|Above: The Eve Lom color collection has finally arrived!|
|Above: This foundation comes in a sleek, frosted lucite bottle with a pump dispenser.|
Since then, I have had the chance to swatch every shade in this formula (special thanks to Gabby at Space NK, Fashion Island) in various lighting situations and hope that the following shade descriptions and images are useful should you have to order this foundation sight unseen.
|Above: The foundation retails for $60 for 1 fl oz.|
|Above: "Back matter" on the foundation packaging.|
|Above: The full ingredients list. NO scent!|
|Above: Vanilla 4 is a perfect match for my NC 23-25 skin.|
|Above: The pump dispense is extremely precise and allows me to control how much product I choose to release.|
Texture, Coverage + Finish: Despite being a liquid formula, this unscented wonder has a very creamy texture that is easy to blend into the skin. I would deem this a medium, buildable to full, coverage foundation that dries to a satin-matte finish, most reminiscent of the By Terry Densiliss and the Suqqu Frame Fix N formulas. A single pump dispenses enough product to cover the entire face in a medium coverage sense. A pump and a half (this can be done!) is perfect for building up full coverage in the areas you might desire it. I apply this with a damp beauty blender to achieve this effect.
Performance + Wear: Over moisturizer (lately, either the La Prairie Swiss Ice Crystal Oil or Sunday Riley Isis...in the testing phase), a bit of LMdB Peau Vierge #2 (non-negotiable!) and a touch of primer (either Rouge Bunny Rouge Genesis Original Skin or Jouer Anti-Aging Moisture Primer), this formula lasts 6-7 hours; there is no streaking or patchiness over the duration of wear, even in warmer climates (as my classroom often is). Also, due to its fairly matte (though decidedly skin-like) finish, I don’t usually set this with powder; however, I may touch up my nose with a bit around noon or so. Since I’ve experimented with this for only a couple of weeks, I cannot yet speak to its lifting abilities but I can confirm that the ingredients have been kind to my ultra-sensitive skin...no breakouts or irritation whatsoever!
Onto the swatches and shade descriptions:
2. Ivory: Very light beige with neutral to rosy undertones...N/NW 10-15
3. Ecru: Light beige with pale yellow undertones...NC 15-20
4. Vanilla: Light to light-medium beige with neutral to yellow undertones...N/NC 23-25
5. Linen: Light to light-medium beige with neutral undertones...N/NW 23-25
6. Cream: Medium beige with pronounced golden undertones...NC 27-30 (darker than 7 Beige)
7. Beige: Medium beige with neutral to yellow undertones...N/NC 25-27
8. Petal: Medium beige with golden pink undertones...N/NW 30
9. Wheat: Medium to medium-darker beige with pronounced golden undertones...NC 30-35 (darker than 10 Bamboo and possessing the same undertones as 6 Cream)
10. Bamboo: Medium to medium-darker beige with neutral to yellow undertones...N/NC 30)
11. Glow: Medium to medium-darker beige with neutral to slightly rosy undertones...N/NW 30-35
12. Honey: Medium-dark beige with pronounced golden undertones...NC 35-40 (possessing the same undertones as 9 Wheat)
13. Ginger: Medium-dark beige with warm peachy undertones...N/NC 40
14. Blush: Medium-dark beige with neutral undertones...N 40
15. Sienna: Dark beige with neutral to golden undertones...N/NC/NW 45
|Above (from L-R): Eve Lom 3, Eve Lom 4, Koh Gen Do 213, Hourglass Immaculate in Golden, By Terry Densiliss #7 and Kanebo Sensai Cellular Performance Cream Foundation in #22 Natural Beige.|
I was also compelled to compare the Eve Lom shades 3 Ecru and 4 Vanilla with other current foundation matches (all around NC 23-27) in my rotation. The images below are the result of said compulsion ; )
|Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.|
|Above: Swatches in the shade.|
|Above: Swatches in intense direct sunlight.|
Below: Images of the Eve Lom Radiance Lift Foundation on my face in various lighting situations...
|Above: In indoor lighting.|
|Above: In nearly direct sunlight.|
|Above: Outdoors in mixed lighting.|
|Above: In the shade.|
|Above: Outdoors with a flash.|
|Above: In outdoor mixed lighting.|
Bottom Line: The Eve Lom Radiance Lift Foundation is a brilliant addition to the foundation world. Featuring an impressive range of shades, this satin-matte, unscented, medium coverage formula with respectable lasting power and anti-aging benefits is sure to put the Eve Lom color line on the map. Overall, I am completely pleased with the performance and a delighted to integrate it into my current foundation rotation (more on what that currently comprises in the very near future!).