January 26, 2011

Dee's Favourite Foundations

I've raved before about how obsessed I am with foundation. As someone with less-than-perfect skin, a good base is essential for me. I look for foundations that suit my oily/combination skin and last as long as humanly possible, while still looking as natural and glowy as possible. This is definitely a tall order but I have a few that I really love and will continue to repurchase - while also looking out for new favourites, of course!

1. Lancome Teint Idole
This is an amazing foundation and I really don't know why more fuss isn't made of it online. I'm pretty sure I've repurchased this ten times at least over the years. The consistency is gorgeous - it is silky and mattifying and gives great coverage without any kind of mask-like effect. There is a nice glow to this foundation as well - it is akin to PhotoReady but with much better coverage. It also smells gorgeous and comes in a pretty glass bottle, which is also probably its only downside seeing as you have to work hard to get at the last few dregs at the bottom! Cannot recommend this stuff enough - 10/10.

2. MAC Studio Fix Fluid
I don't know what to say about this stuff that hasn't been said already! I really, really like it, especially for nights out as the staying power is unreal. I'm not mad about the smell (not that that would ever put me off using it) and you need to be careful to use a good blush/highlighter as it can leave your face looking a little flat. I sometimes mix it with a little liquid highlighter for a nice glow. I have heard of people breaking out from this stuff but thankfully it doesn't give me any more breakouts than normal. Another downside is that you have to buy a pump for the bottle - fairly ridiculous as Pro Longwear and Mineralise Satinfinish both have pumps built-in! 9/10.

3. Revlon PhotoReady 
I already gave this a fairly thorough review in this post! 8/10.

4. Revlon ColorStay
This is supposed to be a dupe for Studio Fix. While I think it is a good foundation which I have repurchased, I think the texture is a lot more sticky and it oxidises more quickly on my skin. It also showed up any dry patches of skin very badly. Similar to Studio Fix, it can also make your face look a little flat if you don't highlight properly. 8/10

Runners up: Chanel Mat Lumière (good but not long-lasting enough to justify the price), MAC Pro Longwear (I don't know why they made this, Studio Fix is better), Bourjois 10 Hour Sleep Effect (lovely and smells delicious but a bit too sheer for me).


  1. Really wanna try colourstay but it's so dear for a drugstore foundation,must keep an eye out for the 3 for 2 offers they always have :) would love to try the bourjois 10 hour sleep effect one too,have the bio detox one and didnt like it at all, am constantly searching for the perfect foundation :)

  2. I hated Bio Detox too! Currently saving to buy the Lancome one again, theres no way I can afford to have all of these at once haha :)


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