The Summer Base Collective
Left to Right: Make Up Forever Mat Velvet+, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturiser
Us beauty bloggers are most often times quite fickle - we'll confess our love for a product, but that love is often matched by another love to try new and different products. But I think if you ask anyone of them, they'll still have that handful of products that they come back to all the time. I definitely do anyway! After 2 summers in a row of busting out these three bases, it seemed wrong not to let you guys in on it.
The Matte One
This of course is my trusty Make Up Forever Mat Velvet+ in 35 which really isn't a summer pick exclusively - I use this all year round. But I think that's just a testament to its consistent performance. It's comfortable to wear, it gives a nice medium to high coverage, it's creamy and easy to apply, and boy does it last.
Best uses: long days out, events requiring more flawless looks, self-loathing days resulting from terrible skin.
The Natural One
Every year, I can't wait to use this foundation - it's seriously getting to the point where I should just buy a lighter shade. The Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in B40 is my natural go-to foundation, that is casual but polished. It's insanely easy to use and wear, it's got a buildable coverage which I usually wear at around a medium level and it leaves you with a skin-like finish.
Best uses: shorter outings including "lady of luxury" lunches and dinner dates.
The Glowy OneI still don't understand why the Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturiser (which I have in Light to Medium) isn't more popular - to me, it is beauty in a tube. The crazy blendable formula, light coverage (heavier than your average tinted moisturiser) and its magical abilities to blur out pores and give you a glowy, but not shiny (you can see how softly it catches the light in the swatch above), finish seems to go relatively unnoticed in the beauty world!
Best uses: "CBA but have to" days and "my skin is definitely always this amazing" days.
Needless to say, all 3 made the cut to come back with me to Japan this summer! :)