Monday, July 4th, 2011

Temptalia Asks You

What is your holy grail foundation? Share!

Temptalia's AnswerGuerlain Parure Gold – love the medium coverage, natural finish, and long wear.

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137 thoughts on “What is your holy grail foundation?

  1. Erin

    Chanel VitaLumiere Aqua! I just got it a couple weeks ago, and it makes my skin flawless.

    • Sari

      Would you recommend it for people who have oily acne prone skin ?

      • Andie

        I have oily skin & love it. I personally don’t even set it with powder most of the time. It has a decent amount of staying power & it provides good coverage – more than a tinted moisturizer, but feels just as light. I will say that I sit in an air conditioned office all day and have really never tested it out in the summer heat. I do imagine it’d still have fairly decent staying power though. I don’t have acne prone skin really, but I didn’t find this aggravating in any way & don’t think you’ll have a problem.

      • Anna

        I have combination skin and very acne prone and this foundation is amazing! It doesn’t brake me out and gives a really nice natural finish :)

      • Enikő

        Definetely… I got mine a couple days ago, and I’ve alredy used it a couple times. I have an olily (temporarely) acne prone skin and it works perfectly. It’s one of those rare products that work for every skin type.

      • Alinda

        I have oily and acneprone skin and I’m using this foundation for a couple of weeks. It gives a really nice, natural finish, has way less coverage than my most used foundations (mat lumiere, MUFE HD and MAC pro longwear), and so I use it as kind of a tinted moisturizer. Only problem I have it that it is not longwearing, it’s allright for about 5 hours on my skin, but it doesnt claim to be longwearing so I can’t complain about that…

  2. Ana

    Lancome Teint Idole! Best foundation if you’re looking for natural-looking, long-lasting full coverage. Much longer-lasting than MUFE HD on me and with a more universally flattering finish (not so dewy, not too matte). Took me 3 tries to finally be matched to the right shade since there are so many, but it was worth it! Tip: If you lean toward yellow toned, go for the BUFF shades.

  3. CJ

    Unfortunately I’m still looking! My skin is super oily and shiny, and I need something matte that’s medium coverage however, most of those products end up looking too cakey or make-up-y on me…

    • sara

      i have super oily skin and my skin is also acne prone but i think the foundation i use will work for you. I am obsessed with laura merciers silk creme foundation. I still get a tad oily but when i do i use peter thomas roth mineral spf 45 powder and just dust it on my face. Hope this helps!

    • Susan Lopez

      You might try an oil control primer and using a damp sponge to smooth out the foundation once applied. Most people like the “beauty blender” but just a wedge sponge works great and you can toss them in the wash with the whites.

  4. Doirskin Nude (liquid) it’s so lovely!

  5. Oddly enough its L’oreal True Match foundation.. the color i have fits my skin so perfectly its like it just enhances the good and removes the bad. Many other foundations i just struggle with but that one i do love.

    • Vassileia

      I love the way it looks and feels on my skin, but it doesn’t last for more than three hours on my skin-which I find ridiculous since my skin isn’t super oily or anything… I really wish it did last longer though because it looks natural and doesn’t break out my very acne prone skin.

  6. Nars Sheer Glow (although I wish it did last a bit longer on me). Every time I wear it I wonder why I bother wearing anything else. Even though I like Diorskin Nude and Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua :)

  7. I’ve really been loving Chanel VitaLumiere Aqua, but I find myself reaching for my MUFE HD a lot lately. I think the HD would be my “holy grail” foundation, especially in the summertime when my skin is oilier.

  8. Lacey

    I have two. :) Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua and Cargo Liquid Foundation (thats the name i believe-the one that comes in the weird little pouch) the chanel one is almost like a tinted moisturizer with full coverage, and the cargo one has amazing coverage and a really silky feel. It also does a great job of controlling my oil

  9. Lina

    I have yet to find a holy grail liquid foundation but my holy grail powder foundation is by Milani! I love it for setting my liquid foundation and no matter what liquid foundation I use, the end product is always the same when I put that powder on!

  10. MUFE HD Foundation!

  11. Rebecca

    I don’t have one right now :-/

  12. Amy

    ATM, Graftobian Hi-Def Glamour Creme in Porcelain. I mostly like it cuz it’s the first foundation I’ve found that matches my fair but neutral Asian skin tone, but I also like that it’s a cream and I find it a bit easier to work with than liquid. But out of all the foundations I’ve tried, texture wise I absolutely love Chanel’s new Vitalumiere Aqua, but too bad the lightest shade is too dark and oxidizes into a weird muddy orange color on my skin.

    • I second the graftobian HD creme makes u look flawless in pics, and also im liking MUFE HD for photos, but the graftobian product has more coverage and a better price point.

  13. Either MAC studio sculpt foundation or Bourjois healthy mix

  14. ivone

    Chanel- Vita Lumiere and Vita Lumiere Aqua

  15. Jessica

    I have a few 😉 Clinique Superbalanced, Bobbi Brown Skin, and Estee Lauder DW Light. All even out my skin without looking too made-up. Love them.

  16. Currently, I’m loving Clarin’s Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Foundation. I love how natural it looks on my skin and doesn’t oxidise.

  17. Jakara

    Diorskin Nude Natural hydrating

  18. Erin

    Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. It’s light but provides enough coverage. Feels like nothing is on your face.

  19. Ashley Marie

    MUFE Mat Velvet Plus in 40. Love it!

  20. Yazmin

    Studio Fix Fluid!!

    Ive tried Most of the mac foundations, and the face and body mufe ones, but i loveeeee my studio fix fluid!

  21. Gala

    Havent found a perfect one, but I actually adore the Maybelline Dream Creamy foundation – its light and comfortable for my dry skin.
    I have tried many – Guerlain, Chanel, you name it – and they were all very heavy and mask-like – i live in a country when there is summer all year long almost, so I need something light that provided decent coverage.

  22. Studio Tech Nw20. No fail. Perfect everytime.

  23. georgina

    Face and Body by MAC

  24. Luck

    Still looking for one that didn’t breakdown after application as my skin is super oily.

  25. i love chanel’s vitalumiere aqua because it gives such a lovely finish and feels almost weightless. <3

  26. Cynthia Imperato

    I have settled on my HG foundation(s) after much trial and error. One pump of MUF HD with one pump of MAC prolong wear- medium and natural coverage that is long wearing! Love

  27. Diana

    Parure Gold for when I want more coverage, and Vitalumiere Aqua for summer and travel.

  28. Melinda

    I’m still trying to find one :(

  29. Natalie

    I searched for what feels like ages, but it paid off – NARS Sheer Glow is my absolute HG! It feels wonderful when on, never feels sticky or tacky, and matches my skin so perfectly. I like that (on me) it also looks like real skin, never a mask. Totally HG!

  30. studio fix fluid! i love mixing it with golden bronze irridencet powder by MAC to create a glowy finish.

  31. Katie

    Guerlain Parure Extreme! Except I do find that 03 beige naturel is slightly too dark for me. Shame, as it is an excellent foundation. I’ll have to try mixing it with something

  32. John

    Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation because it’s so versatile and looks incredibly natural on the skin. It can be used for virtually any skin type and you can achieve sheer to full coverage with your fingers… which is definitely a huge plus for me, since I’m always in a rush during the mornings. Only downside is that there aren’t too many shades, I mean, I found my match, but I know a lot of people can’t.

    A close second for me would be Chanel Lift Lumiere.

  33. Kendra

    Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk!!

  34. Revlon ColorStay. One of the only foundations I can find that covers everything and is in a shade light enough for my skin.

    • S.D.M.

      I love the ColorStay too! I have tried the high-end stuff, and I think the “name” is the appeal. Nothing out there better, honestly.

  35. reesa

    At the moment, I’m loving Cover FX Skin Tint FX.

  36. Liquid: Chanel Vita Lumiere. Powder: Revlon Colorstay. Cream: Graftobian Super Palette.

    I live in a hot climate, so liquid and cream foundations are not always my best choice. I also prefer to use the minimum product to achieve a clean, even-toned face. No makeup can reproduce the lumenosity of natural skin, so I try to limit it on my face and those of my models.

    …and I’m a big blotter. Cream or liquid? It gets a quick blot before the setting powder even gets picked up. I may put that on my tombstone ;-).

  37. Amy

    I mix Nars Sheer Glow and YSL Teint Resist together and my skin looks flawless and it stays all day.

  38. Stephanie

    Dinair airbrush. I’m so spoiled that I don’t even consider liquid foundation anymore (I’ll wear powder foundation occasionally, especially if I’m traveling). It gives me the coverage I want (no need for concealer) without feeling like a mask.

  39. Sandhya

    I have several that I love (depending on weather and how dark I am): Diorskin Nude for the winter, MUFE HD for summer, and MUFE F&B for when I am more tanned.

  40. Kathrina

    I still haven’t found it. I’d love to try Guerlain Parure Gold, but it’s really expensive. How long does it usually take you to finish one, Christine?

  41. Filipa

    Make Up For Ever – Face&Body ^^ Every single day!

  42. jo

    I know everyone swears by high end foundation.. I prefer the cover girl clean in sensitive form. It’s the only foundation that is a 100% match because of the extra pinkness in the foundation. Most foundations are too yellow for me.

  43. S

    For colder months my favorite is Graftobian HD Creme foundation. For summer months love Laura Geller Balance N Brighten. It’s light, but makes my skin look flawless & even.

  44. NR

    MUFE Mat Velvet. Oh loveeeee it.

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  46. Charlene

    Mary Kay medium coverage foundation

  47. Carina

    I absolutely love Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation – full coverage and lasts all night (I only wear it if I go for a night out) for day time I love Chanel Pro Lumiere (thin application) or Laura Mercier oil-free tinted moisturiser, its got the coverage of a light foundation rather than a foundation, LOVE IT!!

  48. dayna

    iv’e recently purchased the NARS sheer glow. it looks so natural on the skin, without having a “i’m wearing makeup” look. i have oily skin, so it really helps me stay matte. so far so good, idk if it my HG yet.

  49. Angela

    Estee Lauder Double wear Light!! Covers everything and keeps my oil in check!

    • Leslie

      I second this. It’s the only foundation I’ve ever worn that’s significantly controlled my oil. Almost everytime I wear it, someone will randomly complement me on my “beautiful” skin. It’s insane!

  50. Catrice Photo Finish. It’s European drugstore brand. I haven’t tried any high end foundation, because there are some wonderfull ones out in drugstores, like Bourjois and Maybelline. They tend to not have my right shade, that’s why I’m loving Catrice Photo Finish. Plus – it’s longlasting and it covers everything. And it gives me dewy finish. And it doesn’t emphasise dry areas on my face. And it’s perfect for using as a tinted moisturizer when mixed with a little bit of any moisturizer. What else to say, if you have dry to combination skin, try it :)

  51. Meghann

    MAC studie tech foundation (for a cream foundation) or MUFE HD foundation for a liquid. Both have a flawless no make up look when applied with a beauty blender…. I’ve found that a beauty blender can make almost ANY foundation (even cheap and hard to work with ones) look great (as long as its colour matched properly).

  52. agreen2

    Chanel Vitalumier Aqua!

  53. Kristyn

    Without a doubt, Bobbi Brown Natural Finish Foundation. It is amazing; enough said.

  54. Angie

    Mac fix fluid :)

  55. mercier silk creme

  56. Rt


    I am very new to foundations. I love in extreme hot weather of Mumbai and cold windy weather of London. Studio fix works wonder for me in London but in Mumbai I am yet to find a good foundation which would not make my sin greasy oily n shiny . So its studio fix Nc 42 .

  57. May

    MUFE HD and Nars Sheer Glow. Love the finish of MUFE. Nars Sheer Glow has the perfect color match for me and it also does not feel heavy on my skin yet still provides excellent coverage. But I’ll still look around.

  58. Diorskin Nude Foundation 😀

  59. Devi

    It seems I’m the only one who likes Neutrogena’s SkinClearing Liquid Makeup. xD They changed the formula so that it contains some oil now, but it still works for me. Controls my oily skin and the salicylic acid in it keeps my mind at ease. I’m not looking for medium or heavy duty coverage, so this is pretty natural looking and light on my skin.

  60. Lauren

    Cle de Peau Silky Creme Foundation… its matches my fair skin perfectly, keeps my oil at bay and doesn’t look fake even though its full-medium finish. I just wish it wasn’t so expensive :(

  61. lazeny

    I’ve got my top 3 w/c are Graftobian HD Creme Foundation, Shu Uemura Nobara Cream Cover Stick and Guerlain Lingerie De Peau.

  62. Iliana

    Tie between Guerlain Parure Gold and Parure Extreme, can’t choose!

  63. alicia

    MUFE HD!

  64. Rayna

    Diorskin Forever in the fall/winter, LM oil free tinted moisturizer when it gets humid.

  65. Christina

    I love 2: Diorskin Nude and NARS Sheer Glow. RIght now I am loving the NARS sheer glow. I mix Josie Maran’s agran oil illuminator with it and it makes my face look flawless.

  66. Leslie

    Awesome question…I can’t wait to hear everyone’s suggestions. Unfortunately, I haven’t found an HG foundation for my super oily and sometimes super flaky skin (and I’ve tried many). My absolute favorites so far are:

    Estee Lauder Double Wear Light
    MAC Pro Longwear
    Boots Lifting & Firming
    Mehron Celebre Pro HD (AMAZING for the price)

    I recently got a sample of MUFE HD and really like it, but haven’t had the chance to test it out thoroughly. I’m really interested in trying NARS Sheer Glow and Lancome Teint Idole.

  67. Reese

    Estee Lauder Double Wear! Or Double Wear light in the summertime. Covers all my acne and acne scarring and right now it’s doing triple duty covering my “pregnancy” blotchy face! Loooooooooooooove it!

  68. Ann

    Studio Tech. I use so little of this foundation! NC15 in this formula is the best match for my skin that I’ve ever had.

  69. flyavsted

    This is a great question! Love reading everyones reply. Mine is the one I have used since approx 2005. Helena Rubenstein Color Clone.

  70. angela

    Mine is hands down Chanel Mat Lumiere. I never thought I could wear foundation and look natural before. I LOVE it! I don’t care how much it costs. HG!!

  71. Dee

    Still looking for one for my pale, yet acne-prone skin. Graftobian is great, matches my skin, but since I have some dry patches, I can’t get it to lay quite well, even with a well moisturized face. But that product is great. I’m like one/two shade light then NC15 :(

  72. Anna

    Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua! It gives a really nice natural finish and it’s weightless! I can’t feel it on my skin but it gives the coverage that I need. It also controls my oily t-zone very well!

  73. Stefanie

    MUFE HD foundation #127. It’s the only thing I’ve tried that truly matches my skin and it doesn’t make me break out. Win-win!

  74. BeccaTheCyborg

    LUSH’s Jackie Oates Colour Supplement. Lovely for sensitive skin, pale enough for me (I’ve had major issues finding one that is), and evens out my skin while still letting my freckles show.

  75. coco72

    As U2 says, “I still haven’t found what i’m looking for”

  76. Becca

    I don’t know if it’s a holy grail, but I really liker the foundation that I’m using right now:
    the Joe Fresh Style light weight foundation. it’s light and looks really natural yet covers everything and doesn’t flake or sweat off!!!!!
    for me foundations usually do one or the other)

  77. Alley

    Mac Prolongwear! :)

  78. Ioanna

    Guerlain Lingerie de peau :)

  79. Daisy

    Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua! Totally feels like I’ve got nothing on and I really can’t stress how important that is to me when trying out new foundations. The coverage is just enough and my skin looks amaaaazing. It also manages to survive the summer heat beautifully.

  80. Ann

    Mufe HD. It provides coverage and looks natural. On my combination skin, it lasts a good 8 hrs when set with powder.

  81. Jackie

    For summer/going out I LOVE Merle Norman’s Lasting Foundation. It goes on matte and lasts up to 12 hrs. It looks amazing on. For the colder months, I love Merle Norman’s Total Finish Foundation. It is full coverage and oil-based (beauty pageant girls wear it) and protects my dry skin from the cold weather. Just make sure you wash it off at night!

  82. Carrie Ann

    Revlon Colorstay. Matches my skin tone perfectly, lasts all day and doesn’t aggravate my skin.

  83. ann

    revlon colorstay!!!

  84. Holly

    Does anyone else with Laura mercier silk creme find that it settles into expression lines? I had to go back to EL DW light and I no longer have that problem. I did really like the coverage of laura mercier though

  85. oh this is a no brainer: shiseido sun protection foundation, without a doubt! and for all year round, not just for summer

  86. Maureen

    I’m using Physician’s Formula Healthy Wear tinted moisturizer right now, but if we’re talking true FOUNDATION, I’d have to say Clinique Superbalanced Makeup. It’s so perfect. I don’t even know why MAC bothers making foundation, when Clinique’s got that covered. Incidentally, I also like Revlon and Physician’s formula. MAC was hands-down the worst one I’d tried.

  87. Gina

    MUFE HD! However, I’m currently also liking Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Light. It’s a nice summer foundation when you want a little more coverage than a tinted moisturizer.

  88. Jessica

    Not sure if I’ve found one yet…but currently I’m using Lancome Teint miracle and really liking it :). I’ve also used pro long wear by mac and that ones nice as well, but feels a little heavy.

  89. Kellie

    MUFE Mat Velvet +

  90. Moni

    Doirskin airflash, but the older version, the one that came in a smaller can. It gave me the softest flawless skin ever! and I swear the formulation in the current presentation is not the same how dissapointing!

  91. Celine

    bourjois healthy mix!! x

  92. Bia Tinôco

    Diorskin forever! :)

  93. Andrea

    Winter – Lancome Teint Miracle Summer – Estee Lauder DW Sheer-Tint Release….amazing and so light-weight for those hot days. Not much coverage though…i have to use concealer if I have blemishes.

  94. Sass

    Estee Lauder Double Wear is my summer holy grail foundation…goes on light, covers well and stays on long enough!

  95. Chanel VitaLumiere Aqua :) got it since Mid May & in love ever since.its light,provide enough coverage,lasts the whole day without feeling cakey (n_n) <3

  96. Liz

    I don’t know if it’s HG yet, but I’m loving both MUFE HD (118) and MUFE Mat Velvet + (40).

  97. Tracie in NC

    I need to ask you experts! I currently wear BareMinerals SPF Foundation Matte in the lightest shade (whatever that is). I bought Estee Lauder DW in Shell recently and I’ve only worn it once but I like it. It might be a little heavy for summer. I am super super pale with combination/oily skin and HUGE pores on my cheeks… any suggestions for what I should try? I need something that won’t settle in my pores (I’ve tried every primer out there but everything settles in the pores on my cheeks for some reason) and won’t break me out. HALP :)

  98. Shelby

    Revlon Colorstay Oily/Combo! Wish it didn’t smell like paint, but other than that it is by far, the best foundation I’ve ever ever used!

  99. Renee

    I actually just discovered this one! It’s Mary Kay Timewise in Ivory 6. It disappears on my skin (can’t tell you’re wearing it), and if you apply it with a brush you don’t need a lot.