Tuesday, December 13, 2016

My Favourite Full Coverage Foundations

Estee Lauder Double Wear, Maybelline Fit Me and Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation

I've been on the hunt for most of this year to find my perfect foundation.  I'm not asking for a lot just full coverage with a natural finish, doesn't look cakey, applies easily and lasts all day.  Surely that's not too much to ask ha.

I've lost count of the number of foundations that I've purchased this year in my quest to find "The One".  Not only did I purchase a lot, I also sampled a lot which is a much cheaper way to try things out but isn't always possible.  Some of the ones I tried but didn't love include Revlon Colourstay, Tarte Rainforest of the Sea, Makeup Forever HD Ultra, Too Faced Born This Way and many many more.  But we're not here to talk about the ones I didn't like.  I've found my favourites and I'll list them in order of preference and let you know my thoughts on each.
The best full coverage foundations Estee Lauder Double Wear Tarte Amazonian Clay and Maybelline Fit Me

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup

I had previously used this foundation a few years ago and couldn't remember why I stopped using it but this has become my trusty holy grail foundation this year.  I fell in love all over again as soon as I repurchased.  This foundation is a very liquid consistency and I find it applies best with fingers and then blended with a beauty blender.  I find using a buffing brush leaves my skin looking a little cakey but the moisture from the damp beauty blender not only helps even it out but gets rid of any excess.  Estee Lauder Double Wear has a matte finish however I still always apply powder over the top to set.  The foundation is water-resistant and lasts all day on me with only a few signs of wear showing around my nose or if it's been a particularly hot day.  Estee Lauder Double Wear comes in three tones (Cool, Warm and Neutral), 16 different shades and has an SPF 10.  RRP $50 Available in Australia from Myer, David Jones, Sephora, Adore Beauty and selected chemists.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation

This foundation has a much thicker consistency than the Estee Lauder Double Wear.  It applies like a thick cream and I find this one applies best with a buffing brush.  The Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation applies and blends very easily and I find it's necessary to set this with a powder just to make sure it doesn't smudge or transfer.  This foundation definitely gives a full coverage flawless finish but I find it doesn't last quite as long as the Estee Lauder Double Wear.  The Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation comes in three tones also (Cool, Warm and Neutral), 25 different shades and has no SPF making it great for nights out where there'll be flash photography. RRP $54 available in Australia from Sephora.

Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation

I was so surprised and happy when I found an amazing full coverage foundation from a drug store. I've been a fan of Maybelline for years, especially their mascaras and cream eyeshadows but it had been a very long time since I'd tried out any of their foundations.  After reading a lot of positive reviews I decided to try it out for myself and was pleasantly surprised to find this is a great dupe for the Estee Lauder Double Wear but a heck of a lot cheaper.  This also has a very fluid consistency and applies best with fingers and then blended with a beauty blender.  The coverage is buildable and I always apply two layers to get the coverage I love.  The biggest difference between this and the Estee Lauder Double Wear is that this one has a dewy finish although as I said previously I always set my foundation with a powder which gives it a matte finish anyway.  The Maybelline Fit Me Foundation doesn't have the lasting power that the previous two foundations have but at such a cheap price I don't mind having to re-powder or touch-up during the day. This is available in 10 shades and has an SPF 18 making it a great everyday alternative. RRP $18.95 and is available from Priceline, Coles, Woolworths and most chemists.

I hope this helps you if you're on your own quest to find your perfect foundation.  All foundations obviously sit quite differently depending on your skin type and what may work for me may not work for you.  In any case I'd love to hear if you have any suggestions of your favourite foundations so feel free to leave a comment below.  I do feel like my quest for the perfect foundation may not ever be over haha.

Kayte xx 

*I purchased all of these foundations with my own money.

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