InTruBeauty: Foundations Mini Review

Monday, September 10, 2012

Foundations Mini Review

Not too long ago we brought you a cute little review where we told you a little snippet about all of our favorite bronzers.  You can read about that here.  Today, we bring you our favorite foundations!  If you have tried one of these let us know what you think in the comments below...or if your favorite one isn't pictured, leave us a comment and tell us all about it so we can be inspired to go out and try it!! 

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions- (now known as Acne Solutions)- I can't rave enough about the power of this foundation to rid my skin of any breakouts, whether they be from stress or hormones, or whatever!  I always make sure I have my current shade of this on hand and when I feel the pimples coming on I arm myself with this foundation for the next few days until they are all gone.  Truly a miracle foundation!  The coverage is medium-full and is buildable, so you will definitely feel like you have enough on your face so the world doesn't have to see your crater pimples!

Clinique Even Better- This foundation can be used by itself or along with the other "Even Better" products in Clinique's line.  There is a serum, a concealer, a lotion, and more in this line.  Basically, it helps to even out your skin tone.  I can vouch for the fact that it truly works!  I have the serum and the foundation, and I rarely have it together enough to be using both simultaneously.  Usually I just use the foundation at the end of the summer when I notice that the sun brought out all my freckles and age spot grossness and I want it to go away!  In 4-6 weeks-ish I notice that my unsightly spots are gone.  If I used it in conjunction with the rest of the line and applied the serum at night, maybe they'd vanish even quicker?!  I'll have to try that out and let you know if it works.  Anyways, this time of year as the end of the summer is approaching and my tan will start fading but my sun spots won't, I will be slathering this on on the daily.  Medium-full coverage on this one also.

Clinique Perfectly Real- I like to use this when my skin is feeling a little more oily or when I really need my makeup not to slip and slide.  I find this has a matte finish and really stays put, as well as being full coverage.  It covers all my icky spots on my face, and leaves me looking perfect.  I don't always use a powder over top of this, I usually wear it as is with no need for extra products.  Some people say they notice a faint amount of glitter or glimmer in this, but I've never noticed.  It could be that it makes my skin so perfect that whatever 

Clinique Moisture Sheer Tint SPF 15- I'm pretty sure since I've purchased this it has been remarketed as Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 because this specific product and bottle is no longer listed on their website.  The formula is sheer and super hydrating.  If you've ever tried their Moisture Surge lotion, the formula to their foundation is kind of similar.  This formula gives barely any color so it's best to be used when your skin is behaving really well or as the base to a medium/full coverage powder.  Regardless of my skin's condition I always set this with a powder or I feel a little shiny.  It's great for summer and dry skin but I stay away from this the rest of the year.

Clinique Supermoisture Makeup- This formula is extremely hydrating. When I use this I usually use it in place of a moisturizer and I always set it with a powder.  Because of the amount of moisture it delivers to the skin, I only ever wear it when my skin is feeling very dry.  As you can tell by the color of the product in the bottle, the last time I purchased this was in the summer when I was pretty tan.  I don't normally have issues with my skin being super dry in the winter, so for me this is yet another summer-only formula.  I love the way this feels on my skin- it has a lightweight texture and goes on very creamy.  I always set this with a powder so I don't have too much shine.  It is a sheer-moderate coverage formula on its own. 

Clinique Superbalanced Makeup (not pictured)- I don't currently own this formula but since it's in the Clinique line and I reviewed a bunch of them I thought I'd tip you off on this one.  This formula is one I wore frequently in high school and it worked well.  It's formulated to deliver moisture to areas that need it and absorb oils in other places.  In other words, it sounds like it would be great for combination skin (oily t-zone, dry patches elsewhere).  That is why my hormonal broken out skin loved it in high school.  Several months ago I was experiencing some stress and my skin seemed to return to my high school years.  I picked some of this up, and I don't know if it was reformulated or what but it was absolutely terrible on my skin.  It was liquidy and went on very thin without providing much of any coverage and felt very watery on my skin.  I returned it and the ladies said that Clinique only kept this formula around to appease people who were lifelong fans, but they don't ever recommend it to anyone.  Also, the container they sell it in is this weird frosted glass that doesn't resemble any of the other packaging of the products they sell and is exactly how I remember from high school 10 years ago.  Try at your own risk!

Urban Decay Urban Defense Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20- This formula comes in different packaging and I have the bottle that is a bit more clunky that got clearanced out last year.  The reviews on UD's website are overall pretty positive, but I wasn't the greatest fan of this formula.  I found it to be kind of drying to my skin, and hard to spread out on my face because of the amount of SPF.  Also, there are very few shade selections and my shade, Halo, which is the lightest is much lighter on the skin than it looks on their website.

The Body Shop Extra Virgin Minerals- This foundation is a mixture of pure minerals and cold pressed extra virgin olive oil.  It is very healthy for the skin and it's easy to find a good deal on it because it's often packaged with other Body Shop products in a bundle for a savings.  It's not my favorite but I could see it working on certain skin types.  I bought this to wear to an outdoor wedding in 100+ degree heat, and I wouldn't recommend it for that.  It's a very smooth formula, and it WILL budge in the heat.  This would be a great formula for someone with dry skin who needs a more oily formula.  The coverage is moderate and it has a very dewy finish.  

Lancome Aqua Fusion Teinte- I can't find this on Lancome's website, but I'm pretty sure they still carry it under a different name.  I enjoy this formula for its SPF and its light coverage.  There are only a few choices for shades though, so it can be hard to perfectly match your skin.  Like most foundations with SPF, it can be rather difficult to spread on your face.  A good option for the beach but you may need more coverage for every day.

Tarte Smooth Operator- This is an ok formula and there are lots of colors to match your skin tone too.  The one I have looks way different in person (too yellow) than online and I should return it for a better shade.  The coverage is medium/full and buildable.  It has lots of good for you ingredients and feels great on the skin.  

Make Up For Ever High Definition Foundation- Probably one of my favorite foundations ever.  There are a TON of colors (25) to choose from so matching your complexion should be no problem.  I love that it looks smooth and natural on the skin and does an amazing job covering imperfections. It looks great in person and in "high definition" on camera.  It has excellent staying power and looks and feels great on my skin whether I'm having a dry or an oily skin day.  

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free SPF 20- I don't understand all the hype behind this formula.  It worked terribly on my skin and went on very watery and thin, providing very little coverage, and fading off in patches.  It's possible I got my sample from a bad batch, because I understand this is a cult classic.  It did nothing for me.

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation- This is one of the best foundations I've ever tried and I can't wait to get my hands on a full size.  It goes on so creamy and smooth and has excellent coverage.  It covers every single flaw on my face and honestly gives me that buttery smooth complexion that I usually only see on celebrities.  It is SO good.  It is also oil free and I would say medium to full coverage.  A little goes a long way.  

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24- This is a reformulation of the old formula I loved that was called simply "Teint Idole"  I really like it for its ability to be long wearing, provide great buildable coverage, and make my skin look flawless.  This is really easy to get your hands on just by going to the makeup counter and someone will match you!  I would say this is a full coverage formula but it doesn't feel thick.

Lancome Teint Miracle- This makeup markets itself as "lit from within"- as in your skin will look brighter and glowing when you wear it.  Just to test it out, and see a true difference, I tried wearing both Teint Miracle and Teint Idole Ultra 24 on my face, one on each side, all day.  I could not tell a difference.  Teint Miracle is a great formula and wears very similarly to Teinte Idole Ultra 24.  I would also consider this a full coverage foundation, but it doesn't feel thick on the skin.

Lancome Photogenic Lumessence (not pictured)- This is a foundation I recently bought when Lancome was in GWP.  This was recommended for me when I told them I wanted a foundation that would make my skin glowy and hydrated, be long wearing, and photograph well.  So far it has really held up to the claim.  It feels very similar to the other two Lancome foundations on my skin and I do feel that it brightens up my complexion noticeably.  Winning!  Also- there is SPF 15 in this formula, which is not enough to make a huge difference if you'll be outside all day but still is nice to have as part of the formula.


I have tried many other foundations, and this is just the tip of the ice berg in terms of what was in my makeup collection right now.  I didn't include any drugstore brands because I haven't had wonderful luck with very many.  Jessica has a nice assortment of both high end and drugstore foundations and at some point she may update this post so we can read about her experiences with a few more brands.

If we missed your favorite be sure to leave a comment telling us about a different formula we should try out in the future!  I love finding new foundations.  In fact, someone on Facebook requested that I review some of Laura Mercier's foundations and I found a new favorite that way.  Love being part of this beauty community with all of you!

Yours in Beauty,

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