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TBN: Fabulous Drugstore Foundations Edition- Affordable Skin Heroes


Foundation used to be a very simple matter. Cheap ones were mediocre, at best, and expensive ones were better. Thankfully, that's no longer the case. Certain drugstore foundations are so good, they would easily outperform many high-end ones at a blind test. I can honestly say I don't buy high-end foundations any more (with the exception of the occasional Magic Foundation). My ex-acne-ridden, ex-combination skin is now pretty normal after all the retinol and acids. Which means I'm lucky enough to be able to wear any sort of foundation finish and get good results. Here are my favourite ones and what they do:

Wet N Wild Photo Focus: This is lightweight but gives satisfying coverage. It's true to its name and photographs very well but for those of us who don't care about that, it looks great in real life too. It has a healthy matte finish, not at all cakey. This is SO affordable and is of such good quality, it's scandalous. It doesn't break me out and privides good options for building it to whichever coverage I want. Its consistency is quite liquid, so I work it in with a brush from the beginning. I don't like the plastic applicator- but with a 6 euros price tag, I don't care.


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Bourjois Air Mat: This is my go-to when I want my skin to look Barbie-doll perfect. This finish is very peculiar; I wouldn't call it matte, but rather 'a zero-shine radiance' effect. It's very luscious and creamy and can be built up to full coverage, but I prefer it as a good, medium coverage foundation. I apply it on my face with fingers first and then perfect with my brush. I love this for winter; I find it too much for summer.

L'Oréal Tru Match: This is my favourite for the summer months (I stop it around October when I need something thicker to protect my skin from the cold). This gives you the epitome of chic, satin skin. It's your skin but better and covers all imperfections. It's such an easy product, you can apply with fingers alone but I like to buff with a brush. With this, you don't look like you're wearing anything, you just look gorgeous.

L'Oréal Infallible 24h Freshwear: This is a new entry which I am very happy with. It's lighter than my beloved Bourjois Air Mat but fuller coverage than Tru Match. This is a different finish, as the name suggests. Your skin looks fresh and dewy. If you have oily skin, stay away from this one. If you're combination, you'll be fine as long as you don't use a glow primer. If you're dry, get it now.

L'Oréal Infallible 24h Matte: This is the holy grail of oily/combination skin. It covers smoothly, doesn't cake or break apart during the day and stays put. It controls shine perfectly but does not look like a mask. Again, this is better for winter months. During the heat is doesn't look as natural as it does in the winter time.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless: This is very similar to the aforementioned 24h Matte, but for some reason I can't find a colour to match me exactly right. I love the finish, though, a smooth, even satin, and when I top it off with a good translucent powder, it keeps on winning all day long.

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