Thursday, 29 August 2013

Favourite Higher-End Bases

I have to admit it; at times I truly struggle with foundations. Whether it's the right shade or formula for my skin tone is always something I have to question profusely before purchasing (thank god for samples and swatches!) And, of course, these are the factors you have to really consider before spending your cash on the more expensive brands. Today I give you four of my current favourite bases to work with - some on the daily, others for special occasions.

NARS Sheer Glow in Mont Blanc - £30.50: This has to be my ultimate favourite and my definite go-to foundation. I love it! Since discovering it, I can safely say that it works really well for my dry skin and I tend to keep coming back for more (I'm almost onto my third bottle of the stuff but it's lasted ages each time) Even though they describe Mont Blanc as being "light with pink undertone" I would say that it's much more neutral, which is way better suited to my real skin tone. It has a wonderful buildable coverage so you can work your way up from medium to full in no time at all and skin looks pretty much flawless every time. The next time I repurchase this I'm definitely going to buy the pump that goes with it so there's less product wastage - just a little tip for future purchasers!

Illamasqua Skin Base in 3.5 - £27.00: This base was more recent purchase but has had a huge impact on me nonetheless. The formula is quite thick and semi-matte with a dewy finish. I love the scent of it too; it almost smells like toffee when applying it to the skin! If you're looking for a foundation that caters to both pale and dark skin tones then I would suggest taking a look at Illamasqua's shade chart (they also compare the shades to NARS Sheer Matte/Glow and most MAC foundations - super handy if you're unsure!) The only gripe I have with it is that the squeezy plastic bottle it is housed in is quite stiff to work with, and doesn't hold as much product as I would like. Other than that it has become a solid favourite in my makeup bag!

Vichy Idéalia BB Créme in Light - £14.00: I won't go into much detail on this once as I've already done a lengthy review earlier this month, but I will say that this BB Creme works really well on my face when I'm having a good skin day. The coverage is good for a BB cream, sheer but light to medium. There's also the added bonus of not having to apply extra highlighter over the top because the light formula contains micro pigments which help give the skin a healthy glow.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation in Ecru - £28.50: My current most luxurious of the higher-end price tag, I use this foundation for special occasions and for when I have a bit of tan but require extra coverage. I can't fault the name choice here, the formula is thick, indulgent, and absolutely doesn't budge once applied. Having said this, it does mean you need to scrub your face to get it off at the end of the evening but that's nothing a good cleanser/micellar water won't clear up. The coverage is medium but buildable and has great staying power, especially in humidity. I also love the packaging - a classy thick glass bottle with a gold screw top adds to the expensive feel.

So those are my current favourite higher-end bases. What are yours?


  1. Great picks ! Sheer glow always sounds so fantastic !

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

    1. Thank you! It's brilliant, I'd definitely recommend it especially if you have dry skin! Xx


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