12 January 2015

My Foundation Wardrobe

With a new makeup storage and set up, came one big clear out and a whole other level of organisation, and much to my surprise, foundations now only make up one drawer (and a half) in my MUJI stack - quite the achievement if you ask me, considering a new base purchase is my favourite of them all, after all. Certain circumstances call for certain foundations, so there’s no denying that they all equally get a whole lot of love, and so in order of coverage (basically medium, light, and more light), lets have a rake through the contents of my foundation wardrobe…

Diorskin Star. A first from Dior on the brightening side of finishes; lightweight in texture with a medium coverage that serves up something part dewy-part satin. It's formula captures and defuses light in all the right places, whilst neutralising colour imbalances and reducing redness and imperfections - the clue is in the name with this one, I deem it the star of 2014's foundation show. 

Bourjois Happy Light. One of the drugstore's best, IMO. Velvety in formula, it buffs in seamlessly for a flawless skin in any light with the added help of translucent pigments to impart a healthy glow, and its dose of moisture keeps skin looking good all day without clinging to any dry patches. Just extend the shade range from a mere 5, eh Bourjois?!

Clarins Skin Illusion. Think a my-skin-but-better base that brings a healthier, more  even, enhanced and refined complexion with all imperfections erased. Melting into the skin upon application, this lightweight, hydrating and plant extract-heavy fluid makes the skin appear as natural-looking as can be with a light-reflecting blend. 

YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat. Basically, the foundation version of their best-selling highlighter pen; perfecting in texture, weightless in formula and illuminating in finish, a light application highlights facial contours and delivers an overall radiance whilst correcting any imperfections. You know my feels for glowy foundations, and this has to be the glowiest of them all.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Light. The original DW isn't one to float my boat; a little too full coverage for my liking, but stick the word 'light' on the end of it, turn it into more of a second-skin coverage and house it in a tube, and I'm all over it. Promising up to 15 hours wear, it lasts longtime, staying put even through heat and humidity, yet has a barely-there feel to its sheer-medium formula.

MAC Face and BodyMy first ever high-end foundation purchase, and the one MAC base my skin agrees with at that. Being both water-based and water-resistant, it won't work well without a good shake prior to application, and that is extremely build-able due to its light and easy-to-blend formula. Results are natural, yet airbrushed and so perfecting that it can be used anywhere on the body as well as the face.

By Terry Sheer Expert. Adapting to all skin types with a multi-correcting, perfecting formula, results equal a minimised appearance of shine, imperfections, and fine lines and wrinkles. Though serving up a finish that's pretty matte, its hydra-plumping properties mean that it's not at all drying and actually leaves behind a level of natural-looking luminosity that's all kinds of beautiful.

Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation FairThis really is just good skincare with the added bonus of translucent makeup and a decent sun protection. Originally a one-shade-adjusts-to-all colour, a 'Fair' option was later introduced for the palest of gals (me). Barely there in coverage, it manages to impart the skin with the most beautiful dewiness whilst smoothing lines, correcting undertones and injecting the skin with antioxidants and a big old moisture boost.

Light, to medium-at-a-push in formula, with a brightening, glowy finish and perfecting results that hang around all day - you noted the running theme here? Said formulas are my weakness, and I've got a feeling there are plenty more out there that have my complexion needs written all over them that would also be warmly welcomed to join in with the rest, so recommend away foundation fiends!


  1. Ohh you have such an enviable collection of Foundations! ^ ^


  2. These all sound pretty good... I love Dior Star, one of my favourites for sure. Think I need to investigate the Clarins one

    Laura | Laurzrah

  3. I've always been intrigued by MAC F&B and I shouldn't judge a book by its cover but the basic plastic bottle makes me a little bit sad. I feel like I'd expect it to be like poster paint you used to used in primary school. Dior and YSL foundation packaging has ruined me forever!

    The Beauty Locker

  4. Can you tell me which of these foundations have SPF factors and which one(s) you would recommend for age 50+?

  5. Georgina HattonWoods12 January 2015 at 12:08

    Really like this style of post! I love the YSL Tiente Touche Eclat! I really want to try MAC Face and Body as I really like Studio Sculpt.

    in Louboutins

  6. Such a great post, really helpful I really need to pick up a new foundation. I really like the by terry one and ester lauder one sounds great.

    Zeynab xx

    The Beautifully Disastrous

  7. Useful review, thanks! I was thinking about getting new foundation. However non of the Clarins foundations ever fitted me well. I'm currently using Healthy Glow by Yves Rocher and surprisingly I love it, but it became a bit too dark for my pale winter face. But I still can not make up my mind - natural finish or more coverage... Girl's problems huh?:)))))

  8. hi!^^
    i have pretty oily skin esp. on the t-zone.however i have occasional breakouts that leads to dry patches.
    the two points always give me headache on finding the right foundation T_T
    i thought i should get revlon's colorstay foundation but due to the lack of shades in malaysia i hold it on.
    i only found out about bourjois's healthy mix foundation,healthy mix serum foundation and 123 perfect foundation.
    can u suggest which one that might be ok for me(out of 4 )?thanks a lot!

  9. I'm dying to try out a Bourjois foundation! Happy Light sounds lovely! xx Rena Kiss and Make Up- Beauty Blog

  10. I have an unhealthy addiction to foundations, and I agree with you that the Dior Star foundation is the star of 2014's line up fo rme! I'm curious to try the Clarins foundation now!

    Stephanie | theFantasia.com


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