I am often asked on Instagram what my favourite foundation is. I figure it’s about time I do a blog post on it!
I have oily skin with the usual imperfections that come with it…you know…those enlarged pores, hyper pigmentation and wrinkles. Occasionally I still get minor breakouts. The spots tend to be small which would dry up after a few days but the marks might linger for a few weeks. I absolutely hate it when I get the really inflamed solid ones that stay under my skin for weeks!
I wear foundation almost everyday. What I would choose on the day depends on the weather and the required wear time.
My preferences for a foundation are:
- Ease of application
- Good longevity
- Oil control
- Coverage with natural finish
- Lightweight feel
- Non greasy feel
- No settling into pores or wrinkles
- Right shade match
- Fragrance free
- Alcohol free
The following are the top 5 foundations that I currently tend to gravitate towards.
Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation | £35 REVIEW
I love the formulation of the foundation the best. The texture has some viscosity and feels creamy. It applies beautifully and glides OVER my pores and wrinkles to give me such a flawless finish. The longevity is super and can be enhanced with a setting spray. For the coverage that it offers, it feels very lightweight on.
The formula has a small amount of alcohol in it. The shade range runs quite warm.
Cover FX Power Play Foundation | £38 REVIEW
This gives a non flat matte finish that looks very natural. The texture of the formula has a slight viscousity. It applies easily and glides over my pores well. What I love about it the most is the extensive shade range, I was able to find one that matches my skin tone perfectly. It lasts perfectly for 5-6 hours on my oily skin before I feel the need to blot. I can increase the longevity with a setting spray.
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation SPF 10 | £33.50
This is a firm faves of many and for good reasons. It offers a matte finish with great longevity. I did struggle to find a shade that would match my skin tone. I settled on Dawn and it’s slightly more orange than I hope for but looks fine once blended. The formula can feel a little drying and accentuate dry patches.
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear SPF 15 Foundation | £32 REVIEW
This offers a demi matte finish with some luminosity. It is easy to apply and glides over my skin imperfections. The longevity is not as long as the 3 mentioned above but can be extended with setting spray. I mix and match this with other foundations to customise the finish I want. For example, I would use this over the less oily and more textured areas on my face and use another more matte foundation on the other areas. There is a scent to it which I don’t really mind. It does contain alcohol.
Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation | £29.50
This foundation has some coverage! FULL! A little goes a mile. It glides on and blends out easily. It does an amazing job to cover my blemishes and scar marks. The shade range runs a little yellow. I don’t find it oxidising on me. Since the coverage is high, the finish is not as natural for my everyday needs. I do love it on evenings out. It does cling to dry patches but regular exfoliation would definitely help.
So there you have it, some of my most used foundations. I also reach for Fenty Pro Fil’er, Milani 2-in-1 Conceal and Perfect, Charlotte Tilbury Magic or Touch In Sol Top Coat (REVIEW) at times. I am constantly trying out new foundations too as it is my weakness! Never stop searching for a perfect base!
Let me know what other categories you’d like me to list my top 5 favourites in.
Do share with me what your favourite foundation is. I would love to know! Feel free to leave a comment or message me on my Instagram.
Thank you for being here today!
Much love always,