Nothing breaks my heart more than dropping the weekly food shop budget on a product only to get it home, try it and realise it’s not what you expected so now you’re poor, you’re stuck with something you don’t like and don’t even look good for it to somewhat justify the price, sigh. As the good skin gene seemed to skip me, I find foundation a staple in my everyday routine to help me achieve the perfect base. I’ve tried a ridiculous amount over the years so there’s been many I’ve loved, but also a few I’ve absolutely hated. Today I thought it’s finally time I talk about a few of them…
IT Cosmetics CC Cream in Light
Whilst this technically isn’t a foundation, it’s going in this post anyway because I need to sit and talk about how heartbroken I am about it. I really thought I’d love this, and I was hoping I would as it seems to be loved by many so after months of do I/don’t I drop £30 on a CC cream I eventually caved and ordered it but NOPE, not for me at all. The moment the (incredibly strong artificial citrus like) scent hit me as I pumped it out it all went downhill from there.
After the smell, the very first time I applied it I couldn’t believe how heavy and greasy it felt and looked on my skin. I get that cc creams are designed to colour correct so they’re usually thicker and full coverage, but this takes it to the next level. I’ve worn it 10 different times now (I keep a little section on my notes so I can refer back) with or without primer, powder or no powder, applied with sponges or brushes, I’ve tried *everything*. 5 times it looked rubbish, 3 times so bad I actually had to take it off and redo my makeup, 1 time just okay, then one incredibly random one off occasion it looked great and I thought maybe I’d change my mind, but nope the following morning it looked awful again.
I like products I can rely on to look good no matter what my skins like at the time, and this isn’t that. It only works if my skin is perfect (an almost unachievable level of perfect that my skin only seems to bless me with about once every 157 years) or else it just looks like I’ve headbanged into a cc cream cake. The only good thing I can say about this is that it does last well on my skin, but when it looks so shockingly bad on me I don’t need it to last as I’m off to the bathroom to remove it asap!
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation in 008 Beige Opal
Another incredibly raved about option that just didn’t work out for me. It applied nicely on most my face and it did look good, but I just couldn’t get it to sit properly on and around my nose. I tried different primers, no primer, no powder etc but it still looked patchy and it looked as if it was sitting around my pores instead of smoothing over them. I also tried it with a sponge and a few different brushes but I still couldn’t get it to work so I’ve given up trying with this, products that require minimal effort are much more my style.
Besides the fact it just didn’t want to stick to my nose, it would look okay on my face for the first hour or so then as the day went on it would get drier and drier and after a few hours my skin looked like any hint of moisture had been sucked out and I resembled the Sahara desert, which was not a pretty sight. It also sunk into fine lines on my forehead that I never knew even existed. I honestly looked about
75 175. I wish I could love this foundation as it did a great job at keeping my skin matte and how it looked on most my face when I first applied it, but it’s just not for me.
Becca Complete Complexion Creme in Porcelain
This is by far the worst out of the bunch and I’ve actually only worn it twice before deciding this is never going near my face again, yep it was that bad. It’s so thick, a similar constancy to the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer. With it being so thick you’d think it would give more coverage than it actually does, like the Kevyn Aucoin does, but instead it gives a patchy medium at best coverage that clings to every single patch of texture, even texture you never knew was there, and left me running to the bathroom to cleanse my face (and soul) of this foundation.
Of course everyones skin’s different so what doesn’t work for me may be a holy grail for you and vice versa, that’s the thing with makeup. I always say to read reviews online before buying (makeupalley is like a bible to me) and don’t be afraid to ask for a sample before committing to the full size bottle, which is clearly what I should have done so learn from my mistake!
Have you ever tried a foundation you’ve ended up hating?