As promised to my Friday Bulletin readers I have been on the hunt for a great foundation. If you are like most women you are likely to have a drawer full of foundations but still don’t have a favourite.
My criteria for what makes a great foundation may be different to yours so here’s what I look for:
- A dewy finish (not keen on very matte foundation but if you are there are some options in the ones I’ve tested)
- Good even coverage that’s easy to blend
- A good range of colours – OK I only need one of them but I like to be able to recommend to women of any colouring
- Staying power – whilst i take time to do my face first thing in the morning I don’t want to have to keep toppping up my makeup during the day
- Value for money – I don’t mind paying for foundation if it has all of the above and a decent size bottle or tube (most come in 30ml size but some like Maybelline eraser are 20ml and the new Estee Lauder product has no size on the bottle)
So with all that in mind below are the ones I managed to get round to testing, some from sachets in the glossy magazines and some requested at the relevant beauty counter, some of which were more helpful than others. Thumbs up to Lancome, Clarins and Chanel, thumbs down to Clinique where I eventually walked away after being ignored by two assistants who were just chatting to each other!
I should point out that when I say tested – nothing scientific was involved, purely wearing the foundation for a day to see how it went on and lasted.
Those I tested:
Chanel vital lumiere – 9 colours size 30 ml £33
Chanel lift lumiere – 6 colours size 30 ml £36
No7 protect and perfect – 7 colours size 30 ml £15.50
Maybelline the eraser – 7 colours size 20 ml £9.99
Estée Lauder invisible fluid – 16 colours £27
Rimmel recover – 5 colours size 30g £7.19
Revlon photo ready – 8 colours size 30ml £12.99
Bourjois healthy mix serum- 6 colours size 30 ml £10.99
Max factor ageless elixir – colours size 30ml £12.99
Lancôme teint idole Ultra – 12 colours size 30 ml £27
Clarins ever matte – 10 colours £24
Clinique even better makeup – 25 colours size 30 ml £22
Rimmel wake me up anti fatigue – 6 colours size 30ml £8.99
All foundations available online from Boots.com
And the overall winner is …
Yes the winner is one of the cheapest products I tried! Rimmel wake me up anti fatigue Makeup from Boots it ticks the boxes of going on easily and evenly and gives me the lovely dewy finish I like, whilst being an absolute bargain. It’s so easy to get sucked into the marketing of the more expensive ranges but cheaper doesn’t necessarily mean poorer quality and definitely not in this case. you could buy yourself 4 bottles of this – probably at least a year’s worth for 4p cheaper than one of the Chanel foundations! A no brainer as far as I’m concerned.
My winner in the premium brands is Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15 Normal to Combination Oily Skin TypesBoots.com again it goes on really well, with a lovely finish, has an SPF 15 and comes in an amazing 25 shades! (I managed to try this one by using a free sachet from a magazine and would have bought it had I got better service – see above – end of moan)
I give a highly commended vote to Bourjois Health Mix Serum foundation from Boots this was running in first place until I tried the Rimmel foundation. Still a great price at £10.99 and contains a skin serum to give the healthy look it promises.
Finally just a word about finishes – there were a couple that I liked but they gave too matte a finish for me but may suit you if you have an oilier skin. The ones I would suggest you try are Lancome teint Idole Ultra and Clarins ever matte both designed to give a long lasting matte finish. And again both come in a good range of colours – twelve for the Lancome one and 10 for Clarins.
I hope this has been helpful, it made me realise that I can sometimes be a bit of a makeup snob and that it really is worth checking out Boots and trying some of the less costly ranges.
If you have a favourite I’d love your feedback, and if you try one of those I’ve mentioned and agree or disagree do let me know.