Tuesday, 30 December 2008

T Leclerc Matte Liquid Foundation

RRP: £26/$37 for 30ml
# of shades available: 6

--What does the promo say?--
"This matte-finish foundation is a hybrid of fluid and powder foundations, ideal for oily and combination skins. The formula contains rice starch, providing an opaque coverage."

--About the brand--
Théophile LeClerc formulated a rice-based face powder in 1881. Its popularity exploded and a range of LeClerc face powders are still available today alongside eyeshadows, lipsticks and other cosmetics. (Not to be confused with E Leclerc, which is France's nearest equivalent to Tesco.)

An attractive opaque glass canister with pump mechanism, in a grey and pink box. The brand logo provides classiness and timelessness and the bottle itself is easy to use: just shake before use, and then press down once on the pump for a perfect amount of foundation. The only small problem is that the opening does 'weep' a little after you've pumped once, but there is also a see-through plastic lid to prevent leakage from this area.

"Shake the product well before use," advises the T Leclerc website. "Warm the foundation in your palm then apply sparingly with your fingers. Starting from the centre of the face, blend it off on the neck line." No problems here.

Unfortunately I was unable to choose my foundation shade, and the one I ended up with is a little too dark. However, it's versatile stuff and responds well to being blended with moisturiser, tinted moisturiser or suncream to achieve a better match. Once applied, it evens out complexion and provides a healthy glow.

No complaints - even especially prominent blemishes are made less noticeable.

Again, no complaints: it's creamy, but doesn't feel comedogenic on the skin; it's not runny or sticky.

You only need a small amount to cover your whole face, so certainly a bottle lasts an encouragingly long time. It also seems to adhere well, not coming off even if you're inclined to frequently touch your face without meaning to. It does, however, come off easily when you do want it to.

--Value for money--
It's perhaps a little pricey and certainly is the most expensive foundation I've ever used (it also contains SPF15, which in my view they don't publicise enough). In the right shade it would be excellent and you need have no qualms about how long one bottle lasts you: a small amount goes a very long way, it dries powder-light, and is still great for those who require extra coverage.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Love your blog. I'll have to give some of this foundation a try. Here's a great vid I found that has tips for applying foundation for a winter look. http://www.salonhive.com/videos/video/743/How-to-Apply-Foundation-for-Winter-Makeup