Top 5 Drugstore Foundations
- Saturday, 30 June 2012
Hello beautiful ones,
Today I'll be sharing my top 5 drugstore foundations as requested. I know how overwhelming it can be trying to find a good foundation when you're not able to test the products properly. It's even harder because there's nobody to give you guidance either. You just have to do your research and trust your instincts before buying anything. Drugstore makeup can be a hit & miss thing but their foundations are definitely stepping up these days.
Without further adieu, here are my top 5 drugstore foundation picks.
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation
This is actually my favourite foundation right now. The texture is smooth and creamy and blends like a dream to give a healthy and natural complexion. It's hypoallergenic so it's perfect for sensitive skin beauties out there. Makes my skin look and feel amazing. Has medium coverage but it's definitely buildible. The finish is semi-matte so you can either let it be for radiant skin or set with a bit of powder for a complete matte face. Apparently it's supposed to improve the skin's radiance in 4 weeks time. I love how breathable my skin feels in this foundation. It photographs well because there's no SPF in it (but for Summer, you will need to wear sunscreen under it). I've been complimented quite a few times wearing this foundation. Very impressed with this product. Highly recommend for sure.
Maybelline Pure Liquid Mineral Foundation
I have been a fan of this foundation for quite a while now. The texture feels very hydrating and has great coverage without making the skin look caked on. Makes my skin look very dewy and healthy but I always have to set with powder afterwards. I find this foundation is best applied with fingers (I rub the product between my palms and then press on my skin). The foundation is very smooth and can even double up as a concealer too. A little bit of this foundation goes a long way.
Revlon Colorstay Foundation
This foundation seems to be a popular drugstore favourite and I can definitely see why. For starters, they have different formulas catered for different skin types so you can either go for the normal/dry skin or oil/combination formula. It gives fantastic coverage and blends beautiful on my skin. Gives a porcelain flawless finish and it's even oil-free which means it doesn't oxidise (change colour over time). You can double up the foundation as a concealer since it's got amazing coverage. Comes in quite a lot of shades and holds up pretty well too. If you're someone looking for high coverage, this foundation will be perfect for you. Only downside is that there is no pump which means application can get messy.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup
This foundation makes the skin look radiant and luminous. It's got a very hydrating formula and so it just makes the skin looks amazing. It's been compared to the NARS Sheer Glow but I can't say they're too similar, however - it does give a beautiful glowy natural finish. If you're someone looking for high coverage, this foundation is not for you. However, it will help to even out the skin tone and fake plump hydrated skin. The hydrating formula makes it perfect for Winter but it's also great for Summer because it's lightweight and holds up well. For me, I always have to set with a little powder afterwards because it can look a little too dewy. A foundation that is true to it's name because it does make the skin look very healthy.
Max Factor Miracle Touch Liquid Illusion Foundation
My best friend introduced me to this foundation. To me, it's more of a cream foundation that has a powdery finish rather than a liquid foundation. It's nice because with it, I don't need to apply concealer or powder. It's got high coverage but I would only recommend this foundation for normal/combination skin. If you have dry skin, I'm afraid this product isn't for you (it tends to cake around dry patches which isn't pretty). This product works nicely with a DAMP (very important!!!) sponge because it sheers out the product. The texture is creamy and smooth, very easy to blend out. Has great lasting power and a little amount does a long way. However, cream foundations tend to be less hygienic so you might want to be a bit careful because you will be dipping your sponge in and out.
Some tips in picking drugstore foundations
- Know your skin type. Everybody is different and what might work for your friend may not work the same for you. For example, if you have dry skin - it might be a good idea to go for the hydrating formulas. If you have oily skin, go for oil-free formulas. If you have sensitive skin, go for hypoallergenic formulas.
- Do your research. Before you buy anything, you might want to check out what other people think of the product as well. You can check out makeupalley.com for plenty of product reviews. You should also consider that everybody has different skin types so may also have different requirements and opinions too. Weigh out these factors.
- When you're at the drugstore, of course it's fine to test the foundation's texture on the back of your hand. However, remember the tone of your hand is different from the tone of your face. The best place to swatch the product is on your jaw line (between your face and neck) for a more accurate colour selection. It's handy to bring a pocket mirror with you or have a friend that's there to help you.
That's all folks!
Much love, Bubz xx