I’d have to say that foundation is probably my favourite beauty product to buy (well, other than lipstick of course) because I feel it’s the most important part of my makeup routine – it makes my skin look better which then makes everything else look better too. I think it’s so important to have a good foundation in my makeup bag so it’s one product I’m willing to spend that little bit more money on. I do love some cheaper foundations too (maybe I’ll do a post about those soon?) but the majority of base products I love all fall into the high end category so I thought I’d do a little round up of my top five. It would have actually been my top six as I’m also a big fan of NARS Sheer Glow (read my full review here) but unfortunately I’ve ran out and haven’t got round to buying myself another bottle yet. So, here’s my current top five and the reasons why I love them ..
I picked this up late last year at a World Duty Free beauty event and I’m so glad I added it to my basket as I just LOVE it. Apparently this is the foundation Michelle Keegan and other celebs like Kim Kardashian wear so that obviously made me want to try it as they always look flawless. It’s also been recommended to me by makeup artists on various shoots I’ve done so despite its high price tag, it went to the top of my list. I have to say, all the rave reviews about this product are totally justified. It’s got amazing coverage without feeling to heavy on the skin and also provides a nice glow but not so much that you look shiny. I got the shade 6.5 which is a little too dark for me and one I can only wear when I’m wearing tan but for a night out, it’s perfect. It also doesn’t contain SPF so you don’t get the awful flashback on photos – fab for all those selfies on nights out with the girls! ;) I also find it lasts really well too which is a big plus for me when it comes to foundation. Overall it’s just a beautiful product and one I’d recommend anyone to try.
This is another product that Kim Kardashian supposedly uses so you know, I obviously had to have it. God damn you Kim and your amazingly flawless face. Yes, I’m a sucker for celebrity endorsements. My boyfriends brother actually picked this up for me when he was living out in America but it’s now available to buy from Debenhams which is great news for all us UK based beauty lovers. What I love about this foundation is the coverage – it is amazing! It’s one of those foundations that you apply and it instantly makes your face look flawless. I’m definitely a full coverage foundation kinda girl so this is perfect for me. The shade I have is Soft Beige which has a lovely yellow tone meaning it cancels out any redness in my skin. I find the finish of this foundation quite matte but not too matte that it clings to dry patches. However, I don’t feel like it needs a powder to set it as it has great lasting power on its own.
This was one of those ‘I need to try it’ products after hearing so many good reviews from other bloggers. So off I went to the Debenhams website and popped it in my basket. I often find myself ordering foundation online as I now know what shade I tend to be and the internet is so full of swatches that it makes it easy to match myself to a shade. I ended up going for 'Light Beige' as that seems to be my shade in a lot of different foundations - I'm definitely a light beige gal haha!! This foundation actually reminds me of the Giorgio Armani one as I find they have a similar texture. They're both quite runny when they come out of the bottle but the coverage is medium to full. I'd say this one has slightly less coverage when first applied than the Giorgio Armani but it's definitely buildable so you can go for a lighter or heavier coverage depending on the occassion.
This is another product that I’ve heard so much about from makeup artists and when it was used on me at a recent shoot, I just had to have it. The coverage of this stuff is insane – it covers everything and it lasts too. Perfect for nights out of special occasions when you need your makeup to last all day. I have the shade SB 09 which is a perfect match for me and because it's yellow toned, it's great for covering redness. I actually only wear Yellow toned foundations so all the products in this post are yellow toned. I was once told I should wear Pink toned foundation but I tried it and it made my face look ashy and grey - not a good look. I actually think most people look better wearing Yellow toned foundations.
When I first received this product in the post, there’s no way I expected to love it as much as I do purely because of the name ‘skin tint’. As I mentioned earlier, I’m definitely more of a full coverage foundation fan so that name immediately made me think it would be really sheer and more of a tinted moisturiser than a foundation. However, I couldn’t have been more wrong as the coverage is absolutely amazing. It has quite a thick consistency when squeezed out of the bottle but when applied to the skin it had a lovely texture that covers imperfections without feeling heavy. If you’ve not already noticed throughout this post, I HATE heavy foundations (Estee Lauder Double Wear I’m looking at you) so all of these products feel lovely and light to wear. I have the shade 'St.Barts' which is classed as 'Medium' and it is quite a bit darker than my natural skin tone so I can only wear it when I've fake tanned or when I have a natural tan so I'd definitely say this is more my Summer foundation of choice. However, if I had my natural skin shade too, I'd be wearing it all year round.
I'd highly recommend all of these foundations so if you're looking for a new one, give one of these a go!
What's your favourite high end foundation?!