Recent beauty launches would seem to augur the demise of matte foundation – and that can surely only be a good thing. Matte foundation robs the complexion of character, leaving it flat and lifeless. I’ve stuck to my guns throughout the matte trend, preferring always to let light create natural contours and encourage a vital appearance with glow-enhancing bases. Older skin in particular will benefit from light-reflecting ingredients.
Laura Mercier’s Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation (30 shades, £36 for 30ml) delivers a silky, easy-blend liquid with the added benefit of vitamin C to help boost luminosity over a period of time: uneven skin tones or sun-damaged complexions should see an improvement in four weeks. The skin-softening formula includes Silver Ear mushroom extracts to deliver moisture – a perfect radiance base for drier skin types that are suited to a light- to medium-weight foundation.
With 97 per cent naturally derived ingredients, Guerlain L’Essentiel (30 shades, £44 for 30ml) feels almost undetectable on the skin yet gives buildable, radiant coverage so you can adjust your base weight as you wish. As well as white cocoa bean extract – said to help protect the skin against blue light – the formula includes red algae to protect against pollution. Formulated without silicone, oil or alcohol, it’s an especially wise choice for troublesome skin (although good for any type overall).
Dior Forever Skin Glow (31 shades, £37 for 30ml) is my favourite of the three – the lightest in texture and coverage for a natural finish that’s light-catching and dewy. With pansy extracts for moisture and rose hip to counter the effects of pollution, it skirts over pores giving a flawless effect – an easy win for all skin types.
Jane Cunningham is a beauty journalist and blogger. An early adopter of beauty blogging, she has been posting on her website britishbeautyblogger.com for 10 years, providing (sometimes brutally) honest product reviews and beauty news. Cunningham collaborated with Marks & Spencer to produce a limited edition make-up range and has worked with Makeup Revolution on an eyeshadow palette. She is also a creative consultant to beauty brands. @britbeautyblog.