Building a Foundation Wardrobe
I've mentioned on my Instagram before that I'm a bit of a makeup hoarder. I'll be talking more about my general decluttering journey soon on the blog but there was one category that I needed to clear up first because it takes up the most space in my desk drawer and that category is foundation.
I've always been drawn to glossy and glowing skin (aren't we all?) but I'm aware that I need to balance that with longer wearing matte formulas that I can wear to work that will look just as good at 5pm as they did at 7am so a good declutter was in order to see exactly what I had in my stash that would fit that criteria.
The Instant De-Stash
There were some foundations in my pile that I knew I could set aside immediately to sell online or give away to friends. These were products that I had tested and that just weren't suited to my skin at all. I ended up getting rid of the following foundations:
Chantecaille Just Skin - a recent purchase and it hurt the wallet too. This feels beautiful when applied to the skin and provides me with a luminous look in seconds however it has absolutely no oil controlling ingredients and I was constantly having to pop off to the bathroom to blot my face and by 5pm, I looked like I'd bathed my face in a vat of grease.
Glossier Skin Tint - Sadly, the reason why I'm getting rid of this isn't so much the formula but the colour match. As I live in Australia, I have to order this online and have it shipped to a friend in the UK and he brings it to me in person when he comes out to Australia every year and unfortunately, I picked a shade too light for me.
Nars Sheer Glow - I love Sheer Glow for shorter wear times (four hours and under for me) and this was my oldest foundation in my drawer. Unfortunately, it had started to turn and smelled awful so it went straight in to the rubbish bin. If I wasn't a foundation hoarder, this would definitely be a re-purchase for me.
Natio Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20 - I decided to get rid of this as I have a similar tinted moisturiser that I love in an SPF 50 formula. Living in Brisbane with 90% of the year being sunny and having melanomas removed in the past means that I have to be very selective around the sunscreens that I use. Nothing under SPF 50 for this little makeup addict!
Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation - I simply do not understand the hype for this foundation! I had so much trouble blending it without it just streaking all over my face and I'm lucky if I got an hour or two out of it before my oils came gushing through. Definitely, definitely not appropriate for oily skin no matter what the assistant at Sephora tells you!
The "needs more testing" bunch
Some of the foundations that I own are absolutely gorgeous but I need to do some more testing to see if they are really worth me keeping around. I'll be testing all of these formulas over the coming weeks and I'll be sure to provide updates on Instagram as I go along for those who might be interested!
Bourjois Air Mat - I think it was Fleur de Force (one of my favourite Beautubers!) who said this was one of her favourite foundations and I'm pretty sure that's why I went out and bought it - although I should have realised that with Fleur's more dry skin type it would react differently on her skin compared to mine - (by the way, last week's post was all about this - I reckon it's worth a read if you haven't seen it already) so I'm not entirely sure about this foundation. I'll be trialling it this week to see how I feel.
Luma Tinted Beauty Balm - When I tried this for the first time, I was going through a bit of a rough patch with my skin and I think that it was just not the right time to be using a sheer complexion product! I've popped this in my weekend capsule for trial over the next month or so to see if it was just the wrong time to use it initially or if I really don't like it.
Bare Minerals Original Powder Foundation - When the assistant at Mecca Maxima applied this, it looked stunning and lasted well on my skin for another eight or so hours. However, whenever I've tried to apply it, it's looked caked up and as if my skin has sucked every single ounce of moisture out of whatever primer I've used prior to applying the powder. Potentially, I am not applying it correctly so I'll be researching further on best application tips and giving it one more whirl before I throw it in the de-stash pile.
My Perfect Matches
In the end, I settled on a minimal selection of sheer, medium and full coverage foundations which range from natural to matte finishes and have been tested thoroughly over the last few months over long and short wear times. There are some formulas that I won't repurchase simply because of my wish for a more streamlined makeup collection but if I had unlimited funds and unlimited storage, I'd re-buy all of these in an absolute heartbeat.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup - The classic foundation for every day work wear that comes highly recommended by every single oily makeup wearer I know. This foundation paired with a pore-perfecting primer and a light dusting of my favourite loose powder sets me up for at least eight to ten hours of perfect wear. I do blot this down during the day but I could probably get away with not blotting if I didn't have the opportunity to do it. Best applied with a beauty blender in my opinion.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Light - The lighter coverage little sister of the OG Double Wear with the exact same benefits. I actually bought this one first because at the time of purchase, I preferred a more paired down look. I'm almost done with this bottle and once I'm finished, I won't re-buy until I finish up the original Double Wear and then I may try the Nude version first.
Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick - This baby is full coverage perfection and it just lasts and lasts on my skin. It can get a little caked if you're too heavy handed but I have worked out my perfect application technique with this product and pair it with a more moisturising primer. I do find I still need to blot with this one though.
Too Faced Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation - The absolute holy grail of foundations for me. I wasn't going to purchase it initially and I remember standing in Mecca with this in one hand and the powder in the other, thinking about my growing collection and wondering if it was really necessary. I'm glad my heart won out over my brain in this case because this would be the foundation I'd choose if I could only ever have one. I have never needed to touch up wearing this foundation and I'm quite happy to wear this for up to fourteen hours if need be.
Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream - It's a mouthful of a product but the hype is real. I use this as a tinted moisturiser and it looks so radiant and dewy on my skin, yet with a smidge of powder and a spritz of setting spray, this really lasts a long time! It's certainly not eight hours of bulletproof wear but rather than looking greasy when my oils do break through, it's just more of a tinted glow. I tend to wear this with minimal make up and it just makes me look awake, refreshed and ready to kick some ass.
Have you cleaned out your foundation collection recently? What did you end up keeping?