Face Favorites: My Top 10 Foundations

Hey, guys!

I’ve been planning this for quite a while now and I’ve decided to finally do it.

I will be doing a ‘series’ on my blog where I talk about my top make up products. So, for the next couple of weeks, I’m going to list my favorite face, eyes and lip products, and I might even do nails. These will be products that I love and highly recommend as I’ve tried and tested them out on myself. Keep your eye out if you’re interested in discovering new products to try next or you’re just bored and curious.

IMG_5028        An overview of my favorite foundations

Before anything else, I have a yellow undertone, and I’m an NC35. I have oily skin that’s also dry in some areas. I have to use a primer underneath my makeup to make it last longer. So, I can definitely vouch for all these products and say that lasting power is great. I’m generally a sweaty person (yeah, I said it!) and this doesn’t slide off the moment I get out of the house, do my thing and get back home at night.

Anyway, without further ado, here are my favorite foundations! :)

BB Creams

1. Revlon Photoready BB Cream in 030 Medium

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I can’t say too much about this yet since I haven’t used it for very long. But, I will say that I used this one night and my mother said “Are you wearing makeup? Your skin looks nice.” and I was completely sold. I’ve never been into BB Creams or Tinted Moisturizers as I’ve always relied on high coverage foundations because I was extremely self-conscious about my acne scars. Now, I don’t want to jinx it, but my skin has been better. So, to celebrate it, I decided to try this product out.

I would say that it has enough coverage for a BB Cream, it definitely has a dewey finish and it feels slightly oily on the skin so you have to set it with powder if you want a matte finish, or use a mattifying primer underneath. I’m not sure about the skincare benefits BB Creams offer, but it hasn’t broken me out at all. I would recommend this for an everyday, “not really doing anything” kind of makeup.

Natural Coverage Foundations

2. Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation in 210 Sun BeigeIMG_4990

I will be honest and say that this (I might be wrong, but I’m too scared to try it again) broke me out. I kept using it anyway since it looked so nice on my skin. People say it’s a medium coverage foundation but is kind of like a tinted moisturizer at the same time. It’s definitely buildable and has a very natural and slightly dewey finish. It doesn’t even look like I had makeup on, hence the term nearly naked. Also, this used to be a little too dark for me even when I was darker a couple of months ago, but now I’m slightly lighter and the color match is good. That’s a little strange…

3. Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in 54

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I’ve heard a lot of people say that this is more of a light coverage foundation, but on my skin it looks more natural. It has a lot of healthy ingredients and vitamins, but I don’t really think it helps a lot in the skincare department. It does make my skin look really nice though! Again, this foundation is perfect for the ‘no makeup’ makeup look. By the way, it has a really nice scent to it, which I think comes from all the infused vitamins. For those of you with sensitive skin, maybe you can try the other versions such as the serum one or the ‘new’ version of this.

4. Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in B40

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This has to be my most used foundation. (If you want to see more of my most used products, click here!) I love it so much I’m actually scared I might run out of it because it’s kind of really expensive. It’s so worth the money though since the finish is just beautiful. First of all, the coverage is light to medium, depending on how much you put on. It’s buildable without looking cakey; Chanel claims it to have a ‘second skin’ finish, which it actually has! You have to be careful with this though: you have to remember to shake it well before using because it separates. Oh, and it actually says that it works best with fingers, which is also true.

Medium Coverage Foundations

5. NARS Sheer Matte Foundation in Stromboli

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So many people rave about the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation but I’m too scared to try it since it might be too glowy for my oily skin. I tried a sample of this (which is amazing since our makeup counters don’t usually do that) and I adored it. It keeps the skin matte, like it should and leaves the skin looking flawless. I wouldn’t say it has a natural finish, but it doesn’t really look like you piled too much makeup on; sort of like a satin finish. This is another one of my most used foundations.

Oh, and the only thing I dislike about this is that it’s so damn expensive, but the thing won’t even come with a pump. The packaging is so messy now (as with most NARS products), I’m disappointed that you still have to buy the pump. I like that it’s in a glass bottle, but come on NARS, you couldn’t even give us the freakin’ pump?

6. Laura Mercier Mineral Powder in Natural BeigeIMG_5011

This was recommended by a lot of beauty enthusiasts and I knew I had to pick it up. I’ve never tried mineral makeup or powder foundations before so I was naturally curious. When I bought it, I wasn’t completely sold, but the more I used it, the more I loved it. I would use one of my more liquid-y primers with this since it is a powder and I’m afraid it might go cakey. So, primer first, then concealer, then I buff this in with a duo-fibre brush to keep everything in place. I’ve learned not to use a dense brush unless I want a fuller coverage. It’s pretty easy to blend and you can even put cream products over the top and it won’t slip or slide. Keep in mind that it does have a dewey finish for a powder, but it’s not shiny at all. Again, this gives a flawless look to the skin. If it looks cakey, just use a setting mist like MAC Fix+ or Skindinavia Setting Sprays like I do. :)

7. Chanel Pro Lumiere Foundation in 40

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I am so thankful that I bought this before I found out they were discontinuing it. I was a bit gutted because it means that if I ever change my mind and decide to repurchase it, I won’t be able to anymore. So now, I use it only on ‘special occasions’.

On my skin, it gives a satin finish which I like, but I find that I still have to set it with powder (just on my T-Zone). I’m sure it can be full coverage if you put layers of it on, but I like the medium coverage that it gives during the initial buffing over my face.

8. Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk Foundation in 6.5

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This is another foundation that I use sparingly. It’s looks so beautiful on the skin, but again, it’s expensive and I must learn to control myself. It reminds me of the Vitalumiere Aqua, only this is a fuller coverage than that one, and it doesn’t look like you’re caked in makeup at all. The finish is natural or satin, and you just look absolutely flawless. The thing with this though is that (on me anyway) it flashbacks a bit if you put too much of it, so just be careful of that (it has SPF20 apparently). Other than that, I adore it!

Medium to Full Coverage Foundations

9. Makeup Forever HD Foundation in #127

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I wore this on my 18th birthday party since I knew I was going to be photographed, and well, I hate to toot my own horn, but I looked pretty damn good. My skin was horrendous but you couldn’t even tell since the foundation covered it up real good. It has a pretty velvety matte finish on my skin and you can feel that you have foundation on your face, but it’s not too heavy and annoying. I don’t really recommend this for everyday unless that’s what you’re into. Again, I only use this for special occasions or when I know my skin has to look perfect. This obviously doesn’t have flashback, so no worries there, too.

10. Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation in 10

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And last but not the least, my fullest coverage foundation! Actually, it’s not full coverage, but it definitely covers a lot. It makes my skin look ‘perfect’ despite its many, many flaws. I will say that this clings to dry patches, but if you exfoliate and moisturize well, you’re good. It’s interesting how this is marketed as something similar to a BB cream, and I guess the texture does remind me a bit of the Revlon one, but it’s definitely heavier than that. It’s not heavy on the skin, but you can still tell that it’s there. The finish is sort of natural, but not really. (Is that confusing?) If you build it, it probably will cake, so I’d say use a small amount and see if it’s enough for you. Oh, and it’s also great that this caters to all skin colors and skin types, so I definitely recommend this one.

And that’s it! That was pretty long, but I just wanted to share it with you. Foundation is definitely one of my most favorite makeup products and I actually have a lot, but these are the ones I like and use the most.

If you’re wondering why I don’t use a lot of drugstore foundations, it’s because some of the good drugstore ones aren’t available where I live and I usually have to order them online or have someone abroad send it over to me. Also, I think that foundation is an item that you should splurge on since you always want your skin to look its best. Oh, I got these based on recommendations of other (reliable) people, too. 

I do plan on trying out others since there are just so many good foundations out there, and if you have any you like or want to recommend, go ahead and comment them below! I would love to hear what you think. 

Oh, and if you liked this, I hope you stay tuned for the rest of the series I will be doing. :)

With love,

Julia

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Hi Julia, great review…More things to try and some names I haven’t heard of too. Keep them coming! Thought you’d like to know that I’m on Twitter now (moving into the 21st century) so you can receive updates of when I have a new blog entry…I’ve got one coming on this morning. I’d love to know what you think! I’ll be back on here soon, AnnaTalksBeauty x

    1. theunicahija says:

      Thank you! I’m glad you discovered new stuff! :) Oh man, thanks for the heads up! I’ll see you soon! (Sorta) :D

  2. Nicole says:

    Hi Julia! Where do you buy products that aren’t readily available in the Philippines like the Revlon Nearly Naked foundation and the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation? :)

    1. theunicahija says:

      When family members were out of the country, I asked them to pick it up for me while they were there. :( I’m sure you can order stuff online though, or if you know anyone who’s going out of town. Sucks how they don’t sell them here. :(

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