To go with todays video I thought I’d do a conclusion in the form of a blog post, a quick breakdown of each foundation tested and my general thoughts on each. To see the winner of this tried and tested series don’t forget to check out the video that goes with this post.
For a bit of perspective on how I judged these foundations its worth noting my skin type is best described as normal to dry. My preference for any foundation, long wearing or not is for it to still look like skin. Yes it should cover, but it shouldn’t act like a mask or look heavy. I like my foundations to feel light as air on my skin to the point where I don’t feel like I’m wearing makeup at all.
Dior Diorskin Forever Undercover 24Hr – claims to be a full coverage foundation, with 24hour wear time, and a second skin natural matte finish. I was so excited when I first tried this as the a lot of elements reminded me of Chanel’s Vitalumber Aqua which I love. It had similar packaging, so super easy to travel with, and even the texture felt like Vitalumiere but slightly heavier. It went on beautifully and looked beautiful on the skin initially, with ashamed for a real skin look. My only issue was this is definitely not 24 hour wear, at best I’d say around 5-6 hours and I don’t have oily skin. As it wore off my skin appeared a little lifeless and dull looking, so for me this was far from the top spot. This was the most expensive foundation I tested at $52 and comes in 24 shades.
Kat Von D Lock It Foundation – Claims to be Flexible full Coverage, up to 24hr wear, flawless matte not flat, waterproof foundation. This surprised me the most as when trying the texture on the back of my hand before buying it, the texture was very thick, almost a liquid cream. I could tell straight away this would offer extreme coverage. The feel of the product initially put me off as I feared my makeup would look very heavy and artificial, but this looked beautiful. It had a slight glow to it which I liked, and a little goes a long way, so you if you use sparingly you can create a more natural looking base, but for those of you who do want serious coverage, this will be the one for you. I really liked this one, and perhaps the only downside was my awareness of it on my skin, in that I could feel it. I wouldn’t say this is a light as air feeling foundation, but it doesn’t claim to be that, so this one gets a big thumbs up, theres just other foundations I tried during this test which I preferred. This costs $35 and comes in 30 shades.
Bobbi Brown Skin Long Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15 – Claims to be 16hr wear, full coverage, natural looking, breathable foundation. Another one that surprised me, in a good way. I think this one is much easier to achieve a more natural look, with the ability to take it from a medium coverage all the way up to a more fuller coverage. It is matte but it doesn’t look powdery or dry. It stayed put really well and looked great as the day wore on. This felt like a second skin, and as someone who usually wears a lighter coverage foundation, I forgot I was even wearing foundation. This didn’t have any sticky feeling or tackiness to the touch and didn’t transfer. This costs $46 and comes in 30 shades.
Fenty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Long Wear Foundation – Claims to be medium to full coverage, soft matte, long wearing, with a shade for everyone. With so much hype around this foundation I knew I had to include it in this testing series. I have to admit the word ‘matte’ is not my favourite when it comes to foundations, but I wanted to try this none the less. The texture of this is actually quite runny and I liked this best with fingers or a beauty blender. This took some getting use to, as everyone I asked said I looked like I had base on, in an obvious way. I think for me this was the mattest foundation of them all and my issue was when applying powder products on top, it started to look heavy very quickly and quite powdery. I was very aware that I looked like I was wearing makeup as opposed to having great looking skin. I think you could mix in a drop of facial oil or moisturiser to this but then I guess that defeats the point of it being matte. That being said, if you personally want a true matte finish that eliminates any trace of shine and lasts, then this would be what I would recommend. This covers well and it did last the whole day. This costs $34 and comes in 40 shades.
Nars Natural Radiant Long Wear Foundation – Claims to be medium to full coverage, long wearing with a natural skin look with a radiant finish. This is a does what it says on the tin type foundation, and while I’ll admit I was sceptical thanks to not hearing one bad review of it, however it delivers. I think this is a pretty flexible foundation in terms of creating the coverage you want to achieve. Nars is really hitting a home run at the moment in the base department. Their concealers are some of my favourite in my pro kit and I love their tinted moisturisers. Nars’ version of matte is a version I can get on board with, and I would say the magic in this doesn’t come till after its been on the skin for a few minutes though. Its strange when I first applied this, I was like,’I don’t get what all the fuss is about’ and then as the day went on, it looked better and better. It looks like my skin, at its best! I couldn’t believe how light weight it was and how breathable it felt. I would forget I was wearing foundation then look in the mirror and be like ‘hello good skin day at 4pm’. My skin looked smooth, covered but real, and a very subtle radiance. This could be a strong contender for my red carpet foundation of choice, as the I also like the fact this has no spf in. It works well on all skin types. This costs $49 and comes in 33 shades.
You might have guessed which foundation won, but don’t forget to watch the video below to find out.