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The Foundation Files: Thin Lizzy Flawless Complexion

With the New Year now upon us, I wanted to start a brand new series. As you might be able to guess from the title, Foundation Files, this series is going to be dedicated to all the foundations I own. On the agenda today is the Thin Lizzy Flawless Complexion Liquid Foundation*. 

Before we start, I just wanted to give you a little overview of what you can expect from all of my Foundation Files posts. In each review I will give you photos of my skin before application, immediately after application and at the end of the day. I will talk about how I prep my skin before applying, as well as the method that I use to apply. I will also talk about the coverage and finish, as well as how well I think it wears throughout the day. Now as for my skin type (which will impact what I think of foundations) I have dry/normal skin. I do have blemish and pigmentation concerns, particularly in my T-Zone. Without further adieu, let's get into it!

Thin Lizzy has been around for a while now. I'm sure you've all seen the adds where it claims to seamlessly cover everything, leaving you with flawless skin. This is actually my first time trying anything from Thin Lizzy, so I was very excited to see how it would go. The Flawless Complexion Liquid Foundation claims to conceal and correct, leaving a velvety, second-skin effect. It blurs imperfections, evens skin tone and conceal pores. It wears on your skin all day and is water and sweat resistant so it won’t come off until you take it off. No irritating chemical SPFs, no heavy oily moisturizers or drying powders. It’s a fresh and simple formula that lasts all day!

I put this foundation to the test when I just had to run a few errands around town after Christmas. Bear in mind, it was a stinking hot summers day and I was doing a lot, so there was a high chance I could end the day as a sweaty mess.

This foundation comes in a set from Priceline for $44.99. The set includes the foundation as well as a Blurring Sponge and Blurring Brush. I have the shade Oriental Doll.

Before applying I do my usual skincare (toner, serum and moisturiser). I actually haven't been wearing a primer under this foundation, just because I've been a bit lazy around Christmas time, but the few times I have worn a primer it also works extremely well. To apply I simply pump a little bit on the back of my hand and then use the Blurring Sponge to apply to my skin. If needed I go in with the Blurring Brush, but I typically find the sponge applies the foundation easily and evenly, without much need for blending in further. 

I find that one layer gives a really lovely medium coverage. I do build the foundation up a little bit where needed (e.g. through my T-Zone where I have a few more blemishes and pigmentation). The coverage is definitely a light to medium. While I think it conceals really well and covers everything I need it to cover, it definitely isn't a full coverage and doesn't give a 'flawless' base. If I have bigger spots, they do still stand out a little bit, but it's nothing a bit of concealer can't cover up. 

As for the finish, it is a really lovely natural and glowy finish. It definitely isn't matte, and while I can't comment on how it would go on oily skin, I find that it just gives the skin a really healthy look. I don't tend to set with powders, but I did use the MAC Fix+ Spray to finish. If you were to set with a powder it may help with the luminous finish, if that is a concern for you, particularly if you have oilier skin. I would say that the shade I have is possibly a little too dark for me, but it does work when I have a bit more of a tan. 

Now for the real test. I had this foundation on for about 10 hours, where I was shopping, cleaning and was outside a bit as well. All in all, for the hot, sticky day that it was, I was quite impressed with how it lasted. At the end of the day I was a little bit shinier, but that isn't a big concern for me, as it's better then the dry alternative that my skin often goes to. I did find that it wore off my chin and around my mouth a little bit, as well as a little bit through the rest of my T-Zone. It has gone a tiny bit cakey under my eyes, but this could also be due to my concealer, and it wasn't super noticeable. It didn't oxidise on my skin at all either, if anything the colour suited my skin better the more I wore it. Overall, my skin still looked glowy and had a decent coverage at the end of the day. I am quite happy with how it went. While it probably wouldn't be my number 1 choice for a long day, I would definitely wear it on those days where I want something a little bit lighter (i.e. on the weekends, running errands or on a short day at work).

This foundation ticks a lot of my boxes - glowy, good coverage and good lasting power - so it was definitely a winner for me. While I wouldn't say it is my absolute favourite foundation, it is a nice one to pull out when I want a bit of a change.

Have you tried the Thin Lizzy Flawless Complexion foundation before? I'd love to hear what you think about it! xx

*DISCLAIMER – Although this product was sent for me to trial and review, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. The Life of Laura is not by a professional or expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.


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