We tried them all!!!
The other day, we asked you to give us your favorite foundations and promised to test them all out. Oh wooooo, look at these crazy challenges we take on at the Studio…
It’s kind of funny to test a new foundation everyday, but at the end of the day, it’s the best way to understand the differences between each product.
Each day of the week, Alex prescribed us a different foundation based on our skin type and then she had to make lines with the foundation (and also with the powder foundation, which cracked us all up at the Studio “Oh, looook, Alex is making tracks here! Total Scarface style! Hohoho! How funny are we!?”)(Okay, maybe it was just me making the terrible jokes) so that we could take this photo.
Here’s the verdict!!! And all of our favorite foundations…
PS: What’s very very clear here is that the next time we do a test like this, we’ll have to get a wider range of skin-types… Asian, black, super blonde, all of ‘em.
We’re all brunettes with pale skin here at the Studio!
Ok, so for the next foundation debate, who’s coming to spend a week at the Studio?
First, here are our skin-types:
Garance: My skin is combination and sensitive, it needs a lot of very light moisturizer but it really tends to shine.
Oh, and I am not against blurring some of my pores away. Pores, booo!
BUT I like my freckles and I don’t want to hide them. Freckles, yeaaah!
My everyday routine is light foundation on my T Zone (no, it’s not the tee-shirt zone, that would be a looooot of make up, it means the nose and forehead, those zones that tend to shine), concealer, free powder and blush.
Alex: My skin is combination, 100%. It tends to be more dry in the winter and oily in the summer…everyday is an adventure, really. My daily routine is a combination of a primer or BB cream, concealer (under the eyes and to cover any spots) and a powder mineral foundation. I attempt to apply blush, but I’m convinced I’m not doing it right.
Christiana: I have pretty normal skin (lucky me!). I don’t really put anything on my face, but sometimes use concealer under my eyes and bronzer.
Emily: My skin is normal to dry and I moisturize like crazy! My normal routine consists of concealer, bronzer and some blush.
And now…the products:
Chantecaille Future Skin: At first, it felt very thick on my fingers (that’s what she said), which I don’t love, but actually as soon as I massaged it into my skin (that’s what she said), it’s like it instantly was absorbed into my skin (that’s what… Ew !), which is a pretty amazing sensation – kind of like putting on a second skin.
The result is a very beautiful and smooth skin, but I’ve found my skin to be pretty shiny a few hours later. It may be too moisturizing for me.
The packaging is a pot which looks good in my bathroom, but I always prefer make up that’s more protected from the direct air, it feels cleaner (also I always forget to close pots, bad karma for the foundation… And in the end, for my skin).
Still, amazing texture.
Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Cream Compact: Happiness: The box is just beautiful and I may or may not be seen wearing it as a necklace in public soon, and I love that it’s a compact foundation – you apply it with a sponge that has it’s own little room in the pot – you don’t dirty your hands yeaah! (Man, I am so lazy I even want my foundation to put itself on by itself)(is someone working on that?)(Pleaaaaase?)
Applying it is a little difficult because of the thickness (that’s what…OK, I’ll stop), and it might be a little too much coverage for me.
I’d use it though, just because it’s extra convenient!
Clinique Even Better Makeup: The packaging is very Clinique, very tech and simple. At first the foundation feels pretty thick on the fingers (Again! Oh Garance!!! Was Alex trying to send me a message in making me try thicker foundations?) and it takes some work to put on.
But once it’s on, it’s like Law & Order SVU: It sticks !
I was wearing it yesterday and it didn’t move all day. I didn’t find myself shining like an octopus (???)(I know, it’s the only comparison I’ve found)(look, I am tired and jet lagged AND watching a French show called “Pekin Express” which literally means brain damage.)
With it, you kind of feel “made up”, but it does look really good.
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation: I’ve spent my makeup wearing years with an irrational fear of the classic liquid foundation. I don’t know why but I never let it touch my skin. So, I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried this liquid foundation from NARS first during our little test and I haven’t stopped wearing it (except of course, to try some others). My skin has seriously never looked this good.
It’s moisturizing (on oily days I add a swipe of loose powder on top) and lightweight– if you have dry skin, I recommend it!
Also, make sure you buy the pump–makes application much easier!
Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Powder: I’ve been using powder foundation since the beginning of time, so I knew my skin would feel at home with this. The coverage is light, but build-able. It’s a good option for my skin during the summer when I tend to be a little shinier. If you have dry skin, try applying it wet!
Dior Diorskin Nude BB Creme: First, the Dior BB cream smells amazing, which is awesome, and has SPF 10 which is good for my skin (just enough so I can protect my skin but still get some color). It’s a full coverage, so something I’m reserving for going out and special events when I need to step it up a notch.
Laura Mercier Illumination Tinted Moisturizer: This tinted moisturizer is a great middle ground for me, a good base that evens my skin, but not as intense as foundation. It’s lightweight, provides nice coverage and hydrates my skin perfectly! My only complaint is the added illuminating shimmer, it’s a little too sparkly for my skin tone (Emily really liked this feature though, so don’t let it discourage you!).
Armani Luminous Silk Foundation: This is the perfect every day foundation. I applied with my hands (unfortunately my make up kit doesn’t include a foundation brush or sponge) but it wasn’t a problem. It blends in really evenly, you don’t need too much product to get good coverage, and it really has a silky finish. Best part, you can’t even tell I’m wearing anything–I just look like my best self!
L’Oréal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream: This was the first time I’ve tried a BB cream and I really like this! It’s super moisturizing, which is great for my dry skin, and even though it goes on white, the color beads blend really well. It gives a nice even coverage that can stand alone or it can serve as a good base when you want to get fancy and add bronzer and some blush.
All right guys, I hope this helps !!! Your advice helped us a lot !
Big kisses on your beautiful, smooth and rosy cheeks.
That’s what she said.
PS: In the photo you see the Laura Mercier, Make Up For Ever, L’Oréal BB Cream and Chantecaille Future Skin!