The drugstore base collection.

Bases – where do you start? What’s your holy grail?

Back 7-9 months ago the only foundation I would use was the Bourjois Healthy Mix serum gel foundation. You know when you’re trying to find that holy grail foundation – well this has been mine pretty much since it’s release date. I tried it and fell in love.

As to the formula of this gel foundation it is very light on the skin, something I look for in a foundation. I don’t want to feel it on my skin too much, and this does just that. It provides light to medium coverage, but it is buildable if you want. It instantly revives the complexion, and boosts radiance leaving a slighly dewy, glowy finish. The other thing is the foundation lasts, something I think can be hard to find in the drugstore foundation ranges. This, alongside the light radiance-boosting coverage is what sold it, and has had me using it constantly for the last two years.

Then back just before Christmas I read a few reviews in a row comparing the L’oreal True Match foundation to the famous Nars Sheer Glow foundation. I have been wanting to buy the Nars foundation for some time, (it is currently on my beauty products to purchase list), so this foundation naturally had to be purchased. The foundation claims to blend in and match the skin tone and texture easily, and is said to leave a semi-matte finish with a slight glow. I have to admit at first I wasn’t impressed and left the product to the side, but I have been using it a lot more recently. I really like the finish, and would say it lasts 6-8 hours before needing a slight powder touch up. The coverage is again light-medium.

The next base is a bit of a random one. I never planned on purchasing but I am so glad I did. It is the Rimmel London 9-in-1 Skin Perfecting Super Makeup BB cream. It is an oil free formula that claims to perfect your skin in 9 different ways including evening skin tone, minimising the appearance of pores and providing all day coverage. This was my first venture into the world of BB and CC creams and I really wasn’t expecting much. However, I was actually surprised and found that this beauty balm does actually live up to most of its claims leaving my skin looking lovely and smooth. The only negative I have to say is that I find I need to use a primer alongside this in order for the product to last longer than a few hours. The coverage is again light to medium, but does conceal any blemishes pretty well. It also has an SPF, so would be perfect for everyday Spring/Summer wear.

Lastly is my most recent favourite that I have worn so much since purchasing. It is of course the Bourjois Paris 123 Perfect CC Cream. I keep mentioning this one, and have written a full review so won’t say too much and will link my review below. But, if you haven’t heard of this CC cream already it is a colour correcting base that uses 3 pigments to help fight against fatigue, redness and dark spots. The product is again light to medium coverage, but saying this it conceals any redness and blemishes extremely well – sometimes leaving me with no need for concealer. The finish of the product is a gorgeous luminous complexion with a slight glow. It also contains the SPF, and I can see this being a constant favourite of mine throughout the Spring/Summer months.

So, what are your favourite drugstore foundations? Are they any you think I should try?

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