I’ve tried and tested many different foundations in my time – both luxury and drugstore. After sorting through my makeup today, it made me realise that I’ve finally whittled my collection of foundations down to a pretty great mix of products covering a whole mix of uses and requirements.
It took a long time and a lot of testing but I’m really happy with my current collection and although I’ll always enjoy testing and experimenting with new products, I thought I’d share my ‘can’t live without’ foundations. These are the few that I’ll alternate throughout the year, changing them up depending on the climate and how my skin is at the time, I know I can always trust them to stay put and do the job perfectly.
L’Oreal: True Match Foundation
I became an advocate of this foundation back at University when I was looking for an affordable, good coverage foundation. At the time (about six years ago) when this product was relatively new, it was pretty cutting edge and I’d put it top of the drug-store offering. I still remember trying it for the first time and being blown away by the blendability and durability of this foundation. Since then, this has become a firm favourite and although there are many other good products now available at the drug-store, I still find myself reaching for this one often, I know it will always do the job and for the price point it is unbelievable value for money. I pretty much used this foundation exclusively for three years as it was so reliable and high quality, I’ve heard it compared to many top luxury foundations.
It’s also worth noting that it has added SPF 17 – always a bonus to have a bit of SPF in there. What’s also great about True Match is I find it really buildable without looking cakey. This one would be TOP of my list if you are looking for a good drug-store foundation that’s good coverage with a dewy, light, fresh finish. For £9.99 you can’t go wrong.
Estee Lauder Double Wear, Stay in Touch Makeup
This is an old faithful foundation, quite possibly one of the first I’d ever tried. This is because my mother has worn it for as long as I remember, so as a teen, when I was first experimenting with makeup I would always use my mums. This is extremely full coverage which stays in place all day.
If you are after something that you just want to completely even out skin tone and that will cover every blemish and red spot easily and in one coating then this is for you.
The problem with starting off using a foundation like this is you find that anything you use afterwards, never quite gives you the full, even finish that this one offers. However, what I will say that it can be a bit of a shame to use this type of product on young, youthful skin that doesn’t really need the full coverage. It can be a bit heavy and has been known to give my skin little bumps if I’m having skin sensitivity. I find this product is best in heavy winter, when the weather is horrible outside and you want a good coverage to last you all day, while protecting your face from external weather conditions.
Nars Sheer Glow
This has become such a cult classic foundation that I finally gave in and purchased it, after reading about all the hype for so long. The first things that come to mind about this product is a) it’s buildability – depending on your skin and how you are feeling you can give a simple wash of colour or build up a proper covering, and b) the ‘glow’ or sheen that it gives your skin, leaving it looking radiant and fresh.
If you are after a product where those two elements are top of your wish list then this is definitely the one for you. It doesn’t feel heavy on the skin and gives a super natural finish. There are loads of reviews on this foundation that you can search for if you would like an in-depth review. It is a bit more on the pricey side at £31.
L’Oreal Infallible 25-Matte Foundation
This was a new discovery when it launched last year and while I wasn’t necessarily drawn to pick it up straight away due to it being primarily a matte finish (I’m generally more of a fan of the dewy look), I was totally in LOVE as soon as I had it on my skin. This product glides on so easily, gives a great coverage with hardly any product and leaves your skin looking nice and even in tone.
I think it’s always a good idea to have a matte foundation up your sleeve if you are going to be in photographs, particular in a hot climate and want to ensure you don’t have that shiny, sweaty gleam that is never a good look. This product is perfect for that use and if you want something that won’t budge once set. The only thing you do have to be careful about is not using too much product as it can be cakey if you pile it on.
This is one I’ll use if I’m having a good skin day as my skin can become quite sensitive too it, or if I’m going on summer holidays for an evening look. Last year this was the only foundation I used throughout the summer, they have a great tanned shade in ‘sand’ which I would recommend once you have got a bit of colour on your face. Again, this is another one that is great value for money and I have heard many people rave about; even those who primarily use luxury products have become obsessed with this drug-store buy. For £7.99 you can’t go wrong!
Estee Lauder Double Wear Light: Stay in Place Makeup
I HAD to try out this product given how amazing their original Double Wear Foundation was, and I wasn’t left disappointed. Having said how heavy the original can be, this is completely the opposite, it is a much lighter version in both coverage and consistency. What I like about it is that it is still a buildable product depending on what level of coverage you want as well as being one that will stay in place all day. This is another one that I will use in the summer, when I’m after a lower level of coverage and something quite dewy and natural looking on the skin. It is also SPF 10 added in for a bit of protection. It’s around the £31 so more of an investment foundation.
Vichy Dermabend: Fluid corrective foundation 16h
This is the newest edition to my collection and one that is a current favourite. As mentioned, I’d been having some problems with my skin recently and wanted a foundation that didn’t have any ‘nasties’ or pore clogging properties. After doing a bit of research, this one was recommended for anyone with problem or acne prone skin so I hot tailed it down to my local boosts and picked it up.
I wasn’t sure what to expect as I’d never used this brand before but I was really pleasantly surprised. It is a medium to full coverage foundation that will cover any kind of blemish, scar or discolouring in an instant. For a drug-store foundation the coverage is amazing, a little product goes a long way with this one. It is more of a matte finish, and not unlike the L’Oreal one but a little less thick in consistency. I’m not surprised at all that it is their best selling product and will definitely be repurchasing. A big thank you to Em Sheldon for blogging about this product, check out her amazing review here: http://www.emtalks.co.uk/2015/10/vichy-dermablend-review-my-favourite.html
I guess there is a running theme throughout all these foundations – I’m always after a durable product that I can put on in the morning and will still be there in the evening with zero to minimal top up. There are so many foundations out there that just slide off your face after a few hours and it drives me mad. I want to use a product with a good level of coverage and that’s reliable which all of these foundations are. I think there is something for everyone in this list of foundations and I would recommend everyone.
Which foundation is your favourite?