A Total Rundown Of My Foundation/ Bases Collection

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Last week I spoke about my ever growing primer collection to give you a rundown of what I owned and this week it is the turn of foundation and bases. I use quite a lot of BB and CC creams because I always wear makeup to work but most of the time (unless I’m going out after) I don’t need full on foundation so there’s quite a lot of choice in this area. I have tried quite a few drugstore foundations and not always had the best of luck (please send me your recommendations if you have any). I only own two high end foundations from two of my favourite brands but this is the area I am keen to explore more in the future. Welcome to my foundation and base collection.

cc and bb creams

BB and CC Creams

Nip + Fab CC Cream £14.95
I bought this on a whim as I was making a Fragrance Direct order and it was a good price so I had no idea what to expect. It comes out as an orangey colour which is a little odd but when blended into the skin it does brighten the dull bits of my skin and soften down the redness which is great. But sadly due to my dry skin despite moisturising and using primer this does still stick to the dry patches around my nose and other areas which was tricky to get rid of after applying. If you’ve got oily or combination skin then this silky formula is a good one to try but sadly it just wasn’t quite right for me.
Would I Buy Again? No

Supergoop Daily Correct CC Cream £32
This is my go to CC cream when I want a good colour but don’t need all over medium coverage. The cream isn’t as light as some CC creams and sits in my mind part way between that and a foundation. Despite being very pale I use light/ medium rather than fair/ light so it might not be that great for people who aren’t quite as fair. The cream is moisturising and doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry and it gives a good all over smoothened feeling to my skin which covers all my major blemishes and the red patches which I need to get on my cheeks. This is perfect for the summertime as it’s light or for those days out when you don’t want to be heavily made up.
Would I Buy Again? Yes

La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur £14
For a week long period I am pretty sure I saw about four seperate bloggers talk about this product so like my easy to convince nature I went out and bought it (Plus it was only £11 on offer!) Others mentioned how it instantly blurred their blemishes and while I was hoping for that I didn’t quite expect the results I got. The cream comes out in a whipped formula and as soon as I smoothed it across my face I noticed instant changes. My red patches were toned down, the olive tone around my mouth smoothed out, my little blemishes/ spots all but disappeared and I was amazed. It really does blur out your imperfections and I am happy I bought into this craze.
Would I Buy Again? Yes

cc and bb cream swatches

Gosh BB Cream £9.99
This Gosh BB cream was probably one of the first bases I used and while I thought it was the bees knees when I got it I’m a bit more meh about it now. There’s nothing overly wrong about it, it doesn’t dry out my face and the colour is great but it just doesn’t do a whole lot. I didn’t feel that my blemishes were smoothened and other than tone done a little red I could almost forget I was wearing it. If i’m looking for a really natural day I would probably go for something like the blemish blur rather then this so I don’t think i’ll be re-buying this one sadly.
Would I Buy Again? No

Garnier Skin Perfector £9.99
This is one of those BB creams which I have used quite a lot of over the years and one of the few which I’ve actually finished and rebought. The formula looks quite heavy when you squirt it out but when layered onto the skin it shows off a natural look and doesn’t feel heavy or cakey like a lot of similar versions. The great thing is how long it lasts (and lasts well), I hate it in the winter when I’ve got a cold and I blow my nose and foundation comes off, but with this one there’s no budge with the formula so for this reason it works really well in the summer when you want something that won’t slide off your face.
Would I Buy Again? Yes

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream £7.99
From the above swatches you can see that this comes out quite orange on the skin but when blended it just like the Nip Tuck one is does adapt to the skin tone but it didn’t really seem to do too much. I did find my skin quite hydrate and nice and silky smooth when I touched my face but my red patches remained and I didn’t feel the benefit of wearing it. For a cheap purchase it’s alright but I have plenty of better alternatives.
Would I Buy Again? No

foundation swatches

Drugstore Foundations

No7 Natural Foundation £9.95
One of the great things about the No7 Natural Foundation is the sheer choice in shades, I was blown away and found a few which all matched my skin tone and over the years I have tried quite a few of them. No7 describe this as light- medium wear but I would disagree and say it’s a light wear because I really could not build up the layers on this at all. The foundation itself sits on my skin well, hides the redness on my cheeks but it doesn’t really do a whole lot more. If I wanted a natural look I have BB/ CC Creams which I feel do a better job, and if I wanted a foundation I have quite a few more which cover more of my imperfections. There’s nothing really bad about this but again nothing amazing.
Would I Buy Again? No

Revolution Ultra Face Base Foundation £3
While drugstore brands can be fantastic they can also very much be a case of you get what you pay for, and I think this is the case with the Revolution Foundation. I’m very divided on my opinion of the brand, I quite like their eye-shadows, but don’t like the quality of their lipsticks, and their foundation has left me more on the meh side. Admittedly the colour for me is spot on which is always a plus but I didn’t find it very easy to blend into the skin, although the same consistency as other foundation it just wasn’t as blend-able. It is a build-able foundation but even after two layers I was asking myself why bother wearing it, I might as well have gone completely au natural! While Revolution have their ups the foundation isn’t one of them.
Would I Buy Again? No

Max Factor Whipped Cream Foundation £9.99
I’ll start this review off by saying that I totally bought the wrong shade of this, I’m usually one of the palest shades but the one I bought was super light (Porcelain) but I still thought i’d try this out at home. I really loved the look of the whipped formula, it glided onto my brush with ease and was quick to smooth and blend onto my face but sadly that is where the positives end. Looking past the colour difference I absolutely hated the way that this looked on my face. The formula stuck to every single blemish on my skin, not even in a dry skin kind of way but in a way where my imperfections just looked more obvious. I’m glad I didn’t spend a lot of money on this because I definitely won’t be wearing it again.
Would I Buy Again? No

foundation swatches

Collection Illumination Touch Foundation £5.99
For the price this Collection foundation is blooming brilliant. I wasn’t expecting much at all and in all honesty I don’t tend to like putting such cheap products on my face but I thought i’d give it a try and I was thoroughly impressed. I actually chose my colour online and it matched really well. One pump gives you the perfect amount to cover the face and it glides on really smoothly and doesn’t dry out too quickly. The foundation didn’t stick too much to my dry patches and kept my face looking moisturized and not cakey like I find some foundations. It doesn’t last amazingly (but I wasn’t expecting it to) but for a dinner out or something this would be perfect.
Would I Buy Again? Yes

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation £7.99
This was another spur of the moment purchase due to it’s price on Fragrence Direct. I opted for the lightest shade which is usually what I go for but it is quite an orange finish. When on the skin I actually quite like the colour as although it’s darker than my natural skin it blends quite well and makes me look tanned (possibly better for the summer). But the issue is it highlights dry patches I don’t even usually have. Normally I can tame the dry bits on my cheeks but no this just sticks to them like mad which is a shame as it’s a lovely drug store foundation. If you can find a colour match it would work really well for anyone with more oily skin.
Would I Buy Again? No

laura mercier and nars

High End Foundations

Laura Mercier Flawless Fluid £35
Surprisingly before buying this foundation last year I didn’t really use foundation, I tended to use CC and BB creams because I thought they’d look too heavy on me and that I wouldn’t be able to blend them properly (I’ve seen too many bad attempts on other people!) After doing lots of research aka blog reading I thought this would be a good place to start because it didn’t seem like a heavy foundation.

I didn’t love this product on first use because it didn’t seem to do much but after repeated use and building it up I now really like it. It does even out my skin tone, doesn’t dry my skin out (yay) and is a perfect match to my skin-tone, but there are a few negatives. I find the bottle is a little difficult to get the product out of because you can’t squeeze the bottle and there’s no pump but until I get nearer the end of the tube it isn’t too much of an issue. The other issue I have with it is how quick it dries, I tend to take a pump and pop it on my hand so I can then use my brush to transfer it to my face but I find if i’m not pretty quick it can dry there and then on my hand which is a waste. Despite the few negatives I am very happy with the Flawless Fluid Foundation.
Would I Buy Again? Yes

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation £31
Nars was the next brand on my list to try out so after a colour match session in Selfridges I bought the sheer glow foundation, although I have to admit it’s a pain having to pay extra for a pump. The foundation comes in so many shades I was spoilt for choice so mine is a pretty much exact match for my skin tone. It applies really easily without drying out before I’ve blended it and it’s quite a full coverage so it dulls down redness and imperfections. The only thing which doesn’t work for me is the fact that it clings to dry patches I have around my nose. I hate that it does that because other than this its a great product. If you have combination or oily skin this would work amazingly for you but my dry skin can’t handle it :(
Would I Buy Again? No

nars and laura mercier swatches

Next products to try:
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation and Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

What are your favourite foundations and bases?
February 9, 2016
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  • If I'm to be honest I don't wear foundation or primer. I always found that they dried my skin out too much and I've gone that long without wearing any that to try and wear it feels all wrong on my face. So many things to choose from these days so I bet there are better made products now. I really ought to start experimenting again!

  • I'm a huge fan of Estee Lauder Double Wear – nothing beats it in my book. Interesting that a high price tag doesn't guarantee a great foundation though.

  • Gosh you've got quite the collection there!! I love the Garnier BB cream for oily skin, it works really well and has quite great coverage, far better than I had expected from a BB Cream xxx

  • What a great informative review, I like the sound of the La-Roche one:-)

  • oh great reviews I always struggle with finding the right shade for me and tend to find one and stick with it never daring to change

  • Wow, that's a lot of different products! I just tend to stick to one or two brands

  • I use Maybelline Blur effect foundation in the colour sand which is slightly lighter than my skin colour, mainly because I can't find a foundation that is the exact match of my olive skin!

  • I'm currently using one I got from sephora which is from their own range and 1 from nars. One of my favourite foundations for longevity it Estee Lauder double wear. Just a shame it has spf in it because I'm a complete ghost face if someone takes flash photography!

  • I usually use an Avon or Rimmel foundation but am desperate to try the Estee Lauder Double Wear!

  • Although I love make up I still don't get on very well with foundation as I hate the feel of it on my skin, so will only wear it on nights out

  • I use to swear by the dream fresh BB cream but now my local drugstore no longer stock it. I have found better alternatives though! I am currently using RIMMEL wake me up foundation and I really like it :) I really need to try the Collection Illumination Touch Foundation next time though.

  • I just tend to slosh on foundation without bases etc. I need to give bb creams a go I reckon x

  • Wow! that is some collection! I own 2..maybe 3! I have a Poundland one, that I get on quite well with, a Stila one and my favourite (that I actually need to rebuy!) is the Max Factor/Olay one,it is a dream!

  • Wow, you own so many foundations! I can never find one that suits me, so it's great to see all your opinions on these :)

  • Nice foundation collection you got here. I use just 2 mainly.

  • I have ridiculously dry skin and pretty much everything I used accentuated it but now I love the jml magic mineral powder. I feel like an old woman saying ha, but it is perfect for my dry skin and covers all my blemishes and my red cheeks too, something no other foundation really could . I would love to try the La-Roche one you have it sounds amazing

  • Ooh I fancy trying that La Roche Posay Effaclar BB Blur. I've heard so many people talk about it too – positively that is! Ting x

  • My favs are BareMinerals BareSkin and Mack Studio Fix – if I just want light coverage then i use Bare Minerals tinted primer. This is really useful though as Mac and Bareminerals is quite expensive to continue using so I will take some of our more affordable recommendations into consideration. Thanks Lilla from http://www.lillaloves.com

  • I am a massive fan of La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur x

  • Wow I have never seen anyone with such a big collection lol Thanks for the reviews, there are some good ones here to try out

  • I swear by Sleek's Bareskin foundation for a good skin day, and L'Oreal true colour foundation fora bad skin day.

  • I'm always afraid to experiment with makeup, so I like how you broke it down and explained them all.

  • Thank you for all the recommendations! I will admit that I get very confused with all different creams and foundations out there.

  • I'm not a BB or CC cream person. I like my foundation to be full coverage. I like primer, foundation, concealer and powder x

  • I'm a big fan of Nars Sheer Glow but I get what you mean about it clinging to dry spots. I really want to try out the Laura Mercier and collection foundations, I've heard some really great things about them xo


  • Wow! That's a lot of product! I tend to stick to one or two but this has been fab!

  • I only have one foundation from a drugstore and never used a base. I have been looking for a new foundation with better coverage because mine is running out.
    So I'm really glad I have read this and can keep these things in mind. I also have dry patches so I know what to avoid now and hopefully not lose money trying new ones.
    Thank you :) x

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