June 9, 2016

My foundation collection with reviews


I have quite a vast collection of foundations and I’m not sure why. It’s not like I get out enough to wear them all! But, I do love makeup and trying to look good when I do get the chance, so I am an avid collector of makeup, Here are some of the foundations I own along with my thoughts and reviews. If you’d like to see more posts like this let me know down below and I’ll show you my other collections

1. NARS sheer glow foundation

Coverage: Medium

Rating: 4 out of 5

Comments: This is a really lovely foundation with a beautiful finish and good coverage for all day use. It does cake up on my skin slightly, especially in my dry areas (forehead, cheeks and nose). Very expensive!

Price: £31

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2. Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation

Coverage: FULL (As in VERY full)

Rating: 3 out of 5

Comments: This foundation is very thick and heavy and is not something I find I reach for on a very regular basis. Those of you with dry skin most probably wont be a fan due to the very full coverage, however those with normal skin may find this has a very flawless finish, and it wont move! Not something I would wear on a hot summer’s day however for a day of running around doing chores on a cool day or in winter, it’s ideal.

Price: £28



3. Makeup Forever Face and Body liquid foundation

Coverage: Sheer

Rating: 2 our of 5

Comments: This foundation has such great reviews I couldn’t wait to give it a go but I was massively disappointed! The coverage is extremely sheer and the foundation its self has a high water content, however when I pump it out, no matter how hard and for how long I shake the bottle, the liquid separates on the back of my hand into lumpy bits and very watery parts, like curdles yogurt! Is this normal?! I wasn’t impressed at all. Even giving it a good mix together on the back of my hand the fluid begins to start separating immediately. Plus it smells like paint. With all of the great reviews I’m pretty sure I have a crappy bottle but I will keep going with it. Let me know down below if you own this and your thoughts.

Price: £27


4. Maybelline Dream Velvet Hydrating Foundation

Coverage: Medium

Rating: 2 out of 5

Comments: I bought this in completely the wrong colour, I didn’t even swatch it when I bought it rushing around Asda trying to get some fairly healthy food in for the kids, so I cant comment greatly on it. I did try it on my hand once I had purchased it (thank god, I would have represented a mangled carrot if I had slapped it straight onto the face!) It’s very light and fluffy but felt a bit drying, which is odd because it’s a hydrating  foundation, so I am a bit terrified of trying it!

Price: £7.99



5. Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation

Coverage: Sheer to medium but buildable

Rating: 5 out of 5

Comment: This is currently my favourite foundation. I had it on pre order before it was released and purchased it on Sephora, the American department store as they do UK delivery, and I wasn’t disappointed. This foundation is watery, but doesn’t separate like the Makeup Forever Face and Body I spoke about earlier. It has a beautiful dewey finish, is very hydtrating, feels comfortable on the skin (in fact, you can’t feel it at all on the skin, and surely that’s the point!) and stays on all day. Great for day time wear, and a night on the tiles (what’s one of them then?!). I usually mix mine with a liquid highlight such as the Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Liquid Lighting Highlighter for added glow and a real look of hydtrated dewey skin. The packaging is lovely too, I can’t recommend this foundation enough!

Price: £28




6. Kat Von D Lock It Foundation

Coverage: Full

Rating: 3 out of 5

Comments: This foundation is very full coverage and claims to cover tattoo’s. I did try it on my wrist tattoo very quickly and it did cover it well, although not completely, but maybe it needs to be played with and used in conjunction with a concealer. Anyway, on the face it feels quite heavy and thick, not something I would recommend for a humid or hot summer’s day, but very good for a cooler evening or night out. This foundation dried on my skin and left me looking a bit patchy by the end of the day, but a good amount of moisturiser and a decent primer underneath may prevent this. Considering the price I expected something a bit more spectacular that what I experienced. I do however love the packaging!

Price: £47




7. Christian Dior Airflash Foundation

Coverage: Medium to full

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Comments: This foundation comes in a close second in my list of favourites. This spray can foundation feels like butter on the skin, and smells lovely. It really does leave a satin like finish and feels very hydrating on my dry skin. The instructions say to spray the foundation directly onto your face in a Z shape, however I felt this would have made a huge mess as the liquid comes out as a fine mist and can very quickly fill your entire room with a cloud of foundation! I spray mine (near a window) straight onto a flat top kabuki style buffer brush which feels amazing when I buff the foundation in.

I currently wear this foundation every day for work (‘why are you wearing a designer foundation for work?!’ I hear you say. Because it’s one of the only times I get to mingle with adults in a face to face situation, if I had a buzzing social life I would save it for those occasions, but alas…) as it’s super quick and easy to apply and other products go over the top like a dream. It lasts all day too. And the reason I’ve knocked off half a point? It goes everywhere when you spray it, do not wear white and spray this near yourself!

Price: £33.50



8. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Foundation

Coverage: Medium

Rating: 3 out of 5

Comments: I haven’t had a go at using this properly, and because I purchased it online I ordered the wrong colour. I usually go for the fairest of all the colours however this foundation comes in a crazy number of tones and chose one so pale it looked as though I had smeared ice cream all over my face! However, it did feel quite nice on my skin but didn’t blend very easily. I would need to purchase this foundation in the correct colour to give a fair review, so if you order this online beware! It has lot of potential though and I love Urban Decay as a beauty brand so I have high hopes.

Price: £27




9. Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation

Coverage: Medium

Rating: 3 out of 5

Comments: Yet again I purchased the wrong colour, this time too dark, but only just. The point of these Ultra HD foundations is to give you a completely flawless and airbrushed look in photos where even the best cameras are used. I found this foundation went a bit cakey on me and didn’t blend very well but I haven’t had a proper go with it yet. I like the concept but again there are so many colours to choose from that buying online is nearly impossible.

Price: £29



10. Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

Coverage: Medium to full

Rating: 5 out of 5

Comments: I love this foundation so much! It really does apply like a second skin, looks flawless and feels great. It’s long lasting and can be built up from medium coverage to full. It’s great for day or evening wear and other products go perfectly over the top of it. Yet another foundation I reach for time and time again and one I will definitely be repurchasing. I also love everything Too Faced sells, so this was bound to impress!

Price: £29




11. Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Illuminating Foundation

Coverage: Medium to full

Rating: 5 out of 5

Comments: Another great brand and another great foundation. As I type this I am thinking, ‘Why don’t I reach for this foundation more often?’ (Probably because I own far too many!) It’s a lovely foundation, great for day to day use, feels weightless on the skin and gives a perfectly flawless finish without suffocating your face. I think I’ll be using this one more often now I’ve reminded myself how much I love it. Maybe a little bit too much on the pricey side!

Price: £26.50




12. Faceatelier Ultra Foundation in White

Coverage: Not Applicable (for how I use it anyway)

Rating: 5 out of 5

Comments: This is a pure white foundation I purchased to mix in with foundations that were too dark for me that I had already paid for. This works great if you have ‘summer’ foundations that are slightly darker than your normal skin tone and you want to wear them in the summer. It also means I don’t end up wasting or returning foundations that don’t quite match my complexion. I add a pump into any foundation that I was to bring up a shade and Bob’s your uncle, a perfect shade. Very useful if you’ve spent years as a clueless makeup lover buying foundation that’s way too dark in the hopes it would make you look less pasty, like I did.




So that’s my vast collection of foundations, and yes I know, I have too many considering I have no life outside of my four walls, but still applying a bit of slap even to potter round the house and change nappies in makes me feel a bit more human, and I’m OK with that.

Do you own any of these? What are your thoughts, and what would you recommend I try?
Carlie xxx





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