Sunday, August 30, 2015

Classic + Polished Beauty: The New La Prairie Skin Caviar Foundation

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Above: Freshly reformulated, just in time for fall releases.
The opulent La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation (originally reviewed HERE) has recently undergone a reformulation.  Ever the obsession for skincare and foundation aficionados, I am happy to confirm that the fundamental beauty of this revolutionary formula is intact, along with a gorgeous packaging update, a fresh shade selection and an improvement in lasting power!

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the new La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation in action as well as the Bottom Line...

la prairie skin caviar foundation honey beige
Above: The coordinating concealer 
Now housed in the iconic blue packaging, synonymous with the La Prairie skin caviar heritage, the La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation comes in 12 shades, ranging from light alabaster to deep ebony:
  • Tender Ivory
  • Soft Ivory
  • Warm Linen
  • Créme Peche
  • Peche
  • Warm Beige
  • Honey Beige...the perfect match for my current NC 27 skin (swatches below).
  • Soleil Peche
  • Amber Beige
  • Soleil Beige
  • Mocha
  • Caramel Beige
The foundation feels slightly more lightweight than the original installment; a few dots of the silky formula, buffed out from the center of my face creates lovely medium coverage that can easily be built up to full with a touch more.  The difference lies in the feeling and finish on the skin.  Despite having sensational coverage, I feel like this formula is more lightweight in texture and the finish is a touch more radiant (though not overly glowy).  It blurs pores and smooths skin for an airbrushed effect that withstands environmental obstacles like heat, sun and humidity.  

The nourishing formula is kind to sensitive skin, offers SPF protection and wears flawlessly for hours on end; to demonstrate, I took the images of the foundation on my face (later on in this post) in 95 degree heat and humidity after 4 hours of touchup-free wear.  This foundation truly covers a multitude of imperfections while looking like absolutely nothing on the skin!  Additionally, the corresponding concealer offers even more pigment and coverage; be mindful however, a little goes a long way to brighten and lighten dark circles and discoloration.  

All in all, I am beyond pleased with this luxurious base option; it is an investment, but bear in mind that one is getting skincare benefits, foundation and concealer (much less, flawless skin) in a single entity! 
la prairie skin caviar foundation honey beige
Above: The paddle applicator enables facile distribution of the formula...just a few dots of product creates a medium to  full coverage finish.
Official details, courtesy of Nordstrom:

Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation is a luxurious cream emulsion that offers full natural-looking coverage while an exquisitely matched concealer camouflages under-eye darkness and deeper flaws while helping to support skin elasticity. The combined formula supports firming with legendary caviar extracts. It includes a foundation sponge and precision concealer brush in addition to a 2x magnifying mirror in the cap.

How to use: Shake well before applying. Smooth and blend with a foundation sponge for desired coverage. Coverage may be built by adding another light application as needed. For use as a concealer, pat onto skin with your fingertip over foundation. Use the concealer brush to blend away edges. You can also apply prior to foundation and blend with a precision concealer brush.
la prairie skin caviar foundation honey beige
Above: Swatches of Honey Beige foundation (heavy and blended) and the corresponding concealer in direct sunlight.
As aforementioned, Honey Beige is a spot on match for my NC 27 skin; it has a neutral to warm undertone that blends seamlessly and the corresponding lighter-toned, highly pigmented concealer banishes darkness upon contact! 

Above: Summertime foundation rotation.
la prairie skin caviar foundation swatches
Above: Swatches of all four formulas in direct sunlight.
Above: Products for a clean and polished look.
For the look that below, I employed the use of the following products:
la prairie skin caviar foundation swatches
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.
estee lauder lip potion fierce beauty
Above: I am wildly impressed with the Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lip Potion and Fierce Beauty is an excellent everyday pink.  I cannot wait to try other shades in this formula!
hourglass arch ash
Above: The Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil features an angled pencil with immense pigmentation for smooth application with the slightest amount of pressure.
hourglass arch ash
Above: A swatch of Hourglass Arch in Ash in direct sunlight.
surratt pointelliste
Above: Two Surratt Beauty mascaras worth their weight in gold...my lashes love this splendid formula and the thin brushes ensure that every lash gets its due attention.
Above: All about eyes.
The following images reflect all products in action in various lighting situations...

Above: In mixed outdoor lighting. 
Above: Outdoor shade with a flash.
Above: Direct sunlight. 
Above: Outdoor shade. 
Above: Outdoor shade with a flash.
Above: Mixed outdoor lighting. 
Above: Direct sunlight.
Above: Outdoor shade.
Above: Last look.
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Bottom Line: The reformulated La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation is absolutely exquisite; creamy, skin-fortifying, medium coverage with a nearly invisible finish, the improved lasting power on this latest release is spectacular.  Combine this gem with the transformational Hourglass Arch Sculpting Eye Pencil in Ash and the decadently flushed Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lip Potion in Fierce Beauty and clean, classic and polished beauty is easy to achieve!

Good things ahead, including more foundation, some favorite beauty gadgets and a host of new fall releases...I am also in the midst of responding to your emails and comments...thanks, as always, for your patience and support ; ) 

xx,

--The Beauty Professor

** PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  © 2012-15 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

8 comments:

  1. This foundation sounds delightful! Love the EL's Fierce color on you <3

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    1. It's absolutely divine, Wefadetogray! I find myself grabbing for it constantly and I'm continually pleased by how well it's holding up in our end of summer humidity! Thanks for the sweet words...hope your month is off to a great start, my friend.

      XOXO,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  2. oh my... was just thinking how wonderful this sounds and hoping I could find a colour match when I hopped on to the Nordies site. $215 for a foundation/concealer is unfortunately a bit much for you. Looks fantastic on you though!

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    1. Hi Neo,

      Thanks for your comment...yes, it is serious investment, but when you calculate the cost of a high end foundation, concealer and perhaps skincare or a primer (neither of which I feel I majorly need when I wear this formula), it might add up to the same price. Much appreciation for the compliment!

      XO,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  3. I am wanting to purchase this but would like to know how you feel it would operate on oily tzone, occasional dry patch cheeks? Mac nourishing is the only thing that won't allow my oil through but i truly hate their color range.

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    1. I think that this foundation would work well on combination skin like you describe; the formula is long lasting and holds up beautifully, even in heat and humidity. I am loving the reformulation!

      Hope that helps!

      xx,

      --The Beauty Professor

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  4. Hi, Rachel,

    Do you have a recommended colour match for NC23-25 with olive undertones?

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    1. Hi Anon...you may be able to get away with Honey Beige (@NC 25ish) but I hopefully will be swatching all shades soon which you may find helpful...XO,

      --The Beauty Professor

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