If you’re after a recommendation of which foundation to use then I can’t help you. All I can do is tell you MY personal skin type and which ones I’ve used recently that I liked and which ones don’t work (for me).
Firstly: I hate buying foundation.
I have tried a tonne of foundations over the years. I’ve tried BB Creams, CC Creams, tinted moisturisers, light coverage foundations, full coverage foundations and I am sure there’s one out there absolutely perfect for me… but I haven’t found it. Yet.
I like a glowy look, but I can’t stand to get a greasy forehead. I like to hide my flaws, but can’t stand a super full coverage. I like a light texture, but I find that because my skin on my chin and cheeks and around my nose is dry, it ends up looking patchy. I like to set my face, but I don’t like it to look cakey.
My skin type is combination/sensitive, dry cheeks, oily forehead and nose but I need regular exfoliation because my skin around my nose and chin gets extra dry too and this doesn’t mix well with lighter make up. I don’t get spots often, normally the few days before and during my period but usually I’m pretty clear. The ones I do get I can cover up easily.
My everyday make up routine changes on the regular. It depends on how I feel, how my skin feels and how refreshed I look. If I’m looking a bit dull and spotty, then I’ll reach for my foundation, if I’m feeling smooth and hydrated, then I’ll use a tinted moisturiser or BB/CC Cream.
Moisturiser. Is. Key.
Find one you love and stick to it. Use it regularly along with a regular skin care routine. I use a flannel on my face every day in the morning and evening. I have softer ones and more exfoliating ones depending on my skin, but I do use them daily. I use several moisturisers depending on how I feel, I am in the process of considering purchasing some Creme De La Mer… I’m sure I’ll decide one way or another and post about it but right now I’m using a mixture of Decleor Neroli oil, Hydra Floral and original Astral cream. I find that Astral (an oldie but a goodie) stops my skin feeling dry but it’s not great for daywear due to it being so rich.
Ultimately, I’d love to just wake up and go out without having to use a foundation and just go with my natural skin. There are some lucky people out there, but I’m not quite there yet. Plus, I do like to make myself up and I don’t think it would stop me playing around with highlighters and eyebrow pencils etc.
So. Here goes. I’ll work alphabetically:
Bourjoir 123 Perfect CC Cream (shade: beige Clair) – the texture is light, like a tinted moisturiser. The smell is a pretty standard make up smell without, but also light. It’s a lighter coverage and sits well on your skin but isn’t very nourishing. It also doesn’t sit well on its own. It needs setting which defeats the object of a tinted moisturiser if you have to set it with powder. The SPF is 15. Currently £9.99 from Superdrug.
L’Oreal Lumi Magique Light Infusing Foundation (shade: rose pearl) – this is light and watery. A little goes a LONG way. I don’t like this because it’s drying on my skin and ends up looking patchy even with setting. It hardly smells though, which I’m unsure is a good or a bad thing. SPF 18. Currently £10.99 from Boots.
Max Factor Skin Luminizer Foundation (shade: natural) – this is creamy and thick. I unfortunately bought this a while ago when I was tanned and now it doesn’t suit me. Far too orange. It has hardly no smell and it stays fairly put throughout the day. I like this Foundation for a slightly higher coverage day. It’s not apparent that this has an SPF. If it does it’s not clearly written on the bottle. Currently £11.99 from Superdrug.
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser (shade: Finland Light 1) – this one is gorgeous. It’s light and creamy and it feels nice on the skin. It smells like orange blossom and it shouldn’t be set using powder if you want to get the dewy finish. You can set it though and it works fine. I like to wear this when it’s sunny and I’m not really doing much because if you spend too long in it then the touching of your face will rub it off. SPF 30. Th slightly pricier one out of the bunch, coming in at £30.00 from SpaceNK.
Rimmel Good To Glow Highlighter (shade: 003 soho glow) – this is a highlighter for on holiday. If your skin is tanned then this works lovely in small amounts. It is a very light gel texture with super fine shimmer particles in it. No SPF but I would imagine that you put it on over your regular sun cream if you’re on your hols! Currently £4.99 from Boots.
Rimmel Wake Me Up Anti-Fatigue Concealer (shade: 010 Ivory) – I use this under my eyes and it is okay. I still haven’t found a corrector for under eyes that doesn’t crease but here’s hoping! It is a good product though, as it was recommended on many a YouTube video. No visible SPF. Currently £5.49 from Superdrug.
Two things I forgot to mention:
NYX Pro Foundation Mixer (shade: Olive) – I found this a while ago before I went on holiday and have to say it’s a really good buy. You basically mix a tiny amount into your usual foundation and mix it together. It saves you having to buy two different colours the foundations for when you’re in varying stages of becoming tanned. On its own it’s quite a hi coverage and it’s also quite thick which means you literally only need to tiniest little dab of it. This is £8.00 and available from most Boots stores along with here at Cult Beauty.
Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder (shade: translucent) – I got this from Space NK a few months ago and it’s amazing! Again, I’d heard loads about it from YouTube so when the woman suggested a setting powder do me I guessed it would be the Laura Mercier! You can bake with it and you can also touch up your make up with it throughout the day. It gives a lift to your face without looking cloggy. I absolutely love love love it!! This is again on the pricier side at £29.00 but it will last you an absolute age! #worthit
If you want to buy any of these, please go ahead. Just because some of them didn’t work for me doesn’t mean they won’t for you. If anyone would like to recommend a foundation or concealer (or any product) for my skin type then please comment below.
Thanks for reading!