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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

My favorite foundations. Reviews...and a small apology!

Everyone has their "HG" foundation. Every woman goes through different foundations, searching for that perfect one that will not run down her face after two hours, make her skin look fresh, perhaps hide her laugh lines. There are so many foundations on the market, how do you choose? I am constantly on the lookout for foundations to help my oily skin be shine-free. I try new foundations all the time (it's sort of a problem) and only keep the ones that I really like. Here are the fantastic four! 
Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector (BB)
I say the fantastic four...But the apology goes to that Garnier BB you see on the right. I bought this when Garnier first came out with it, I guess it's been a few months ago now. I was so anxious to get home and try it out that when I got home from the store I took off the makeup I had on just to test it. And it was horrid. I had never been more displeased with a foundation in my life. My mom saw it and had said she wanted to try it, (because I was all set to return it) and so I kept it in my cabinet. Until today. I saw an ad for it in a magazine and it reminded me that I had it, so I decided to give it another shot. Today I used my usual Smashbox Photo Light primer, and then dabbed a little of the Garnier BB onto my hand. I used my foundation brush, and I think that made all the difference. Before, when I put it on it made my skin just look greasy. Didn't look nice and dewy, just straight oil slick. And no amount of powder would make it better. Also, it didn't seem to blend into my skin at all, it just sat on top of it. Maybe my skin has changed, or the brush made a big difference, I don't know. But it did not look like that today. When I first put it on and put powder over it, it looked really matte. I went to the movies and returned home about four hours later. The product was still on, and did not look greasy, just a little dewy. But not a bad dewy. So, my apologies for judging too rashly. You, Garnier BB, will stay in my drawer.

Revlon Colorstay for Combination/Oily Skin
This is probably the foundation that I use the most out of the four. I absolutely love the coverage and the oil control it gives you. It really does not slip. Before I had this I tried out Makeup Forever's Matte Velvet + foundation and was VERY disappointed. I think this works better than that at a fraction of the price. I don't find that it gives you an ashy appearance like some reviews that I've read. In my opinion, it's the best drugstore foundation you could possibly buy, especially if you have oily skin.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover 
I've had this foundation for forever. I even let my aunt borrow it and she got her own bottle and gave me mine back because she liked it so much. When I bought this product about two years ago, I had some pretty rough problems with my skin. I was trying desperately to find something to just mask my face, take away all the imperfections. This is literally like a mask. It will mask any and everything. That includes any glow you have to your skin. It is extremely matte. The lady that recommended it to me was actually a salesgirl for Clinique. I asked her what she was wearing and she said it was this. She also said she had it on her tattoos, because it does an amazing job at covering them up. (That says a lot about the coverage.) So I'd say if you really need some major cover, this is your foundation. If you want to look natural, not for you. But on days when I have one or two zits, I will dab this on them with a concealer brush and they disappear.

Mac Studio Fix Fluid
Ahhh, Mac. You were probably the first high-end foundation I ever actually enjoyed. I still remember the day I got you, and I've had you longer than the Estee Lauder. This foundation is wonderful. It and the Colorstay sort of remind me of one another, just the consistency and the wear. I would say that Colorstay has a lot more coverage. But both control oil very well. And Mac is definitely second in line to the Colorstay in my book. Although I do love both!

Hope these reviews helped, I would have had more but I recently did a much needed makeup drawer clean out. Of course those got thrown away so that tells you a little something about them...

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