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8 Jan 2014

Foundation Round Up



After posting my embarrassing foundation collection picture yesterday I received a few requests to review each one. I obviously like foundation quite a lot so I thought it might be a fun post for me to write and for any other base addicts out there to read.

So here we go!

We will work from left to right (above picture) and for reference my skin can be described as satin in the morning and shiny like the stars in the sky by the afternoon - AKA Normal/Combination.

Jouer Matte Moisture Tint 
Overhyped and over here. I don't get it. People rave about this stuff but the real question is why. Okay, so the concept of a light base being matte is interesting, it applies nicely and provides a pretty, light coverage but it doesn't "wow". Am I missing something?
Repurchase? No

Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet +
This is one foundation I need to bin. It's been hanging around a while and is definitely ready for retirement. Having said that I really enjoyed using this. The coverage is fantastic - a medium finish that looks natural - and the velvet finish is a flattering one.
Repurchase? Yes.

Estee Lauder Double Wear
There is something really unsophisticated about Double Wear - it's a standard full coverage finish. Nothing more, nothing less. Having said that there is something quite appealing about it. You know where you stand. You are going to get a mask-like skin, with no imperfections on show, and once slapped on it will remain until you decide the party's over.
Repurchase? Possibly.

Illamasqua Skin Base
I don't love the packaging but I do love the product. I think it gives a medium-full coverage but one that looks quite natural. It lasts well during the day and I don't have any real complaints about it. I believe that the colour range is a decent one as well.
Repurchase? Yes.

Giorgio Armani Maestro
Mmm. The texture. It's that oil-like finish that creates a natural foundation base. They call it a complexion perfector. I call it that product that fails to cover and makes me look like cack by lunchtime.
Repurchase? No.

Tom Ford Traceless Foundation
I hated this on first application. It gives a matte/satin finish but whilst that in itself isn't bad it feels heavy on the skin and yet doesn't give you that flawless coverage. I mean, what's the point? I can happily cake it on if I am going to look flawless. In it's defence, oily skins tend to give it rave reviews so who am I to judge?
Repurchase? No.

Chanel Mat Lumiere 
Oh I love this one. And it's a bit odd. In some ways the finish is similar to Tom Ford but it's one of those foundations that looks better as the day goes on. It reminds me of that fantastic clay based foundation NARS used to make - pre Sheer Glow era. Sadly, I think this is discontinued in a lot of markets.
Repurchase? Yes.

MAC Studio Fix
I have this in my fake tan shade and in a very light NC15. I love the NC15 because it's a great one to mix with other darker products to bring it down to something natural. I know Studio Fix stinks. I know that there are superior formulas out there. But it was the first foundation that really made me feel fantastic so for nostalgia's sake I will always have it in my possession.
Repurchase? Yes.

Make up for Ever HD
I love this. Then I hate it. Then I love it.....I mainly like mixing it with another foundation. In fact I like mixing foundations full stop. You get the best of both worlds in terms of both coverage and longevity. You might even call it a hobby! Anyway, the HD...I like the fact that it doesn't have a scent and that it does look natural but I like a bit more glow so I tend to mix with Chantecaille Just Skin.
Repurchase? Yes.

By Terry Or de Rose
I am a mug. This cost well over $100 and you know what? NOT WORTH IT. Nothing special. Gives a satin finish but also sometimes has a tendency to cling on to dry skin.
Repurchase? No.

Benefit Hello Flawless
I like this. It looks natural but gives a medium coverage that has a decent staying power. I don't reach for this enough but this exercise has made me appreciate it's presence in the collection. The price is reasonable and the brand accessible. What's not to like really?
Repurchase? Yes.

Laura Mercier Silk Creme
If Chantecaille Just Skin had a full coverage sister, Silk Creme would be it. This spreads on like a thick cream. It's delightful. Double Wear and Studio Fix take note - you can be full coverage and a) not stink b) draw attention to every single hair on the face. The only caveat is that it needs to be set with a powder of some sort. A formula this creamy will rub on anything your face comes into contact with.
Repurchase? Yes.

By Terry Cover Expert
I see people give this quite bitchy reviews because it's not as full coverage as they were led to believe. I can see how they were led on - the packaging talks about "ultra-correcting". Terry is just a tease. This is a mere medium coverage. But I like it. The scent of the product is really quite nice - not YSL overpowering but pleasant all the same - and it just glides on, giving an excellent natural, satin finish. My only hesitation is that it doesn't wear well during the day for me. If I was judging this based on the first 60 minutes of wear then it's fantastic - otherwise: "meh".
Repurchase? No.

Rachel K CC Cream
Rachel K and LisaLisaD1 go together like itchy and scratchy. Every time I look at that tube I see Lisa looking back at me. I really do! I have worn it on it's own on those ultra-confident skin days but otherwise it's typically mixed with a heavier formula foundation. I don't have anything negative to say but by the same token there is no way I would make any effort to buy it again.
Repurchase? No.

Becca Radiant Skin Satin Finish
I feel like this is the same product as By Terry Cover Expert - but without the light floral scent. Finish wise it has that medium coverage, satin look. I have a soft spot for Becca. When they first hit the market the ethos of the brand was so unique and compelling but even if I take that into consideration I can't deny that this is a bog standard boring arse foundation.
Repurchase? No.

Diorskin Nude BB Creme
The whole BB/CC creme marketing business annoys me no end - talk about jumping on a bandwagon - but out of the ones I have tried there is no question, Diorskin is the best. It covers what you need it to and it looks so incredibly natural. I would describe the finish as "pretty satin". Your face isn't flat or lacking in dimension but neither is it overly shiny. I think it makes the skin look younger and fresher. I love it so much I have it in number 2 and 3.
Repurchase? Yes.

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau BB Beauty Booster
Confession: I haven't actually tried this yet as the colour transforms me into an oompa loompa.

MAC Studio Sculpt
Once upon a time I liked this. The texture was creamy and easy to apply with a finish that was that covetable mix of satin and glow. These days though, I always ignore it. I am not sure why because it's one of those formulas that looks good on tired skin like Silk Creme/Just Skin.
Repurchase? Maybe.

Clarins Extra Comfort
This was one of the best products of 2013 for me. It's a fabulous foundation. Similar in finish to Silk Creme but possibly more natural. It definitely errs on the side of full coverage but gives you a beautiful, glowing complexion.  There are some downers: a) the packaging looks nice but that whole dipping into a pot scenario just doesn't appeal and b) it's developing a bit of a whiff. It's a good job that the end result can make me look past that.
Repurchase? Yes

Wow! Could that be the longest blog post ever?

If you made it this far tell me one thing: what's your favourite foundation of all time? 

127 comments

  1. DAMN girl you have a lot of foundation, but I am glad because this blog post was extremely helpful!

    I think my favorite tinted moisturizer is the Laura Mercier one, my favorite light coverage foundation is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation, and for photos it would have to be Covergirl 3 in 1 Stay Fabulous or Makeup Forever HD.

    xo
    Alyson

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    1. Ah Bourjois Healthy Mix. Such a good one! Would love to try the Covergirl too. Hope you are well Alyson :)

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    2. If you ever want to do a swap let me know! Hope you're well too, let me know if you ever come back to Seattle I'd love to shop, drink and gossip again :)

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  2. Wow, you have so many foundations! Great post really wanting to try the 'hello flawless' foundation by benefit!
    -Magenta

    http://lovinglouboutins.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks Magenta - highly recommend Hello Flawless. It's a great all rounder.

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  3. Very useful review/post Laura! Thanks for sharing with us.
    I have 2 favorite foundations... Chanel Vitalumière Aqua and Laura Mercier Mineral Powder. Holy grails!
    Night night neighbour! ;-)
    xoxo

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    1. Hello neighbour :) haha You know i have thought about trying the LM powder. So many people seem to love it. One to add to my neverending list!

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    2. Let me know if you try it! ;-)
      Be careful... it's a little bit glowy, I always set my T-zone with Chanel loose powder, the result is lovely and natural! :-)
      Have a lovely long weekend Laura! xoxo

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  4. This is quite possibly the best foundation post ever!

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    1. Wow! And maybe the longest? :) haha

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    2. hahaha we love your long blog posts! :)

      oops forgot to include my favorite foundation, or more like my current foundation- MUFE HD :)

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  5. LOVED this blog post! You don't sugar-coat things and that's my favourite thing about you. My all-time favourites are probably Nars Sheer Glow, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum and the RMK one (loving that one at the moment).

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    1. Thanks Amy. ooh RMK - that's one I haven' tried.... *googles*

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  6. I love this post. the longer, the better. Perhaps you could do a 2013 favorites post?

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    1. Of course! Good idea. Will try and do it this weekend. x

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  7. Absolutely loved this post. So useful to have it all together and your thoughts were very informative. Thank you! x

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    1. ah thanks for reading louise! x

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  8. Very useful post, one to print out and keep lol

    Heels Forever

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  9. Posts like this are always so helpful, still loving Mac studio sculpt xx

    Charlotte| LongHairDontCare

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    1. Thanks for reading Charlotte! x

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  10. laura mercier silk creme sounds amazing! great post, so jealous of your collection :)

    Rachel x
    Style Soup

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    1. It's one of my favs and in fact I wore it today :)

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  11. I would love to find a lightweight oil free and silicone free mineral liquid foundation- perhaps I'm asking for too much?

    http://www.isidahorncastle.blogspot.com

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    1. you might want to try the diorskin nude foundation! (not the bb cream)

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  12. The only one of those I've tried is Double Wear but it doesn't get much love from me now. I've been loving the Daniel Sandler Invisible Radiance Foundation lately - radiant skin in a bottle. In terms of BB/CC/Tinted moisturisers, Pur Minerals CC Cream gets my vote.

    I really want to try the YSL serum foundation but B10 is too light, B30 is slightly too dark and B20 doesn't exist.
    xo

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    1. I LOVE the sound of that Daniel Sandler foundation..... *adds to list*

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  13. OMG!!! loved that post!! So concise and to the point!! God I miss your YT days lol ;) Im in LOVE with Lancôme Tient Miracle and have been for over a year. I should have trusted my gut feeling and bought a second bottle but instead I thought I would try YSL youth Liberator. It's a good foundation but didn't WOW me like the Lancôme one. I just finished my Nars Sheer glow and won't be repurchasing that. It's like the glow factor just wore off with time. I still use Mac Studio Sculpt and think I'll repurchase that one. I'm interested in the Illamasqua Skin Base....hmm need to finish a couple of bottles first. lovely post dear. Hugs and kisses xoxo

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    1. I thought you would like it :) So Lancome. It's funny you mention them because I looked at their counter the other day and remembered how so many people love the formula. YSL Youth Liberator was on my list but I think I'll move it further down now - I hear very mixed things which makes me curious/nervous! :)

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  14. SUCH a helpful post! Thank you for just being so critical, really helps. Crazy that this is just your foundation collection, would like to see more posts like this!

    http://thebravestindividual.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. ha i know. it's disgraceful! I really enjoyed doing this so expect more humongous posts to come :)

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  15. Dior forever, like doublewear's more sophisticated sister. Great for longevity and rubbish skin days. Vitalumiere aqua, lovely finish but doesn't last too long.

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    1. LOVE the sound of Dior Forever :) Thanks Jane ;)

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  16. Loving Extra-comfort at the moment but have made a note of the ones that look good on tired skin. I noticed this morning how quickly i'm going through the Extra-comfort maybe I use a little more when I'm digging it out of a pot and not carefully (!) pouring it on the back of my hand?!! Fab post. You should do a post series a bit like this for some of your other beauty products, nude/summer lippies, smoky eyeshadows, eyeliner or fashion stuff like sunnies or jeans and books . . . your little book reviews are missed!

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    1. Yes I noticed the same thing actually. I seem to have gone though the stuff pretty quickly but I feel like I hardly put anything on! I may end up doing an entire series and then you'll be sorry :) haha Seriously though I enjoyed this so maybe some more like this would be a good idea!

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  17. Love the post Laura, although I've just added several things to my growing wishlist as a result of reading it! You've also reminded me that I have a few of these languishing in my collection and I should give them another try. If a foundation doesn't work well for me I tend to leave it a few months and try it again - my skin changes with the weather so what was rubbish in summer might be great on me by winter!

    Gemma xx flutterandsparkle.com

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  18. Ah that was such an amazing post Laura! I would have to go with Chanel vitalimiere aqua foundation. It's perfect for summer and winter. It doesn't cling to dry skin. Which is the problem I always have since I have dry skin! But it gives the face a semi- glow. Not too matte either. It's perfect!

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    1. May have to give that a try. I suffer from the same problem of clinging to dry skin. Nightmare. I find bourjour healthy mix does an ok job but always looking for better.

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    2. Yes you should! It's a bit pricey but it's the only foundation I really use. It doesn't break me out and feels like second skin. You can layer it for medium coverage as well :)

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  19. love the port, i've only ever tried 3 foundations and out of them the one that i like the most that i will definetly repurchase is the benefit hello flawless

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  20. Thank you for writing this follow up post. You're the best!

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  21. Loveee the Boujois healthy mix. Natural, medium coverage which makes you look fresh and awake. A musthave in my book! Do set with a little powder though, I use the Bourjois mineral pressed powder.

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    1. I seriously love that foundation as well. It's such a great quality product - irrespective of the drugstore tag.

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  22. I think I may have to try out some of these products that you have reviewed, I need to change my foundation and this has given me some great suggestions

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  23. I loved this post and am most excited about the NARS Final Cut blush reviews!

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    1. :) I have been wearing them every day. IN LOVE with all of them. Not a very helpful conclusion eh? :)

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  24. Great post! I've been using MAC Studio Fix for several years now, although I'm not really sure why, as it's not perfect. It's just easy I guess, especially now they've started doing NW13, which is as close to a perfect match to my own skin that I can find. Other brands don't seem to carry such pale shades, although I might be wrong.

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  25. Wow! That's quite a few foundations!
    Philippa / FlashesofTeal

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    1. haha it is indeed. shameful in fact.

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  26. I still miss Clinique Superfit and Prescriptives Traceless. Lightweight but nice coverage, not to cakey or oily. I wish I had stockpiled them when I had the chance!

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  27. Best post ever! Feeling inspired to do something similar! :D

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    1. Do it! It's actually quite fun to do and definitely reminds you of some forgotten gems!

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  28. I really like Illamasqua Skin Base & Nars Sheer Glow but also LOVE MUFE HD! It looks absolutely flawless in photos :)

    alex @ pinkelephantbloggin.com

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  29. I haven't changed foundation in months!! I wouldn't be able to!

    xxx | daisydaisyxxo

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  30. Holy crap I thought I had a lot of foundations, your collection puts mine to shame! I really need to check out the Illamasqua Skin Base.

    http://raisethewaves.blogspot.com

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  31. Have you tried the Rachel K product as a primer/base? From the videos I've watched, that's how Lisa seems to use it.

    My favorite foundation is MAC Pro Longwear Concealer ... I buy 2 shades and mix it on the back of my hand. I love it because of the perfect shade match, full coverage and longevity. Some days I mix it with moisturizer to sheer it out.



    MY BLOG: ♥♥♥ Ella Pretty ♥♥♥

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  32. Thanks for this post. You saved my wallet. I'll just stick to the foundations I now and love.

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  33. I'm so happy that you did this post and I love that you're so honest about your thoughts regarding the foundations Laura! This was so so helpful! I definitely think I need the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation now!

    Gem x
    http://www.gemmameansjewel.com

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  34. HOLY COW!
    Thank you so much for taking the time to give a mini review on all of these!! It's always hard to choose between the loads and loads of options for foundation...so thank you!

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    1. Oh! And my favorite foundation (at the moment) is Loreal True Match!

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  35. This was oh so helpful! I've been on an endless hunt for the perfect foundation and I am excited to try the Clarins Extra Comfort! Thanks so much for this, Laura!


    ohmygilded.blogspot.com

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  36. I love Chanel perfection lumiere. But I also love Clarins cosmetics. Never tried their foundation, but after this review I really want to.
    Adela x

    Misspinkstyle.net

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  37. Such an awesome post, have definitely made this post a favourite and will return to it before buying another foundation!

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  38. Hi Laura, such a fun but informative post. May I throw a few more into the ring? Estée Lauder invisible fluid, similar to Chanel Vitalumiere and it builds up lovely for a good coverage. And my new favourite is Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk, really hyped up but I know why now.

    Rachel xx

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  39. My favorite BB Cream is the Skinfood Afternoon one, my favorite foundation in the summer is Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24hr (because I tend to stray toward oily) and in the winter it is NARS Sheer Glow (because I find it is neither sheer nor too glowy and it comes in a light enough color for me to wear when my skin looses all it's pink).

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  40. I don't use foundation and don't own any kind of foundation I just put concealer where I need and I don't like to put too much products on my skin, but still loved this post! :) ❇♥ Blog written by two friends: http://teenagewastelandbyhd.blogspot.com/ ♥❇

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  41. Chuckling at the LisaLisaD1 reference - I can hear her voice in my head now ;)

    I thin you might like Lancome Teint Idole and EL Double Wear Light, if you haven't tried them already! Teint Idole is my HG :)

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  42. SO thankful for this post! Foundation is the one thing that I am constantly buying, and every time I find a good formula I'm still thinking there might be something better out there. Which obviously means I also have toooo many foundations, some that might be on their last legs. I'm very glad I'm not the only base hoarder though!
    I have to say that my favourite at the moment (and has been for a good 6 months or so, which must be a record!) is the Laura Mercier mineral foundation. Gives you whatever coverage you need, and somehow even though it's a powder it gives the most beautiful glow. looks natural and can make me flawless without the cake. I now just need to find a liquid foundation this good to have my bases covered!

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  43. Thank you so much for this post, I have been curious about so many of the foundations you mentioned. I used to use Percriptives Flawless Skin till they went out-of-business/online only. I currently use Shiseido Perfect Refining foundation, Missha Perfect cover BB cream , or Nanoce BB cream.

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  44. Your post was very helpful! I love to hear your opinion on things. I don't really have a favorite foundation. I do love Origins Vitzing though.

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  45. This is a great post! I have a similar skin type so this will be very helpful.
    Have you tried Bourjois products before?
    xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  46. I absolutely love this post! I love trying new and different makeup and will definitely refer to this post again! Loving your blog!

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  47. I love the silk creme foundation!
    you should try (if you ever run out of that mass amount of foundation) the Urban Decay Naked Skin. I loooove it with the hourglass ambient powder on top.

    http://www.livegoldco.net

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  48. Having just recently discovered Japanese foundations.... I have 2 that I absolutely love. They give the most beautiful finish and a really beautiful glow from within. Superior to Chanel in my opinion. So they are, Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation (light to medium coverage) (donnashorts1 has a great review on youtube) and the Kanebo Sensai Cellular Perfomance Cream foundation (medium coverage) which is great for combo skin. I don't even have to blot when using it and it's a cream foundation, go figure. I have tons of foundations, but these are the 2 I reach for.

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  49. Great Post!!!! I LOVE the YSL Youth Liberator Foundation. It works well on my sort of oily skin so you may also like it.

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  50. It's great to read your take on all of these products! I also swear by the Diorskin BB Cream - definitely the best on the market! I'm intrigued to see what the Clarins foundation is like, so will grab a sample to try when I'm next at the counter.
    Have a fab Thursday Laura xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

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  51. My current foundations are...

    * Maybelline Fit Me (one of the very few drugstore foundations that makes a shade light enough for my uber-fair skin). I like the coverage (medium) and the finish (satiny), but the North American release (I'm in the US) doesn't include a pump. Grrrr. To make matters worse, feelunique sells this foundation with a pump, but not in my shade (I wear #110; the lightest they carry is #115). I bought my second bottle of this only recently, as I wanted to go back to it after using the other three listed below for a while.

    * NARS Sheer Glow (Siberia). I love how it looks on me and that it has a good wear time. Deceptive name, though -- not sheer (more like medium coverage), not glowy (I'd have to add a highlighter). Does not apply well with a brush, given it's (IMO) weird texture; I've found it's best to apply it like the instructions say: rub a bit between your fingers and pat it on. And for the price, it should come with a pump, dammit. Not sure if I'd repurchase.

    * Becca Radiant Skin Satin Finish (Shell): It may be "bog standard" but I really like it. (One woman's bog standard is another's favourite. ;)) My one complaint is the shade I have runs a little too yellow. I may try mixing it. :)

    * Becca Luminous Skin Colour (my main summer foundation/tinted moisturizer last year; I own the shade Porcelain). Love the sheerness, feels like second skin. Not 100% sure on the colour. Tempted to get Sand at some point.

    I owned MUFE Mat Velvet+ a few years ago (shade #115). The coverage was nice, but it oxidized on me, even with a primer. I've also owned Revlon Colorstay (Combination/Oily formula; #110 Ivory; wrong undertone + oxidizing), original L'Oreal True Match (C1 was too pink, W1 was a little too yellow, haven't tried N1 but I think it's slightly too dark), L'Oreal True Match/Magic Lumi (W1; made my face feel itchy after 30 minutes of wear), Illamasqua Light Liquid Foundation (#115; strange texture, liked it better mixed with Fit Me).

    Basically, I like various foundations, but haven't fallen in love with any of them. Sigh.

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  52. I've been liking Burberry's. I really like the finish and coverage. Plus the texture is gel like so it goes on nicely. Like you, I love mixing so I seldom wear it on its own!

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  53. Oh my god! I want your foundation collection <333

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  54. My favourite it probably YSL touché éclat x x

    zoeblogsbeauty

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  55. My favorite is the tinted moisturiser by MAC in light. Interesting post! Thank xx

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  56. Really grate post.

    Still looking for the perfect foundation for my sensitive and very dry skin, any suggestions?
    Now I am using the Kiehl's BB cream and it is good.

    http://momminimalistfashion.blogspot.com/

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  57. I like everything from Revlon and Bourjois but often use No 7 CC Cream.

    Mademoiselle-Lala.com

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  58. What a fantastic selection, Nars is my all time fav but Im starting to really like drgustores foundations theyve come on leaps and bounds this year healthy mix being one of my loves!

    www.chlotalks.blogspot.com

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  59. I read every single word you have written Laura, love these long posts from you :D I was so happy you wrote positively about the Benefit Hello Flawless because I love it... Several foundation disasters later, I found it and really like it :)

    I am also liking the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, I find it being similar in finish and coverage to the Benefit one... But my ultimate fav foundation of all times has to be the MAC Studio Fix Powder, it takes a little while to settle into the skin, but once it does the effect is so darn flawless yet natural looking... LOVE!

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  60. I love this post!! Read every word, I love how honest you are about them all :)

    Sophie
    http://what-sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk/
    xxx

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  61. lovely post!

    fashionandleather.blogspot.com

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  62. Love this post! It's so useful and interesting. Foundation is such an expensive and risky product to buy so this is so useful :)

    Lily xx
    lilyannloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  63. you have to try the new estee lauder invisible veil foundation! i dont think it gets mentioned enough or at all, probably because bloggers arent sent bottles of it. its like aqua lumiere but better for oilier skin, also the color range is better than chanels and the double wear line.

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  64. I LOVE this post and thank you for your honesty!
    My favourite foundation is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation.
    Which is very similar to the old Chanel Pro Lumiere.
    Thanks for sharing :)
    TarteTanya

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  65. This was a great post. I am excited to try some new foundations you wrote about. I am just a foundation novice, but I like my MAC face and body. It is easy to use for me. I can apply with my fingers and not be too precise. Sometimes I top with a podwer foundation by Dior or Shiseido since I am kind of oily.

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  66. what a great collection you've got there! thanks for the mini reviews on each one. marking this for later when I'm in need of a new one! xx. gigi. www.gigikkitchen.com

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  67. That is an amazing collection!! I think I must be weird.... I think MAC Studio Fix smells of paint, which I like haha. No one seems to agree with me there though. Oh well, it's still my favourite :) xx

    D Is For...

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  68. What an informative post! Thank you so much - loved it :)
    george-porge.blogspot.co.uk

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  69. I still haven't found my holy grail. I absolutely love Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, but it has alcohol in it and 8 months in the year, my skin is dey/dehydrated on the cheeks and alcohol makes it worse. I love Sheer Glow but it enhances my dry patches in Winter as well. I think I have a winner with Clarins Extra Comfort for the cold months, although I think a bit less coverage would be nice. And in Summer the Chanel VA usually does the trick, but tends to slide off my t zone after 6 hours. Foundation perfection doesn't belong to this world, apparently.

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    1. This is exactly what has happened to my Nars. I've got the Nars sheer glow, but the matte version. It just doesn't seem to stick to my skin anymore. Its gone cakey and it doesn't last past an hour on my cheeks. This was my HG product of 2013 but now i'm not so sure. Really want to try the Clinique foundation!

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  70. I love Dior's BB cream, but as I had one from Estée Lauder that demanded testing and worked well enough, I couldn't justify repurchasing just yet - also #2 is slightly too dark these days anyway (and #1 too pink), so if nothing better crosses my path by the time my EL BB cream is empty I'll most likely get another tube for meself.

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  71. ooh what do you use Daisy?

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  72. I know exactly what you mean about Estee Lauder Double Wear, I used to love it, but now it's just too much coverage for me, sometimes I mix a bit in with lighter coverage foundations but I don't really wear it out alone, not to mention the flashback it gives.
    http://wwwclairabelle.blogspot.co.uk/

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  73. I too am a major foundation/concealer addict. Forever in search of the holy grail. Favourites so far: - On bad skin days - YSL Touche Eclat, Georgio Armani Luminous Silk, MAC Studio Sculpt. - Good skin days - MAC Face & Body, Revlon Nearly Naked. (I have combination skin). The one I keep going back to, which makes me look glowy and awake every time, which I also live in fear of its eventual discontinuation? Bourjois 10 Hour Sleep Effect. It's amazeballs. Great post Laura :)

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  74. LOVE this - concise but thorough! Surprised you don't have Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua though? It's my favourite!

    http://jemaroons.blogspot.com

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  75. Holy foundations!!! You are my idol!

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  76. Ooh, awesome post! I got a couple samples of tinted moisturizers today (Laura Mercier and Nars), to get a lighter coverage option, and then the Sephora MUA made me want to try an Hourglass foundation. There are too many options! But my favorite that I have repurchased is Urban Decay Naked Skin. It goes on pretty well, wears decently throughout the day, and matches my fair skin, which is rare.

    I think I'd also like to try Hello Flawless. I use their Boi-ing concealer and have repurchased that a couple times now.

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  77. Guerlain Tenue De Perfection, by far. Liquid-y, EXTREMELY long lasting and a natural (medium) finish.
    www.lawoftaste.com

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  78. Amazing collection! This was really helpful!

    Emily | PENNY RUGBURN 

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  79. love this post. my favorite foundation mix is garnier bbcreme with mac studio fix powder. it makes my face look so flawless. really wish you still made videos though:(

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  80. Great post Laura, now I don't feel so bad with my million foundations! My all time favourites are Bareminerals matte and just recently Original, I loved Revlon Colourstays old formula and ofcourse Estee Lauder Double Wear!

    http://blondeteaparty.blogspot.co.uk/

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  81. That's quite a collection! I know I'm always searching for my favourite foundation. Contenders at the moment are the Laura mercier mineral powder and bobbi brown bb cream but I'm pretty fickle when it comes to foundation. If they did a light enough colour for my skin chanel vitalumie aqua is amazing and for a cheap drugstore product I love bourjois healthy mix. X

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  82. The Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation is my all time favourite!

    Laura | Breton & Blush

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  83. Awesome post! I currently love MAC face and body *I remember reading it in your blog* also love covergirl's 3-in-1.

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  84. Amazing post!! I love trying out new foundations, it's so fun. LM silk creme is my all time favourite foundation and I love DiorSkin nude BB cream, amazing!

    Claudia xx | Beauty and the Chic

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  85. Nars sheer glow Matte. An absolute Holy Grail product for me throughout 2013. However, now it looks cakey in some areas and goes almost translucent after an hour or so.... could it be my skin might of changed due to the weather? Or is this product just not right for my skin anymore?

    www.themondaygirl.com

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  86. A very belated but heartfelt THANKS for this post. So helpful!

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  87. Personally I love the Chanel Pro Lumiere and I actually discovered it because I wen to try the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua but the colour was a bit on the yellow side for me and I was recommended the Pro Lumiere and I absolutely adore it!

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  88. I have to try the Clarins foundation now since you gave it such a great review! Thanks for the very helpful post girl!

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  89. I adore the Silk Cream and MUFE HD. I ran out of my sample and need to purchase soon. You have one heck of a foundation collection.

    pursuitofnovelty.blogspot.com

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  90. Great post, Laura. I just discovered your blog through Anna from VDM (www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/) and I feel that I've finally come across a blogger with a similar skin type and brow scenario as me! *joyful* My current foundations consist of Marc jacobs gel foundation and Chanel Vita Lumiere (I often mix this in with MJ for daytime SPF). MJ's foundation is hydrating without making me super shiny but I do need to set it for my normal/combo (oily t-zone). Recently, I have been using the Clarins Ever Matte which I am really enjoying for light to med coverage that has a slight luminosity without making me appear oily. It wears well throughout the day and I only need to powder my t-zone once during the day. Also I was recently introduced to Tarte's Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation (by Essiebutton.com) and I am loving it! I had never felt I could wear mineral powder foundation for fear of it looking cakey but boy, am I impressed. It melts into my skin and although it's supposed to be full coverage, I find it is light-weight and makes my skin look beautifully even and not the least bit cakey. I feel similar to some of the ones you've listed that I've tried. And now added diorskin to my list. Looking forward to reading more from you. :)

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  91. Definitely considering the Clarins foundation now as I'm quickly running out of foundation! Thank you for the fantastic post!

    My favourite foundation in DiorSkin Forever. I'm not too sure what the difference is between Nude and Forever, I think Forever is a slightly fuller coverage but don't hold me to that! It's absolutely lovely, covers all imperfections and stays all day. And best of all, it doesn't cling to dry patches which is amazing as I have eczema that flares up on my face from time to time!
    Following you on Bloglovin', looking forward to reading more of your posts!

    http://www.thebeautymothership.blogspot.com x x

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