Soooo, I’m not going to lie to you. I’m a bit of a foundation hoarder… Well, foundation, BB cream, any of those kind of base products. I don’t know what it is, but I just love trying all the different variations, whether it’s liquid, powder, cream or mineral, and I’m always on the lookout for The One.
Up to this point, some of the ones that have stuck out as favourites which I will no doubt repurchase, are Dior Star Foundation, Chanel Perfection Lumiere, and Lancome Teint Idole Ultra. They’re all quite similar in that they’re medium-ish coverage, liquid, give a dewy finish, and are all somewhat pricey. Yep, I’m a bit of a foundation snob. Recently though, I’ve taken a few steps back and fallen in love (again) with some foundations from my past. The Estee Lauder Double Wear was my jam during first year of uni, while I wore the Bare Minerals Original Foundation pretty much every day during second year. Now, they are fully reinstated in my makeup collection, and I’ve been wondering why i ever let them slip away… Let me tell you why.
Bare Minerals Original Foundation
I first discovered Bare Minerals when I was looking for something light and weightless to wear to lectures (or more likely the pub) at uni. My skin can also be quite oily and mineral-based makeup is supposed to be the best for this skin type. The mineral formula allows skin to breathe and doesn’t let trapped oil clog pores, which often leads to blemishes. After a couple of years of on and off using this though, I kind of fell out of love with it and replaced it with lightweight BB creams, like my Diorskin Nude BB Cream.
However, since starting work, my skin has been craving a healthy, weightless formula all over again. I want to wear makeup to work as it makes me feel more presentable and ready for the day, but at the same time, I think wearing makeup all day every day can really damage your skin. This foundation is the perfect in-between and I love that it’s very buildable. You can just apply a really light layer for a more even skintone, or build it up for a full coverage look.
There are two more reasons I’ve fallen back in love with this. 1. I was using the wrong bloody colour all these years! When I first bought it, the lady at the makeup counter prescribed me the shade “Fairly Light“, so I just always trusted her opinion, even though it gave my complexion a greyish tinge. Now, I’ve started using “Light” and it looks so much better! Lesson learned there. 2. I used to apply it with my Real Technique Buffing Brush, whereas now I use a big fluffy Kabuki powder brush. In my opinion, this makes it look a lot more natural and even, but that could be personal choice! If you like the full coverage look, you may prefer a buffing brush.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup
I feel like every girl has gone through the Estee Lauder Double Wear phase! This is one of the UK’s best-selling foundations and I was obsessed with it between the age of 17 and 18. It’s very matte and full coverage so this is a real proper foundation if you get what I mean. Prefer the dewy look? Then this probably isn’t for you. I actually do prefer the dewy look so went off it for a while.
If you read my recent Magnitone Deep Cleansing Brush Review though, you’ll have seen my skin had a very negative reaction! Desperate times called for desperate measures, and I repurchased a bottle of this, and actually, I’m so happy I did. Now that I have a lighter hand, I can apply a really nice light layer of this which still provides a decent amount fo coverage. It also lasts and lasts and lasts. Seriously, if I’m taking a work trip to London, this is what I’ll wear as I know it will not budge no matter how many hot, sweaty tubes I get on.
Finally, one thing which really used to put me off was the fact that this foundation didn’t have a pump. The formula is quite runny and it used to spill out all over my hand, wasting loads of product. I did some research though and found that the MAC Foundation Pump, which you can buy for £4, fits perfectly! Don’t believe the shop assistants when they tell you it doesn’t, as it’s all liiiieeees.
So have you guys tried either of these foundations? What did you think? And what are your favourite foundations ever? Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading! Joanna xxxxx