pssst if u have dry sensitive skin try revlon’s nearly naked i am using it over bb cream right now and it’s a revelation. a true revelation. if u have eczema or super super dry skin i still suggest dr. jart water fuse over this product but if u just have dry skin revlon nearly naked is the business. it’s very lightweight but buildable coverage and i am v impressed. and i am so rarely impressed by foundations. like it is making me believe in foundation again. this is a big deal
It depends on your skin type and the coverage you want. I am fond of Koh Gen Do foundation, NARS Sheer Glow, Bobbi Brown foundations, and MAC Face & Body. They all offer different finishes and coverage and work for different skin types. I don’t wear foundation very often (bb cream 5ever) but when I’m doing makeup for shoots I pack those.
For concealers, I pretty much only use Dermablend Quick Fix for my blemishes. I have for years, I must be on my sixth tube. Eve Pearl salmon concealer on my eyebags. Though I do like Tarte’s Amazonian Clay concealer well enough, and MUFE’s concealers are hefty — I just prefer the stick and cream texture of Dermablends over the tube of MUFE.
I’ll give you a couple options for good foundations in the hopes that you can find a color match: Lancome Teint Idole 24H, Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + (I recommend this only for the oiliest of skin, because this foundation is the driest I’ve ever tried), Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation, NARS Sheer Matte Foundation and my personal favorite if you can find a color match, Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Mattifying Oil Free.
Hopefully one of these works for you! All of these can be purchased at Sephora and various other retailers.
Hands down, Bobbi Brown does them best. Particularly Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation, and the Tinted Moisturizing Balm (which is online only, I’m afraid, and has a horrrible range of colors). I don’t wear foundation often at all, not even to industry events really….maybe like six times a year? And whenever I do, it’s always Bobbi Brown.
Haven’t found a drugstore foundation I like enough to recommend though. But next time you’re in Sephora, definitely ask for a sample of that Bobbi Brown.
Quick snap of things I’ve been trying out or can’t wait to. Some of these were purchased by me, some were gifted, * means gifted but obvi doesn’t impact my feelings about the actual product because duh integrity.
- Illamasqua Foundation ($44) - I purchased this months ago during the sale but I haven’t used it yet and I’m still feeling weird about using Illamasqua products since their terrible handling of their Christmas promotions (just google it, I know we’ll be asked, and I’m not going to talk about it anymore). Illamasqua has amazing, high quality products especially their lipsticks and foundation for super pale people who want intense coverage.
- Arrojo Styling Whip* ($18) - I get my hair cut at ARROJO (pics of my hair here) and love both their dry shampoo and their Styling Whip. I never used styling products on my hair when it was long but I think it’s so important now because my hair is super malleable and if I don’t control it at such a short length it can look weird. This is super light and easy to use — a little bit through damp hair to shape it the way you want, and you can air dry. Most mousses and gels etc I’ve tried have been too tacky or gooey but this isn’t.
- Mario Badescu Caviar Night Cream ($20) - I buy all my MB products during the Hautelook sales but they didn’t have the toner I liked so I picked this and the lotion instead. This is quite thick! I think the Ren one I like to use but ran out of is more like a super creamy lotion, but this is definitely more whipped. I’m still testing it out, I’ll let you know how I like it in a little bit.
- Balenciaga L’Essence ($135) - I’ve totally talked to death about this. Yeah yeah perfect perfume I love it etc.
- Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer ($39) - Rebought this because I’ve already hit pan on my first one after only a few months! It’s been steadfast in favorites posts since I purchased it.
- China Glaze Polish & L’Oreal’s Paparazzi Pleaser ($5.99)* - Haven’t used these yet since I’m currently obsessed with Color Club Glitters.
- Shoprite Oil Free Makeup Remover ($7.99) - I remove all my makeup using DHC Cleansing Oil now usually but if I have a lot of eye makeup on, I use some variation of the Nuetrogena remover. Target, Shoprite, etc… pretty much all the same formula. I like it best out of all the ones I’ve tried which have often been too oily or weirdly harsh.
- Illamasqua Poised Illuminator ($20) - I am fond of using illuminators and contour and no blush, so I bought this one also during the sale because I was curious. Still haven’t touched it though.
- Illamasqua Indulge ($22) - Illamasqua’s lip products have never failed me and make up a good chunk of my collection. Pigmented, super glossy or super matte depending on the producted, but never crappy.
- Mario Badescu Alpha Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion ($15) - I like using this post cleansing and it really makes a difference for my dry skin — helps it glow, looks brighter etc.
Hello lovely PD followers! Here’s a mini review of Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup in Caramel 260 $9.99 | link. I purchased this foundation recently because I finished another foundation in my collection (Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Foundation). …and the YouTube hype train is focusing on this foundation so of course, have to see if it’s actually good.
The color range of this foundation is alright, but nothing to be amazed about since if you’re very pale or darker than me you’re probably not going to find a match. Caramel is the second darkest shade, and compared to other Caramel Revlon foundations that i own, it runs a tad lighter. More on that later…
The consistency of this foundation is very liquidy, and since this doesn’t have a pump (why do all foundations not come with pumps this would be better with a pump), it’s very easy to accidentally get too much product. It also does not break me out which is wonderful for my ridiculously sensitive skin.
Application of the foundation is pretty easy, I either use a stippling brush, an expert face brush (Real Techniques ilu), or my fingers. It looks light on my skin when I first buff it into my skin, but it oxidizes and melts into my skin for a pretty good match. It really does feel like I’m wearing nothing, especially when I applied it sheerly. Lightest feeling foundation I own. It dries down to a semi-matte finish on my skin.
The coverage is light but can be built up to medium - it doesn’t bubble up or gather in my pores either which is a welcome sign because all of my drugstore foundations I own do that. It covers all of my light acne scarring and lightly covers the darker scars; however, you will need concealer if you have darker hyperpigmentation or darker acne scarring for a flawless finish. This is by no means a full coverage foundation.
The wear of the foundation is surprisingly good on my combination skin. I have an oily T-Zone and normal everywhere else, and it lasts without a powder for around 5 hours before it starts to fade. With a powder, it lasts around 8 hours, which is the most time I’m usually wearing foundation anyway. I do have to blot my face after four hours.
Overall recommendation: Would I recommend? Yes, if you’re looking for a lighter coverage foundation and if you find a color match. Is it the best thing ever? No not really and since it’s permanent just wait for a sale, coupons or go to Target/Walmart. I like it (a pump would make this a stronger yes tbh) and I get compliments when I wear it. It’s a good product.
Hello lovely PD readers! A recent ask about good foundations and powders for keeping oil at bay during the day made us realize that we haven’t updated our base makeup recommendations for quite a while. So here’s our favorite base makeup recommendations list!
I have oily/combination skin with an oily T-zone and dry everywhere else. Also, my face is prone to breaking out at the drop of a hat and is ridiculously sensitive to life in general. I prefer medium to full coverage foundations since I have a lot of old acne scarring.
My favorites (in no particular order)
- Dior Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup ($48): This has been one of my holy grail foundations off and on for the past year and half for a couple reasons. It controls my oil reasonably well, it doesn’t melt off my face in my oily spots, it moisturizes my dry spots and it looks flawless hours later. It provides medium to full coverage (with the ability to be sheered out to light coverage) and has a decent color range. The only thing is that when they expanded the range of foundations, they discontinued the color I used. T_____T
- Fashion Fair Perfect Finish Creme Makeup ($24): A new addition to my foundation, my experience with this foundation makes me think “why did I wait so long to try cream foundations.” This I would consider to be my current HG foundation simply because it makes me look flawless for however long I decide to have my makeup on that day. It provides medium to heavy coverage and comes in a great range of colors for darker skin tones.
- Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation ($38.50): This is the foundation I gravitate to when my skin isn’t reacting to anything and I just want to cover my scarring. I find that when my skin is being sensitive, this foundation just makes it worse. I love the coverage and it feels really light on the skin. Medium coverage with a minimal amount of product.
Yeah there are no drugstore products on here. I was tempted to list the Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation but while I do like it, it takes a lot of work for my skin to look good with it. It doesn’t give me that flawfree yet skin feeling. Next on my list to try is the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. I have been staring at it for a while, so when I go to the Dior makeup counter and find that none of the colors match me anymore (</3), I’ll try the Luminous Silk.
I have it a lot easier than Chi-Chi when it comes to finding foundation because 1. I am super white and beauty brands bend over backwards for pale people, 2. My skin doesn’t really have breakouts anymore because of my acne medication (before you ask, just check the acne tag for what we’ve tried) so I only have to deal with covering up old scars, really. I have skin that is dry in the winter and oily in the summer. I don’t really wear foundation so my recommendations aren’t very helpful — but when I do, I prefer medium coverage for an utterly flawless finish. I also have pink undertones.
My Favorites (in order)
- Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse BB Cream ($34) - Aren’t you bored of me recommending this by now? I know I’m bored of repeating it, but it’s honestly all I bother with when I bother with putting on more than concealer and powder. For the best results especially for dry, sensitive skin, apply it when your skin is still damp from cleansing or toning, it’ll make your skin so happy. I would say this is medium coverage. Best for cool toned pale people.
- Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation ($46) - I have only a few foundations, and I seldom use them because I simply don’t need the full coverage of them anymore. This is a nice buildable light-medium coverage foundation that works well on dry skin and when applied with a Beauty Blender or damp sponge, it provides the loveliest, natural looking finish. Breathable and light. It has a pretty decent range of shades from really pale to medium-dark.
I also don’t have drugstore foundation selections, because I already found my HG face makeup and you don’t mess with perfection. I have plenty of BB creams to play with so I can always stray if I feel bored, but I don’t love them enough to mention them. I think I’ll likely buy another sheer to medium coverage foundation — perhaps NARS Sheer Glow? — to test out for a bit but I’m not going to bother right now.
When I had really bad breakouts, I lived for this technique for applying foundation.