I've been interested in Christopher Drummond mineral foundation for a while, so I was very pleased to discover that the UK beauty etailer, JustBeautyDirect.co.uk, stock this line. They offered to send me a sample of the Veludo foundation and kindly also included a sample of the Finale finishing powder. (Pictured above, please note these are sample sizes.)
So, here's the bare faced before. You'll notice that I thoughtfully have an extremely red nose from my cold, and I've cultivated a spot on my chin underneath my lip (always happens when I'm ill.)
After applying RMS un cover concealer around my nose and on my dark circles, I brushed on the Christopher Drummond foundation and then the finishing powder. I didn't apply concealer to the spot, because I wanted to see how the Christopher Drummond could handle it, and it did really quite well indeed. I patted the foundation on to the spot with a clean fingertip to cover it. I still look half asleep (I haven't been well, okay?) but my skin is considerably clearer and more even.
And with eyes, lips and cheeks done:
What I like about the Christopher Drummond Veludo and Finale:
The shade Creme is a good colour match for my pale, neutral skin. It's the pinkest/least yellow mineral foundation I've seen. The Finale finishing powder in Branca (white) is also a good match for me.
It feels comfy and not at all itchy or dry on my skin.
You can just brush it on - you don't need to buff it into the skin, which is where I think some of the irritation comes from with other mineral makeup lines.
It doesn't make my skin look weirdly shiny or semi-metallic like Bare Escentuals did. The Bismuth in BE gives my skin a finish somewhat akin to Data from Star Trek. I know that many people love BE, but I personally didn't get on with it.
I like that you can buy samples to try the range out before you commit to full sizes. Although that isn't unique to this line, it's still a very good feature of a brand sold online.
What I don't like:
It's impossible to review Christopher Drummond thoroughly for me without talking about the price. For a mineral foundation line, it's bloody expensive. The foundation kit is £50 for an 8g glass jar of foundation, a kabuki brush and a smaller plastic container to decant into for travel. When you take into account the brush is included, the price is comparable with Inika, the only other mineral foundation line I've tried I'd recommend. I hope that JustBeautyDirect eventually stocks the option of buying refills, as offered on the Christopher Drummond US website, because it does seem a bit of a waste to pay for a new brush every time you need a new foundation. After I've finished the samples, I do think I'll buy full sizes of both of these products, and I'll report back to you if I do.
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