The Foundation Wardrobe


Hey everyone!

I thought I would run you through all the foundations I have in my collection at the moment. For some reason I've been hoarding them like nothing else recently, and I probably won't be able to get through them in the next year, but hey. I'm on the hunt for my number one foundation, and this really is the only way to find it.

Obviously, foundations are very subjective to the person using it, in terms of skin type and undertone. Bare in mind that when I speak about all of these, I have a fair/light neutral skin colour, and oily combination skin.

Sidenote: except for one, these foundations don't have SPF in them. It's sort of a general rule for me to steer clear of products with SPF in them. Some people will want to shoot me for saying that, but most SPF products honestly make me so oily and can even break me out sometimes. So I won't mention it with every foundation, now you know. 

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation - 1.1 N

Like many people, I caved for the Deciem brand and picked up the coverage foundation, as I thought that one would work best for my oily skin. I had heard it tends to oxidise, so when I went for 1.1 N (fair/neutral), I thought it would be a great shade match, as I have quite fair skin, but not super fair, and with that fact in mind I thought it would match me better. I'm actually quite surprised it doesn't really oxidise on me and this shade is just a tad too pale for me. I'm thinking of picking up a darker shade (1.2 N light neutral), as the undertone is perfect, just the shade is a bit too light for me.

Now, as for the formula: I'm so impressed with how an affordable foundation like this one can work so well. It applies really smoothly, it feels really light on the skin but has the most amazing coverage, and I love that it dries down to a semi-matte finish. It's exactly what I need for my particular skin. It doesn't even cling to dry patches all too much, which is amazing.

If you're similar in skin type to me, make sure to check it out, as it's a real stunner. I love how they have 4 different undertones in their foundations as well, and I feel like most people will find their shade match.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation - N°51 Light Vanilla

I've gone through an entire bottle of this foundation before, and I absolutely loved it in summer, but only with a mattifying primer underneath. It can be quite dewy on the skin, which I'm usually not about. It's more for the shade match that I got this product, as I think it's rare for me to find a good match at the drugstore, especially in Bourjois foundations (since they almost never stock the lightest shade here in Belgium and all of the foundations are quite orange toned). It has quite a neutral undertone, and I think they even do a shade that's lighter than this one as well, so maybe even super fair people will find their match!

I think this foundation will work well for a lot of different skin types. Like I said, if you're more on the oily side, definitely make sure you use a mattifying primer underneath. I loved wearing it with the Benefit PoreFessional primer personally. Also make sure you powder well afterwards.

The coverage is medium and buildable, that's another reason why I like it so much. On days where I still want good coverage, but I have some dry patches going on and my other full-coverage, more matte foundations won't do it for me, this one comes in handy.

l'Oréal True Match Foundation - 1.5 N

Another great, neutral toned foundation for me is this particular drugstore foundation. Although it's not as cheap as you would expect from a drugstore brand, I think it's definitely worth checking out for the shade range. They go quite pale and also have an amazing range of darker shades. The coverage is medium, as it's a bit more of a runny consistency.

The finish is quite in-between, I'd say. It's not super dewy, it's not matte, it's not cakey, it's not super hydrating either. It sits somewhere in the middle, so it will be great for normal skin types, dry skin types as well, and even oily skin types can get away with it, in combination with the right primer and powder.

l'Oréal Infallible Longwear Shaping Stick - 120 Rose Vanilla

I was always up for trying a good stick foundation, but never knew if they would work for me personally. I was so chuffed to see the drugstore had started making them as well and I couldn't resist trying this l'Oréal one. I must say I didn't expect it to be this good. It has great coverage but still feels very light on the skin, it's so quick and easy to apply and spreak out, and the shade is only every so slightly too dark (but with the right undertone for me. It was the lightest one available in store here in Belgium).

The only downside to it is that I'm used to setting my foundation with a powder. When I use a bit too much powder, it will feel so cakey and heavy. I need to be very careful with the dosage of my products whenever I'm using this foundation. But I must say it's a very good one. It wears well throughout the day, too, and I'm sure it's an easy one to travel with. Will definitely be looking into more stick foundations in the future.

Cover FX Power Play Foundation - N20

Although described as fair/light neutral on FeelUnique, I think this one leans a bit more pink toned than all the other foundations mentioned in this post. That is, when I swatch it on my hand. I don't really notice it when it's on my face, to be honest.

The consistency of this foundation is quite thick and heavy, so I recommend applying this with a damp sponge instead of a brush. It does give you amazng coverage and I find it wears really well throughout the day. After a work day of 8 hours, it was still all in place, and the few areas that had lost a bit of coverage, still looked okay. This is definitely what I need from a foundation! Its finish it semi-matte, I'd say, and wears well with a setting powder. For some reason, a cream pot concealer doesn't seem to go well with it, though. I'm not sure why that is, but it's just what I've experienced. Maybe two thick formulas don't go well together... Just be wary of that before you go to use it.

BareMinerals BarePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation - 04 Aspen

This is also quite a new discovery for me personally. I picked it up after reading a review on Ana Céline's blog, as she claimed it dried to a natural matte finish, with high coverage and great longevity. I had to try that out for myself.

Now I must say it dries a lot more matte than I expected it to, considering the consistency is quite watery. I need to use quite a lot of product to build up coverage but it looks really beautiful on my skin. The shade I picked was described as fair/neutral on the FeelUnique website, which is why I picked it out, but I find it leans quite yellow still. I can make it work though.

This is probably one of the only foundations with SPF that I get on with. I usually react to SPF on my face, but this one definitely doesn't break me out. I reckon this foundation is perfect for the summer months.

BareMinerals BarePro Performance Wear Powder Foundation - 02 Dawn

I'd been on the lookout for a good powder foundation for a while before I stumbled upon this one. I sometimes like to wear a light base, when my skin is having a good day, so I'll just go for concealer on the blemishes and a powder foundation on top. I absolutely love the formula of this one, it covers up every so slightly but mostly evens out my skin tone just that little bit. I wouldn't use a setting powder when I'm only wearing concealer, as I still want to create a nice base for my other powder products to sit on.

This is also a great product to keep in your handbag for touchups throughout the day. It comes with a flat sponge applicator, so you don't have to worry with brushes or anything.

The shade of this one matches me well, it being a powder. It looks a tiny bit too pink toned for me (although it's described as a fair/neutral warm shade) but because the coverage is so sheer and with it being a powder, it really still looks okay and I can get away with it. As the 04 Aspen shade is a bit too yellow (see above), I'll probably pick up the 03 Champagne as soon as I run out of this one, for future reference.

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation - Ivory

Last but not least, some of my absolute favourite foundation finishes, the Born This Way always manages to make my skin look perfect. The only downside is that I still haven't found the correct shade match yet. It's not easy to get hold of Too Faced where I live, so I only ever get it when I'm in the UK. The shades available in store are not that great, so I got the one in "Vanilla" first, which was a bit too dark but had a great undertone, and now I have "Ivory", which is lighter but surprisingly yellow toned. I wish it would say the undertones mentioned on the website, so I could get a good shade match, but Department Store lighting is the worst for shade matching.

The foundation has great coverage in my opinion, but it will always look natural and it stays on really well. 

And that's all for my foundation collection! Let me know if you've tried any of these, or have recommendations for me based on what I prefer. I'd love to know what you think would work for me.

Lots of love,

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