I may have a problem! Look at all this crap. (Just kidding, cuddles face bases.) See, I never thought I would be the kind of “makeup enthusiast” who had a thing for bases. I was always always distracted by color cosmetics, so this is kind of a weird personal revelation.
This is all a restrained effort at acquiring bases, mind you. I regularly clear out my stash, and I’ve also salivated over a number of other bases I’ve chosen to pretend to not exist. All to be mentioned at the end of this post. Ahem.
So what is the case for bases? There isn’t really any case for it, other than the fact that I am a fickle person and I like having options. For the record, I like having “natural looking” skin. By this, I mean, I don’t mind if a pimple peeks through or if my eye bags aren’t 100% erased by foundation and concealer (… that’s a whole other story), so most of my foundations are medium coverage, at most. I just personally don’t like the look of an overly matte, heavy face, and no, it’s not because I don’t like “tricking” people. P.S. If you’re mad at a person who wears full coverage foundations because you think they are somehow “tricking” people, maybe have your eyes (and attitude!) checked because if you’re “tricked” by thick makeup and you feel bad and cheated by it, then that’s not the other person’s fault. It’s yours.
Cream and Liquid
My “wet” face bases with substantial coverage + used all over the face. Currently, I have 4. I didn’t include my Illamasqua Cream Foundation because I bought it to use as a cream contour.
I use liquids and creams if I feel really bad about my skin, because it, in my experience and in terms of my stash, provides the most amount of coverage. I don’t wear makeup everyday, so these are all quite full-ish for me.
The ones I have are the ff:
- NARS Sheer Glow
My favorite liquid foundation so far. It has adequate coverage and a way of making your face look and feel better. I like using a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush with this.
- Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation
I like this a lot, but I don’t like how the smell is so strong. If it were unscented, I’d wear it more often. It’s similar to the Sheer Glow, but dries down to a more matte/less dewy finish.
- Graymelin CC Base Cream*
Kinda like my tinted moisturizer at the moment. I received this in a BNT Girls box, and I’ve used it on and off as it’s a bit light and quite dewy.
- Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation
My newest love. This is harder to apply than a liquid foundation, but the coverage “level” can be played with the most, allowing it to appear sheer or built up to a high-ish coverage. It kind of smells like old lady makeup, but I don’t really mind.
Powder foundation in pressed form. Minimal coverage, mostly, but not translucent. My pressed powders don’t have a lot of coverage, so there’s some improvement to my skin’s overall appearance, but there’s a lot of room for error because people rarely notice this anyway.
Used when I am lazy. Usually, I’ll put a primer and/or sunscreen and pat this on my face. Other times, I just use these.
- Pixy UV Whitening Two Way Cake Perfect Matte*
I like using this if I want a heavier coverage than the Le Métier de Beauté Pressed Powder. It has a great finish, some SPF, and it is refillable.
- Le Métier de Beauté Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Pressed Powder
Can be used on its own, but I also like to use it to finish off my makeup if I’m wearing a wet base. Lovely, lovely product. I just wish it were cheaper + refillable.
Loose Mineral Foundation
Loose mineral foundation is pretty self-explanatory, I think. Anyway, the finish of these bases are still light, but more perfected than the kind I get from my pressed powders, and can be built up to a fuller coverage.
Again, these are for lazy days but require a bit more effort to apply, since they come in a loose, aka messier, form.
- Ellana Minerals Loose Mineral Powder Foundation*
This is so easy to apply. A main complaint with bareMinerals is that it requires so much effort to build it up to a full coverage foundation. Not the case with Ellana. I don’t think I was properly matched because this pulls a bit too yellow on me for my liking, but this is a good, cheap foundation that also comes in a pressed form now!
- bareMinerals Original Foundation
I like this mineral foundation a lot, but I find that my face itches when I have it on and I happen to sweat. Love the foundation, but I don’t like the itching, which is pretty much unavoidable in Manila. I love my shade match for this a bit more, and it gives a more “dewy” finish than the Ellana one, which gives you quite a matte look.
And that’s it! Those are all the face bases I have, not counting concealer. To be honest, I can probably stand to get rid of a few of them, but I think I’ll try to use them up first. As much as I can before I get anything else, anyway.
- My favorites: NARS, Kjaer Weis, Le Métier de Beauté, Ellana Mineralss*
- Refillable: Kjaer Weis, Pixy, Ellana Minerals
- Lazy: Le Métier de Beauté
- Travel-Friendly: Le Métier de Beauté, Kjaer Weis (but heavy), Pixy*, Bourjois. NARS, too, but it’s made of glass.
- Cruelty-free: NARS Sheer Glow (owned by a parent company that tests), Kjaer Weis, Le Métier de Beauté, Ellana Minerals* (company itself doesn’t test, not sure about ingredient sources), bareMinerals (owned by a parent company that tests)
- Natural Ingredients: Kjaer Weis
- With SPF: Pixy*, bareMinerals
Some future purchases I have in mind
— NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer
— Jouer Matte Moisture Tint
— RMS Beauty Un-Cover Up
* PR Sample