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 foundation but in last two years I found that nothing compares to a good traditional foundation 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
- 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.
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.