How many of us have spent money and countless hours searching for a perfect foundation? Way too much and way too many hours. Finding the perfect foundation can be a nightmare but it doesn’t have to be. The main issue with foundation is finding the perfect match and drugstore foundations are notorious for not having testers nor colour selection. Which in itself can make the search difficult. However, with patience, a mirror and the right lighting you can find your match. Next, finding the right formula for you! If there is one beauty item I splurge on, its foundation. But we can’t all afford to spend close to $60 on foundation and maybe you don’t have to! Up till now my favourite foundation (HG status) has been Chanel Vitalumiere, I will admit that the above four budget-friendly foundations are pretty close to pushing that Chanel off the vanity table.
A little background on what I’m looking for in a foundation:
(a) I normally wear foundation in the drier/colder months (in the Summer I prefer a tinted moisturizer)
(b) at work, if I’m working long hours because of the dry conditions of an airplane. I find that foundation gives my skin a barrier.
(c) although I would classify my skintype as combination I prefer foundation targeted at Normal-Dry (obviously because I’m wearing it in drier conditions)
(d) I want a foundation that offers medium to full coverage (although I lean more towards medium coverage).
Revlon – ColorStay® Makeup with SoftFlex® for Normal/Dry Skin: is a staple for most beauty junkies. It’s a medium to full coverage foundation, blending is key! I also set this with powder unless I want a more dewy look. A little goes along way as this is a thick oil-free liquid foundation. It photographs well even though there is SPF (which can give you a mask like look in pictures). Colour selection is good! Shade I use: 240 Medium Beige (its a tad dark so I use this when I want a tanned look). Comes in a screw top glass bottle & is a bit messy.
Faces Cosmetics Hydro Balance Foundation: medium coverage water-based liquid foundation, semi-dewy, needs to be set with a powder if you want it to last all day. I like this foundation if I’m just heading out for shopping or a day off work. Why? Doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. For all day wear doesn’t last all day (long days=12hr+ work day). Photographs really well actually! Shade I use: 651 (very good match). Comes in a screw top glass bottle & has a build-in spatula in the top.
Maybelline New York: Products: SuperStay™ 24HR Makeup: this is tied in 1st place with my Yves Rocher foundation (above). Offers medium-full coverage, no need to set with powder. This is a thick liquid foundation. If you want full coverage & set with powder can feel slightly mask-like (but what full coverage foundation set with powder wouldn’t?). This is my go-to foundation when I feel like I’m having a bad skin day. Shade I use Sand Beige. Comes in a screw top glass bottle.