“ Brand: Tesco / Powders / Type: Foundation / Suitable for: Face / What it does: Lifts, „
I may not have the oldest skin at 18 years old, but I do enjoy foundations that make my skin look fresh. Oddly enough, I find that foundations for aging are actually the best for this. I tend to go for the cheaper brands such as Barbara Daly which is exclusive to Tesco's. The tub is 30ml and costs £9 - you also get your clubcard points which is a bonus. As you can see from the image above, the tub is a tub similar to dream matte mousse. There is a screw top black lid which has a little lid underneath to ensure you do not spill liquid everywhere. The writing on the front is very minimalistic. The face lift foundation is only available in three shades at my local Tesco, but I am sure that there is probably more available elsewhere. The shades available were Nude, Almond and Ivory. If you wear foundation you will be aware of the rough shading of these. I went for the 'nude' shade because that is what I usually pick. I find Almond is quite orange and Ivory is far too pale. Unlike most foundations in this kind of tub, it is a thick liquid rather than a mousse. If you touch the fluid lightly you will get quite a bit onto your finger. I would say that you do not need a lot to cover your face. It gives a fairly light coverage which is good if you do not like the thick foundation look. I personally apply mine by putting some on my hand and using a sponge as I find this easier. As for the 'face lift', I would say that it works. I'm not old enough to have wrinkles just yet, but I feel a lot more fresh faced and glowy when wearing this foundation than I do with others. I would have to recommend this foundation as it is relatively cheap to buy and leaves skin looking very fresh. I am sure for the older ladies it would be perfect for wrinkle coverage as my mum recommends it herself. It gives you a lovely glow that is gorgeous and makes you look stunning in the sunshine. Rated down a star due to the lack of shade variety.
These days the only word to describe my skin is mature. I look at my face and see the ravages of time in the shape of laughter lines (oh, alright, crow's feet!) and my skin has definitely coarsened over time. Like every other woman facing the descent into old age, I want to preserve what looks I have for as long as possible and I want to recapture that soft, dewy skin I possessed in my teens, twenties and even into my thirties. I normally use Barbara Daly Moisture Foundation and as the jar was getting pretty low, I popped into Tesco for a replacement. Whilst there, however, I spotted another of Barbara Daly's products, her Face Lift Foundation and thought I'd give that a go instead. My face could certainly do with all the help it can get and the words 'face lift' offered the answer to my prayers. Price and availability Barbara Daly cosmetics are exclusive to Tesco and can be found in all there larger branches. The Face Lift Foundation is currently retailing at £9 for a 30ml jar and, of course you'll get Tesco points too. My experience The Face Lift Foundation is currently available in three shades: Almond, Honey and Ivory, all of which are probably best suited to Caucasian complexions. As my complexion is rather pale, I plumped for Ivory, which is the same shade I use in the Moisture Foundation. The packaging is minimalist and the slightly squat glass jar with a black plastic lid comes with an outer plastic box also in black with a clear front through which the product is visible. On removing the lid of the jar, I discovered a second lift up lid, I assume to help keep the contents at their best. By the way, you may need to remove the little blob of slightly sticky stuff on the lid which is there to adhere to the outer packaging and stop the jar from turning, I presume. The consistency of this foundation is more of a soft mousse than a liquid and dabbing my finger lightly onto this mousse resulted in a good amount adhering to my finger. There isn't really any discernible scent to the foundation other than a very faint aroma of something like cucumber or aloe vera but it's barely detectable. I'm not going to list the ingredients because they're just scientific gobbledegook as far as I'm concerned. However, the blurb on the side of the box claims that the product contains an anti wrinkle peptide, which helps to prevent the onset of fine lines (too late, Barbara, I've already got them) as well as sesame protein which is supposed to tighten and lift the skin. Having already applied my usual moisturiser, I began to apply the foundation. I'm absolutely useless at applying foundation with a sponge and not much better with a brush so normally use my fingertips. I first dabbed dots of foundation onto my cheeks, nose, upper lip and chin and began to blend in. This is very easy to apply and simply glides onto the skin. I'm very fortunate in that I have a reasonably clear complexion and don't suffer much from spots but I'd bought this for its wrinkle coverage more than anything else. I can report that this foundation covered my skin leaving my complexion looking very even and although this dries to quite a matt like finish it also produces a slight luminosity. I'd patted some of the foundation at the side of my eyes where my, erm, laughter lines are and although they didn't absolutely disappear, they were much harder to see which makes me think this product must contain some kind of light reflecting properties. I was very pleased with the finished result which did leave my skin looking brighter though I can't say it made me look that much younger! As I've said I have a pale complexion and have absolutely no colour in my cheeks normally and one thing I've noticed with this product is that after I've applied it, my face feels warmer and I seem to acquire a very faint blush, similar to when I have a glass of wine! Because of this I'm not using as much blusher anymore and the pinkness certainly helps with the illusion that my skin is younger. Whether this is the sesame protein getting to work and lifting and tightening my face or an allergic reaction, I don't know, but it isn't an unpleasant sensation and the results are an improvement on my usual pallor. I'm very pleased with the results I've experienced from using this foundation and feel that it's certainly helped 'lift' my complexion if not my face. Although it's slightly more expensive than my normal BD liquid foundation, I shall be using the Face Lift Foundation from now on or at least until nothing else will help my face but Botox!
I was in need of a new foundation and was going to nip into Boots as always to get some when I realised that I might be able to pick up some in Tesco instead. I had a look and tried a few of the testers and really quite liked a couple of the Barbara Daly range as the colours were ideal and they seemed to go on really well. I decided to buy a liquid foundation and also a power one and after now using them for a while I can say that I have been pleasantly surprised by the two. This is my opinion on the liquid foundation I bought. Barbara Daly: I guess I had always kind of known about the brand as I had seen it a few times when browsing the make up range but, as I normally always buy the same brand from Boots I hadn't ever really looked at it properly before. Plus the prices always seemed on par with other major brands so I guess I had always kind of overlooked the range in favour of others! However Barbara Daly it seems has bee producing make up for Tesco now over 10 years but, before doing this she had worked with many big names in TV and film and is a very well known name throughout the industry. She initially started a make up range for the Body shop and has also created the make up that was used in the Stanley Kubrick film 'A clockwork Orange' along with also being asked to the make up for Princess Diana on her wedding day so, as you can see, the range you would expect to be good when you have somebody behind it with such a career! The foundation: This particular foundation is actually a fairly new one to the range as far as I can make out as originally Tesco just sold a 'face lift' moisturiser. This is apparently quite popular so they have brought out a foundation named face lift foundation which has the same moisturising formula but, of course in foundation form. I cannot comment on what the standard moisturiser is as I have never used it but, the blurb on the back states that the ''ultra sophisticated formula has been specially created to give you a more radiant, younger looking skin. It's mousse like texture and creamy glide give a smooth, even and natural finish. It's unique technology includes an anti wrinkle peptide which helps prevent the onset of fine lines and a sesame protein, which is deeply moisturising and helps to tighten and lift the skin'' Well quite some claim I have to say but, of course all very impressive. In all honesty I didn't buy t because of the blurb on the back but, because it was one of the best foundations I tried! I go on the basis that if it looks good on my skin then as long as I can afford it I should give it a go! Of course if it can also helps my skin stay looking younger then I am not going to complain! The foundation says mousse like but, It is definitely a liquid although I do agree it doesn't seem as runny as some I've tried before and has a thicker consistency and almost sponge like texture if that makes sense which is what I would say has made them describe it as mousse like. Using it: I purchased this in the 'almond' shade as I didn't want it too but, at the same time I wanted it to give me a bit of colour! I used a make up sponge to apply the foundation to my face and found it went on really easily. In the past I have had some that just stick to the part of your face you initially touch with the sponge and then are really difficult to lend into the skin. Not with this one as to take it as exactly as the blurb put it the make up just glided on! It was really easily to blend in and didn't leave any lines or bits where it had gone on thicker and stayed darker. At first I initially thought it didn't seem very dark at all but, I gave it a few moments to kind of settle on my skin and it did look very nice. It covered up my uneven skin tone nicely without me having to cake layers on - in fact I only used one so I hardly had to use any at all to get an even coverage. I was quite impressed that it didn't feel heavy on my skin although this could have also been down to the fact that I didn't use a lot. However it did feel like I wasn't really wearing any and this made me generally feel better as sometimes I have felt I have had to use a lot of product to get the look I want! The price: I paid £9 for this in Tesco for a 30ml tub and initially I was quite unsure if it would really be worth it but, as it was on par with the other brads and it had looked so good on my skin when I tested it (on the back of my hand) I was willing to give it a shot. I have to say now that I have used it a fair few times on my face and have always been pleased with the results I can honestly say I feel it is money that has been well spent and I would definitely buy it again. Of course you can always look online for a cheaper cost on places like EBay as I have seen it a pound or two cheaper on there. Now I know the shade is right for me I would probably contemplate using a site his this to save a few pounds if I could. In the long run though this should last me a fairly long time and that means that the £9 price tag is actually fairly reasonable. Overall opinion: You can probably guess I was impressed with this and needless to say I will definitely buy it again. If I could find it cheaper then that is a bonus but, if not and I had to pay full price for it then that would not bother me as I believe it is worth the money. Of course nobody is the same though and if your skin was completely different to mine it may not be as good on you so I would maybe recommend trying it first if you can. The Barbara Daly range is sold mainly in Tesco and includes other essential make up items such as blusher, nail varnish and mascara.