Sunday, October 31, 2010

Inventory #1: Foundations

The average person I know has one foundation she relies on on a daily basis, or maybe two at most.  If you're a junkie like me, you're constantly seeking out the next best thing, whether you're happy with what you have or not.  I have seven different foundations, and there is no way I'm going to finish all of them without slathering myself with each of them several times a day every single day.

The stash:

From left to right:

Cargo Oil Free Lightweight Liquid Foundation (80% full):  It's actually an amazing product.  I've been complimented on how good my skin looks each time I've worn it.  I bought it for half its regular price from Sephora when they phased out the brand some time last year.  It lay at the bottom of my stash all year until I rediscovered it a month ago.  As the name states, it's lightweight and provides minimal coverage.  But it does even out the skin tone and adds a luminous glow.  Currently I mix it with other foundations to get the extra coverage that I need, and also because it's not an exact match for my skin shade.  Verdict:  To be finished to the last drop.

MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation (20% full):  It was my respectable daily wear foundation all of last year after I ran out of my favourite Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation.  It's a great foundation and I've almost finished it, but I got sidetracked when spring came.  I anticipated a gorgeous summer tan and decided that I needed something more matte and darker than the usual shade.  At this point I just want to finish it and be rid of it.  Verdict:  To be finished to the last drop.  Deadline: December 31, 2010.

Makeup Forever Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation (50% full):  This is the foundation I cheated on the MAC Studio Sculpt with.  It's a great summer foundation for those with oily skin.  True to the name, it keeps the face matte and has a nice velvet finish.  Unfortunately my "tan" faded super fast and suddenly this great product is too dark for me.  I've been mixing it with the Cargo foundation to get that perfect colour match, which works out well in the end but is such a pain in the ass in the morning.  Verdict:  To be finished to the last drop.

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (95% full):  The most expensive and the most disappointing one of the bunch.  I know that it's holy grail foundation for many people out there, and I got it with a giftcard upon the recommendation of a fellow beauty junkie friend.  It looked great in the store when I tested it, but on the way home it oxidized on my oily skin and the colour just doesn't match as precisely as I want it to.  It's also not luminous on my skin at all, and I was probably better off with its matte sister product instead.  I would exchange it except that I've already gone back to exchange it for a different shade (which was worse than this current one) and I've used 5 pumps of it already and don't feel right about taking it back to the store in that state.  I have worn it mixed with the MUFE or Cargo and those combinations seem to work out fine.  Verdict:  Undecided.  (To be sold, exchanged, given away, returned, or used to the last drop.)

Vincent Longo Liquid Canvas Dew Finish SPF 15 Foundation (95% full):  It seems that I like to waste the most expensive products.  Vincent Longo was sold at Sephora for a while and their prices were so ridiculously high that I never had the nerve to buy any of their products until everyone else decided the same thing and Sephora phased out the brand.  I snatched the last remaining shade that looked like it would work on my skin and bought it for 50% of the original price.  It's a really strange texture, which is why I didn't use much of it before I abandoned it for something else.  Now it's become a few years old and should be tossed.  However, I can't resist the urge to re-test it again just to see if there is any magic left in the product I may have overlooked.  Verdict:  To be reluctantly thrown away after one last very risky and unwise testing.

TheBalm Time Balm Foundation (99% full):  My newest purchase.  I got suckered into buying it during a drugstore promotion.  The prize was a free full size blush called Hot Mama, also from TheBalm.  Love the blush, but not the foundation.  I prefer liquid foundations so the texture of this product takes some getting used to.  It's a cream foundation, not a cream-to-powder, so you really have to use it sparingly and work/blend it well into the skin.  It felt slightly heavy and mask-like on my face today, so I may use it as a concealer instead, since it did cover acne scars well.  Verdict:  To be used a few more times to determine worth.  Possibly to be used as concealer with reduced prestige in the morning lineup.

Makeup Forever Duo Mat Powder Foundation (90% full):  I've been using this as a finishing powder, not foundation.  Because the MUFE Mat Velvet worked out so well, I was convinced that this would also have a great mattifying effect, and that the two would keep my face perfectly dry and shine-free all day.  Not quite so but it is a worthy and respectable product that kept me shine-free from 9am to midnight on a very strenuous day in August.  Verdict:  To be tested with a wet sponge for different effect and complete its life cycle as either a foundation or powder.

Next up:  Primers.


  1. You're the first review that I've read that was unimpressed with the Armani, everyone raves about it. I haven't tried it myself because it's so pricey and I don't even know where to get it.

  2. Armani is sold at Holt Renfrew and it's about $70 with tax. I KNOW.

    I do know someone else who was also unimpressed with Armani foundation, though she didn't have any specific issues like I did and I thought it looked fine on her. Varying mileage and all that!


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