Much Loved Foundations

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It’s about time that I break down some of my top foundations as of late! I love trying new products and I’ve shifted my foundation requirements quite a bit over the last 8 years! I used to be a full coverage, matte, flawless, last for eternity kind of foundation girl, but now I look for a more natural, radiant finish that doesn’t look too “flawless” on the skin.

Basically, I’m happy with a medium coverage, “your skin but better” type of finish for every day. I want it to last all day, but I certainly don’t need full coverage like I used to! I like having a good full coverage foundation in my vanity, though, for the occasional need.

I shared a bit about each foundation, my favorite application method, and more in the video!

Do you have a favorite, “holy grail” foundation?

p.s. You may enjoy this post about full coverage foundation, and this post showing how different application methods affect the foundation coverage

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Comments (50)

  1. Bailie says
    Posted May 2, 2019

    I’ve been using Becca Skin Love, it’s seriously the best!!

  2. Tesss says
    Posted May 2, 2019

    This was so helpful! Definitely love the focused video. It can be overwhelming hearing about a pile of various products. I’d love a series like this

    • Tessa says
      Posted May 2, 2019

      sorry name is Tessa not Tesss 🙄

  3. Angela says
    Posted May 2, 2019

    I’ve been loving medium coverage foundations lately! I’m using and loving the IT Cosmetics CC cream but I still want to try the Nars Sheer Glow someday.

    Angela at Blush & Pearls

  4. Posted May 2, 2019

    This is so good! I’ve been using the same BB cream for ages (like, more than ten years?) by a Korean brand so it’s good to see what’s good on the market these days! ❤️✨

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

  5. Debra H. says
    Posted May 2, 2019

    Love your reviews ! Good job !
    Would love you to review drugstore foundations too !

  6. Alison says
    Posted May 2, 2019

    Would you consider doing a headshot photo ready tutorial? I know some foundations with spf give a glare, you need to beef up eye color etc but a professional headshot tutorial would be awesome for all the boss moms.

  7. Erin says
    Posted May 2, 2019

    YES! I love these more focused videos 🙂 :). Thank you!!

  8. Tara says
    Posted May 2, 2019

    Love this focused format!!

  9. Andrea says
    Posted May 2, 2019

    Loved this video! I am shopping for foundation right now and am drowning in choices! I have dry skin and yellow undertones. It’s been hard to find a good foundation! Do I need a primer too? Do recs for primer too?

  10. Lauren says
    Posted May 2, 2019

    Love this focused format! I’ve heard most of these mentioned but I thought it was helpful to hear about how they differ in finish and coverage.

  11. Jamie says
    Posted May 2, 2019

    Loved this video! I wear minimum make up but am wanting to build up my supply and this was very helpful!

  12. Ashley says
    Posted May 2, 2019

    Is Arbonne no longer a favorite?

  13. Posted May 2, 2019

    I adore the Giorgio Armani foundation but I’m really struggling to find the right shade. I’ve tried the 5.5 but that’s much too dark for me and the 4.5 is too light. I really don’t like having to buy two shades and mixing but it sounds like that’s my best option.

    What color are you wearing on your nails? Thanks 🙂

  14. Debbie says
    Posted May 2, 2019

    Love the focused video highlighting a certain product! Question though, when I clicked on the link to look at the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation the colors have names like Salzburg and Gobi and Fiji, not the Light 4 shade that you talk about.

  15. Sara K says
    Posted May 2, 2019

    I just bought Physicians Formula Healthy Foundation with 20 spf. I’ve worn it for the week and really like it. I don’t feel like it’s super heavy coverage , I can still see my freckles somewhat which I like the more natural look. It is not settling into my newly earned wrinkles around my mouth and under my eyes and that’s a huge win! Price point it good and it’s easy enough to put on with a blender sponge.

  16. Elizabeth says
    Posted May 2, 2019

    In the summer I love Revision’s Intellishade. It’s a tinted moisturizer, but magically works for every skin color and has SPF.

  17. Kim says
    Posted May 2, 2019

    Wet n Wild Photofocus Foundation. Love love love. I cannot wear SPF due to breakouts and this has none. My coloring is similar to Kate’s and I wear shade Soft Beige. Plus it is $6!

  18. Nichole says
    Posted May 2, 2019

    Hey Kate! Love this video! I like that it was all one category & it answers those burning questions about several different brands of foundation. Just curious…which one are you wearing in the video? I hope you didn’t already say 😬

    • Kate says
      Posted May 2, 2019

      NARS Sheer Glow!

  19. Leanne says
    Posted May 2, 2019

    These videos are awesome and very helpful to people like me that are not beauty or make up savvy. Keep them coming! Thanks.

  20. Carrie says
    Posted May 2, 2019

    I love to hear your side by side comparisons. Thank you! I’d also love if you would include options where ingredients are considered for those of us trying to be more careful about what we put on our skin.

  21. Brittany says
    Posted May 2, 2019

    What lipstick are you wearing here?

    • Kate says
      Posted May 3, 2019

      BITE Strawberry Froze !

      • Brittany says
        Posted May 4, 2019

        Thanks!

  22. Andrea says
    Posted May 2, 2019

    Love the focussed video! Favourite blushes, lipsticks etc would be great!

  23. Reba says
    Posted May 3, 2019

    Is there any way you can review drug store foundations too? The 2 medium coverage foundations you recommended are out of my price point. I’m even willing to spend ~$30, but $50 is just a little much for me (and I’m guessing a lot of others as well).

    • Bailey says
      Posted May 3, 2019

      I agree with this!! I’d love to see more budget-friendly options.

      • Becky says
        Posted May 8, 2019

        Agreed!! Would love more affordable options!

  24. Jackie says
    Posted May 3, 2019

    Do you ever use a BB cream for that “your skin but better” finish. Or use it for that lightweight, even skin look. I do not know the difference between a light coverage foundation or BB cream.

    • Kate says
      Posted May 3, 2019

      A BB cream is going to offer more skin benefits than a simple foundation will, but both will likely provide light, natural looking coverage!

      • Jackie says
        Posted May 3, 2019

        Thanks!!

  25. Bailey says
    Posted May 3, 2019

    I love this type of content!! Please do more videos like this! I would love to see one on concealers, specifically for acne coverage.

  26. Taunja says
    Posted May 3, 2019

    I am currently in love with Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet. I was searching for something that didn’t settle in the creases/wrinkles as well as a foundation that stayed in place. It’s a little pricey and unfortunately, there is not a brick and mortar local to purchase from but I am in love. I will try the NARS to see if it has the ‘stay’ factor.

  27. Amy says
    Posted May 3, 2019

    This was so helpful!

  28. Nicole says
    Posted May 3, 2019

    Loved this! So helpful!! Thank you!

  29. Sara Henderson says
    Posted May 3, 2019

    Love this post!! Super helpful!

  30. Lori says
    Posted May 3, 2019

    Loved the video with the focus on one product!

    Thank you!

  31. Jenna says
    Posted May 3, 2019

    I love the focused video! I was able to pick my favorites just from your descriptions. So helpful!

  32. Elin says
    Posted May 4, 2019

    Need to try that Hourglass foundation. My favorite right now is Smashbox Studio Skin foundation…love it!

    Elin / bakingandbeautybyelin.com

  33. Amanda says
    Posted May 4, 2019

    Yes love these focused vids. But then l love all your vids!

  34. Amanda says
    Posted May 4, 2019

    Where is the top from in this video please?? 🙋🏼‍♀️

  35. Elle says
    Posted May 4, 2019

    Love this video! Sometimes I can only justify getting one new product at a time, so these focused videos are great! Also, would love some recommendations on clean beauty products. I’m really struggling to find products that work well and trying to switch up at least some of my products. 😳Thanks!

  36. Darca Saxton says
    Posted May 4, 2019

    I love the focused video! Keep them coming!

  37. Kate says
    Posted May 4, 2019

    All those foundations are great! I used to love urban decay all nighter but I found that it broke me out a lot. Now my favorite is the foundation by Arbonne! It is so good and all natural so it doesn’t clog any of my pores. I used to struggle with all natural foundations, because most of them contain some kind of oil, but this one doesn’t!

    -Kate
    https://daysofkate.com/

  38. A Sparkle Of Grace says
    Posted May 4, 2019

    The Ordinary foundations are my favorites right now, I have been wanting to try the All Nighter foundation.

    A Sparkle Of Grace

  39. Deb says
    Posted May 5, 2019

    I love your videos and have learned tons! Focused are great, maybe demonstrating differences in application methods at the same time would be a bonus. Would love future focused videos on dry shampoo, lipstick, brow products, and bronzers. 🙂

  40. Posted May 6, 2019

    Bare Minerals will forever be my holy grail foundation. Great post!

  41. Jesse says
    Posted May 8, 2019

    Hi Kate – I love this, it’s so helpful! The different shades for the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation are not numbered like you have stated. They have actual names like “Barbados” and “Yukon”. Can you please help with this? I think a couple of others have asked as well.

    Thank you!

  42. Becca says
    Posted May 13, 2019

    Love this format of favorites!