When I found out via The Vintage Mafia and Retrochick that Soap and Glory had started to produce cosmetics, I was super excited. I have always rated their bath and beauty products as straddling perfectly the good value/high performance divide, not to mention the kitsch and comic packaging.
If it's lipstick you're after, Retrochick has reviewed it- it sounds pretty good for daywear so do check the review out. Soap & Glory have a nice, if small, range of nudes and neutrals but there isn't much for those of you who favour bright lips. I have no need for a new lipstick and am being strict with myself, so only bought a product I was in actual need of, namely foundation. Hence this review will contain an image of my naked face, something only my mother, my husband and the lady who works at the 24hr shop at the local garage have seen in many a year.
Before I start the review I'll give you the lowdown on my skin and what I favour in a foundation, because they are very personal things and one woman's 'light' is another's 'polyfilla'. I usually purchase either Clinique or (when less flush) No7 foundations, and strongly favour a traditional liquid style, with medium coverage. So far, so middle-of-the-road.
I do have rather sallow, pale skin with warm, yellow undertones and unfortunately this often means I am recommended a shade too dark or too pink so it looks like dolly's face paints (one of my media/shopping bugbears- along with 'petite' seeming to mean boyish rather than merely short- is the odd idea that every pale woman has pink, cool skin tones). As for the state of my skin- well where do I start? It is, in the main, dry and can be sensitive to chemicals and stuff in the air, although luckily not so much to cosmetics and perfumes. The sensitive patches often look red like spots or blotches and really show against the pastry-like background. I have a few fine lines but nothing too noticeable- my major cover-up need is the very pronounced, almost black under-eye shadows. Plenty of water and as much sleep as I can find time for helps keep them from encroaching out onto my cheeks (this is not an exaggeration...they can get that bad) but I have been reliably informed that they will never be gone. So I must hide them. Hence, a smooth medium foundation which will start the job but won't look too caked-on when I use an undereye concealer is a must.
This 'Show Good Face' foundation promises a built-in primer and focus softening beads ('lightscramble lumospheres', indeed) which release throughout the day. Sounds perfect. They also have a classic 'ivory' colour which is pale but not pinky. I am probably the second lightest shade but went for 'the fairest of them all' as I was having a rather grey and pasty day.
First impressions. The outer packaging is typical of Soap & Glory's kitsch style however the inner container is rather boring. Sensible, clean around the nozzle...but boring. Would their trademark pearly white have been that much more expensive to produce?
Here is my morning face. Excuse the hairband with foundation stains on it, disgusting I know.
|Yes I have added a soft filter. |
There's NO way I would otherwise put this online.
Me, thankfully, with full slap on. This includes Clinique concealer under the eyes and Max Factor Creme Puff powder to the foundation.
|Excuse the funny angle.|
It was the only one which got my face in focus.
Overall, I will be buying this again if it lasts well. The tube is quite small and you only need a little- otherwise, it would bump it from mid-price to pricy simply due to the frequency of forking out a tenner. I shall keep you posted.
From a blog standpoint, please do let me know if you like cosmetic/beauty reviews? They would, of course, be under a tenner products as I am a thrifty so and so, and I promise not to menace y'all with my nekkid moon face unless absolutely artistically necessary and in the best possible taste.