Foundation for Fair Maidens

Posted: November 3, 2011 in Beauty, Reviews
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I’m pale. Really pale. The type of person that goes out on a cloudy day and comes home sunburnt.  Unfortunately, living in a country whose culture worships sunkissed beach babes, it’s hard not to feel like the odd one out. In a crazy contradiction, people in Asia are buying products in an effort to lighten the skin, while people in Australia are loading up on self-tanners!

Over the past few years, thanks to Hollywood beauties like Christina Hendricks, Anne Hathaway and Liv Tyler (look at the photo above – she is soooo gorgeous!), I’ve embraced my complexion, however it’s tricky finding a good colour match. The biggest problems I encounter are foundations that are not light enough, or are too yellow (especially for those like me with cooler-toned skin), leaving me orange-faced. After a few years of trial and tribulation, I can happily recommend the following five foundations for the fairest of maidens:

 

MAC Mineralize Foundation SPF15 in NW15

$59 from MAC Cosmetics

MAC says: “A rich, luxurious compact foundation offering a creamy application for a flawless, medium-buildable, naturally revitalized, fully dimensional finish. Lightweight and silky to apply. Good for all skin types; particularly benefits dull and/or dry complexions. Provides super-hydrated, high-comfort wear and everyday SPF 15 sun protection.”

I say: I don’t know why this is in a compact, because if you apply it with the sponge provided, it looks flat and uneven and feels like a mudslide on your face! Once you get the brush right, it’s a dream. Best applied with a stippling brush for a glowy, flawless finish.

Chantecaille Future Skin in Alabaster

$105 from Mecca Cosmetica

Chantecaille says: “An oil-free gel foundation that has the unique ability to transfer water into the skin without the use of any oil. Natto gum, a soybean-derived phyto-collagen is a natural emulsifier used in this process. Clinical evidence shows that after consistent 7-day usage, there is a 26% reduction in sebum production.

Aloe, Chamomile and Arnica work to calm irritation and soothe sensitive skin. Rosemary, Green Tea and Rice Bran boost the immune system and help prevent oxidation. The formula provides adjustable coverage (medium to full) thanks to light-reflective circular pigment that eases the appearance of flaws.”

I say: I really like this one. Created by the same lady behind Prescriptives, the formulation is creamy and luxurious and works well with easily-irritated skin. The coverage is medium but it’s buildable and it can be easily mixed with illuminator for an evening glow. The only downside is the hefty price tag. Book in a product-redeemable makeover at Mecca and buy it then so you feel like you’re getting value.

Covergirl CG Smoothers Tinted Moisturiser in 805 Fair to Light

$17.25 from Priceline

Covergirl says: “Designed with AquaCurrent Science, this lightweight moisturizer with SPF 15 has a sheer tint of color to help even out skin tone and hydrate skin. Its sunscreen provides UVA/UVB protection from everyday sun exposure, while the Gel Complex formula glides on for a barely-there coverage that’s fresh and smooth.”

I say: Great, inexpensive product for a “good skin” day where I only need to even out skin tone. This will do nothing to cover blemishes, so pair it with concealer to cover spots, redness and dark circles. The finish is quite oily, so a light dusting of translucent powder is a must for longevity.

NARS Sheer Glow in Mont Blanc

$99 from Mecca Cosmetica

NARS says: “A glowing, satin-finish foundation with sheer and buildable coverage that immaculately evens skin tone. Replete with skincare benefits and the NARS Complexion Brightening Formula, it leaves skin hydrated, more luminous, softer and smoother. Used daily, Sheer Glow Foundation improves the skin’s brightness and texture.”

I say: Great coverage (medium-full) and gorgeous glowy finish – definitely my favourite of the bunch! A tiny bit of product goes a long way and the foundation does not feel heavy on the skin. Colour match is good for pale ladies with cool undertones. Unfortunately Sheer Glow is another foundation with a teeny-tiny bottle neck. The in-store testers have a pump, so why don’t all the bottles? And what’s with the price?!  

Prescriptives Virtual Skin in Real Camellia

$35 USD + tax (note: this is only available in the US)

Prescriptives says: “Erases the line between makeup and skin. Virtual Skin Super-Natural Finish is our most natural-looking, natural feeling foundation. Weightless. Sheer to medium coverage. Long-Wearing. Oil-Free. SPF 10.

I say: Why did Estee Lauder discontinue this brand?! Prescriptives is the only line that caters for those with blue/red skin tones, and Real Camellia is an excellent colour match, not to mention great for sensitive skin. Coverage is good (medium) and the satin finish looks completely natural. One negative – the packaging is a little ho-hum, with a narrow bottle neck that requires a cotton tip to dig the product out. A pump would make this perfect.

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Comments
  1. Katrina says:

    Oh nice! I may have to try some of these. I’ve got super fair skin as well. Sensitive, with a red undertone. So far, the only thing that really covers for me correctly I’ve tried is the American Beauty Super Plush line. But it’s a little too heavy for the hot melt-your-face-off summers here.

  2. Your skin sounds just like mine! Try Prescriptives first. They are the only line that caters for a wide range of undertones (yellow/orange, red/orange, red and blue/red). I looked ok in all the other brands, but Virtual Skin gave the most natural look. The coverage is good, but the foundation feels light and is friendly to sensitive skin 🙂

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