Monday, February 28, 2011

Favorite foundation

I'm kind of confused.  I looked online and the reviews aren't bad, but they also aren't overwhelmingly good for my favorite foundation.  Shouldn't everyone automatically love what I love?  I kid. Well, I've concluded everyone has different skin types so we all have different wants and needs in a foundation.  What works for me won't necessarily work for you.  I have very oily skin, large pores, a super pink undertone and I'm breakout prone.  Sound like you?  Then maybe you'll love this foundation too. 

I've seen many beauty bloggers rave about Revlon Colorstay for Combo/Oily skin, so I decided to try it out.  My conclusion?  I just don't get it.  It smelled like paint, seemed oily, was so streaky and hard to blend and made me shinny.  No thank you.  I was on the market for something new, but I will stick to what I've been using for the past few years: L'Oreal Infallible Advanced Never Fail Foundation.  Loves it.  Why mess with a good thing?

Cost: $14.29 MSRP

Coverage: Medium

SPF: 20

Finish: Natural - looks matte/satin to me

Staying Power: Claims to last up to 18 hours, but let's be realistic ladies.  Nothing is going to last for 18 hours on your skin.  That's just a ridiculous claim.  This does stick with me throughout the work day.  I mean, it doesn't look like it did at 7 a.m., but I'm pleased with it.  I have yet to find anything else that covers all day like this foundation does especially with the greasy skin I was so lucky to have been blessed with.

Setting my foundation: I have extremely fair skin.  I do frequently use self-tanner so my skin tone changes depending on if I've been keeping up with sunless tanning or not (sometimes I get lazy and embrace the vamp look).  I obviously buy different shades of foundation; one for my natural fair skin and one for my self-tanned skinned.  A few years ago I started using Clinique's Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder in Invisible Matte for two reasons.  1) The foundation already provides medium coverage so I don't need a heavy powder as it would look super cakey.  2) Since my skin color varies, I can use the invisible matte no matter what color I am.

Pump: I love the pump on the bottle.  It's so easy to dispense the right amount of foundation without wasting any.  I've read complaints in reviews that the pump clogs. Yah, it's going to clog if when you dispense the foundation, you leave some product in the pump.  DURR! Just make sure you get all the product out of the pump and it won't clog.  It's not rocket science. I just take my foundation brush and poke the pump with it.  If it does ever clog, I just use my tweezers to unclog.  It's really not a big deal and this should be expected with any pump. 

Below is a swatch of the 2 shades I wear: Classic Ivory (603) and Nude Beige (605):

And a picture of my face wearing Nude Beige (605) in natural sunlight, and about 4 hours after initial application.  I'm wearing the foundation, Clinique powder mentioned above, blush and bronzer.  I have not touched-up.

See, it hasn't failed me yet!  It's still holding up well midway through my day plus it's a bargain compared to department store prices for foundation.  I will def be sticking to this foundation for now.  I'm sorry I ever cheated on you with Revlon Colorstay.  I promise it won't happen again.
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  1. this is the foundation I use and I absolutely love it!!! I have tried everything from the expensive to the drug store brand and this is by far my fav! It has great coverage and stays on for a long time!!

  2. Your skin really does look great. I haven't found a drug store foundation that I looooove, but I have to say that Dior Airflash foundation makes my skin look like a doll's. And everyone else's skin look like a doll's. It's the most miraculous makeup I've ever tried, and it seriously makes your skin FLAWLESS (and it stays well). The downside is that it's $60. But if you haven't tried it, you should sample it next time you're in Sephora to see what I mean!

  3. I'm right there with you on the greasy skin... how did we both luck out and end up pale and greasy???

    I use Clinique’s stay matte powder too and I love it! I also started using the dramatically different moisturizing gel and it help keep my face from getting shiny a lot! You should try it out next time you’re at Clinique!

  4. That sounds like my skin! I may have to try it! Oh geez, my fiance will love you - for giving me another reason to buy more makeup lol

    I've tried Revlon Colorstay as well and it did the same thing for me! Cakey, oily, hard to blend... everything. I just don't get it!

  5. Well if you have super oily skin, large pores and are break-out prone, you sure can't tell from your pictures! Your skin looks flawless! I would say the foundation you chose is working out pretty good for you :)

    I am seriously a makeup junkie and LOVE top name brands from places like Sephora but most definitely don't discriminate against drugstore brands as some of my die hard favorites are from there. Personally, my favorite foundations that I have found (and I have gone through A LOT of different kinds) is DuWop foundation of youth fro Sephora and I also love L'oreal's new foundation out that is called MagicSmooth Souffle. Goes on like silk.

    But from the looks of things, what you are using is most definitely working!!

  6. Funny story: I'm driving to work this morning thinking about how I need a new foundation and how I'm unhappy with me. I was thinking hmm... maybe someone in the blog world has advice haha ... sure enough, I then see your post! I have to try this foundation. I just need a foundation to even my skin color out, I don't really need to cover up anything, just feel bare without it. I feel like the one I wear now although not too light still washes me out. I'm sorry I just babbled my way through this comment. Will definitely give this a try and let you know!

  7. I've got the pale and greasy too! BUT you know what: we will age well! Greasy skin = no wrinkles.

    I'm going to have to try this stuff!

  8. I decided to try this out after reading this post and I loooooove it. So far so good, though I use bare minerals as my powder. Your blog is quickly becoming one of my favorites!

  9. I might have to try this out, as your skin looks really really natural and good!!!! I've been using Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + for probably..the past 6 months or more? It evens me out but I can definitely tell I have on foundation and while it helps stop (some) shine, my skin still feels greasy. Sounds like we were both born lucky in the skin dept...