"No make up make up" or "no foundation foundation" - many girls, including myself, have the aspiration to just look like you've rolled out of bed looking shit hot. But let's face it, most of us want something on there anyway to fake it ;) Perricone MD formulated a foundation for just that, and I had a chance to give it a whirl - the Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation.
So some basic facts first. This product only comes in one shade (alarm bells? Mine too) as it has shade adaptation technology, and it's meant to add a glow to your skin to make you look naturally lovely and healthy. In theory, that's great because that's what we want right? But as it always seems to come down to with products like this on the market - you've got to have the basics to make these things work.
What I mean by that is that you have to already have pretty damn good skin - which we all know, I don't. I have acne scarring, and more so now that my cheeks which had never seen a spot in their lives, have decided to break out as well. If you have freckles you like to cover (God knows why, they're so cute!), or said acne scars the No Foundation Foundation will do absolutely 0. Below a tinted moisturiser, it's more like Germolene - you see the pink, but once you rub it in, it's not that pink anymore.. sad times.
What the No Foundation Foundation definitely does do though, is add glow. I'm not quite sure how it does it, but it adds a healthy tinge of warmth and a strange sort of pearlescent glow which you may or may not be able to see in the swatch above - it's just not completely flat and has that kind of light reflecting property without being glittery. It's also good for minor minor discolourations (i.e. just to even out your skin a little bit) and it also has the great properties of being paraben-free and with SPF30. On areas where I have no problems i.e. tops of my cheeks - this product is fab.
But it seems me and NFF were not meant to be. Afterall, I do have horrible acne scarring and this foundation does have the texture for a dry skinned gal (although the brand website says it's suitable for all skintypes, I'm quite skeptical!) - it feels like it has a bit of oil in it that leaves you with a dewy finish, and while I'm sure it will nourish the parched my skin is oiled up as it is.
At £47, it's not my kinda thing. For a person with a scarred up face, I do like my share of low coverage and do embrace my skin from time to time - but this is just a step too dangerous for the poor people who would have to look upon me that day! The Perricone MD No Founation Foundation is something I'd recommend to someone with near perfect skin, or people who want a tint in their SPF and usually don't wear foundation. I would also recommend giving it a sniff and a shade check before you purchase - the smell is slightly odd.. For girls, like myself, who are far from the finish line in terms of our skin woes - it's probably best to wait until you run through that ribbon!
What low coverage base do you enjoy?
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