Thursday, 29 August 2013

Helen E Cosmetics stage foundation

A tube of Helen E Cosmetics stage foundation in the shade Monroe

Going back to the beginning of July I headed down to London for a blogger meetup.  Well, at the meetup we were given some pretty amazing goody bags, and this little beauty was inside it.  It's not a brand I'd heard of before, but it is a brand I'd like to try more from, here's what I thought.

Helen E cosmetics stage foundation pouring out of the tube

Me wearing the Helen E Cosmetics stage foundation

I know these aren't the most amazing photo's to show off the foundation, and there isn't even a before photo, silly me forgot to take one! 

My main concern with this foundation was the shade, as you know, I'm very pale, usually needing the palest foundation there is, well, this was the lightest shade in the range.  However, after applying it (I used a foundation brush) it actually didn't look too dark (my shade is Monroe).  It did need a little lightening, I used my Neve powder foundation just to dust over the top, set it and lighten it (you can see the difference in the picture.

It's definitely got more of a yellow undertone to it as opposed to pink which falls in with what they claim on their site, apparently the slightly darker Bardot shade has a more peach tone, so keep that in mind.

I was really pleasantly surprised by this.  It didn't clog my pores (awesome), it stayed on well (great), a good level of coverage (medium and totally buildable) and it had a really beautiful finish to it, (dewey).  You could tell I was wearing foundation, but it didn't look heavy or cakey, it just made my skin look nice and even.  I must have gotten a good 10 hours out of it before it started wearing off.  But as a negative, I did get quite shiny with it, but and it's a big but, I get this with every foundation or BB cream I use, so it's no different from the others, and I was only oily on my T-Zone which is where I always turn into an oil slick.

Would I repurchase it?  If I wasn't a beauty blogger with an inordinate amount of foundation yes I would, but I have others that I prefer (cue Dior BB cream / Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua).  What this has earned is a good place in my foundation box, for the days when I need a bit more coverage, or perhaps in winter.

The Lowdown
  • 35ml of product in the tube
  • Costs £30
  • Available in 4 shades (Monroe, Bardot, Loren, Hepburn)
  • Ingredients: Looks good, can't see any parabens or mineral oil, talc etc

This months Bigest-Pixi3 advertiser is the lovely Hayley from Water Painted Dreams



  1. This looks really nice, I think I have the same shade xx

    Lots of Love Beautyqueenuk!

    1. Thanks :) Yeah I was pleasantly surprised, it's a really good foundation

  2. This sounds lovely, and I really like how they've named the shades - a bit more imaginative than the usual!
    Great review :)

    Jess xo

    1. Yeah I love the names they gave them, much more creative than 'nude' or 'beige' :)


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