Above: My beloved Lancôme Translucence Face Powder
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a powder gal.
Though, I do recall my first foundation was given to me by my mum and was completely the wrong (tanned) shade from Clinique. But I still loved and wore it.
My first foundation purchase was probably a nasty orange liquid from Rimmel when I was 13.
But ever since, I’ve been a powder foundation gal.
As a teenager I was a big fan of The Body Shop’s All in One Face Base (which I recently repurchased but returned after realising the shade was far too pale and none of their shades were right for me now. It had worked just fine when I was a goth!)
I was a devout MAC Studio Fix fan for years but at some point it seemed way too cakey and heavy and fell into the lines on my face.
I’ve used all sorts but my holy grail foundation is Lancôme’s Translucence Face Powder which isn’t a foundation at all, apparently, and can be worn over liquid, though I’ve never tried.
The Lancôme stuff is fairly expensive so I recently shopped for a budget version (hence the repurchasing of The Body Shop’s Face Base).
I ended up with Flower Beauty’s Powder Trip Powder Foundation. I like it and it only costs CA $10. Sadly, though, I just couldn’t wean myself off my beloved Lancôme so back I went.
In the meantime I also picked up MAC Studio Careblend Pressed Powder which – according to their website – is “Formulated to provide a smooth, virtually invisible, fresh-looking finish, this soft, cream-like powder is carefully blended to provide the skin with extra care, nourishment and comfort.”
And I really like it.
For me, almost every liquid foundation I try seems to:
(a) take too long to apply and
(b) emphasize every line and pore on my face.
Someone recently gave me a sample of Clinique’s new 2-in-1 Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer.
I was expecting to hate it. I mean, look at that gross bottle for a start. And that silly applicator. Pffft!
But I didn’t hate it.
In fact I totally loved it. It provided a lovely matte finish which stayed looking lovely all day.
I’ve yet to invest in the full size yet but I will at the end of summer.
I have a growing list of foundations and powders on my makeup ‘want’ list.
- bareMinerals Original Foundation Powder
- Stila Illuminating Powder Foundation
- IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream
- IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores HD Powder
- Veil Illuminating Complexion Fix
What kind of base do you use? Are you a powder or liquid gal (or guy)?
I’d love to hear about your foundation experiences.