Me and foundations have never been the best of friends. I have always found them cakey, uneven and artificial-looking. However, my skin is very uneven due to my heritage (I’m half Asian, so I suffer from discolouration in my face), and so, foundation is a must on certain days where my skin is extra bad. After trying quite a few foundations, I am now down to my favourite three. When reading my review keep in mind that I have combination to oily skin, so these may not work for you if you have dry skin.
With that being said, let’s start!!
1. No7 Stay Perfect Foundation in Shade 40 Suede
This is a moisturising foundation by No7 so it is only available in Boots. The consistency is really good; thick but creamy. The foundation gives you a rather matte look, so it is good for oily skins. The coverage is medium but definitely buildable. It is meant to last for 16hrs and whereas this is deeply questionable, I do believe it lasts a good 8hrs. For me, the only downside is that it needs a lot of blending or else it can look cakey and it can sit in wrinkles you never knew you had! Another bad point for me is that my shade, Suede, is not longer available, so I have no clue what my new shade would be! It costs £14 so it is the more affordable of the three.
Final Rating: 7/10
2. Select SPF 15 Foundation by MAC
This foundation I bought quite a while ago and it seems to have been discontinued in this country as I could only find it in the US website. It is water-based, and medium coverage which can be layered on. What I like about this foundation is the texture, which is very thin so can be blended quite easily. The lady at the counter matched me as a NC42, but I have now come to realise that it is too yellow for me, so a NW42 would be much better. The only downside for me is that it doesn’t last that long, and within a few hours it leaves you looking patchy. I believe it costs around £20.
Final Rating: 6/10
3. Estee Lauder Nutritious Vita Mineral Foundation in Intensity 3.0
Now this is my baby! It is an oil-free formula, with vitamin C and E and pomegranate. This formula is designed for oily skins as it leaves you matte throughout the day. It also absorbs extra oil so it does last a long time. It is pricey, £30, but a little goes a very long way. The coverage is more medium-to-heavy, but you can always thin it with moisturiser. The reason why I love it so much is because it matches my skin colour perfectly, it makes you skin feel like velvet, and it lasts all day. It also leaves my skin looking matte without the need of a powder on top. The only downside is that it only comes in 5 shades, so not everyone will have an exact match.
Final Rating: 9.5/10
What are your favourite foundations?
Until Next Time