Do you change up your routine at the start of each year or season? Apart from switching up my skincare and color makeup, I also like to update my base makeup to suit my skin condition. And as we head into March, here are 5 foundations that I have on rotation for the past couple of months. Even though there are always new releases every season, these 5 have been around for awhile now, and you may even have tried them yourself. I have picked a range here to suit all skin types and coverage preferences, so hopefully there you will discover some gems today.
Make Up Store is a greatly underrated brand with an extensive range of high quality products. The Sculpt Excellence foundation is one such product that I have really enjoyed. The only downside to it is the lack of a pump dispenser, but uses a flat spatula applicator instead. So I usually place an amount on the back of my hand and then return the spatula straight back into the bottle, and then apply with a brush or sponge onto my face.
The Make Up Store Sculpt Excellence is a full coverage foundation that nicely balances the intense pigmentation with a light and easy to blend texture. I have dry skin and often experience flaking, but a combination and acne-prone condition, so I generally prefer lighter foundations. Despite that, I found myself really enjoying Sculpt Excellence on days when I need a bit more coverage for my red patches. Instead of applying it directly to my skin, I sheer it out with a dampened sponge, and then pat on more wherever it is needed.
As you can see from the half-faced comparison shot above, Make Up Store Sculpt Excellence has completely eradicated my dark circles and the redness around my nose. The finish is a lovely glowy satin that looks natural and dimensional not flat. There is a good range of shades, especially yellow-toned ones to suit Asian skin. I am using the shade Cookie here which is a perfect match for me.
THREE is a relatively new entrant to Singapore, but the Japanese brand has a cult-like following, and the Flawless Ethereal Fluid Foundation is one of the best-loved products from the brand. With a philosophy focusing on living beautifully, THREE products are formulated without parabens, synthetic perfumes, animal-derived ingredients, and mineral oils. As with most Japanese makeup, there is a high SPF36/PA+++ sun protection to keep skin looking younger.
Apart from providing good coverage for everyday use, THREE Flawless Ethereal Fluid Foundation contains botanical oils that meld with the skin for a beautiful luster. The texture is incredibly smooth and light, and coverage is a good medium and buildable. Because of the oil content in this foundation, those with oily skin may have a problem with it. Personally, I did not experience any breakouts but I do find shine creeping up on my t-zone after about 5-6 hours’ wear.
Coming from a skincare brand, Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Foundation naturally contains skin-loving ingredients such as pink algae and other vegetal extracts to boost hydration and skin health. It gives a medium coverage which can be sheered out or built up as needed. Light-Optimizing+ Complex and Pink Opal Pigments give a brightening effect to the skin.
This is a slightly thicker fluid foundation that envelops the skin like a cream, and on my dry skin I found it easier to blend with a dampened brush or sponge. The finish is quite matte, and is probably the most matte of the 5 foundations featured here today.
Lancôme’s best-selling foundation was recently upgraded with Universal Light Technology to mirror the natural glow that radiates when skin is under day light. Formulated with 40% water and reinforced with vegetal glycerin and hyaluronic acid, Lancôme Teint Miracle keeps skin hydrated and prevents lines from forming. At the same time, the foundation has sebum-absorbing properties to keep from caking up on oily/combination skin. Rose Extract soothes skin inflammation and nourishes skin, whilst Moringa enhances skin firmness & fights free radicals.
Lancôme Teint Miracle Foundation is lightest in texture of all the 5 foundations discussed today, and is incredibly comfortable to wear. Regardless, it provides medium coverage that is buildable to a certain extent. For me, it adequately covers my dark circles and the redness around my nose, but a separate concealer is still needed if I wanted to completely eradicate them. I love the natural my-skin-but-better glow this foundation provides, and it veils the appearance of pores and lines imperceptibly.
Kanebo relaunched the entire brand’s line-up and the makeup range has been reformulated to reflect the skincare philosophy of “chrono-beauty”, which is adapting ingredients according to skin’s differing day/night requirements. I can always count on the Japanese brands to create shades that flatter Asian skin tones, and Kanebo’s Full Radiance Foundation gives skin a luminosity and does not turn me ashen.
Kanebo’s Full Radiance Foundation is a full coverage foundation with a matte finish that still manages to retain a natural glow. It completely erases my dark circles and other skin tone unevenness, and still manages to float over my pores smoothly. As with all full coverage foundations, it does stick to dry flaky skin, but minimally so, and can be better alleviated by hydrating well beforehand.
That’s it, 5 very different, yet individually excellent foundations to explore! It is easy to get distracted by newer releases, and it has taken me a long time to get this post up for you. But if you are a foundation junkie like me, it is more fun than work. Enjoy!
This post featured products that were generously provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.