus.com, wwww.maccosmetics.co.uk, http://www.illamasqua.com, http://www.narscosmetics.co.uk


M.A.C Flamingo Park Collection- Spring 2016


Ok.. so for my first grown up product review post, I shall be reviewing the Flamingo Park collection from M.A.C – it is soon to launch here in the U.K. (4th March I believe) I got it however on a recent trip to the states who have already had it since the 4th February I think – sigh…. as usual we here in the u.k are left out in the cold patiently waiting for its release.

This collection is so fitting for Spring : Think pretty delicate things, picture flowers, petals, gentle flamingos, super girlie pinks and corals with a fresh, youthful feel.

My thoughts!

I wasn’t able to purchase the entire collection to review for you guys, and I didn’t buy the palette because let’s face it I have enough…. but i was served in store in by a great girl who had the same name as me, all credit to her the customer service was great we really got on and she hooked me up….we picked out a few key pieces from each product line, which we felt would suit my skin complexion. Now you have to understand, I am not usually one for pink when it comes to make up.  I mean, as a rule it simply doesn’t suit me, for one, I have darker skin, and for two I am very warm in complexion (so think NC or even C in Mac, very yellowy, gold suiting, olive undertoned complexion) so as a rule pinks clash with my skin and I end up looking like some sort of fake wannabe, horrendous, barbie doll, however I picked out some colours which I think I could pull off.

  • Blusher in Life’s A Picnic- now, the key with pink blusher, I personally think is, less is more- always, in no uncertain terms…. just saying no-one wants to look like crusty the clown!! I used a very light dusting of this colour to add warmth to my cheeks- too much and I would end up looking like a scary clown/barbie (use any fluffy soft powder brush to sweep on apples of cheeks and outward but with hardly any pressure)
  • Next up is a gorgeous deep bright magenta matte lipstick called ‘Have Your Cake’ (BTW: I noticed this lipstick straight away as soon as I walked in store its my favourite from this collection and i have a few of the others) – it is a bit bright so if your not one for colour I would swerve it and go for a softer pink) but i totally love it. Yes ok, its bright but, for a night out with a simple brown smokey eye the right simple outfit to compliment it i think this one is a winner!
  • I also bought the lip liner called Embrace Me which works well with the lipstick colour I chose but could work well with most  deeper pinks. I literally can’t wear lipstick without a liner nowadays so it had to be done!
  • And of course I bought that lovely lipgloss in Playful Petal ( you will get to know i love my lipgloss) which actually has lovely iridescent blue glitter flecks throughout it but I’m not sure if you can see that from the pictures- I have got a shot of just the lipgloss in there as well as lipstick with gloss over it – Personally I think this lipgloss is great for a day time, played down look.

The full collection deets……..

For the eyes!

x9 Eyeshadow Palette- Flamingo Park


9 Newley created shades- Personally I didn’t buy this palette but i saw it in the flesh and I really like the look of the bottom row- Royal Blue looks amazing and Fabulous and Roaming (both bottom row) would be great transition colours.

  • Glamour Light (lemon yellow)
  • Floridazzle (soft lime green)
  • Hello There (soft nude beige)
  • Flock and Roll (light pastel pink)
  • Sushi Flower (pinky shimmery coral)
  • Birds Eye View (magenta hot pink)
  • Roaming (dirty lavender)
  • Fabulous (warm midtown brown)
  • Royal Blue (light blue pearl)

For the lips!

mac flamingo park


  • The Fashion Flock (bright pink coral in matte finish- Limited Edition)
  • Saint Germain (amplified pink, existing colour)
  • Long Legged and Fabulous (cremesheene pearl baby pink- Limited edition)
  • Be Silly (Matte hot fascia pink Limited Edition)
  • Silly (matte bright white pink)
  • Have Your Cake (bright magenta pink in matte, Limited Edition)
  • Please Me muted (rosy pink in matte, existing colour)
  • Nice To Meet You (deep pink red in cremesheen)
  • Flocking Fabulous (cremesheene and pearl coral red)

Cremesheen Glass (Lip gloss)

  • Such Sweeties (Pastel Baby Pink)
  • Look Who’s Here (Soft pink/blue pearl)
  • Petite Indulgence (Bright blue/pink)
  • Sweet Tooth (midtone pink)
  • Playful Petal (electric magenta)
  • Chic trick- (Ampedup Fuscia)

Lip Pencils

Embrace Me – (Bright vivid fuscia pink)
In Synch (bright yellow toned pink)

Such Sweeties (Pastel Baby Pink)

For the cheeks!

mac flaming park


  • What I Fancy (Soft bright apricot)
  • Spring Flock ( Satin, light coral)
  • Pink Swoon (Satin, soft candy pink)
  • Let’s Be Friends ( Satin blue hot pink)
  • This Could Be Fun (violet pink)
  • Life’s a Picnic (Hot reddish pink)
  • Oh My (Online exclusive, reddish midtone coral)

Pearlised skin finishing powders

  • Pearl Blossom (Light pink with silver pearlised pigments)
  • Sunny Surprise (Soft peach)


  • Olive (Highly frosted, green gold)
  • Tan (Muted, pinky brown bronze)
  • Rose (Rose gold with copper sparkle)

For the nails!

Nail Lacquers

  • Spoonful Of Sugar (Soft pink glitter with pink pearl)
  • Miami (Warm Pink Coral)

So, what do you all think of the collection? Is there a pink out there for everyone? Are you a pretty in pink lover or not?  Will you be buying anything from the collection? Would love to know if you do!!!

The collection can be purchased at www.maccosmetics.com or www.maccosmetics.co.uk

(All pictures in this post if not taken by me are credited to M.A.C Cosmetics)

The official ‘Welcome to my blog’ post!

So I’m here… With my morning coffee writing my first blog post! Started this blog after much deliberation and trepidation, because basically I’m nervous about entering the vast arena of blogging. I have blogged a little before and really enjoyed it so here we go anyway.. Welcome to my blog, I am a London Town dwelling, make up artist, nail technician, day dreamer and mum. I love make up, I’m a girlie tomboy- I love talking about make up, adore reading and writing about it and of course applying it! I quite love fashion in a quirky sense of the word- I like unusual random clothes, shoes and jewellery, retro stuff (my little pony obviously) and I like eating all sorts of foods from around the world.

I aim to create a blog with a difference though, I won’t just do beauty tutorials and product reviews here, I mean that’s all well and good we will do that, but here I also want to tackle everything- from having a mad really warm skin complexion to foundation match (the struggle is real) to people on make up counters making you feel 2 feet tall in their rude and abrupt approach (I’m sure we have all been there). I will talk about everything from Mac’s latest collection and how I use it, to applying for make up jobs, where is currently hiring and getting rejected from jobs (been there too). I might even talk a bit about training in make up and my experiences freelancing and working with people who expect you to work for free or friends and family wanting handouts. I will give open and honest opinions all the time (especially on product reviews) and will give links to products and where I source them where possible, and where I find my job opportunities- I want this blog to be useful to everyone who reads in some way, even if it just makes you smile!

If you think that’s stuff you can relate to then I hope I see more of you around here! Hopefully we can all talk and share stories tips and hints!!