Elizabeth Arden is in my blood.
Almost every skincare product I used in my teens was from Elizabeth Arden due to my Mum being a beautician with them for many years.
It makes my Mum proud to see that my sister and I, and her Grandchildren, all use the iconic Eight Hour Cream and it has even become a running joke whenever someone hurts themselves as we will all chorus ‘Go and put some Eight Hour Cream on that!’
A week ago I was asked to head into David Jones Rundle Mall to experience the new Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin 24 hour Matte Foundation and the new Matte Lipsticks.
Being a lover of Elizabeth Arden, but not a lover of matte formulations made me curious as to whether they would manage to change my mind on all things matte.
I was met at the counter by Stephen, the National Makeup Artist, and I was instantly at ease. Neither of us could work out where we knew each other from but we both thought each other was familiar. After wracking out brains we finally worked out that I used to buy my foundation from him in Melbourne when he was working for another cosmetic house. Very small world!
It seemed rather fitting that he would be the one to introduce me to this new foundation
Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin 24HR Foundation $ 50 for 30mL
“ This foundation has a beautiful satin texture – it mattifies just enough to take away oiliness, but still leaves one perfected rather than masked… it is ideal for enhancing skin with a little more coverage and oil-control than a BB cream but still a light, not heavily made up finish”
Rebecca Restrepo, Elizabeth Arden’s Global Makeup Artist
Firstly Steven used a foundation matching ‘scanner’ with measurements taken on my decolletage, neck and face in order to find the foundation that would suit my skintone the best. I have heard of these machines being used before, but have never experienced it myself.
Once the colour was chosen it applied beautifully onto my skin and was the perfect match. I was impressed with how it felt on the skin and even hours later it looked fresh and radiant even though it was a more matte finish than I usually wear. I was impressed!
At the end of the consultation I was given a small sample of the foundation so that I could continue to try it at home. Make sure you ask for one after a foundation consultation as it will give you a better indication of how it works with your own moisturisers and with your application method.
I have been wearing the foundation for the last 5 days and am really impressed as it looks just as fresh at the end of the day as it did when I first applied it – if not more so.
Beautiful Colour Moisturising Matte Lipsticks $35 each
A new range of matte lipsticks have also been introduced so I took the opportunity to trial them aswell. There are 6 colours to choose from ranging from nudes through to a beautiful red.
I tried Rose Petal and not only did it suit my colouring perfectly, but it lasted really well and felt more moisturising than other matte lipsticks I have in my collection.
I loved that as the lipstick wore off I was left with a gorgeous stain that didn’t look patchy at all. For the days where you may prefer a more shiny lip, an added layer of Eight Hour Cream or lipgloss would look equally beautiful.
Thank you to Elizabeth Arden for inviting me to spend the afternoon with the team and I look forward to trying more of the range soon.
Do you like matte foundations and lipsticks? What is your favourite formulation?