My Foundation Collection - Reviews and Favourites

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Grab a cup of tea, coffee or even a hot chocolate (my personal fave) as today we're talking foundations and I've got a feeling it's going to be a long one! Over the years I've tried what seems like a never ending amount of foundations from drugstore to high end on my journey for the perfect base. I've come across those that gain my holy grail seal of approval and those that went straight onto find new homes with my friends or family. Today I thought I'd share my current collection with you, and why they've earned their place in my foundation stash...

Now the amount of foundations I own is obviously more than any one face needs, but I just love trying new ones - I swear it's some kind of addiction. I have different foundations that I use for certain occasions (events, daily wear, nights out etc) and depending on how my skin is (more oily, more dry). It's important to also keep note of expiry dates on foundations, using them past the recommended time can be a nightmare for your skin. I tend to use the bottle up well before the recommended 12-24 months, and if not I simply bin it.

So we're starting off with drugstore foundations, which I don't actually own that many of. I've tried various ones over the years (we all had the dreaded Maybelline Matte Mousse year 7 orange face syndrome stage.. right? cringe). The reason I don't have many from the drugstore is because I don't tend to get on with them, my skin is fussy and rather sensitive to products and I tend to find high end works better for me. There are a few drugstore foundations I do love, and they're a lot less damaging on the bank balance - plus drugstore makeup is always on offer (3 for 2, don't mind if I do!).

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation (51 Vanille Clair)

Coverage: Medium

Skin type: Normal/dry

Price: £10.99

This is a life saving foundation in the Winter when my skin is a bit of a dry mess. I know I can rely on this foundation no matter how dry my skin may be as it hydrates the skin and doesn't cling to and emphasise dry patches. This is the foundation that always seems to come with me when I go on holiday as it suits my skin in the hot weather when I want some coverage whilst still being lightweight - I can't be dealing with feeling caked in makeup when I'm chilling round a pool (now I'm dreaming of a holiday *sigh*).

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation (51 Vanille Clair)

Coverage: Medium

Skin type: Normal/combination

Price: £9.99

I recently spoke about this foundation in my Autumn everyday foundation routine post, and I'm still loving it dearly. The Bourjois Healthy Mix is by far my favourite drugstore foundation, and to me I'd think it would have cost 3x the price if I didn't know it was Bourjois. I love to mix this with a little bit of Soap & Glory Hocus Focus and apply it with my Beauty Blender for the perfect everyday base. I find this works best for combination to oily skin, and if you have dry skin then I recommend the serum version above.

L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation (12 Natural Rose

Coverage: Medium to full

Skin type: Combination/dry

Price: £7.99

This foundation is good for those with combination (like myself) and oily skin types. If you have dry skin then I'd say avoid this foundation, and if you have large pores then be sure to use a pore minimising or skin smoothing primer underneath. This foundation is really good at keeping my skin matte without looking dull, and it lasts well on my skin. I've been using this foundation loads recently and I just think it's such a good drugstore options for oily/combination skin types.

Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation (15 Opal)

Coverage: Full

Skin type: Combination/oily

Price: £18

Now this foundation isn't exactly drugstore with the £18 price tag it comes with, but I did buy it in Boots and I kind of accidentally pictured it in the drugstore photo so we're just going to roll with it (oops). Now this is a foundation, but I personally find it way too thick to use all over the face. I use this to cover and conceal problem areas, such as blemishes as it is very full coverage. I can imagine this would be a good option for those with acne using this on the areas of most concern and then a lighter coverage option on the rest of the face. Using it on only certain areas (basically like a concealer) is going to make it last a lot longer than a regular concealer that contains a fraction of the amount of product.

Moving onto the high end more bank balance damaging options - my favourites! When it comes to trying high end foundations, finding one that doesn't work for your skin can literally be heart breaking, you spent the weeks food shopping money on a foundation that really doesn't work for your skin, so I'd say always ask for a sample before purchasing the full size product. The counter staff won't mine, alright they can sometimes seem as if they want to ban you from every makeup counter on the planet because you haven't actually purchased anything, just think of the money you'll be saving in the long run!

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation (BD40)

Coverage: Medium

Skin type: Combination/dry

Price: £31.50

Starting off with YSL, my favourite makeup brand! I went to a YSL counter last year and did some serious damage, so the lovely counter girl gave me a sample as a "thanks for spending so much money, you're now poor but at least you'll look nice" type of gift. Well I fell in love and ended up buying the full size, and have since repurchased it twice. I love this foundation for everyday wear as it just feels so light whilst still giving a nice amount of coverage - plus that gold packaging just feels so luxury and I feel as if I'm applying gold to my face. I'd say skip this if you have oily skin, I have combination skin and I can get away with it with a good primer and powder on the t-zone.

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation (N115)

Coverage: Medium to full buildable

Skin type: Combination/oily

Price: £29

This foundation has actually been reformulated and it's hard to find the old version I have, but I'm still going to mention it in this post as I really like it. This is my favourite foundation to use if I know I'm going to be photographing my makeup, such as when I post makeup looks on Instagram. I don't really wear this on an everyday basis, it tends to be in photos. It may sound crazy that I use a separate foundation for photos, but I just find this gives such a flawless blurred look to my skin but is a little bit too heavy for me to wear on an everyday basis.

Guerlain Meteorites Baby Glow Sheer Foundation (2 Clair/Light)

Coverage: Light

Skin type: Combination/normal/dry

Price: £31.95

This was my first and only Guerlain product that I purchased earlier on in the year. I wore it daily for a good two months but then I kind of forgot about it and it drifted to the back of my foundation drawer as I tried new ones. I recently tried it again and the love came flooding back the moment it touched my face. I'd say this is more of a BB cream than a foundation as it only gives a light coverage but it just feels so light on my skin and I forget I'm even wearing it. I think this is such a beautiful option if you're looking for a light, barely visible foundation then this is one for you.

MAC Studio Fix Foundation (NW20, I'm more an NW15 now as this is from Summer)

Coverage: Full

Skin type: Normal/combination


This was the first MAC foundation I tried back in the day, and I remember raving about it all through my high school years, I just felt so fabulous when my friends asked me what foundation I was wearing and replying "MAC", those were the days. Looking back I can only imagine how dreadful this must have looked because it's a full coverage, and I certainly didn't need that back in high school. Now I very rarely use this foundation, but I like to use it if I'm going out for the evening as it looks really nice on the skin. The reason I use this only for an evening is it just seems to break me out if I use for long periods of time. It's so annoying as I love the way it looks on the skin, and it would be my perfect foundation if it didn't break me out!

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (1N2 Ecru)

Coverage: Medium to full

Skin type: Combination/oily

Price: £22

This foundation is pretty heavy duty, and it's one of those you either love or hate. I personally love it, and I find it works well on my skin if I use it sparingly, you really don't need much to build up coverage. This stuff lasts like superglue on the skin, and even after having this on for 15+ hours it still looks nice. Being full coverage it doesn't exactly look the most natural on the skin, hence why I tend to opt for it when I'm going out to an event etc.

MAC Face and Body Foundation (N1)

Coverage: Light to medium

Skin type: Normal/dry/combination

Price: £29.50

MAC Face and Body is my favourite MAC foundation because it's just so easy to wear. It has a thin almost watery texture but applies beautifully and doesn't feel heavy on the skin. If it's high coverage you're after then this might not be the best option for you, but I find I can just conceal any problem areas. The size of this foundation is also another bonus, you're getting 120ml of product so it's going to last forever.

As for my favourites, I'd say the Bourjois Healthy Mix, L'Oreal Infallible Matte, Estee Lauder Double Wear and MAC Face and Body - they're the ones I use and love the most.

If you made it through all that, well done! I don't like to drag on through blog posts but I didn't want to skip bits of information that I wanted to share in this post. I hope you found this somewhat helpful!

What's you're favourite foundation?



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  1. I love trying out new foundations and you have mentioned a few that I HAVE to try out:)
    Emily xo

  2. The Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum is one I adore simply due to the fact it doesn't cling to dry patches, although there's a few here I want to try!
    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

  3. The Estée Lauder double wear foundation was a favorite of mine for a long time, but the Lancome 24 HR foundation is one that I always reach for.

    Perfect Shade of Mauve

  4. I've been alternating between both the Bourjois foundations every day recently, they create some of the best bases I've ever tried. I also really like Rimmel. I do need to try splashing out on a few more expensive foundations though! x

    Megan |

  5. That's why I love it, such a lovely foundation! xo

  6. Ooh I've never tried any from Lancome, I'll have to get round to it soon! xo

  7. They do bases so well! There's a few expensive ones I want to try but it break my heart handing over the cash! xo

  8. I tend to go for high-end bases more too! I really wanted to like Infallible Matte but the shades were just so poor on me. I love Double Wear and SFF (though how annoying it breaks you out) xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  9. That's a shame about the Infallible Matte, I wish Studio Fix would work for me! xo