Sunday, 24 August 2014

Eve Lom Radiance Lift Foundation in Ivory

There's no doubting that Eve Lom's Radiance Lift Foundation is a thing of beauty.  Just look at that bottle!  At £50, though, it needs to do more than just look gorgeous in the tube.  Promising flawless coverage, hydration, and anti-aging properties, I've been trying it out for a few months now - and given the hot, sticky weather we've seen in the UK, I've definitely been testing it's long-wear claims to the fullest.

One final note on the packaging before we discuss the product - as gorgeous as the bottle is, with it's curved bottom, frosty glass, and shiny gold, it's a little impractical.  Yes, it's heavy, and being made of glass it's not the sort of foundation I'm going to chuck into my makeup bag and carry around.  The real issue, though, is the curved bottom - whilst there is a flat bit which enables it to stand upright on your dressing table, it's quite small.  If you're clumsy or have a very busy dressing table, or have cats who enjoy jumping on your dressing table at night, you might find that it's quite easily unbalanced, leading to a lot of falling over, rolling off the dressing table, and hitting the floor.  Luckily the glass is sturdy enough to withstand that kind of treatment, but still, the design makes it the least stable foundation on my dressing table.

Left: no foundation / Right: Eve Lom Radiance Lift Foundation in Ivory
Anyway, on to the product.  As you can see from the photo above, the coverage is very natural looking, and manages to even out the complexion, tone down imperfections, and add brightness whilst still looking like natural skin.  I particularly like that the radiance and brightness doesn't come from shimmer or shine - the finish is pretty matte, albeit a matte which is anything but flat.

Despite the hydrating claims, I found it to be a relatively dry foundation to apply - it definitely needs to be applied on top of well moisturised or primed skin to ensure it blends evenly and smoothly.  Once blended, it sits well on the skin and lasts reasonably well - I find I have to powder my oily forehead and nose a couple of times during the day, but that's not unusual.

All in all, then, a very nice foundation.  But is it worth £50 of your hard earned cash?  I'm not sure.  I suspect I can find a similarly lovely finish in cheaper products, and that luxe packaging doesn't quite bridge the gap enough to justify the cash.  If you're feeling flush, you'll find Eve Lom Radiance Lift Foundation at SpaceNK.

Disclosure: PR sample

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