08 July, 2015 #NoBuyJuly – The Foundation Files
Since I started blogging back in July 2014, I’ve been set on finding the ‘perfect’ foundation. I’ve fallen in and out of love with various liquid and cream bases, and even flirted with a tinted moisturiser or two. I thought that as part of #NoBuyJuly I’d write a post on my favourite foundations from the last 12 months, including my go-to bases for the various seasons, evening looks, everyday wear and my oiliest, most blemish-prone days. There really is an option for everyone!
Best For: Combination and Mature Skin – Bellapierre Derma Renew BB Cream (£34.99 here). Kindly sent to me by the awesome PR team over at Bellapierre HQ, this oil-busting, long-lasting base is fantastic for all skin types. It smooths any bumpy areas, reduces shine, plumps and hydrates skin and essentially fakes a flawless complexion. My mum is a huge fan of this BB cream and it does a great job of blurring over fine lines, wrinkles and large pores. Two thumbs up!
Best For: Normal-Combo and Young Skin – Bourjois Healthy Mix (£9.99 here). This sheer, demi-matte beauty offers medium coverage and the kind of subtle radiance even I can work with. It’s the sort of foundation I’d recommend to someone who was just starting to wear makeup – neither caky nor wishy-washy, it delivers the perfect amount of pigment and coverage for an everyday, natural look.
Best For: Normal Skin and Selfie Lovers – Diorskin STAR Foundation (£32 here). The Dior marketing team have branded this the makeup you need for flawless selfies. Whilst I care more about how a foundation looks in real life than in an Instagram snap, you have to admire the logic behind it. This gorgeous foundation smooths imperfections, adds a dewy glow, can be easily built up depending on application, and wears for an incredibly long time – I’m talking double digits. A great base to invest in if you want to look fresh, radiant and put together for the entire day.
Best For: Oily Skin (On A Good Day) – Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+ (£29 here). I say this is great for oily skin on a good day because oily skin, when calm and spot-free, makes applying foundation a dream. Primer will mesh well with the naturally more emollient layer underneath, and foundation will smooth on, rather than look caky and chalky. This foundation is a lovely, rich base that’s perfect for evening makeup looks, but I find it only does a good job if half the battle has been fought already.
Best For: Skin That Needs Extra Help – Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme (£34 here). I watched a Youtube review of this foundation and quickly realised I needed it in my life, only to try it in person after purchasing from Sephora and figuring out how tricky it is to use. After many attempts at making it work, I’ve settled on a hydrating primer, lots and lots of blending with multiple brushes, and a hefty dose of loose powder to set it and prevent it from moving around. If you have acne-prone skin, this might be a good option to cover the spots themselves, but for me it does an OK job of masking angry bumps and blemishes.
Best For: Oily Skin (On A Bad Day) – L’Oreal Infallible 24 Hour Matte Foundation (£7.99 here). The label ‘best foundation for problematic oily skin’ doesn’t sound that glamorous, but it’s the foundation I’d recommend to anyone looking for fantastic coverage and the illusion of healthier and clearer skin. The matte formula glides on and does a great job of soothing redness, as well as reducing shine and minimising pores. I’ve mentioned this foundation in multiple monthly favourites and it’s one of my new favourites for both daytime and evening makeup.
Best For: Maximum Coverage – Vichy Dermablend Corrective Fluid Foundation (£18 here). The texture of this foundation is divine. Creamy, easy to blend and incredibly pigmented. I’d recommend this to those with rosacea, dark circles or self-conscious of acne scars and pockmarks. A small drop covers my entire face and when blended in with a Real Techniques Buffing Brush, the results is a flawless complexion without a blemish in sight.
What did you think of my Foundation Files? Which base would you add, or recommend? Let me know in the comments below!