Foundation is a difficult topic to blog about because everyone has different preferences. The list below is my top 5 foundations for 2015. These foundations are what I believe are the best beauty products to consider when looking for foundation. Let me preface this post with what my preferences are so you aren’t disappointed if you try something I suggest. I don’t want you left wondering what the hell was Janine talking about!? She considers this to be one of the best beauty products in the foundation class? How can that be? So, before I jump in to share my top 5 list, I want to explain how I personally classify foundations followed by what I look for in a foundation.
I consider there to be 3 classifications when talking about liquid foundations (drug store, mid-range, luxury). This post focuses on the mid-range foundations and I classify mid- range as a foundation that is no more than $50 USD and not available for purchase in drug stores. So, while I’d highly recommend Armani Lasting Silk Foundation, it doesn’t meet the mid-range criteria. I would consider it a luxury foundation. Mid-range foundations are what I reach for and use on a daily basis. There are some drug store foundations I’d also recommend but I will tell you that I have not found a drug store foundation that can really compete with anything on this list or in the luxury category. They just aren’t manufactured using the same quality and proprietary ingredients. You get what your pay for. If there was one product to stretch your budget on when it comes to makeup that will make a profound difference in your end result, it’s definitely the foundation.
Qualities I look for to qualify a product as my top 5 foundations:
- Long wearing (minimum 6 hours)
- Medium to full coverage (lean towards full)
- Matte or lightly luminous but not dewy
- No oxidation (I do not want to look like an Oompa Loompa several hours into the day)
- Good color selections so I can get an exact match to my skin
- No heavy perfume smell but a light scent is acceptable
- No parabens, pabas, or fillers that can cause long term negative effects
(These are listed in no particular order)
#1 Make Up For Ever HD Foundation (Semi-Matte, SPF unconfirmed, $43, 1 oz)
This foundation provides medium coverage and is designed specifically to look exceptional good in photos regardless of lighting. The foundation alone creates a blur effect but must still be set using powder. I would not suggest the HD translucent powder to set this foundation with as it can appear ghostly in flash photography. The Make Up For Ever foundation will last 8-10 hours and when set appears to have a completely matte and natural finish with exceptionally gorgeous coverage. It was designed in collaboration with film and television technicians to achieve the unique light reflecting qualities that this product has.
#2 NARS Luminous Weightless Foundation (Semi-Matte, SPF unconfirmed, $48, 1 oz)
This is lightweight formula that provides full coverage with a natural looking finish. This newer formula is designed to neutralize uneven characteristics in your skin tone. NARS Eventone technology uses green and gold pigments to combat redness and dullness. Only a small amount of the product is needed to achieve full coverage. It is marketed as 16 hour wear but I can’t achieve more than 9-10 hours of wear with the product. However, I live in harsh desert conditions. This is one of my absolute favorites and the foundation feels very silky. NARS has published clinical studies on the the outstanding performance, positive skin effects, and feedback received from customers using this product.
#3 Diorskin Forever Fluid Flawless Perfection Foundation (Semi-Matte, SPF 25, $45, 1 oz)
Believe it or not, you can get this Dior foundation for under $50. It has an unusual texture that wraps itself like silk around your skin creating an absolutely flawless finish with medium coverage. The formula itself feels light on the skin. Shade selection is limited but I was able to find a match. I also like the Star foundation but it doesn’t match my skin, however, it is also an outstanding product. If one doesn’t work for you, try the other one. The Dior Forever foundation will last at least 8-10 hours if you set it with the Dior Forever Skin compact powder and I’d highly recommend that for an extra boost of coverage. The two offer a flawless finish like no other you can achieve. The powder is like velvet, it’s extraordinary, and compliments the foundation well.
#4 Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation (Matte, SPF 15, $39, 1.7 oz.)
This is a new foundation for me. I stumbled on it accidentally and after trying it, I immediately added it to my top collection. This foundation is very thick, almost like a paste and very little is needed during application. It should be applied with a brush and it is full coverage. Possibly, the most coverage I’ve seen with a product yet I may change that opinion once I try Kat Von D Lock It. After 10 hours, this foundation is still fresh looking. The Amazonian Clay is a nutrient-rich ingredient that reduces dryness and flakiness and improves skin clarity and firmness. The clay is what helps to extend the wear of the makeup. I haven’t used the product long enough to vouch for the validity of the claims of long term benefits but the product is advertised to provide benefits due to the ingredients used in production. With this foundation, you receive 1.7 oz of product. (typically only 1.0 oz bottles are sold by most brands)
#5 MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation (Matte, SPF 15, $27, 1 oz.)
MAC Studio Fix has been and always will be a staple in my makeup collection. It’s one of the best products as far as value goes and has been popular for many years. This is a proven formula that is loved by women around the world. It refines skin and lasts up to 8 hours. The formula is humidity resistant and provides a natural, flawless finish. It does contain powders that help blur the complexion to contribute to the flawless finish. Some MAC foundations will oxidize and this is something to take into consider when selecting MAC products but Studio Fix remains true to the color in the bottle. I have never been disappointed by this foundation and a loyal user for at least ten years.
#6 Kat Von D Lock It Foundation (Matte, SPF Unconfirmed, $39, 1 oz.)
This is on the list as an Honorable Mention. I have not personally used this foundation but I have heard nothing but positive feedback from serious makeup critics. The foundation is designed to cover tattoos so you can expect really full coverage with a smooth finish. The foundation covers a broad range of skin tones and uses proprietary pigments to achieve the coverage it is capable of. The ingredients used in the product provide 24 hour wear with no transfer. The formula is non-drying and absorbs oil through out the day. If Kat Von D Lock It can live up to these claims then it would definitely be on my list. Since I haven’t tried it yet but trust the opinions of those who have, I felt it was prudent to mention the product and it’s benefits.
I hope you found this makeup review helpful and if you have suggestions on things to try or have used any of these products, please share your experience! Tell me your top 5 foundations! I’d love to know!
Lots of Love,