Friday, 13 May 2016

4 Drugstore Foundations Reviews

Hello lovelies! So recently I have been on the hunt for a new drugstore foundation. I had become so used to using the more higher end brands that I just couldn't seem to be able to find myself loving one as much as I did the NARS sheerglow. Ever since trying my first high end foundation I became so set in the mindset that you get what you pay for so I never ventured into shops like Boots or Superdrug when I wanted a new foundation. Terrible of me I know..haha. However at £32 a bottle I also wanted to be able to have that drugstore alternative there which was just as good and I could wear on a more everyday basis at college and just see if what I thought about you getting what you pay for is a load of ol trollop. I had heard so many different recommendations from bloggers and YouTubers ranging from the Rimmel 25hr lasting finish to the Bourjois healthy mix so what did I do?! I went out and picked up a fair few! and I thought I would share my thoughts on them with you all and my overall experience.

Obviously before I start everybody's skin is different so if I don't like a foundation that you absolutely love please do not be offended this is just how I personally felt like they worked on my skin and everybody is not the same at the end of the day. I have I guess combination to normal skin but I tried to pick just a range of random drugstore foundations so some were never going to suit my skin type but for some of you lot they might be perfect. I just don't want you to go out and buy one that I've said is really good and then be disappointed so please bear in my mind that not all of these will for work for you either :)

The first thing I found out when going to buy a high street foundation is finding your shade is far from easy especially when you are as pale as I am. Casper the ghost over here haha. Whenever you go to a high end stand they match you and you know you'll be getting the right shade but not when it comes to high-street oh no! Even though they do have testers half of them were missing and you're still on you're own having to figure out which shades going to work for you and if i'm honest I left feeling that every foundation I had bought was not going to be the right shade and here in the UK returning your makeup isn't something we can do danggit! Obviously, testing on your face is the only way you're going to know if its going to match because the back of your hand is far from the same colour but with terrible lighting, few shades to go on and barely a mirror to call for or anything to wipe off that foundation which has now left a grimey orange streak on your jawline (note to self remember wipes or tissues next time) I can't say I enjoyed my venture into buying a highstreet foundation.

1) Bourjois Healthy Mix
RRP: £9.99
I would personally rate this one 1.5/5 
The first one I picked up was the Bourjois healthy mix foundation in the shade "Light Vanilla". Now if I am going to perfectly honest I absolutely hate this foundation. The first time I used it, the foundation stuck to all my dry patches (I don't even have that many eesh) it lasted barely anytime at all which is a big thing for me as I don't have a lot of time during the day to be able to top up at college and it also just went really patchy and gross. I have heard a lot of people say they love this too but it just personally didn't work for me and I was so diappointed because I was expecting a lot more from it. It has a very light- medium coverage and i'd say a natural matte finish so if that is something you personally like or you have quite good skin then maybe give it a try but for me it was far from worth the £10 it cost me. If you do want to try this it's available in Boots and Superdrug.

2) Rimmel Wake Me Up
RRP: £8.99
I would personally rate this one 4/5 

Next I picked up the Rimmel wake me up in the shade  Ivory. OMG this foundation is so good not amazing but still so good. I love the bright packaging it comes in and the fact the bottle is glass making it feel a bit more pricey if you know what mean and it just looks really lovely. Now I know its in the name but it really does make you look more awake and I feel its one of very limited foundations which lives up to the claims on the bottle. it says it gives you a radiant glow and look less tired which is so true it does! If you look carefully it has a very light sort of shimmer in it but its not excessive at all, you can hardly notice it in the bottle or even on your face but it definitely still helps to give that overall dewy look. I found this foundation to have a medium coverage which you can build on if you want and it just blends in really easily. A little added random bonus is it smells really nice and not like some foundations which smell like well paint .. haha. It lasted really long and throughout the day however I wouldn't recommend it to people with oily skin because it is very dewy and where I had it on and my skin was oily it did slip away slightly. 

3) Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid Foundation
RRP: £7.99
I would personally rate this one 3.5/5 

When it comes to buying foundations I always to tend to go for more dewy foundations along the lines of anti-fatigue and satiny flawless ones so trying this was a no brainier for me! Without a dewy foundation I just feel my skin looks very dull. So I like ones-which are going to make it look a lot more healthy and brighter. This was the cheapest one I bought but also one of my favourites. It lasted well throughout the day and blended really easily and smoothly into my skin although when I pumped some onto my hand it seemed very thick and moussey almost. It was just one of them foundations which felt really nice to apply and it also made my skin look really flawless and I didn't have any visible pores. It just works. I got this in the shade ivory and its a very heavy high coverage foundation. I do think however this shade wasn't great for me as it did leave a slight orange tinge. 

4) L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24hr
RRP: £9.99
I would personally rate this one 3.5-4/5 

Now I loved this first off because it works so well for pale skin aka mine!  I got this in the lightest shade 015 Porcelain which means it has pink undertones for me personally this is perfect but for others maybe not. The foundation itself is quite difficult to blend its very thick and it feels like you are dragging it across your face however after a few attempts I found applying it with a blending sponge that's been spritzed with water a lot better of an option than using a brush (which left icky brush marks eugh) and after that it was very easy to blend. It is very high coverage but I wouldn't say it would last the 24hrs not that I have tested that theory nor do I need it too haha.  When I first put it on I was a bit like oh this has a matte finish which i'm not a fan of but after it had set a bit it actually when really quite dewy and so many people have complimented me and asked what foundation i'm using when I wear it which is a good sign! So yes I must say i do quite like this.

I'd say the two I would definitely repurchase are the Rimmel Wake Me up and the L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24hr. I'm so happy I have found these foundations and happy I have them in my collection now. They are good!

So that is 4 of the drugstore foundations that I have tried and tested as they say. I do have more which are currently undergoing the test from me so I will be sure to review them for you in the near future and this can be like a two part post which I will do unless you really did not like this but I'm sure if you didn't you wouldn't have read this far :p 

See you next time and hope you have a wonderful day whatever you are doing :)

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