My Top 5 Foundations (so far)

 

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I’ve tried a lot of foundations. A lot. It’s one of my favorite beauty items to test out. Foundation is the base of your make-up so it is important that it isn’t sliding all over the place or caking up. If it is then it will be difficult to get a smooth blush, bronzer, highlighter, etc application. I’m going to tell you about 5 different foundations I LOVE and why I love them. They each have their own purpose and are the best I’ve found for my skin so far (but always looking for my new holy grail).

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First is the Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation ($42 at Sephora), I’ve written a post about this one already so I’ll link it here instead of repeating how much I love this stuff. But really, might be my fav everyday foundation.

 

 

The next foundation is one I used years ago and kind of got away from until recently. Not because it isn’t amazing but because, like I said, I love testing out new foundations. It is the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation.

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This foundation has a beautiful satin finish. It comes in 40 shades which I think is an amazing range! It is $47.00 at Sephora. I wear shade 100 Ivorie Neutral (2nd from the lightest obvs haha). It definitely lasts all day long, it claims 24 hour wear but I don’t recommend wearing any foundation for 24 hours… and definitely don’t sleep in it! It is an oil-free formula with medium to full buildable coverage. If your skin leans oily I suggest wearing a mattifying primer (water-based as that is what the foundation is as well) underneath the foundation to make sure it doesn’t go anywhere since the foundation isn’t 100% matte. It has SPF 15 in it which is nice but be careful if you are wearing it for an event where there will be pictures taken as SPF can sometimes cause camera flashback. Great everyday foundation that never looks heavy or cakey!

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My 3rd go-to foundation is the Make-up Forever Mat Velvet+ foundation ($41.00 @ Sephora). This foundation was my NUMBER ONE RIDE OR DIE full coverage, matte foundation for YEARS. I’d wear it every time I went out at night or any time I wanted extra coverage. This foundation is water-proof, non-comedogenic, oil-free, doesn’t oxidizes, and comes in 21 shades (I like shade 20 the best). This foundation give the most beautiful finish to the skin, the most beautiful of any other foundation of equal coverage. It is a contender to be the foundation I wear on my wedding day, so that is saying something. It’s packaged in a squeeze tube and a little goes a LONG way. Favorite way to apply: damp beauty blender (as with all of these foundations I’m listing).

Screen Shot 2017-03-29 at 8.24.40 PMNext is a more affordable but AMAZING foundation. It is the Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot Foundation, $19.00 at Ulta (Target just started carrying Soap and Glory as well YAY!). This foundation is full coverage, matte (they refer to it as 12-Hour Shine Block Technology), and gives such an even coverage to my face. So much so that it can look a little flat if you don’t add some dimension back in with your contour and highlighter but I always do that anyway so this is not an issue for me. The shade range is not as wide (only 4 shades) so I actually mix the lightest 2 shades to get my perfect match. One downside, it can get cakey if you apply too much. I recommend applying a small amount with a beauty blender. Also if you like to bring your under eye concealer down in a triangle shape I recommend not putting the foundation in that area as that will just add another area and look cakey. This foundation requires a few test runs to see how it will work for you but is definitely worth is when you figure it out. I pair it with my holy grail face powder from this line (Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder) and I almost never need to touch up!

Screen Shot 2017-03-28 at 11.40.42 AM.pngOkay, I think I’ve saved my favorite for last. It’s a toss up but I think I can comfortably say this is my favorite foundation at the time being. It is the Urban Decay All-Nighter Liquid Foundation ($40 @ Sephora). It comes in 24 shades, I have shade 2.0 and shade 0.5 (the lightest shade). This stuff is amazingggggg. Full coverage, keeps you matte, and doesn’t break me out. I’m also obsessed with the packaging haha. One downside is that it can oxidize so I recommend buying a shade a touch lighter (if you have oily skin that foundation usually oxides on) than you would normally buy so that when it oxides it will be the correct color and not too dark. I remedy this by mixing 0.5 and 2.0 to create a lighter shade. Sephora recommends applying with a brush but I love the finish that the damp beauty blender gives. A brush might give you a littleeeee more coverage though as it will not absorb product like a beauty blender will. This is another wedding day foundation contender of mine. Absolutely stunning and something I have repurchased multiple times.

Here are the swatches on my arm of the foundations and shades I mentioned!!

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Lashes and Musings,

Kristen

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Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation Review

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Hi Everyone!!

Today I want to talk about a foundation that’s quickly become one of my favs in my rotation, the Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation.. phew that’s a mouthful.

This foundation is marketed to appear the same on the skin in all lighting (natural daylight, horrible office lights, etc.) That claim drew me in because we all have that one full coverage foundation that looks great when we apply it indoors and then we see it in our rear view mirror of our car and it is cake-town. My favorite way to apply this is with a damp beauty blender for a flawless finish!

Smashbox claims this is a medium-full buildable foundation which I agree with. I wear it to work most days and it is the perfect amount of coverage. I also love that I can blot my skin with this foundation and the foundation doesn’t budge. WIN! It keeps oil at bay for a few hours though, but like I said even after touching up it looks good.

This foundation is oil free which is something I always look for as I am prone to break outs. It is also water based which is interesting. Many of Smashbox’s primers that they are famous for are silicone based, therefore I don’t recommend wearing them under this foundation. Stick with a water-based primer such as Rimmel’s Stay Matte Primer (and it’s under $6.00, can’t beat that)!