|Above: The Eve Lom color collection has finally arrived!|
When the news surfaced a few months ago that the cult skincare line Eve Lom would be releasing a color collection, lovers of esoteric and difficult-to-locate beauty waited with bated breath for its arrival at Space NK’s across the globe. Thanks to my dear friend and fellow foundation fanatic Wendy, who texted me swatches of shade candidates (one day when I was home with a bad cold) as soon as she spotted the line in early March, I am now the proud owner of the Eve Lom Radiance Lift Foundation in #4 Vanilla, a light beige that is perfect for my current NC 23-25 skin tone.
|Above: This foundation comes in a sleek, frosted lucite bottle with a pump dispenser.|
|Above: The foundation retails for $60 for 1 fl oz.|
Kindly scroll on for details, musings, swatches aplenty, shade descriptions and images of the Eve Lom Radiance Lift Foundation on my face…
|Above: “Back matter” on the foundation packaging.|
Here’s what SpaceNK has to say about this formula…
|Above: The full ingredients list. NO scent!|
|Above: Vanilla 4 is a perfect match for my NC 23-25 skin.|
|Above: The pump dispense is extremely precise and allows me to control how much product I choose to release.|
Texture, Coverage + Finish: Despite being a liquid formula, this unscented wonder has a very creamy texture that is easy to blend into the skin. I would deem this a medium, buildable to full, coverage foundation that dries to a satin-matte finish, most reminiscent of the By Terry Densiliss and the Suqqu Frame Fix N formulas. A single pump dispenses enough product to cover the entire face in a medium coverage sense. A pump and a half (this can be done!) is perfect for building up full coverage in the areas you might desire it. I apply this with a damp beauty blender to achieve this effect.
Performance + Wear: Over moisturizer (lately, either the La Prairie Swiss Ice Crystal Oil or Sunday Riley Isis…in the testing phase), a bit of LMdB Peau Vierge #2 (non-negotiable!) and a touch of primer (either Rouge Bunny Rouge Genesis Original Skin or Jouer Anti-Aging Moisture Primer), this formula lasts 6-7 hours; there is no streaking or patchiness over the duration of wear, even in warmer climates (as my classroom often is). Also, due to its fairly matte (though decidedly skin-like) finish, I don’t usually set this with powder; however, I may touch up my nose with a bit around noon or so. Since I’ve experimented with this for only a couple of weeks, I cannot yet speak to its lifting abilities but I can confirm that the ingredients have been kind to my ultra-sensitive skin…no breakouts or irritation whatsoever!
Eve Lom Radiance Lift Foundation Shade Descriptions (not official…my designations only!):
1. Alabaster: Very light beige with yellow undertones…NC 10-15
2. Ivory: Very light beige with neutral to rosy undertones…N/NW 10-15
3. Ecru: Light beige with pale yellow undertones…NC 15-20
4. Vanilla: Light to light-medium beige with neutral to yellow undertones…N/NC 23-25
5. Linen: Light to light-medium beige with neutral undertones…N/NW 23-25
6. Cream: Medium beige with pronounced golden undertones…NC 27-30 (darker than 7 Beige)
7. Beige: Medium beige with neutral to yellow undertones…N/NC 25-27
8. Petal: Medium beige with golden pink undertones…N/NW 30
9. Wheat: Medium to medium-darker beige with pronounced golden undertones…NC 30-35 (darker than 10 Bamboo and possessing the same undertones as 6 Cream)
10. Bamboo: Medium to medium-darker beige with neutral to yellow undertones…N/NC 30)
11. Glow: Medium to medium-darker beige with neutral to slightly rosy undertones…N/NW 30-35
12. Honey: Medium-dark beige with pronounced golden undertones…NC 35-40 (possessing the same undertones as 9 Wheat)
13. Ginger: Medium-dark beige with warm peachy undertones…N/NC 40
14. Blush: Medium-dark beige with neutral undertones…N 40
15. Sienna: Dark beige with neutral to golden undertones…N/NC/NW 45
**Any high-end foundation formula with fifteen shade options is impressive; that being said, these shades tend to offer a wealth of possibilities for those with light and medium skin. The darkest toned 15 Sienna is a lovely option for those in the N/NC/NW 45 range, but I would love to see additional shades for those with complexions darker than this.
|Above (from L-R): Eve Lom 3, Eve Lom 4, Koh Gen Do 213, Hourglass Immaculate in Golden, By Terry Densiliss #7 and Kanebo Sensai Cellular Performance Cream Foundation in #22 Natural Beige.|
|Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.|
|Above: Swatches in the shade.|
|Above: Swatches in intense direct sunlight.|
|Above: In indoor lighting.|
|Above: In nearly direct sunlight.|
|Above: Outdoors in mixed lighting.|
|Above: In the shade.|
|Above: Outdoors with a flash.|
|Above: In outdoor mixed lighting.|
Have YOU tried anything from the new Eve Lom color line? Thoughts?
Good things on the blog in the coming days including a closeup of the Chantecaille Spring 2014 lip color, skincare travel essentials, more (!) foundation swatches, the Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Powder (which I just received on Tuesday) and the latest addition to my Seth Wegter bags collection!
Have a beautiful rest of the week…xx,
–The Beauty Professor
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