Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfectly Nude Makeup Foundation: Good coverage with a luminous finish.
In Singapore we have 8 shades. You have #1 Linen (pale yellow beige), #2 Alabaster (pale neutral beige, less yellow than Linen), #3 Vanilla Shell (light beige with some pink, a shade darker than Linen/Alabaster), #4 Cream Nude (medium beige with neutral undertones, a shade darker than Vanilla Shell), #5 Natural (medium beige with cool undertones) #6 Warm Sunbeige (medium beige with yellow undertone), #9 Buff (medium-deep beige with neutral undertone), and #14 Cameo (medium-deep beige with cool undertone). Roughly speaking, shades #1, #2, and #3 are the lighter shades, with shades #4, #5, and #6 being the medium shades, and #9 and #14 being deep shades. There is also a mix of undertone between the shades, so everyone's covered!
Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfectly Nude Makeup Foundation in shade #2 Alabaster
I was matched to shade #2 Alabaster, which at first I thought was too pale or pink for me. But upon trying out the product, I think it was probably the best shade in the range. This was a surprise to me. I've always known I've been kind of fair, but is it me that's been getting fairer over the years, or is it recently that I seem to be matched to really pale foundation shades? I always thought I was an NC20, but I might need to check that out again one day. But musings aside, Alabaster turned out to be a pretty good match for me.
Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfectly Nude Makeup Foundation: Good coverage, but not thick
The product itself is actually surprisingly lightweight. I was expecting the Flawless Finish Perfectly Nude Makeup Foundation to be thick and heavy, because it looked like foundation, and because I was somehow thinking in my head, "Elizabeth Arden = mature brand = probably has a thick gooey formulation". Anyhow, it does come out creamy, but it's not as heavy as it looks. It feels fairly lightweight for a foundation, and as you can see from the photo below, it blends out quite well into my skin.
Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfectly Nude Makeup Foundation blended out on my skin.
Another thing I noticed that was, when I tried it on, it actually had a surprisingly luminous finish! When I blended it onto the back of my hand, I thought that it was going to be very matte and cakey looking. But when I applied it, I was surprised by how glowy it looked, giving a nice finish that looks luminous but not unnatural. There are no big specks of glitter in this one! I also found that it had pretty good coverage. It probably covered about 70% of the visibility of my acne marks and undereye bags, and the rest I could just use a similarly-textured creamy concealer to dab over it to get fuller coverage (in this case I used the sadly discontinued Prescriptives Anywear Makeup Stick). I also applied this foundation over a light moisturizer (Hada Labo ES Sensitive Skin Lotion), and it blended out just fine. I found the product pretty moisturizing, though, I just added it over a moisturizer because it's a habit of mine. I wore this for half a day of sedentary activity, and I had to say it was pretty good even after a few hours - no oxidation, little slipping or sliding, and generally, my makeup looked much like how I had applied it.
Wearing Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfectly Nude Makeup Foundation in #2 Alabaster: Look at how glowy it is!
Here's the full breakdown of my makeup above for anyone interested.
Hada Labo ES Sensitive Skin Lotion, previously reviewed here
Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfectly Nude Makeup #2 Alabaster
Prescriptives Anywear Multipurpose Makeup Stick Y/O Cream 02 as a concealer on spots only (this is discontinued sadly)
Becca Creme Blush in Frangipani (like NARSS Sin, but with more shimmer!)
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Rose Berry, previously reviewed here
Ulta Naked Eyeshadow
Shu Uemura Hard 9 Pencil in Stone Grey for brows
If the glowy finish doesn't suit you, you can always powder over it for a more matte finish. In the photo below, from the Elizabeth Arden event that I attended from this post, the ladies and me are all wearing our respective shades of Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfectly Nude Makeup. At the event when I tried out the foundation, I layered it over Elizabeth Arden's own Ceramide Capsules, which I've also previously reviewed before, and it turned out fine. I set it with another Elizabeth Arden powder, although I can't remember which.
All wearing Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfectly Nude Makeup here!
And for those interested, here's a quick glance at the ingredients list. There's water, of course. After that are some emollients (Isohexadecane, Hexyl Laurate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, which can also function as an emulsifier, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate), UV filters for the sunscreen (Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Titanium Dioxide), humectants (Glycerin), and other functional ingredients like emulsifiers and surfactants to keep your product from separating (Potassium Cetyl Phosphate), film-formers (Carbomer), pH adjusters (Sodium Hydroxide) and the like. There's also some interesting ingredients such as Vitamin C (in the stable form of Ascorbyl Palmitate), Vitamin E, (Tocopheryl Acetate), and some plant extracts Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract (so Tremella Fuciformis is a type of medicinal mushroom that apparently has anti-oxidant and moisturizing properties). Mica is also in there and is the source of the foundation's glowiness. So given the emollient-rich formulation, it is no surprise that this would be fairly moisturizing for a foundation. This would also be good for those with dry skins, too.
Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfectly Nude Makeup ingredients: An emollient-rich formula makes it moisturizing.
All in all, would I recommend this product? It's pretty good overall. The coverage is good, the finish is also very lumminous, and the formula was pretty long-lasting. I also liked how this product lasted quite well on me for half a day. If a luminous foundation with good coverage is what you are looking for, then I think you can check out the Flawless Finish Perfectly Nude Makeup.
|The Bottom Line: Elizabeth Arden's Flawless Finish Perfectly Nude Makeup is a good choice overall for good coverage, a luminous finish, decent lasting power, and a moisturizing formula.|