Oct 7, 2011

foundations. an overview.

i wanted to do some more organisation work for better navigating on the blog, so this is an overview on almost all of my foundations/tinted moisturisers/BB creams (at the moment and some more). click on the name or the pic to see the review for each particular product. some reviews still need to be done, though.

By Terry Hyaluronic Face Glow

Boots No.7 Lifting&Firming Foundation

Bourjois Healthy Mix

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum

BRTC Gold Caviar BB Cream

Catrice Infinite Matt Make Up

Catrice Photo Finish Foundation

Chanel Perfection Lumière Foundation

Chanel Pro Lumière Foundation

Chanel Teint Innocence Foundation

Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Foundation

Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation

Clarins Everlasting Foundation/Teint Haute Tenue

Estée Lauder Cyber White Brilliant Cells BB Cream

Estée Lauder Day Wear Sheer Tint Release

Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream

Giorgio Armani Designer Lift

Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau

Guerlain Parure Extrème

Guerlain Parure Gold

Hourglass Veil Fluid Make Up

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

Jemma Kidd Light As Air Liquid Foundation

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Tinted Moisturiser

Lancôme Teint Miracle

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24h

Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser

L'Egère White Multi BB Cream

L'Oreal Studio Secrets Adjusting Foundation

L'Oreal Studio Secrets Foundation Stick

Le Métier de Beauté Classic Flawless Foundation

Lunasol Water Cream Foundation

MAC Face and Body

MAC Pro Longwear Foundation

Make Up For Ever Face & Body Foundation

Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet +

Missha Signature Real Complete BB Cream

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser

NARS Sheer Glow

Nivea Extreme Resist

Origins Vita Zing

Rimmel Match Perfection

Rimmel Recovery Foundation

Rohto HadaLabo BB Moist Cream

Rohto HadaLabo BB Moist Emulsion

Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle Foundation

Shiseido Sun Protection Foundation


i have sensitive, oily skin with a lot of redness and am prone to break outs and black heads.
my skin tone varies between NC20-25 in MAC.

i've tried many foundations so far, these are my best and worst matches:

Alverde Mineral Make Up: 01 Naturelle
Astor 16h Mineral Match: 001
Astor Perfect Stay: 100
Bourjois Healthy Mix: 52 Vanilla
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum: 52 Vanilla, a tad bit too light
Burberry Sheer Foundation: No. 04 a nuance too light, good undertone
Catrice Infinite Matte: 010 Light Beige - too grey
Catrice Photo Finish: 010 Sand Beige
Chanel Perfection Lumière: 20 Beige, good match
Chanel Pro Lumiere: 20 Clair/Cameo oxidizes, a bit too dark
Chanel Teint Innocence: 20 Clair/Cameo
Chanel Vitalumière Aqua: B30 a nuance too dark, B10 just right
Chantecaille Future Skin: Cream
Clarins Teint Haute Tenue/Everlasting: 105 Nude is too light!
Estée Lauder Double Wear: 02 Pale Almond a bit too grey and too dark
Giorgio Armani Designer Lift: 4, good match, a bit too peachy
Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV: 4.5 still a bit too light
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk: 4.5 good match
Guerlain Lingerie de Peau: 02 Beige Clair
Guerlain Parure Extreme: 02 Beige Clair a bit too dark
Guerlain Parure Gold: 02 Beige Clair a bit too reddish
Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation: Porcelain a bit too yellow, but good match
Hourglass Veil Fluid Make Up: No. 1 a bit too reddish/dark
Jemma Kidd Light As Air Foundation: 02 Light
Lancôme Teint Miracle: 01 Beige Albâtre
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24h: 01 Beige Albâtre a smidgen too dark
Laura Mercier Silk Crème: Cream Ivory - a bit too light, good yellowiness
Le Métier de Beauté Classic Flawless Foundation: 3 perfect
L'Oreal Perfect Match: W3 Golden Beige oxidizes, too orange
L'Oreal Studio Secrets Stick Foundation: 132 a bit dark
Lunasol Water Cream Foundation: OC02 
MAC Pro Longwear: NC20
MAC Face and Body: C2
MUFE HD: #117 much too light, not yellow enough
MUFE Mat Velvet +: #30
MUFE Face & Body: #20
NARS Sheer Glow: Ceylan too light, too yellow
Nivea Extreme Resist: 03 Beige
No.7 Lifting&Firming Foundation: 15 Nude
Revlon Colorstay comb/oily: 180 Sand Beige - too grey
Rimmel Lasting Finish: 100
Rimmel Match Perfection: 100 Ivory
Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle: 025 Almond Milk Parfait
Shiseido Sun Protection Foundation: SP30 too light and too pink; SP40 a bit too light
Sisley Phyto Teint Éclat: #1 Ivory is a good match, maybe lacks a tiny bit of yellow 
Vichy Aera Teint Pure: 23 Clair/Ivory
YSL Teint Resist: 04

BB-creams and tinted moisturisers

Becca Luminous Skin Colour: Camel a bit too dark but very sheer
BRTC Gold Caviar BB Cream: a bit too light and grey
By Terry Hyaluronic Face Glow: Light a bit light but great brightening
Estée Lauder Crystal White Brilliant Cells BB Creme: a bit too light, brightening effect
Estée Lauder DayWear Sheer Tint Release: too dark, orange
Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream: a bit too light
Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturiser: Ivory much too dark and too peach
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Tinted Moisturiser: Light
L'Egere White Multi BB Cream: ok, not too pink
L'Oreal Studio Secrets Adjusting Foundation: For Light-Medium Skin too dark, too peachy
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser: Nude, good match
MDSkincare (Dr. Dennis Gross) All-In-One Tinted Moisturizer: Light - a bit too peachy
Missha Signature Real Complete BB Cream: No.21 slightly too pink
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser: Finland, a bit too light and too pink, but great brightening
Origins VitaZing - a bit too dark
Rohto HadaLabo BB Moist Cream: Natural Beige good yellowish shade
Rohto HadaLabo BB Moist Emulsion: Natural Beige
Skin79 Super BB Cream: a bit grey and too pink, but quite sheer


  1. Wow, this is awesome! I am absolutely addicted to foundations! Thank you for this detailed posting!

  2. Wow und ich dachte, ich hätte zu viele Fondations ; )

  3. Toller Post, sehr ausführlich! :)

  4. Wow, thanks for this post. I'm looking into getting a new foundation so this will be helpful!

  5. Du bist Schuld daran,dass ich mir gestern die Guerlain Lingerie de Peau kaufen musste ;) Hast mich angefixt


  6. you cant clearly say yellow tone for yellow tones and pink is for pink undertones. There are MANY exceptions. People dont pick it out that way. There are even people who get into arguments at makeup counters because they are a cool and someone insisted they were a warm.
    Alot of times darker toned women like African American/carribean women have to mix more than one foundation ,everyone on earth is different
    After years of being a makeup artist. The rule stands true. There are no rules to makeup, only rules of thumb. Nothing called "too anything".I disagree with telling anyone how to wear their foundation/blush/powder/eyeliner/eyeshadow. Makeup is subjective. Everyone has their own makeup style. Many light people tend to go light/lighter or mix it with a luminzer to make themselves brighter/radiant/porcelin like. A great example of this would be dita von teese, who even stays out the sun to maintain her light skintone and wears light foundation. Others prefer to be dark/darker and darken in the sun or use bronzer all over their skintone. Different people have different preferences. If I spelled "Horse" "Howrse" than there is no "ifs" "and" or "buts" because grammar isnt subjective. What is wrong is wrong!However. Makeup is subjective. I hate nude lips. Does that mean its right to say "dont wear nude lips" ? No.
    I might not like it but someone else might. There is no rule to makeup. Thats the beauty of being a makeup artist. There are soo many different styles.
    I hate bronzer. But maybe there is someone who loves that deep bronzed look. I cant go to them and say "dont go soo deep in the bronzer" and say its "constructive". There are soo many different styles.who is anyone to tell someone theyre wearing a too light or too dark foundation, because there is no such thing. Nicole and Sam from pixiwoo(huge makeupartists in Britain) sometimes wear paler or darker foundation and it looks gorgeous! as long as people blend it to the neck its fine....some people prefer to look bright and radiant.

  7. i like your point of view! but please tell me, did anything i said/have written did make you angry to write this comment?
    i do think make up is a way of art and expression of emotion, style and visions and if we lived in a more tolerant world, it would also be much easier for us, effortless makeup could truly make one happier in life.
    but sadly makeup in a big part was made to please the people who see you wearing it, so one often struggles with the results since most want to be accepted and evoke positive feelings in their counterpart.
    as long as one feels comfortable and self-confident, there surely are no rules of makeup. to a certain degree magazine guides, blogs, videos and books also try to support the not-so-confident people to enhance their individual features to make them feel better. and the possibilities of makeup even allow us to achieve a look completely different from what we actually look like, according to our mood or to our degree of insecurity. but if you'd stick to your natural sense of aesthetics, would you recommend a women with clear yellow undertone to use a foundation much too pink and too dark for her just because you think "the rule is: no rule"? we can alter many things, but something like the right shade for your base makeup only moves between narrow borders.
    the youtube makeup-artists may look good even when they use a lighter or darker colour for their makeup, you only see their faces on the screen. but is everybody willing to accomodate their whole body skin tone to the face shade they are choosing for the day? because you have to admit, it looks quite funny with a pale yellow chest and a dark pink face ;)

  8. How long do you hold on to a foundation before deciding it's time to trash it? I own a few foundations too, and my biggest concern is the expiration date and me not getting around to using them….What is your point of view on 'Foundation Expiration dates'??
    Thank you, and I do love your website!!

    1. i use my foundations in rotation and as long as they haven't changed in consistency, colour and scent i'm fine using them. i store my foundations in a cool, dry and dark place to avoid over-oxidation of the product. so until now i have never experienced any foundation or other makeup product going bad.
      please notice though, that none of my foundations is older than 2 years.

  9. And I thought I was a foundation junkie!

  10. thanks for all the reviews!!! I read them all as I am a beginner in make-up and still try to find a good foundation for myself :) I got a little confused though, as I found a few (not one) that you reviewed seem to be very good? Do you have a favorite among these?

    ( I also have combination/oily skin but my t-zone is really really sensitive and has a lot of redness too! As I find your skin is pretty similar, i hope to get some advice. Thanks a lot!!!)

    1. hi Ha Chau!
      as you see i own quite a lot of foundations! i do have my temporary favourites as my skin changes all the time or i prefer a certain effect of a foundation, but it's my prerogative to NOT have only one favourite having so many to choose from.
      i have done a 2011-favourites post though, where i showed some of my top-liked foundations of last year.

  11. Thanks for all the reviews! Do you wear loose powder over the liquid foundation/ tinted moisturiser? and do you wear primer under the liquid foundation? Thanks..

    1. i rarely wear a primer underneath the foundation but i always wear loose powder :)


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