Laying the Foundations

I’M BACK FROM THE DEAD! (So to speak) and what better way to break a long silence than a good old chat about foundation?

At the moment I’m switching between 3 foundations. They all have their pros and cons- mainly pros or I wouldn’t be using them, doi. I wear make up pretty much every day and a good foundation is obviously a priority as it creates the canvas for whatever you put on top. I like quite a good coverage as I have dark circles under my eyes and areas of redness dotted around so the following foundations are all medium to full coverage.

1. Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse Makeup

This stuff is my favourite foundation I’ve used in years! It’s a-MAH-zing! It comes in, like a “squirty can” thing (yes, I believe that is the technical term) and comes out like a foam. It blends easily and has light reflecting bits that give my skin a really nice, subtle glow. The best thing about it is that the shade I use is one of the best matches to my skin of any other foundation I’ve ever used. Which is kind of annoying because it ran out and I THREW THE BOTTLE AWAY WITHOUT CHECKING THE NAME! But I’ve checked the website and I’m pretty sure it was Natural Beige… I actually was thinking of the name ‘sable’ in my head but they don’t even have a colour called sable soooo… It doesn’t have SPF but my moisturiser does so I’m good to go. Anyway I love it, I need to buy more of it ASAP. I would say the coverage is more medium than full but, yeah, excellent product. GOLD STAR!

2. MAC Matchmaster SPF 15 Foundation

Funny story about this one. My boyfriend actually bought it for me. Without me being there. And he got the colour pretty much spot on!!! (3.0) It claims to have special pigments and technology that match your own skin’s undertone blah blah. I’m not sure if I believe all that (because HOW, how could it possible work?!) but as I said it is a pretty damn good match if a teeny tiny bit to orangey. It is quite matte so a little harder to blend, if you have dry skin it will soak it up a bit but if you moisturise before putting on make up (which you bloody well should be doing!) then it’s not too much of a problem. A good medium to full coverage with SPF- woo!

3. MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15

I first bought this ages ago and only used it a couple of times because I thought the shade I bought was way too yellow toned for me and made me look ill. Then it got used on me during my make up course and actually it wasn’t that bad at all, still a little on the yellow-er side but not as horrendous as I initially thought (bad lighting?) So I’ve started using it again as kind of a back up or if I feel like my face is feeling a bit too dry for Match Master. Nice full coverage, goes on smooth, SPF and a bit better for drier skin. If I found as good a shade I might wear it instead of Match Master, especially as it’s that bit cheaper but I guess the whole point is that it doesn’t have the “super intelligent pigments that appear to have a brain of their own and can change colour at will” so perhaps may never be as good a match in shade. Who knows?

I usually use a Real Techniques buffing brush to work them into the skin but I have a full time job now and I like my sleep so on weekdays I don’t have time to faff around with brushes. It’s faster to work it in with my hands which is just has good especially if you warm the product up by rubbing your hands for a couple of seconds. I usually finish off with a bit of MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation to really knock out any red bits and up the coverage a notch, followed by light dusting of whatever loose powder I have lying around to set it all and soak up any excess oil.

Badda bing badda boom, that’s my canvas!

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One thought on “Laying the Foundations

  1. I love foundation posts 🙂 its such an essential part of my makeup routine. funnily enough my mum just gave me a revlon “age defying” foundation (she got it in one of those cheap knockoff shops and I couldn’t see it in boots today so maybe its been discontinued…) Which says its for dry skin – mine is normal, and Im overly sceptical of any foundation that’s not high-end but OMG its amazing, glides on and blends like a dream, feels more like moisturiser than foundation, gives great coverage AND looks completely natural. Defo guna be trying more revlon stuff in future!

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