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Kristen tries new foundations

I have to admit, foundation is something I really don't branch out and buy frequently. I have been using the same foundation for 6 years and love it. While I have tested other foundations over the past few years of doing reviews and found some I like, they've never replaced my all-time favorite for good: Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation in Sunny Beige. While I will probably never be without my favorite foundation, I can add a couple of more to my bathroom (my husband will just love that!). Maybelline has my second-favorite foundation, Wonder Finish, so when they come out with a new foundation, I want to try it. They didn't disappoint when they added the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation to their lineup. It didn't just hit the shelves, and I am wondering why it took me so long to get it. This foundation is fabulous! And everything it says it will do, it does. It delivers soft, natural looking skin with a decent amount of coverage, and I need all the help I can get with my acne scars and redness. It's extremely weightless and silky and I don't require a touch-up all day. I simply love this foundation for what it does to make my face look great and for what it does to my wallet at $6.49 (makes it much fatter!). They have 12 shades and I found that Pure Beige is an impeccably perfect match for my skin. This foundation also is great for touch-ups later to bring you into the evening and it can be easily applied with your fingers or sponge. It doesn't cake at all with an additional touch-up application. Finding foundations with this quality makes me wonder why I spend so much on another.

While I was picking up the Dream Matte Mousse foundation, I saw another foundation from Maybelline that sparked my interest called Pure Makeup. Of course, I picked it up, too! This water-based liquid foundation is in a small squeeze tube bottle and is aimed at the oily skin, acne prone set and its color selection is the same as the Dream Matte Mousse, so it shouldn't be a problem to find a shade no matter what your skin tone or color is. It glides right on without streaks and the finish is soft and smooth. I find it similar to the coverage of the Dream Matte Mousse, not quite as silky, but still a great foundation that I will happily use. This foundation also lasted throughout the day without a touch-up. I can't remember the exact cost, but I know it was $5-something, so again I am happy with a great foundation at a cost that won't break the bank. Another winner!

Out of the drugstore I go to the boutique lines to DuWop. I recently tried out the new DuWop Revolotion tinted moisturizer. I don't use tinted moisturizers because they don't provide enough coverage and this one was no exception. I think it's perfect for those of you who have near perfect skin and you want a bit of evenness to your face, but not for the rest of us who have something to hide. The texture is nice and glides on, but just not enough coverage. If you like or wear tinted moisturizers, then you may want to give this a try. You can find DuWop at Sephora.com.

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Posted January 31, 2006

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