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One of my friends is a beautician and gets lots of freebies when it comes to cosmetics, this Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish compact was one of the freebies she passed on to me. I have no idea of the usual price and once you read the review it will become apparent I don't need to know the price either!
On first inspection I loved it, a little compact that fits in your handbag with it's own little mirror. Great. I don't need powder on top of this either? Even better. Excellent coverage without clogging pores, brilliant. I thanked her and tucked it away in my bag.
A couple of days later, running late for work, in a panic I reached for this compact to save me time. I'm one of those people who rarely steps out of the house without make up, if I do it has to be dark and only in the garden!
The product itself is like a firm cream pressed into the compact and comes with a square sponge to apply it. I used the sponge to dab this onto my face, went into the bathroom for a look in better lighting and immediately had to wash my face.
It looked really heavy and thick on my skin so I was forced to go without foundation until lunch on that particular day.
That evening I decided to try again to see if it was the way I'd applied it or how much I'd applied. No matter what I tried it looked the same, far too heavy. I thought this might be because I have dry skin so I applied directly after moisturiser which improved it slightly but not enough for me to use it. So I temporarily gave up and reverted back to normal foundation and powder. I asked my friend if she had any suggestions but she just said it doesn't suit all skin types and I wasn't doing anything wrong.
I did however keep this compact in my bag for a while and once or twice when I needed a slight touch up to my make up I resorted to using it for small areas but I just couldn't get it to sit on my skin in a natural way and no-one wants to look like a panto dame do they?!
Eventually I threw it away. For me it was far too heavy and I was very disappointed with the product, I usually love Elizabeth Arden's cosmetics but not this time. Therefore I don't know the price as I have no intention of buying this but having looked briefly online it seems to vary from about £7 on ebay to £20 at some of the cosmetics websites. It's available in a variety of shades to suit various skin tones.
I have never been one of those who pay a small fortune for famous name make up, but for me this is the one product that you get what you pay for. Initially I bought this handy compact at a reduced price of £7 because it was a similar price to Boots No 7. Having used the foundation every day for about 5 months I discovered I was about to run out. Of course this time I had to pay more but I had been coverted. I often have problems with foundation and this is suitable for those with relatively sensitive skin and also doesn't seem to clog your pores as much as many other foundations. Advantages * The handy compact fits easily into your handbag for those little emergencies. * It is long lasting. * You don't need powder on top so it is perfect for those in a hurry. * It comes complete with a sponge and a mirror so it can be used anywhere. * There is a wide variety of shades and you can usually find one to suit you. * It provides excellent coverage - even for those with problems with patchy skin. Although the retail price is around £18 you can usually pick it up for around £12 in discount shops or the duty free. I have found that it lasts about twice as similar products by other companies such as Avon.
Being mixed race, it has always been a real challenge to find a foundation that matches my skin tone - even Clinque didn't do it for me. Once I found this, my troubles were over!! I also have a sprinkling of freckles which I like covered up, so that was also a problem as I hate makeup piled on deep. This product covered my freckles without being too heavy and gave me a really exquisite finish.... It is very longlasting, and as I don't believe in reapplying foundation during the day, this was perfect for me. It is quite expensive, but it last really long even with everyday use, I have had mine for about 3 months now and it's about half finished. The only problem I found is that it has a tendency to rub off onto clothes, faces etc.