I’m a firm believer in saying your base is the most important. You can use the chalkiest shadows, patchiest lipsticks or streakiest bronzers and you’ll still be somewhat saved by a foundation that evens out your complexion and makes you look fresh and glowy. Over time I have tried my fair share of base products and often enough I have been majorly disappointed. On the bright side, I have also found my holy grail through this trial and error, which you have read about here. Back to the fails though. Today I want to talk about why any of these (hugely raved about) products do not work with my skin type and complexion.
In general, some attributes I look for in a good base are: easily blendable, buildable coverage, slightly pink undertones and a neutral to slight scent.
Our first candidate is the Rimmel Match Perfection SPF 18 (€8/30ml). I know there’s a whole lot of people out there cherishing this as their holy grail of drugstore foundations but it just doesn’t work for me at all. While the color itself is a pretty good match for my skin when I don’t have a tan, I don’t get to enjoy that because I can simply not blend this. It shows up patchy and no matter whether I apply it with my Real Techniques buffing brush or a BeautyBlender this foundation doesn’t melt with my skin at all. That way it also really accentuates any fine lines or imperfections I have on my face. I do like the scent a lot though, it’s quite fresh and almost a little bit sweet. Nonetheless, whenever I wear this I have that feeling of wearing foundation all day, like it’s just sitting on my face. Do any of you have any tips on applying this? I’d love to get more use of the product but just don’t know how to cope.
Next up is the Studio Sculpt by MAC SPF 15 (€32/40ml). The list of problems with this one is really the longest out of all shown foundations! The first thing to notice about this is the horrid smell! It smells the same as their concealer, quite dry and chalky (which also applies to the texture) and really lingers on the skin. However, because I only use their concealer sparingly and in certain areas I don’t notice it too much, however, when you’re entire face smells like you rubbed your skin on the board in your primary school it becomes a problem. My second issue is the texture. It’s really thick and heavy and again: doesn’t blend at all! Which is quite the problem as the foundation is too light for me and I look like Casper the friendly ghost. After applying this my face feels rather sticky and paranoid me can really tell how it clogs up all those pores. Again, if anyone knows how to get along with this: please share.
The Fit Me foundation by Maybelline SPF 18 (€10/30ml) is another favorite of many. The promise of adapting to the skin sounds very promising but not when you pick up the wrong shade. In the swatches below you can tell that this is way too orange/brown for me. Other than that I quite like the texture, it’s not too runny nor too thick and blends quite well. I’m not the biggest fan of the smell, it reminds me the typical play-do scent. But because it is quite nice I’m thinking of giving it to someone that has a slightly darker complexion to suit this much better as in general this foundation is quite nice.
Okay, okay, get your laugh on. Sure, keep going. Alright – done now? I have absolutely no idea what went through my head when I picked up the Astor Skin Match care BB cream SPF 25 (€7/30ml), but it must have been something along the lines: YES! This is a correct color match for me and I sure do not look like an Oompa Loompa. Well, trust me I do. I had only put this on in the store and did the stupid mistake of not going outside to check whether the colors actually matched. Guess what, they don’t. One thing I will admit: this has great coverage for a BB cream, which is quite rare. It blends OK, but I might only say that because it just clearly isn’t my shade. The smell is quite refreshing but also very perfume-y, so for those of you sensible to scent this might not be your best bet. One big plus is the texture of this: it’s quite consistent when you get it out of the tube but sinks in really nicely and doesn’t highlight any imperfections. If you can find your right shade this is quite nice to take away to a festival where you wanna put something on that has decent SPF and a good coverage but still feels light on the skin.
The last of the bunch is the Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector SPF 20 (10€/40ml) in light for combination to oily skin. I had used the original BB cream for normal skin by Garnier and really enjoyed using that but decided to pick this version up when I was dealing with a really shiny T-zone in the hopes that this would help even everything out. While it did keep the shine at bay it also really dried out the parts of my face that weren’t oily at all, accentuating any dry patches that arose from that. I don’t want to go as far as to saying that this changed the condition of my skin, because I’m sure BB creams don’t have the power to do so, but at least it felt and looked differently. So I decided to stop using this and go back to the original one with a bit of powder down the forehead, nose area and chin. The texture is super thin but still offers a decent amount of coverage, just make sure to be careful when opening the lid as more often than not I have been greeted by a huge blob of product!
Please let me know if you have any special techniques in applying these products as I’d gladly give them another shot! Do you have any other foundation fails? I’d love to hear your thoughts!