Foundation is a makeup essential which needs no introduction. It comes in different forms, formulas and for different purposes. Light weight to full coverage, liquid to powder, pressed, in a bottle, as a stick, name it.
Over the year's I've evolved from mismatched drugstore foundations to these ones which I'll tell you about.
First of all, these are all light-medium coverage and therefore leave a sheer/natural finish. In addition I usually only wear one pump of foundation so I haven't really tried to see if they can provide really full coverage. My guess is Lancome and TF are buildable, not sure I would say the same for the MUF face & body foundation.
The first foundation I bought which actually matched my skin tone was NARS in the shade Macao - it was so long ago but I still remember the name because I thought it was unique. Eventually it got too dark for me and that's when I switched to Lancome Teint Miracle. Let me tell you something, that foundation is amazing. I wore it in the shade 460 Suede W. I probably used about 3 bottles one of which just recently ran out. The last time I was at the Lancome counter and complained about getting oily, so she recommended Teient Idole 24Hr (pictured above). I was a little skeptical because I thought the shade wont match perfectly but I was wrong. I now wear Teint Idole in 460 Suede W. It has the added advantage over Teint Miracle of being better for combination skin and containing some SPF.
Top to bottom : Lancome, Tom Ford, Make Up For Ever
BTW the Lancome looks darker than TF in this picture, but you'll see in the next image that it actually has more yellow in it than red. I'mr really amazed at how perfectly it matches my skin ton.
TOM FORD $82
The most expensive foundation I've ever bought. I wear the shade 11 Warm Almond. I like the coverage but the color isn't as perfect for my skin tone as Lancome is. The bottle's pretty as you can see with the gold accent, but I don't think I would buy this again. Ironically, I use this more than I do the Lancome because I'm afraid of running out of the Lancome and not finding a replacement. Lol it's an irrational fear I don't know how to explain. BTW I just checked Tom Ford's website and warm almond is now number 9.5. I guess they adjusted their range. Not sure if it affects the shade as well.
- smells nice
- great coverage
- not wonderful for combination skin; t-zone gets oiler than it does with Lancome.
MAKE UP FOR EVER $43
This foundation isn't my fave but it's in my top 3 by default because I have only 3 foundations. I really liked it when I tried it in store at sephora. It was the beginning of summer and I loved how lightweight it was so I made the purchase. Since then, it doesn't look as flawless.. It probably also has to do with the fact that I'm darker now and the water based formula does have a great finish. Also you can see from the picture below how sheer it is, if you have blemishes and darkspots, this is NOT the foundation for you.
- water based
- very lightweight
- would probably be great if you find it in your exact complexion
Lancome is my absolute favorite😍😍 Tom Ford comes close to it in texture and coverage but the shade I was matched with has more red in it, which doesn't fully compliment the yellow/golden undertones of my skin. MUF is closer to Lancome in terms of shade but the consistency as you can see is very light side it's water based. If you're not careful, it could leave you looking ashy. However, TF and MUF mixed together, work really well for me.
Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick
Kat Von D - Lock it - I've heard it works really well for oily/combination skin.
What's your favorite foundation? Which one's should I try next?