I recently went on a mini holiday to Bruges (beautiful place, lovely beers, fab atmosphere) and picked up a few skincare and make-up bargains. Unfortunately Colin Farrell was nowhere to be found… If you’ve not seen In Bruges I highly recommend it (if you’re over 18).
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.
January’s review products are primers and foundations. We grouped these together as there are many primers and foundations on the market that do both jobs and do them well, so we decided to give them a go.
Emmy chose the beauty blogger favourite, Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer, £20.50 for 30ml (but currently on offer on Beauty Bay). The product description says “Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer neutralises and smoothes uneven skin tone for a youthful lustre”. But what did Emmy think? “It’s fucking amazing” she gushed. The slight pink tone is illuminating and definitely helps foundation stay put for the day, whilst keeping the skin plumped and hydrated. Emmy gave this primer a 9/10 but said “I would give it 10/10 if it minimised pores too!”. Ingredients list here.
Carrie reviewed the Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Foundation £27 for 30ml and contains Pink algae extract and Opal powder for luminosity! Carrie’s skin can be drier during winter and has been using a thin layer of Coconut Oil as a primer during these colder months so was looking for a foundation that would give her the hydration and cover she wanted. Carrie loved this foundation and said it smelt lovely, stopped shine, stayed on for the full day, still gave more coverage than a BB cream and gave it 8.5/10! Ingredients list here.
Laura tried out the Maybelline Instant Fatigue Blur primer in Warm Apricot, £7.99 for 30ml, which is a water-based blur primer to help keep the skin hydrated. Laura normally uses the Maybelline Instant Pore Eraser so was excited to try this but reported back with a very lacklustre “It’s alright”. The smell was the main thing that put Laura off, as it has a strong plastic, chemical smell. On it’s own there’s nothing to write home about, however her foundation did stay in place for longer which upped her score to a 4/10, but will stick with her Instant Pore Eraser (which she would give a 7/10!).
Sara splashed out on the lovely Clinique Superbalanced Makeup in Alabaster, £22.50 for 30ml. This foundation is a great all rounder, claiming to balance skin, control oil and minimise the appearance of fine lines. Sold! But does it actually do all this? Sara loved the fact that this foundation is hydrating as she too has dry skin during the winter, with some redness around her nose. But it stayed on all day keeping her skin smooth and moisturised with a buildable coverage that showed her freckles with one layer and covered the dreaded redness with a touch more. Sara awarded Superbalanced Makeup a very deserved 8/10! Ingredients here.
Fiona tested the Neutrogena Shine Control Primer, which doesn’t seem to be very easy to buy in the UK! But we found it for £9.85 on eBay. The Neutrogena Primer is a Rice Protein Complex and is silicon based so has that lovely soft, but light texture. As soon as Fiona put it on she noticed it “massively helped with shine control” and felt comfortable wearing it on its own but her foundation also sat well on top of it. It also has a lovely, yet not overpowering scent. Fiona loved this primer and gave it a big 9/10! Ingredients here.
Lucy trialed the infamous Benefit The Porefessional, which at £24.50 for 22ml is the most expensive ml for ml. The Porefessional is another silicon heavy primer and when you do the back of hand test, yes it does feel lovely and make your skin look totally smooth, but on your face it feels very different. Lucy said it made her foundation feel heavy and skin feel greasy and was actually shiny within a couple of hours. Pore-free but shiny. Definitely not one for the re-purchase list – 3/10. Ingredients here.
Rachel bought the multi-tasking Max Factor Facefinity All Day Flawless 3 in 1 Foundation, £11.99 for 30ml, which claims to be a primer, foundation and concealer in one handy bottle, with an added SPF20. The first thing Rachel mentioned was the huge range of shades available which made it easy getting the right shade for her. The foundation gave a medium, even coverage and lasted a full day without transferring and helped stop the dreaded shine. Rachel said the application was smooth too and would definitely re-purchase once this bottle ran out and would be her new day to day foundation! 8/10! Ingredients list on original link.
So mostly all winners this month! We’ll absolutely be buying the Pixi Clarins, Clinique, Neutrogena and Max Factor, but we’ll leaving the Maybelline and Benefit on the shelf, thanks!