Hema CC Perfecting Foundation and Pretty Lips Lipgloss
Hema; the Dutch equivalent to Ikea, except with beauty items launched in the UK in September and they have everything from clothing, toys, kitchen utensils as well as furniture and the aforementioned beauty. There are three UK stores in Victoria, Bromley and Kingston as well as an online store. The beauty range offers a wide variety of products from mascara, makeup brushes to blusher, makeup bags and foundation and at an extremely affordable price. I received the CC Perfecting Foundation and Pretty Lips Lipgloss, both with SPF15. At £12 the CC Perfecting Foundation is one of the more expensive base products that Hema offers, so it’s definitely an affordable range. This base product claims to firm the skin with the addition of natural oat extract, while giving a flawless medium to full coverage, mattifying finish and added SPF15. The SPF 15 can also help to prevent sun damage, it does not flashback in photography or appear ashy on the skin. It’s housed in a clear plastic pump bottle with the standard 30ml of product and with no added perfume. It also comes in nine shades. I have shade N0 7, which is a perfect match for me.
Being a colour correcting (CC) base, this product has a good mixture of yellow and orange undertones, which help to balance out pigmentation on the skin and prevent those areas going ashy. I am absolutely loving this foundation, it’s a good colour match, lasts well and has buildable coverage. I do find that I require a touch up or two throughout the day, especially in my T-zone, but still feel this will be suitable for most skin types.
The Pretty Lips SPF15 Lipgloss is a new addition to the Hema lip range and actually looks like a tinted lip balm, so I was initially confused as to why it was called a lipgloss. Hema state it’s a combination of lipstick and gloss and comes in eight shades, it’s housed in a colour coded lip balm type tube that twists up to reveal the product. I received shade 17 Spicy Brown, which is a muted pinky brown shade, that is quite perfumed but that dissipates quickly once applied. The pigment on these is very sheer, the gloss has a lot of slip to it and a glossy finish that’s comfortable to wear but not as hydrating as a balm.