I definitely have some makeup products that I tend to reach for every day, ones that you can just count on to always deliver stunning results. Foundation is no exception. However, depending on the season, time of the month (hello hormonal breakouts), and even occasion will affect which of my favorite foundations I’ll end up using.
Despite being more or less a great shade match for my skin tone, I did purchase these at different variations of tanned skin. Thankfully, they all blend out really well regardless of how pale or tanned my face is throughout seasons. It also probably helps that I tend to favor light to medium coverage, which I feel have a bit more playing room than full coverage.
Despite it being my most recent foundation purchase, the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation has quickly become one of my favorites. Especially for nights out. Case in point: Halloween night. When I arrived to the festivities, my bestie literally exclaimed that I had no pores visible. Fast-forward to the next morning where I woke up with a more or less in-tact base. Yes, I was a bad makeup addict not removing makeup before bed, but I’m so impressed with the staying power of this foundation. It’s incredible. Finish wise, it feels like second skin. I prefer applying it with a beauty blender as it can look a bit streaky if you apply it with fingers or a brush. It sets well and feels quite velvety even if you don’t set it with translucent powder. No SPF means it’s great for photography as it won’t flashback, but still no SPF…
I’ve been a big fan of the YSL Le Teint Touche Élcat for a while now. Considering I’m at least on my third bottle of the stuff says what it needs to. The fact that the color schema is really easy to understand for tint and undertones is a huge plus for me. The formula itself is a little more fluid than the Luminous Silk, but this also makes it much easier to apply with fingertips also. The finish is also a little more dewy. This combined with the fact that it includes a touch of SPF makes it my go-to choice for days out. Though it can set a little tacky if you don’t set it with powder.
Hands down my favorite drugstore base is the Maybelline Dream Wonder Foundation. It’s very much reminiscent of the higher end foundation in serum formulas. It is quite watery, but very pigmented. Which makes it easy to build up coverage if needed. It dries down to a very light, second-skin feel, and can usually last me through a full day at work plus a happy hour excursion. A while back I compared it to the YSL Fusion Ink foundation. My only complaint is the limited color options, but it’s made up for by being so wallet friendly.
The only mousse like textured foundation to be included, the La Roche Posay Effaclar BB Blur was also one I loved from the get-go. It only comes in two shades, fair/light and light/medium. However, it buffs out really well to match your skin tone as long as you don’t apply too much of it at once. Fingers are probably the best way to apply, but it does exactly what the name implies – blurs. It leaves such a nice matte finish that evens out my skin tone, feels super light weight but packs a punch, and lasts all day. I particularly like using this one after the gym since it’s so easy to apply and does a great job at covering up my redness without irritating my skin.
Do you use the same foundation every day, or do you use different ones for specific situations?