Monday, 16 September 2013

Tried and tested: Foundation for any budget!

Hey everyone!

This being my first post I thought I'd do a review of my favorite beauty product, which is of course, foundation. I have wanted to do this post for a while as foundation is one of those things that can be so hard to get right and even after years you can still have a few disasters.

A few years ago I completely broke out in horrible cystic acne making my quest for the perfect foundation  more horrifying than usual and even now that my skin has been cleared of the horrible condition I have been left with a few red, angry looking, scars. I often find these extremely hard to cover up, which is why I seem to have something of an obsession with foundation and concealer products. So please bear in mind these aren't my only favorite foundations, but instead I have picked one of my favorites at each price range to talk about.

Rimmel, Wake me up Foundation, £7.99, Medium coverage.

I first purchased this foundation back in 2010 when my acne was just starting to appear, until then I'd been used to wearing mineral foundations or nothing at all. Despite the fact this foundation is still so cheap at just 8 pounds a bottle it is loved by beauty gurus and make up geeks everywhere.
  •  Packaging is eye catching, funky and comes equipped with a pump to minimize product waste.
  • Covers extremely well despite the low price tag.
  • Has a gel like formula which is easy to apply with any foundation brush, but I would recommend the Real Techniques stippling brush for any foundation.
  • It has a real radiant effect on the skin, and definitely makes you look more fresh.
  • Seems to settle into fine lines and pores a little even when a primer is used. 
  • Can get quite blotchy if left on for a long time.
  • You can definitely tell you are wearing make up with this foundation as it 'looks like make up'. 
Overall I thought this was a decent foundation with medium coverage, good staying power of around 7 hours and it definitely made my skin look more hydrated. My only problems with this foundation was the fact it is not as natural a finish as I like my foundations to be. I tried this foundation using my Real Techniques stippling brush, a damp sponge application and then just my hands. I found that the application of this foundation is fairly easy, but it didn't last as long on my face when I used my fingers to apply it. It also contains an SPF of 15 which is good for a drugstore foundation

No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation, £12.95, Medium Coverage.

When I first tried this foundation I didn't really know what to expect as I hadn't heard much about it but I guess I was pleasantly surprised as its now one of my favorite foundations.

  • Has a wonderful creamy texture which makes it easy to apply, and gives amazing coverage with just one pump.
  • Coverage is also very build able as the texture of this foundation makes it easy to blend.
  • Has a matte finish, which is similar to that of Estee Lauder Double wear but looks and feels much lighter on the skin.
  • Comes with a pump, SPF 15, and is relatively inexpensive.
  • There aren't many colors and most of them are cool toned. 
  • Packaging also looks a bit cheap and I don't really like a plastic bottle for my foundation.
I love this foundation! Despite the low price it gives me as much coverage as a higher end foundation would and still manages to look so flawless, if only the color range was better :(

MAC, Studio Fix Fluid, £21.50, Medium to high coverage.

This was the one foundation I actually bought after hearing good things from friends, , relatives and beauty blogs, but I guess having high expectations sometimes leads to disappointment.

  • Combats oil like no other foundation I have ever tried. I rarely need to blot or powder with this foundation, which I think would make it suited to oily skins.
  • Looks undeniably flawless in photographs.
  • Gives good medium coverage, which is verging on high.
  • Contains SPF of 15.
  • Colours all seem a bit yellow toned, although there are many to choose from.
  • Consistency is rather hard to work with and drys up quickly. (I have come to the conclusion that a damp sponge application would be the best in order to combat this, although I haven't tried it.)
  • If you put too much product on IT WILL stick to dry patches of skin and look really cakey.
Not a bad foundation overall and I always keep a bottle of this for nights out but unfortunately this foundation is just not easy to apply. It takes time and effort which I don't always have. I strongly recommend using a good moisturizer before applying this foundation, or if you have really oily skin this could be your holy grail. Unfortunately it just doesn't work that well for me, I do like the way it looks on my skin though.

NARS, Sheer Glow Foundation, £30.50, Medium coverage.

This is my HG foundation!! It isn't cheap, but it just makes my skin look fantastic and I don't know how I ever lived without it.
  • It has a gorgeous natural finish unlike any other foundation I have tried, it blends seamlessly with concealer.
  • It has good lasting power of about 10 hours despite the fact it does not claim to be a long wear foundation.(I do find my T zone can get oily about halfway through the day, but I just carry some powder with me in my make up bag.)
  • It is so easy to apply and to work with. (I find I can apply a lot when I have any breakouts or imperfections and it never gives me 'cakeface'.)
  • It is said to improve the skins texture and appearance with regular wear and although I cannot notice it personally I have had a few comments on how good my skin looks.
  • Amazing range of colors for any skin tone.
  • Oily T zones will need to blot at least once during the day with this foundation.
  • For a pretty expensive foundation the fact it doesn't come with a pump is a little heartbreaking as its liquid consistency can be messy.  
Like I just said this is my absolute favourite foundation and if like me you have normal skin or normal with an oily T zone and can afford to spend this kind of money on foundation then I definitely recommend this product. However, if your skin is a little on the dry side i would tend to stay away from this unless you can find a way to make it work for you as it can cling to patches of dry skin.

Hope you have all enjoyed my first post and maybe some of you are looking forward to trying out some of these foundations! (Haha!)

Much love, L :)




1 comment

  1. Really well written :) it was cool reading about each of the foundations!! Check out my blog at


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