FOUR FAVORITE FOUNDATIONS
Hello hello! It’s almost officially summer, we’ve had a couple of 80 to 90 degree days, and let me tell you, I’m so not ready for the days where I just let all my makeup melt right off of me and not even give a sh*t. But those days are coming, and I’m gonna talk about my four favorite foundations (or should I say “foundations”) that won’t melt off in the heat!
Let me preface this by saying I’ve never been a fan of foundations. Full coverage is not my thing, and probably never will be. I’m blessed to have normal, non-problematic skin so I do have the luxury of wearing sheer to light coverage foundations and not having to worry much about covering up many blemishes. I do struggle with uneven skin tone and that is a big thing I look for in a foundation. It’s also extremely important to me that my skin still looks like skin. That’s the whole reason I love a good sheer coverage foundation, I hate when products cake up on the face and around the nose. No one likes that, it’s not cute. These are my favorite foundations (half of them aren’t technically foundations) from least to most coverage.
Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint is one that gets a lot of love and a lot of hate for many different reasons, the main reason dealing with lack of coverage. There’s a reason it’s not marketed as a foundation, but a “skin enhancer.” Yes, it’s extremely sheer, but it does a beautiful job of evening out my skin tone, and giving it a bright, dewy finish. It’s a great product for everyday wear because of how lightweight it is and it wears great under makeup. So while it’s not exactly a foundation, there are days where I’m lazy, throw this in the medium shade on with my fingers or blend it out with the Wowder brush, and run out the door. It’s good for a no makeup-makeup look.
The next is another skin tint, not technically a foundation either. I’m totally cheating, but I use these products as foundations on the reg. Chanel Les Beiges Moisturizing Tint in the shade Medium is another lightweight liquid formula that helps with discoloration, and personally, this is the better option compared to Glossier’s tint. The two products provide similar results, with Chanel’s being just a couple steps better, but you make up for it by shelling out an extra $14. IMHO, Chanel's does the best job of providing a bright, even complexion. The Glossier Skin Tint is fragrance-free but contains alcohol, while Chanel’s is not fragrance-free, like basically all of their products. Sadface, but at least it smells like candy. Along with providing super balanced skin, the finish is luminous and dewy. It also provides SPF 30 (but friendly reminder not to only rely on your makeup products for sun protection).
I’ve been loving The Healthy Foundation from Physicians Formula for light-medium coverage. This is one that I totally did not expect to love when I got it in an Influenster Vox Box a while ago. The bottle is heavy yet still feels cheap, and contains a giant doe foot applicator. It does make the application easier, but it’s for sure not the most sanitary method. The formula spoke for itself. With Vitamins A, C, and E, SPF 20, and Hyaluronic Acid, your skin is covered with the boosts of hydration we all need, plus an extra bit of sun protection. It provides a beautiful satiny finish and leaves you with a healthy looking glow. It’s also cruelty-free and vegan!
Last but not least, a product that I swiped from Sephora right before it was discontinued. I hate that I love it because now I’ll never get to repurchase it. We should never get too attached to our beauty products! The Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Foundation is another light-medium coverage foundation and is the most buildable of the four. It contains a Buoyancy Gel for a smooth texture and a lightweight, breathable consistency. My only complaint is that it the more layers I put on, the worse it looks around my nose. It’s to be expected since that area of my skin is super dry. Thankfully it doesn’t impact the rest of my face in this way and my skin is left looking like porcelain!
One last thing I love about this whole grouping is that none of them absolutely have to match my skin tone perfectly. Because of their sheerness and blendability, these four would work for a much wider range of medium skin tones. There's no need to stress over finding that perfect shade.
Do you have a foundation that you absolutely swear by?
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*AS OF JUNE 2018, THE GLOSSIER SKIN TINT HAS BEEN REFORMULATED. THIS REVIEW REFERS TO THE ORIGINAL FORMULATION.