So it turns out being a blogger is really, REALLY, hard work if you have to move house and you get totally screwed over on multiple occasions by your broadband provider (which I won't publicly name but whose name rhymes with 'cry' which they have made me want to do on a regular basis for the last three weeks). Having spent my day at home waiting for an "installation technician" (dude with a van and a bad atttitude) to turn up and consequently tell me we couldn't have the service due to the abundance of trees in the vicinity of my flat ANYWAY, I just about lost the will to live and was going to climb over my balcony and kiss goodbye to this cold, cruel world, but then I ate some crisps and read a nice book and plugged in my unreliable dongle (seriously, is it so hard for Internetz to work in 2011?), crossed my fingers and my heart and my toes and here we are. Just.
A very long ramble as means of an excuse for my total lack of new content on here in the last few weeks. I'm sure you have all been as the desert without the rain in the interim, but fear not my camels, your oasis hath arrived. Not only have I arrived but I bring you news of a rather brilliant, if tiny, range of products that will be music to the ears (or Ryan Gosling to the eyes) of those of you needing or wanting a heavy coverage, long-lasting base. Ladies, gentlemen and possums, acquaint yourselves with Keromask.
I have three products from Keromask, the first being the main one, their Camouflage Cream. Purported to be cosmetics range catering for skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, vitiligo and also offering coverage for under-eye circles and unwanted tattoes, the Keromask range of camouflage cream comes in 24 shades so there should be something to suit everybody. Brilliantly you can order a sample kit from the website (currently on offer for £2.99) so you can try before you buy, a great initiative that is vital for something so personal as foundation shades. The shade I have, as well as a couple of sample kits, is No. 11 which is not a bad match at all, although it is quite pink-based which might be a problem for some people.
As I don't have particularly bad skin or the desire for a heavy coverage foundation, I don't use this often, and when I do I use the tiniest (think, like, half a pea) amount, but I've tried to demonstrate its effectiveness on a scar on the back of my hand.
As you can see there's a small patch of reddened scar tissue to the left of my hand, and below is after I applied a teeny amount of the Camouflage Cream.
As you can see, it's no longer visible. In terms of the formula it's definitely a thicker cream that most foundations, but it's not runny and it blends easily into the skin. I would say though that with application it's better to do it little by little to avoid getting a caked on effect, but, being the type of product it is, it's buildable and does leave a nice finish.
Although I don't use it regularly, when I do use this product it hasn't broken me out at all and works just as well with my oily skin as any other foundation I've tried. Having said that, I really wouldn't recommend it if you don't have problem skin because I don't think the finish is subtle. Flawless, yes insofar as you can get an even finish and it will undoubtedly cover your concerns, but I think it looks too heavy on my skin, although maybe that's because I'm used to a medium coverage only.
I also LOVE the packaging with the sleek little twist up pump, and I think it looks and feels more expensive than it is. Which brings me to my final point, the price. In my (admittedly limited) experience, camouflaging products like this tend to be quite expensive and difficult to get hold of, but this Keromask Camouflage Cream is a total steal at £14.99, especially as you can try the samples first so you won't waste your money on the wrong shade. I think if you're in the market for a product like this, Keromask have produced an affordable and effective product that looks well at home amongst any other foundation on the market.
The two other products I was given to try were the Mineral Finishing Powder and the make up removal wipes both of which are nice, but nothing special. It's all about the Camouflage Cream and I recommend you try it if you suffer from any of the aforementioned conditions.
PHEW. I made it to the end of this post without some sort of alien interruption to my connection, although when I'll be back, nobody knows. If you see a "Cry Installation Technician" representing around the West London area in his spray-painted Ford Transit, kick him a little bit for me, please.
Thank you and good night.