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Tuesday 30 December 2014

My Foundation Wardrobe

As a blogger, one thing I do enjoy testing and trailing is foundation. My makeup drawers house a rather sizeable collection of different bottles and I often go through phases where I'll use a certain one before moving swiftly on to my next obsession. However, I've come to realise that I have a little 'dream team' of four different foundations/base products that I always seem to come back to.  Depending on what my skin needs, what season we're in or what sort of occasion it is, I'll chop and change which of the four I use throughout the year - each one serves a different purpose and I never feel at a loss as to what to reach for...I think I've managed to tick every box when it comes to my foundation needs! Since I posted my 'Autumn/Winter Blush Wardrobe' not so long ago (you can find that here), I had the bright idea of putting together a post all about my foundation wardrobe - in other words, my selection of truly trustworthy base products I have on hand for every event or occasion... If you're looking for something new to try, hopefully this post might give you a bit of inspiration!

Nars // Sheer Glow Foundation // £31.00 // Link
This product features quite heavily on my blog as it's probably my most used foundation.  Out of the four, it offers the most coverage so I opt for this one whenever I'm craving a super flawless base or if I need something for a special event or occasion.  However, I also use it as a daily foundation throughout the winter months (personally I find it a little too much for daily wear in summer) so it's very versatile and isn't overly heavy.  I find it quite buildable too - depending on how much you use, you can go for a very subtle glowy look, or build it up for a full coverage, flawless appearance. It contains no SPF so it's my go-to for whenever I'm off on a night out or any event where I'll be taking photographs - it pictures really nicely and blurs out imperfections in an instant.  Whilst it's not a dewy foundation as the name would suggest, I love the subtle glow it gives to my skin - it provides that much coveted airbrush finish whilst not appearing too matte or one-dimensional. I have a full review of it here.

Yves Saint Laurent // Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation //  £30.50 // Link
This was the first high-end foundation I truly fell in love with.  In fact, I have an ancient review of it from over 2 years ago (you can find it here) and I'm still head over heels in love with it now.  This really is my perfect everyday, any time of year foundation and the fact I've never been without a bottle since I first bought it speaks volumes.   It's perfect for dull skin days as it instantly awakens your complexion and gives you such a healthy, radiant 'lit from within' appearance.  A lot of people comment on the wear time with this foundation but I actually find it quite long-lasting...provided you apply a good primer beforehand (it works very well with Loreal's Studio Secrets Primer which I have a review of here) you're good to go and I've never had any issues with it.  It looks fresh all day.  It blends seamlessly into the skin so its perfect if you want the natural look, and it also contains SPF so it's great for use through summertime. It feels almost weightless on the skin due to the moisturising, light consistency (very good for dry skin days) and has a truly buildable finish.  I also love the packaging - it's very weighty, feels expensive and just screams luxury.  

Benefit // Big Easy BB Cream // £27.50* // Link
I'll admit that this one wasn't an instant winner for me.  I have a full review from a while back (link) and although I liked it, it's obvious in my review that I wasn't completely sold.  However, as soon as the height of summer rolled around and I jetted away to hotter climates - my opinion of it soared.  I actually featured this is my 'summer saviours' post here, and it's definitely my go-to base for warmer months.  It's so easy to use as you just apply with your fingers and it melts into the skin, blending easily and providing a matte finish. It might not for you if you have dry skin as it can cling if you haven't had time to moisturise properly beforehand, however, if you're looking for something to balance the skin and control oil - this is a complete winner.  I wore this in Greece when I went on a day trip as I was aware I'd be in a few photographs and didn't want to go completely bare skinned - and even though it was super hot outside, my skin looked near perfect all day without feeling weighed down whatsoever - it definitely does a top job at controlling shine and the high SPF factor came in very handy.  This is a good one if you're rushing about travelling or have a long day at work ahead, but for me it has to be my suitcase essential and it will certainly be my partner in crime for next summer. It served me well this year!

Bourjois // 123 Perfect CC Cream // £7.69 // Link
Again, this is a product that's featured a few times on my blog - I have a review of it in my recent 'Drugstore Gems' post here and also featured it in a Bourjois Releases post here if you want to read up more about it.  This product seriously wowed me.  It's very similar to the YSL Touche Eclat Foundation in terms of consistency and even smells similar.  I've been using this quite a bit just recently as I find it provides me with a good coverage at the same time as keeping any dry areas feeling moisturised - it covers blemishes surprisingly well and works amazingly at covering dark circles.  If I want a good coverage but don't fancy spending time applying my Nars Sheer Glow - I always opt for this as it's just a little easier and quicker.  There's just something about it that works wonders for my skin and it gives me such a dewy yet flawless coverage.  I always apply a touch of powder to ensure it stays put but again, provided I've prepped my skin properly - the wear-time is really impressive.

There's definitely a few more foundations I'll be testing in the new year.  I have Armani's Luminious Silk right at the top of my wish list, as well as Laura Mercier's Silk Creme and BareMinerals' Original Powder foundation.  I'll be sure to do an updated post if these manage to make it into my foundation favourites in 2015...

What are your favourite foundations?


  1. Everyone seems to love the Nars Foundation but it just doesn't work well with my skin, it's such a shame. I will have to try the others you have mentioned on this post and see if I have any more luck.


  2. Got to be covered for for New Year - also just made a post about New Year hair xx.

  3. Must try the NARS foundation :)

  4. the benefit and ysl both look amazing xx

  5. Love Mac's foundation face and body

  6. I wasn't completely sold on Nars Sheer Glow when I first got it because it was a little too shiny for my oily skin, but now it's winter I love it! The YSL one was my first high end foundation too - great picks! xx

    Lipgloss & Lashes

  7. great reviews and really insightful :) i need to try that NARS foundation!

    Rachel // Style Soup

  8. Love this post, I'm on the hunt for a new foundation and this has really helped make up my mind! Nars Sheer glow it is!

    Charlotte from xx

  9. Everyone raves about the Nars Sheer Glow foundation, I'm definitely going to have to give it a go!
    Jodie // La Lune Song

  10. I adore the Nars Sheer Glow foundation although i'm yet to try any of the other bases, I may have to add them to my wishlist now though! Thanks for sharing!

    Heather, porcelainbeautyx

  11. I really need to try Nars Sheer Glow, I've moved on from YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat to the Fusion Ink which I love.

    L x


  12. I'v heard sooo many good things about Nars Sheer Glow.. I think I will have to give it a try! xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  13. I was a bit put off by the Benefit one at first, but I seem to be warming to it!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  14. this has made me want to try the YSL & bourjois products. Great post! X

  15. My mum got the Nars foundation for Christmas as I would never justify spending the money myself so I'm desperate to use hers and try it, then I might buy it for myself! It sounds AMAZING!!
    x x | daisydaisyxxo

  16. Now i want to try Nars and Bourjois...

    XO Mabes |

  17. I've always wanted to try the Big Easy! It looks amazing. :)

    Watching for Pigs on the Wing

  18. Ive always wanted to try sheer flow and nars tinted moisturizer, as well as that cc cream from bourjois which sadly isnt available in my country, i havent found a fundation i absolutely adore, but the two i always go back for, are bourjois healthy mix serum and skin79 bb creams, but right now im on the hunt for a new foundation! Great post! X

  19. I've put off picking up the Bourjois CC cream for too long! It sounds so amazing. x

  20. Ahhh Beth we're foundation twins! These four are my go-to as well! I've just ran out of my NARS & YSL though (nightmare) but the Bourjois CC cream is seeing me through until I repurchase! I can't believe how amazing it is for such a cheap product - definitely compareable to more high end foundations! Loved this post :) xxx.

  21. You're so lucky to have benefit foundation suit your skintone it turns me bright orange :(
    My current favourites are Laneige Whitening Cushion (you have to try a cushion if you haven't already - your summer makeup will be transformed)
    And By Terry Densiliss Foundation (my naughty purchase, I feel extremely fancy wearing it!)


  22. I just bought the Nars sheer glow the other day (after hearing lots of bloggers rave about it) and so far I love it! I wouldn't use it every day because some days seem like a waste of make up but love it for a night out x

    Victoria | VIXWILL

  23. Love this post, I still haven't found a foundation I completely love so these recommendations have been really helpful. I'd love to try Sheer Glow! :)
    Maeve // Thrift O'Clock

  24. Totally agree about the Bourjois CC cream - it's amazing, has much better coverage than I thought it would. I also love the Rimmel Match Perfection, which I prefer to some of my more expensive foundations.

    Mary //

  25. I have been trying out the Nars Sheer Glow at the moment, but I can't decide whether I like it or not. I love seeing what people's favourite foundaitons are though x

  26. I really want to try the benefit foundation it looks amazing! Lovely post xx

    Beauty Girl

  27. I'm obsessed with Bourjois CC cream at the moment it's such a good product for the price!

  28. My favorite at the moment is Nars Sheer Glow, but I definitely want to give that YSL one a go :) Lovely post! Cannot wait to see what you get up to, and what new foundations you try, in 2015!

    Beautyosaurus Lex 

  29. Thinking of picking up nars sheer glow tomorrow, although I'm not sure...i'm a dewy base lover, but it sounds so good! xx

    Beauty Soup || UK Beauty Blog

  30. Nars is my all time favourite foundation, I don't know why I didn't try it sooner! But I do agree that a lighter one is sometimes needed for hot weather. I'm going to give Benefits a go this summer. I love full coverage though so I struggle to fall in love with them! x

    Through New Eyes | Beauty Blog

  31. I heard a lot of great things about Nars foundation, definitely must to try it.

  32. I really need to try NARS sheer glow, everyone seems to rave about it! Great post!

    Claudia xx | Beauty and the Chic

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