So, finding a good foundation is hard, but finding one at a reasonable price is harder. I’ve been putting a bunch to the test to see what I could find out. I have pretty problematic skin, so was looking for coverage and durability. Work is so busy, I ain’t got time for touch ups so I need something that will hold a minimum 12 hour wear. Anyway, here are the ones I tried and what my thoughts and feeling were.
Revlon Colorstay – £12.99 RRP
Okay, I’ve talked about this one before but it is LEGIT. Like honestly, the coverage is fantastic, it gives a demi matte, satin finish and it does not budge. It has no flashback and still looks pretty fresh after a day’s work. So impressed, so good. Definitely my favourite drugstore foundation by far. They have two formulas for day/oily skin and they both work wonderfully.
L’Oreal True Match – £9.99 RRP
I actually really love this. This is definitely full coverage and goes completely matte. It has a teeny weeny bit of flashback, but for every day use, it’s wonderful. It blends into the skin really well and lasted me for for a good 8 hours before going shiny. Tip: sometimes I mix this with the revlon colourstay, and the result is FLAWLESS.
L’oreal Lumi Magique -£10.99 RRP
Okay, I was expecting this to be terrible, but it actually was pretty impressive. It’s a lot more matte than I expected, with the kind of luminous finish that Nars Sheer Glow has. I was expecting a ton of flashback, but again, it was kind of impressive how little there was. It wore really well, got to just over 9 hours when I started going shiny.
Bourjois Healthy Balance for Oily Skin – £10.99 RRP
I know this gets raved about, but I HATED this foundation, like actually hated it. The coverage was awful, I hated the way it sat on my skin, it was super shiny and never really set. Lasted about two hours before I had to add powder. Horrible stuff.
Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid – £7.99 RRP
If you have dry skin, this stuff will work really well. If you have oily skin, avoid it like the plague. It’s super light and dewy with a gorgeous finis. Medium coverage but will only give a few hours of wear if you have anything but dry skin.
Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude £8.99 RRP
Don’t waste your money. It’s like the opposite of dream matte mousse but just as awful. It’s thin and watery, patch, has a very light coverage. Super shiny. HORRIBLE.
Maybelline Better Skin Foundation £8.99 RRP
I’ve done a review on this before, but it really is good for all skin types. Coverage is great and it makes you look super healthy. Absolutely gorgeous.
Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Sticks – it looks like boots once sold them online???
Okay, I don’t think these are available in the uk, I picked some up in NYC. These little things are bizarre. The have a centre of powder and claim to be super matte, but they really aren’t. They never really set and the foundation slides around the face, really unimpressed. However, they very useful for contouring/highlighting. I picked up the darkest/lightest shades for this and they work really well for this but I would never use them as foundation alone.
Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation – does anyone know where to get this in the UK?
This was another one that I picked up in the US (Covergirl, please pop over to the UK). Sadly, the colour I picked up is slightly too pink, but is an absolutely fantastic foundation. The coverage is phenomenal, it gives a flawless finish to the face and does not move all day. Honestly, next to Colorstay, this has got to be my next favourite base. It doesn’t last quite as long as Colorstay, but gives it a good run of their money.
Anyway, let me know what you think. Any products I’m missing out on?