I'm starting a new series - '5 fabulous' and today I'm starting with affordable foundations. I've tried my fair few and found that some can be so hit and miss. Then there's the whole shade matching issue, which I know a lot people struggle with. I personally don't really have an issue and some how manage to make most foundations work. But anyway let's get into it...
L.A. Girl PRO. Coverage HD Long Wear Illuminating Liquid Foundation | £9
This foundation inspired this whole post! I picked it up a couple of weeks ago, before hearing anything about it and now it seems a lot of people are wanting to try it. The 1st thing that springs to mind is how similar it is to the Make Up Forever HD Foundation, especially the older packaging. But I'm pleased to say these two foundations are very different, I really dislike the MUFE one. But I love this! I hadn't seen this foundation at all before I brought it, which made shade matching an issue. But I went for Nude Beige which is a spot on match! I'm normally a MAC NC 30. It comes with a regular pump, which is always handy! The consistency is quite watery and so easy to blend. It works well with a buffing brush or the BeautyBlender. It has a dewy finish, not too dewy though, but definitely not satin! Because it's dewy-ness the foundation does remain a little tacky so I do like to set this. It leaves my skin looking pretty flawless - the coverage is a good solid medium but build-able, I found it covered most blemishes in the first layer. When set with a powder this lasts all day on me, no problems at all! I love this foundation, it quickly knocked my trusty BareMineral Complexion Rescue off the top spot! Which is very impressive considering it cost a mere £9.
Milani Conceal And Perfect 2 In 1 Foundation And Concealer | £11 | POST
Milani have pretty much formulated the perfect foundation. With a really creamy, blend-able formula, amazing coverage, without being cakey- this will be loved by many! The finish is satin, which is perfect for the autumnal weather, I also really like satin foundations because they're easy to make matte, or easy to up the glow of them. This also isn't too drying for my dehydrated skin, which I tend to find is a problem for full coverage, long lasting foundation. I have the shade 4 which is the 1 I can work with. I have heard the shades do run dark, so something to bare in mind if you're very pale. Overall, this is a great foundation that rivals many high-end options.
L'Oreal True Match Foundation | £9.99 | POST
The original True Match gained quite a cult following, I unfortunatly didn't like that one - it was far too drying and cakey looking on my skin. But has since been reformulated, with added skincare benefits and oils. And it's so much better! It's so lightweight and natural looking on the skin, but still gives a nice glow. The coverage is light to medium but build-able. The staying powder is ok, it lasts around 4-5 hours before it starts going patchy, but with a good powder it lasts a lot better. I have the shade W4. Which is slightly too pale but it works when my tan is fading. I have also heard people say that although L'Oreal claim to cater for all skin tones they actually don't, which is a shame considering they've made a whole line dedicated to it!
L'Oreal Sculpt Foundation | £8.99 | POST
Now this offering isn't actually marketed as a foundation, it's supposed to be a base for contouring. But it's basically a lightweight foundation. I really like it though. Because the coverage is light it doesn't overly mask the skin and keeps it looking natural. While adding a subtle glow and even out my complexion. It does make a nice base for layer contouring and highlighting products but no better than any other foundation. This only comes in two shades though. Light & Medium. I have medium so this doesn't hold much hope for anyone at either ends of the colour spectrum. But I still really like this and I find myself reaching for it a lot when I want something more natural.
L'Oreal Lumi Magique Foundation | £9.99 | POST
For me I think L'oreal are the kings of drugstore foundation. And this one is a firm favourite of mine. It's a lightweight super dewy foundation! The consistency is very watery and so easy to blend. I do prefer to apply this with a brush rather than the BeautyBlender just because it's so light, I find it easier to build coverage with a brush. The staying power is incredible too, considering it is so glow-y. This is a dry skins best friend! I have the shade Pure Beige Which is good match. I don't think this range has an extensive colour selection, but I think it's definitely worth checking out!
So there you have 5 Fabulous Affordable foundations.
Have you tried any of these? What are your thoughts?
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