The hunt for the, “perfect foundation” is one that seemed never-ending to me. I have tried almost every foundation you can think of in the hopes of finding,”the one.” But, I have come to realise that there really is no one, perfect foundation. Our skin is always changing and that means so are the needs our of skin. It can alter based on the weather, the environment, our diet and our hormones – so many elements come into play. So, I now understand that while I will have my “go-to” foundations, my tried-and-tested, my preferred, there are occasions when (even with the best will in the world) these will let me down too. And, this all comes down to what my skin needs that day.
If you have read my previous blogs you will know that I have typically dry skin with some areas being blemish prone and oily – classic combination skin. So, as such, there are a multitude of factors to take into consideration when I am applying my make-up. So, I have complied a list of my three favourite foundations of the moment along with explanations of why they are my favourites and when I use them. Please bear in mind these are just my personal experiences with these products – depending on your own skin type and influencing factors your experiences may be different but, I would love to know your thoughts if you have used any of the products I list below.
In testing and reviewing the L’Oreal and Le Metier de Beaute foundations I applied them with a dampened Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. This is my favourite way to apply foundation and feel for my de-hydrated skin it gives a more flawless finish and avoids any skin irritation or disturbance I can often get from buffing or blending brushes. In terms of the MAC foundation I used my cleaned hands – I find this particular product doesn’t blend well on my skin with a sponge or a brush.
L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation: Best for Full Coverage, Long-Wear, Glam-Looks
This is by far my favourite foundation of the moment. It has been really popular on the YouTube and Blogging scenes and I first came across it when American Youtuber Kelly Strack did a review – if you haven’t watched her videos then you should; she’s amazing! Before long I started noticing it was popping up everywhere but, I couldn’t find any stores in the UK that were selling it. I soon realised that it wasn’t available here yet and I would have to source it online – don’t confuse this with the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte or other items from the Infallible range which you can get here easily. If you take to the likes of Amazon looking for the L’Oreal Pro-Glow you will find places charging ridiculous prices of up to £40 to get your hands on it. Don’t be fooled! There are other sources selling this foundation. I headed over to ebay on the recommendation of other online bloggers and found reputable sellers offering the product at reasonable prices of between £9 and £13. Delivery was prompt and the foundation arrived in the condition as promised.
L’Oreal claim this is a radiant foundation offering medium coverage. The “radiant” part is accurate – this is a lovely, natural-looking, glowy foundation without being too overpowering. However, I do think the consistency of the product means it leans more towards a full coverage foundation than a medium. It claims to be “hydrating,” “lightweight and creamy” and “long lasting” – everything I look for and it also includes a low SPF of 15. I loved this foundation from the start. It definitely is hydrating and it doesn’t go cakey or flakey when I wear it. It lasts a really long time which is what I need for long days at work or nights on the town. However, I don’t know about the “24 hour” claims – I’ve never worn it for this length of time and can’t see any instances when I would need to. The overall finish is just beautiful – you can see why celebrity and lead L’Oreal make-up artist Sir John chose to use it on Beyonce for her 2017 Grammy Performance. Who wouldn’t want to glow like Queen B?
This is my “go-to” foundation for those days I want to look really made up, have something that lasts all day or when I want to look glamourous and fabulous. It’s also great for those occasions when I want that full-face without actually feeling like I am wearing tons of make-up. It wouldn’t be my choice if I wanted a light foundation day or that oh-so-coveted, “no make-up, make-up look” but, this will certainly be a staple in my make-up collection for a very long time. I hope we don’t have to wait to long before we are seeing it stocked in out high-street stores.
Le Metier de Beaute After-Glow Foundation: Best for Medium Coverage, Glowing Skin, Special Occasions
This is by far the most expensive foundation I own (£71 per bottle) and is a product I stumbled upon by sheer chance – I received a sample in my customer bag after making a purchase at Space:NK. This wasn’t a brand I had heard of or came across before. The company, Le Metier de Beaute specialise in high-end beauty products which includes cosmetics and skin-care. But, there is something extra special about this brand and that is their mission statement. They have a genuine commitment to the customer experience, support local communities and the field of make-up artistry as well as a commitment to ethical and moral products. If you haven’t already head over to their website and read their history and their mission statement – it’s truly inspiring!
LMdB have built a name for themselves within their industry through reputation and quality of products; not flashy advertising. They let the products speak for themselves and – to an extent – rely on word of mouth for the promotion of their products. This explains why I feel like I came across this product, “by chance.”
The brand describe this as a, “lightweight, skin enhancing fluid foundation” that “evens out skin tone and imperfections flawlessly.” In order to aid hydration it also contains hyaluronic acid and vitamin E. For the price you would be expecting miracles and – whilst I can’t quite fully use that term – I can say that this foundation comes very close. It is really easy to apply to the skin, blends well and offers a good medium coverage – I do think with additional layering this could build to a full coverage product.
The first thing I noticed about the After-Glow foundation was how a small amount of product went a long way. So, for those of you flinching at the price please note you are actually getting a lot of bang for your buck. The overall finish of the foundation is very radiant and glowing – I felt it made my skin look really healthy and fresh. It also photographs beautifully and has proven (after several charity balls and dinner-dances) that it offers longevity. It’s hydration features mean it doesn’t skink into fine lines too much or leave the skin cakey and patchy.
Due to the price I do find that this is my “go-to” foundation for special occasions. And, to be honest, even if this was a little cheaper I think I would still feel this way. It really does feel like a luxury brand. Everything oozes quality from the streamlined, minimalist packaging to the gliding consistency of the product. The added bonus is that if you have a Space:NK N:Dulge card and you purchase this product from their store rack up quite a few points to spend on another treat later.
MAC Cosmetics Face & Body Foundation: Best for Light Coverage, Natural Skin, Everyday Wear
The MAC Cosmetics Face & Body Foundation has been around for a really long time. It has become a bit of a cult phenomenon in the beauty world and loved by many – even those who are not the biggest fans of the brand itself. I tend to fall into the latter category. Don’t get me wrong, there are a few MAC products that I really like but I couldn’t honestly say it would be one of my, “go to brands.” Face & Body has been a product that has truly surprised me. I tried this foundation years ago when everyone was raving about it and I hated it. I didn’t get the hype! It was only recently (when I started to hunt for something I could wear everyday that was lighter and sheerer on my skin) that I gave it another go. This retails for £23.50 which is fairly competitive for those higher end products. I would term this a “mid-range” product and is great for people who want to invest a little more (money-wise) without breaking the bank.
To apply this foundation (as I mentioned earlier) I use my hands and work it into the skin. This takes a little bit of effort and elbow grease but, I like the overall finish much better than if I use a brush of a sponge. With these kind of applicators I find the product doesn’t move at all to blend. Instead it simply sits on the skin and quite often clumps. However, with my hands, once I have buffed it in the final look is really lovely – it’s sheer and gives the skin a nice, natural glow. It genuinely doesn’t look like you’re wearing any foundation and does a great job of creating that, “my skin on a good day” effect. I follow up with a little concealer and bronzer and then I am left with a sun-kissed look. This also lasts very well on the skin but what I love most about Face & Body is that it doesn’t go all over your hands when you touch your face. So, I manage to avoid becoming the King Midas of make-up turning every item I touch into a foundation swatch.
This is my “go-to” product when I want something lighter to wear day-to-day and when blemish coverage isn’t a huge concern. It is ideal for those moments when I want my skin look like my skin but with an added little glimmer and glow.