Dior, Chanel, YSL Foundation Update…………What I Loved and Loathed!

Hi Everyone,

I want to give an update on makeup i have used for a while now and how i’m getting on with it. If it was actually worth the money; etc.

I have bought plenty of products and raved about them at the time or said they’re nothing special too. I have changed my mind after wearing some products continuously in all types of weather conditions and also how they sit on my skin and in the lines on my face.

Chanel Dior and YSL Foundations

YSL Fusion Ink Foundation, B30. Original Review Here.

I bought this last year and raved about it at the time. It is quite lightweight and dries down quite matte.

I now find that it’s my least favourite foundation and i reach for it less and less each day.YSL Fusion Ink Foundation

Problem is, after wearing it for a few hours, 3-4. It just highlights the lines on my face and it gives my skin a one dimensional finish that makes it look dull and lifeless. I think i also bought a shade a touch too dark for my skin as well. Shame really but i shall not be repurchasing and i don’t think i will finish this one unless i run out of other foundations to use.

Dior Star Studio Makeup Foundation. 020 Original Review here.

Dior Studio Makeup Star Foundation

Raved about by many bloggers when it was released last year. I didn’t think it was so amazing. Average in fact!

The problem at the time was, when i tried out the samples, it was a really hot summer and it melted off my face a bit.

Recently, i found a sample of it in the back of my makeup drawer and i decided to give it another go. The weather has cooled off because we are heading into Autumn now.

I love it! It didn’t highlight any lines on my face at all. Stayed put the whole day in work with only one powder touch up at lunchtime. It also gave my face a healthy glow. I was going to buy the Dior Forever foundation, (a staple of mine that gives fuller coverage ) and have bought this instead.Diorskin Star Foundation shade card

Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet, 20. Original Review Here.

My thoughts haven’t changed a great deal about this foundation but it’s still worth mentioning because i use it in one of two ways and it is a ‘Holy Grail’ foundation.

It just works so beautifully with my skin tone and my normal/combination skin. I love the shade and how it seamlessly blends in with my skin. Such a natural look every time and weightless.

It does dry down to a matte finish but unlike YSL Fusion Ink; which looks quite flat on my skin, this one still gives a luminous finish.

Now i said i use this in two ways. First is just as it is and the second way is, if i want extra luminosity; i add a drop of Chanel’s Tan de Chanel sheer illuminating fluid. This just gives that extra illumination and it’s lovely when i finish with a bronzer.

Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Cream Compact Makeup 20 Beige. Original Review Here.

I love the fluid version but haven’t bought it since i started using the Perfection Velvet foundation; however, i do use this one when i need a bit of extra coverage.Vitalumiere Aqua Compact

I have periodic break outs and the more light weight foundations do not cover my redness or blemishes so well. Rather than cover my skin with a ton of heavy concealer, i use this foundation instead.

It’s still great because i love the shade, it isn’t drying at all and doesn’t settle into lines. It also doesn’t feel heavy on the skin like other heavier coverage foundations. The great thing about this foundation is that you can buy refills, which are a lot cheaper than having to buy the whole compact again.

Overall Verdict.

I don’t buy too many different foundations by other brands because Dior and Chanel always work well for me and i always end up being disappointed with others. It is an expensive mistake to make if they don’t work out.

Even though i don’t use Clinique foundations at the moment, i think the redness solutions foundation deserves a big shout out because it gives great weightless medium coverage with a natural finish and at a fraction of the cost of both Dior and Chanel ones. I also love some by Guerlain too.

What foundations work well for you and why? Take care and i will see you all soon. 😉


    • September 14, 2015 / 9:14 pm

      I know. I wish it was high street priced though ha ha. I am dreaming.

  1. ladyjicky
    September 14, 2015 / 8:39 am

    I have dry skin but I do think some foundations are for summer and some for winter!
    I have 5 of them …. love Guerlain’s Lingerie de Peau in 02- just perfect but my Holy Grail is Max Factor Ageless Elixor 2in 1 Foundation and Serum in 50-Natural. Yes – true!! Its just fantastic and bloody hell – cheap!
    Urban Decay Naked Skin is lovely but light – good for summer and I have the shade 3.5 – love it. Then I bought clarins True Radiance .. its OK – a bit thick and the shade is a touch dark – beige 107. Then the stupidest thing I have EVER , EVER bought and the most $$$$ – Estee Lauder Re-Nutrive Ultra Radiance — they matched me to ICI Cool Bone ! its thick as a brick and not that moisturizing for the $$$ plus the shade is too light but I put a bit of the Clarins with it and then its sort of OK but ….. Rrrrr the price . We cannot exchange like the USA can – Rrrrrr … again !!!! LOL
    Max Factor and Guerlain are the ones that make me smile ! LOL

    • September 14, 2015 / 9:10 pm

      Wow !You own a few. Guerlain are lovely. I used to use Parure by them. Loved it! I sort of go for the light weight ones these days and the Dior Star is gorgeous. Chanel Perfection Velvet is a ‘must have’.
      I tried a sample of Estee Lauder Double Wear. Possibly the worst foundation for setting right into fine lines and making you look at least 10 years older. It did with me. Couldn’t wait to get it off and it made my skin feel slightly uncomfortable and tight too. Phew! Thankfully i never bought that one. I love the skin care by EL though.
      Thanks for your input and i like the idea of the Urban Decay Naked Skin. They have a concealer out in that too don’ t they!

  2. September 15, 2015 / 1:06 am

    Great post! I’ve been curious about the Chanel cream compact for a while so it was nice to hear someone else’s opinion on it! Thanks for sharing 🙂


    • September 15, 2015 / 7:31 am

      No problem Ashley. It’s a really nice product and Paula’s Choice gives it top marks too. xx

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