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Thanks for those replies. I know it’s also a personal thing, what you’re after.
I feel like I fall between two stools, either a light cover (maybe bb cream or tinted moisturiser) and I’m not sure it makes much difference. Or something more heavy and I feel like I’m wearing a mask. Maybe I’m asking to much! I suppose I want to even out skin tone and look healthy and flawless. Is that what I should expect from foundation or do I need other products?
I look for a glowy finish that doesn't look cakes and doesn't sit in my fine lines, I have 2 on the go at the moment Dior Skin Star which is creamy and offers medium cover. It gives a glow with no shimmer, I also have Benefit Hello Oxygen Wow which is a bit more glowy and has what I'd call a creamy light to medium coverage which won't last all day if you have oily skin but certainly makes you look dewy and soft. My skin is dry to normal. I don't really have blemishes but I like to glow!
I have a few foundations and wear them depending on how I'm feeling. Nars all day luminous for when I want a bit of a glow. I'm pale and look terrible with bronzer and Nars livens my skin a little. EL Double wear when my skin is looking less than great or I simply want full coverage which will stay put. Finally, MAC face and body, I use this for days when I want to be out of the door in a hurry. It is buildable and can be full coverage but can be applied with your fingers for a quick lighter fix. I look for Foundations that give me different finishes but always go backs to Double wear. A foundation must be easy to blend, doesn't stick to any dry skin, buildable and long lasting. It must come in a colour match for me which in itself is a challenge.
I just bought the new YSL one, which I can't remember the name of, and love it. I have used a now discontinued YSL one for years (I bought up a supply!) and it's perfect colour-match wise, but none of the recent releases worked for me until now. This one is supposed to be matte, but I apply it lightly and use a glowy powder over it. I would never buy foundation without a sample - I got a sample of this one on Friday, then wore it over the weekend and for work on Monday before committing.
I’ve used a lot of types. I’ve been using lily lolo bb cream but also have double wear light and no 7 stay perfect SuperLight, and Chanel cc cream. And that’s just recently! I do tend to fall back on double wear over winter- I like the coverage and colour match but it’s quite thick iyswim and not dewy. Do you find they have a short shelf life? I’m not sure if they might go off. Especially as I have a stupid amount. I’m just a sucker for recommendations!!
I've never really had make up go off unless it's years old, just try not to use it if it hadn't got a pump without super clean fingers! I've had lipsticks go off after about 4 years, they get a white coating and smell funny on your lips! Iyswim