Now, a little while ago you may remember I began a series called ‘Make Up Must Haves‘ and talked all the talk about Primers. I’m not one to bail on my promises, so today I’m bringing you the second installment of the series and we’re chatting foundations. Foundations are my weakness in terms of beauty, and I’m constantly on the look out for new bottles of the good stuff to add to my collection. BareMinerals, Dior, NARS, Chanel, Benefit and Vichy are just a few that sit pretty on my shelf and I have one to suit your every need. Glow? Got your back. Feeling a full coverage? I could rattle off a list that would be perfect. It was the hardest task whittling it down to my top three high-end and one budget base, but these are the ones that I know I’ll have in my make up bag forever (or at least until they are discontinued. At which point I will most certainly have a mini breakdown).
The first foundation I ever fell in love with was NARS Sheer Glow. I actually can’t believe I haven’t done an in-depth review on it on here – please let me know if you would like to see one! I adored this so much that I wore it for at least a year, rarely reaching for anything else. I have a fairly pale complexion (I like to think of it as ‘English Rose’) and the lazy streak in me embraces that rather than bother with fake tan on a regular basis. I wear the shade Deauville, which, along with all the Sheer Glow foundations, has a beautiful balance of pink and yellow undertones making it pretty much perfect for anyone. I would say it has a medium coverage but remains lightweight and luminous at the same time. Sheer Glow is easy to build up, and leaves a satin like texture to the skin when blended in. It stays in place literally all day long too, so is great for special occasions as well as every day wear. I pop a light layer of Sheer Glow on when I want to feel bad ass; the coverage gives me that extra boost of confidence because I know I can rely on it to make me look flawless. To this date, NARS have never failed me and I’m willing to bet they never will.
Chanel. Every time I wear Chanel I come over all feminine and lady like,whether it’s a foundation, blusher, lipstick or even a spritz of my favourite perfume. It’s just something about the packaging (so sleek and sophisticated), the familiar, comforting scent, the quality of the products. You may have read my review of the Vitalumiere Aqua foundation (if you didn’t you can catch up here), and I adore it even more now than when I wrote that post. I absolutely refuse to apply this with anything other than the Chanel Number 6 Flat Foundation Brush (total princess behaviour I know) and it glides on beautifully every time. I wear the shade 20 Beige and it suits my colouring perfectly. Vitalumiere Aqua has a much lighter coverage than the two other high-end options I’m featuring here, but I feel it gives your skin a soft, touchable appearance like nothing else I’ve tried. The consistency is hard to describe, sitting somewhere in between a liquid and a cream. Not too runny, but not too thick either. I’ve been wearing this constantly throughout summer as it is perfectly suited to the warmer months, and although I like to slather on something a little more heavy duty in colder climates I know I’ll be whipping this out on a regular basis as it will be a stunning option on those minimal days.
My last high-end pick of the bunch comes from Dior. The Dior Star foundation is my ultimate glow getter. Dewy (but the kind of dewy which doesn’t translate as sheer, as it does with most products shouting this in their description), luminous and flawless coverage – this little bottle ticks all the boxes. The coverage of this is second to none; complexion evened and blemishes gone without even a dot of concealer. I got colour matched on counter and walked away with the shade 020 (I think when I repurchase I might even go a shade lower than that). This is a foundation you definitely have to physically try before you buy because the colour in the bottle is not the colour that buffs into your skin. It looks a lot darker pre-application so you have been warned! Despite this being what I would call a ‘heavy duty’ foundation, it still feels weightless on the skin. Dior Star stays put all day without faltering or ending up cakey. If you’re like me and can’t get enough of the glow, definitely give this one a whirl.
Onto the drug store options and this is something they do bloody well. Max Factor, Rimmel and Maybelline are alway killing it on the foundation front. For me though, Bourjois will always be my favourite budget beauty brand. I absolutely adore thier Healthy Mix Serum in the shade Vanilla – one of the lightest shades from the range. The scent is hands down one of, if not the best smelling base products I have ever owned! The serum itself is packed full of nutrient rich fruit therapies using lychee, goji berries and pomegranate – no wonder it smells good enough to eat! Although this Healthy Mix is described as a serum, or a ‘gel foundation’ you can hardly tell the difference in the texture of the formula. It literally glides over my skin and doesn’t cling to any dry patches or imperfections. It feels super hydrating, blends easily to give a light coverage and evens out my skin tone, with a little boost of radiance for good measure. I would recommend this to anyone with normal to dry skin, and it is my favourite drug store foundation by a mile.
So there we have my top picks for foundations. I would love to know if you have any recommendations, a girl can never have too much make up after all!