About a month ago, I embarked on Project Foundation Samples. If you aren't familiar with what that term, it's because I never actually called it that - I just came up with it right now :) My main foundation up until that time was NARS Sheer Glow in Punjab - a good (but not great) foundation in probably my ideal Summer shade...which was an issue since it's not Summer.
Over the course of several trips to Sephora and Nordstrom, I picked up a few samples of different foundations, in hopes that I would eventually find 'The One'. Keep in mind, my skin type is very oily. It's generally normal to dry after cleansing, but it gets very oily within an hour. My main requirements in a new foundation were:
-Natural, skin-like finish. Satin finish is okay too, but I'm not really into super matte foundations.
-Good lasting power. I blot my face several times a day and if the lasting power is not good, I'll have no foundation left on my face by the end of the day.
-Easy to blend.
-Good color match. All of the foundations I have right now are too dark for me.
I used each foundation between 1-4 times, and these are only my quick, initial thoughts on most of them and not complete reviews by any means. Please take them with a grain of salt. Here are my results:
Chanel Mat Lumiere in 30
Prior to this experiment, I avoided matte foundations like the plague because despite having very oily skin, I hated the mask-like feeling most matte foundations gave. Not Mat Lumiere. It's quite easy to blend considering its matte formulation, and the finish is actually more of a natural matte than a matte matte. My skin became shiny within an hour and a half, but nothing out of the ordinary, and I found the lasting power to be quite good.
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in B20
If I didn't have such oily skin, Vitalumiere Aqua would definitely, without a doubt, be 'The One'. Sadly, that's not my reality and despite it's lovely, very natural, satin-like finish, my skin looked like I had taken a spray bottle and spritzed water all over my face an hour after application. This was also the most easy to blend foundation I have ever used and had medium coverage.
Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in Beige Ivory
Silk Creme was ok. Nothing about it really made an impression on me at all, which is probably why I'm having a tough time remembering anything to say about it, besides the fact that the color match was too dark.
Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Hydrating Makeup in 021 Linen
Diorskin Nude, like Laura Mercier Silk Creme, was also a foundation that failed to make an impression on me. The color match was too dark, it smells weird, and if I recall correctly, my skin got more oily than it normally does with other foundations, but it's probably because this is a hydrating foundation after all. I just wanted to try it anyway because I was curious.
Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in 118
My skin didn't get as crazy oily as I thought it was going to get based on words of caution I was receiving about MUFE HD on oily skin. It had really nice medium coverage with a beautiful, natural, luminous finish (which I loved), and I thought that it might be the one.
Make Up For Ever Face and Body Foundation in 20
MUFE F&B was a foundation that really surprised me. Everyone told me the coverage was really sheer, but I actually found it to me more in the light to medium spectrum. It has a really natural, skin-like finish that feels light on the skin, and I was happy to find that my skin didn't get more oily than it normally does. My favorite part was that when I'd blot my face, I noticed that there was much less foundation transfer onto the tissue than I usually experience with other foundations, which means that it actually stays on my face and has good lasting power. And I also didn't find the smell nearly as repulsive as everyone else makes it out to be, which is odd because I tend to be very sensitive to scents.
Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Foundation in 35
I only used Mat Velvet once when I applied it with my fingers and noticed that the foundation was a mess and it would pill and roll off my skin. I was advised that the application is much better with a brush, but to be honest, I'm not really in any rush to give it another go any time soon for two reasons: In addition to being a horrendous color match (For those keeping count, that's #3! Thanks Sephora SAs!), my face became shiny within an hour and a half (the usual, but I expect more from a super matte foundation), and I actually felt like it looked somewhat unnatural because my t-zone would be excessively shiny while other areas remained relatively matte.
So, which have I decided on, you ask?
Make Up For Ever Face & Body Foundation!!!
Well, I'm 90% sure ;) This is only my second time using it, but I feel like I can already tell that it's exactly what I was looking for. I may be making a Sephora trip very soon, and remember, foundation was the one thing I was allowing myself to buy while on Project 10 Pan :) Other honorable mentions are Chanel Mat Lumiere and MUFE HD Foundation, both of which I thought might be 'it' until ,of course, I tried MUFE F&B.
Have you tried any of these foundations and if so, which did you like?