A Different Base For Every Day Of The Week

A Different Base For Every Day Of The Week - Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue, The Ordinary Coverage Foundation, Revlon Colorstay Foundation, Lovely Me:Ex BB Cream, Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation, The Ordinary Serum Foundation, Models Prefer Healthy Glow BB Cream

Lately, I’ve been working from home quite a bit. Which is awesome because it means sleep-ins. But it also means that putting on a full face of makeup each morning has become less of a priority. And that’s how I’ve ended up with a whole drawer of makeup that’s yet to be properly tested. So in an effort to kick start my testing, I committed myself to a different base for every day of the week.

Sure, it’s not particularly effective while I have so many foundations to trial and review (they’re all coming, I promise!) but first impressions can be a very powerful thing. And I thought it was a good way to show you what I reach for in a pinch and gather my initial thoughts on some new ones to my collection.

Saturday – Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue

AVAILABLE FROM: Mecca, Sephora (US), Ulta (US).

I start work very early on Saturday mornings. So I always find myself reaching for a base that I know won’t let me down. This one definitely falls into that category. I can throw this one on with a fluffy foundation brush in no time at all and, once set down this powder, it wears absolutely beautifully. It’s got a beautiful, glowy finish but what’s most impressive is how well it sticks around on the face. I’m always surprised by how well a base this lightweight lasts – still looking beautiful 10 hours later when I get around to taking off.

Sunday – The Ordinary Coverage Foundation

AVAILABLE FROM: The Ordinary, Adore Beauty, ASOS, Cult Beauty.

One of the new foundations to my collection. I’ve been trialling it quite a bit lately and each time, I keep on getting different results. Some days, it’s been perfectly fine and on other days, it’s looked a little messy towards the end of the day. But on Sunday, when I have a little more time to get ready before going to work, I decided to pair it with the Marc Jacobs Coconut Primer* and it worked beautifully. It lasted perfectly all day, even through a very warm shift at work, and still looked flawless. This is why I’m taking my time to get my final review up – it just keeps performing differently.

Monday – Revlon Colorstay Foundation

AVAILABLE FROM: Priceline, Chemist Warehouse, Myer, Target, Big W, Ulta (US).

Another old faithful, I was feeling pretty run down and sick on Monday but tried to get a couple of photos taken, so I quickly threw on a bit of makeup to try and perk me up a bit. I’ve been reaching for Colorstay a lot lately – it’s super easy to apply and always performs beautifully. I simply throw it on with a BeautyBlender and I’m all done. The coverage is just enough for everyday wear and is so perfectly no-fuss that it’s no surprise I love wearing it so much.

Tuesday – Lovely Me:Ex BB Cream

AVAILABLE FROM: eBay, but I believe it’s discontinued now!

I mention this one from time to time and have done for years now. It’s another one that I reach for when I want something quick, simple and a little dewy. I’m not normally one to apply bases with my fingers but I make an exception for this one. I apply a thin layer all over the face and layer it up a little more on my cheeks and chin to build up the coverage. It’s a random favourite, sure, and I’ve never heard anyone else mention it, but it’s been such a solid performer in my collection.

Wednesday – Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless

AVAILABLE FROM: Priceline, Chemist Warehouse, Big W, Ulta (US).

This and Revlon Colorstay have been my two drugstore discoveries of the year. Compared to the Revlon, this is a little more matte (as the name would suggest) and the coverage is a little bit higher. Wednesday was one of those days where I started off wearing basic makeup and kept adding more makeup throughout the day as I found new things in my drawers to trial. But at the end of the day, the Maybelline Matte and Poreless was still going strong, with only minimal wear around my nose.

Thursday – The Ordinary Serum Foundation

AVAILABLE FROM: The Ordinary, Adore Beauty, ASOS, Cult Beauty.

I went for another newbie on Thursday, this time the Serum Foundation from The Ordinary. So I could give you all a bit of a first impression. I’ve been testing the Coverage one so much that the Serum one hadn’t had a go yet. At first, I tried applying with a brush, which didn’t look great. So I blended it all in with an Ecotools Sponge with more success. It still looked a little present on the skin but got better after giving it a few minutes to sink in. Setting spray also made a huge difference. It played up a little when I applied cream products on top but otherwise, it didn’t perform too badly. The jury’s still out on this one, I think.

Friday – Models Prefer Healthy Glow BB Cream

AVAILABLE FROM: Priceline.

A dentist appointment and a spot of shopping didn’t call for a lot of makeup. But for the sake of the post, I threw on some BB cream. I hadn’t tried this one from MP since picking it up in the cosmetics sale. So I was excited to see if it was as easy to use as I remembered, from owning it ages ago. And I was very pleasantly surprised. As is normally the case with BB Creams, Light was a little too dark for me, but I lightened it up with some lightening drops with no worries. It provided a gorgeous light coverage, just evening out my complexion and, as the name suggests, providing a really healthy glow. I threw a cream highlighter on over the top and could not get enough. I’ll be reaching for this one a lot more in the coming weeks, I think.

What foundations have you been reaching for lately?

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  • I love my Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue! We got off to a bit of a rocky start because it oxidised on me, but since then we’ve had a good relationship. I can’t believe how long it lasts on as well – probably around 8-10 hours – and also how natural it looks on my skin. I typically apply it with my fingers post sunscreen application (the 2 of them work well together – I use a zinc-based sunscreen though), but I’m curious to know which brush do you use to apply it & which setting powder you use to lock it in? I do like the dewy glowy effect, but I think I’d need to powder down my T-zone.

    Shell // The Novice Life

    • That’s what always amazes me about it too, the longevity is so amazing for such a lightweight formula – I am OBSESSED! I normally apply it with a Models Prefer Airbrush Foundation Brush (this one > https://www.priceline.com.au/models-prefer-professional-airbrush-brush-1-ea) and love the effect it gives. The setting powder differs but normally it’s RCMA’s No Color Powder or lately, it’s been the Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder or Cover FX’s Perfecting Setting Powder! Hope you can find something that works for you!

  • Oh I haven’t used my Revlon Colorstay in a while now! Need to use it more! xx

    Carolina’s Makeup Life

  • so intrigued with the ordinary foundation! too bad it keeps performing differently but i think that’s the fun of it? since you can try with different primers to get the result you like. i’ve been wanting to try revlon colorstay too but i heard it doesn’t work well on people with dry skin so i’ll just skip it for now.

    back in my early days of makeup, that the face shop lovely me:ex was so highly raved! but i cannot seem to find it anywhere. really bummed that it’s discontinued before i get my hands on one 🙁

    • Yeah I completely agree – that’s what’s interesting about testing foundations, it can change so much depending on prep and just how my skin is that day! And I believe that the Revlon Colorstay has two formulations, one for combo/oily and one for dry so it could be worth checking out the other one!

      And ah, it’s so annoying that it’s discontinued! 🙁 I have a couple of backups but don’t think that’ll be enough!