Back in 2012 (!), I started Beauty Professor with luxury beauty at the forefront of my brain; nearly seven years later, and opulent products are still my focus. Today, I am excited to share three new shades in one of my favorite foundation formulas, the*La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation (previously swatched and reviewed HERE).
Recently, *La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation (previously swatched and reviewed HERE) expanded its shade lineup, introducing three new hues that cater to the varied undertones of medium skin. As a general rule, this foundation consistently finds its way into my top five formulas due to its skincare benefits, impeccable natural coverage, friendliness to sensitive skin and long-lasting performance.
For the past couple of years, Amber Beige has been my best match, blending seamlessly with my N/NC 27-30 skin for most of the year. I started receiving reader questions about “Satin Nude” and “Golden Beige” about the same time that I noticed Amber Beige was no longer on the Nordstrom site. La Prairie confirmed that some of the medium shades had been redesigned to meet skin tone needs on a global level and graciously offered to send the newly updated Warm Beige, Satin Nude and Golden Beige so I could include them in my swatch catalog.
Warm Beige is excellent for NC 23-25 skin while Satin Nude works for N/NC 27-30 skin and Golden Beige is perfect for NC 25-27 skin. Currently Satin Nude is a befitting match (see images at the end this post for how it looks on my skin) but I may move to Golden Beige when winter hits and my skin is at its absolute lightest.
I hope you find the swatches below insightful…truly, this foundation is exemplary; let me know if I can help you in determining a match!
Swatches in outdoor lighting.
Swatches in direct sunlight.
A side-by-side comparison of La Prairie Nude Satin (my current match) with my classic (yet, now soon-to-be-discontinued) match, Amber Beige. Both work well for NC 27-30 skin.
In what seemed like a beautifully covert manner (I love makeup surprises), Tom Ford released new shades in the permanent collection in both matte and cream finishes. My latest *Tom Ford Lip Color and Matte Lip Color (also available at Beautylish and Neiman Marcus) procurements include:
*Naked Ambition: A pale nude beige; it’s lovely for a super subtle look or to lighten an existing lip color shade.
*Erogenous: A peachy nude…very Valley of the Dolls.
Paper Doll: A perfect cool pink with plenty of opacity and a reasonable amount of shine.
I became familiar with ICONIC London when I visited the UK in September and have since become increasingly intrigued with its strong beauty offerings. Replete with 12 rose-gold brushes that embody the a beguiling balance of style and substance, the *ICONIC London Ultimate Face Setcomes in its own blush nude case for portability.
The vegan brushes are extremely soft and blend makeup like a dream; I am particularly partial to the fluffy tapered powder brush and medium angled shader, though all twelve perform at maximum levels!
Featuring 12 ultra-luxe pearl-gold brushes – each complete with high-shine ‘stiletto’ handles – this is the ultimate brush set for make up mavens on the quest for total face perfection. With every eye and face tool you could hope for – including contour and fan brushes – in a powder pink faux leather case, this contains everything you need to master any make up look.
Starring 12 of the most striking, dramatic brushes we’ve laid eyes on, ICONIC London’s Ultimate Brush Set contains everything you need to make the most of all your make up. With luxe pearl-gold, high-shine ‘stiletto’ handles and soft, 100% vegan brush heads, there’s a brush for your every application need in this covetable kit. There’s a Large Powder brush for loose or pressed powder, a Tapered Powder brush for loose or pressed bronzer, a Foundation Buffer for buffing and blending, a Contour Buffer for sculpting, an Angled Powder brush for bronzer and blusher, a Concealer blender to camouflage imperfections, a Flat Fan Brush for highlighting and removing fall out, a Large Shader for evenly applying shadows, a Medium Angled Shader for brows and crease blending, a Tapered Blending Brush for blending colour, a Small Angle Brush for applying liner and – last but not least – a Small Point Brush for applying liner and filling and defining brows.
Excellent for keeping one’s tresses fresh and full, the *Oribe Dry Styling Setincludes the gold standard in dry shampoo and texturing spray. Apropos for gifting, this set is infused with the legendary Oribe fragrance (I am mentally transported to somewhere in the South of France with every spritz) and extreme performance.
The invisible dry shampoo refreshes hair without weighing it down and texture spray is brilliant for adding movement and volume to limp locks. The power pair is well worth the pursuit!
*Sara Happ Lip Airbrush Plump and Prime: I am so taken by this lip product; don’t let the look confuse you. Although it may appear to be a nude gloss, it truly is a primer that makes lips look smooth. I struggle with dry lips that show texture so the first time I applied this new formula, I was stunned by how airbrushed they looked. My lipstick goes on like a velvet dream and the plumping effect, though subtle, is apparent. It also extends the life of my lip color, keeping my lips from drying out or flaking over time. It is truly superb!
*Tom Ford Matte Lip Color in The Perfect Kiss: This strawberry shade is SO outside of my comfort zone but I am very impressed with it; in a red-meets-rose with magnificent opacity, this (technically) matte formula leans towards a creamy finish, wears evenly and lasts all day. I also love that its vibrance allows me to wear minimal makeup on the rest of my face.
*Oribe Dry Styling Set: I am an every-other-day washer and this luxe duo keeps my hair feeling clean while adding texture that ultimately contributes to more volume and dimension. It’s invaluable pairing for those seeking the best that haircare can offer.
*Jeffrey Campbell Kovacs Flared Heel Bootie: I picked up these booties late last week and am duly smitten. I rarely purchase boots in shades that aren’t black or tan but this olive pair–with its 2 1/2-inch wood and Lucite heels–was calling my name. The leather is super soft and and buttery and they are wildly comfortable with a fresh yet vintage, 1960s flair. In terms of size, they seem to run small; I typically wear a 7 and found the 8 to be a perfect fit so bump an whole size up!
To (mis)quote a famous phrase, I wish someone looked at me the way that I look at lipstick ; )
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this swatch-heavy discussion of the new shade releases from *La Prairie and *Tom Ford as well as discoveries from *ICONIC London, Oribe and Sara Happ; I am always striving to bring you a thorough and personalized experience with luxury beauty!
As mentioned last week, if you are in the Orlando area on 11/4, please considering RSVPing for the Backstage Beauty event at Neiman Marcus…I’ll be co-hosting with my friend Tim Quinn and I would truly love to meet you there.
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