Covering All Bases: Foundation & Tinted Moisturiser
I never used to really care about foundation, to be honest. It was always one of those sort of more boring products that needed to be applied before you got onto the more fun stuff like eyeshadow, blush and lip products. Of course, I now realise how important a flawless looking base is in enhancing your overall makeup look and appearance, and only just recently, I've come to really love foundation just as much as my other more colourful makeup products.
For the longest time, I was using MAC Studio Fix Fluid as I used to suffer from really bad acne and it was the best foundation at covering those awful spots and scarring. When I got my acne under control, I found it to be too thick and heavy for my liking and wanting a change, I decided to try out NARS Sheer Glow. I won't go into too much detail about it as I have a more in-depth full review of it here, but since it came into my life almost two years ago, I've gone through a couple of bottles of it, so the relationship between Sheer Glow and I is still going strong. As it's clay-based, sometimes this foundation can highlight any dryness on my skin, but apart from that, there's really nothing bad I can say about this foundation because it really is everything I could ever ask for in one.
Chanel Vitalumière Aqua was one of those foundations I was always on the fence with when it came to deciding to buy it or not. Some people loved it, some said the coverage was too light. Who was I to believe?! As I have pretty well behaved skin these days, I decided to take a chance on this foundation and this ended up being one of the best chances I've ever taken in my life. I know that's quite a dramatic statement to make, but that's just how good this foundation is. In the shade 40 Beige, Chanel Vitalumière Aqua is very light and blends so effortlessly. It doesn't even look like you're wearing foundation and instead, it appears to enhance the natural beauty of your skin. If you have problematic skin, this may not be the kind of foundation you're after, but if you love the natural look, you need this. As a water-based foundation, this means that it doesn't have the best lasting power, but the benefits of this truly beautiful foundation totally outweigh the one downside. I know some people also dislike fragranced cosmetics, but the scent of Vitalumière Aqua is so light and fresh, and not overpowering at all. Worth every single penny.
Wanting to try out another higher coverage foundation, Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation first came to mind as I don't think I've ever read a bad review on it. I'm in the shade Cashew Beige and if you're after a flawless base that reduces the appearance of scarring and redness, this is perfect. As a higher coverage foundation, the consistency is quite thick, yet it somehow never looks cakey and instead simply offers a radiant flawless complexion. Silk Crème and NARS Sheer Glow are my go-to foundations when I'm after a higher coverage long-lasting look because whether it's a long shift at work, going out for dinner and drinks or a music festival, both these foundations just stay in place without having to touch up whatsoever.
The newest addition to my little collection of foundations is YSL Le Teint Touché Éclat Foundation. For a while I had been tossing up between this and the YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation, but as a lover of the original Touche Éclat and that gorgeous glass bottle with the gold top, I decided to spend my Myer One voucher on the former. The majority of the reviews I read on this foundation claimed it to be light in coverage, however, I find it to be medium and with a little more product, it's very easy to build upon. The sales assistant who colour matched me to B30, told me Le Teint Touché Éclat doesn't contain fillers and unsure of what that exactly meant, she explained that unlike most foundations that mask the skin, this instead brightens and conceals the overall appearance of your complexion by enhancing the natural beauty of your skin. With or without a primer, the staying power is incredible and if super high coverage foundation just isn't for you, this may be your cup of tea instead.
When it comes to tinted moisturiser, there isn't a huge difference the two I use. As the name suggests, the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser adds more radiance and has a dewier appearance in comparison to the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser. I have the oil free offering of the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser as oil free products provide more coverage than those that aren't. In the shade Alaska in NARS and Nude in Laura Mercier, for sheer coverage bases, I find both of these tinted moisturisers quite long lasting, though I always make sure to set them with powder. Naturally, I have to use a little more concealer to cover up any redness or hyper pigmentation, but that isn't a huge deal when I'm after a lighter coverage look in this heat that's hot enough to melt high coverage foundation off. If you're unsure of which tinted moisturiser to go with, it all comes down to your skin type. Those of you with dryer skin may enjoy the NARS one more as it adds radiance, while oilier girls may prefer Laura Mercier.
As for BB creams, CC creams and whatever the hell letter they're up to now creams, I'm just not interested in them. I get skincare benefits from my actual skincare and I think marketers have turned what used to be an interesting niche market into a complete gimmick. When you cash in on a product and suck it for all its worth, it only ruins the name and makes it appear untrustworthy. As for other bases I want to try, I've got my eyes on Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation when a bottle or two of my current ones have been emptied.
What are your favourite foundations and tinted moisturisers?