In Rotation: Foundations

I’ve seen quite a few of these “in rotation” posts (most recently this one, which kick-started my plans) and I realised it would actually be a really good way for me to share my thoughts on the various products I’m reaching for most out of the large quantities of product I work my way through each month.  With that in mind, I thought I’d start things off with a look at some of current favourite foundations.

I’ve broken it all down into three categories: High Street, Luxe and Super Luxe.  The first High Street foundation is a long-term, firm favourite, Revlon Colorstay in shade 150, which is such a good match for my skin tone, offers impressive coverage and gives a lovely glowy finish – it also has a really good shade range that goes paler than 150, so a great one to try if you struggle to find shades that go pale enough for you.  It’s £12.99 here – link. I was recently sent a few new foundations to try from L’Oreal and the one that really stood out is the True Match Foundation in shade Linen which blends so effortlessly with skin that it’s the perfect relaxed, everyday foundation that offers just enough coverage to tone down redness and even out skin tone.  It’s £9.99 here – link.

The YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation in B10 is the easiest high coverage foundation I have, as it buffs really well into skin whilst still providing serious coverage that’s buildable to a very high level, plus it doesn’t look flat or chalky.  It’s £33.50 here – link – and check out my full review here.  The bareMinerals Complexion Rescue in Birch (1.5) offers the lowest coverage in my list, but it’s a great option for minimal make-up days and I like to use this alongside a little concealer when I know I’m not planning to add much more than a touch of blush and a quick coat of mascara.  It’s great for that healthy, skin-like finish.  It’s £27 here – link.  One of my favourite collections of last year was tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea, especially the concealer and the Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation in Fair Neutral, which is a foundation like no other as it’s very hydration and lightweight, but it can be built-up to a really good coverage that’s very flattering and comfortable.  It’s £35 here – link – and you get a brush with it.

It’s annoying that the Super Luxe foundations are the ones I use the most! The Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick in Porcelain is pretty much unbeatable for a very quick hit of full coverage – I very rarely use the term ‘full coverage’ as I think very few things manage it, but you can completely cover with this.  Having said that, it is quite a heavy product to work with so if you want to use it as an all-over foundation, you’ll need to get buffing.  I prefer to use this as concealer, especially as the shade is such a good match.  It’s £42 here – link.  Do I ever stop banging on about the Oxygenetix Acne Control Foundation in Opal? It does it all; gives high coverage in a beautiful, glowy finish, it lets skin breath whilst also treating spots.  The two downsides are that it’s very expensive for what you get – if you’re like me and have a lot to cover then you’ll need a lot of it and likely get through a single bottle very quickly – and also it’s a bit more effort as you need to layer it, then let it settle slightly, then go in with another layer, etc.  However, if you can afford it, it’s definitely worth it – when I have plenty in stock then I reach for this more often than anything else.  It’s £59.50 here – link.

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