My Favourite Foundations- Summer 2019

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since I uploaded an updated post on my favourite foundation, and there’s no time like the present. My specific taste in foundation has changed a lot over the past year, so there will probably be only one or two that are still the same as the last time. I used to be all about full coverage cake face, but now I prefer something dewy and a more medium coverage. Of course, I still love a full coverage base if I’m doing something special, but that’s rare as I spend most of my days at home! Anyway, I hope you enjoy this post and maybe find something that will work for you.

Flower Beauty Light Illusion Foundation

Cruelty Free?

Affordable?

Finish? Dewy

Coverage? Medium

Shade range? Bad

I’ve been talking about this foundation a lot on my social media, especially over the last couple of months. I was so excited when Flower Beauty came to the UK, partly because I love Drew Barrymore so much but also because I had really wanted to try this foundation for a while, since seeing multiple US influencers talk about it. The only con is a big one; the shade range is poor. I’m not sure if it’s any better in America, but there are hardly any shades available on Superdrug. Surely 20 should be an accepted standard by now? Anyway, the finish is dewy but it still lasts well on my combination skin. It’s a medium coverage which is what I prefer, and feels light on my face. This is definitely something that matters a lot to me in summer, as makeup will just melt off my face if it’s too heavy in heat. A really amazing thing about this foundation that sets it apart from the rest, is that it is great for mixing. For example, I’ve never been able to get the Fenty Pro Filt’r foundation to work for me, even when my skin was oilier than it is now (which is the skin type the foundation was mainly marketed towards). I decided to try mixing this with it about a month ago, and miraculously, it lasted on my face all day and looked great! This means that I don’t have to give up on foundations that don’t really work for me as I can just add my Light Illusion foundation to them. If you can find a shade that works for you, I highly recommend this one as it is probably my ultimate favourite at the moment.

YSL All Hours Stick Foundation

Cruelty Free?

Affordable?

Finish? Skin like

Shade range? Could do with work on both very fair and dark-deep ends of the spectrum

Coverage? Medium buildable

When I bought this, I was debating between this stick foundation and the liquid version of the All Hours foundation. Basically, I love Jamie Genevieve and everything she recommends and she likes both. I ended up going for this one and hoping I wouldn’t regret it, and it ended up being one of the best high end purchases I’ve ever made! The shade range could definitely do with some work, especially on the deep-dark side. However, I have the lightest shade and it is not only the slightest bit too dark for me, but also too yellow. This really irritates me as it seems to happen with loads of different brands, but it’s ok with this one as I can make it work. There are people fairer than me though so they could really do with adding in quite a lot more shades! Something that I really love about this foundation is that it isn’t as heavy on the face as the other stick foundations that I own are. It’s definitely buildable as most stick foundations are, but it’s so easy and breathable to wear in the summer. Also, it doesn’t melt off my face in heat which is a massive pro! The finish is skin like, somewhere in the middle of dewy and matte, and looks beautiful. A high end splurge that is definitely worth the money!

Revolution Pro Foundation Drops

Cruelty Free?

Affordable?

Finish? Skin like/slightly dewy

Shade range? Ok, could be more variety for those with deep-dark skin tones

Coverage? Light but very customisable

I’ve loved this foundation since last summer as it’s the perfect foundation for hot weather. I’m wearing this foundation today but I’ve used hardly any product so as to have a very light coverage, and it feels so so weightless. However, it’s really customisable and it’s very easy to do this as it comes with a dropper. The finish is again, pretty skin like, but this one does lean towards a more dewy look. This ticks most boxes as it is cruelty free, very affordable at only £7 and is so comfortable, but it could definitely do with a little work on the shade range. I also own both the lightening and darkening drop versions of this product, and I’ve gotten so much use out of the lightening ones as so many foundations are too dark for me. It’s so affordable that I really do think that anyone could give this a try- I honestly think most will love it as much as I do!

Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

Cruelty free?

Affordable?

Finish? Natural/Dewy

Shade range? Good but should have more shades in the deep/dark category

Coverage? Medium/full

I kind of wish that I’d bitten the bullet and purchased this foundation long before I did! The price was the thing that put me off for so long, but I honestly believe that this is worth the high end price. This is one of the few higher coverage foundations I can actually comfortably wear in summer, and it looks so beautiful in the skin. It’s so frustrating that Nars aren’t cruelty free, because their products look so beautiful. I wear this foundation both when I have something special and I really want to look good and know that my makeup will last for a while, and when I’m doing a full glam makeup look just for me. The shade range is one of the better ones as it has over 30 shades, but like with most foundations, could do with more towards the deep end of the spectrum. The finish is dewy but not as dewy as the Flower Beauty foundation, making it wearable for people with different skin types. It lasts a really good amount of time on my combo skin and just looks so beautiful. If you’re not cruelty free and you’re looking for a fool proof, medium/full coverage foundation then this could be the one for you!

The Ordinary Serum Foundation

Cruelty free?

Affordable?

Finish? Natural/dewy

Shade range? Not great for any darker skin tones

Coverage? Light/medium buildable

I spent ages thinking that if I picked up either of the two foundations from The Ordinary, it would definitely be the Coverage foundation (which I hadn’t yet bought as the light shades are rarely in stock), but I ended up buying the serum foundation as like I’ve said, I’m preferring a light/medium glowy finish now. It has SPF 15 which is a great bonus too! As the word ‘serum’ would suggest, this is definitely a more dewy foundation, but it’s not TOO dewy. However, I don’t think I’d recommend it to those with super oily skin as I don’t think it would last a really long time. The coverage is definitely more than I expected but it is really easy to sheer out, and it can also be built up to a higher medium coverage if that’s what you’re looking for. The light end of the shade range is pretty great, and the deep end isn’t the worst but again, could definitely do with a few more added. It’s the cheapest foundation in this blog post at only £5.70, and I believe that it’s highly underrated as most people go for the other foundation from The Ordinary.

Jouer Essential High Coverage Foundation

Cruelty free?

Affordable?

Finish? Demi-matte

Shade range? Great!

Coverage? Very very high

This has been my favourite for the longest time, and I believe that it will be for the foreseeable future. I can see myself repurchasing it as soon as I run out, which is a big thing for me as I have a hell of a lot of foundations. It’s definitely different to the other ones I’ve spoken about in this post, but I love it just as much. Firstly, the shade range is brilliant. There’s always room for improvement, but this has the best of all the foundations that I have mentioned. It’s a special foundation as it’s SUPER high coverage. You only need a pump or less to cover your whole face- if you use this amount, it won’t feel too heavy on your face, but it will if you use more, as I’ve learnt the hard way! This is my number one special occasion foundation, sometimes worn alone and sometimes mixed with my Nars Natural Radiant Longwear in order to make it less matte. It may have a high end price, but because you need to use so little product on each application it is absolutely worth it. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a special foundation for when they have something really important to do, or one that is perfect for a super glam makeup look. It may not be the best for super dry skin types, but I do think it would work for most people!

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nicoleeloise

I am a 22 year old girl, trying to find her way in this world whilst fighting Fibromyalgia, ME, nerve pain and other undiagnosed problems. This blog is my journey to my career in writing and makeup.