27 February 2014

My Top Three Favourite Foundations

Foundation is such an important part of my makeup routine. Considering I wear makeup practically everyday now that I'm working, I like to splurge a little more on my foundations. This is especially so, since it stays on my face up to 12 hours a day!

My skin type is oily-normal, although it leans more towards the oily side the majority of the time. Therefore, oil control is quite an important factor when it comes to foundations. I also prefer a matte finish, but it's nothing a good face powder can't fix.

As mentioned earlier, since I don't remove my makeup till the end of the day, it is important that the foundation stay put and last until I take my face off. It is also important that a foundation does not feel too heavy and clog up pores. With all that in mind, I have three foundations to share that I have been loving lately (and by lately, I mean over the past 3-6 months). All three foundations have ticked all the boxes for me.

L-R: Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundation; Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+; Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua
I don't pick my foundations based on my skin condition (e.g. when my skin is flaring up or is redder than normal) with the exception of my wedding day, more on this later . I tend to pick one depending on how I feel, as all three foundations provide ample coverage and don't aggravate my skin. However, each foundation have their pros and cons, so I will go through each one individually in no particular order.

Starting with the Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV foundation, I have done a review on this foundation a few months ago (read here). Therefore, I'll try not to reiterate what I've written before.
I use the shade 5.5 and have found myself reaching for this foundation more than the other two. I'm still not sure why, as I love all three of them equally. Perhaps it's my need to finish this, so I can open another foundation without feeling guilty and find another favourite? Or maybe because it's just friggin amazing.

I work in an office where the air-conditioning is always switched on, and therefore spend the majority of my time in a dry environment. This is slightly different to when I wrote the review back in October, where I was working in a house-turned-office, and the air-conditioning was never on (although it was winter at the time). The reason why I'm bringing this up is because I absolutely hate touching up or blotting during the day, and I haven't found the need to do so anymore (in fact, ever since working at the new job). Therefore, working in an air-conditioned office (i.e. dryer environment) may have affected the amount of oil my skin has produced.

I wrote in my review that this provides light-medium coverage. I have changed my mind and would say that it provides more of a medium-ish coverage. I do have scars peeking through my thin veil of foundation, but it's nothing a good concealer can't fix.

This foundation feels extremely light on my skin. In fact, it doesn't even feel like I'm wearing any foundation when I use this.

Furthermore, I've been using this foundation for about three months, and I reckon I have at least another 2 months worth of foundation left. Therefore, despite the hefty price tag, it lasts FOREVER.

The second foundation is Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+.
I'm not sure what shade this is. I absolutely hate it how Make Up For Ever do not print shade numbers on their foundations!!

This is the foundation that I wore on my wedding day. Inserting obligatory picture here...

I couldn't decide between the two considering one is blurry and the other is a bit dark, so I inserted both.

I guess the main reason why I chose Make Up For Ever over the other two foundations is that it doesn't have SPF. I did not want to risk the white cast effect in my photos, especially since my wedding started at 4pm.

Having over productive oil glands has made me a strong lover of matte finishes when it comes to foundations. I am proud to report that Make Up For Ever has formulated a foundation that is true to it's name. It has a brilliant matte finish. However, I did find the need to blot once mid way through celebrations, as it was quite a warm day.

I'd say the coverage of this foundation is slightly fuller than Giorgio Armani's Lasting Silk foundation. It is a medium coverage foundation, and I still found the need to apply a bit of concealer over acne scars.

The only thing that I can think of that I'm not the biggest fan of is the dispenser system... It has none. You have to squeeze/pour product out, and pray that noone comes up behind you and surprise/scare the living daylights out of you whilst you're dispensing this foundation. Things can get ugly. I didn't clean up the nozzle of the Make Up For Ever foundation, as I thought I'd show you just how messy it can get, especially when you're travelling with it (like I have to Tasmania for my wedding, I also brought this to the states with me).

What I do like about this foundation, besides the formula, is that the bottle is extremely light, making it super portable (I realise I'm contradicting myself here, what with the messy point made previously but it's nothing a wet wipe can't fix). It's absolutely a God-sent when trying to meet weight limitations when travelling.

I haven't tested out the water resistant claim of this foundation, but it's still nifty to KNOW that it may be water resistant just in case you decide to live on the edge and jump into a pool or something.

Lastly, I introduce to you the third foundation - Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in shade 20 Beige.
Those of you who have been following/reading my blog for some time now would know that a product's fragrance is important to me, and I guess this is one of the main reasons why I love Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. It has a pretty strong perfume scent, which may be a turn off to some, especially those with sensitive skin, but I absolutely love it. It just feels so luxurious slathering this on my face.

The one thing that I've learnt (albeit the hard way) is the importance of shaking this bottle of foundation really well. You know you've not shaken it enough when it comes out watery. It should be quite thick in consistency when it's shaken up well (see swatch below). Therefore by using this foundation, you not only get a nice smelling face, you also got the chance to squeeze in a bit of arm-toning exercise.

Similar to the other two foundations, the coverage of the Chanel foundation leans towards medium. And despite the thick consistency, it feels light on my skin. I also love that it's easy to blend (I use my fingers).

The packaging of the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua is similar to that of Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+. It's light and really portable, which makes travelling with it a walk in the park.

As you can see, the Chanel foundation is thicker in consistency. I didn't actually mix it up enough, as it was still slightly watery.

If you compare the two swatch pictures, you may notice that the Giorgio Armani swatch is darker in the second picture than the first. This is due to the foundation oxidising. Therefore, you may want to get a sample to find your true shade if you wish to purchase this foundation.

All three foundations are a breeze to blend. However with liquid foundations, I find it necessary to set with a powder. I have been using Make Up For Ever Super Matte Loose Powder, which works a breeze for all three foundations. I used the same powder on my wedding day.

Although all three foundations are on the pricey side, I think they're worth every cent. I highly recommend these foundations, especially if you have skin that is on the oilier side.

Have you tried any of these foundations? What is your favourite foundation?


  1. I have only tried the Chanel of these three, which I loved but I love the Nars Sheer Glow more. The Nars is my all time favourite foundation - the finish is just beautiful in my opinion :)

  2. I would love to try the Armani and Make Up Forever foundations, I've heard great things about them. I have the Chanel one but unfortunately haven't had much success with that one :(

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