although, I am sure we have all been there at some point girls.
It is important to know your skin type as it may mean a foundation that looks amazing on your friend won’t look so hot on yourself.
You need to establish whether you have oily skin or dry skin.
In all honesty a lot of the ‘drugstore’ foundations aren’t specific enough when it comes to skin type but there are things to take note of when it comes to finding your match made in heaven.
My skin changes quite frequently although I have moderatley oily skin and in the odd times of me having dry skin, my T-zone tends to stay quite oily so naturally I always swayed towards the more matte foundations to help combat the shine.
Through pure trial and error I have accumulated 6 ‘drugstore’ foundations in my ‘face draw’.
The others in my collection belong to the MAC family.
I hope you find this post helpful in finding a ‘drugstore’ foundation that may well work for you.
W7 – ‘Sheer Colour’ Foundation
Shade: 05 Buscuit
– I bought this foundation on a whim last new years eve when I was staying at a friends house and I didn’t want to leave all my ‘good’ makeup at her house overnight as I knew I wouldn’t have time to collect it over the seasonal period.
I bought it from a cheap toiletry store and used it for the one night.
I know I am a fan of bargain beauty but even this was taking it a little too far for me.
For starters it is ridiculously orange in tone and the coverage is very, very, very sheer despite the cream formulation being rather thick. In terms of longitivity it is completely short lasting. It is creamy but unblendable as it tends to just smudge all over your face, using a brush to apply this product would leave your face streaky, if you were to buy it use your fingers instead to work the product in more easily.
I tend to use it these days as a concealer to pat out any redness on my face, it works well for that, but as an everyday foundation it’s not that great.
Rimmel – ‘Wake Me Up’ Foundation
Shade: 200 Soft Beige
“Our first foundation that visably reawakens and illuminates skin with a radiant glow and a flawless natural looking finish. Instant anti fatigue effect. With peptides and a vitamin moisturising complex.”
– This is currently my favourite, everyday foundation.
Having succumbed to the hype surrounding this product I finally jumped (rather late) onto the bandwagon and I can say with certainty that this foundation will be sticking around long after the first bottle is on its last legs.
Although this product needs a good amount working into the skin to build up a good coverage it instantly covers blemishes, redness and dark circles.
I personally don’t notice the shimmer from the product on my face although some people said that for them it was noticeable.
It is just a lovely foundation it isn’t of a matte finish, instead you are provided with a fresh, awaken glow, I wouldn’t even go as far as saying it is a dewy finish.
It is also long lasting, I applied it at 8am and by 5pm in the evening it was still very much present on my face without the need for powder.
Bourjois ‘Healthy Mix’ Foundation
“Perfectly glowing complexion and toned skin”
–– This foundation gives me such a natural finish, it is rather watery (well obviously it’s a water based foundation ha ha) when applying it but it is just SO lovely you can overlook that. It contains ‘fruit therapy’ from 5 fruits. As you can see by how much I have used it is a firm fave.
Apricot – For radiance
Melon – For hydration
Apple – For anti-oxidants
Ginger – For energy
The smell of this foundation is just heavenly (it’s rather apricoty) and has rightly been heavily raved about on both YouTube and beauty blogs. It is just one of those foundations that I got along with straight away. I feel it needs a few little touch up’s within the 16 hour window it states to provide the same coverage as when applied in. But a bit of powder this is easily sorted. It leaves me with beautiful, natural looking and dewy skin. PERFECT However it is slightly oily which isn’t always the best thing for excessively oily skin types and it takes a little while longer than most foundations to dry. The coverage is slightly on the sheerer side of medium but it evens out my skintone nicely. The only issue I have with it, is that there isn’t a varying range of shades. I also rather like the packaging, it has a pump applicator and you can see how much product you have used!
Revlon ‘Colorstay’ Foundation
Shade: 320 True Beige
– I remember the hype about this foundation in the old days of beauty ‘guru’s on YouTube and blogger. During that time I never bothered with it. And on my first application of it I wish I hadn’t. It was all hyped up to be a perfect ‘Studio Fix Fluid’ dupe – it certainly smells like it. I think it’s great how Revlon cater the line to the different skin types. I have the ‘combination/oily’ version of the colourstay. At first I applied it with my flat foundation brush but it caused this foundation to be cakey and streaky and just wasn’t working. AT ALL. I then tried it on my MAC 130 stippling brush and the effect was much better although the coverage is a little sticky it gives a nice matte finish which again I wasn’t used to but really liked. Sometimes it does look a little artificial for a ‘natural day time look’ but it’s perfect for a night out I forgot to apply a primer on one occasion and it stayed put ALL night. Having used this foundation for a while now I have learned to love it and I do like to wear it despite the shades being a little orange toned.
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