The Foundation Challenge: Part Two

foundation testing part 2

I’m back with my second installment of my Foundation Testing series! If you didn’t see part one which you can check out here I set myself the challenge back in January to put every base, BB cream, tint and illuminator to the test to rediscover those lost favourites, assess what products I really love and whittle down that ever growing collection! It’s time for round two, let’s see how these foundations faired up!

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation*

Considering this is the very first cushion foundation I ever tried, I’m hooked. It’s bouncy delivery system makes a for a pleasant change away from the pump ‘norm’ and I adore the coverage it doses out. The Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation gives a natural healthy glow to my skin, provides good coverage whilst leaving my skin looking like skin. It lasts throughout the day and quickly became one of my favourite daily bases. You know those foundations that just leaves your skin looking like itself but just better? This does exactly that and I reach for it during the week, weekend and even for special occasions as I know I can trust it to do a great job. The shade 02 Beige Rose is a perfect match and as you can tell, I can’t rave about it enough!

Verdict: keep as one of my everyday foundation picks and I’ve already repurchased it!

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue

When looking for a weekend base you want something lightweight, easy to apply and moisturising for slightly tired and lacklustre complexions. The bareMinerals Complexion Rescue does just that and is a base I apply with my hands to give my skin a kick of lightweight coverage that stays in place. I wear the shade 02 Vanilla which is a tad warm yet gives my complexion a healthy glow without needing tonnes of makeup. Often I wear this base on it’s on with a bit of concealer and bronzer to give a natural finish to my skin.

Verdict: keep as a weekend/no-makeup makeup base

L’Oreal Sculpt Foundation

Similar to my much loved True Match foundation, this delivers up a lightweight formula that provides good coverage and neutralises any redness in my skin. The shade 01 Light is unfortunately too light for me and I remember when this launched there weren’t many shades to choose from. Although this lasts well throughout the day, I don’t get that ‘wow’ finish and instead would rather reach for my favourite True Match instead.

Verdict: bin!

NARS Sheer Glow

Now this is a cult foundation! Loved by many in the beauty community…apart from me. I tried, I really tried but no matter how many times I come back to the NARS Sheer Glow foundation I just can’t get on board with it. We all know the name ‘sheer glow’ is misleading as instead you get a satin finish with a heavier more medium coverage. It’s thick formula is easy to blend yet doesn’t give my skin that glow I desire. I wear the shade Mont Blanc which does match my complexion however it sits on the pale side of the spectrum resulting in an almost cold finish that lacks any warmth. I’ve debating picking up a darker shade but knowing formula wise we don’t get along I’ve finally bitten the bullet and put this in the bin!

Verdict: bin!

My next round of foundation testing in under way, make sure you are following my Blog over on Bloglovin to be notified when it’s live!

*pr sample