Gorgeous Cosmetics Sheer Brilliance Foundation ★★★★
About: lightweight and sheer foundation containing Vitamin A and E to soothe and condition the skin. Offers light to medium coverage. Comes packaged in a plastic pump bottle.
Review: Gorgeous Cosmetics Sheer Brilliance Foundation has a very light and velvety soft texture. At first it is a little tricky to use to begin, due to its texture, but it spreads and blends very well. It gives a sheer coverage, and leaving the skin with a naturally looking, matte powdery finish. The foundation easily hides minor blemishes, but not entirely hiding larger blemishes and age spots / pigmentation. I also found that it was difficult to build up any coverage with the Sheer Brilliance Foundation, as the foundation would start to ‘ball up’ on my skin. Having combination skin, my issue is finding a foundation to stay put all day. But that wasn’t a problem with the Sheer Brilliance Foundation, and even without the use of a primer I got managed to go until the afternoon before I needed to touch up and powder my t-zone. But with the aid of a primer and a powder on top to set it, the longevity of the foundation was extended by several hours. And the matte powdery look remains throughout the day, yet without the foundation settling into unsightly lines and creases in the face.
Gorgeous Cosmetics recommends applying the foundation with a brush or a sponge to “avoid any cross contamination from hands to face” - and I agree that using a brush does give the nicest, most even result. However, in saying that, I also found that I got a nice even result using my fingers, and as the foundation comes in a pump bottle, and you are only pumping out just the amount of foundation needed. I would always wash my hands prior to applying the foundation anyway so the “cross contamination” would be minimal. I do like the fact that it comes in a pump bottle, as it is not only so easy to use, it is also more hygienic than constantly dipping your fingers into a jar. However, as the pump bottle is cream coloured, my only issue is that it would be impossible to see when the foundation is nearing the end. The foundation has a slight chemical scent, which in a way also smells a little ‘old style’. While I’m not loving this scent, it is however still very subtle, and quickly disappears once the foundation has been applied and absorbed into the skin. At $50 this foundation is not cheap, but only a pump is required per application so this bottle would last you quite a while. And the fact that the coverage cannot be built up is a shame, but on the other hand, as the name suggests this is a sheer foundation and I personally prefer more coverage than this foundation intends to offer.