Beauty Guide: Searching for the Best Foundation
All of the sudden, summer is upon us. While summer is always associated with the best things: the sun, the beach, and outdoor BBQ parties, there's one thing that absolutely haunts me every summer. For someone who was born with oily skin, summer has always been the worst season when I want to look my best. It seems like I just can't shake that greasy feeling and it feels like my face is going melting. Over the years, I have experimented with many brands of foundation, drugstore and high-end which all claimed to be the solution. Some of them worked like a miracle, and others, not so much. I would like to share my experience with you so that you can have a reference when you are making your next foundation purchase. But first...a little disclaimer. What follows is my personal opinion, products that worked for me might not work for everyone who has oily skin, and what didn't work for me may be the holy grail for you. Therefore, there will be some comments that go against popular opinions.
My requirement for foundation is simply that it stays put and doesn't get cakey and show my pores. I don't care if it feels light or heavy, I don't even care if it's full coverage or not. I just need it to keep the shine away.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup ($39.50)
This one is a cult favorite, it is praised by many YouTubers and beauty bloggers. From my experience, it certainly lives up to the many praises it has received. Although it does feel quite heavy on the skin, it stays matte for hours after applying, and it definitely stays put all day.
There are two products from Covergirl that I found worked pretty well for me. The first one is the Clean Matte Liquid Foundation ($6.99) and the other one is Outlast All-Day 3-In-1 Foundation ($11.29).
I can't decide which one is my favorite. The Clean Matte, in my opinion, performs better on my skin. However, the Outlast 3-In-1's pump is just so convenient, although the product itself is too watery for my taste. Most of the foundations for oily skin are less movable since it has to stay put despite the oil underneath always trying to push through. Truth be told, it doesn't perform as well as the other one. The Clean Matte, although cheaper, stays put and keeps away the shine on your face. The only problem is that it is very hard to get it out of the bottle.
Revlon Colorstay Makeup For Combination/Oily Skin ($12.99)
Revlon's Colorstay foundation was the first long-lasting foundation I ever used and it hasn't failed me since. On a typical work day, I don't need to worry about touching up or face getting shiny until mid-afternoon. Although it wasn't exactly 24-hours like it promised, it is still pretty amazing for its price. Bottom line, this is the foundation I would travel with because I know I can always rely on it no matter what.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation ($44)
This magic foundation promises an 18-hour coverage, and a lot of skincare benefits such as collagen boosting and pore minimizing. To be honest, I haven't noticed my skin getting any better by using this product. Maybe you have to use it every day, whereas I juggle among different foundations very often. However, for oil control and endurance, it works pretty well. But truth be told, I can't really tell the difference between this one and drugstore ones I mentioned previously.
What Didn't Work:
L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation ($12.99)
This is another 24-hour oil-control foundation. Normally I wouldn't say a makeup item is not worth buying, but this one may be the first because it simply doesn't work for me. I have used it with primer, without primer, applied with hands, sponge, flat brush, buffing brush, and nothing would make it work on my skin. I have heard so many good things about this foundation since it came out this year, and I really had high hopes for it. But now I can say it's absolutely not for me. When used without primer, the oil-control is a complete disaster, and when used with primer, it controls the oil a little better but it gets cakey and highlights my pores. To be fair, it has great coverage and it has a whipped texture, which is new for me. I don't understand what differences the whipped texture is supposed to make, but the foundation felt light on the skin. So this foundation is not completely without its merit, it's just not for me.
There are so many foundations out there that I have had my eyes on for a while. For example, the new Kat Von D Lock It Foundation looks pretty tempting. The quest for the perfect foundation will continue on, and I will probably not rest even I after I have found the one.