My Top 5 Foundations – 2015

Hello lovelies!

Finding the perfect foundation has always been a struggle for me. I tan quite easily, so my foundation shades keep changing. Over the past year alone, my skin type has changed from acne-prone, to oily, to combination, and now normal… So, I’m always on the look out for something that will work! I’ve included BB creams in my favourites.

About my current skin tone & texture: My skin is combination (oily t-zone, dry towards the outside of my face.) My skin tone is quite light with peach undertones. I tend to go for more neutral or yellow toned foundations… Pink foundations are too cool for my skin and sometimes give my face a bit of a grey cast…

I don’t typically use foundation, but I sometimes use a teeny bit of Benefit’s Porefessional around my nose and on my cheeks where my pores may look a little bit bigger. This sample size has lasted me forever!

The everyday favourite…

The Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is my current everyday favourite. This foundation is such a dream. Living up to its name, this foundation gives a glowy, silky semi-matte finish that lasts all day.It feels super lightweight and has buildable coverage, meaning you can easily layer the foundation without it building up and feeling cakey. It has a very thin, fairly watery formula.
The glass bottle has a little weight to it and feels very luxurious. It has a pump as well which disperses the perfect pea-sized amount! It feels lovely on the skin when set with a bit of translucent powder. I am currently wearing the shade 2, which is for fair skin with neutral undertones… It matches my skin-tone perfectly, and the finish is natural enough where I can pop a bit on without any other makeup and it looks like I’m not wearing any!

Of all my foundation picks, this is by far the most expensive. It retails on Sephora for $66, which I think is very pricy for a foundation. Fortunately, I bought it for -20% off during their friends/family event, where one of my fellow CBBers sent me a discount code! This is definitely a gorgeous foundation if you’re looking to invest in a good one – I personally think a good makeup base can make the rest of your makeup look so much better!

The everyday BB cream pick…

I’ve tried a ton of Korean BB creams, and I’ve finally found my favourite! Missha’s Perfect Cover BB Cream is a medium coverage BB cream with a dewy finish. I really like how this feels on the skin, and works really well for me on those days when my skin is feeling a bit drier. During the winter, my skin gets super pale and this gets a little dark, so I can only wear  this during spring/summer! I wear no. 21 light beige… I wish there was a slightly lighter version, then it would be perfect! I have found that this BB cream mixes well with other foundations in order to create a perfect colour match.

It’s quite long lasting, but it can cause me to look a bit shiny as the day goes on. Best to set with a translucent powder.

The mineral powder foundation…

When my skin was going through a bit of a rebellious stage this past spring/summer , Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Powder Foundation helped calm it down. I actually did a review of this, which you can read about here.
Basically, my skin wasn’t reacting very nicely to foundations or BB creams – it seemed as though any type of cream that was applied to my skin caused me to break out! It wasn’t helping that temperatures were rising and I was starting to sweat more. After watching one of Estee Lalonde’s reviews, I decided to try out mineral makeup. This mineral foundation is a finely milled powder that comes in a pot, covered by thin netting to ensure product doesn’t spill out everywhere. I apply it with the Real Techniques buffing brush.
I wear this in the palest shade, fair honey, meaning I can only wear it in the spring and early summer months before my skin begins to tan. This powder doesn’t look too powdery on the skin; it looks great when it is set with a setting spray! It also looks better on the face as the day progresses and the face’s natural oils are absorbed by the powder.

The cosplayer’s choice…

When I’m cosplaying, I tend to choose a heavier base with full coverage and high pigmentation. The idea behind this is to choose makeup that will photograph well and last the entire day. I love using the Lioele Triple the Solution BB cream during conventions!
It’s a high coverage formula with a creamy texture. This formula has high SPF, which contradicts what I’ve heard many say in regards to photographing with a white-cast. When I’m at a convention, I’m often outside a good portion of the time, and any additional sun production is gladly welcomed.
It has a dewy finish, which I always set with a mattifying powder. This BB has a very creamy formula, therefore my face sometimes looks a bit shiny after a few hours… It also tends to oxidize a shade too dark for me, so I’ll bring it down my neck and set it with a lighter powder to balance everything out.  The packaging is great – a tube with a handy pump.

The drugstore pick…

I’ve got to include a drugstore pick on my list! Unfortunately, I’ve really struggled with drugstore foundations. The shades are always way too orange for me! This summer I went to a makeup warehouse sale and picked up this Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation on a whim. I had heard some Youtube beauty gurus mention this in their drugstore picks, and decided to try it out.
This is my summer foundation for when I am at my most tan. It’s medium coverage with a semi-dewy finish, and doesn’t feel cakey. During the summer, I wear the shade 04 Shell, and the colour match is pretty close to how tanned my face gets.

Hold down the fort…

On most days, I’ll set my base with a setting spray! I just finished my Urban Decay Deslick Setting Spray, so I decided to pick up another during the Sephora 20% off VIB sale! A friend recommended the All Nighter setting spray after I told her that my makeup had the tendency to rub off near my nose and chin. I’ll be testing it out a bit more but I think the general consensus around these setting sprays is that they’re pretty darn great.

There ya go – my top 5 foundation picks! I’m absolutely in love with the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk though… I’m thinking about getting a slightly darker shade for the summer when I finish the other foundations…

What are some of your favourite base products?



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  1. Nikki Pryde December 12, 2015

    Excellent choices, Sachie! I'm a total stan for Tarte Cosmetics haha. But I wanted to mention I had the same problem with wanting a lighter shade for Missha, and they actually do have one! It's a bit hard to find, but it's shade No 13 Bright Beige! πŸ™‚

    Here it is:

  2. sachie December 13, 2015

    Ooh thank you so much! I always order it from Cosmetic-love, but once my current tube runs out i'll look into it!


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