It’s a bumper season for foundations with a trio of new additions landing on my desk all at more or less the same time. But, oh, what different results when they’re tested. The gold medal winner, by a mile, is Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation SPF15 (£62; worn on the model pictured), a beautiful creamy base which provides great coverage and longwear but has a completely natural finish. It contains Tom Ford Infusing Complex, a skincare element, which boosts the quality of the skin at the same time. It comes in 15 shades, and is part of a new range of Flawless Perfection concealers and foundation within the
Tom Ford Beauty collection.
I’ve taken to applying the Traceless Perfecting Foundation with my fab new brush – the Estee Lauder Sculpting Foundation Brush (£37). A strange-looking brush with bristles of different lengths, it has been designed to be able to access the trickier areas of the face. It’s a delight to use and gives a lovely finish. It was launched at the same time as my silver medallist foundation for this autumn – Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup SPF25 (£37), another liquid foundation which feels lovely and boasts skincare benefits, notably anti-ageing (from the Perfectionist Serum) and hydration. I found that on my shine-prone combination skin, I need to wear powder on top; this is probably one for older and drier skins than mine. It’s available in an impressive 22 shades.
And the prize for most disappointing new foundation goes to Clarins True Radiance SPF15 (£27) – another base with skincare qualities – which I found to be thick, heavy and wholly unnatural-looking.