Counter Walking

I had the opportunity to take a walk outside in some glorious Springtime weather yesterday.  There's a lot of ruckus about the possible elimination of the horse-drawn carriages in New York City.  I have mixed thoughts altogether about the whole situation, but seeing them parked along the south side of Central Park is indeed very picturesque (and kind of smelly).  Passing the horses lead straight to Bergdorf Goodman and a walk through the counters.

I've been interested in a couple of things to see in person, mainly the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet one and also the new Bobbi Brown Skin foundation stick one.  I am rather in a foundation kind of a mood lately even though, as usual, I'm well stocked in other foundations already in my rotation.

I got a few sachets of the Chanel one in B30 to try out, which looked a bit pinker and darker than my neck since they didn't have any of the B20.  But I will see how I get on with it.  The flatter finish of matte foundations are generally not my preferred finish, but I'm interested in seeing how it would perform in terms of oil control.

The SA at the Bobbi Brown counter was very nice and he showed me the new stick, which is formulated on a clear base (old one was white) with pigments added to it, which apparently should make for a more natural looking finish.  He cut a chunk of shade 3 (beige) for me to try.
 
I tried out the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation stick out today.  No.  No.

I guess it could have been an unfair day to test out a new foundation.  My skin is an unholy mess lately.  I am so dehydrated that my skin is falling off my face into large giant flaky chunks.  I'm wondering if something I did has caused some sort of contact dermatitis because I am also experiencing some severe red patches, with bumps.  All the redness is making my face look very dark, too.  I'm dry!  I'm dehydrated!  I'm oily!  I... my face is falling off!

I suppose if a new foundation covered up and made my skin look nice then I should buy it because it would be some magnificent foundation.

So the Bobbi Brown Skin stick.  No, it didn't do so well under these very adverse conditions.  The color is slightly too dark, and the coverage was a bit light, especially with a light layer applied with a damp Beauty Blender to properly cover up the redness in my skin.  I contemplated applying another thin layer to address the coverage needs, but noticed how terribly the foundation piled up around my flakes.  On the patches of good looking skin, the foundation also kind of sat on top.  And sunk into my pores on my nose.  And basically made me look blech.

Looking at the ingredients, it looks like there's no silicone which seems to affect how it blends into the skin.  I basically had a tougher time working the product and blending it in.
"Glyceryl Triacetyl Ricinoleate, Octyldodecanol, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Polyethylene, Ozokerite, Kaolin, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Barium Sulfate, Bisabolol, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Mica."

Moving on. 

At the Chanel counter, I did see the new Summer Illusion D'Ombre in New Moon, Utopia and Mirage.  (swatched the that order, left to right)
 
*___* oh mah gah, mommy!  The sparklies!
 New Moon had a multi-colored glitter finish and it was RIDICULOUSLY glittery and gorgeous.
I only own Diapason of the Illusion D'Ombre and I really love the beautiful complexity of that one.  But I am not a huge fan of these from Chanel in general, finding them a bit too sheer and glittery for my taste.  But these got my salivary glands working in overtime.  The base color of these shades were all very rich and swatched nicely.

Sorry I've been a bit MIA lately.  I've been very busy.  Hope these Chanel swatches from the counter make up for it a bit. ;)

Have you found a good foundation for when your skin is having a good old freakout?

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