Actually, this isn’t just a Topshop Foundation but a whole face of Topshop Beauty (bar perhaps one or two products that I don’t have from the brand). I haven’t done a ‘one brand face’ post for a while so the fact that Topshop recently launched it’s first foundation and primer to the collection felt like a good chance to combine the exciting new stuff with some favourites to give them a whirl with as a little Topshop x Beauty Junkie in London collaboration.
So, the key bit to talk about – the Foundation and The Primer. These are two new additions to the ever-growing Topshop Beauty offering. They’re previously done a BB Cream and more light-weight bases, but this is the first foundation and primer they have offered. The primer is a fairly typical silicone texture one – which will be the marmite of the primer world. Some love the smooth silky feeling, others hate the pore clogging results that some can cause. I tend to only use primers occasionally, perhaps once or twice a week so I don’t mind the silicone element – if I used one daily I would probably look for one that was silicone free though. It’s a thick gel texture and does deliver that immediately smooth and silky look and feel to the skin. I found a pea sized amount was plenty to cover the whole face.
Then there’s the foundation – now this is an interesting one. In an unusual bottle with pipette design. It’s a glass bottle that’s not totally travel friendly, but it is small and sleek – so wins extra travel points for this. The pipette design means no fingers in the product – but the screw off lid means it does let more air in than say a pump would do. It does mean you can be pretty controlled over the amount of product you dispense though and I found only a small amount is needed. I’m using the shade 2.0 here and it’s a nice one, but quite yellow toned so not sure it’s the best match for my skintone. But it’s close enough to give the product a test! Texture wise I think I was expecting a more fluid Armani-maestro like formula when I saw the pipette. But it’s thicker than that, more just like a usual liquid foundation – not fluid/watery, but not solid/creamy. Somewhere in between. When I put a dollop on the back of my hand it stays as a dollop until I put the brush in it – if that helps make sense! Application was fairly straight forward, I just found I had to do a fair amount of blending but thing that’s more down to the yellow tone needing to blend with my pinker skin rather than the texture or formula. When on skin it creates a velvet/matte finish – I needed no powder to get a shine-free finish. Which for me is probably my preferred finish for the winter months. I have tried the foundation both alone and over the primer and can 100% say the primer makes a huge difference to the application and finish – mainly in the fact that with the primer, the foundation doesn’t seem to cling to any dry areas as much as it does without. So would recommend using either these together or the foundation over your own primer of choice.
As for the rest of the make-up, I pulled out a few favourites of mine from the brand. My Topshop Brow Pencil (which I recently repurchased) , Topshop Blusher in ‘Flush’ and Topshop Lipstick in ‘Secret Admirer’. In hindsight I think Secret Admirer is probably one I need to reserve for Summer months when I have a bit more of a tan and will switch it out for a darker/berry lipstick shade instead. For the eyes I used the shadow trio from the previous Christmas collection that I love. Perfect blend of shimmer shades.
For more on the new Topshop Foundation and Primer * visit the Topshop Website (Foundation £16, Primer £12)