Since I've gotten really obsessive with makeup, I've been on the hunt for the perfect foundation. I need it to be easy to apply (preferably with fingers), be a good color match, provide a demi-matte finish, blur imperfections without looking like a mask, and cost less than 20 bucks.
Am I asking for too much?
Well, at this point I am at a good working place. I have foundations that work well for me, but not perfectly. There's always something a bit off!
First, the liquids:
From Left: Revlon Colorstay for Combination/Oily Skin in 360 Rich Ginger and 400 Caramel, Maybelline Mineral Power Foundation in Dark 2 Caramel (discontinued), Revlon Colorstay Whipped in Caramel, Covergirl Natureluxe in 365 Chestnut and 360 Nutmeg (discontinued).
Revlon Colorstay: It's a classic and my go-to for weddings and other all-day events. It wears all day and only requires minimal blotting. I mix Rich Ginger and Caramel in different ratios to match my skintone throughout the year. It works well, though I'm discovering that both shades are a little too pink/red for my skintone.
Revlon Colorstay Whipped: This also wears well, but not as well as the original. I love the texture! This would be a good foundation if I had a better color match. Caramel is a little too dark and red, and Rich Ginger (which I tried, then swapped away) was waaaaay too light. Maybe Revlon will come out with a shade between Rich Ginger and Caramel that would be a good match for me.
Maybelline Mineral Power: foundation is a good color match, but its silicone-y finish transfers easily. Even if it was an awesome foundation, it's discontinued, so I still need an alternative.
Covergirl Natureluxe: This foundation met my finish requirements. It is easy to apply with fingers and dries to a semi-matte finish. The undertones were just right, too; most foundations are too red for me. However, I could not find a perfect skintone match.
I also have liquid foundations:
Clockwise from left: Avon Ideal Shade Cream-to-Powder Foundation in H304 Earth (discontinued), L'Oreal True Match Powder Foundation in c7 Nut Brown, Black Radiance Pressed Powder in Creamy Beige, Black Opal Oil Absorbing Pressed Powder.
Avon Ideal Shade: Maybe once upon a time this was a good match, but now it's a shade too dark and the undertones are too red. I haven't used this in a while, but I remember it applying well, looking good, and not breaking me out.
L'Oreal True Match: This powder is the best match to my skin right now. It evens out my skintone well and blurs imperfections. This is my everyday go-to for a natural, everyday look. The only thing this doesn't do is control oil, and I have my Black Opal powder for that. I've already repurchased this for when I run out.
Black Radiance Pressed Powder: I achieved a natural look effortlessly with this powder, but Creamy Beige is too red a shade for me. I wish that the colors were easier to tell apart in the store.
Black Opal: This is not a foundation, but it completes my collection of pressed face powders. I talk about it here.
So I have seven foundations, some in more than one shade, which makes for nine foundations in my stash. In my opinion, this is too many. I only want three to four at the most: one or two powder foundations, a lighter liquid foundation for everyday wear, and a medium to full coverage foundation for a more flawless look. To achieve this goal, I will purge what isn't working for me and throw away the expiring foundations. I'll stay on the hunt to fufill my foundation, but resist the temptation to become a foundation junkie.