I’m pretty skeptical when it comes to lower end foundations and usually, I tend to opt for the kind of brands which you find in Selfridges or Debenhams as opposed to drug stores like Estee Lauder, Georgio Armani or Tarte but sometimes you need to give those lower end brands a try. I have tried my fair share of foundations and usually, there’s an issue; the colour selection is rubbish, they don’t last very well, they’re drying…. the list goes on, but I have found two both of which are under £10 which buck that trend.
Milani 2-in-1 Conceal & Perfect Foundation
The Milani 2-in-1 Conceal & Perfect Foundation is designed to be both a foundation and concealer which to be honest I can’t see how this is any different from any other foundation out there. But thankfully what it does do it does well. There are plenty of similarities between this and the Estee Lauder Double Wear as despite it’s lower price tag it has a really good even coverage which isn’t too heavy and it’s really easy to build. One layer will get you a light- medium coverage but a little bit extra and it can be built right up. It is quite dense though so it blends better on the skin with a sponge than a brush.
The foundation sits really well on my skin and it feels like it can breathe rather than being stifled like some other drugstore brands do. One thing I usually notice about cheaper foundations is their longevity just doesn’t normally match up but this really impressed me. I put my makeup on around 830am and by getting home at 6pm there’s no more fading than with any other foundation and with the right primer and setting spray this can really last.
The foundation comes in an excellent shade range, something a lot of drugstore brands fall down on. Sadly I ordered via the internet so mine is a little too warm for my skin but nothing that a little white foundation mixed in can’t fix. The bottle itself is sturdy and glass with a pump dispensing function which has the perfect amount of product in one pump for an even layer.
Collection Illuminating Touch Foundation
Now this foundation is barely £6 so a real bargain but one that I rarely hear anyone talking about. It might not be THE BEST foundation out there but for its price it does a pretty blooming good job. I actually won one of these in a competition so again had to guess my shade online but thankfully I got it spot on *hooray*.
This is a reasonably full coverage foundation and while it’s a little heavier than the foundations I use on a daily basis it didn’t feel cakey or too heavy on my face which was good. This is something I usually find with cheap foundations that you can feel it on your face, but thankfully with this one you couldn’t. I didn’t need much of the product to create full coverage so I can understand how some people who are heavy handed with their foundations might find it too heavy.
The colour selection may seem pretty small but I think it covers a reasonable amount and I’m always seeing different shades on different sites, it must be a stock issue. I did notice a slight fading to the foundation but this was an all over face issue rather than on a specific area which meant it wasn’t that obvious. The last thing you want is for it to fade in one area and to end up looking patchy. This didn’t happen straight away and took quite a few hours – well into the mid-afternoon – to start any noticeable fading.
For the price you can’t go wrong with this foundation if you don’t wear it that often or are looking to try it out.