Can a new foundation TAKE OFF 10 YEARS?
The latest products promise to smooth out wrinkles, banish uneven pigmentation and basically give you a whole new skin in a bottle, but which fared best in our #nofilter camera test? Taking our cue from the startling before and after pictures created by Kate Moss's make-up guru Charlotte Tilbury and her new Magic Foundation, the Notebook team has been finding out...
CHARLOTTE TILBURY MAGIC FOUNDATION, PS29.50
Beauty Ed Lynne says: 'A sheer BB this is most definitely not - the consistency is more like concealer than foundation and it performs like it too. It still felt light to wear and made my skin tone more even, although not quite to the miraculous extent of Charlotte Tilbury's own before and afters (see pictures above and right). Then again, I'm not the woman who does Kate Moss's make-up.
I look better with it than without it, and I'd wear this for evening when I want a super-even base, but I felt too obviously made-up for daylight.' Younger skin? More even and 'done' for sure.
Younger? Only in artificial light.
best bargain Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation SPF20, PS7.99 Lynne says: 'I liked the way the original version "magically" adapted to my skin tone for a no-tidemark result and I'm even more impressed with this reformulated version.
The chameleon-like technology meant it blended seamlessly. Great coverage, and I could see the skin benefits Rimmel has chucked into the mix - there's a hint of soft focus in the finish and it's hydrating, too.' Younger skin? Yes, and a good balance between coverage and anti-ageing.
only for oily skin Bourjois Air Mat, PS9.99 (out Sept 30) Octavia says: 'I'm usually a huge fan of Bourjois foundations, but this one... yuk. It felt horrid, heavy and drying on my dry skin, emphasising every wrinkle and leaving a chalky residue. A colleague with very oily skin also tried it and thought it was so-so.' Younger skin? No. Awful on dry skin, mediocre on oily skin.
Real results, no airbrushing best designer buy Givenchy Teint Couture Balm, PS24 Before After Octavia, Deputy beauty editor (30s) 'This was an instant, "Ooh! look!" sort of product, the kind that compels me to just do one half of my face so everyone in the office can see the before and after effect. It's expensive, but it was genuinely like looking at my skin through a soft focus lens. My complexion looked immediately brighter, smoother and - yes - younger, and it feels lovely on the skin.
It's not got as much coverage as some, but personally I'd choose to wear this as an all-over base and then fine-tune undereye circles with concealer.' Younger skin? Absolutely. I'd take this over a blanket coverage base any day.
Airbrush Away Foundation, PS16.50 Before After Lynne, Beauty editor (40s) 'This is the latest finish in No7's Match Made foundations (the on-counter skin scanner will pinpoint your exact shade). The result I got was somewhere between astonishing and terrifying. While it WAS like I'd slapped a photo filter over my face (and it looked great on camera), the airbrushed effect was so full-on, my complexion looked fake in real life. I didn't like it on its own, then I realised the trick was to put back some of what had been pixelated away. A dab of blusher and highlighter, and my skin was looking like my own again - just better.' Younger skin? Yes... but only with a bit of extra work. This is NOT a 'slap on and go' option.
best for radiance Max Factor Miracle Match, PS12.99 Before After Sara, Picture editor (50s) 'Lovely! This went on smoothly and felt light on my skin, but still gave me decent coverage without looking cakey.
"Blurring" products usually work by airbrushing away shine as well as wrinkles, which can be tricky in a foundation as the mattifying pigments can end up making skin look dead. But this managed to blur wrinkles while leaving a dewy, luminous finish - my daughter, who didn't know I was testing foundations, told me my skin was looking amazing!' Younger skin? Yes!
Uneven tone airbrushed away, plus bags of extra radiance.