Well, blogging has opened up my eyes about my preferences for foundation shades when I can’t find a shade that is an exact match for my skintone. I hate peachy, pink, or orange-toned foundations. I will not wear it if it dries down with that undertone. Sometimes, you can’t tell unless you look in the mirror after a long day in certain types of lighting. I prefer going yellow-beige which is as close as I am going to get, even though its not perfect either.
1. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup in 4.0, 1.0 oz for $38.00
I have swatched this before as its own post, but I am showing it in a lineup. This foundation is really interesting as I find that sometimes I have to work extra hard to get it from streaking/pulling and other times it just sets perfectly. How this finishes on your skin really does depend on the texture of your skin and the products you have used right beneath it. When I first started using it I was going through serious issues with acne and drying from retinoids so I was using really thick heavy moisturizing serums. It worked beautifully on thicker, moist products. When I used it on dry skin with no more than a chemical sunscreen it set really quickly to my skin but I could still layer over it without issue. But if I use a mineral sunscreen that leaves a white cast, forget it. This “lifts” with the mineral sunscreen and becomes a little muddled because it is being blended with it. These new “light as air” or “skin reflective” foundations are a pain in the butt to use with mineral sunscreens, which are the best sunscreens to use.
2. BECCA Cosmetics Luminous Skin Colour Ultra Sheer Foundation SPF 20 in Nude, 1.0 oz for $42.00
I have posted about this foundation before in an earlier post. Turns out this is the best shade match for me currently. It literally disappears into my skin and refines my skintone by making it a teensy bit more even-toned. This actually sets to the perfect texture to work with BECCA’s cream blushes, or other cream blushes. If you fall in the light-medium spectrum and are not very pink, peach, yellow or olive, this is a good match. But it is incredibly sheer. There is very little coverage other than a light enhancement of your skintone. This is what I would use with certain types of highlighters that are not very opaque.
Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Ethylene/Va Copolymer, PVP, Cera Carnauba/Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire de carnauba, Butylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Tribehenin, Silica, Isopropyl Lanolate, Glyceryl Stearate, Triethanolamine, PEG-32, Steareth-2, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Tocopheryl Acetate, PEG-100 Stearate, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Disodium EDTA, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Camelia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Hexylene Glycol, Betaine, Hexapeptide-11, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Apigenin, Oleanolic Acid, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Quaternium-73, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Maris Sal/Sea Salt/Sel marin, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Isopropyl Myristate. May contain/peut contenir [+/-]: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Mica (CI 77019).
3. Origins Stay Tuned Balancing Face Makeup in Warm Beige, 1.0 oz for $23.00
There are a lot of under the radar brands that never get the cool factor. Origins, I am discovering is one of them. It doesn’t have the cool advertisements and it is not constantly releasing on trend fashion colors. So, it doesn’t get the blogging love other brands get like MAC or NARS. I was very impressed with this foundation when I got it and it was what I used exclusively for one winter. It is meant for oily-combination skin and it sets similarly to Revlon’s ColorStay Foundation line, but it is less drying. The finish is a little like matte velvet, if that makes sense. The shade match was also very good for me. It did not turn orange. For the price, it is a great foundation and more people need to check out this brand.
4. By Terry Sheer Expert Foundation in Vanilla Beige, 1.17 oz for $65.00
I have read about this line in magazines often because the founder of this line is also the creator of YSL’s Le Touche Eclat highlighter pen. By Terry is definitely a luxury cosmetic brand. The prices are more than what I would feel comfortable paying for unless it was a must have product with superior qualities. Well, this foundation definitely feels luxurious. Honestly, it is the best textured foundation I have ever tried. The closest would be YSL’s Teint Radiance Foundation, but this is definitely a huge improvement. The foundation is cool, thick, creamy and blends like hydrating liquid silk on skin and it dries down to a soft but silky matte feeling. I purchased Vanilla Beige, but it is too light with my tan, and it does not oxidize. So, I am going to investigate to see if there is a darker shade that does not run orange and reserve the Vanilla Beige for winter. (Update: Nope. Honey Beige is very apricot orange and comparable to MAC’s oxidized NC 30-35). Did I mention it has a distinct scent of roses?! The brand literature says: “It erases imperfections, combats shine, signs of aging and adapts automatically to all types of complexions. With high-performance “zero imperfection” properties, a matt but non-drying translucent texture and a hydra-plumping comfortable feel, it smoothes away lines and brightens the face for a visibly sublime glow.” Honestly, this foundaton was worth the splurge. Now, I won’t be running out and buying $40 eyeshadows and eyeliners – hell no – but foundations? You really shouldn’t skimp. What I wish By Terry had not skimped on was the packaging. I hate these little tube things…it’s similar to Jemma Kidd’s Light As Air Foundation, but the hole isn’t as big – thank goodness.
Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Glycerin, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Trisodium Citrate, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Dextrin Palmitate, Mica, Parfum/Fragrance, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3 Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol, Eugenol, Citronellol, Coumarin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Boron Nitride, Alumina, Methylparaben, Tetrasodium EDTA, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Talc, Lauroyl Lysine, Silica, Palmitic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide, Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Seed Extract, Silica, Dimethyl Silylate, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Prolinamidoethyl Imidazole, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Boron Oxide, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Methylparaben, May Contain (+/-):, [CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, CI 77492/Iron Oxides, CI 77491/Iron Oxides, CI 77499/Iron Oxides]. (T0123/A)
5. Origins Plantscription SPF 15 Anti-Aging Foundation in Light-Warm, 1.0z for $32.50
Another Origins number I am impressed with. It is nice that I didn’t have to look hard for a solid foundation shade in this line. I got stuck between the Light-Warm and the Light-Medium Warm. I chose Light-Warm but I think I am going to have to pick up Light-Medium Warm. (Update: Nope. Light-Medium Warm is a medium beige orangey-red. Comparable to MAC’s oxidized NC 35.) The lighting in the store was HORRIBLE where I picked this up. I mean it was literally a dark corner. What the hell? Anyways, this is another “treatment” foundation and as I have said before, I do not put stock on the treatment side. I call bogus. But as a foundation, this works really well. This line is best for combination-dry skin, which is fine with me because of my peeling skin right now. This does not turn orange and it sets to a soft moisturized satin-matte texture. It also comes in a tube bottle that I can’t stand but the hole opening is small and it does not spill out product unless you squeeze the bottle.
Honestly, more love needs to be given to Origins, or maybe Origins parent company – Estee Lauder – needs to start investing in this brand and bring it out of the shadows. There is great stuff – for instance their Eye-Zings eyeshadows are awesome!
Here are the swatches: