Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Worth It: Foundations

Today I thought I'd share with you guys my top five foundations. I say top five because I actually own a couple of more foundations that I'm not so fond of. See, the reason I have various foundations is because each one offers different consistencies, application, coverage, and longevity. That being said I'll divide them into three categories: full coverage, medium coverage, & light coverage.

Also, I should tell you before that I have oily skin with mild hyper-pigmentation. Living in Puerto Rico means that I constantly battle with humidity. Oily skin with humidity is not an ideal combination, so I always try to keep my skin as matte as possible.

Now, lets jump in!

Full Coverage:

Sephora Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation: I'll start with my most recent purchase. To be honest I have only used this foundation twice but, I already know I love it. Just like the name suggests it gives an airbrushed look to the skin. And it is particularly good at concealing the redness in my skin. I also like that it doesn't have a completely matte finish; it has just enough dewy-ness to look natural. It dries very fast, so you have to make sure to blend quickly. My preferred application method is to spray the product to the back of my hand and then apply it to my face with a brush. I find that directly spraying it on the face causes a huge mess (you get it everywhere), which consequently causes you to waste product (and you paid good money for it!). I see myself getting a lot of use out of this foundation.

Estée Lauder Double Wear: Now, this product is a well known cult classic, and for good reason. It is an amazing reliable foundation that you will find yourself reaching for over and over again. It really is full coverage and has a completely matte finish. However, because of the humidity I always make sure to apply a bit a setting powder before I head out the door. But, be sure not to apply too much powder or it will look cakey. Also, have in mind that a little goes a long way, or else you will get that same undesired cakey effect. I like to apply this product with my Beauty Blender because it distributes and blends the foundation evenly. This is my go-to foundation for events and special occasions because I know it will last all night/day & look great in pictures.

Medium Coverage:

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation: I previously talked about this foundation in my Worth It: Makeup Products post (if you haven't checked it out click here). Like I mentioned before, this is a great drugstore foundation and just an amazing foundation all around. It's definitely my everyday foundation of choice. It lasts all day and blends effortlessly into the skin. I just love how natural it looks. Like with my Double Wear, I apply it with my Beauty Blender. I'm currently on my second bottle of this foundation. I just can't live without it!

Light Coverage:

Chanel Vitalumière Aqua: I must confess that this foundation is not the most ideal for my skin type. It does not keep my skin matte and it doesn't offer much coverage. So why is this my third bottle of this product? Well... It feels wonderful on my skin! This foundation is water-based, so it's almost refreshing to put on. And, it is so light that it literally feels like you're not wearing any makeup at all! Once again, it's water-based, which means that applying it with a sponge is not advisable. I like to use my paddle foundation brush (Sigma F60) to apply and blend this foundation. Chanel recently came out with the Perfection Lumière Velvet, which is suppose to be similar to the Vitalumiere Aqua but, with a matter finish. I can't wait to try it for myself. (UPDATE: check out my review on the Perfection Lumière Velvet here)

Jouer Matte Moisture Tint: Ok, so I cheated... This product isn't a foundation; it's technically a tinted moisturizer. But, I felt the need to include it because it offers just enough coverage that it can be worn on its own as a light coverage foundation. It does a very good job at evening out my skin-tone. Even though it does have a matte finish, this product is not formulated to be long-lasting, so just remember to finish it off with some setting powder.

What are your favorite foundations? I hope that this has been helpful in any way, shape, or form. Also, I have included links to the items that are available online (just click on the item's name).

Thank you for taking the time to read this!

Until next time!

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  1. I'm so glad I read this. Lately I have been looking at so many you tube tutorials and reading about what foundations are best because it's time for me to buy a new one.
    Thank you! The explanations were detailed and I love that we have similar skin so I don't have to basically guess what it's going to look like.

    1. Thank you so much for your feedback Paloma! I truly appreciate it. And I'm glad you found this post helpful! :D