Over the years I’ve tried my fair share of foundations on the search for the perfect base. I don’t know if I could say I have found The One, but there are a few that come very close. Without realising it, I tend to purchase mostly ‘drug store’ foundations, although I don’t personally call them that considering what they actually cost (that’s a complaint for another day). I believe you don’t have to spend a lot to get a great base, there are some amazing formulations out there. And with each new foundation release, high and low-end brands are getting better and offering more to suit everyone.
Here’s a sneak peek into my current foundation stash and what I think of each of them. Do you see any of your favourites?
1 – AVON smooth minerals liquid foundation
I purchased this during the mineral foundation craze (whatever happened to that?), and it is one of my least worn foundations. The formula isn’t bad, and the coverage is light-medium with very light pearl/shimmer. I think what I disliked most about it was the lack of shades available.Having said that, it’s a good budget option base.
2, 3, 4 – REVLON photoready makeup
This was my #1 foundation for many years, and only lost top spot to longer wearing foundations. If it had great staying power it would easily be my number one base. I find people either love or hate the shimmer formula, but it works great for me.
Rather than apply layer upon layer to cover flaws, it works to hide imperfections by reflecting the light. The finish is light – medium, so a little extra concealer is needed for heavy duty coverage (I’m looking at YOU, dark spots). It works amazing with photoready skinlights, and it gives you a lovely glow. The lighter shades tend to give a white cast in flash photography, but I have to say the 005 Natural Beige shade is the closest match to my skin of any foundation I’ve ever tried. Without a doubt, it is my skin-tone in a bottle.
5 & 7 – MAYBELLINE fit me! foundation
Say hello to fresh beautiful skin, with this foundation. The formula does not match my skin texture perfectly, but I still hold this foundation in high regard because of its smooth formula and natural finish. And did I mention the smell? It is pleasantly ‘sweet’ and not too in your face. If all foundations smelt this way I would not complain!
The finish is shimmer free, semi matte and fresh, and I would recommend this to makeup newbies and anyone wanting a no-makeup base. If you have amazing skin, this will only enhance what you have, not cover it. I would say the lasting coverage is ok, but not great for anyone with oily skin. I’ve found this works nicely to mix with moisturisers to make a quick tinted-moisture boost.
6 – REVLON age defying with DNA advantage cream makeup
I absolutely ADORE this foundation mixed with loreal uv perfect tinted moisture lotion. It is difficult to describe just how amazingly smooth my skin felt using these two daily as a foundation/sunscreen/moisture mix. The look and feel of my skin was completely transformed, and it was so simple and easy to apply every day.
I purchased this just to see if there was a difference, and I liked it so much I was tempted to try the finishing powder as well (I haven’t just yet). The finish is very creamy and moisturising, and now that I am almost finished with this bottle I will definitely buy another one!
8 & 9 – REVLON colorstay makeup for normal/dry skin
I think this is probably my favourite foundation. Simply put, it lasts and lasts and lasts. Constant re-touching of my foundation is not my favourite task, so anything that lasts without any fuss is tops in my books. The coverage is medium – full, so this is a hard working foundation that really goes the distance.
A word of warning to those who hate the feeling of heavy makeup, you might not like this. I guess long lasting foundation does come at a price, and if I apply it heavy handed it can tend to feel a little ‘masky’. It doesn’t have to be so heavy though, and you can apply sparingly to avoid that feeling.
A common beauty complaint in the tropics is how the heat and humidity wreaks havoc on your makeup. This foundation is a good bet to beating that problem. On a final note, I find the oily/combination formula really awful on the skin. If you’re looking to try this foundation, I recommend you test both the oily/combo & normal/dry to get the best fit for you.
10 – MAC studio fix fluid
I bought this for two reasons, for long wearing finish and to be my go-to when I don’t want a white cast in flash photography. Compared to the revlon colorstay, it is not as long wearing, but it does go the distance. I can see why this is a popular base, it is creamy and easy to blend, and the finish is very natural. It has zero shimmer, and finishes to a medium – full coverage. The one complaint I do have is the smell. It has a very chemical smell to it that is a little off-putting. See my full review here.
11 – MAYBELLINE dream nude airfoam airbrushed foundation
Another foundation fad, I find this ‘mousse’ style foundation a little strange. I purchased this out of pure curiosity and I am still on the fence as to how I feel. The colour range is decent, and it offers both light to dark which is great. While the initial application of the foundation is simple, once the formula dries it can be difficult to blend and the liquid is quite thin. I would say the coverage is light – medium.
12 – REVLON photoready airbrush mousse makeup
Yet another curiosity buy, I much prefer the liquid form of this photoready foundation. While the colour match is the same for the different finishes (liquid and mousse), I find blending is a whole other story! To begin with the foundation is easy to blend, but once it dries it becomes difficult and can tend to drag and cause streaks. Sadly, it is more effort that it is worth. Using a stippling brush and patting motion minimises trouble with blending. I don’t dislike it completely, but much prefer liquid bases to mousse formulas. If you’re looking into purchasing any of the photoready foundations, I highly recommend testing out all finishes to find what you like best.