If you follow the fun on Snapchat or Persicope (I’m K8_smallthings on both), you may know that I’ve been trying some new foundations this year. And I have a few winners to tell you about today!
First, let’s go back a couple years and refresh our memory on Arbonne’s Perfecting Liquid foundation ($42) (I’ve worn both Fair and Soft Blush). This was a game changer for me. It’s full coverage, works beautifully with my skin, wears like a dream come true, and is always what I reach for if I know I’m going to be on camera. I love it! It’s not easy to get your hands on, but worth the hassle in my opinion!
Next up, I tried Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation ($44). I had to–I mean, the word “magic” was in the title for crying out loud. And as it turns out, it is magical. I think the shade I wear, 2, is a little bit too light so I’ve actually been mixing it with Arbonne’s Perfecing liquid as you can see I’m running low on it. There is no need to do this unless you are weird like me or just need a little bit more time with a certain foundation. Anyway, the coverage is more natural than Arbonne’s Perfecting Liquid and would fall into the “pretty much full coverage” range. If you had a scale of 1-10, 1 being the most sheer and 10 being the fullest of full coverage, I would say that the Charlotte Tillbury Magic foundation is about 8.76 on that scale. Arbonne Perfecting Liquid is a 10. The Magic foundation, though, is the kind of foundation that looks more realistic, especially if you are outside. Between the two, I think Magic foundation is more of an everyday kinda thing, where the Arbonne Perfecting liquid is for that “perfect flawless skin” look.
Next I tried Maybelline Dream Velvet foundation ($11). I had been eyeballing this on the end cap at Target for a long time, and was surprised to find a package from Maybelline on my doorstep with this inside! So, I gave it a go! The first shade I tried was too light, but Ivory is perfect for my skin color. I was very impressed by the coverage and wear of this drugstore foundation! The texture was a bit different, it’s sort of mousse-like, but it blended in pretty darn well! On the coverage scale, I’d put this at about a 7. This one wore off a bit more throughout the day, but not a dramatic amount. I think all it would require is a little touch-up at lunch or something. Perhaps only some translucent powder and a touch of fresh blush.
Finally, my latest test was with the It Cosmetics CC+ foundation ($38). I should note that I did not use the one with illumination, I just used the original. I had heard a lot of great things about it, and my sister is a huge fan too. I anticipated light to medium coverage, but found it to be quite full actually! Not “flawless perfect skin” but perhaps 7.67 on the scale? My favorite thing about it is how well it blends into the skin. It’s almost invisible actually, in the best way possible. I wear light, which might be slightly too dark but I’m okay with that as we are getting closer and closer to summer.
I often get asked “Yes, but which one is your favorite?” and I can’t really answer that. They all do really different things. So I hope my explanations above help if you are considering any new foundations!