Having had some lovely comments on My Top 5 Favourite Lipsticks post, I thought I would do something similar with my favourite foundations. I don’t actually have five foundations I really like though, so this is my top four. I am always looking for amazing new foundations to try, so leave your favourites in the comments below!
I do struggle to find foundations that are a suitable shade for me, I should probably be a shade lighter in all of these foundations but the lightest shades always seem to be far too pink toned for my skin, I would say my skin is quite neutral toned.
All of these foundations are high end foundations, I have tried numerous drug store foundations over the years, but I have not been in love with any of them, they simply don’t have the shade range and lasting power I want. I do believe in spending a bit more money on foundations, after all it is the base for all your makeup, if your skin looks flawless and glowing, it is instantly going to improve the look of any other makeup you put on.
The first foundation in my top four, is Nars Sheer Glow; I have it in the shade Mont Blanc. This is a foundation that gets absolutely raved about by everybody, and for good reason. As the name suggests, it is a dewy finish foundation. I wouldn’t say it was a sheer foundation though, it is medium coverage that can be built up to full coverage. This is the most natural looking foundation in my favourites, it looks simply gorgeous on, it really looks like a photoshopped version of your skin. It is a really good foundation for dry to normal skin, I wore this everyday towards the end of summer last year and found it gave the most natural glow, lasted all day, and didn’t need to be powdered to keep it in place. I don’t think it would be quite so great for oily skin though. One thing that does seem to annoy people about Nars Sheer Glow, is the the fact it does not come with a pump. I don’t actually mind this, I find that I waste a lot less product if I am able to tip out tiny amounts on my hand. However if you are desperate for a pump, Nars do sell them for £3.
Estee Lauder Double Wear is probably my all time favourite. It has the best lasting power I have ever found in a foundation. It really does stay in place all day, I think it would suit all skin types, as long as you have the correct base underneath. Dry skin definitely needs to be well moisturised before using this, if I don’t take the time to moisturise it does slightly cling to dry patches. I apply this over my Benefit Total Moisture face cream, which acts as a perfect primer for my dry skin. This has a matte finish, which I prefer on a day to day basis as I don’t have to worry about powdering or looking shiny. Double Wear creates a really flawless finish, easily covering any blemishes, dark spots, or anything else you would need covered. I have this in the shade 1N1 Ivory Nude, the second to lightest shade they do. There are 31 shades of Double Wear currently available, ranging from quite light to quite dark. If you are looking for a long lasting foundation for the up coming hotter months, I would really suggest going to an Estee Lauder counter and asking for a sample. I love the packaging of this as well, the combination of frosted glass and gold is a winner in my book.
Mac Studio Fix Fluid is my next favourite. I have it in the shade NC15, the colour is 100% too dark for me, but actual foundation I really love. I wear this everyday over Illamasqua Hydra Veil (which I mentioned in my Illamasqua Haul post here), I also mix it with Illamasqua Skin Base in SB01 to get it to the right shade. Mixing foundations to the right shade is a tip that I only discovered a month or so ago, and it is my favourite beauty tip EVER. It is so easy to mix them, I pour a small amount of Studio Fix onto my hand and pour a small amount of Skin Base over the top and blend them together with my finger. At first, it was sort of trial and error getting the colour right, I would mix it, apply it to my face, and then lighten or darken it if needed. However, I have been doing it for a while now, so I can recognise the right colour on my hand and it really takes no time at all to get the perfect foundation shade. When I tried wearing Studio Fix by itself, besides making me look like an oompa loompa, I really liked it. Applied with a Real Techniques Buffing brush, which is what I use to apply all these foundations, it gave a really flawless, slightly matte finish to my skin. It is quite heavily scented, the most scented out of all 4 foundations, but that doesn’t affect my sensitive skin at all. It is the thickest foundation that I own, so definitely not one to go for if you like a sheer finish. This is definitely a full coverage foundation, however it feels very lightweight on the skin.
As you can see in the picture above, these shades are a lot darker than my ghostly pale arm. Mont Blanc and Ivory Nude are my perfect summer shades for when I naturally have a bit more colour in my skin, however I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to pull off NC15 ( perhaps with a fake tan?!)