On to part two of my favorite items. This time I’ll bring you a list of may favorite base makeup items. Foundation isn’t for everyone, but it is for me. I have a lot of scars form old acne and new so I feel better when they are covered up. Not to mention that my face is very red when compared to my neck so it’s nice to even out the color.
I have a few items that have truly become my favorites over this past year. It’s like I have come into my own and have finally settled down on a foundation, powder, and concealer that work for me. That’s not to say that I still won’t try new items in that arena. I’m a makeup addict and I like to try the newest gimmick. I’m a sucker that way…wait for my upcoming review of Fusion Color Adjusting foundation for an example of exactly what I’m talking g about. Anyway. I digress. Here are a few of my favorite items for base makeup.
I have come to understand that the best foundation is a very subjective term. What might work for you won’t work for me and vice versa. So let me give you a bit of background on my skin type and you can decide if these items might work for you.
I have combination skin. It’s oily in the T-zone area. It’s normal on the cheeks but clog prone and sensitive to some silicones. It gets drier in the winter and much more oily in the hot & humid DC summers. I have red undertones and large pores on my nose & cheeks. I have acne scarring, that is slowly fading with use of microdermabrasion and some whitening products, but I still like to cover them.
OK. So now that you have a better understanding of my skin type let me tell you what I like.
Dianne Brill Fresh Water Pearl Foundation. I have already reviewed this “gem” of a foundation here but allow me to reiterate how lovely it is and how much I do like it. I have managed to find it twice on eBay for less than ½ the cost but I fear that some day soon I will have to pay full price and that’s going to be a killer. It’s $60!! But it is slowly becoming my “Holy Grail” of foundations. The jury is still out until this summer, and then we will see how well it performs in the heat.
Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy foundation.
In the dead of winter, when my skin is at it’s driest I have found this inexpensive foundation to be a godsend. It does not clog my pores, it is moisturizing, but not overly so and does not slide off my face by noon. The color match is a bit tricky since drugstores don’t have testers, but I have found that combining 2 shades give me the perfect color. It comes in a frosted glass bottle that has a hygienic pump dispenser. It’s small enough to fit in my train case or medicine cabinet and its no frills simple packaging make it a nice and inexpensive addition to my foundation stash.
Oh, foundation stash is not a typo. I used to be a foundation hoor! I would buy almost any new foundation out on the market. I think I have tried them all at one point or another. I did finally get my head on straight and decide to stop buying them and settle on just one. (Dianne Brill) but I used to have 8-12 different foundations at one time. It was a mess. Anyway. Enough of my foundation addition. I kicked it!
My favorite powder foundation has to be Guerlain Parure. It comes in the most elegant gold package and 02 Beige Equis is a perfect summer shade for me. This powder foundation does not get cakey and stays put for most of the day. I use my MAC 187 skunk brush to apply it and I get the loveliest diffused matte glow to my skin. The compact & powder will set you back $60. Refills are a measly $45. Yeah. That’s sarcasm. It’s not cheap. But it works so well on me, especially in the summer I pay the price. I go through a pan once every 4-5 months…depending on use.
Another powder foundation I am fond of is Dianne Brill Freshwater pearl powder foundation. Another Dianne Brill foundation. It works very well, but not well enough for the price. It’s a whopping $45 and the compact is not refillable so you have to throw away a huge plastic compact every 6 months. (It seems to last far longer than the Guerlain) but the finish isn’t as pretty but it does not cake up, so that's a plus. It’s still a nice alternative to my Guerlain and that’s why I listed it here.
I have already reviewed my favorite concealer here. It is my Cle de Peau concealer stick. It’s worlds beyond better than any other concealer I have tried. It’s expensive as hell, but it will last you a long while 7 months to a year…depending on usage.
Another nice and inexpensive alternative is Maybelline Age Rewind concealer. It’s a liquid concealer with a sponge tip applicator on one end and a liquid light pink highlighter with brush applicator on the other. I find the concealer is good at covering the under eye and does a decent job of covering some spots on the face, but you might need to layer it. It does not cake and seems to last a good 6 hours. That’s not bad considering it’s a drugstore concealer. The highlighter is OK. I’m not a fan of liquid ones but for what it does it works well.
I have two favorites in this category.
One is La Mer loose translucent powder. At $65 a jar this powder is pricey, but I have found a little lasts a VERY VERY long time. Since powder hardly ever turns bad, if kept dry, I believe this price per use is very good. I was given an extremely generous sample from my friend Sophia and I’m still using it months later. I purchased a small sample size on eBay for about $20 and I haven’t even had an opportunity to use it because the original sample I have is still going strong. This ultra fine milled powder has some ever so slight shimmer to it, but when applied it melts into your skin leaving a fresh diffused poreless look. It is truly amazing. This stuff is wonderful! If you have been debating buying it, don’t wait any longer. Get it today. I know I could not live without this stuff!
My 2nd favorite if for days when I wear powder foundation. Make Up For Ever (MUFE) High Definition Powder is simply pure silica powder for $30. Sure you can get it for less money from various e-tailers, but since some of those e-tailers have questionable customer service or don’t ship overseas I wanted to give you all an option that is available to most of the world. MUFE HD powder, as I like to refer to it is a wonderfully finely milled powder that sets your makeup while giving a soft diffused look to your entire face. It is flash camera friendly within a few minutes of application (This means, no ghostly paleness from the camera flash – unless you are already ghostly pale). It is allegedly supposed to keep oilies at bay, but frankly I have not seen that at all. I apply it after I have put on all my makeup for the day, except for Mascara and Guerlain Meteorites, which I apply last.
So that’s it for base makeup. Not too exciting, but a good foundation is the key to a wonderful looking face.
What are some of your favorites in the categories above?