Friday, February 6, 2015

Glo-Minerals LUXE Liquid Foundation + A Full Look Featuring Lipstick Queen, Mehron and Tom Ford

Above: Luxe Liquid Foundation...an excellent mineral-inflused formula with a soft-focus finish. 
I love scouring the globe for new base formulas...this time, I am happy to share my experience with the *Glo-Minerals LUXE Foundation (also available at Dermstore).  This lush liquid is brimming with mineral pigments and diamond powder to create a completely smooth canvas that lasts for hours.  The silky, medium coverage has a soft focus effect that inspired me to embrace a taupe eye and deep blackberry lip for a sundrenched winter look! 

Kindly scroll on for more details, foundation comparison swatches, images of the foundation in action and a few new products I decided to pair with it as well as the Bottom Line...

Above: The foundation comes in a frosted glass bottle and features a precise pump dispenser. 
Here are the official foundation details, courtesy of Glo-Minerals:
Above: Heavy and blended swatches of Almond in direct sunlight.  Almond is appropriate for NC25 skin.
My Impressions:

Although there are eight available shades in this formula, I was able to match myself to Almond without seeing the options in person.  Almond is a beautiful warm beige akin to appromimately NC25 skintones.  It applies with a delightfully smooth opacity and does not oxidize darker as the day wears on.  

The liquid has a velvety texture that instantly yeilds medium (easily buildable to full) coverage that still feels extremely weightless.  I was pleased by how instantly it smoothed skin and blurred my pores while simultaneously retaining a natural appearance.  The soft focus effect is semi-matte, making setting powder an option but not a necessity.  Although I wouldn't deem this a true "skin finish," the delicate glow it develops over time (which I attribute to the inclusion of diamond powder) is simply delightful.  

The foundation, which is unscented (!), has decent lasting power.  Each time I have worn it, I have experienced 6-7 hours of comfortable, flawless wear, even in warm and sunny conditions.  Combine that with anti-aging ingredients and a dash of sunscreen and this is one lovely formula.

All in all, the Glo-Minerals LUXE Liquid Foundation is a brilliantly afforable medium coverage, long lasting, skin-friendly choice! 

Above: Current foundation All Stars (links to their respective reviews in the image below). 
I was inspired to offer some comparison swatches from formulas in my current rotation...although Almond looks slightly darker than some of my other befitting options, the light texture blends to perfectly match my NC 25 skin.  I would deem it most similar in tone to the Zelen's Age Control Foundation in Beige.
Above (from L-R): Tom Ford Tracless Perfecting Foundation in Natural (@NC 30),  Zelens Age Control Foundation in Beige (@NC 25-27), Gucci Face Lustrous Glow Foundation in #50 (@NC 23), Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting in Fawn (@ NC 23) and Glo-Minerals Luxe in Almond (@NC 25). 
Above: A quintessential blackberry, the transparent finish of the Lipstick Queen Bete Noire in Possessed Sheer makes this deep shade entirely wearable.
The super even soft-focus canvas created by the LUXE Liquid Foundation seemed the perfect time to try out a rich (yet translucent) blackberry lip.  The lastest installment from Lipstick Queen--Bete Noire in Possessed Sheer--is decadently gorgeous for the cooler months.  With a nourishing, balm-like texture (similar to the cult favorite, Hello Sailor), this lipstick imparts just enough pigmentation to create deeply flushed and juicy lips that look healthy and au currant. 

Above: A swatch of Possessed Sheer in direct sunlight. 
Official details, courtesy of Lipstick Queen

“I was inspired by the dark sensuality within us all when creating these three beautiful takes on black cherry lips. They’re glamorous, intriguing and yet with no hint of goth about them thanks to the warm, blackberry tone of these dark, midnight shades. This seductive collection will bring drama and intensity to your lips so get ready to embrace your dark side!” 

--Poppy King, Lipstick Queen Founder.

Embrace this season’s glamorous dark lip with Bête Noire, a super-flattering blackberry shade in three chic, flattering and seductive formulations. Possessed Sheer is a silky, wet formula for a mere crush of forest fruits on the lips. Enriched with anti-oxidant Vitamin E and nourishing moisturizing oils, this lipstick keeps lips soft, comfortable and hydrated. 

Above: Two coats of Lipstick Queen Bete Noire Possessed Sheer alone on the lips.
Above: Mehron Celebre Saffron powder...a brightening yellow that evens skin and sets makeup effortlessly.
I decided to add a light dusting of the Mehron Celebre Pro-HD Loose Mineral Powder in Saffron (a soft, translucent yellow) to further enhance the soft-focus finish and set my makeup for the duration of a long day.  This ultra-fine formula is so light and airy that it practically floats onto the face.  It banishes unwanted shine without dampening the beauty of the makeup already applied...magnifique! 

Official details from Mehron

Celebre Pro-HD Loose Mineral Powder is the perfect luxurious matte finishing powder that perfectly compliments both Celebré Pro-HD™ Cream and Powder foundations. Made of French delaminated talc that is transparent, offering no whitening, keeping your colors bright and true. It improves slip and adhesion and offers lubricity. This ultra-fine powder provides the finishing touch that perfects and sets makeup for a healthy, flawless coverage. This Multi-mineral Complex promotes the body’s vigor and skin moisturization and prevents the skin from dehydrating while providing flexibility and softness to skin.Celebre Pro-HD Loose Mineral Powder is offered in 3 convenient shades to compliment all skin tones. 

Above: A swatch of the Mehron powder in Saffron in direct sunlight.  Although it looks yellow, it applies without imparting an obvious color. 
Above: Beiges, deep taupes and sheer blackberry 
Products used in the look that follows:
Above: Applying Lipstick Queen Bete Noir in Possessed Sheer
Above: Mixed lighting, no flash.
Above; Direct sunlight with a flash.
Above: Direct sunlight...Tom Ford Spice + NARS Himalia on the lids. 
Above: Direct sunlight, no flash.
Above: Direct sunlight, with a flash.
Above: Outdoor shade, with a flash.
Above: Last look.
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Bottom Line: The Glo-Minerals LUXE Foundation (also available at Dermstore) is a marvelous option for those seeking silky medium coverage with a gloriously soft finish focus.  The price point is affordable and the performance is impressive!

Integrate a touch of the ultra smooth Mehron Celebre HD Pro Loose Mineral Powder in Saffron and a swath of the Lipstick Queen Bete Noire Possessed Sheer lipstick and it is entirely easy to create a sundrenched winter look that equal parts classic and modern. 

Good things ahead including my Valentine's Day mini gift guide, a spotlight on Omorovicza, some new product procurements and a "what's in my purse" feature.  Now that I'm on the cusp of the weekend, I look forward to having a chance to properly respond to your latest emails and comments as well!

xx,

--The Beauty Professor


** Some PR samples provided for review (denoted by an asterik...the rest purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own. 
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12 comments:

  1. That foundation looks great! Thanks for posting about one that is under the radar; I'd not have known about it otherwise. And the blackberry lipstick is very pretty! I hadn't seen anything in that line for a long time that i wanted, but you've changed my mind!

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    1. Thanks, Suzanna! I am glad you appreciate the "under the radar" finds as much as I do!

      So excited that you are intrigued by the latest from Lipstick Queen...xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    1. Indeed, Clever Girl ; ) It is a wonderfully dark shade!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  3. Thanks BP! Great post. Never, ever get tired of the foundation posts!!!!

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    1. But of course, Lynn...thank you! You and me both, girl ; )

      Hope your weekend is going well!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  4. I know you love your nudes, but that blackberry lip is absolutely smashing with your eyes (and a color after my own heart.) So glad to see more companies going with unscented foundations. It seems so unnecessary and is such a common source of irritation. And now you've given me cause to explore yet another foundation! Many thx.

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    1. Hi Robyn,

      Wow...thank you so much! I am glad you like the lippie! I agree...it is so refreshing to encounter unscented foundations that perform well. Let me know your thoughts on this formula if you try it!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  5. I saw your post on the saffron powder. Have you used the Ben Nye Banana Powder ? Is it similar to that one ?

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    1. I have not tried it on the face but I have swatched the Banana Powder...I find the Saffron to be more finely milled and invisible on the skin. Love it!

      xoxo,

      --The Beauty Professor

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    2. Thanks ! Are the colors pretty much the same or is Saffron more yellow ?

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    3. Of course! In my experience, they are very similar in tone.

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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