Tuesday, October 14, 2008

*cue soap opera music* As the foundations rotate...(part 1)

I had vowed to myself a while ago that I would write about the foundations that work for a NC 35-40 (MAC foundation system) person.  After thinking I was NC40 for a while, I have come to realize that I am more of a NC35 most of the time.  It is only during the really warm weather that I truly become a NC40.  I, like any true makeup lover, have many foundations that cater to the two tones.  On any given day, you can see me mixing, matching, and adjusting the different foundations to get the shade just right.  I actually like the entire process, I feel like a mad chemist.  I guess that is how some of the small makeup companies start, anyway.  Most of these foundations are drugstore or etailer.  I tend to get them on sale to ease the blow.  I did recently "splurge" and get a Clinique foundation, but, honestly, the price wasn't very far from the drugstore prices.  Was it really a splurge? No, not really.

Alright let's start with the powders first
palladio everlasting tan
1) Palladio Natural Rice Dual Wet/Dry foundation
Price:$9.00 at Sally's Beauty Supply.  I do have a review written up on it here.
Shade: Everlasting Tan.  This shade works well for my NC35 days.  It covers brilliantly, and lasts all day on my oily skin (although my oilies have eased up).  One thing, this shade does have a tinge of pink in it.  So if you are super golden, forget it.  

natural and honey
2) Mark. Powder Buff Natural Skin Powder Foundation
Price: $8.00 at www.meetmark.com, www.avon.com
Shade: Honey Skin.  This is a NC40 day shade.  I tend to use it during the summer days now that I have realized that I am a touch lighter.  I did wear this every day for several colder months (aka the light-skin months) without really realizing that I might have a demarcation line.  Anyway, I liked this compact so much I used up the first one, which is a milestone for me.  I ordered a second one, and I absolutely love the finely milled powder.  The powder just melts into my skin and gives me a flawless look.  Since the powder is so finely milled, it really does not leave a chalky residue.  It does leave my skin matte, but I really do like the matte look.  You can apply this powder foundation with a sponge or with a powder brush.  Of course, the sponge will offer the heaviest coverage, which is full.  Sometimes, I just use the powder as a concealer, and I love it!  These mark. shades were introduced last year, and they are more yellow based than they were before. If you are on the cooler side, then I don't know if this will work for you.  If you are warm and golden, then yes, you are in the right spot.

3) Mark. Powder Buff Natural Skin Foundation (again!)
Price: $8.00 at www.meetmark.com and www.avon.com
Shade: Natural.  This is a step above the Honey shade, which is more fitting for my regular shade, NC35.  The rest of the review above applies to this shade.  Excellent buy.  I will say that this powder kind of reminds me of MAC Studio Fix without the breakouts.  Oh, and I believe these are oil-free, and they feel super light on the face.

4) Everyday Minerals Matte Foundation
Price: full size-$12 at www.everydayminerals.com
Shade: Buttered Tan.  Yeah, I am a food group, yum, butter.  I love that name.  With Everyday Minerals, the shades darken as the formula intensifies.  I also have Buttered Tan in the intensive formula, but it is a touch darker (better for NC40 days).  The Matte formula works swimmingly for my NC35 days.  I love that the matte does a pretty good job of controlling my oilies, and it really covers beautifully.  These powder last forever, and a little goes a long way.  I have a review and swatches here.

5) Everyday Minerals Intensive Foundation
Price: full size-$12 at www.everydayminerals.com
Shade: Golden Medium.  This is a nice alternative to Buttered Tan.  Golden Medium is under the olive category, however, it does look a touch more yellow than Buttered Tan.  I like both. I bought it because I could, and sometimes I alternate if I feel more yellow.  Makeup is emotional and makeup should adjust to those moods.  I have this shade in intensive because the other formulas are too light for me.  The intensive formula is really nice.  Although it doesn't fend off the oilies as well as the matte formula, it makes the effort.  In addition, this offers superior coverage.  I like to wear this when my skin just absolutely hates me.  You can look at the link above for pictures.

Now, for the liquids

1) Maybelline Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Liquid foundation
Price: about $9 to $10 at local drugstores
Shade: Light Beige, medium 0.  This is definitely not for oily skin, and it really doesn't offer a ton of coverage. I wanted to like it, but I looked like a grease-filled frying pan within several hours.  Not Fun.  I don't know how much "mineral" it has in it, but it definitely imparts luminosity.  This would work well for less oily, less blemished skin.  I love the dropper style bottle it comes in.  The color range is not bad.  I found an excellent match in Light Beige; unfortunately, this shade is not in many of the other lines.  The shade does have a touch of pink in it, but it is warm enough to make it blendable into warmer skin.  This works well for my NC35 days.

revlon active
2) Revlon Colorstay Active Light Makeup foundation
Price: around $12-13 at local drugstores (buy on sale)
Shade: True Beige, 08.  This is more spreadable than the regular colorstay, but not by much.  It really does not feel lighter than the regular colorstay.  As a matter of fact, I prefer the regular one (when I say regular, I mean the Colorstay with softflex in the glass bottle.  I know the original, original one is long gone.) to the active formula.  I really can't find an awesome match with the active formula since there is less of a selection.  True Beige is a little cool on me, and I have to mix it with the Golden Beige of the same formula.  True Beige is closer to my NC40 days (actually, it can even look a little darker), but the cool undertones are still kind of noticeable, so I usually have to always combine this with something else.  I use this foundation as an adjuster color, really.

3) Revlon Colorstay Active Light Makeup Foundation
Price: around $12-13 at local drugstores (buy on sale)
Shade: Golden Beige, 07.  definitely a better shade for my NC35 days, still has a touch of pink, but it is more manageable.  I mix this with a pin size of True Beige on my NC40 days, when I feel like wearing this foundation at all.  One reason I even wear this foundation is because of the container.  It is great for travel, and if I lose it I won't cry.  So this is not a priority, but it works.

wnw tm
4) Wet 'n Wild Ultimate Sheer Tinted Moisturizer
Price: around $3 at local drugstores
Shade: Tan.  I have a review here.  I really like this tinted foundation, and contrary to the name, it is not sheer.  This provides solid, medium coverage.  Not bad at all.  This specific shade works well for NC35, and it has more yellow than Revlon Golden Beige in the active formula.  I really enjoy this foundation when I am in a rush.  I think it will definitely get worn in the upcoming colder months. Definitely!

swatches 2


Joanne said...

Thank you for the reviews! I was looking for EDM matches for my NC35-NC40 skin and your reviews helped me out so much. I wear Revlon Colorstay in Medium Beige or Fresh Beige (seriously can't tell the difference between the two bottles I have), alternating with Maybelline Mineral Power liquid foundation in medium 0 and covergirl smoothers tinted moisturizer + random pressed powder.

Angel (I love rice moisturizer) Rice said...

Rice moisturizer is one natural moisturizers it helps protect the skin from being damaged by UVA and UVB which are the cause of melasma, freckle, and skin cancer. Because it has plentiful minerals, unsaturated fatty acid and vitamins especially the natural vitamin E which is in high quantity as Tocols (Tocopherol & Tocotrienol), Gamma-Qryzanol and Ceramide.

Kimberly Tia said...

I loooooooooooove this review!!!

I have a hard time finding perfect foundations... nothing like drawers and drawers of duds, but u just made me SWOON....

jojoba said...

found your site by accident and did enjoy reading the lot. i like the way you did your review on foundations. great stuff. thanks for sharing.

T said...

I am glad this review helped. It is always frustrating to find foundation, so anything that helps is awesome.

I am sorry for the delay in posting. I have been busy, but I will be back I promise.