Now my favourite foundation of all time is the Dior Diorskin Forever foundation (review), which was the result of my last foundation hunt. But unfortunately since they reformulated it, they've gotten rid of the yellow-toned shades (I KNOW. WHY.). The foundation was medium to full coverage, lightweight, stupidly long-lasting, so easy to smooth out and blend, wore away unnoticeably and it looked so so natural. While my original bottle sits comfortably awaiting the day I get as tan as a NC35/40 again, I decided I wanted something similar but for my NC30-ish skintone. With these criteria in mind, I've narrowed down the contestants..
1. Chanel Perfection Lumiere - £36
Although seen by some as the devil which replaced the Pro and Mat Lumiere, I'm more than happy about the replacement personally as I got on as well with Mat Lumiere as a cat does a dog. This foundation claims to be long-wearing, comfortable to wear and easy to wear. However, my concern with this one is 1) that it's too matte and heavy, and will cling on to dry spots and 2) that the description directly contradicts itself saying it's matte but that it has radiance.. semi-matte perhaps? A good shout, if so.
2. Lancome Teint Idole Ultra - £27.50
This is another one that was reformulated soon after I purchased it and while I do love the old version, I have to say it wasn't the easiest to blend and felt slightly heavy on my face. I love the finish and the coverage is good, but I felt like it didn't sit on the skin as well as Dior. Perhaps the new formula is different? This claims to be full coverage, natural finish, comfortable and long-wearing.
3. Clarins Skin Illusion Liquid Foundation - £26
One that I so desperately wanted to own over a year ago, but couldn't because they didn't have my shade. Now that I am naturally paler, it looks like I have a shot. If I remember correctly, the finish was so beautifully natural, it was so easy to blend, very light-weight and it had a good level of coverage. My concern, however, is that it isn't as soft matte as I'd want it to be and not very long-lasting. The description also contradicts my impression of the coverage, as it claims to have a sheer coverage.
4. Guerlain Lingerie de Peau - £37
This foundation claims to be medium coverage with a natural, silky-smooth finish. To be honest, there isn't that much objective information out there and I'm slightly in the dark with this one. However, it has to be said that there's a lot of raving about this on Make Up Alley!
5. Dior Diorskin Forever Foundation - £32
Will I ever give up? Perhaps not. Although they've got rid of the yellow shades, they've brought out an apricot tone in the light-medium shade. It's worth thinking about, right?
Some others I've considered are the Clarins Ever Lasting Liquid Foundation, YSL Teint Resist, the Lancome Teint Miracle and the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation.. and the Bourjois Healthymix! I have combination skin which is dry/normal on the cheeks and nose but slightly oily on the chin and forehead, so it's a bit of a toughy!
What do you look for in a foundation?
Have you tried any of the above? What are your thoughts/suggestions?