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
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
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
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
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
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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