I think it's safe to say that every beauty lover goes through phases with foundations and I must say, I think I go through a few more phases than most. Since the start of my makeup days at age 12 with the Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer, I have been obsessed with having a great base.
There are currently two foundations in my rotation: CHANEL Vitalumière Aqua in 20 Beige (SPF 15) and Lancôme Teint Miracle in Buff 4C (SPF 15). Before I talk about these beautiful products, I should mention that I have combination-oily skin and occasionally get blemishes, usually only on my chin. It's also important to remember that everyone's skin can react differently to products, so if you like how these foundations sound I would recommend getting a sample to test before committing to the full sized product.
CHANEL Vitalumière Aqua: I know this foundation has been raved about for ages and trust me; it really is worth the hype. It has a brilliant water-like texture and just makes my skin feel silky smooth. A CHANEL makeup artist put this on me during an event at Hudson's Bay a few months ago and I must admit, I was skeptical that it would do the job. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this foundation doesn’t make me look overly greasy or shiny and its light-medium coverage does a great job at evening out my skin tone, making my skin look naturally flawless. After watching (too many) videos of renowned make-up artist Mary Greenwell on YouTube last month I started applying this foundation with my hands, her preferred method, and I found that it gives me a bit more coverage than brush application does. If you have acne-prone skin I think this foundation is worth a try because it's an oil-free formula that has decent coverage without feeling overly heavy or irritating on the skin. This foundation usually lasts for a full 8-hour day, with concealer on some stubborn spots and a light dusting of my holy grail CHANEL Mat Lumière powder in 30 Aurore to set. I know this has been said a million times before, but the compact and easily portable packaging is great. Did I mention the smell? Amazing.
Lancôme Teint Miracle: I have to give the credit for this one to my mom; she has been using this foundation for as long as I can remember. Occasionally, if I’m going out at night or I know I have a particularly long day ahead of me, I want to use a more medium-full coverage foundation. The problem is that I really hate the caked on, super matte/flat look that full coverage bases tend to have - I just think it looks too unnatural and feels uncomfortable on my skin. After using this foundation regularly for over a year I decided to put it down around last august and try something new (okay, my bottle fell off the sink and smashed into a million pieces). I resurrected the Teint Miracle in April and instantly remembered why I used it for so long. It’s definitely a medium-full coverage foundation, but still has a fluid texture and maintains a natural look when I buff it into my skin with a Real Techniques Buffing Brush. This foundation easily stays on my skin for a whole 8-hour day with a bit of concealer and powder, depending on how spotty my face is and how hot it is outside. The big glass bottle it’s packaged in is not my favourite, I'm always worried I'm going to break it (again), but the seal of the cap seems to work quite well and I’ve never had any spillage or leaking problems.
Give these foundations a try if they sound like winners and let me know what foundations you currently love!