Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Best of Drugstore Foundations: Review

A perfect base is essential to creating a flawless makeup look. In this post I'm going to give my thoughts on the best four foundations (I think) at the drugstore that I have used and tested.
 Buying new foundations is my favourite product to purchase as I love the different looks a foundation can give you, either dewy, satin or matte finishes and also the way it covers redness, blemishes, etc (depending on the foundation and its coverage). As you may have read in my Skincare Routine Post I talked about how I had suffered from bad breakouts with my skin. Well now that my skin has cleared up I am confident and excited to start trying out more foundations and finding new products that I love.
The four products I'm reviewing are the Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation, L'oreal True Match, Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 and the Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick.
Note: I use all foundations with the Ecotools Buffing Brush.
Note: I set all foundations the same using the Australis Fresh and Flawless Pressed Powder. 

L'oreal true Match

I have purchased this foundation twice already, and lets just say that I'm never not going to have this product in my collection.. Ever. The finish is a natural satin feeling as it doesn't feel wet or sticky when you touch it after applied. The coverage is medium but can be built up to a full coverage without it looking cakey. The foundation includes SPF17 which is always a bonus as you will most likely have your foundation on during the day and will protect your skin from the harsh sun. As stated on the bottle, the formula is super blendable and can be buffed into the skin really well, leaving a stunning natural finish. As the packaging contains a pump, it makes it a hygienic transition from the bottle to your face without the product being contaminated which can cause breakouts.

Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme

I have found this foundation to be so long lasting and wears very well during the day. I have had this foundation on when at a water park and it has completely stayed after water has splashed on my face going down slides.. it was amazing! It leaves a natural dewy finish and the consistency seems to look quite thick in the container, but once spread across the skin and buffed in really well it doesn't feel so very thick on your face. This is another product that I have purchased twice and was a really impressive foundation that I absolutely love. As there is no pump to the packaging, I suggest scooping the product onto your face with clean fingers and then applying a brush or whatever method you use to apply it. This will allow the product to stay germ free from dirty brushes entering the container. Also contains SPF20 which again is perfect for all day wear when you know your going to be in the sun.

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1

This is a slightly new product I have purchased. I had used it once when I first bought it (when my skin was really bad) and found I had to use a couple coats over the affected area for more coverage. By doing this the foundation got noticeably cakey and didn't look quite nice. It had been sitting in my bathroom cupboard ever since, up until a week ago when I thought I better give it another try. After applying to a clean, smooth base the foundation went on so nicely and looked really nice on the skin. It blended and spread well across the face and left a satin to matte finish. This product would suit women with oily skin as it is a shine free formula. The bottle states that it has the lasting power of a primer, coverage of a concealer and blendability of a foundation in one. Personally I would say the lasting power is quite good, the coverage doesn't cover everything but little things like redness and small blemishes are hidden well, and the formula isn't perfect for blending but does a good job when you have enough of the product.
A tip for using this product is to make sure you buff it in really well into your skin to give that flawless look as it can look a little cakey if not done well and too much product is used in one place.

Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick

When I first saw this product being advertised it didn't catch my eye at all. I thought, if the formula is drying it will drag on the face when applied and will be so hard to blend and buff into the skin, etc. I originally wanted to look for a product to use for cream contouring, so I saw this and thought I'd give it a go. I purchased it in a darker shade then my skin tone (310 Sun Beige) but as it turns out, its not far off my skin tone if I was tanned. How do I start... This product is amazing! So easy and quick to apply. Blends super nicely and smooth. Contains an anti-shine core which is perfect for oily skin types. The size is so convenient to just chuck in your purse or put in your makeup bag for travelling as it is quite small and rounded. The coverage is light to medium so perfect for everyday wear. It doesn't contain SPF so make sure to apply SPF moisturiser before hand or if you are going somewhere special and don't want a white flash back than this foundation is perfect for that. And of course for $15 (in Australia) you can't go wrong!