Thursday, 1 August 2013

The Dream Team.

A good few months back, my skin was throwing a bit of a hissy-fit, and I experienced one of the worst breakouts I've ever had. Once the spots disappeared, I was left with hyperpigmentation which my usual choice of NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser just wasn't covering. I rushed out and bought the Estée Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage Makeup, which I tried to use as a concealer, then applied a foundation on top of it... but I really didn't like the results.
This product is definitely the most full coverage product I have ever used in my life... and not in a good way: I had a serious case of 'cake-face' and it was not my best look.

I abandoned any hope of ever using it again until a thought struck me a couple of weeks ago... why not mix in a small amount with my beloved NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser? I was matched to the shade Cuba back when I had a bit of a tan, and I had found the Estée Lauder Medium/Deep shade too light for my skin tone... so perhaps a blend of the two would create a perfect match. I dreaded the re-appearance of my old friend 'cake -face' so thought, "What about adding in another favourite to the mix to amp up the radiance... like, maybe, the L'Oréal Paris Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer?"

Mixing together a small blob (technical term, there) of the Estée Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover, one pump of the L'Oréal Paris Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer and a generous squeeze (I'm getting super technical now... aren't I?) of the NARS product and lo-and-behold 'The Dream Team' was created. Super light and breathable makeup, with great coverage, and all without compromising on the radiance factor. It's my skin, but so much better.

I apply this concoction with my fingers - where extra coverage is needed, I apply several light and super thin layers, each one blended carefully with my hands until the next is applied. Not a drop of concealer needed, and I love that I can build up the coverage from barely-there to full, all without a hint of the dreaded cake-face... I think I'm onto a winner.


  1. I've stopped mixing base products... Not sure why but this post makes me want to start again! This combination sounds amazing. I love when you find a new combo - it's always so exciting :)


    1. I'm a chemistry nerd - mixin' up base is a guilty pleasure :-) x

  2. That sounds amazing. Makes me want to mix some products around to see what I can come up with. Beauty alchemy! :)

  3. Hi,

    Found your blog via twitter - #bbloggers and i'm so glad i did! firstly i love the name of your blog! ^^ secondly i still need to try the nars tinted moisturizer lol :(

    new follower!

    come check out mine if you'd like to :)

    Zara (Bows and Pearls)

    1. The NARS tinted moisturizer is SO good, highly recommend you get it yourself! Thanks for following :) x

  4. Hi Ambi, I do this too! I love the L'Oreal primer and always mix it into my foundation - sooo good.

    Love your blog! x


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