My Top 5 Foundations

Top 5 Foundations


Someone very wise once said that the secret to flawless makeup is flawless skin. Now, we all know that only a small percentage is blessed with naturally flawless skin, and I’m not one of them. So to solve this problem, after skincare, foundation is where I invest most of my money and effort, trying to find the one that will make my skin look as naturally flawless as possible. I’ve tried many foundations, with a few disappointments along the line, but I finally managed to narrow down my Top 5 Foundations. Let’s get to it!

MAC Face & Body Foundation

MAC Face and Body Foundation, £26.50 | 120ml
Where to buy in the UK: MAC || Debenhams || John Lewis
Where to buy in the US: MAC || Nordstrom || Macys

MAC Face and Body Foundation

  • Natural coverage (buildable to medium)
  • Dewy finish
  • Water-based and water-resistant
  • No SPF (good for photography)
  • Can feel slightly sticky if not followed by powder
  • I’m shade C4, for reference (yellow undertones)

This foundation evens out your skin tone without loosing the skin’s natural look and texture. It doesn’t cover all blemishes, but a touch of concealer will do the job. The lack of SPF in it means that this foundation photographs beautifully without flashbacks. If you have oily skin, you may find it a little bit too dewy; I have dry skin and sometimes I feel the need to powder my skin after applying this foundation to reduce the ‘sticky’ feeling until it fully sinks into the skin.

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation, £32 | 30ml
Where to buy in the UK: Boots || Debenhams || House of Fraser
Where to buy in the US: Nordstrom || Macys || Saks Fifth Avenue

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation

  • Natural to medium coverage
  • Dewy finish
  • Water-based
  • SPF 15
  • Quickly absorbed by the skin
  • I’m shade B40, for reference (pink or yellow undertones)

This foundation feels so light on the skin you don’t even know it’s there most of the time. It’s the perfect foundation to make my skin look healthy and fresh! The very thin consistency of this foundation makes it easy to blend it into the skin. Because it’s water-based it does separate a bit in the bottle, so remember to shake well before application. I find that I need very little concealing after applying this foundation, but beware that the tiny 30ml won’t last you long. It’s great on dry skin and it leaves a lovely fruity scent behind as well.

Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation

Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation, £24.50 | 30ml
Where to buy in the UK: Feelunique || House of Fraser || Boots
Where to buy in the US: Sephora || Ulta || Birchbox

Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation

  • Medium coverage
  • Natural finish
  • Light diffusing properties
  • SPF 25 (bad for photography)
  • Oil free
  • I’m shade ‘Toasted Beige’, for reference (yellow undertones)

This foundation ticks all the boxes for me; medium coverage, natural finish, brightening finish and quick absorption. Best of all, I managed to find my perfect shade with yellow undertones. It’s perfect for day wear because it has a high SPF, but not so good on photos because of the flashback you’ll get from the SPF. I don’t need any powder after applying this foundation and only use concealer under my eyes. The formulation is creamy, but not heavy, and it lasts all day long.

Top 5 Foundations 4

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation, £8.99 | 30ml
Where to buy in the UK: Boots || Superdrug || Feelunique
Where to buy in the US: Walmart || Asos || Target

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation

  • Medium to full coverage
  • Natural finish
  • Illuminating radiance pearls
  • SPF 15
  • Can feel slightly sticky if not followed by powder
  • I’m shade 400, for reference (pink undertones)

This is my favourite high street/ drugstore foundation. It leaves my skin looking flawless, bright and moisturised. A little goes a long way with this foundation, and if you’re not careful it can end up looking a bit cakey on you’re skin. The SPF is the perfect amount to protect your skin and still look good in flash photography. The biggest problem with this foundation is the poor shade selection; I use the darkest shade, which is too dark for me, but the shade lighter is too light. This foundation does contain tiny specks of shimmer, which to me is not a big problem because I think it helps with the whole glowy look, but some people may not like that.

Top 5 Foundations 2

Esteé Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Foundation, £27.50 | 30ml
Where to buy in the UK: Debenhams || John Lewis || Boots
Where to buy in the US: Sephora || Macys || Nordstrom

Esteé Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Foundation

  • Full coverage
  • Semi-Matte and flawless finish
  • SPF 10
  • Quickly absorbed by the skin
  • Oil-free
  • I’m shade ‘Softan’, for reference (pink undertones)

This is my favourite full coverage and long-wear foundation for when my skin is looking a bit worse for wear. It covers every single blemish, spot and pigmentation and it’s also great for flash photography because of its low SPF. It’s not the best foundation on my dry skin as it clings on to dry patches and enhances them, but nothing that a bit of moisturiser under the foundation wouldn’t solve. It feels quite heavy on the skin, but to avoid it looking cakey I make sure to blend it really well into my skin with a foundation brush. If you have yellow undertones like me, this foundation will probably not be a perfect colour match on you, as it has pink undertones.

There you have it, boys and girls! To be honest, it was quite easy to narrow it down because the 5 ones I chose ticked most of the boxes. Now it’s your turn to tell me which are your favourite foundations? Which foundations do you recommend I try?


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