Foundation for pale pink-toned Irish skin?

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Have used Max Factor for years but want a more luxury base. Have normal skin (maybe a tad dry) but very pale. Even the palest shades in most ranges look yellow/tan at jawline even when blended.

Want decent coverage - don't really like dewy thin foundations (was looking at YSL Touche Eclat and reviews say it's very low pigment).

Esteé Lauder Double wear is out as according to all recent reviews they've discontinued the only shade that might have worked (shell).

Don't like Mac foundation or Bobbi Brown (too yellow).

Current possibility is Illamasqua Skin Base in 2. Highly recommended by Pixiwoo. Anyone used?

Happy to spend £30-£40.

Advice from other pale and interesting types gratefully received smile

No advice but i'll squeeze my arse into a corner and watch if I may. I have pale pink Irish skin and never wear make up because all foundation looks so crap on me.

<gets out notepad and waits>

wontwearsocks Fri 04-Jan-13 19:45:39

Have you tried the no.7 colourmatch in boots? I know it isn't a premium brand but they scan your face to get a match. I am very pale faced but not pink toned and I got an excellent match.

NigellasGuest Fri 04-Jan-13 19:46:03

have a look at this site

I swear by the Revlon DNA or whatever it's called. I've tried more expensive brands and always come back to this. The Lancome one I found too thick.

Great link thanks Nigellas Will read now!

wont I've never got on with No.7 but could be worth a go. I'm afraid that the machine, like the scary make-up ladies, will think I want to look like a TOWIE person!

AmazingDisgrace Fri 04-Jan-13 19:58:51

I have this exact skin tone too. Bare minerals foundation in Fair works for me. Bobbi Brown has some good pale shades too. I really miss Prescriptives Custom Blend foundation though sad

wontwearsocks Fri 04-Jan-13 20:01:48

I don't wear make up regularly and have a fear of looking orange but it wasn't. They recommended one shade lighter than I had guessed and gave me a sample to try at home and a little makeover. I came out looking fresh faced as if I had a good night's sleep.

I'm Scottish with reddy-blonde hair and my skin is so pale I'm verging on blue! I've tried everything over the years, and for a long time the best match was Vichy tinted foundation in porcelaine, but that seems to have been discontinued.

I now veer between a Lancôme one (appx £30) and an Avon one, that was cheaper and better. I'll post the exact shades when I next go upstairs.

Pinkflipflop Fri 04-Jan-13 20:23:46

Double wear light? I use it and love it; for less coverage I mix with a little liz Earle tinted moisturiser.

GreyTS Fri 04-Jan-13 20:29:37

I have similar pale Irish skin with a pink undertone and I am currently using shisiedo and clarins foundations, also can recommend smashbox colour correcting primer under foundation, tones down the pink.

Havingkittens Fri 04-Jan-13 20:35:09

Illamasqua Skin Base is lovely. Dior Skin Nude, Laura Mercier Moisturising foundation, YSL Touché Éclat all beautiful too and come in v pale pink tones.

Thanks all.

In a moment of tipsiness inpulsiveness I've just bought the Illamasqua one grin

According to reviews it's quite full on but that's what I'm after.

Will report back!

rathlin Fri 04-Jan-13 20:54:28

I use diorskin nude in shade 010. Gives me a lovely complexion and still very natural looking. Irish and pale.

harbingerofdoom Fri 04-Jan-13 21:04:16

I've found the best one ever and you don't need to spend a fortune. Try the Maybelline FIT range. They also do matching concealers which are much better than Touch Eclat.
I have white skin+sun damage+freckles that all need evening out. It does the job beautifully without going darker IYKIM.
Oh and that lovely long grey haired model recommeded it privately ie not an advert.

Oh no! I have pretty much the exact same skin as you and have Illamasqua skin base in 2...

It's better than their old foundation which I think is meant more as theatrical make up, very very heavy and takes ages to apply. The old one made me look like I had snake skin skin, unless I exfoliated with a brillo pad... confused

If you are going to use Illamasqua and you have slightly dry skin, you will need to make sure you exfoliate very well first and that you moisturise. It works much better if you use a brush, far too heavy to apply with hands really.

Hopefully it works for you, skin base is very good when you get your skin up to decent condition to use it, it's more like a paint on mask than make up!

I was going to say, I love the covergirl/olay range, it's brilliant. smile

Interesting Schro

My skin is in pretty good nick. Exfoliate often and have found a good rich moisturiser so hopefully it'll work OK.

I wear mostly pin-up make-up and have been after a good full coverage porcelain base for ages.

Am watching YouTube reviews as I type and it sounds hopeful.

Ah sure, if not I'll keep it for Halloween and try one of the recommendations from this thread smile

I bought it as I was always in pin up make up too (can't be arsed with the effort now I have a toddler DS runnng rings round me) smile. It really is very good, mines is pretty good condition as well, only very slightly dry around my nose.

It is the perfect coverage and tone for the vintage look, just takes some work because it is so heavy. smile I'm sure you'll get on fine with it, just hadn't noticed your name when I came on this thread so I thought it might just have been for a normal everyday look where you take 2 minutes to shove some foundation on. If you're used to spending time on your make up though you wont have any problems.

I hate MAC as well, makes me look jaundiced.

MAC is bad. I also went to an Estee Lauder counter last week and the lightest shade they had in the Double Wear was a yellowy sand. Eurgh.

Anyway, this chick has me convinced!

She's identical to me in colouring, is wearing/reviewing the No.2 shade, has blotchy red bits and a tendency towards dry skin AND is from N.I. I have faith grin

Havingkittens Fri 04-Jan-13 21:47:02

The Illamasqua skin base is actually really adjustable coverage. It can be applied to look very natural and sheer, believe it or not. It is very concentrated so the reason you're probably finding it very heavy and painstaking to apply is that you may be using too much at once. Try just a tiny blob at a time and add more as you need it. It's very easy to apply quickly and with your fingers if you're sparing.

Cerealqueen Fri 04-Jan-13 23:00:43

In case anybody else needs one, max factor lasting performance in fair is very pale!

And the thread comes full circle!

That's the one I use now cereal grin It is great!

Aquelven Fri 04-Jan-13 23:13:06

I've the same colouring.
The only liquid foundations I've found work are Revlon Age Perfect or Colourstay, but you need Ivory which you can't always find, since they discontinued Lucidity in Pale Ivory Estée Lauder are too yellow, so are all Bobbi Brown & Chanel.
I had the Boots matchy thing done & thought it was good, till I found the colour, I'm the palest Calico, isn't exactly the same in each formulation & some turn yellowish.
Best for colour match are Bare Minerals in Fair or Laura Geller in Porcelain, but they're both powder foundations.

wontwearsocks Fri 04-Jan-13 23:28:09

I think I am lucky in that although I am pale I have yellow rather than pink tones.

Cerealqueen Fri 04-Jan-13 23:49:27

Yes to Colourstay Aquelven! I found Ivory too pale even for my pale Irish skin but buff was a bit too dark, so I bought both and mixed them up, perfect!

Body shop's all one compact used to be good, (whatever the lightest shade was) not sure if they still do it.

EllenParsons Sat 05-Jan-13 01:06:14

Apparently Estée Lauder are not discontinuing shell. Too many people complained so they said they will keep on making it. I have pale skin with a slightly pinky tone to it and for me the best foundations are Double Wear in Bone and NARS Sheer Glow in Mont Blanc. Clinique moisture surge tinted moisturiser in the palest shade is also good on my skin tone.

DonaAna Sat 05-Jan-13 07:37:24

I'm very pale and cool-toned (=need a pink base). Very many foundations don't do light shades well, their lightest is yellow or orange on me (Double Wear Light in Intensity 1 for example). Revlon Colorstay in Ivory is my long-standing favorite - slightly too pink and pigmented, but I can live with it. Dior 010 also works.

450fromPaddington Sat 05-Jan-13 07:51:05

Estée Lauder SHELL report : I nearly passed out when they told me they'd stopped it. But the girl at the counter said they are DEFINITLY bringing it back due to outraged pale people like megrin

I can't have Dior, Claris, Lancôme, YSL etc as they're all too yellow even in their whiter shades.

BUNNY - I have ilamasque until SHELL returns. I'd recommend you buy she'll double wear when it's back. It's a superb stay-put foundation with brilliant coverage. You can put it on in an for work and still wear it out in the evening without a touch up

Right okay, after the video and the advice on here I will give it another go as well. smile

If I upload a picture later will you tell me if anyone here (if you can be bothered) thinks I have used it wrong?

treaclesoda Sat 05-Jan-13 13:55:50

I also have pale Irish skin and have always struggled with foundation, mostly because they make me look orange but then occasionally I think I've found something pale enough and discover I look like a goth instead!

The best I have found is LilyLolo mineral foundation. They have a great range of shades and have them clearly marked by skintone/warm/cool etc so its easy to find one that suits. And it looks great when its on.

Do it Schro smile

ggirl Sat 05-Jan-13 20:19:23
Cerealqueen Sun 06-Jan-13 00:28:22

Are they the ones from Nicola Roberts? Mainly good reviews!

SIL has it. I lent it to her for her wedding, seeing her tomorrow so will get it then. smile Also interested to know about the Nicola Roberts stuff.

hellymelly Sun 06-Jan-13 12:50:37

I miss presriptives too. (white welsh skin). I use Lily lolo, their pale shades are really pale. There are about three very fair shades, you can get little tester packs to try them out.

Snowkey Sun 06-Jan-13 14:58:06

Often I won't touch foundation for that very reason, went for a good concealer and a loose powder - which is fine for day wear. Recently discovered the Boots colour match system and I'm impressed, the colour chosen did look a bit scary and dark but it completely disappeared on my skin, they will give you a sample to take away and try at many foundations have looked fab in the shop and then looked like shit when you put them on at home?

Whiteshoes Sun 06-Jan-13 15:10:48

I have this colouring and use something too sheer for your requirements now (dr hauska), buthave used Chantecaille compact, which is a good colour and a good coverage. Very expensive though.

Mewsical Sun 06-Jan-13 22:03:44

I use Diorskin nude 010 and found the palest Dainty Doll one too pale,I would use the second one (light) if I could try it again.

hellymelly Mon 07-Jan-13 19:30:23

I am allergic to Chantecaille annoyingly, what Dr Hauschka do you use whiteshoes?

cashmere Mon 07-Jan-13 21:17:10

A MAC counter lady recommended Armani foundation to me- might be worth a look also.

MarianForrester Mon 07-Jan-13 21:26:53

I am another outraged by the demise of Shell DW. Great on its own or mixed with a little DW Light 1 to make it less yellow and give a nice dewy look that lasts.

Whilst awaiting its return, I have just got the palest Smashbox 15 hour Studio fix one. Tried today, and does look quite pale, although so dark and gloomy here hard to tell....

Interestingly, it seems to be made by Estée Lauder. So why nit just keep Shell?!

In between, I had a Lord and Berry one, which was ok, but was worried bit dark AND the bloody stuff fired out of its tube after an over enthusiastic squeeze, and splatted the walls, ceiling and curtain shock

hellymelly Wed 09-Jan-13 17:22:37

Shell DW- was it called "shell beige" or is that another colour? (there are a few on ebay but they are all "shell beige".)

MarianForrester Wed 09-Jan-13 18:47:18

Shell beige is a different colour: much darker.

hellymelly Wed 09-Jan-13 21:18:39

Oh, ok. there is one huge bottle on ebay in Shell, its a counter bottle refiller size so enormous, its in Australia and its at ninety something quid. You'd have to wear an awful lot of the stuff to get through it before it goes off I would think.

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