Finding the perfect shade of foundation seems to be an issue for so many women. Once you find one that fits there’s no going back, or so you would think. Then the weather changes, the cold weather makes your skin dry, the hot weather makes your skin oilier, and the sun makes you a shade or two darker. Two weeks into this new perfect make-up routine, you find the product is making you break out.
Lucky for you, I’ve tried and tested various different foundations over the last couple of years, and found some really great picks for you to try!
The following are in no particular order of preference, I love them all, for different reasons. I will add though, that when it comes to foundation, I personally tend to stay away from the budget brands, just because they’ve never felt great on my skin. I don’t think you necessarily need to spend a fortune to get a good result- but your do generally get what you pay for when it comes to skincare and make-up. Foundation is the base of your make-up look, and it’s going to help you look flawless, so spend that little bit extra
Iconic London – Pigment Foundation Stick £24.99 (8g) http://www.iconiclondoninc.com
This is my everyday go-to foundation. I love everything about it. The convenient stick means that it glides on easily. the creamy formulation is a dream to blend out, especially with the Iconic London oval foundation buffing brush. The coverage is great, I would say medium-full, and is totally buildable. It comes in 18 shades, ranging from fair to dark, which makes it a great product for base, contour and highlight I do find that it runs out quite quickly, but it’s definitely worth the money and the re-purchase.
Tarte – Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation £33 (50ml)
This is my favourite long-wear, full coverage foundation for use during the winter. It does exactly what it says on the label. It lasts all day, and the formulation is super-creamy. I find a little goes a long way, and it applies best with Tartes own Bamboo foundation buffer brush, although I’m sure any flat top buffing brush would work well. The product seems to work well on its own without a primer and doesn’t flake or dry, however I find it a little heavy on the skin for use during the summer months, and it isn’t a product I would take away on holiday with me. In winter though, it is my holy grail foundation. A little on the pricy side- it’s worth every penny, and comes in a great range of shades, so there is something for everyone.
Fenty Beauty – Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation £26 (32ml)
What I love about the whole Fenty range is it’s inclusive nature, impressive shade range and relative affordability for something that is marketed as a high-end product. The packaging is gorgeous and the product itself is a big hit with me. I would class it as a buildable medium coverage, and paired with a good primer it’s an easy to wear, long-lasting product that doesn’t feel heavy on the skin, but gives a flawless dewy finish that stays put. This is my summertime go-to for day-wear. Shop directly from the Fenty Beauty website, or Harvey Nichols (both online and in-store).
Last but by no-means least;
Charlotte Tilbury – Magic Foundation £32 (30ml)
I wasn’t immediately in love with this foundation, but it has grown on me. I find that I like it more since I started using a damp beauty blender to blend it out rather than a foundation brush- it gives a better finish. This is a medium to full coverage product and is very buildable. It feels nice and light on the skin and comes in 15 shades. This product has the least shade variety of all the ones I use (perhaps something the people at CT could work on). The foundation is lovely and is what I reach for if I’m going out for the evening, both in the winter and summer months.
These four products are my chosen favourites, after much trial and error. There are others I’m hoping to try in the not to distant future. There are products that I’ve tried and really haven’t liked- but they don’t get a mention here because it’s my HAPPY page!
I hope you’ll find something you like from the products I’ve featured, let me know, I would love to hear about it!