2012 Favorite Foundations

This post is dedicated to rounding up my favorite 2012 foundations. Out of all the foundations I’ve tried this year, four of them made my favorites list this year. Indeed, the year isn’t over yet, but foundations are hard to shop for; and, I like what I like (despite my high standards). I’m posting this entry a month and a half before the year is over because in 2013, it’s my goal to finish these foundations before moving on. Wish me luck!

I’ve chosen Chanetecaille Future Skin Gel foundation, DiorSkin Nude Skin-Glowing foundation, Armani Luminous Silk foundation, and NARS Sheer Glow foundation. Below, I have linked each review for convenience.

I picked these four as my top favorites because:
1. its consistent reliability
2. superb performance
3. lasting power despite season and weather
4. blendability and natural-look on the skin
5. no irritations, breakouts, or other forms of skin-related heartaches

1. Chantecaille Future Skin Gel Foundation review
2. DiorSkin Nude Skin-Glowing Foundation review
3. Armani Luminous Silk Foundation review
4. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation review

In the swatches above, you’ll see that not all the shades are identical but still work for me. Keep in mind I don’t tend to change colors seasonally because I wear sunscreen all year round. The darkest shade I own (even though it’s not that dark) is Armani’s LS foundation in shade 4; and, out of the four, I would say it’s the foundation that provides optimal coverage for me.

The most natural-looking and one that I go to whether I’m in a rush, having a bad skin day, or have a wedding/party to attend, is the NARS Sheer Glow foundation. This foundation has been my only re-purchase in the history of foundations for me! Dramatic, I know, lol. My ultimate, holy-grail status, favorite of all time is the Chantecaille Future Skin foundation. However, it’s not to say that it won first place by a long shot. All the featured foundations came very close to being number one in my book.

Many have asked what my favorite foundations are in the past, and I apologize that it’s taken me this long to post this entry. However, finding a good foundation is tough; and, finding a favorite is truly a task. If you’re wondering how and when I wear these foundations on a daily basis – the answer is that I have no system. All products are rotated at random; and, most of the time, it all depends on what I’m in the mood for. Sometimes, I’ll have a sudden burst of favoriting a particular product and use it for awhile by itself.

I hope this entry has helped and happy foundation shopping! :)

DiorSkin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup 010 “Ivory”

In a random magazine article, I once read that Natalie Portman’s favorite foundation was the DiorSkin Nude Skin-Glowing foundation. Of course, she is the face of the brand, but I was intrigued and wanted to see for myself – despite the fact that I have enough foundations to last me a lifetime. :)

The concept of the nude skin-glowing foundation is to mimic skin’s texture and feel. It claims to be “enriched with naturally derived skincare ingredients for a complexion that is even more ‘nude’ and sublime in all types of lighting.” This “hydrating fluid foundation delivers just the right amount of coverage to create a naturally flawless, bare-skin effect.”

Though it promises to “improve radiance and beauty of the skin day after day,” I would say that that’s a far-reaching claim. However, I do think that the ‘good-for-your-skin’ foundations nowadays help skin look good under the makeup, therefore helping it feel better once the makeup has been removed.

The product’s insert says that the “art of the Nude skin look is to create the illusion of beautiful and radiant bare skin that looks completely natural.” I would agree that the watery formula is very lightweight and thin – BUT it doesn’t compromise coverage. The texture of the foundation feels cooling and nice on the skin and blends very easily – blurring imperfections and pores along the way.

Again, according to the insert, the Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup was “inspired by skin,” so the idea behind the formulation is to “offer every skin the ideal complexion.” Apparently, the foundation’s pigments are the same color as the skin’s melanin pimgents; and light-perfecting pigments allow it to adjust in various lightings (outdoor and indoor). The “unique combination of Mineralized Water and Floral Water” contribute to helping the skin become more beautiful and radiant.

I chose the shade 010 which is “Ivory.” It is the first and lightest shade in the range and I’m quite happy with it. It’s quite close to NARS “Mont Blanc” shade and Chantecaille’s Just Skin foundation in “Alabaster.” The product has a lot of fancy claims, but what I like about the product is that it’s so natural looking on the skin. In my opinion, the texture of this foundation is deceptive – it looks lightweight and gelish when dispensed from the bottle. However, I’ve had difficulties with getting it to blend quickly and streak-free. I find that I have to buff and buff and buff to get the results I want.

010 “Ivory” is not entirely yellow-based and leans towards neutral. It’s slightly pinky toned much like “Mont Blanc” but not so much that it makes me look pink. The coverage is medium and buildable, but pore coverage isn’t as good as some of my other foundation. I like to apply it more sheerly since I don’t require a lot of coverage, but I love how it’s an INSTANT pick-me-up for the skin. It’s instantly brightening and glowy and the finish is semi-matte/dewy.

If you’re looking for a foundation that isn’t too matte and isn’t too dewy, this is great because it’s the best of both worlds. The ‘glow’ that it adds to the skin is natural and very healthy looking; and, I personally like that it’s infused with skincare ingredients. I can’t say for sure that all the fancy ingredients are doing a whole lot, but I can say that it isn’t making anything worse. I like the final finish of the product and how my skin looks throughout the day; however, the application is not my favorite – whether I use a buffing brush or the beauty blender. I’m considering using my fingers for awhile to see if that makes a difference.

*Quotes extracted from http://www.sephora.com, the product’s box, and the product’s insert.

1 fl. oz.
Retails for $48.00 USD
Made in France