Thursday, 6 February 2014

Base shades

This post is purely for reference purposes. I will keep it updated as I trial new products and will link to it from other posts where relevant.

It can sometimes be difficult to ascertain how somebody's experience of a product may relate to your own, or whether something may work for you without knowing what shade/type of skin the person has. I'm fair, and have combination skin that can be fairly oily in the T-zone, but definitely experiences some dehydration in winter. I tend to prefer a medium coverage.


  • Bourjois 123 Colour Correct CC Cream - 31 Ivory
  • Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua - B20
  • Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation - Ivory (way too pink)
  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation - Light 3
  • Dior Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing makeup - Light Beige 020 (seamless match)
  • Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint - Warm Ivory (a good summer shade)
  • Jouer Matte Moisture Tint - Linen
  • Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer - SX05
  • Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer - Nude
  • Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation - Rose ivory
  • Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide - Vanille
  • L'Oreal True Match Foundation - D1W1 Golden Ivory
  • MAC - NW20
  • Make Up For Ever Liquid Lift Foundation - #10
  • Marc Jacobs Marvelous Mousse Tranformative Foundation - 22 Bisque Light
  • Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid - 10 Ivory
  • NARS Sheer Glow - Deauville
  • NARS Sheer Matte - Deauville
  • Shiseido Sun Protection Liquid Foundation - SP50 (I only wear this in summer)
  • Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation 16Hr - 15 Opal
  • YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation - BR20 (a little light)
  • YSL Fusion Ink Foundation - BD20 (a perfect match!)
  • Bobbi Brown corrector- Light Bisque
  • Collection Lasting Perfection concealer - 2 Light
  • Make Up For Ever Full Cover concealer - Shade 3 (great for brightening under eyes, a bit light for spot concealing)
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circles eraser - Fair
  • NARS Radient Creamy concealer - Vanilla

  • Chanel Poudre Universelle Compacte - 110 Beige Clair
  • Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder - No. 20
  • Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF15 - Real Sand
  • MAC mineralize skinfinish natural - Medium
  • NARS Powder - Flesh


  1. Hi there, I have noticed that you are using Laura Mercier's Rose Ivory foundation and you are using NARS sheer glow in Deauville. Are these two colors of the same shade? I am having a problem.. trying to find a perfect match with LM's Rose Ivory. But im contemplating between fiji and Punjab.

  2. Hi Rachel - Rose Ivory has more of a pink undertone - Deauville looks more neutral/slightly yellow in comparison. I think for me, Deauville is actually the better match. I've just swatched them next to each other so you can see for yourself (in both pics LM is on the bottom, and NARS is on the top). Not familiar enough with the other NARS shades to know if Fiji or Punjab would be a closer match. Hope this helps!

  3. Thanks so much Catherine!! I tried looking from google but none of the pictures are actually true color.. They were some what distorted by the lighting so I was afraid that I might end up getting some thing lighter or darker than what I expect. It isn't too light right?

  4. No worries, as I said, the LM is slightly pinkier, but I think in terms of darkness they are similar - I get away with wearing both no problems!

  5. Thanks Catherine!!!! Btw lovely lovely blog! I followed u on bloglovin!��