Hey guys :> For those of you who are interested, here are my thoughts/experiences on some foundations I've used over the years. For the record none of the foundations I have yet tried break me out. I usually do thorough research before I invest in a new foundation.
I have combination acne prone skin. That means I have an oily T-zone with normal to sometimes dry cheeks. I don’t think I need to elaborate on the acne prone part. Anyway having combination skin SUCKS because most foundations cater to one or the other (dry or oily skin), rarely both. I usually settle for some sort of trade off with longevity, coverage, color etc.
As a disclaimer I know the foundations I’ll go over are mid range to high end foundations. I have never tried a liquid drugstore foundation because they tend of be full of pore clogging ingredients and smell like a chemical plant. I am not saying drugstore/high street foundations aren't worth trying out. I personally don’t mind splurging on foundation and that's just my take on it.
1) Makeup Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation
Coverage - Medium to full. The color match was extremely nice on my skin tone. I’m the shade 118 in this foundation.
Longevity - 4 to 5 hours. The worst out of all the foundations I’ve tried in regards to lasting power. I didn't know better at the time so coped.
Texture - Slightly runny consistency. It can easily be layered to achieve higher coverage without looking cakey. Comes with a pump.
Price - $42
Additional information - Holy@#$%. This foundation made me look absolutely immaculate in pictures. Regardless of how it looked in person, in pictures it was flawless every time. Here’s a picture from an old blog post. There was no filter used. The only photoshop I do to my images are re-sizing, adding a border & a watermark. This picture was when I was having my persistent breakouts before using the regimen too.
Yeah, I'm a firm believer this foundation can make anyone look camera ready.
2) Makeup Forever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation
Coverage - Light to medium. My shade is in No.30
Longevity - 5 hours more or less. Dealt with my oily T-zone loads better than MUFE HD but only by a fraction.
Texture - It’s not runny and can easily be layered for higher coverage. Comes in a tube which is nice.
Price - $36
Additional information - It has better oil control but nothing to write home about. If you’re moderately oily I’d say give this a try. Click to read my blog post about it.
3) Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage
Coverage - Light to medium. My shade is in Light-Medium Sand.
Longevity - 5-6 hours more or less.
Texture - Kind of a thick texture. Easy to blend out though. It does feel obvious on the skin...
Price - $38
Additional information - It’s alright. Very average throughout all areas for me. For those who do aim for cruelty free products, tarte is one of the companies to look at. On my skin it did not live up to it’s 12 hour claim so that was a bust.
4) Kat Von D Lock-it Tattoo Foundation
Coverage - Medium to full. My shade is Medium 52. This was a PERFECT color match for me.
Longevity - 6-7 hours depending on the weather really. I had high hopes for this one since I heard loads of other people had it wear like iron on their skin.
Texture - Thickest texture out of all of them. You will definitely feel this on your skin. It takes a little while for it to look less mask like when applied onto your skin. You will look mask like initially but your natural oils will break through so it’ll look less intense.
Price - $34
Additional information - It feels heavy, has awesome coverage and a decent price tag. It lasted alright on my combo skin but for super oily people I would not recommend this at all. Your face will feel so heavy later in the day from the product and oil build up. I still enjoy this foundation but it’s not for those who want a light feeling foundation. You can read my detailed post about it
5) Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
Coverage - Medium to full. My shade is 2W1 Dawn. Work in layers to build coverage. I let each layer dry first before going for another layer. I don’t find myself looking cakey with this foundation.
Longevity - AWESOME. Seriously the longest lasting foundation on my skin period. It stays looking wonderful even after 8-9 hours. It didn’t even look patchy at the 11th hour. I blot maybe once or twice but that’s about it.
Texture - It’s a pretty runny foundation. You can buy a pump from MAC which fits but I’ve become a pro at pouring the exact amount I need on the back of my hand.
Price - $37
Additional information - The only downside about this foundation is that it oxidizes later in the day. It turns a tad orange but by the time that happens I usually don’t care and I’m already home to wash my makeup off. It still kinda bugs me enough so I went out to try another foundation which is number 6 on the list. Click to read my blog post about it.
6) NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
Coverage - Medium to full. My shade is in punjab.
Longevity - 7-8 hours before it looks a tad worn. It doesn't wear off my face looking patchy though which I like.
Texture - It’s just as runny as the Estee Lauder one. You can get a pump for this too but again I’ve mastered the skill of pouring the amount I need so I didn't bother getting one. This is my current foundation and I am loving it to bits!
Price - $44
Additional information - WHY DID I HAVE TO LOVE THIS FOUNDATION? It’s the most expensive foundation I’ve ever tried...gah my wallet. It’s so lovely on my skin though...it’s like second skin on me - you know that “my skin but better” kinda deal? I never thought this would ever work for me. Don’t take the name so literally... “sheer glow”. You can definitely get super nice coverage with it like I do AND it doesn’t leave me oily as the word “glow” would imply. I always set my foundation with powder so I always get a matte finish. I mention it in my updated foundation routine
Hope that helps if any of you guys are feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the different types of foundations out there! My top favorite foundations are NARS sheer glow and Estee Lauder double wear. I try to stock up on them when Sephora has their 20% vouchers so my wallet doesn't take too much of a beating.
If you think makeup is bad for your skin then go read my blog post .
I shall now end this post with a picture of my wonderful new makeup storage...
I spy with my eye a bottle of the regimen's BP! ahahaha
MUJI DRAWERS ARE SO BEAUTIFUL<3. The end.