Sunday, 4 March 2012

search for the perfect foundation #1

Okay, so I know it's pretty much impossible to find the 'perfect' anything! But this is going to be be a series of posts to test out and try and find a foundation that's as close to perfection (for me) as possible. I've been testing out a few different foundations recently and I've collected a few samples from some counters to test out.
What I look for in a foundation is a medium-heavy coverage, without looking cakey obviously, a semi matte finish and I have combination skin and I find anything that claims to be 'dewy' tends to make me look shiny a few hours in to wearing it and finally I like a yellow toned shade as I'm naturally quite pink so I like to counteract that! And also as I usually wear fake tan it tends to blend in better. Also if anyone is wondering about what shades I use (if you're similar to me) I'm NC25/NC30 in MAC foundations for reference :)

Estee Lauder Invisible Foundation - £27.00

with no flash
with flash

Coverage: 3.5/5
Application: 5/5
Long lasting: 4.5/5
Shade: 3.5/5

When I first applied this I was quite impressed, I used my fingers to apply it and found that it blended in really easily. It was quite sheer at first, maybe a bit too sheer than I would usually like so I applied a second layer and found this did the trick. It also felt nice a light on the skin which I liked. In terms of staying power it lasted pretty much all day which I was actually really surprised at, so very impressed at that! One of the only things I wasn't too impressed at was that it was slightly pink toned, and I tend to go for more yellow toned foundations but maybe I just need a different shade! The fact that it doesn't have spf in it puts me off a bit though but it does mean that it photographs quite true to colour in flash photography though. Overall I was impressed with this but there were a few things that may stop me paying the £27 for it.

Next review will be the Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation so look out for that soon...


  1. great review! xx

  2. very nice blog!!
    I already follow you.. do you want to follow each other? ;)

    1. Thank you :)
      sure, i'll check out your blog x

  3. Fab review! I love your blog and you do your make up so nicely! xoxo

  4. It definitely looks nice on you...looking forward to see what you rate the next one. Finding the perfect foundation is actually a mission, it will be interesting to see which you pick as your favourite after you have tried all of them.

    I am now following you please check my blog out and follow back if you'd like!! :) xx

    1. Thank you so much! Have posted the next foundation I'm trying out now too :)
      will definitely check out your blog x

  5. Hey I think it looks great on you! What shade did you purchase?