With talk of face makeup in Chris’s amazing Beauty Bomb or Da Bomb series, I thought I would talk a little bit about my top 3 foundations. I have tried a ton…Nars, Bare Minerals, Lancome, Clinique, Bobbi Brown, Sheer Cover…and the list goes on.
First off, I don’t do BB creams. I prefer more coverage than a beauty balm provides. I also find them more emollient then foundations, like a tinted moisturizer. My oily mug does not do well with that. I am frequently asked what foundation I wear and until recently, the answer was always the same. But, I have made some discoveries that I would like to share.
As I mentioned, I have oily skin. So, I look for a foundation with medium to full coverage to even out skin tone and a semi matte to matte finish to combat oil. I steer clear of foundations that claim to be moisturizing or hydrating as they tend only to make my face a shiny , slick mess.
Foundation is one of the products that I recommend not cutting corners on. My general rule of thumb is that drugstore lipsticks and mascaras are top notch , and equivalent to high end brands in most cases. Face products and eye shadows however, you tend to get what you pay for.
I usually shy away from drug store foundations because the shade selection is poor and most often you do not have the opportunity to try the shade on your skin before purchase. There are some very good formulas, like the ever popular Revlon ColourStay, but the colors are just…off. Someone on Twitter recently described the Revlon colors as having grey undertones. She asked, ” Is their target market elephants?”.
Also, who wants to take chances on using a potentially inferior product on your skin? Not I.
I have mentioned before that my holy grail foundation used to be Makeup Forever HD in shade 153. I used to stock up on this at IMATS, because the 40% Makeup Forever discount was a huge help with the hefty $42.00 price tag. I absolutely love the colour selection of Makeup Forever HD foundations and the formula is beautiful. I find that it perfects the look of my skin while leaving it looking healthy and radiant. It never feels heavy or cakey and blends like a dream. This foundation must be set with a powder on my skin.
My only issue with MUFE HD is that if I have a long day which I often do, my makeup tends to wear off. At the end of my day with MUFE HD , I am very shiny and the foundation has sheered out significantly around my t-zone. So, I began to look for a foundation that had more longevity.
Enter, Estee Lauder Double Wear.
This is full coverage, long wearing liquid foundation that retails for $42.50. I love the formula of ELDW. I can use a teeny tiny bit of it and it provides a budge proof, matte finish with no need for setting with powder. I do not even need to blot as the day progresses. This is a big deal!
My only issue with ELDW was that its colour range used to be limited and the shades lacked enough yellow for me. I would have to mix two shades to get my perfect colour. However, Estee Lauder recently relaunched Double Wear and introduced new colours. With this relaunch, I have found my perfect shade, Honey Bronze.
I should note that many customers feel that the formula of Estee Lauder Double Wear changed with the relaunch and that it is no longer as long wearing, or blendable. However, I have not noticed a difference and am still very happy with it.
This brings me to my final foundation and by far my most exciting discovery of the three.
The Cover Girl Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation retails for just $11.99!
As I mentioned, I usually shy away from drug store foundations, but I could not ignore the positive reviews that were popping up all over about this foundation. I decided to give it a try and prepared for the headache that is colour matching in the drug store. I settled on Golden Tan and was pleasantly surprised when I tried it out. I can best describe the CoverGirl Stay Fabulous as a formula that falls somewhere between the MUFE HD and ELDW. This foundation boasts a long lasting formula that CoverGirl claims fuses primer, foundation and concealer with a shine free finish. I don’t know about the 3 in 1 thing, but this foundation certainly sets to a beautiful smooth, matte finish with no need for setting powder.
As a matter of fact, in these winter months I have found myself reaching only for the CGSF because it has the long wear and flawless finish of ELDW, but not as harsh matte. Although it is shine free, the skin is left with a bit of healthy glow. Also, it’s a fraction of the price!
Are you keeping up with my foundation acronyms? There will be a quiz later.
Now, since I described these in the most confusing possible way, let me sum things up:
Makeup Forever HD 153, Estee Lauder Double Wear Honey Bronze , CoverGirl Stay Fabulous Golden Tan
Makeup Forever HD
- Shade 153
- My preferred application method: Sigma F80 or Sephora #55 Air Brush
- Must be set with a powder
- No spf
- Oil free
- Not long wearing
- Excellent for photography
Esteer Lauder Double Wear
- Shade Honey Bronze
- My preferred application method: Sigma F80
- No need to set, dries to complete matte powder finish
- SPF 10
- Oil Free
- Also available in Double Wear Light formula ( comes in fewer shades)
- Extremely long wearing
- Excellent for Summer months to control shine
CoverGirl Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation
- Shade Golden Tan
- My preferred application method: BeautyBlender ( for some reason this formula is streaky with a brush)
- No need to set
- SPF 20
- Oil free
- Long wearing
- Excellent for Winter months as it controls shine but leaves a healthy glow
And there you have it, my top 3 foundations!
Have you tried any of these foundations?
Do you have another favourite ?