Wednesday, 28 March 2018

The Best Foundations For Someone Who Hates Wearing Foundation


Charlotte Tilbury Foundation Review

Growing up I was never the biggest fan of wearing foundation. I have a feeling that it might have something to do with my slightly traumatic teenage experience with Maybelline's Dream Matte Mousse Foundation. Does anyone else know what I'm talking about? I still can't bring myself to look at some of the photos taken back in those days, when I was so clearly wearing a foundation about five shades too dark for my ghostly pale skin, without cringing.


As a result I spent most of the years that followed relying on concealer to mask a multitude of issues, mainly dark circles, pigmentation and the odd blemish or three but in recent years I've found myself looking for more coverage. That and as I was only relying on concealer, it meant that I was getting through a tube or stick of it quite quickly. That's when I started looking for bases that would cover me in every eventuality and I am so happy to say that I've finally found three foundations, of different coverage, that work for me, my skin and my ridiculously pale colouring.

And here they are;

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation Review

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation in 1 Fair (£32)

Having always struggled to find a foundation that was light enough for me/didn't make me look orange, both in the drugstore and in the likes of House Of Fraser, Debenhams and John Lewis, you can imagine how excited I was when my local House Of Fraser got it's very own Charlotte Tilbury counter. You might even remember my blog post on that very trip (if not, here it is). It was my first time having a Tilbury Transformation and being able to actually try out the products and shades and test them out on my skin, after years of admiring them online, was incredible.

I'm lucky that I only really get breakouts and spots in the run up to my period so in general, a lighter coverage foundation is ideal for everyday wear. I also have dehydrated skin which can look a little bit patchy under certain products and I'm happy to report that none of these bases do that. I'm also a big fan of the consistency of this foundation and the way in which it blends in seamlessly.

It does have SPF 15 built in but I am trying to get into the habit of applying a separate facial SPF product prior to doing my makeup these days anyway and especially if I'm going barefaced. Expect a blog post on just that in the coming weeks.

it Cosmetics CC Cream Review

it Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+ in Fair (£30)

Only a handful of beauty products ever truly reach holy grail/cult status but that's exactly what's happened with this particular base product and it's no wonder why when you give it a try.

For that in between coverage nothing beats this CC Cream! It's buildable, not at all cakey and truly does look like your skin but better. I feel so confident wearing this and have had many people mention how healthy my skin looks when wearing this. As someone who's had people ask if I'm not feeling well when they see my sans makeup, this has certainly done wonders for my self esteem, especially when it's so quick and easy to apply.

They also now finally do it in the lightest shade, fair, here in the UK after a while of only being available in the US. Seriously, there's a reason why everyone has been raving about this! It may be the first product that I've tried from it Cosmetics but it certainly won't be my last.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation Review

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in 1 Fair* (£30)

For fuller coverage I absolutely adore Charlotte's Magic Foundation. It's full coverage without feeling like you're wearing a mask or a tonne of product on your face and again, much like the Light Wonder foundation, it matches my fair complexion perfectly. Seriously, if you're incredibly pale or fair and haven't yet found the right foundation match for you, get yourself down to a Charlotte Tilbury counter ASAP!

I completely get why Charlotte dubbed it as magic as it really does have a magical airbrushing effect on the skin. Your complexion honestly looks flawless as a result of using this and it's perfect for those special occasions or when you're looking for more coverage from your foundation. It, like Light Wonder, also has SPF 15 built in which is a great bonus.

As someone who was once foundation phobic, these three foundations have completely changed my mindset when it comes to base products.

What are your favourite foundations? Have you tried any of the ones mentioned in today's blog post? If so, what do you think of them? And do you also have fond or not so fond memories of Dream Matte Mousse?

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