Thursday, 13 March 2014

Foundations Repurchased

It occurred to me this week that I hadn't done a foundation post in quite a long time. Maybe it's because I'm not a daily-foundation-wearing type of girl, but I think that I sometimes take it for granted that I've managed to find a few foundations that really work with my skin. Now don't get me wrong, there are still plenty of bases out there that I'm really keen to try, but I thought that I would take today as an opportunity to share with you three of my favourite foundations that have withstood the test of time and I have repurchased time and time again.

01 Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturiser £33.50 (purchase here)

If I remember correctly, this was one of the very first foundations that I went and bought back when I was sixteen. I've always been blessed with pretty good skin, so I wasn't ready for something super heavy, but I still wanted to even out my skin tone. I love the even coverage that this gives and the way that it can be built up. I would definitely recommend the oil-free version as it still gives a really dewy finish, even when my skin gets a little drier over the winter months - although I must admit that I'm yet to try the oil version.

This foundation isn't without its cons and when I wear it for a few hours, there are days that it clings to any dry patches that I may have. The other thing that I have noticed is that when you first squeeze the product out of the tube it can have a bit of a weird smell that I'm not particularly fond of. The pros definitely outweigh the cons, though. I would recommend this to anyone with combination-oily skin, but remember to apply with a brush and set with powder on a hot day!

02 Nars Sheer Glow Foundation £31 (purchase here)

Nars Sheer Glow has to be my all-time favourite foundation. Admittedly there are still hundreds of foundations on the market waiting to be slapped on my face, but I love the finish that it gives. I definitely would not describe this foundation as sheer; if anything it is a little thick, but the glow is undeniable. What I love about this is that you can use just a little to even out your skin tone for a lovely, natural look, or layer it up for a flawless, photoshopped complexion. The temptation with this can definitely be to put on a little too much because it looks so darn good, but a few hours down the line, especially once you've put on your setting powder on, it doesn't look quite as nice. I would recommend starting out with a little in good lighting and then building up the coverage.

The lasting power of this foundation is fantastic, so it's the first one I'll go to for a night out. Plus if you anticipate lots of pictures being taken it will be your best friend; its lack of SPF will help to avoid that dreaded 'ghost-face' syndrome. If I had to pick a flaw for the foundation, I wish that the colour range was a little broader, but I'm scraping the barrel here. It was a great buy!

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation £9 (purchase here)

Foundations are one thing that I do like to spend a little more money on, but that's not to say that I haven't found some great drugstore foundations in my time. This is my cheaper foundation of choice right now, and I find that like Nars Sheer Glow it gives a subtle radiance to the skin. I'm sure that in the bottle the formula has tiny shimmer particles, but I've never noticed anything resembling glitter when it's on my face. This also has a much thinner formula and lighter coverage to my Nars foundation, but that's what I prefer for day to day. My favourite way to wear this at the moment is to use over the top of my cream contour and highlighter to blend it all out.

I think that this would be a brilliant starter foundation for any teenagers out there, plus it won't break the bank! I'm not sure that I would recommend this for super oily skin, although I wore it over the summer with success and it looks great when my skin is drier in the winter. Good job, Rimmel!

Do you have an all-time favourite foundation?
Which one should I try next?

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Jade said...

I've been wanting the NARS Sheer Glow FOREVER but I just can't bring myself to spend the money. But when you say stuff like 'the glow is undeniable' I feel the need to go buy it IMMEDIATELY. Lol. Thanks for the great post *adds another item to wishlist*.

Emily said...

I was so worried at first, but I haven't looked back since! It definitely encourages me to save it for special occassions :) x

Karen said...

I really want to try out the rimmel wake me up foundation! My favourite foundation at the moment is smashbox liquid halo hd it's long-lasting and oil free it also gives a very natural look.

Just started following you on bloglovin. Would love it if you could check out my blog :)


Victoria said...

My favourite foundation is MUFE HD - amazing stuff but I'm also a fan of Rimmel's Wake Me Up - in fact I'm inspired to dig this out and give it a whirl tomorrow. I've just recently discovered a Foundation from No 7 which is pretty good and I've been wearing daily since it's purchase.

Koofa said...

So many British beauty products I NEED! I'd love to try the Rimmel foundation someday.

Emily said...

It's a wonderful foundation :)
I've never tried that one I have to say, I'm hoping at some point to be able to splash out on a couple of new items so I may have a look into that one!

Thanks for commenting, and of course I will check out your blog x

Emily said...

It's probably my most frequently used at the moment, so I'd definitely recommend it if you ever get the chance :) x