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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Avon Ideal Flawless Foundation

I think it's safe to say that well have at least one foundation in our stash that isn't the right shade for us. I know that I had more than I wanted to admit. I say had, because I had a foundation clear out. I got rid of  all the odds and ends and dust collectors. Except anything over $20. That really only left one foundation, I should have returned it after I brought it home, but I didn't use it right away, and yeah. I assumed it worked. Bad, I know. I decided I ought to get one decent foundation in a very light colour to have on hand for blending. I find I usually don't end up with foundations too light; they're usually just a bit too dark. Having a very light foundation on hand for a bit of customizing seemed ideal.

I didn't intend on choosing Avon's Ideal Flawless, but when I saw it on sale I couldn't help remembering I'd heard great things about it. So, why not?

'Avon’s exclusive patent-pending technology with skin-matching pigments in various sizes and shapes, softens light from every angle for perfectly invisible coverage. Complete coverage that looks and feels 100% natural. Looks great from every angle. Lightweight and oil-free. Dermatologist-tested; suitable for all skin types. Convenient pump dispenser for mess-free application.

When this arrived, and I popped it out of the box, I was perplexed. It really didn't seem that light. I ordered the lightest shade they offered, which is only a shade lighter than my usual, but it looked like it was a shade that would work for me no mixing required. Couldn't be?

It could. I ended up with a new foundation I didn't really need, but I have to say, I'm really quite impressed with it. First, can we give a little round of applause for the pump? This foundation is housed in a nicely weighty glass bottle complete with pump dispenser. That is a very nice touch and I am quite appreciative. Although, my giddiness over the pump was slightly squashed when I noticed the shimmer in the bottle. You never can tell how they'll pan out once on your skin, but I can report they are hardly noticeable at all.

What I really like about this foundation is the fact that you get a really decent amount of coverage (the highest end of medium) without the feeling of a lot of makeup on your skin. This buffs on easily without drying too quickly, or getting stuck on any dry patches you may have. It blends in with ease and looks quite natural once on: not matte, yet not fully dewy either. I guess that's where they got the whole 'invisible coverage' term from, as it really does just look like your skin, but so much better. I've been wearing this without powder, as it looks great and wears well enough all day that it just isn't necessary.

Overall, I am very happy with the performance this foundation, although it still leaves me without a light shade for mixing! I would advise possibly getting a shade lighter than you normally would wear- I am constantly the 2nd lightest shade in most foundations, but in this I am the lightest. Just goes to show you never know, even if it's a brand you've used in the past. Have you tried this foundation? What did you think? Do you keep any different shades on hand for blending?

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