I tidied out my makeup box this weekend, throwing out anything that was empty or I really didn’t use. I’ve been trying out lots of foundations lately, so here’s my views on three of them.
I’ve already mentioned The Ordinary Coverage Foundation in an earlier blog, so just to quickly recap, this is available in 21 shades and costs £5.90, yes £5.90! As foundations go it’s not bad at all. It’s good for everyday use and it didn’t dry my skin out which is a real bonus to me. The formula also offers SPF 15 mineral sun protection. I used a blending sponge to apply and it gave my skin a smooth finish, lasting for around 5 hours, so you may have to re-apply during the day.
Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation is at the other end of the price scale, coming in at £45. It’s a mineral based formula with SPF 30 which is supposed to leave your skin “glowing and radiant with a youthful, flawless finish”. I just didn’t get on with this foundation at all. I found it settled in fine lines and wrinkles but didn’t give any coverage elsewhere. I know it’s called “No Foundation Foundation” but I’ve got a better glow from non-foundation products such as Trinny London’s BFF Cream. It was too expensive to just throw away so I ended up mixing it with other products to use it up.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup (£32.50) is the number 1 selling foundation in the UK. It’s built a cult status on it’s 24-hour staying power and the over 50 shades on offer. I usually love Estee Lauder products, this is the Company I was brought up with, my Mum has always been a huge fan. However, this is another on the list of foundations I just don’t like. It was far too drying for me. I tried applying it with a brush, fingers and a beauty blender but nothing made any difference. I had to mix it 50/50 with a moisturiser in order to use it.
Would I repurchase any of these? At a push the only one I would buy again is The Ordinary Coverage Foundation.