Foundation: magical stuff that protects my skin from the world and the world from seeing any awfulness going on on my skin. I love it. Deeply. Which may explain why this is the third instalment of my ‘new foundations on my radar’ compilation. If it ain’t broke, and all…
About / Containing hyaluronic acid and walnut seed extract, this tint is a good way to address slight unevenness in tone while protecting skin from the elements. It comes in three colours, none of which will cover mega spots or the like, but if you’re a fan of feeling – and looking – bare of skin but want some of the barrier benefits of foundation and a blurring of imperfections, this is great. Bonus points for being fragrance-free and still smelling deliciously herbal.
The Finish / Very sheer and natural though seems to go some way to keep skin from looking greasy thanks to the lack of oil in the formula.
About / Waterweight in name because it has a serum (rather than oily/creamy) texture, this is hydrating and smooths over the face easily, while still giving some on the coverage front. When I first pipette-d this into my hand, it was so runny that I thought it wouldn’t cover redness, but it did a remarkably good job of masking areas of concern and a second dab where needed minimised the need for a lengthy concealer session. Comes in an impressive 23 shades.
The Finish / Apparently Terry Barber (director of make-up artistry at MAC) refers to this as a dewy matte. Oxymoronic though that description is, I sort of get where he’s coming from – it, like healthy skin, has a slight sheen without looking overly oily.
About / Another lightweight foundation I’ve been very impressed by, this one is oil-free and pigment rich. In practical terms, this means it slips on like a second skin, hiding blemishes while looking fresh. The colour selection of this release is also, as I’ve come to expect from Smashbox, extensive so I’d be amazed if you couldn’t find the exact shade for you.
The Finish / Radiant with a slight blur.
About / Foundation doesn’t really innovate much, does it? Sure, mineral foundation has come to the fore of late, but essentially the old liquid foundation form has continued to reign supreme. Until now: foundation specialists Custom FX have just released this little number and in so doing have shaken things up.
In the bottle is a fluid pigment that can be added to moisturiser/serum/eye cream/SPF: you name it – whatever you put on your face can be made into coverage. Also, the level of coverage is entirely dependent on how many drops of pigment you add. Clever, no? I’ve yet to get this one exactly right, as it were – two drops into a pea-sized dollop of SPF seems to be a sweet spot, but I’m still experimenting…
The Finish / Anything can be achieved from a slippery, shiny veil if mixed with oil, to a matt base if added to an oil-absorbing primer.
About / I’m trying to be sensible about this one and break it down so you know why I love it so. I try, but my fingers won’t obey – this is THE foundation I’ve been waiting for. It covers blemishes yet appears to melt into the skin, it masks imperfections yet is weightless, it is skincare (hello vitamin C, hyaluronic filling and pore-tightening laricyl) AND make-up. And it is bloody magic indeed (provided you like proper foundation – if you don’t, get one of the above instead).
The Finish / Velvety, with a slightly blurred surface.
About / Estee Lauder’s Doublewear range is hugely popular as it mimics skin while offering good coverage. In expanding the range, they’ve tackled the whole ‘topping up on the go’ thing by creating a dispenser that gives you a single shot, as it were, of foundation. It comes with a sponge that gets a bit mucky but provided you clean that, this is a very good way to keep make-up on throughout the day.
The Finish / Dewy, mid-to-lightweight coverage in the first instance, but buildable.