Fot the past two years I have been trying and experimenting with a lot of new foundations, in the quest to find the holy grail to use on my wedding day. I found it, plus a few other ones on the way.
Best light coverage: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation
Out of all the foundations on this list, this is the one I’ve known for the longest time. This is actually my second bottle. Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum is the best light coverage foundation, period. You can build it up to medium coverage, but if you’ve ever tried it, you know you won’t want to. This has that magical ability to make the complexion look very even, while keeping its sheerness. The finish is very dewy, and for something that light and shiny, it lasts an absurd amount of time – it claims to be 16 hours, and it is correct in that claim.
I haven’t ever seen a negative review about this foundation. Everyone who tries it loves it. The reason why I believe this isn’t more popular is because at most retailers, the shade range is absolutely atrocious: one available shade. ONE. Let me know where you can find anything else other than 52 Vanilla. It’s a tad too dark for me (though I wear it anyway), and it certainly isn’t a universal colour.
Best medium coverage: YSL Touche Éclat
YSL Touche Éclat is a medium coverage, dewy finish foundation that was a true dark horse for me. It’s not the longest lasting foundation, but it makes the skin look so good and perfected. It applies like a dream, it’s easy to blend and leaves no streaks on the skin. The shade I have, BD30, is a bit dark for me so I tend to use this only during the summer, but even though it’s dewy it’s a comfortable foundation to wear during warmer months for someone who has combination skin.
Best full coverage, long wearing foundations
Full coverage is my preferred method of getting “beautyfied”, so it’s no surprise that I have 3 foundations in this category. Each of them serve a different purpose and are used in different occasions. I don’t have a problem.
Just be glad for the options.
Best with SPF: Sisley Tinted Sun Care SPF 30
I have reviewed this before. I bought this foundation early this year and the more I use it, the more I love it. It is sinfully expensive. And I will struggle with the decision of repurchasing it when the time comes, because I got it on a 60% off deal and I doubt that will happen again. It has a thick consistency that can be sheered out, applies well with a wet sponge or fingers, and even if you spread it thinly on your skin it’ll have heavy duty coverage that lasts all day, but with an incredibly natural finish. Due to the SPF, it’s my favourite quick, I’m-late-and-don’t-have-time-for-a-full-routine-foundation. The only thing I would change is the scent (it’s very intense).
Oh, and the price.
Best non-transferable: Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup
It took me about 10 years to try this thing, but finally the time came (late last year, because there was a 50% off Black Friday deal) and the hype is real and understood. This is very liquid-y, and it’s easy to apply a thin layer of it, but it has extreme coverage. The fact that it’s so fluid is what makes me prefer this one to the Revlon Colorstay foundation (the only other foundation I consider truly transfer-proof). It lasts a really long time and does not come off on your mask/phone unless you are vehemently rubbing your face on them. It’s not the most discrete foundation – it is noticeable that you are wearing it, this has heavy duty coverage – but it doesn’t look cakey either.
Best overall foundation: Catrice HD Liquid Coverage
Why is it the best of the best? Because it looks like skin. Because it lasts for as long as you need it to. Because is has the most natural full coverage you’ve ever seen. Because it makes pores disappear. It’s probably the lightest feeling on the skin, out of all the foundations in this list. And it costs less than 8€… Yep. This was what I used on my wedding day, obviously.
For the price, honestly, just try it. I know I’m not alone in my opinion of Catrice’s HD Liquid Coverage foundation, so if you’re browsing this list looking for something new to try, try this one. There’s a risk you’ll find your new holy grail.