4.01.2013

A Foundation Base for Every Occasion.

I don't have enough restraint to be one of those people who only uses one foundation at a time. Depending on my needs that particular day (Do I need a base that photographs well? Lasts a long time?) and how I'm feeling, my choice of base changes accordingly. Here a are few of my favorite bases and the occasions on which I most prefer to use them. (Note: not all shades match me at my current NC20 state.)


The natural day-to-day foundation.
The Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation (shade 130 Shell) is a great light coverage foundation that feels weightless on the skin. It has a natural finish that is neither truly matte nor dewy - it's just somewhere perfectly in between. It's perfect for everyday wear when you just want a bit of coverage that will never look like you have foundation on. I always wear this over primer and with powder on top to make it last a decent while on me, although I will say that the lasting power is nowhere near as tragic as people make it out to be, at least not on me. This has SPF 20.

The higher coverage daytime base.
When I'm needing a little more coverage during the daytime, I turn to either the Dior Diorskin Nude BB Creme (shade 002 Fair) or the Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer (shade Bliss). Both are light to light/medium coverage and have dewy, luminous finishes. The Dior has SPF 10 and the Chantecaille has SPF 15.

The non-liquid daytime foundation.
If I'm in a rush or feeling particularly lazy and can't be bothered to slather on a liquid foundation, I'll use the Laura Mercier Mineral Powder Foundation (shade Real Sand). It has light coverage and despite being a powder, it doesn't look powdery or cakey on the skin at all. It has a natural matte finish that still lets skin look like skin. The only downside to this product for me is that I get quite shiny after about an hour and a half and need to blot more often throughout the day than I do with other foundations. This has SPF 15.

The lightweight nighttime foundation.
My pick for this category also happens to be my HG foundation, Make Up For Ever Face & Body Foundation (shade 20). It has light coverage that is easily buildable without looking cakey, and the finish could not be any more like skin. It is incredibly natural looking and lasts the longest on me out of all of my foundations. It does not contain SPF, which makes it suitable for night outings with the potential for flash photography.

The higher coverage nighttime foundation.
When I want more coverage at night, I look to the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation (shade 53). I love this foundation. It has medium coverage with an incredibly natural yet glowy finish that doesn't make me particularly oily. This also does not contain any SPF, so it doesn't flashback with flash photography.


As you can see, in general, I like to have a little bit of SPF in my daytime foundation and none in my nighttime options. I also prefer lighter coverage foundations, and medium coverage is typically the heaviest I'll go. I have combination skin with an oily t-zone, so I typically wear my base makeup over a primer like the Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer or the Smashbox Oil-Free Photo Finish Foundation Primer and powder lightly on top through my t-zone, if not all over.

All of the products that I've reviewed more in-depth before are linked above :)


36 comments:

  1. Are you me?! I think we have the same preferences across the board (so this post is particularly helpful). :) The highest coverage I'll ever go is medium as well, so I use a BB cream most days (Skin79 pink bottle). I'm surprised the Chantecaille tinted moisturiser has higher coverage than the Revlon foundation. I might have to go check out that new Revlon product now because I've dismissed it entirely since I thought it had higher coverage. Currently on my wish list is MAC Face + Body; have you tried it/do you rate it? xx

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  2. Great post, Tiffany! I used to be one of those people that would just find a base that worked and stick with it but in the past year or so, I've really started experimenting more. I really like the idea of having a different base to suit your skin day to day. Some of mine are matte, some are semi-matte, some are more peachy if I'm feeling really sallow that day and some are powders for when I'm super lazy...I recently got a few bottles of the Revlon Nearly Naked and have been playing around with it. So far, I like it but then, I've only worn it at home and I find my skin is a LOT less oily when I'm just testing a product at home vs. going about my business day to day out in the sun with all the pollution and sweat/running around, etc. I have heard so many good things about the MUFE Face & Body but I've also heard it's not for very oily skin (which I have) :/ Still, I'm thinking of getting a sample--I'm just so curious! I've also heard a lot of great things about the Chantecaille TM too but luminous and dewy?? I REALLY don't think that one would suit my skin :/

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  3. Oh wow, thanks for such a detailed breakdown, Tiffany! All these seem lovely for different reasons! I don't have that many base products in rotation at all. For the moment I use Bourjois Healthy Mix on photo days, and Guerlain Parure de Lumiere on fancy days. Sometimes I use my Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, but that's really all I use ;)

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  4. This is a fantastic post! I may copy this idea (I'll link back if I do!). I want to look in to the MUFE F&B foundation - my usual nighttime foundation is actually MUFE HD, I also avoid SPF at night. I don't care whether a foundation has SPF during the day though, since I always wear a separate sunscreen anyway.

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  5. I love different foundations for different times. But then again I just love trying as much foundations I can to find that one I can wear all the time. Such a battle but fun at the same time :P

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  6. Great post Tiffany! I really want to try the MUFE Face and Body based on your reviews - sounds like a fit for me! It's funny though, I tend to use my Bourgeois Healthy Mix as my day-to-day natural foundation unlike you! :) I sheer it out a lot tough - I agree that it can give a higher coverage.

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  7. Thank you for sharing Tiffany! I have been looking for a new foundation since the one that I have right now is a little too matte and my skin isn't as oily. I definitely will check out MUFE's face & body! It's nice to know that we have the same MAC "foundation reference" too so it's easier for me to find the right shade :)

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  8. great products!
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  9. I've been loving Revlon Nearly Naked too! I have Shell too, and the color fits me perfectly! I love the powder too, both are so natural and smooth on my skin!


    XO aly

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  10. Great picks Tiffany. The chantecaille has caught my curiosity. I love to have a good selection of foundation and I looove finding new ones, which is very hard to do.

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  11. It does smell nice, in my opinion anyway ;) You should give it a try! It's fairly affordable and definitely one of my favorites. The shade I have doesn't match me right now, though, but I'm already planning on buying a new bottle in a different shade :)

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  12. Thanks, Taylor! What are some of your favorites?

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  13. I've heard great things about the powder, but I need another powder like I need another arm, so I didn't buy it ;) Glad you're liking them though, Aly!

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  14. Yay, glad I could help :) You should definitely give the MUFE one, especially if you like lighter coverage. I hope it's moisturizing enough for you though. I can't say for sure since I don't generally have dry skin, but I can say that it has never clung to any random dry patches I've had :)

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  15. Thanks, Annick! I don't blame you for using the Bourjois one day to day; it's a fantastic foundation! The shade I have doesn't match me right now though, so I need to buy a different shade. Let me know if you end up trying out the MUFE! I think you'll like it if you like lighter coverage foundations :)

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  16. Tiffany, have you ever tried the Laura Mercier Foundation Powder?? I really prefer this one to the Mineral Powder because it has a little bit more coverage (without looking powdery) and is truly long-lasting, especially when you top it off with a setting spray :) xxx

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  17. I agree - it's tough but it can also be fun trying out so many different formulations! What foundations are you currently using and liking, Miranda?

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  18. Yes! I would love to read about your picks, Emi! I really like MUFE HD when I had a sample of it (it made my skin look SO nice!) but my skin was too oily for it at the time. It might be better now though since it's less oily. You should definitely give MUFE F&B a try! :)

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  19. Sounds like you have a solid 3 products in your rotation, even if it's not an extensive one :) I want to give the Laura Mercier TM again - I had a sample once but it was a HORRIFIC match on me :-/

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  20. I hope you end up liking Revlon Nearly Naked after wearing it out! And although my skin is more combination than straight up oily right now, I've been using MUFE F&B for quite some time now, starting back when my skin was still very oily and acne-prone, and I STILL loved it :) Let me know how it works for you though...you might just need a primer underneath to control the oil? And yeah, the Chantecaille is quite dewy...okay for combo to mildly oily skin but not great for SUPER oily skin I don't think.

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  21. Yay, foundation twinsies! :D Can you believe I've never tried a true, Asian BB cream? I'm afraid they'll be too grey-toned on me, but I've heard great things in general about the Skin79 ones. The Chantecaille TM has surprisingly good coverage for a TM in my opinion, and the Revlon foundation is very light, both in terms of coverage and feel. You should try it if you like light coverage :) And no, I've never tried the MAC F&B...I heard a lot of people love it but it can feel sticky on the skin, which doesn't seem very desirable to me :-/

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  22. Oh, no I haven't! I haven't heard much about it to be honest, but I want to try it now! Do you use it on it's own or over a TM or lighter liquid foundation or something?

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  23. Wow!
    How come I only came to find out about your blog just now??
    I so love reading your posts!
    ♡,

    Riza of Pour L'Instant

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  24. Me neither! I actually went to the counter with the intention of buying the compact mineral powder but the saleswoman gave me the powder foundation by mistake.
    I wanted to return it at first but I'm so glad I didn't :) It has become a staple in my quick foundation routine :)


    This is how I use it: I apply concealer (MUFE full cover) and set it with my Laura Mercier secret brightening powder. Then I apply the powder foundation in circular motions all over my face with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush (depending on the coverage you want, you can go back in and do a second or third layer. No matter how many layers you apply, it never looks cakey or powdery. It's a miracle haha). To finish off (after blush application), I spritz a few pumps of my Urban Decay All Nighter to seal everything into place :)


    xxx

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  25. From what I've tried so far my 2 favorites are UD Naked. Its got great coverage but so lightweight for me. For daytime I've been loving Rimmels bb cream. Its perfect for daytime and when I want something but not a full face of makeup.

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  26. You've sold me! It sounds amazing! I love powder that doesn't LOOK like powder. I just got a travel size of the UD De-slick spray, so maybe I'll try that over it :) Thanks, Lina <3

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  27. I've been meaning to get a sample and try the LM tinted moisturizer again. I tried it a long time ago but my sample was such a bad shade match that I couldn't really give it a fair chance. Glad you like it so much :)

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  28. I was interested to see what you thought of the Laura Mercier because I'm on the lookout for a new mineral powder foundation. For a drugstore version I quite like L'Oreal's Bare Naturale as it gives me opaque but still glowy coverage. I'm currently using another local product (Nude By Nature) which is too sheer so I'm wondering how LM stacks up for covering pigmentation, freckles etc?

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  29. I'm sure it will work just as fine :) let me know what you think of it!! Hope you'll love it just as much as I do :) Have a great weekend dear <3

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  30. The Laura Mercier is light coverage. It's slightly buildable, but somehow, I don't think it's quite as buildable as Bare Minerals, if you've ever tried that one. I definitely still need to use concealer with it to completely cover redness, under eye circles and blemishes. Hope that helps, Vita!

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  31. I'm glad I found this post. I am really having a hard time on what foundation to use.. Gonna try this one asap!
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    Grow Eyelashes

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  32. Fantastic post! It's funny how each foundation has its own unique properties and qualities which we can call on depending on our needs (or at least that's what a makeup addict would say to justify having more than one foundation, haha) :p Really want to try Revlon Nearly Naked - though I have eway too many foundations at the moment I need to finish first!

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  33. Thanks so much! And yes, I find myself constantly justifying owning so many beauty products ;) I really need to start focusing on finishing some of my foundations as well!

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  34. Discovered the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation a few weeks ago and LOVE it :)



    XoXo


    Irsada

    http://irsadasbeauty-fullworld.blogspot.com/

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