Top 5 Foundations Round-up (pale skin friendly)

Hi! I wanted to write this post – my Top 5 Foundations – from ages. During last years I payed way more attention to my base make up, since there’s no good make up without a  flawless face. Some years ago I was only using mineral but in last two years I found that nothing compares to a good traditional and my skin didn’t react in any bad way. Plus my skin became a lot less oily so I’m really enjoying some comforting texture. Don’t get me wrong, I still love minerals but only when it’s really hot and I don’t want to feel any make up on my face.

So, I do think that you should splurge on a good foundation. Obviously it doesn’t mean you can find some great foundations even in drugstores. In this post you’ll find my best find outs: three foundations definitely high-end and two high street.

Of course, it really depends on your skin. Mine is combination, acne prone with some flaky areas, quite reactive. I’m pale with a peach / warm pink undertone. My math in MAC foundation range is N15, for reference.

I own and I’ve tried these foundation for enough time for having a complete opinion about them. All of these perform really well on my skin lasting between 6-8 hours.

Let’s start with my Top 5 Foundations

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Top 5 Foundations

Top 5 Foundations

 

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat n° B10: ligth but buildable up to medium coverage. It’s a mix between liquid and gel with a quite runny texture. It has a dewy, light-reflective finish in order to blur imperfections. It gives a well-rested look and highlight dull complexion. SPF 19. Full review here

Giorgio Armani Maestro n°3: this foundation has the strangest texture I’ve ever seen. It’s just like dry oil with a really runny texture. Packaging is great since the dropper doesn’t make you waste product. I think it’s better for combination skins since dry skins may experience some dry flakes. It gives a velvet still luminous finish, incredibly natural looking and completely weightless. SPF 15.

Laura Mercier Silk Crème in Soft Ivory: full coverage and satin finish. You have to use a tiny amount to avoid a cakey and unnatural effect. It’s also perfect as a concealer and it can be sheered out with a radiance primer. No SPF. Full review here

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum n°51: this is one of best beauty discoveries ever, seriously. You have to blame her. Light- medium buildable coverage. Gel-like texture which is a dream on skin: it glides on effortlessy, blends beautifully. It has a radiant – not really dewy like YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat – finish and it feels really fresh on skin. No SPF.

L’Oréal Nude Magique Eau de Teaint n°100 Porcelaine: it’s said it’s the Giorgio Armani Maestro dupe. Well, since I own both I can say they’re very very similar: a lot of silicones, running texture, natural, velvety-but-radiant looking. The main difference is that Giorgio Armani foundation feels a bit more oily in texture and the packaging makes the difference: with L’Oréal Nude Magique you have to be really careful since there’s no dispenser. Overall this is a great foundation at a little price, if you don’t want to splurge on Giorgio Armani Maestro, the quality is pretty similar. SPF 18.

 

Top 5 Foundations

Top 5 Foundations

 

Now some considerations about shades. As you can see all these foundation has a quite neutral undertone with a balance between rose and yellow which suits my peach undertone quite well. My best, almost perfect, match among this bunch is Giorgio Armani Maestro n° 3 but all match my skin pretty well. Bourjois leads a bit to yellow. The L’Oréal Nude Magique is slightly darker than my skintone and n°100 Porcelaine is the lightest shade avaible; it will be perfect during summer though.

 

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