I recently offered up my consulting services, based on my extensive YouTube beauty guru watching and sample box purchasing experience. I am by no means any sort of makeup expert, but I love doing the research and finding some options at different price points. If you have any requests, comment below and I'll add you to the list!
Today's request for full coverage foundations came from my friend Jessica, who has some similar skin issues to mine. Piece of cake!
This is right up your alley and you kind of already covered it in your best of 2012, but I want a heavier foundation that can cover up redness and dark spots. I don't have rosacea, but I have a ton of acne scarring and pimples that last for weeks.
Or maybe a heavy duty concealer instead? Right now I use Miracle Skin Perfecter concealer and I looooove it. But with only a BB cream for foundation (oops) the combination of the two isn't enough.
Just my own two cents before I get into the recommendations...I really do highly recommend the Kiehl's dark spot corrector, discussed here. It is seriously a miracle worker, lightening up my dark spots from past breakouts in a matter of days. I would also suggest reserving the BB Cream for days you are just staying in with the kidlets, or maybe using it more like a primer in combination with a foundation. If you are trying to cover up redness, those American BB creams won't cut it. Japanese ones might work though - Jen at frmheadtotoe has the best Japanese BB cream overview ever. Watch both videos if you are interested in learning about more.
What I'm currently using:
As discussed in my 2012 beauty favorites, my holy grail combination is MAC Studio Fix powder ($27) and foundation ($27); MAC Pro Longwear concealer ($18). If I'm crazy red and want a truly flawless finish, I will literally paint my face with the concealer using this Sonia Kashuk pointed blending brush from target ($4), and then use the foundation more sparingly with this duo fibre multipurpose brush ($11). I set it using this powder brush ($12) and just the tiniest bit of the MAC powder. I know using brushes is a pain in the ass, and I frequently forego this step in my daily routine, but it really is the best way to get perfect makeup. A good primer will also help make your makeup last all day.
Julie asked me what the difference is between the Studio Fix line and the Pro Longwear line...there are really good comparisons here and here, but what it basically boils down to is you should go for Studio Fix if you have dryer skin, and Pro Longwear if you are more oily.
When I'm not going for a flawless look and just want to look like a normal, non-red human being, I either use Missha BB Cream ($20) or tarte amazonian clay 12 hour full coverage foundation (discussed below), usually applied with my fingers. I like the Missha, but not enough to repurchase. It goes on gray but looks more natural as it oxidizes - I still like to use a powder to get it closer to my natural color though. It has decent staying power, but doesn't quite make it to the end of the work day without pooling a bit.
Hands down the best drugstore full coverage foundation I have tried is the Revlon Colorstay. I use the normal to dry formula, but they have a combination to oily one as well. It rivals the MAC in staying power...maybe not 24 hours as they claim, but it will certainly get you through the work day and maybe even happy hour. I think the reason that I prefer MAC to this is that the MAC matches my skin a bit better and doesn't dry as quickly, but if you are looking for a cheap full coverage foundation this is a really awesome product.
Not so cheap:
Really, the MAC stuff I recommended above is the best in this price range. All of the other good stuff is more expensive.
I was having trouble deciding between the Estee Lauder Double Wear ($36) and the Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet Plus ($36). I ended up going with the MUFE because that's what MakeupByTiffanyD loves and I totally trust her judgement. Plus I feel like more YouTubers in general mention the MUFE. Good reviews by people who prefer the MUFE over doublewear are here and here. I have never tried either of them, but they are definitely on my list!
Spendy, but there is a really good upcoming deal that makes it more affordable and too unpassupable for this girl:
I have recently fallen in love with the tarte amazonian clay 12 hour full coverage foundation ($38). Which leads me to a confession. For the second time since posting my Project 10 pan, I have broken my no buy and bought something I didn't need. I put a TON of thought into this decision though, and decided it was worth it. You see, LePooke posted a video about the upcoming Journey to Natural Beauty TSV, and I just couldn't pass it up. I have done similar tarte QVC deals before where I bought a set on autodelivery and get new shades throughout the year, and I just love it. What a great way to try out what tarte has to offer! And this one has the amazonian clay blushes, which I have been dying to try. So, yeah. The TSV is on February 5, but you can get it early.
If you aren't willing to shell out $60, you might want to try out this deal where you get the foundation, the gifted mascara (one of my top 2 all time favorite mascaras) and the maracuja oil for only $32. Amazing!
Anyway, I have only been testing this foundation for about a week, but I am already in love. It is SO CREAMY. I swatched it on my hand and Adriana was like "ooh, mama, your hand is so soft!" as she helped me rub it in (haha). It lasts all day and the finish is beautiful. This one might oust MAC from my #1 position in 2013. The down side is that out of all of the options listed here, it has the fewest shades (only 5!)
Money is not an object:
Again, I have never tried the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation ($43), but people seem to give it high ratings. It made Marlena's Top 10 Foundations, and she's another YouTuber that seems pretty trustworthy. She says it's creamy, which it freaking better be for only 1.18 oz of product at that price.
And Jessica - if you can hang in there until PJ's at TJ's, I'm bringing an unused tarte Miracle of Maracuja foundation for you (and those jeans we talked about). I don't love it like the tarte I recommended here, but maybe it would work for you?
Have you found your holy grail foundation yet? What is it???