I’m obviously remiss, as apart from the fabulous originality of the ‘Beach Cream for Hair & Body’ I hadn’t ever really entered into Aerin Lauder’s swanky world of typically Upper East Side N.Y.C beauty. I’d heard that it generally concentrated on the ‘beige’ aspects and, like life, I don’t live life in beige (apart from taupe suede eyes). So, when I eventually got to play with the latest Aerin Fall range of goodies which includes a smoky, rich palette of navy blues and beiges (natch), it was actually one of Aerin’s staple products, the Fresh Skin Compact Foundation that impressed. Wow! I’d actually found a match for my Twilight/Returned blue-white skin tone and I didn’t even have to add Blanc de Chanel. Level 1 was like discovering the old YSL No 1 foundation of many years ago. It seems that while Upper East Side women prefer a tanned glow, there are some who demand match-for-match for pale skin.
What is it?
It’s a two-in-one foundation with a creamy soft, slightly waxy texture that doesn’t feel too thick but gives good veil-like coverage. Win!
How do you us it?
Think foundation/concealer that can be brushed all over or dabbed where you need it. I tried applying with a flat foundation brush as well as with fingers. Applying by brush is better as it seems sheerer. It comes in six shades. Level 1 is the palest ivory.
What are its benefits?
It’s a buildable foundation that provides seamless coverage’ says the blurb. And actually, it does. The texture is slightly waxy to ‘stick’ but doesn’t have the heaviness of a concealer, so very light to wear. This is fine textured but gives great coverage – like an ivory veil. Oh, and you don’t need much. The compact is designed to be light-weight and chic (gold in colour) for carrying around in your handbag. This isn’t a leave-at-home foundation and comes with its own flat brush. A good thing indeed as it can be touched-up throughout the day instead of heaping on concealer or powder.
How much does it cost?
The 6g compact costs £37 and is available online or at Selfridges or John Lewis, Oxford Street, London. Visit the Aerin counter to have a trial.