The Best Foundations Ever!

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*PLEASE NOTE: In order to keep all our post current, this list has been updated so the products may be different than the ones shown in the video.

Hi Makeup Geeks!

You all know I love to try new makeup products, so I’ve compiled my “Best Of” series stating my favorite makeup products of all time!  My top picks are completely unbiased- I simply want to help you spend your money on only the products I know are amazing.  Trust me, I have tested, swatched, and worn just about every makeup product out there ;)

Enough blabbing…. On to the best foundations ever!

xoxo,
Marlena

Revlon ColorStay

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As everyone knows this is one of my favorite foundations and for good reason. The full coverage foundations glides on smoothly and evenly and creates a flawless finish. This comes in 2 different formulas, one for combination/oily skin and one for normal/dry skin. The lightweight formula doesn’t cake or fade and last through the day. This also comes in a huge variety of colors so it’s easy to find a shade that’s right for you.

Coverage: Full coverage
Finish: Matte Finish
Number of Shades: 20, ranging from “Ivory” to “Mocha”
Main Selling Point: Comes in a wide array of colors and is inexpensive
Price:  $9.99 – 12.99 (Depending on where you purchase it)
Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay
 

Estee Lauder Double Wear

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This is one of the best selling foundations on the market. These are broke down into 3 different groups C (cool), N (neutral), W (warm), to help you find the perfect shade. With 30 shades to choose from you are sure to find one that matches you perfectly. The foundation glides on smoothly but dries quickly so you have to work somewhat fast to get this on. Once dried it stays in place all day long and doesn’t budge. It’s heat-proof, water-resistant and gives your skin a amazing finish.

Coverage: Full coverage
Finish: Matte Finish
Number of Shades: 30, ranging from “Bone” to “Mahogony”
Main Selling Point: Covers well and stays on all day
Price: $36.00 
Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay
 

Cover FX Natural Finish

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This is a water-based liquid foundation with a medium coverage that can easily be built up into full coverage and leaves a soft, dewy finish to the skin. This is extremely water-resistant which makes it great for summer and warmer more humid climates. This contains vitamins E and C which sooth inflammation and reduce redness. What I really love about this is that it is considered vegan and contains no parabens, sulphates, and phthalates. It’s also gluten, mineral-oil, and talc free.

Coverage: Medium coverage
Finish: Satin Finish
Number of Shades:  24, ranging from N10-G80.   Colors are divided into 3 categories:  Golden (G) , Neutral (N), and Pink (P) with the lowest number being the lightest, and the highest number being the darkest.
Main Selling Point:  Paraben free and water based- great for sensitive skin!
Price: $40.00
Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Sephora
 

Make Up For Ever HD

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An oil-free foundation that will make you look your best in even the harshest light. This is a medium coverage foundation that gives a “soft focus” effect to the skin and can be built up into a full coverage in wanted. This feels light on the skin and last all day without budging and doesn’t feel heavy when wearing it. It doesn’t appear oily through the day and is great for on a day when you are going to be in photos. I also love that this foundation has a pump, it makes the product easier to access and apply. Take note makeup companies, we LOVE pumps on our foundations.

Coverage: Medium coverage
Finish: Satin Finish
Number of Shades: 24, ranging from “Pink” to “Ebony”
Main Selling Point: Flawless finish and lightweight
Price: $42.00
Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay, Sephora
 

Laura Mercier Silk Creme

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This full coverage foundation has a mouse/gel like consistency and evens out skin tones and adds luminosity to the skin. This includes silk proteins and tea extracts that leaves your skin looking smoother and softer. Because this contains silicones it will actually help minimize the appearance of large pores. However, because of the silicones this would probably be best for those of you with normal/dry skin as it may make oily skin appear shiny after a while. The other draw back is the limit on colors, this only comes in 8 shades so not everyone will find a shade that will work for them.

Coverage: Full coverage
Finish: Satin Finish
Number of Shades: 8,  ranging from “Cream Ivory” to “Hazelnut Beige”
Main Selling Point:  Applies creamy and covers well
Price: $43.00
Where to Buy: Amazon, eBaySephora
 

Burberry Velvet

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The light, gel-like texture of this foundation leaves a stunning, flawless finish to the skin. It blends easily and can be built up to a more full coverage if you desire. The foundation uses wild rose extracts to hydrate the skin and look is looking and feeling great. The only bad thing is the shade range. There are 8 shades and seem to be geared toward those with pink undertones which means those of you with yellow undertones probably won’t find a color that will work for you. This will work best for more mature skin or those of you with dry or combination skin.

Coverage: Sheer to Medium Coverage
Finish: Dewy Finish
Number of Shades:  8 shades, ranging from 201 to 208
Main Selling Point:   Covers well without looking cakey
Price: $55.00
Where to Buy: AmazoneBay, Nordstrom
 

DiorSkin Airflash Spray Foundation

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For an airbrushed effect without the airbrush machine this is definitely the foundation for you. Hold the bottle about 8 inches from your face and spray until you achieve the desired amount of coverage. This gives a flawless finish to the skin without looking and feeling cakey. There are a couple of downsides to this however. It comes in a limited number of colors to choose from and has one of the more expensive price tags. However, the finish is so amazing it is worth it. I suggest saving it for special occasions. (Keep your hair wrapped in a towel while applying this and don’t stand close to a wall. Remember, you are spraying this. :-)

Coverage: Light to Full coverage (depending on how much you spray)
Finish: Satin Finish
Number of Shades:  7, ranging from Light Beige to #600
Main Selling Point: Gives an airbrush finish and is quick to apply
Price: $60.00
Where to Buy: Amazon , eBay ,Sephora

Neutrogena Healthy Skin

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This is one of my other favorite drugstore foundations. This is ideal for those of you with dry skin or in the cooler months when our skin dries out. This glides on smoothly and evenly and can be built up into more full coverage if you like. It gives a dewy appearance to the skin leaving a stunning and healthy finish to the skin. This is very similar to the NARS foundation and has an SPF of 20.

Coverage: Medium coverage
Finish: Dewy Finish
Number of Shades: 12, ranging from “Classic Ivory” to “Tan”. Most of them are warm shades
Main Selling Point: Gives a dewy finish to the skin and is inexpensive
Price: $9.00 – $10.00 (Depending on where you purchase)
Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay
 

NARS Sheer Glow

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This is a light-weight foundation that can be built up to no more than a medium coverage. This glides on smoothly and gives the most amazing dewy finish to the skin. It doesn’t feel heavy or get cakey feeling. If you have sensitive skin however this can cause breakouts though. This will work best on those of you with dry skin or those with more mature skin, as it gives our skin a dewy fresh finish. For the price I do wish it had a pump on the bottle.

Coverage: Sheer coverage
Finish: Dewy Finish
Number of Shades: 16, ranging from “Siberia” to “Khartoum”
Main Selling Point:  Lightweight and luminous
Price: $44.00
Where to Buy: Amazon , eBay , Sephora
 

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra

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This velvety smooth foundation feels amazing on the skin and glides on smoothly and evenly. It blends effortless and leaves a flawless finish. This is broke down into three categories, C (cool), W (warm), N (neutral) which makes it easy for anyone to find a shade that’s perfect for them. This comes with a convenient pump which makes it perfect to get the exact amount you need. The only downside to this is the price,  but because of the price and the packaging it’s definitely worth it.

Coverage: Medium
Finish: Satin Finish
Number of Shades: 25, ranging from 100 Ivoire N to 560 Suede C
Main Selling Point: Flawless finish and covers well   (this one is my current favorites)
Price: $45.00
Where to Buy: Amazon, eBay , Sephora

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