Friday, 26 October 2012


quick reviews: foundation #1

foundationsreview swatch photo
Foundations shown from L-R: Illamasqua Skin Base, Estee Lauder Double Wear, MAC Face and Body, YSL Touche Eclat Foundations, Makeup Forever HD

The Foundation diaries

I'm a bit of a foundation addict. I literally have tons and tons of them and I probably like wearing about one of them. My skin tone is really really awkward, Im olive/warm toned but my skin is very pale, especially compared to the tone of my actual body. I've spent my life trying to tell MUA's that I'm OLIVE TONED NOT PINK TONED. Does anyone listen? Nope. Anyway I don't really tend to review foundations all that much on the blog as they are hard to photograph and show what they are really like on. I could use almost any foundation and have them look fine on camera but look completely different in person. Hence why I don't review them much as I find them pretty misleading! However today I'm gonna go through some of the ones I have, likes and dislikes and you could look further into them yourself! I will say before buying any foundation try and get a sample of it before you buy it, most high end counters will give you a sample if you ask. If they don't then that's their loss and don't buy it! Also Just in the interest of not making this post too long I shall do another one next week with some more of my foundations!

Illamasqua Skinbase : I've reviewed this in full here. But it's basically a BB cream for the UK market. It has pretty good build able coverage, with a soft, natural dewy finish. A little goes a long way with this foundation as you really only need a tiny ammount to get flawless coverage. I really like wearing this when I go out as it doesn't have any SPF so it doesn't have any of the dreaded "ghost face". Personally I really like this foundation and I always forget how much I do like it until I use it again, I must add it to my regular rotation of foundations again! I wear shade 8 for reference

Estee Lauder Double Wear : I have to admit Double Wear is my all time favourite foundation. I've used it on and off for years and I've never had too many troubles with it. It doesn't break me out but it's very easy to over apply and make your face feel a bit too cakey. It provides flawless full coverage with a very matte finish. I either wear Ecru or Desert Beige depending on how tan I am!

MAC Face and Body : I hate most MAC face products but this one changed my opinion of the brands foundations. Face and Body is a lightweight, water based, waterproof long lasting sheer coverage foundation. It blends into the skin effortlessly and can be built up in areas that need more coverage. It doesn't contain SPF so is perfect for a night out and looks stunning on camera. The product is also really good value for money at for 50ML. I wear C3 which is the most perfect match I've had with a MAC foundation before!

YSL Touché Éclat Foundation : This has to be the most annoying foundation I've ever tried. I love the flawless natural, dewy, luminous finish but it broke me out like no other foundation I've ever tried before. At first I didn't think it was the foundation breaking me out (or maybe I was trying to convince myself it wasn't!) but I came to my senses and stopped using it. Although I'd stupidly bought a full size at this point which to this day remains unopened! However the colour match was absolutely perfect (Im BD50) and the finish was to die for, but sadly I can't use it at all. I'm absolutely gutted as this would have been my Holy Grail foundation if it didn't break me out as everything about it was spot on!

Makeup Forever HD Foundation : This has to be another of my all time favourite foundations and I really should repurchase it at some point. I've been clinging onto the bottle since I used it up a few months ago for some unknown reason. I was a bit so-so about this at first but it really grew on me towards the end. It looks incredible in photos and I wear it a lot when photographing for my blog. It blurs all imperfections, brighten the skin and cover blemishes with a soft semi matte, glowy finish. I wear 115 which is a good match for my natural face skin tone in terms of paleness but the tone is slightly off as I could do with something a little more yellow.


32 comments:

  1. I'm a foundation addict too, I have about 15! Great post :) I have Illamasqua Skin Base but my shades too light so I have to mix in some cream bronzer to darken it so I hardly use it.

    Katie xo
    http://sugarfixxbeauty.blogspot.com

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  2. I've been looking to try the Makeup Forever HD Foundation but cannot seem to find anywhere. Anyone know when I can buy it from online?

    Laura x


    laurarosedaniels.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. I love foundations, i've been looking at buying mac face and body! might just buy it next time i'm at a mac counter!

    http://simplebeautytreats.blogspot.com/

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  4. Thanks for this post Lily! I really need a new foundation and I was a bit unsure on what to buy. I think I'm probably getting the MUFE one :)

    http://petitfaon.blogspot.it/

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  5. I love MUFE products, such a shame they're not easily accesible in the UK!

    I'm having a MAC Makeup giveaway on my blog if you want to take a look?

    http://trappedinafashionparadise.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/50-followers-giveaway-mac-lipstick-of.html

    xx

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  6. I have the YSL and absolutely love it, but I have a horrible feeling that it has been making my skin worse. The colour is perfect for me though, so I'm having trouble trying to stop wearing it x

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  7. I swear by my MAC studio fix foundation but Double Wear will always be my holy grail.
    I hate the flashbacks double wear gives though
    X

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  8. I have wanted the face and body foundation for what seems like forever! until I get a job though i'll have to wait a bit longer haha xoxo

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  9. I'm the same with ysl touche éclat foundation. I know deep down its breaking me out buy I keep applying it!

    www.charissarae.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. I really want to try the Estee Lauder double wear, I've heard such good reviews of it!
    Liv xxx

    http://livflorence.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. I share your frustrations about YSL's Le Teint Touche Eclat but with Face and Body, which is annoying because it's such a great foundation but I just cannot use it :( The YSL one breaks me out too I fear but not as horrifically as Face and Body. It's annoying because they were both two of my favourites! xxx

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  12. I'm not a huge fan of foundations as i prefer conceler but i love the ones you have reviewd and really want to try them now! <3 XO

    http://styleitwithme.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. such a shame about the touche eclat foundation :( I've really been enjoying it

    xjoedix.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. I love MAC matchmaster, give it a try its medium buildable, if your c3 in face and body 2.0 should be a good colour on you, it lets your natural skin tone show so its never too pink or to yellow!! or on my days off, a little prolong wear concealer with a light powder is a simple & lovely combo :)
    xxx

    penguinswithpebbles.blogstop.co.uk

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  15. I've always wanted to try the Skin Base foundation, I'm glad you like it! I will have to order it online though so I pray I pick out the right shade xx

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  16. I really want to try the estee lauder double wear one - I've seen so many rave reviews on it! Hopefully once I've left Uni it'll be a little more in my price range :)
    Love Holly x

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  17. I had the same problem with YSL Touche Eclat, loved it so much using the trial size but it broke me out really badly! I'd love to try the MUF foundation but I'm very hesitant of buying foundation online xx

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  18. Really really wanna try Double Wear! You should sell your YSL so you haven't lost out on all that money! x

    http://thebeautyvisual.blogspot.com

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  19. Oh no, that's so sad to hear that the Touche Eclat broke you out!! I've heard such amazing things about that foundation, even in your review here, and I want to try it so badly but now wonder if it's not good for sensitive skin...

    thriftthick.blogspot.com

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  20. love this kind of post, very informative xx
    thebeautyheroes.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. I've been using the YSL for a week now as I picked up a sample, it has broken me out and I've been in denial haha, dammit! Gutted as I love the finish to! Great post, think I might try the MAC :) x

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  22. I adore double wear too! I also like the rimmel wake me up or mac studio sculpt is great for nights out! :) XO

    Please check out my blog if you get a chance, any comments and followers would mean the world to meee <3

    dottymakeup.blogspot.com

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  23. Thank you for the reviews, they're so helpful. :) MAC Face + Body is next up on the list for me, it sounds perfect (although I would prefer something with SPF in it!) Pity about the YSL Touche Eclat, it's something I also want to try out. xx

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  24. i use the mac face and body foundation to and love it! i have really dry skin and a lot of foundations dont work for me, but this works so well.

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  25. I have olive toned skin too it's so annoying there are so many pink shades out there which just look ridiculous on my skin. I would love to try the makeup forever:hd foundation xx
    loveontopxo.blogspot.co.uk

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  26. I really want to try the YSL but need to be colour matched, I've been tempted so many times just to take a chance & order online!

    Northernbeautyblogs@blogspot.co.uk

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  27. Sad to hear the YSL broke you out, but now I'm thinking I want to try the Makeup Forever foundation. Sound like it would be lovely! xx
    www.bohoglow.wordpress.com
    www.youtube.com/user/bohoglow

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  28. Your skin literally sounds identical to mine, MUA's are always trying to give me pink bases and I almost have to fight them off! MY face is so much paler than my body too, nightmare! Estee DW is one of my all time faves too. Xx

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  29. Love the Estee Lauder one wanna try out the YSL too but so many people have said its broke them out :(

    abrunettesbeautyblog.blogspot.com

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  30. skin base is my all time favourite i use it on every shoot to be honest

    www.andiijamesblog.com

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  31. Need to try out some new foundations, will definitely have a look into these! xx

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