I love the smell of a fresh dupe in the morning. We all adore some luxury cosmetics from time to time, but frankly we love them most when we're receiving them as gifts. Some foundations, like my possible all-time favourite Armani Luminous Silk, have yet to be successfully duped (although if you know one do tell us in the comments below!). Others can be successfully mimicked for a fraction of the price.
We'll always love the high-end stuff, but sometimes, needs must. A full coverage foundation is generally better when you pay a little more - don't be getting cross now; that's just my experience. I'm not a major fan of full coverage, but some folks love it and sometimes your skin just won't behave. Mac is the go-to for full coverage foundations for most of the ladies (and a couple of gents) I know, and this new offering from Seventeen has a very familiar feel to it, if you know what I mean...
Seventeen Stay Time Foundation costs €8.19 and feels like a hybrid between Mac's Pro-Longwear Foundation and their Full Coverage compact foundation. That's really saying something. This stuff goes on, covers all and stays on. It is certainly a little masky, but then that is the finish of all full coverage foundations; they're not going to look like skin, they're going to look like makeup. If that's your cup of tea, you'll love this foundation.
Long wear products are never good on dry skin, so it's best if the oilier peeps stick to this one. There's good news here for pale people too! Generally, only high-end brands cater to the paler folks, but this range errs on the side of pale. Unfortunately for me, I could only get my hands on 'Biscuit'. Biscuit-hued I ain't, so I've swatched it on my arm to avoid Oompa Loompagate, round two.
However, there are six shades to choose from, and 'Porcelain' looks very promising indeed!
The concealer is where it gets really interesting. Seventeen Stay Time Concealer will cost you all of €5.69 and is basically Mac's Pro-Longwear Concealer in another outfit. The coverage is astoundingly good. 'Extra Fair' (pictured) is an actual match for my arm, and my arm is white! WHITE! This concealer went directly into my makeup bag, and I'm not sharing it with anyone, ever.
It's runny enough to be workable, thick enough to conceal a very nasty blemish, and stays all day.
That's a YES then. You can buy both of these products and have enough change from €20 for a sizeable glut of Maltesers. Done.
Have you tried these? And do share your dupes in the comments! Save us all some moolah!