Foundations: the good, the bad and the ugly…


As a blogger there is nothing more rewarding than a well read post, when all the hard-work pays off and people show their approval by offering likes and comments. It really is the bees knees and last week my Eyebrow Products the good, the bad and the ugly went down really well and I therefore decided it was something that I was sticking with.

So this week I’m tackling foundations, a product that I personally find to be hit or miss and therefore have many a contender for each category! I’m fussy with foundation, I have a habit of hating many of the famous or hyped up foundations and am fairly ruthless about what I like. Basically I want a foundation that ticks all the boxes. A foundation that provides amazing coverage,  that hides redness and blemishes. A foundation that doesn’t dry out the skin, but more importantly a foundation that lasts all day long! Am I really asking a lot??

The Good// Finding a foundation that ticks all those boxes and for my desired price can be pretty tricky, so when I find one that works I hold it close and literally buff the life out of it. On a day to day basis I love the barely there look, a natural foundation and brightening blush with a flick of eyeliner is all I need. Recently I’ve been using and loving my True Match Foundation and considering it’s reasonable price tag (£9.99, Boots) it seems rather surprising that it fits my specific requirements. Yet alongside ticking all the boxes, this gorgeous foundations also manages to add dewiness and brightens my skin on even the dullest of days. During the summer I had a HUGE crush on the Chanel Vitalumiere and quite honestly this is the perfect dupe. Of course if you were after the Chanel Vitalumiere I would definitely suggest that you take it and run (pay first obvs) but if it’s not within your price range then the True Match is definitely a viable alternative!

The bad// When it comes to “hyped” products, I’m like a magpie to silver and I have tendency to impulse buy without thinking. I listen to the words of the magazines or the blogs I read and take their word on a product. Usually when it comes to things like blushes, bronzers or shadows I tend to agree with the fuss but foundations are different matter altogether. In my opinion choosing a foundation is like choosing a partner, it’s extremely personal, it’s about trailing the products on the market and eventually finding the one and my taste is likely to be entirely different to yours. Yet when I saw the beauty bloggers raving about Fashion Week favourite MaxFactor Skin Luminzer, despite not being a Max Factor fan, I still went ahead and bought it. Big mistake. I found that the colour range was pretty poor and finding a shade to suit me was really quite difficult. I find that Max Factor foundations tend to be too orange for my skin tone and always have the same issues, hence I tend to leave them and very rarely visit their counter. The skin luminizer was meant to be the holy grail of high street foundations but I personally found it to be a complete disappointment and have only used it once or twice. It was heavy, thick and the opposite of what it claimed to be. A no-go in my opinion.

The ugly// If MaxFactor’s Skin Luminizer is bad then Bourjois 123 perfect is definitely ugly, as this foundation did absolutely nothing for my skin. I struggle to keep foundation in place at the best of times but this was an absolute nightmare. Literally within a hour of application my skin looked pretty much bare and NOT in the good kinda way. It’s a shame because I am huge Bourjois fan and adore their Healthy mix foundation among several other products.

 So what are you fave or least fave foundations?


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  • Reply danielle January 16, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    might have to try the loreal one! thanks for sharing, i always hear about bourjois but we don’t have it here

    • Reply Kay Page January 16, 2015 at 9:25 pm

      Oh no that’s a shame! Boirjois is so good! The L’Oreal one comes in so many shades! 🙂 xx

  • Reply Miss White's Makeup Desk January 17, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Love this! That Bourjois one looks good! I am obsessed with Estee Lauder Double Wear… love your blog too! You’ve just got a new follower 🙂

    • Reply Kay Page January 17, 2015 at 10:04 am

      Aww thank you, what a lovely comment! Yes I love Estee Lauder too, she’s fab! I’ll give you a follow too! xx

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