I've been using a few new foundations recently - all of which are ideal for pale skintones like me. Finding a good foundation that's light enough for my porcelain skin can sometimes be a challenge but I'm fairly happy with the colour matches of these three.
Everyone has been raving about the new Loreal 24 Hour Mattifying Infallible Foundation and luckily it lives up to its expectations. I've been wearing (porcelain shade 10) a lot lately as it really does hit the mark on several aspects. Despite being labelled as full coverage, I'd say its more medium. You do need extra concealer on noticeable blemishes but it surprisingly feels fairly light on the skin. It blends really well, both with fingers or a brush and lasts fairly well throughout the day. I do need to blot once or twice during the day but I have a really oily t-zone. Packaging wise, this tube is perfect. The nozzle dispenses just enough foundation and the tube ensures you can get the last drops of foundation out. I'm not a fan of products that claim to last 24 hours (lets face it, who wears their makeup that long) but for normal to oily skin types, it is definitely one of the best foundations at the drugstore/highstreet.
At high end level, I've been using Dior Star Foundation*. It looks a little two tone in the bottle above (I forgot to shake the bottle) but it's a decent shade match. I wear shade 010 ivory which is just a touch too dark for me but I can get away with it. Unlike the Loreal mattifying foundation, Dior Star leaves a semi matte finish on the skin (slightly dewy but not overly so). It offers medium coverage and blends well. This foundation has good oil control. Not quite as good as the Loreal offering but definitely better than some others that I've tried. I really like the radiant finish as I find my complexion looks brighter and more healthy. I havent heard too much about Dior Star despite it being a relatively new addition to Dior's lineup. The glass bottle with pump makes it easy to dispense and the foundation itself is one of the better high end products I've tried. I can see this suiting a range of skin types from slightly dry to oily. If you're in the mood for trying a new higher end foundation then this is one to look at.
Back to a more budget foundation, this one is the new Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation (not currently available in the UK). I use the shade porcelain which is slightly yellow toned but still a good colour match. Despite being labelled as matte and poreless, it isnt great on that front. However, there is something about this foundation I like. It feels very lightweight on the skin and as its yellow toned, it helps to tone down any redness in my skin. I mainly use this foundation on lazy days when I dont want to wear too much makeup. Oily skins will need to blot with this one but it tends to hold up throughout the day. The packaging is a downside as there's no pump here but foundation itself is decent. I purchased mine from eBay and I'd probably repurchase it if its released here in the UK.
Have you tried any of these foundations?
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