Monday, February 16, 2015

Foundation Reviews

So, I'm not normally a big risk taker when it comes to foundation. I'm not a brand hopper either. For years and years I wore Bare Minerals foundation (the powder). The older I've gotten the more I've realized that my quasi-combination skin is getting drier and drier. The Bare Minerals original powder foundation just was too drying for my skin.

I was itching to try something liquid to help combat my skin dryness. In the last few months I've tried 3 different foundations and my reviews are below. (these aren't sponsored reviews...just my honest opinions!)

First up was Bare Minerals BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation.

This one had RAVE reviews and I was excited to try it. Overall, I was impressed with the coverage but only after I bought the brush that goes with it. That made the difference. I used shade Bare Linen. 

It was a little confusing that the shades don't correspond to the BareMinerals powder foundation. I usually wear Fair and Fairly Light in the powder foundation so this Bare Linen seemed like a blend of the too. This was a little too warm/yellowy for me. It will be perfect to wear in the summer when I have self tanner on but for's a little too warm toned. 

It was also still a little drying for winter. The texture will be nice for warmer weather. Lastly, I would say that it doesn't last a long time without a primer...definitely not as long as the powder foundation.

This is the newest liquid from the Bare Minerals group and it's more like a CC cream. It's marketed as a Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream. It's Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue. I used the shade Opal.

Overall, I liked the moisturizing qualities of this one. The coverage is not as much as a traditional foundation so this would be really great for running errands or beach/pool side when you want some coverage but not anything heavy. It's supposed to increase the hydration of your skin by 215% after a week of use. I can't say that it did that for me because I didn't wear it for a week consistently.  (I wear more coverage for work.) I would really like to try this for an entire week on a vacation or something when I don't HAVE to wear anything heavier. I also wondered if you'd reap benefits from wearing something like this as a primer or under your foundation? Just an idea. I wouldn't venture to consider this a foundation after trying it. It's a tinted moisturizer and is a good fit once you stop considering it a foundation.

My overwhelming favorite of the three is a surprising choice. The winner is L'Oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous foundation in the shade Porcelain/Light Ivory. 

I was very skeptical about this. First of all, I'm a bit of a foundation snob. Secondly, my skin is very sensitive and finicky. It's also a weird shade and it's very dry. I've always figured that drugstore foundation yielded a drug store "result" on my face. I saw someone review this on YouTube so I decided to give it a try. I've worn it for 3 days now and I absolutely love it! It seriously comes through on all the things it claims to do. (Even after 3 days! I can't imagine what it will do after a week!) I was a little bummed by the shade offerings...thinking it wouldn't match well. The shade was actually perfect. 

I seriously can't get over how much I like this foundation. My skin looks even, dewy and this stuff stays all day long. The best BEST part of this foundation is that it's $20 cheaper than the other two. Seriously, win win! 

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