I have only ever tried one Helen E product in the past – a freebie eyeliner pencil from their Facebook page which, although very pigmented, wasn’t very impressive in other factors. When Helen mentioned we would have a Helen E product in our goody bag from the latest London meetup, I was interested to see if my thoughts on the brand would change.
This foundation is in the shade Monroe and is for fair skin – perfect for me then. Described as a mousse, the foundation has a soft creamy texture as you can imagine. I swatched a little on my hand (as seen below) and was pretty impressed but obviously had to give it the proper test on my face.
As you can see, the foundation looks barely there and not in the slightest bit orange; which can sometimes happen to me being as pale as I am. The coverage lasts all day and I even got asked what foundation I was wearing and where I could get it – that never happens!
All in all, I am very impressed by this foundation which is good as I had quite a negative viewpoint of the company before. Whilst it may not replace my beloved Ginvera BB Cream or Rimmel Stay Matte in my everyday face makeup, I will definitely be breaking this out more often.
This product retails for £15 from the Helen E website and comes in three shades; Monroe, Loren or Bardot.
You may have seen me talking about the £1 beauty sample box from Latest In Beauty a few times on this blog, and this foundation is one of the samples I received in my first £1 box. The concept of this box is brilliant – it is aimed at those of us who want to try out new samples each month without necessarily having to pay a hefty price tag. Latest In Beauty do have other sample boxes for more than a pound, but I thought I would try this extremely affordable box – for £1 and six samples (2 of each product), how can you go wrong?
The first sample I am going to review is the Mary Kay foundation. I had never heard of Mary Kay before receiving this box, so I took the liberty of googling the name to find out a little more.
For 45 years, Mary Kay has helped women all over the world look great, feel great and achieve their dreams. Mary Kay United Kingdom offers powerhouse skin care for beautiful, healthy-looking skin and body care products that nurture, soften and protect from head to toe.
I am extremely fussy when it comes to foundations, and this instance bears no difference. Being paler than pale can be, I opted for the Ivory shade.
Whilst it came out looking quite ivory-toned on my hand, I have to say that once applied to my face, the same could not be said.
It wasn’t orange on my face as such, however, being used to better known brands like Rimmel and their ivory foundations, I found this shade to be a little less ivory, a little more orange-tinted once applied to my face.
No one seemed to notice a drastic difference from my normal foundation however, so although I felt there was an orange tint to it which didn’t suit my skin, it seems others didn’t notice.
On the plus side, the foundation stayed put all day – I applied it at 10am and was still perfect when I took it off that evening. Also, if you’re interested in getting a sample box from the Latest In Beauty range, I’d definitely suggest choosing this as a sample – for a tiny little sachet, there was more than enough product for one application – you could easily manage two, perhaps even three – the product just kept giving!
For a first-time application, I have to say, despite the orange tinge, I am greatly impressed with what this foundation has to offer – I just hope that the slight orange tint in my ivory shade is a one-off!
Have you tried any of the Latest In Beauty sample boxes?
Have you previously tried any Mary Kay cosmetic products?