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6 Of My Most Used Foundations

Very often, people ask me which is my favourite foundation. I find it very difficult to answer because there isn’t one I 100% truly love – they are many I like very much tho but I tend to hop around according to my skin’s condition that very day, my mood, the occasion and the finishing.

About a month of two ago, I went through my drawers to clear out some old foundations and foundations that didn’t work on me. I realised there are a few foundations that I actually go-to very often – it’s very easy to tell because they are all finishing. I wouldn’t say they are my favourite but I feel comfortable and confident having them on. And I know they will not fail on me.

I love base products and I think it makes a lot of difference to a look. I also love to explore different formulas and finishes – be it matte, velvet, radiant or dewy. I have enjoyed using each and every one them and I would surely repurchase them if I need to.

I have separated them into three categories; foundations that I reach out for almost every day, foundations that helped me combat dry, flaking skin problems and foundations that I generally love wearing during the evening. There are many more foundations that works brilliantly on the market and in my stash – this is the batch I have used religiously for the past year which I haven’t had the chance to share.

EVERYDAY

Foundations I know won’t go wrong and will look good on me. If I can’t think of which foundation to use, it would be either one of them. If I am in a rush, it would be either one of them. I trust them – they will give my enough coverage, even up my skin tone and make me look fresh.

  • Clarins Extra Firming Foundation SPF 15 [S$65 – 30ml, France] – [104 Cream]
    • Provides light-medium coverage, able to conceal minor flaws and even up my skin tone.
    • Blends easily and smells heavenly.
    • Gives a radiant, natural looking finish throughout the day.
    • Lasts approximately 6 hours with blotting in between.
    • I usually set this foundation with Clarins Hydra-Luminous Flawless Powder Foundation using a brush.
  • Lancôme Teint Miracle Natural Light Creator – Bare Skin Perfection [S$66 – 30ml, Japan] – [BO-02]
    • Provides medium coverage, able to conceal minor flaws, spots and even up my skin tone.
    • On “good skin days” I may not need a concealer at all.
    • Blends effortlessly onto the skin.
    • Gives a natural, flawless and luminous “perk me up” finish.
    • Lasts about 6 hours with blotting in between – oil control is so-so especially around my T-zone.
    • Works best with Lancôme La Base Pro Perfecting Makeup Primer and Lancôme Teint Miracle Loose Powder.

HYDRATING

I have combination and sensitive skin – due to lack of rest, too much travel or during that time of the month, the skin around my forehead, chin and cheeks can be exceptionally dry. These two foundations helped my dry, flaking skin appear more supple without emphasizing on the flaws.

  • Diorskin NUDE Natural Glow Hydrating Makeup SPF 10 [S$70 – 30ml, France] – [021] *reformulated
    • Provides sheer-light coverage, able to even up my skin tone.
    • Blends smoothly onto the skin with minimum effort.
    • I like how fresh and cooling it feels when applying.
    • Gives a natural, radiant and moist finish – which is very flattering and brightening during the day.
    • Lasts slightly over 5 hours with blotting in between.
    • I usually set this foundation with Diorskin NUDE Natural Glow Fresh Powder Makeup.
  • Shu Uemura Face Architect Illuminating Moisture Fluid Foundation [S$72 – 27ml, Japan] – [564 Medium Light Sand]
    • Provides medium coverage, coverage is adjustable and buildable – able to conceal minor flaws, spots and even up my skin tone.
    • Blends easily and quickly onto the skin.
    • Gives a dewy, moist finish before setting with powder.
    • Lasts approximately 6 hours with blotting in between.
    • Works wonderfully when paired with Shu Uemura UV Under Base Mousse and set with Shu Uemura Face Powder Matte.

EVENING

For tea or dinner dates, I like to go for a less radiant finish – I prefer working on a semi-matte to matte canvas and add some highlighter/contour to define my cheeks. Generally, I find semi-matte to matte finish looks better in the evening and in flash photography.

  • Bobbi Brown Natural Finish Long-Lasting Foundation SPF 15 PA++ [S$71 – 30ml, Japan] – [Beige 3] *discontinued
    • Provides light-medium coverage, able to conceal minor flaws and even up my skin tone.
    • Feels slightly heavy on the skin and requires a little more blending.
    • Gives a natural, semi-matte looking finish.
    • Lasts relatively well throughout the night, say about 8 hours – lasts about 4-6 hours during the day with heat.
    • I like to set it with Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder for more coverage.
  • Chanel Mat Lumiére Long-Lasting Luminous Matte Fluid Makeup SPF 15 [S$79 – 30ml, France] – [20 Clair] *discontinued
    • Provides medium-full coverage, coverage is adjustable and buildable – able to conceal flaws, spots and even up my skin tone.
    • Requires more blending as compared to the other foundations for day use.
    • Gives complexion a nice, smooth and even finish.
    • Able to control shine well throughout the night with minimal touch ups.
    • I set this foundation with Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder and bring Chanel Vitalumiére Éclat Comfort Radiance Compact Makeup out for touch ups.

Another question I get asked very often is – why do I need so many foundations? I actually don’t have an answer to that other than my love to explore the many formulas and finishes out there – as well as the technology behind. I like to play with textures and finishes when it comes to creating a look.

If I have shimmery smoky eyes, I will probably use a semi-matte or matte foundation instead of a luminous one as a contrast to make my eyes pop.

There are many new foundations launching every other month, I must admit, there are a few which have caught my attention. But I shall start exploring what’s in my foundation drawers first before purchasing more. I need to play with what I have now, a few very exciting ones.

I hope this little post helped in one way or the other. It’s about time to say goodbye to these 6 foundations – and they will surely be missed. Diorskin NUDE has a new and improved version, I can’t wait to try that and Bobbi Brown has a new long-lasting foundation to replace this one, I need to take a look at it too.

What are your most used foundations? Do you rotate your foundations or stick to one? Do you have a holy grail piece to share?

Thank you for reading.

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13 thoughts on “6 Of My Most Used Foundations

  1. I’ve probably mentioned this before but it’s kind of hard for me to find foundations for my skintone where I live, so when I travel, I almost always buy a bottle of foundation. I’m a base-product lover too, so I can relate to why you like to have many.

    Have you tried Illamasqua Skin Base? I tried it recently and it’s really, really nice for combination oily skin. It’s so easy to apply and blends like a dream. But I do use a primer – either NARS oil free primer or Estee Lauder’s Matte primer.

    I also got a sample of Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF 15 (very long name). It’s really nice. Gives me a ‘lit-from-within’ glow. I normally don’t like glowy skin since it translates to “oil” in my head, but it actually doesn’t look bad at all.

    Another foundation I’ve been a bit crazy about is NARS Sheer Glow. I didn’t really like it in the beginning but in colder weather, the glow keeps me from looking dull. I also have the exact shade in Sheer Matte formula but I find myself preferring Sheer Glow, despite having combination oily skin.

    I am yet to try a Dior foundation. I am so tempted 🙂 I did get a bottle of MAC’s Face & Body, since it’s available in a smaller bottle now, and I do like it but it works best with the Prep+Prime Natural Radiance primer. At least that’s what I have experienced.

    Thanks for such an interesting blog post. I shall end my essay now 😉

    • Hi Fieran,
      Thank you so much for sharing your experiences!!
      I have tried Illamasqua Skin Base twice, I think I have to explore it further to see how it could work on me – I have heard nothing but rave about this foundation..
      Both NARS and Estée Lauder primers sound interesting – haven’t tried any before =(
      Ok, I think your phrase “lit-from-within” has completely sold me on the BB foundation – I know, right? They have long names, even the Natural Finish … …
      Guess what?
      I prefer Sheer Glow to Sheer Matte too despite having combination skin!!
      So far, Dior foundations have not disappointed me – have tried Diorskin NUDE, Diorskin FOREVER and Capture Totale Sérum de Teint (sample) and I like all of them..
      I think you will like Diorskin FOREVER =)
      Oh, MAC Face & Body comes in smaller sizes?
      I remember loving this foundation when I was in the UK, I used up 2 big bottles!!
      Have been a long time and I think I should get one soon (if it comes in smaller bottles)..
      Happy mid-week Fieran =)

  2. I started out really liking Teint Miracle for it’s luminous finish but somehow along the way or with use I’ve stopped liking it. It’s a lovely foundation but I have no idea why the oil control is failing on me now, or perhaps I discovered Shu’s Smooth Fit which had a better oil control on me. But oh well, I try to give that bottle some love every now and then. Can’t deny it gives a glowy finish!

    • Hi Sara,
      How have you been?
      I guess it happens, some times I don’t like a foundation at first but ended up loving it..
      Ah, Shu Uemura Smooth Fit is one foundie I would love to try =)
      Happy mid-week dear xx

  3. i switched pretty often too as I’m a huge base lover too though I find myself buying more BB creams than foundation. My favorite to wear on the face is actually Estee Lauder’s Double wear foundation and Maybelline’s 8-in-1 BB cream but I’m almost out of my DW. although feeling a little sad to part with it, but I am excited to start exploring other foundations! 🙂

    • Hello Ashlyne,
      BB creams are awesome bases too, do you use them as a replacement to your foundie?
      Heard so much about Estée Lauder DW but have only tried DW Light, bought a bottle – FINALLY and I can’t wait to try it!!
      Happy mid-week xx

  4. I loved teint miracle for a while too, but I think it was hard to find the perfect shade when the seasons changed! Right now Nars Tinted Moisturizer is my favorite, but I just started looking around at foundations as well. I can see why you have so many, since it is hard to have a proper try of it without buying it! 🙂

    • I have heard so much about NARS Tinted Moisturizer but haven’t tried it..
      Does it have enough coverage?
      Strange that my shade changes even without tanning throughout the year, it’s great to have a variety =)
      Good luck in finding your new foundations!!
      xx

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