Last year, I posted a 2012 Favorite Foundations post and wanted to do it again this year. As I’ve stated before, I’m extremely picky about foundations/base makeup; and, I consider it the most important makeup item in your arsenal. It is also the item that I suggest is worth the money/investment. This year, the foundations I’ve been loving are all new except for NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, which is a two-time winner and a re-purchased item.
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
This has been an all-time favorite foundation of mine, which is why it’s been re-purchased. Even though I experiment routinely with other foundations, I eventually find my way back to this one after awhile. The color match is perfect for me, and everything about it is perfect — the coverage, the formula, the texture, the wear, and the look/finish. This foundation is a no-brainer and is a favorite with so many, so it’s worth looking into if you haven’t tried it already.
Shiseido Sheer & Perfect Foundation
This is my most recent foundation purchase, but it quickly made its way to the top. Much like the Maestro, the formula is runny and thin; yet, it offers good coverage while maintaining the look of skin. Next to the NARS Sheer Glow, this foundation is also a great color match for me since Shiseido includes an ivory-range of shades. Just the color selection alone can be helpful for those who are “in the middle” when it comes to shades and undertones.
Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Foundation
The Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Foundation is the most unique foundation I have in my collection. Since it’s made with blended oils, the runny formula is light on the skin. In fact, it’s the most lightweight foundation I have. Despite being made of essential oils, the foundation isn’t greasy and looks so pretty and natural on the skin. Remember to apply this formula with your fingers rather than a brush — it blends in much better and melts in.
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer
Awhile back, I purchased the shade “Finland” when the TM’s were first released. At the time, it was the lightest shade and leaned yellow. Since then, I finished the tube and re-purchased it in the newest shade “Terre-Neuve” (which I don’t see available online). The shade leans more ivory-pinkish but is still balanced by a good yellow base, so it’s a great in between, fair shade for me. Most days, I stick with this for its convenience and performance. I’d say that this TM is better than BB creams out on the market.
I know the post seems brief, but click the links for more in-depth reviews. There’s so many base makeup out there that it’s difficult to choose — and, eventually, I think because there’s so many choices people get overwhelmed and confused. It’s best to consider your needs and your skin’s needs first — before jumping on the bandwagon and getting suckered into particular brands. Also, it helps to do some research before seeing most of these items in person. Get a sample of the items you want to try — that way, you’ll know exactly what you’re committing to!