REVIEW: Stendhal Light Multi-Age foundation 005 Opaline
Here i am! With another review 🙂
This is a foundation, from a brand that you’ve probably never heard of. But let me remind you, its high end brand. Its an European brand, more specifically a French brand. They are known for their high quality skin care treatments. What you might even less know, is that they have a make up line. Now, i wasn’t very impressed by the array of make up products they had, but this foundation caught my eye for a good while.
Mainly, my interest was seeing such a bottle with such a bright pale foundation in it. For me, seeing a pale foundation, specially in Spain, its like finding the Holy Grail 😉
I hesitated for several months, to buy or not to buy, what a tough philosophical question, that we all know how it ended! 😉
As the weeks passed, i would sneak through the Stendhal counter, and swatch it on my hand, and stare at it in awe, for it nearly matches my skin. One day, i armed myself with courage, passed by the counter, stared with conviction and pride at the SA, and pronounced the magical but life changing words: ME, BUY FOUNDATION PALE! (Lol, as you might have guessed, im doing a dramatization here, since, lets face it, if you’re here, its because you really love and adore foundations as much as i do ;).
So all happy i returned home, with my new and shiny box containing what should have been the last love of my life, after this one, no more foundation buying please, no more, i promise mom, no more.
Now back to the original point, i love this foundation. Its very pale. SUPER pale as i love it. Matches an NW10 PERFECTLY.
What the company says:
STENDHAL LIGHT MULTI AGE FOUNDATION:
Light Finish Foundation in Opaline.Provides skin thatýs more supple, more comfortable, and better protected. After applying to the face and neck, an even, luminous, satiny complexion is given, along with ideal coverage for ultra-natural results. Skin that’s more supple, more comfortable, better protected
First impressions: First drop on my hand, it smoothes and blends wonderfully. It has more pink pigments than common foundations, and a bit more than Bobbi Brown 00 Alabaster shade. I noticed that if i over apply this foundation, it sits on my skin and creases, so definitively, no over-applying. It has an ok scent, personally, it could have been worked a bit more or directly fragrance free for that matter. The bottle is sturdy, but personally, not my favorite packaging. The pump is hard to control. You either get 1 full pump or nothing. I prefer pumps where you can just slightly press and get a drop for example, no need to press it down completely. I feel the packaging is poor, honestly. But don’t let it fool you, its a good foundation.
Face test: Time to test on the face. This foundation works well when you warm it up a little bit. Spreads better. Has a nice texture, very very liquid-ish, but its not oil free (as a matter of fact, it has mineral oil, wheat germ oil, jojoba oil, sunflower oil, and something else more). It has a nice satin finish on the skin, and, if you have properly moisturized & primed your skin, it will not sit on pores or wrinkles. It has a slight smoothing effect, but no lifting, since again, this is only the anti-age foundation, they have another one for lifting. The color matches very well on my face, since i have redness. The excessive pinkish cast that it has when you have the foundation in a glob-drop, disappears. When you blend in with your skin, it turns to a natural cool toned foundation. It brightens a lot the skin color. This is 1 shade too dark for me, if i was to be picky, but since my face has the appearance of being darker due to redness, i don’t mind. NW10, you still look pasty pale white, don’t worry haha! Oh sorry, it has a nice coverage (light to medium), and an average wear. Good for dry skins and combination-dry. Last note, if you wear Bobbi Brown Natural finish foundation or moisturizing compact foundation in 00 Alabaster and MAC full coverage in NW10, this will be a perfect match.
Final Warning: You must apply moisturizer underneath. If you are scared of Mineral oil and / or paraffinum liquidum, stay away from it. Honestly, i wore this one when i had bad acne, and it didn’t give me more oiliness or breakouts. Quite the contrary, my skin was soothed and more smooth instead of flaky 🙂
1. Skin tone: NW10
2. Oxidation rate: 3 out of 10
3. Coverage: 5-6 out of 10
4. Satin Finish: 7-8 out of 10
5. Matte Finish: 1 out of 10
6. Pearly finish: 0 out of 10
7. Long wear: 5-6 out of 10
8. Moisturizing: 6 out of 10
9. SPF: i dont think it has any (if it has, it would be 15)
10. Undertones: very pale pink
11. Enhances pores / Wrinkles: 3 out of 10 (specially if you have very dry skin and not moisturized, or you don’t blend it properly or over apply)
12. Lifting / Smoothing effect: Only smoothing, 6 out of 10
13. Suitable for skin types: All except VD/O/VO
14. Fragance: Light scent, hard to describe, but kind of a mix of lipstick and skincare.
Swatches: (I am an NW05) (i will add swatches tomorrow)