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Can you recommend a lovely foundation that won't cost a king's ransome?

(27 Posts)
SleepyJess Tue 16-May-06 11:13:08

Just that really.. I am trawling various sites and reading reviews etc and don't want to waste my money. Have always bought really cheap foundations until quite recently when I realised that if you pay a tenner or more they make you look a helluva lot better! Currently using Max Factor Lasting Performance which was about a tenner.. pretty good but I am sitting here with my debit card, prepared to spend a little more.. but not knowing which one to get. One with good coverage please.

Thanks oh wise and stylish Mners

YellowFeathers Tue 16-May-06 11:15:20


£23 but well worth every penny in my and many other Mnetters opinions

CountessDracula Tue 16-May-06 11:18:27

Almay ones are really nice

Kidstrack Tue 16-May-06 11:20:03

i really need a new one too, usually buy cheap ones under £7 but a friend bought MaxFactor 9.99 and gave it to me it was fab coverage but problem is i have really oily skin, i need one that covers and doesn't bring out my skin, at present if i use a foundation to go out on a fri, gaurnteed my face has broken out covered in spots by the sun, anyone any ideas? i did once use Benefit Foundation Stick that a friend bought me as a gift, then lost it that night!

oliveoil Tue 16-May-06 11:20:18

I thought the Chanel was rubbish tbh

But I did get a brilliant thing from Avon the other day, will try and link, it is a highlighter thing.

Or Bourjois do a really good one, light coverage.

arfy Tue 16-May-06 11:21:05

I really like the Boots Botanics ones, which are under £10 I think. They work very well if mixed with foundation as well
(actually have kind of gone back to those after buying the Vitalumiere - don't tell Cod)

SleepyJess Tue 16-May-06 11:21:50

YF yes I read the thread re that one... mroe than I can afford really.. but if it's reallllllllly that good...

Hmm. Where best to buy if from? Will it make me look young, clear skinned and radiant? How long will it last seeing as I will be slapping it on at least once a day? (I'm one of those who won't go to the wheely bin without my face on....)

I will at Almay ones too.. how much?

Kidstrack Tue 16-May-06 11:22:03

CD sorry to turn a away from subject, but do you remember the MN who managed to get my bridesmaid shoes in London last year from Monsoon, was it Soupy? i honestly can't remember, can't use archives at the moment

oliveoil Tue 16-May-06 11:22:08


YellowFeathers Tue 16-May-06 11:22:49

Clinque are ok too. About £16 and it lasts a while.

(nbg btw)

SleepyJess Tue 16-May-06 11:23:10

Why must you mix Boots Botanics with a foundation then? Is it not one?

anniemac Tue 16-May-06 11:23:37

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anniemac Tue 16-May-06 11:24:15

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oliveoil Tue 16-May-06 11:24:32

pah, won't link properly

Invisible Light Illuminating Make up Base

In Make up, under Face, in Highlight if you can be bothered looking!

£6 and you really do look fresh faced wearing it.

arfy Tue 16-May-06 11:25:24

Almay good too, friend who did some market research for Boots ages ago told me Almay stuff was very very similar to Clinque stuff but obv cheaper. made to similar recipe (or formula or whatever you call it)

arfy Tue 16-May-06 11:25:58

I mean mixed with a moisturiser not foundation. Sorry for the confusion....

SleepyJess Tue 16-May-06 11:29:28

Ahh we are all using psuedonyms lately aren't we... (like nbg, SleepyJess etc are our real names!! Well mine feels like it actually! ) I have gone back to SJ because I felt like a troll...)

I need links to all these lovely products you are all recommending.. I am getting hopelessly lost trying to find them on my own and my pc is protesting at the million open windows...

(please )

SleepyJess Tue 16-May-06 11:30:10

My skin is too crap to mix anything with moisturiser, it needs the hard stuff... neat...!

SleepyJess Tue 16-May-06 11:37:03

Found this How dark is honey beige??

SleepyJess Tue 16-May-06 11:46:44

Help help... if I get one of those Bourjois foundations, what colour should I get? I am fair skinned but the very fairest would be too light..

SleepyJess Tue 16-May-06 11:46:48

Help help... if I get one of those Bourjois foundations, what colour should I get? I am fair skinned but the very fairest would be too light..

SleepyJess Tue 16-May-06 11:48:51

Oliveoil? I just need to know what is light and what is not.. they are all called things like cinnamon.. peach... sable etc.

oliveoil Tue 16-May-06 11:51:53

I have this Bourjois one, if the link doesn't work, grrrr, it is called Happy Light.

Not sure of my colour, you are best going to Boots or whatever and trying them out.


crunchie Tue 16-May-06 11:53:11

I agree with anniemac on the l'Oreal Translucide one. About £10.

It seems to me you get the £10 nes, then there is a massive jump to the expensive £20+ brands. Chanels one is good, but doesn't give good coverage IYKWIM, it doesn't cover spots and can cause them according to some people.

The L'Oreal one is good. They also do a lasting finish one, cannot remember the name, but it does last well and I think would work well on slightly oily skin. Coverage is very good, but still looks natural. It is probably similar to the Max Factor one, same price bracket.

I used to like Clinique ones as they are pretty good and don't clog the skin, but I would stick with teh £10 ones if you are wearing it daily.

oliveoil Tue 16-May-06 11:53:50

I use the Avon thing under this foundation and it really makes your skin glow.

And I speak as the mother of a dd2 who thinks waking up every few hours, wailing, sitting up then yawning and going back to sleep is fun.

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