20 October 2015

Tried and Tested: The Best Longwear Foundations

Tried and Tested: The Best Longwear Foundations
And we have a winner! Read on...
For her brother’s wedding recently, Allsun set herself a mission: to find the perfect foundation. I know, no biggie, right? 

Being the hard task master that I am, the chosen one had to live up to a certain set of criteria in order to make it onto my mug for my bro's special day:
  1. It must be long lasting.
  2. It must have medium to full coverage (to cover my freckles and red veins on my cheek area)
  3. It must suit my dry skin
  4. It must give me that famous flawless finish
I did A LOT of research: reading beauty blogs, asking for recommendations and watching lots of YouTube videos.  Armed with a shortlist of seven skin perfectors, I headed off to a number of makeup counters in search of samples.  But I hit a couple of immediate stumbling blocks with certain counters, who had ‘run out of sampling pots’ or just plain old wouldn’t give out samples. Don’t worry, we’ll be taking that up with them later.

Tried and Tested: The Best Longwear Foundations

In the end, I came away with four samples and received the most fantastic customer service and advice from all four brands. And then it was on to the testing! For each trial, I prepped my skin with the IsaDora Protect Face Primer and used my favourite foundation brush: ‘The Jane’, by Nima.

So how did I get on?  Let’s break it down.

ONE: bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation
The details: SPF 20, €31.00, shade Bare Natural
Pros: This foundation has a light, fluid consistency that blended very well. It’s a buildable formula – use one to two drops for sheer coverage,  and five to six for full. I found it evened out my skin tone and created a lovely radiant glow.  So overall I did achieve that flawless finish I was craving, however there were a few cons!
Cons: The sales assistant reiterated that the foundation must be shaken and shaken again in order to get the right consistency - there are less ingredients in this mineral foundation and it has no binder. I really did enjoy using it and I think it would be beautiful for everyday use, but it didn’t have great lasting power on my skin. The dreaded little red veins on my cheek area started to reappear after a few hours, and my dry patches were more pronounced around my nose.
Overall rating: 7/10

Tried and Tested: The Best Longwear Foundations

TWO: Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation
The details: SPF 40, €49.50, shade Warm Sand
Pros:  I was sold on the concept of this base: the best of skincare mixed with the best of makeup. It was easy to apply and blend and felt weightless, but without sacrificing on coverage. It left me with the dewiest complexion of all four, which I loved, and no dry patches popped up which was another bonus.
Cons: The lasting power was a little bit of a let-down; I would see this as a fantastic day time foundation which will leave you with a beautiful complexion.  I was also worried that because I was attending a wedding that the SPF of 40 might give me some flashback in the photos.
Overall rating: 8/10

THREE: Clarins Everlasting Foundation
The details: SPF 15, €31.00, shade 109 Sand
Pros: Clarins isn’t always a brand I head to for foundation but Emma loves it, and I’ve heard some rave reviews about this formula in particular. Promising 15 hours of coverage, I had to give it a go and I absolutely adored the finish. I couldn’t fault the coverage:  all my redness and freckles vanished but it didn’t look obvious or cakey. Two pumps gave me the flawless look I wanted – a radiant, demi-matte finish that lasted all day long.
Cons: The only disappointment I had with this was I found it a little drying around my nose. It was perfect when first applied, but my drier patches made themselves known as the day progressed. But using a richer moisturiser or a hydrating primer might fix that issue.
Overall rating: 9/10

Tried and Tested: The Best Longwear Foundations

FOUR: Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup
The details: SPF 10, €38.00, shade Pebble (featured in top pic).
Pros: This is a Holy Grail for many and I’d never tried it, so I couldn’t wait to get this on my mug. And let me tell you, I was so impressed with this baby.  As I blended it in I thought to myself, where have you been all my life? It covered everything and set to a slightly matte finish on my face, without looking cakey or dry. It also covered my under eye circles with no concealer. I loved how it felt on my face and most importantly, it lasted all day. Believe the hype!
Cons:  The price might put some people off but I would happily pay €38.00 for this foundation; it’s great quality and a little goes a long way
Overall rating: 10/10

What's your favourite from this list - and would you recommend any others for us to try? 

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