Foundations For Oily Skin

Foundation is such a personal thing.

Does the formula suit your skin type? without it sliding off halfway through the day or gathering into nooks and crannies? No one needs nook and cranny enhancement.

Does it come in a shade for your colouring? Will it be too orange or ashy? Will it change colour throughout the day?

Will it have a weird smell that you have to put up with actually on your nose?

Will it come with an absurd method of dispensing or application?

Well I’ve tried and tested a fair few foundations (lost count) and the following are my current go-to choices for my oily skin.

NARS – All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation.

  • Medium to full coverage
  • Silicone and water based
  • 20+ shades
  • Claims 16h wear
  • Comes with a pump *JUMPS FOR JOY*
  • No SPF
  • Luminous matte finish
  • Application – Tricky. NARS recommend that you warm 1 pump of the foundation in the palm of your hand then blend onto your face in small sections. I recommend (well after some excellent advice from Emmy) that after your normal exfoliating and moisturising routine (this will cling to dry patches), SHAKE WELL, very well and dot the foundation (I use 2-3 pumps) with your fingers on your entire face, spritz your buffing brush with a setting spray (I use Urban Decay All Nighter) or something similar to mac Fix+ and buff into the skin. To get additional coverage push the brush into the skin. Powder if required (I do my t-zone).

YSL – Fusion Ink Foundation.

  • Medium to full coverage
  • Silicone/alcohol/water based
  • 20+ shades
  • Claims 24h wear
  • Comes with wand dispenser
  • SPF 18 (UVB not UVA)
  • Velvet matte finish
  • Application – Straightforward. YSL recommend that you shake well, swipe the wand across zones of the face and blend with fingers. I apply it by shaking it up, using the wand to dispense a 20p sized amount on the back of my hand and buff in the foundation, following the similar methods of pushing the brush into the skin for additional coverage and powdering my t-zone. I don’t use a spot concealer with this foundation as it does the job for me.

Although the key ingredients are very different I group these two foundations in my head as similar. Similar in coverage, in longevity, Nars is much more luminous (not shiny) but YSL is much quicker to apply.

Bourjois – 123 Perfect CC Cream

  • Light to medium coverage
  • Silicone/water based
  • 4 shades
  • Claims 24h hydration (Lasts a working day for me)
  • Squeezy tube format
  • SPF 15
  • Natural finish
  • Application – Straightforward. I squeeze out a 20p sized blob onto the back of my hand and buff in with my reliable Real Techniques expert face brush. This also blends nicely by hand. I set my whole face with powder for this one.

I don’t really believe in all of the BB/CC cream malarkey. In the UK these products are tinted moisturisers, some with more or less coverage. Whatever name this is sold under it’s a great everyday foundation and although the overall coverage isn’t full the colour correcting works for my pale skin so I rarely use concealer with it too.

Estee Lauder – Invisible Fluid Makeup

  • Light coverage
  • Silicone/water based
  • 8 shades
  • Lasts day into night for me
  • Squeezy tube format
  • No SPF
  • Natural finish
  • Application – Shake well and I follow the same steps as the Bourjois application.

This foundation is great for a good skin day, coverage evens out and the formula lasts really well. Don’t let the texture put you off, it’s really, really runny but once buffed in it sets to a lovely natural “no-makeup” finish.

Estee Lauder – Double Wear

  • Full, FULL coverage
  • Silicone/water based
  • 30 shades
  • Lasts until removed
  • Glass bottle – no dispenser (sad face)
  • SPF 10
  • Natural-Matte finish
  • Application – This is serious coverage, so I buff this in with the Real Techniques stippling brush. I don’t need to powder this foundation as it absorbs oil throughout the day.

This foundation is a powerhouse, excellent coverage without looking cakey, it doesn’t change color, smudge or come off on clothes. All whilst feeling lightweight. You really need to get colour matched with this one, with 30 shades getting the right undertone for your overall colouring is a must as the coverage is so full.

These are my current top 5, what’s your current favorite foundation?

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