Friday, 1 June 2012

my foundations

I've never been one to splurge on makeup. Despite going through the odd phase of longing for a MAC offering, I haven't actually tried a high end foundation apart from the odd sample and, to be  perfectly honest, don't plan on doing so in the near future. I know I always say it, but as a teenager with okay-but-can-be-slightly-temperamental skin, I don't feel as if I can justify spending £20+ on a product which will probably just clog up my pores or not suit my oily/combination skin type all together! With that in mind, I prefer to experiment with a few cheaper alternatives, and that way I can take comfort in the knowledge that, if it really doesn't work for my skin, I haven't wasted a ton of money.
The foundations above are the ones I currently have in my collection, and here is a little run down of my thoughts on each.
Firstly, the Rimmel Lasting Finish. I'm not going to sugar coat this at all - it's pretty darn rubbish. I bought this as a slightly more tanned, heavier coverage foundation for nights out but to be honest it just smells like paint, goes on like paint, and doesn't blend nicely at all. The colour is unlike the colour of anybody's skin I've ever seen (it looks a bit grey/green) and although I may give this a couple more tries, I rarely reach for it! This just doesn't work for me in the slightest, oh and it definitely doesn't last for 25 hours - what a claim! 
Next is the No 7 tinted moisturiser. I also have this in the shade 'medium', and tend to mix the two for my normal skin colour but stick to 'medium' in the summer when I have a tan. I haven't tried many tinted moisturisers but really love these so don't feel the need to! It has SPF and is very dewy which is nice for summer, however I do tend to powder a little just so I don't look like an oil slick! The coverage is light but perfect for when you're having a good skin day, and a little bit of concealer over any redness or blemishes is more than enough. For on holiday abroad, I don't bother with foundation and just stick to this trusty moisturiser. I really recommend it, and it's a good one to test out if you've got a £5 off No 7 voucher lurking around in your purse! 
The L'Oreal True Match foundation was my go-to foundation all through the winter and this is actually my second bottle. It's quite matte but not overly so, and I would say it gives a medium but buildable coverage. It's a great match for my skin and, like all of the products above, is very reasonably priced. For somebody who is used to using high end foundations I'm not sure how you'd find it, however for anybody like me who has never ventured out of Boots, I'm sure you'd find this of a good quality! 
Lastly, the famed Healthy Mix! I bought this after reading rave reviews and they were all so right. It's the absolute dream summer foundation - slightly dewy but not too shiny for an oily t-zone like mine, smells absolutely gorgeous, and isn't an overly heavy coverage. This is the best colour match I've ever had in a foundation and after one use I knew that I wouldn't be trying anything else in a hurry. For more in-depth reviews on this then just hit google - there are so many out there that I don't want to write too much as I'm sure the majority of you will have read about it before! 

So that is a (kind of?) brief overview of my foundations. I hope some of you find this useful - I found that when researching good and bad drugstore foundations it was difficult to find reviews as many bloggers tend to stick to more high-end products! 
Just as a little disclaimer, these are my own opinions and this post isn't sponsored. I'm just going on what worked for my skin and my experiences of the products - they may work differently for you! I apply all of these products with a Real Techniques buffing brush.

What is your favourite foundation? What ones, drugstore or otherwise, would you recommend? 



Beth said...

aw I really love the Rimmel one! I'm onto my third bottle! it's strange how different things work for different people. I really want to try healthy mix as it sounds so good! I recently got a sample of double wear light and its lush, but I really don't want to spend over £20 on a foundation xxx


libbyc said...

I found the Rimmel foundation too heavy too so I mixed it with my moisturiser and it was perfect! However I use the boots tinted moisturister and garner bb cream together to create the perfect shade and consistency for my skin! Being the same age as you and having bad and good skin days I thought id just reccommend it to you! :) xxx

Anonymous said...

i use the rimmel one at the moment i love it! its got abit more coverage than the healthy mix :) xx

Anonymous said...

I find that tinted moisturiser so dark on me yet the 'light' is perfect for my olive-skinned mum, odd! Really liking the MaxFactor Smooth Effect, still x

madhatter said...

I got the no.7 bb cream yesterday in the fair colour but it is far too dark for me and has nots of purple in it! I really have never met ANYONE with purple skin. So may try the tinted moisturiser next time!

great post!

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Sarah said...

I want to try the healthy mix foundation! I've got the l'Oreal one and it's not too bad

Olivia Burn said...

I'm the same, I never pay much for my makeup. I used to just buy the Miss Sporty foundations but they were pretty rubbish so I thought I'd splash out so I got the No7 Intelligent Colour foundation which is the most I've paid for foundation and it wasn't all that amazing, and made me look a tad orange.. And then my newest one is the MAX Factor Colour Adapt foundation which has a really nice consistency and makes my skin look really nice, but it slightly shows up the little spots of dry skin so I should probably invest in a primer or something...

- Olivia xx
That's My Style!

Emily said...

I completely agree with you, I don't like spending £20+ on foundation that isn't going to work, so thank you for this post, really helpful!

Maisie said...

I use bourjois healthy mix, i think it's amazing!

lady liquor vintage. said...

I love the True Match one, it's one of the few foundations I can get that's pale enough! I really want to try Bourjois Healthy mix too.

I'm currently using an Avon one as they do a shade lighter than ivory! XO.

HollyMcKie said...

I don't see the need to buy a high end foundation when you can buy a drugstore one that is just as good for half the price! I love the Bourjois Healthy mix and how it makes my skin look but I can't use it because it breaks me out! It is probably because it is so highly scented but it is so annoying because I really really like it. I want to try the True Match one.

Holziepink said...

Really want to try that bourjous foundation - I've read so many rave reviews on it. I'm using one from the body shop which is designed for oily/combination skin and I love it :)
Love Holz oxo