A flawless finish: 3 long-lasting foundations that won't budge

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What good is coverage if it doesn’t last..? These high-performance foundations harness the latest in long-wear technology to ensure they stick around all day.

Whether you have greasy, oil-prone skin that tends to slide away any trace of foundation by lunchtime, you work particularly long hours so require a foundation with stubborn staying power, or you simply prefer a matte, flawless finish - you'll be pleased to hear the long-wear foundation trend is all the rage right now.  These three beauty powerhouses have been busy working up their take on 'the' foundation finish of the moment...

Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Longwear High Coverage Foundation, £40

The new Power Fabric liquid foundation provides an exceptionally long-wear coverage that manages to maintain the luminous, lightweight feel that the Giorgio Armani foundation family are renowned for.

The formula consists of extremely fine oils and high quality pigments that fuses with the skin and melts into a lightweight matte veil that blurs imperfections and lasts up to 16 hours.  Plus, the SPF 25 coverage offers UVA and UVB protection for a range of skin tones – the formula is adapted to deliver optimal coverage for all 15 shades available in the range. 

Giorgio Armani is available at Fenwick of Bond Street and Newcastle

CHANEL Le Teint Ultra Tenue Fluid Ultrawear Flawless Foundation, £37

If you suffer with particularly oily skin that struggles to hold onto foundation, this new long-wear liquid and compact foundation from Chanel is for you. Le Teint Ultra Tenue’s fine, silky texture combines the immediate mattifying action of absorbent powders with the long-wearing matte finish of zinc (which, incidentally, also helps keep blemishes at bay).

Pigments are treated with amino acids to enable the formula to adhere to the skin, while a resin allows foundation to resist oil for a perfect coverage from morning to night. 

CHANEL is available at Fenwick stores nationwide

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear, from £30

In celebration of its 20th year in the world of beauty, Lancôme reinvents their best-selling foundation as they introduce the new Teint Idole Ultra Wear. Repackaged in a chic new bottle, the popular high-coverage formula now exists in an impressive 40 shades to cater to a diverse range of skin tones – hats off, Lancôme! The smudge-proof formula is super long-lasting without feeling too tight or look caked on after a full day of wear.   

Lancôme is available at Fenwick stores nationwide

By Grace Gargini