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Review: NYC’s All Day Long Smooth Skin Foundation

I used to be the type of gal who wore one foundation, and one foundation only. For a while, in my yoof, it was Estee Lauder’s Double Wear; then, on the recommendation of one Beauty Bootcamp, it was MAC’s Face …

Wed, Feb 6, 2013, 07:30

   

I used to be the type of gal who wore one foundation, and one foundation only. For a while, in my yoof, it was Estee Lauder’s Double Wear; then, on the recommendation of one Beauty Bootcamp, it was MAC’s Face And Body; more recently, if I’m faithful to one foundation it is YSL’s Le Teint Touche Éclat.

What all of these foundations have in common is that they are relatively expensive – and, as I have lately become a bit of a chopper and a changer when it comes to base, depending on what I have on that day (heavy for TV, BB Cream for buzzing around at home, mineral foundation if I feel my skin needs a rest, Origins anti-ageing foundation if I need a rest, and so on), NYC’s All Day Long Smooth Skin Foundation was really high on my list of things to try.

Image via By Sjanty

First things first: this foundation is cheap. And by cheap, I mean €3.99 cheap, so I wasn’t expecting amazing things from it. Consistency-wise, I found it closer to Mac Face And Body than Double Wear, by which I mean it’s not as super-thick as you’d think a long-lasting foundation would be. The colour I was sent, Classic Ivory, is miraculously perfect for my pale-but-not-ghostly skin tone and, using a foundation brush – by Nima Brush, review of which to come – it went on really evenly.

Here’s my face, slathered in this foundation. Verdict? I liked it just fine. It doesn’t give the glowy effect of YSL’s Le Teint Touche Éclat, but nor does it give the super-mattified look of No7′s Perfectly Matte. It lasted the day, although after around seven hours it was looking a bit the worst for wear, so the 14-hour claim falls a little short. As my mammy would say: it’s grand. And for €3.99, who can say fairer than that?

Have you tried NYC’s foundations? Do you rate cheap bases, or do you always go higher end?

NYC makeup is available in Penneys and most good pharmacies