The Great Foundation Search
Alright, so there's nothing really great or grand about my search for next foundation. But every time my current foundation starts to run out, I go into overdrive researching my next foundie. It's kind of exciting really and I scan blogs and Makeupalley with as much concentration as I would an automatic appeal for a heinous crime, although the former is infinitely more fun and less heartbreaking.
After years of using MAC Studio Fix and other full coverage foundations, I have realized that less is more when it comes to my base. Even when I suffered from acne, I didn't like slapping on thick foundation because who was I kidding? No amount of foundation could fully conceal my breakouts, so I might as well work on healing and prevention, rather than covering them up with makeup.
Anyway, I now favor tinted moisturizers or light foundations over medium to full coverage ones. I like having full control with buildable coverage and I like the "my skin only better" effect that tinted moisturizers or sheer foundations give me. So far, these are what made the cut:
BB But Better. Ultra-light + natural-looking: a uniquely “I-can’t-put-my-finger-on-it-but-wow-your-skin-looks-sublime” finish. One shade, all skin tones. Antioxidant, anti-aging, anti-acne, anti-inflammatory benefits. Purely mineral sun + light protection, too. Skintriguing.
Don't you just love VMV's play on words? Skintriguing. Skintastic. Skinamazing. Good job to their over-caffeined copy team.
This is actually my first choice because I love the brand and am proud of its local roots, but this baby is always out of stock. ALWAYS. So sad :(
What it is: A perfect blend of skincare and makeup that helps control oil breakthrough and gives skin a sheer hint of colour for a healthy, natural glow..
What it is formulated to do: Laura Mercier created this product to give skin a healthy ‘no-makeup’ look with a soft hint of colour that evens and enhances without hiding the skin. This oil-free lightweight formula provides ideal protection from the sun’s harmful, damaging rays with broad spectrum SPF 20 UVB/UVA sunscreen. Perfect for all skin types, especially sensitive or oily skin.
This is the It product when it comes to tinted moisturizers, garnering so much love and rave that I'm thisclose to jumping on the bandwagon and grabbing a tube for myself.
Hello...it's flawless time! Our new oil-free brightening liquid foundation builds from light to medium coverage for a natural complexion you can believe in. It's you...just more luminous & healthy looking.
A relatively recent release so it doesn't have as big a fan base as LM's Tinted Moisturizer, but those who love it, love it with a passion that won't quit! Sadly though, it's intended for dry skin and probably won't last on oily skin like mine. But maybe a little primer will help it along?
What it is:
A weightless and virtually invisible liquid foundation that creates a luminous, demi-matte finish.
What it does:
This formula helps skin achieve a natural, illuminated and bright finish— like the beautiful skin you were born with. Naked Skin is formulated with light-diffusing spheres, transforming you to look professionally retouched. Buildable coverage allows women to customize their look. Available in a meticulously calibrated range of shades, Urban Decay’s precise shade numbering system does poetic justice to both warm tones (ending in “.0”) and cool skin tones (ending in “.5”). The finish is matte, never flat, and luminous, but not shiny.
I am such a fan of Urban Decay's Primer Potion and the Naked palette that when it came out with Naked Skin, I was all set to snap it up in a hearbeat. Unfortunately, this isn't available locally and I'm too cheap to buy a full bottle without testing it first. So this remains a dream for now.
Now I'm turning the question over to my dear readers, what foundation would you recommend?