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My Four Favourite Foundations

There are four foundations that have made a phenomenal effect on my makeup base and each one of them will be a constant repurchase of mine. Each foundation has been a favourite for different reasons and all have unique qualities that make them a product you should own. I am a terrible hoarder of foundations and am always tempted to purchase the newest in the shops. For this post, it took me a good hour to rummage through the countless bottles I own  and decipher which are my current favourites. Having said that, the hard task was succeeded and finally I have chosen my two favourite drugstore and two favourite high end foundations, out of my collection. Read on to find out why these 4 made the list...



L'oreal Infallible Sculpt:

As a lover of contouring and foundations, when I heard this product was hitting the shops I, kid you not, literally sped to Boots. Firstly I heard of the product through many bloggers that attended the press release of the 'Sculpting range', which each product was presented and utilised by Kim Kardashian's make up artist Mario Dedivanovic. The tag line 'contouring base foundation' was initially what drew me to this wonderful product and I am so glad that I caved. It is a light coverage with a satin-finish foundation that ensures flawless-looking skin without looking caked and painted. It is extremely blendable and buildable and my skin genuinely did not reject it. When I got to Boots, I was alarmed to see that it actually only came in two shades. Yes, my eyes were scanning the counter to make sure I was reading it correctly. But it does actually only come in two shades and they are, light-medium and medium-dark. The point is that the product incorporates smart pigments that instantly match your skin's colour. I swatched both in the store and the one that instantly suited me more so was the medium-dark shade. The best quality of this product is that it does not feel like you have any product on your face at all, which is clearly due to it being half as thin as a regular foundation. The question you're all probably wondering is: does it actually prepare for the perfect contour? I can certify this is absolutely factual. Somehow L'oreal have created a product capable of magic. It fuses my base with my contour like they were a match made in heaven.  

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation: 

At the beginning of 2016, I think matte foundations had taken its toll on my skin. It was beginning to look dull, dry and lifeless. I had seen Lisa Eldrige, the famed makeup artist, had done a foundation masterclass on YouTube, so I quickly clicked the video named 'Foundations for Dry and Very Dry skin'. On a student budget, I just scanned down the list and took note of the most affordable. Having said that, Lisa herself uses the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum religiously and even has used it on the likes of Alexa Chung. I went for the shade 53 named 'Beige Clair'. The bottle states it will give you 16 hours of radiance-boosting even, revived complexion. Again, I can clarify this as factual. It feels fresh on your skin and the gel texture makes the chore of blend simple. It glides onto the skin leaving a natural finish and again no caked effect. It is a light-medium coverage and is very buildable. I use this foundation on days my skin looks dull, my fatigue is showing through and if my skin needs that hydrated look. What makes this product even more dreamy is that it is full of vitamin-rich fruits that act as a therapy to your fatigued skin. This includes litchi, goji berries and pomegranates. This foundation has really made my skin look revived and radiant. The long wear is fantastic but, if you are like me and suffer with an oily tzone, I would set it with a light dusting of powder. One more thing, it smells like summer in bottle. The pomegranate leaves a gorgeous scent to your skin; making it feel, almost, like a skincare product.

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide:

When Laura Mercier discontinued the original Silk Creme, my heart genuinely sunk. It was my favourite all time foundation and I never thought they could make me as happy again with a foundation. Before I start, that foundation will never be replaceable but I had to find room for another Laura Mercier foundation favourite. The Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide is utterly gorgeous. It is an oil-free foundation that has a light- medium coverage, which I would say is buildable (although this is contested). Before using this foundation, you have to shake it quite vigorously to ensure the pigments mix with the reflective waters to create that hydrated and fresh colour finish. I have the shade Buff, which suits my olive-toned skin perfectly. Laura Mercier are renowned for their amazing range of shades and how fantastically they match. Both things I can account for. This product is great for if you are on the go, or going to the gym, or having a busy day because it is humidity-free and sweat-proof. This foundation leaves my skin looking naturally clean and fresh. I honestly could not recommend this enough. It is a must have in a foundation collection.


Nars Sheer Glow

Now if you read my blog regularly, you will probably be very bored of me raving about this foundation. But I could not do a favourites without mentioning it. This has been relegated to more of an evening, night out foundation whilst my skin rejuvenates back to it's natural state. Having said that, it is probably my all time favourite foundation. It creates this luminous glow to your skin with sheer and and buildable coverage. It has noticeably made my skin brighter and has improved its texture. It gives a satin-like finish and, again if you have an oily t-zone, it only needs a tiny dusting of powder to set it. I have the shade Santa Fe, which is described as medium 2. Nars have the best range of foundation colours I have ever blessed my eyes upon. When I go on holiday and get a tan, I can relax and know that Nars will have the perfect match and I won't go without this beauty. For the best effect from this foundation, the sales assistant told me to start from the centre of my face and blend out. This just leaves it creaseless and a more of a natural finish. For coverage I, personally, would contest that it is light and state that is firmly within the medium coverage. The buildability is insane, however, and it can be dressed down to light coverage or dressed up to full coverage. It is all dependent on the amount you use. To describe this product with 3 adjectives, I would say it is transparent, weightless and frickin-insane. 

So there are my four favourite foundations! Do you have a similar favourite or have any alternatives to these that I should try? Let me know in the comments below. 


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