If I had £1 for every time I was asked what foundation I would recommend I would be living on a remote island sipping cocktails right now 😂
When it comes to foundation, personal recommendation is great as long as you are getting a full picture of what that foundation is like. Everyone's skin is different not to mention personal preferences on things like finish etc.
So I thought I would do a list of my personal favourite foundations and who I would recommend them for. These are not in any particular order and these are just my personal favourites.
Loreal Infallible Freshwear
Around £11.99Inexpensive - Lightweight - Good Coverage
This formula is great if you are looking for something with medium to full coverage that doesn't feel too heavy on the skin. The finish is a nice balance as it's slightly more of a Satin finish (think satin finish wood paint) so it's not dewy but it's not totally matte either.
It is supposedly transfer proof and water-proof but in all honesty no foundation is transfer proof in my personal opinion so I am surprised they (along with a lot of other brands) are making that statement.
Who would like it? Normal to Dry skin/ slightly oily. someone that wants lightweight feel to foundation with good coverage at an affordable everyday price. If you have oily skin you would probably want to use a setting powder with this.
YSL All Hours
More Pricey - Lightweight feel - Full Coverage
This is my current favourite foundation! It is a full coverage foundation that doesn't feel too heavy on the skin, they call it a breathable formula.
They say it has a 24 hour full coverage but again I don't personally like when brands use this term as it is very dependant on the person wearing it skin type as to how long the foundation will last, for instance oily skin will break down the foundation much quicker than someone with a "normal" skin type.
The foundation is infused with hyauluronic acid and although I wouldn't personally say it's going to add hydration to your skin it will prevent the foundation from absorbing as much moisture and drying your skin out so if you have dryer skin this will be an added benefit.
This foundation has what they call a luminous matte finish meaning it has a similar amount of sheen as natural skin. It's not really dewy and it's not really matte either. It's very similar to a satin finish and looks very pretty on the skin hence it being my current favourite.
Who would like it? Most skin types, someone that doesn't want matte or dewy finish to the skin and would prefer something in-between that doesn't soak up the skins hydration and doesn't feel heavy on the skin but still delivers a full coverage and doesn't mind splurging a little on foundation.
Revlon Colourstay - Combination/Oily
Inexpensive - Matte Foundation
This foundation was my go to for many many years so I couldn't miss this one off the list.
It isn't as lightweight as the foundations I mentioned above but it is a medium coverage that you can build up to a full coverage by applying a little more.
It is a matte finish foundation which makes it great for oily/combination skin if you prefer that matte finish.
The formulation contains Salicylic acid which is an ingredient known to slow the production of oil in the skin, however I would of thought that the results from that ingredient may be very minimal as it's unlikely it will get past your moisturiser and deep enough into the skin to make much of a difference so I would take that marketing element with a pinch of salt.
Who would like it?: Oily/Combination skin types that like a matte finish with medium to full coverage.
YSL Touche Éclat Le Teint Foundation
More Pricey - Lightweight - Medium Coverage - Dewy Finish
This Foundation was modelled off of their famous Touche Éclat.
It gives a medium coverage but feels very lightweight on the skin and leaves you with a radiant glow without feeling greasy. This foundation doesn't really dry down as such so it is more likely to transfer than some of the others so be mindful of that if you touch your face a lot throughout the day.
Wo would like it?: Dryer complexions, anyone that likes a dewy finish with medium coverage.
Something I haven't covered in this blog is more sheer foundations for people that don't want a lot of coverage and I will do a separate blog about those as they are closer to a skin tint than a foundation.
Well that's it, my round up of my personal and current favourite foundations
Hope that helps