Perhaps one of the oldest makeup products, foundation is one that carries its name quite well. It has come a long way, from being a means to whiten skin (waddup Queen Victoria, I see your ceruse), to being used to cover irritations, bumps and scars, and to correct and unify skin tone. And no matter how much confidence and self-esteem we possess, we all need now and then a good foundation on which to build a makeup look. Thanks to science, nowadays we can even dare to reap some skin care benefits from some foundations. With these attributes in mind, today I want to share with you 3 foundations that I absolutely love.
#1: Maybelline Fit Me Dewy+Smooth
With an SPF 18, this is a favourite for summer weather, but even during winter months due to its hydrating formula, which claims to soften rough patches on dry and dehydrated skin. It comes in 16 shades ranging from light to deep. It is a light to medium coverage, but I’ve noticed it can be tricky to build up if you want a full coverage. It smells rather neutral, but I wouldn’t say that it doesn’t have a scent at all, so don’t confuse the “Fragrance free” inscription for a promise of zero scent. Fragrance free simply means that no fragrances were used to conceal a stronger smell in the original formula.
Out of all 3, I find this foundation to be the least clingy, and relatively easier to remove with some makeup remover and a cotton pads; the bottle does say it is non-comedogenic, and I believe this is true as I find I have to scrub my black heads less frequently when I use it over an extend period of time. The finish is most definitely dewy and fresh, almost luminous I would say. I find it best applied with a Beauty Blender or a stippling brush. I’ve had the opportunity to try it for quite some time in humid New York City climate, and surprisingly, “dewy” in this foundation did not transform into “sweaty”. All in all, a great product that I will definitely keep in my kit.
Price: 7,99 USD for 30ml*
Targeted skin type: Normal to dry
#2: The Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
Probably named as such due to its containing apricot, melon and apple extracts, this drugstore foundation is a medium buildable coverage which comes in 8 shades, including 2 deep ones. The formula claims to have skincare benefits thanks to the fruit contents, which are also responsible for a fruity smell that persists long after application. The foundation also contains crystalline pigments which are meant to give a glow to the finished look.
I personally loved this about it from the first application, but I could imagine some people may find it a bit too oily looking, so this is definitely a question of preference. The low viscosity of the liquid made the application very easy to work with, and left a flawless finish even when I applied it a foundation brush. As with any foundation, I used a primer under this one, and with that it lasted 6 hours, which is far from the 16 hours the brand promises. But then again, wearing foundation for 16 hours can’t be a good idea in any case, so I didn’t really mind. The only problem I have with this foundation is that it takes a longer to dry, which makes it less practical if I’m on the go and need to apply bronzer or any other powder products. This, in addition to it not containing SPF make it my favourite foundation for evenings.
Price: 13,50 euros/dollars for 30 ml*
Targeted skin type: Not mentioned
#3. The Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation
This light to medium coverage foundation also doubles as a medium SPF at 25 PA++ (UVA and UVB protection). It is available in 10 shades, including a deep one. The formula is oil-free, which is great for acne prone skin, although I can’t guarantee other ingredients won’t break you out. It also includes Carrageenan, a seaweed extract containing vitamins, and which helps protect from UV rays, as well as dymethicone, commonly used in cosmetics to treat dry skin. However, because skin is conditioned by environment, diet and hormones, the skin care effects will likely vary. I can’t claim that I’ve seen any changes to my skin from using this particular product, then again it is a makeup product, not a skin care one.
What I do know and love about this foundation is that it gave me a healthy, hydrated look whenever I used it on my dry skin last winter. I don’t reach out for it as much now that my skin is tanned, but that’s nothing a little bronzer can’t fix. I prefer to apply it first with my fingers to get the coverage I need, then I like to use a Beauty Blender to blend away any excess. It last for a good amount of time before retouches are required, and since I never use powder to set my foundation *gasp*, I would imagine it could last longer than my personal record of 6 hours. In short, this is a must have in winter for dry skins, if you want a healthy, natural look and are willing to shell some extra dollars/euros for it.
Price: 36 dollars/euros for 30ml*
Targeted skin type: Dry/Dull
I hope these reviews were helpful if you are on the lookout for a good foundation this season. Let me know in the comment what your favourite foundation is, and if you’ve tried any of these, feel free to share your opinion as well 🙂
*: Prices vary widely, depending on where you are, so try to look online and compare prices for the best deals.
The Foundry girl.
Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. I purchased all products myself, and my views are based on my own experience.