Monday, May 26, 2014

My Favorite & Not-So Favorite Foundations

1. Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer
Alright, so I know this product isn't considered a "foundation," but I love it too much to not mention it! In my teen years, I used to wear a full face of full coverage foundation, everyday. I believed I really did "need" that much coverage, but in reality, all I needed was a tinted moisturizer to allow my skin to breathe. Laura Mercier did it right with this tinted moisturizer. It's easy to build so I can wear a light coverage on a daily basis or I can build it up to medium coverage for nights out. The finish of this product is dewy, which can be a problem for my oily skin, but it can easily be fixed with some blotting sheets and light powder.

2. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation
I absolutely love this foundation for nights out when I want flawless skin! This foundation I would consider medium to full coverage. The texture is similar to a mousse, but it leaves an almost airbrush finish. It's perfect for my oily skin, because it dries matte. However, I can only wear this foundation for about 5-6 hours. After the 6th hour, my face is in need of a touch up! The foundation is easily buildable and won't cake up when doing so. I like to blend this foundation out with my Real Techniques Buffing brush and then with my Real Techniques sponge to give myself an airbrush finish!

3. Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation
This foundation is almost an exact dupe for the Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation. It also has a mousse texture and leaves an airbrush finish to the skin. I do feel like the coverage is a bit heavier than the Tarte foundation and the color selection isn't so great. My shade is the 2nd to darkest color and I'm more of a light olive complexion. I do not recommend building this foundation up. One layer is enough to cover any imperfections. If you apply more than one layer, it can start to look extremely cake-y. The longevity of the foundation is around 5-6 hours for me. I don't like to wear this foundation on a daily basis because it is a heavier coverage, but for nights out, this product is amazing!

4. E.L.F Tinted Moisturizer
When I purchased this tinted moisturizer, I was extremely excited to try it out and I was hoping that it would be a dupe for the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, but that was not the case. This tinted moisturizer has little to no coverage, what-so-ever. It also has an extremely dewy finish, which makes my oily skin stand out even more than I would like it to. Overall, I do not recommend this product for anyone with oily skin, or for those who want a tinted moisturizer with some coverage.

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