Growing up I had always thought that pimples and blemishes were a thing of your childhood – a right of passage that we all must learn to suffer through during our teenage years until we turned eighteen or so. But as a teenager I barely ever had a pimple and if I did it was so tiny and so rare that it never fazed me and I ended up tricking myself into believing that I would always have clear skin. You can imagine how hard it hit me when I began experiencing acne at twenty years old. I mean this wasn’t supposed to happen, you don’t get pimples when you grow up… right? The older I got and the worse my skin became the more I began to find myself on a never-ending quest to find the perfect foundation and concealer that will give me the same flawless skin that all of the beauty gurus and influencers had and I was so desperate to achieve.
As time went on and foundation after foundation was purchased based on what I saw celebrities and the like using, my collection got a little bit out of control and excessive (for my standards); And with saving for a house in my mind I decided to put in place a new rule: I can only purchase something new if I have finished an already existing product in my makeup collection.
This has actually been a game changer for me because I’ve been forced to get out of the habit of spending unnecessary money and caking on a mask to hide away my flaws. Not only that, but I’ve fallen back in love with things that I haven’t reached for in months and I’ve come to the realisation that with all of the editing and face tuning that goes into a lot of beauty influencers pictures I had forgotten what real skin looked like. Being able to see your pores and having a little bit of texture is normal! So following on from my eyeshadow collection post I now want to share with you all my current foundation and concealer collection.
// Marc Jacobs Shameless Foundation // The newest addition to my collection and a new-found favourite! I did a full review on the foundation here so I won’t bother going in-depth with it now. Long story short, it’s an everyday staple for me.
// Too Faced Born This Way Foundation // You might have heard of this foundation because it is pretty popular for obvious reasons. A medium and very buildable coverage with a nice and dewy finish. This is probably the third bottle of this foundation that I’ve purchased because it was my go to for so long.
// Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation // I purchased this after watching a video from mega babe and NZ YouTuber Shannon Harris (Shaaanxo) where she compared it to the Marc Jacobs Remarcable foundation which was all the rage for a short while last year. With that comparison in mind I had assumed that it would be as full coverage as the Remarcable one but I found it to be – as Tarte claimed – a lovely medium coverage with a skin like finish. This is a really nice summer foundation in my opinion, although the drop applicator is annoying AF.
// Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation // I bloody love this foundation, although I don’t fake tan anymore so it’s about two shades too dark for my skin tone. Bummer. The packaging for this foundation is so sleek and convenient, plus I actually loved the practicality of using a stick foundation as opposed to a liquid or powder. I’m definitely going to find a way to wear this more often.
// MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation // I like to think that this was my first high-end foundation but I don’t think that it actually is considering the first foundation I ever owned at 16 years old was Estee Lauder Double Wear. It was however the first high-end foundation that I ever purchased myself so it kind of holds a special spot in my heart. I don’t particularly like it on its own, but I do love it mixed in with my Too Faced Born This Way.
// Maybelline Super Stay 24hr Foundation // This was the first drugstore ‘el cheapo‘ foundation that I ever purchased and it was honestly what brought me down from my high horse in thinking that drugstore products are never as good as high-end products. I’m here to call bullsh*t on that. This was really good for the price point and to be honest I actually preferred it over my MAC one.
// Bourjois Paris Healthy Mix Foundation // Super dewy finish and a nice medium coverage but the fragrance to it eventually put me off. It smells exactly like TRESemmé shampoo and conditioner, which doesn’t necessarily smell bad but it’s very strong and I don’t tend to like strong fragrances in my makeup products.
// Maybelline Fit Me Dewy & Smooth Foundation // I actually purchased this by mistake. I don’t hate it and I don’t love it. I can see why this made its way to the back of my makeup drawers.
// Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation //
I haven’t actually opened this foundation yet, it’s still in all of it’s packaging but I purchased this a few months ago in a shade too light for me so I think I will use it as my winter shade.
// L’Oreal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation //
Full coverage to the max but it’s a shade too light for me and it is waaaay to matte for my liking. When you have dry and textured skin like me I tend to steer clear of very matte formulas. To finish this bottle (which I’m determined to do eventually) I think I will be using it as a mixer for when I want more coverage or when a foundation is slightly to dark for my complexion.
// Mecca Max Life Proof Longwear Foundation //
If you follow my instagram stories then you might have seen me do a little mini review / impression on this foundation but I will be doing a full post dedicated to it in the next couple of weeks so keep an eye out!
// NARS Radiant Creamy
(Mecca Tester) //
So when I finished my NARS Sheer Glow Foundation I promised myself that I would try the radiant creamy foundation thinking the shades would be exactly the same as this one and that it would be the same as my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer but in a foundation form. Unfortunately, the shades are slightly different and when I got my shade matched we couldn’t quite get a match that was right for me. In Sheer Glow I am a perfect deauville but with this I’m somewhere between Monte Blanc and Deauville. So instead the girl gave me a little sample pot of Monte Blanc to test out for a day.
// Bourjois Paris 123 Perfect CC Cream // Once again I’ve done a review on this CC cream here so I won’t bother going into too much depth about it now, but I do recommend having a read and seeing if this might be something that interests you.
// Tarte Shape Tape // Cult favourite and another purchase that I was sucked into by social media. Good news is that it lives up to its hype because it is a FULL coverage concealer that lasts literally all day. The formula however is a little thick and the shade is slightly to light for my liking so I like to do just one dot of it towards the inner section of my eye(bags) and then use a different concealer over the top of it.
// Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer // OMG this concealer is everything you could ask for at such a low price, and the draw on applicator is SO satisfying to use. My fave paired with the Shameless foundation.
// NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer // I purchased my first bottle of this after my flight home from London a few years ago because with all of the travel my skin had broken out and one particular blemish had (and still has) scarred the centre of my upper lip. I walked into mecca, found the first sales associate and said get me the best concealer you have and she came back with this. She then put it on my spots in store and I was sold. This concealer in particular helped me gain some confidence back and it is the BEST for spot concealing.
// Maybelline Master Conceal Concealer // Such a underated concealer. I purchased this after I had finished a tube of my Radiant creamy Concealer in hopes that it would be a viable alternative for a fraction of the price. Unfortunately the consistency is different and I really don’t think anything can top NARS for spot concealing, but it is excellent for cutting out my brows and mixed with my Tarte Shape Tape as an under eye highlighting concealer.
// Maybelline Fit Me Concealer // Not a big fan of this to be honest, the shades weren’t quite right for me and the closest one to match me (which is this one – light) ran too pink against my skin. I’m almost finished it though so I think I’ll use this for the next week or so to finish it off.
// Maybelline Cover Stick Correct Concealer // Wasn’t colour correcting all the rage for a while! I don’t know if people still do it anymore, but when I did I always used this and I never got rid of it in case I ever needed to use it again on a really big bad red spot that might appear. Kind of weird that they made it look like a lipstick though.
Wow this list was longer than I had thought… Oops haha! What’s your favourite beauty product to splurge on?
Until next time,
Love, Angela xx.