The hunt for the holy grail foundation is an on going battle for many women. With so many different foundations on the market it is hard knowing what will and won’t suit your skin. More so than with any other beauty product, what foundation works for one person, might be a nightmare for another. Which makes the hunt even harder, as recommendations don’t always work out!
With that in mind, I think it is important to say that the misses that I have included in this post, while I really didn’t like them, they may be holy grail for others and vice versa for my hits. I personally have combination skin. I would be slightly oily around the t zone and normal everywhere else. So that might be something to keep in mind as you read my reviews.
Mac Pro long Wear
I have lost count as to the amount of times I have repurchased this foundation. I’ve been wearing it for donkeys years and even though I take a break every so often, I alway end up coming back to it.
Pro Long wear is a medium coverage foundation, that lasts incredibly well on the skin throughout the day. It gives a beautiful satin finish that almost buffs out any imperfections and photographs beautifully. The shade range is decent and comes in both a pink and yellow undertones. I personally wear nc 25.
I do find your skin needs to be well prepped for this foundation, so regular exfoliation, hydration and a good primer. Otherwise it will sit in any fine lines and cling to dry patches. You can read a full review here. You can buy it from Look Fantastic here.
Nars Sheer Glow
This foundation is incredible!! I should really leave the review at that, as honestly I don’t have a single bad thing to say about this foundation.
Sheer Glow is a medium coverage foundation that comes in a massive 20 shades. It is a water based foundation so it is a little on the runny side, but the fact that it doesn’t contain oil, means it is perfect for oily skinned ladies too! It is a beautiful satin finish that gives your skin a glow from within look. If you’re on the wrong side of 30 like me, then primer is a must with this, as it is known to settle in fine lines a little. It is long wearing and looks the same at the end of the day as it did at the start.
It is on the pricey side at €38.40 but it is well worth it. You can buy it from Feel Unique here.
Paese Long Cover Fluid
This is probably the least well known brand in this post, but this foundation really should be raved about by more. It is so good!
The Paese Long Cover fluid foundation is a medium to full coverage foundation. While there are only 5 shades in the range, I personally wear the lightest shade 01 light beige which would be somewhere around a mac nc 2o. This is a little different from the other foundations I am featuring in my favourites, as the texture of this is quite thick and you do need to work it into the skin a little more than the others. However, it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin in the slightest and the finish is nothing short of flawless and glowy. This is also a really long wearing foundation, as I get a full day out of it without having to top up. You can buy it from McElhinneys here for €16.50 You can also read a full review here.
L’Oreal Infallible 24 hour Matte foundation
This is yet another fantastic foundation and one that is very good value ! The L’Oreal Infallible 24 hour matte foundation is a high coverage foundation that comes in 5 shades. I personally wear shade 20 sand. This is a lovely smooth foundation the blends beautiful into the skin. While this is matte foundation, I don’t find it dry at all. Instead it gives a glow from within. It also lasts all day!! Honestly, this stays put for oily skinned ladies too. In fact this foundation is probably more suited to normal to oily ladies. You can read a full review here and buy it from Boots for €12.99
Note Luminous moisturising foundation
If I could only recommend one affordable foundation, it would be this one. I adore it! Whenever I wear this, this, I check myself out in the mirror all day! The look it gives your skin is nothing short of immaculate! However, like a lot of the other budget foundations that feature in this post, the shade range is pants!!
This is a high coverage foundaion that is said to be good for skin that is a little more on the dry side. Due to the inclusion of some ingredients it is said to not cling to any dry patches. I personally don’t have dry skin and would be inclined to be a little oily around the t zone but I still find this foundation unreal! It wears so well all day with little to know breakdown and looks ridiculously flawless. From the first time I wore this, I was blown away by how good it looked on the skin.
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation
There is literally only one reason that this foundation is going into the maybe list and that is because of the amount of product that you get. At €39 you just don’t get enough product in the compact. I ran through one of this in about a month and I wasn’t even wearing foundation every day!
The foundation itself is really beautiful on the skin. It is light weight, yet high coverage. It lasts really well on the skin, gives a beautiful glowy finish and doesn’t cling to dry patches. The packaging is beautiful too but due to the cushion and the compact, Lancome just can’t seem to fit more product in which is very disappointing. You can get a refill for €26 which does ease the pinch a little bit. You can buy both the compact and the refill from Brown Thomas here.
Mac Studio Fix Fluid
I know this foundation is a favourite of so many but for me it can’t be anything but a maybe. The reason being, it is just too hit and miss . Sometimes it is beautiful on my skin and others a total disaster.
Studio Fix is a medium to full cover foundation, but more on the full side. It is said to be long wearing but for me it all depended on the day. On a bad day it tended to slide a little and wore off around my mouth and nose and it felt a little heavy. However, on a good day it looks amazing and stayed in place for hours. I can’t quite put my finger on why this happens but I have a feeling it is to do with application. I think for this foundation you really need to buff it into the skin and wear a good primer for it to last. You can buy it from Mac on Look Fantastic for €32 here.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation
The Charlotte Tilbury Magic foundation is one of those marmite foundations. People either love it or hate it. Sadly I fall into the latter group because this foundation really was a massive miss for me.
While there are 12 shades in the range, I found that I had to go into Brown Thomas a few times to get the right shade match as each time I was matched up wrong at the counter. They did give me samples to try of the shades before hand, so at least I didn’t have a full bottle of a miss matched colour.
Personally I found that this foundation left my face a cakey mess. It wore off in patches, cling to random areas, sank into pores and just looked awful on my skin. I do know people who find this sits on their skin beautifully but for me it was a total fail. You can read a full review here.
Too Faced Born this way foundation
I really wanted to like this foundation. I am a huge Too Faced fan, especially of the born this way concealer, so I had high hopes for this one but sadly it was not to be.
While this foundation goes on beautifully and looks really good for the first hour, it goes rapidly downhill after that. This sat in literally every single crevice on my face. It extenuated lines that I didn’t even know I had. I have tried to apply it with different brushes and different primers but every single time I had the exact same problem. While I do think this would look beautiful on very young skin, if you’ve any sort of fine lines, this is one to avoid.