Saturday, 5 May 2012

My Foundation Collection


Foundation is a key product in my make up routine and one I'm quite fussy about. I've tried countless foundations (I'm still working on the Foundation 101 tab for this blog) and it's been difficult to find formulations I like in a shade that matches me. These are the six foundations I currently own so I thought I'd run through them and tell you what I think. 

 I have a slight yellow undertone to my skin and it tends to darken very easily in the summer months. My skin is usually combination; I get quite oily in my T-zone and normal/dry elsewhere so I prefer a foundation with a satin or slightly dewy finish. I get the odd blemish on my chin and quite dark under eye circles but I prefer to conceal those with a separate concealer so I like foundations which offer light to medium coverage.



First up is the most expensive foundation in my collection. I purchased Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in B40 last summer and wore it almost exclusively during August and September until it became too dark for me. It has a light texture which can be built up in layers depending on how much coverage I need. I like using my fingers to apply this one but I'll be trying out with my Real Techniques Buffing brush once my skin is dark enough to wear this shade again! The finish of this one is on the dewy side but I find I can easily combat an oily T-zone with a little powder. I had been contemplating picking this up in B30 but as you see, I already have some other great foundations which match me when my skin is lighter. I have really missed using this, though!



Next up is the newest addition to my foundation family and also a shade which will suit me best during the summer months. Illamasqua Skin Base in Shade 11 is a teeny bit pinker than my Vitalumiere Aqua in B40 but I don't find that it looks overly pink on my skin. This foundation has a much thicker texture and is more of a medium coverage foundation. I've only used this one two or three times so far as my skin isn't quite dark enough to wear it yet but when I did apply it I used my Illamasqua Highlighter brush. I think I will also enjoy using this with my fingers when I want less coverage. The finish of Skin Base is less dewy than Vitalumiere Aqua but not at all cakey or heavy looking if applied correctly. 


I wasn't sure whether or not I should include my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus in this post because I tend to use this more as a setting powder than a foundation. However, I have used this as a foundation over a bit of Origins Vita Zing moisturiser in the past. The coverage is surprisingly good when I apply it with my E.L.F. Powder brush but I have two issues with this product. First is the powdery finish I sometimes get when using it but I find that a spritz of Fix+ helps eradicate that. Secondly I find that I this powder doesn't control the oil in my T-zone particularly well so I have to be careful which moisturiser I use underneath it.



I bought this tube of MAC Studio Moisture Tint in Medium Dark at Christmas time because Medium Plus was much too pink for me (unlike the MSF Natural which is about right when I'm paler). It smells like paint or something but other than that, it's a really nice tinted moisturiser. It's much less dewy than any other tinted moisturisers I've tried (perhaps aside from the NARS offering) which I really appreciate. The coverage is decent for this sort of product and the staying power on my skin is great. I wouldn't say this product is particularly moisturising so it's not for anyone with very dry skin. I've been reaching for this quite a bit recently but it is still a touch too dark for me. I apply it either with my fingers or the Real Techniques Buffing brush. 


I started using this foundation when my Vitalumiere Aqua became too dark for me and now I've only got a little left but I'm so scared to use it all up! This is the Make Up For Ever HD foundation in the shade #125 and it's my go to foundation for a night out. I like it because it doesn't feel or look cakey yet the coverage is pretty decent and it wears well on my skin. I usually apply two thin layers with my Real Techniques Stippling or Buffing brush. I just wish Make Up For Ever was more easily accessible in the UK.


The final member of my little foundation family is NARS Sheer Glow in Santa Fe. This is the lightest shade I own and the one I've been using most recently. I have about a third of the bottle left but this is just a smidge too pale for me now so I'm going to mix it with my MAC Studio Moisture Tint, I think. This is one of those foundations that is just so reliable for me. I remember when I was testing out the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation a month ago and when it broke me out I went back to using this and it made putting on foundation a joy once again! The texture of this is a little thicker than some of the others in my collection but as a result I use a lot less of it each time. I can apply this with almost any foundation brush I have and sometimes I even use my fingers; it's just so easy to work with. The finish isn't as glowy as you'd expect but I do need to powder my T-zone if I want it to last all day.



L - R:  Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in B40, Illamasqua Skin Base in Shade 11, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus, MAC Studio Moisture Tint in Medium Dark, Make Up For Ever HD in #125, NARS Sheer Glow in Santa Fe

Apologies for the messy swatches - blame the MAC products. I should probably point out that the inside of my arm is much, much paler than the skin on the rest of my body/face,  just in case you all thought that I've been walking around with an orange face!

You may have noticed that I don't have any high street or drugstore foundations in this post and that's because there's only been one drugstore foundation I've tried and liked that doesn't break me out. Unfortunately for me that foundation was Neutrogena's Healthy Skin which isn't even available in this country.

 Anyway, I hope that was useful to some of you and please let me know which foundations you like in the comments!

Stace xx

16 comments:

  1. Totally jealous of your foundation collection ;) x

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    1. Haha! We need to see yours in a blog post asap!xx

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  2. the chanel foundation sounds really nice. x

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    1. It is! I can't wait to start using it again!xx

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  3. Me too, i'm yet to own a high end foundation. Iv'e been testing out Estee Lauder double wear light, i am quite liking it so far. Ax

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    1. I used to use that one all the time before I got really into make up. It's a nice product but it comes in so few shades and I was inbetween intensity two and three so I either had to look pale or orange. Not cool! I wish they'd make it in more shades!xx

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  4. great post thank you xx

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    1. You're welcome! Is your foundation post up yet? I'll need to go check it out!xx

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  6. So jealous of your collection! Really want to try the NARS Sheer Glow especially.

    e x

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    1. It's a great foundation :) I wholeheartedly recommend it!xx

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  7. NARS sheer glow gets my vote - OBVIOUSLY!haha, I also love MUFE HD I have it in 120 but its looking a teeny bit light now. Cant wait to get more. I also love MUFE F&B that I got from you in the blog sale! Its a teeny bit pink on me but its quite dewy and lasts ages! as for Skinbase, I just cannot get on with it! No matter what I do, I just can't get it to work. :-( xx

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  8. Kinda off topic but can you tell me if the illamasqua highlighter brush is firm or not? I'm using my Mac 109 for highlighter at the moment but it's a bit big for that. Looking for something a bit smaller but as firm as it and am hoping the illamasqua highlighter brush might be it? I have to order online so can't check it out in person.

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    1. If you pop to a counter I'm sure they'd let you test run it. It's smaller than the 109 and I'd say possibly a bit firmer. It's very densely packed. I don't use it for highlighter all too often because I prefer my MAC 188 for that. I hope that helps!xx

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    2. Thanks, that helps a lot! I was worried it'd be a lot less firm/dense than the 109 and too flimsy for what I'm looking for but it sounds like what I'm looking for. I have a 188 too but amn't crazy about it. I guess it's because I like quite a lot of buffed in highlight (my fave is mac lightscapade and I'm extremely pale so can get away with a lot of it!). I've used the 188 with nars albatross to get a really light application but even then that stuff makes me look jaundiced lol.

      Unfortunately there's no illamasqua counter anywhere near me so that's why I couldn't check it out in person and couldn't find much info on it online. Will be ordering from the irish debenhams website as soon as it's back in stock. Thanks again!

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