Getting a good color match with your foundation can be a challenge. Many brands are limited in the number of shades they offer and sometimes, price can be a barrier. Here are some of my favorite foundations. Three are prestige or high-end brands and two you can pick up at your local drug store.
This one is my absolute favorite. When I’m wearing it you can barely tell I have anything on. It looks like me only better. It’s sheer. Weightless. Long-wearing. You can build the coverage if you need to and it doesn’t look dry or cakey. The best part about this prestige brand is that it has 24 shades. If you want a sheer foundation, a great color match, and a flawless finish this might be the product you’ve been looking for.
Benefits for the woman north of 40
Naked Skin Liquid Makeup reduces the appearance of fine lines. Imperfections almost disappear. Skin appears more radiant and youthful. It’s got good stuff in it – anti-wrinkle peptides, brightening agents, antioxidants, and sodium hyaluronate – stuff to help keep your skin looking and feeling great.
The All Nighter Liquid Foundation is in the Urban Decay family but a different product line. This full coverage foundation is three times more pigmented than the Naked Skin. Because it’s so pigmented, it is not buildable. One pump – smoothed on and blended out with a brush should leave you with a flawless matte finish. Another nice thing about the All Nighter Liquid Foundation is its mattifying effect. It absorbs oil and reduces shine. It’s also long lasting and wells wear.
If I’m having problems with blemishes or have trouble spots to hide, I wear the All Nighter Liquid Foundation. When my skin is clear and sheer coverage is what I desire, I go with the Naked Skin. Since each of these Urban Decay products has 24 shades, color matching should not be difficult. Neither of these products contain SPF (sun protection factor) so make sure you apply sun protectant as part of your daily routine.
MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation $38
MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF Foundation is another good choice. It comes in 22 different shades and the satin finish gives a “lit from within” glow. It provides the perfect canvas for blush, bronzer, or whatever product you choose to apply. I use this prestige brand in NC 40. It doesn’t dry my skin and I don’t look like a grease ball at the end of the day.
If you’re budget conscious, these last two products might work for you.
The 3-in-one formula “fuses powder, concealer, and foundation” to provide a cost-effective, long-lasting product. It wears well and looks natural. I did a comparison by making up my face with MAC NC 40 on one side and the Covergirl Queen 3-in-1 Foundation in Sand on the other. The difference was imperceptible. This product is specially formulated for dark skin and has 14 shades. The only problem is that you can’t find it in every drug store.
Now this one is interesting. I wanted to try another drug store brand and I came across this one. I took a look at the reviews before I tried it and overall, the reviews were good. Most thought the product did exactly what it said it would do – minimize fine lines, reduce pore size, even out skin tones, and provide anti-aging benefits. Most of the ladies believed their skin looked better than ever. However, there were a few reviews that said the product didn’t last very long, transferred onto clothing, and color matching was a problem. Undeterred, I decided to give it a try. Here’s what I found:
The color match was wonderful. At first, I thought it was a tad bit warm but no, it was perfect. My face looked smooth, poreless, and radiant. It was so natural looking. The tint was just different enough that I could tell a difference from my usual foundation but no one else could. I turned my face from side to side and thought this one could be my new best friend. It covered every bit as well as my high end brands and was a third of the cost. Another plus? It has an SPF of 18. I was in love. I can’t call it a favorite since I haven’t had it for very long but it’s new and I’m loving it. The drawback? It only comes in 12 shades and my shade, Honey Beige No. 211, is one of the darker shades.
What’s your favorite foundation?
What’s working for you? Or, what foundation did you try and it was a total failure? Tell me about it in the comments section.
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