So I had an idea for a new series….nothing groundbreaking, but I want to start ranking my makeup. I do reviews and reviews and reviews, and I think some days, as readers (even me of other blogs), we wonder how these items rank. Which is your favourite? What do you own and what do you reach for the most? I thought I’d do these posts with my primers, eyeshadow palettes, foundations (shocker) and then some other odds and ends. If it’s something you’re interested in, and if you have suggestions for a category you’d like to see, let me know in the comments below.
Today we’re ranking foundations
So I already kind of gave this away in the title I guess, but today we’re talking about foundations. I’ll run through what I usually grab, why, how it wears, and where possible, I’ll direct you to a full review of the foundation. This is NOT a review post.
1. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup (RSP R600)
No saving the best for last, I’m starting with numero uno! This foundation needs no introduction, and I’ve actually done a review recently in THIS post. This is the foundation I grab automatically if I have an event, a date or I just want flawless makeup. I have had to stop myself from using this for work everyday, as this is literally all I want to use, all day, everyday.
This foundation wears well, looks airbrushed and also has the added benefit of containing an SPF. Go check out the full review and you’ll get some more info on why I love it.
2. L’Oreal Infallible 24Hr-Matte (RSP R215)
So I am easing back on the Double Wear, because I ain’t Kim K and I can’t afford to replace my Double Wear monthly….The L’Oreal Infallible 24Hr-Matte foundation is the next one that I reach for. This foundation has been a firm favourite on the blog since I started this blog. I will repurchase this every time I run out.
This is matte, it looks really good on the skin and it lasts for a full day of wear. I do experience some seperation on the chin towards the end of the day, but that is a problem area for me, and for the most part everything else is perfect. If you’re looking for a budget matte foundation, and you find your shade, this is the one!
3. Maybelline Fit Me! Matte and Poreless (RSP R102,95)
This foundation, technically I only use in conjunction with another foundation. The shade is a bit too dark for me, and I do find this one doesn’t control my oil as well as my L’Oreal Foundation. However, mixed with the L’Oreal Infallible 24hr-matte foundation, I think it’s an amazing combination. I don’t recommend that you head out to buy 2 foundations to mix, but it works for me when I buy the wrong shades, if they play well with others.
In Summer, the L’Oreal is a tad bit too light for me, so I always mix it with something a bit darker…this being my mixer of choice. Head on over to THIS post for a full review on the Maybelline Fit Me! foundation.
4. The Body Shop’s Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation (RSP R170)
This foundation technically should come in jointly with the L’Oreal foundation at number 3. Why doesn’t it? The shade doesn’t suit me at all, so I rarely use it. I find the formula is almost identical to the Infallible 24Hr-matte foundation, with the added benefit of tea tree to combat acne prone skin. If only I could find my perfect shade, I’d be able to wear this more often. I technically don’t reach for it, unless I need a mixer with another foundation.
This is an excellent foundation though and if you want a full review, check THIS post out.
5. Maybelline Superstay 24hr Full Coverage Foundation (RSP R185)
This foundation launch was something I was VERY excited about. However, as they were released I found there were not many shades available wherever I went. When you want to buy a newly released foundation…..patience is not a trait a Beauty Blogger displays. Eventually I found a shade that I knew was definitely going to be too dark for me, but I was desperate.
Shade not matching aside, this foundation applies beautifully! When I apply it, I am amazed at how good my skin looks! Full coverage, matte and flawless! However, by about the 6hr mark, the foundation seems to lift and is sitting on top of my skin….which is not how it looks in the morning. I also become very oily from the 6hr mark.
NOTE THOUGH: My skin is currently oilier than normal, not sure if that’s related to skin care I’m testing, but for now I’ll add this to the ever growing list of foundations to mix and use it in Winter.
6. Milani Conceal & Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation and Concealer (RSP R180)
This foundation, I go back and forth with. In Summer, it’s a BIG NO for me… I find this really greases me up and makes my pores look enormous. However, in Winter, this foundation will go from number 6, to number 1. So bear that in mind, it doesn’t work for me personally in warmer weather, but in cooler weather, it’s much kinder to my face. It’s a beautiful foundation and many beauty gurus claim it’s the best from the drugstore….they can’t all be wrong….right?
Just to clarify, it doesn’t mean because the foundation is ranked 6th, it’s the crappiest foundation in the world. This is just in order of preference, what I’d grab first, then 2nd, then 3rd, etc. Depending on my skin at the time: Is my skin more dry, oily, am I tanned, not tanned, etc.
Let me know if you’ve tried any of these foundations, what you think….and also which other makeup products you’d like me to rank next.