I was recently given the opportunity to try a brand spanking new foundation from Elizabeth Arden – a brand I have never tried before. I have to admit, I had some preconceived notions about the brand, mainly thinking of them as having a more mature demographic, and therefore not really being suitable for me. Well, maybe I was wrong (or maybe I’m just more”mature”) but my preconceptions were challenged when I tried this foundation.
Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Sponge-On Cream Makeup is, as the name suggests, a cream formula foundation. It claims to give skin a naturally youthful appearance, and to look simply flawless. It is available in Australia in 6 shades – unfortunately the lightest shade on offer is about a shade too dark for me. I was able to circumvent this problem by blending the foundation down my neck and onto my ears, hiding my moon-tan. In the U.S. there are a generous 17 shades, offering more options for the very light and very dark skinned.
This foundation promises a moisturising formula with medium to full coverage that lasts all day.
When I applied this foundation, it seemed to melt into my skin, blending beautifully, covering virtually all my imperfections and leaving a luminous creamy finish on my skin.
This is described as a full-coverage foundation, and I would have to agree, this has the capacity to offer a full and opaque coverage. Having said that, it can quite easily be sheered out to medium coverage foundation with a few simple tricks.
I found, that when applied with a dry sponge or foundation brush, this offered a full coverage, and if that’s what you’re looking for, I would recommend a sponge application because the brush did leave a slightly streaky finish. When applied with a damp sponge, or (my preference) a damp buffing brush, this offered a medium level coverage. If you go this route, I highly recommend the buffing brush option, as it works the foundation right into your skin for a very “naturally perfect” look.
In this image I have applied foundation to the right-hand side of my face (so the left side of this image). You can see that it has evened out my skin tone, and covered the redness around my nose, on my cheeks, and on my chin.
Ease of Application:
The Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Sponge-On Cream Makeup does require some care during application, as do most cream foundations. Although it lacks the ease of a liquid foundation or tinted moisturiser (assuming you “slap it on” with you fingers, like I tend to), it is not difficult to apply. The rich, emollient texture melts quite easily into my skin, making blending a breeze
This is definitely not a “long-wear” foundation, and I have found that on it’s own I get 5-6 hours of flawless wear, before my complexion starts to look a little patchy. I do prefer to wear it on it’s own, as it has a truly beautiful finish, that leaves my skin looking naturally creamy and perfect. I can improve the wear time by setting it with a powder, but I try to avoid this, because it does tend to make it look more like I’ve got a face-full of makeup.
I have found that if I do wear this foundation all day, it feels quite heavy on my skin at the end of the day. I strongly believe that this is affected by the current state of my skin (slight oiliness in the t-zone). As we head deeper into winter, I can see the moisturising, creamy texture becoming very welcome, as my skin generally becomes very dry in winter.
The Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Sponge-On Cream Makeup is packaged beautifully in a metallic silver and gold compact with an iconic Red Door badge on the top.
The compact closes securely, but opens with ease to reveal a good-sized mirror, making it handy for on-the-go touch ups.
The foundation lifts up on a hinge, to reveal a compartment to store a sponge underneath.
My only complaint about the packaging is the volume of content. Where most foundations sold are 1 ounce, this foundation is only 0.8 ounce.
This foundation has a very strong, slightly old-fashioned floral smell that I find a little off-putting. Thankfully, the smell doesn’t linger, and is completely unnoticeable when it’s on my skin.
What they say:
The reformulated Flawless Finish Sponge-on Cream Makeup has a creamy texture that glides effortlessly over skin for a flawless, radiant finish. Infused with micronized diamond powder, this light reflecting foundation manipulates and scatters light to diffuse the look of imperfections. Immediately the look of fine lines, pores, blemishes, scars and dark spots are diminished. Skin appears smoother and more even in tone, as luminosity and radiance are boosted. The moisturising formula offers medium to full coverage that feels comfortable and lasts all day. The result? Skin appears naturally youthful for a look that’s simply flawless.
Here’s a little something for you!
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