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I am looking for recommendations for a new foundation. I am looking for something which is long lasting, a cool colour (I have used MAC previously and like their cool shades rather than warm shades which can be a bit orangey even at the right lightness for my skin), will cover redness/blemishes and doesn't need to be set with powder so looks more natural. Not a lot of asks?!
I am currently using Estee Lauder Double Wear light, but even their lightest shade is too orange for me and the coverage isn't great. Their regular double wear product is too heavy and mask like, plus I was previously sold completely the wrong colour for my complexion and so am less than enthusiastic about the brand.
I went into MAC today but I'm not sure I like the way their foundation sat on my skin and they were unwilling to part with a sample without which I refuse to commit to a purchase given previous mistakes trusting the lady on the counter at Estee Lauder.
If your skin is very light then have you tried Illamasqua?
Alternatively, Chanel Vitalumiere is very good and a very different formulation from Double Wear although similarly good coverage. It's much less dry IMO, so if you have oily skin it might not be that great but otherwise worth a go - they should give you a sample on counter.
MAC Studio Fix is similar to Double Wear in coverage and lasting power but with more 'slip' so easier to blend, but if the MAC shades don't suit then that's no good I suppose.
Loreal Infallible do a great pale foundation and it truly lasts all day. However, if your budget is a bit bigger, I'd second YSL too, it is beautiful and their pale shades are good for pale/pinky tones.....
Thanks all. My skin is not pale pale (just worn-out-working-mum-who-needs-a-holiday pale) just keen not to look 'tangoed' for want of a better expression! YSL option sounds interesting as does Bobbi Brown. I have a day off work this week (other than bank hol - yey!) so will seek out my local Bobbi Brown counter and do the rounds of the rest (while shooting evil looks at Estee Lauder lady ).