Hit List: Best Liquid Foundation

What’s the Best Liquid Foundation that you’ve tried?

Share your pick!  And don’t forget to share why 🙂

My top picks… Guerlain Parure Gold (discontinued), Guerlain Tenue de Perfection, Guerlain Parure de Lumeire, Guerlain Lingerie de Peau, MUFE HD


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Sasha Avatar

The best foundations I’ve tried so far are MUFE HD (shame the color wasn’t a match), Giorgio Armani lasting silk and Chanel Mat Lumiere.

MUFE HD just looks amazingly natural in terms of finish and provides decent medium coverage. Lasting silk has a lovely blurring effect and looked incredibly natural on me; it didn’t make me look oily by mid day but it also doesn’t have the dead matte look. It was amazing to actually find a color match for my fairly pale neutral skin as well. The lightest shade of Mat Lumiere would probably only work if I was a bit tan for the summer but that’s the season I’d want it for anyway, it wears really well in the heat and humidity of Florida and still looks great.

xamyx Avatar

Nothing in the last ten years stands out as spectacular… I have larger pores, and most tend to “pool”, while those that don’t are too drying & matte, which tends to emphasize my pores. Revlon ColorStay is probably my best option, but still not the best. Every one I’ve ever really liked has long been DC’d.

Antonia Avatar

I have large pores as well so I have the same problem. So far, Revlon Colorstay Whipped is the best I’ve found for hiding my pores. I still have to try the Revlon Colorstay liquid. I think I’ve tried 50 high end foundations but they all make my pores look huge!

Sasha Avatar

If you can spend a bit more for a nice base product, I have large pores and really like too faced primed and poreless for filling my pores (benefit porefessional sunk into the pores of my nose by mid-day). You can just use a small pea-size amount on the parts of your face where the pores are the most noticeable and use a different primer or go primerless for the rest of your face.

Maddie Avatar

The Too Faced Primed and Poreless didn’t work too great for me, but Clinique has the Pore Minimizer Refining Lotion which I really like! Not good for oil control though, but the foundation itself does a decent job at that, especially if set with powder. Just a suggestion 🙂

Larissa Avatar

MUFE Mat Velvet+ because it works so well on my fair oily skin, though i’ve had my eye on trying Hourglass’s Immaculate for awhile. Maybe next time!

Chelsea Avatar

MAC Matchmaster foundation. My skin became really oily right around my 30th birthday, and this is the only foundation I’ve found that mattifies and controls my shiny spots and still looks natural. It’s also a great color match!

Gretchen Avatar

I don’t know if this counts as foundation but I have been using Physicians Formal BB Creme. I had been using a Guerlain Parure de Lumeire that I liked very much but it was getting costly to use everyday (I personally loved the texture and the fragrance). I have found that the PF is very moisturizing and oddly enough I get more compliments on my skin than ever.

ElKay Avatar

My favorite for the Northeast winters is Chanel Vitalumiere. I would only recommend this for dry skin. It is very moisture rich and dewy. I also love Mac Pro cream foundation, but I have dry skin and am in my 50s.

Kate Avatar

Completely agree! If you’re looking for crazy long lasting, full coverage foundation, Double Wear is where it’s at. It also has a really good colour range. Though I do find that you have to work quickly to blend it in because it sets.

Veronica Avatar

Maybelline FITMe foundation is my drugstore go-to. Not a foundation for oily skin types at all, but it’s perfect for anyone who wants sheer to light coverage with a natural finish. The lightest shade in the range (110) is also perfect for NW13/15 skin, and it’s coverage is light enough that I can sheer it out on the days when I’m an NW10.

I also really liked MAC’s Mineralize liquid foundation. The NC15 was neutral enough that I could wear it in the summer months, though I do wish the line had an NW15 shade – or better, an NW10. 🙂

Ellen Avatar

I also love the MAC mineralize moisturizing foundation, and have the exact color complaint as you do. I bought the NC15, and it blends in, but NW 15 would be perfect. There is a slight yellow tint that does show thru, especially after applying powder, or touching up. I truly hope they note the popularity of the foundation and expand the color selection. They have no other foundation for dry skin, so it should be a no brainer. What powder do you use over it, maybe you have had better luck than I have in preventing the yellow from peeking thru!

Wwendalynne Avatar

My preference with aging dry sensitive skin is for cream based foundations, but there are a few liquids which make the cut:

Guerlain Parure de Lumiere – Glowy medium to heavy cover, but with very limited shade choices
Giorgio Armani Maestro – I wear the liquid version when it is really hot in summer and I mix with a bit of NARS TM for a seamless light to medium coverage. Both products have excellent shade selection and are super lightweight on the skin.

Kiss & Make-up Avatar

I like Revlon’s ColorStay foundation, and for me it’s probably the best I have tried so far. Maybe together with the Inika Liquid Foundation. But I am sure there’s a better foundation out there for me. I just haven’t discovered it yet.

julieta Avatar

Chanel vitalumiere aqua and Urban Decay naked skin, i don’t think it could get any better!
You literally can’t feel them on your skin (and i hate the look/feel of face makeup)
I hate bb creams/TM because it’s VERY hot and humid all year round where i like, and those tend to slip and slide as soon as i go outside. So ultra-light foundations are the way to go for me. Anyone has a different recommendation? i’d love to try something similar

Sylirael Avatar

Probably Lancome’s Teint Miracle. To be fair, I’ve only ever really tried that one, and the YSL BB creme (as liquid foundation-type products), so I don’t have the most comprehensive knowledge!

I’d love to try Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, but I think it’s like $89 a bottle here, so it has to wait for now! 😉

Laurel Avatar

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua-it has great coverage ability in the sense that through layering it I can get great coverage in the areas I want yet light coverage in the areas I don’t want heavy coverage. I love how it dries so quickly and I don’t have to use powder. Granted I have normal/dry skin but I hate tacky foundation and usually use powder to counteract that. I have no idea how it lasts because honestly I don’t pay attention to how long things last. It’s one of the few foundations I have two colors of, the other being…

L’Oreal True Match Lumi-Again-great coverage that I can personalize! Beautiful finish and dries quickly on me while looking very healthy on. It could because I have neutral undertones but every single color I have of this looks amazing on me.

Raquel Avatar

My go to -for coverage and price- is the bourjois 123 perfect, but my favourite at the moment is the mufe velvet+ for its coverage and durability, although none of them last on my oily nose even with primer and setting power

Ade Avatar

My top picks will be:

– Giorgio Armani Maestro –
Because it’s quite sheer for daily wear but it wears well with my very oily skin (more like a long-wearing tinted moisturizer).

– Chanel Perfection Lumiere –
While the staying power is not as great as Giorgio Armani Maestro, it still manage to wears for a quite good amount of time in my oil-slick face. It matched my complexion seamlessly, the undertones in “Beige Ambre” coloring really suits my golden tan-Asian skin.

– Kat Von D Tattoo Lock It Tattoo Foundation –
It successfully replaced my Estée Lauder Double Wear Maximum Coverage (the one in blue tube) for my full coverage foundation. It is long wearing (on par with Chanel Perfection Lumiere), it photographs beautifully on flash photography and it doesn’t oxidize on my oily & hyperhidrosis skin! That’s a new thing for me, every other foundations I’ve tried in my whole life always oxidize!

vicky c. Avatar

Chanel vitalumiere aqua
Best I ve tried so far, I am really enjoying it since it dries out looking perfect without the need of a finishing powder and it is rich and dewey at the same time! At last I found a liquid foundation that I like!

liz Avatar

Right now I LOOoooooove both Revlon Nearly Naked and UD Naked skin. UD matches me better but it’s more expensive. they’re pretty much the same formula to me and I think I’m gonna splurge on a bottle of UD when I finish up the Revlon just cause 0.5 matches me perfectly and makes my skin look so lively, even though I have dry skin and it’s a “demi-matte”.

Kimberly Avatar

If I want light coverage then I’ll wear Illamasqua Light Liquid Foundation or Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation. They’re both AMAZING. If I want full coverage then I love Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation. They all photograph really well! I’ve never tried any foundation by Guerlain but they seem to be impressive judging by your list ^^

Chris Avatar

Revlon Colorstay in Carmel or Queen Covergirl 3/1 in 825. The color range is wider in Queen. My challenge is finding the right undertone to match (as close as possible) my face to my neck. Historically, most cosmetic companies thought all women of color had red undertones or foundations would cast a grey or ashy tone. I remember IMAN once saying, she used to carry her own blen with her on photoshoots.

Katie Avatar

Just wondering why your review of mufe hd says you weren’t overly impressed but you picked it as one of the best you’ve tried. What changed?

Erin Avatar

I look for medium coverage and a bit of oil control. I also like to get a little help in smoothing over texture imperfections. I really like Revlon ColorStay, Illamasqua Skin Base and Givenchy Photo’Perfexion. I also really like Sonia Kashuk’s Perfecting Luminous, but the lightest shade is a little dark for me in the winter, which is a bummer.

Sarah Avatar

Just completed a hunt for new liquid foundation (my requirements: medium-full coverage, lighter feeling on the skin, matte to satin finish, long-wearing, nice color palette – as in “not orange on my light-medium with slight yellow undertone- skin” – yeah, a long list – a side note, I use YSL Touche Eclat Foundation as a light under eye concealer and on my neck and decolletage if I feel the need to get fancy)
Tried Estee Lauder Double Wear and Double Wear light – meh…very heavy feeling, settled in fine lines. Really loved the look of Guerlain Tenue de Perfection but the higher alcohol content (it’s third on the ingredient list) irritated my skin really terribly. I love Hourglass Immaculate liquid powder but I’m between colors (too pink or too dark) and don’t feel like making it work. Also tried MUFE HD, Naked, Kat von D – have used them in the past – just wanted something new.

SO…finally I tried Chanel Mat Lumiere…ding ding, we have a winner! It’s been holding up perfectly throughout the day (with setting powder – NARS, MUFE, NYX, Tarte, MAC – I mix it up depending on my mood) and the finish is really lovely – the color blends perfectly. I don’t know if I’d call it HG foundation, but we’re at least going steady for awhile….

Kay Avatar

I really love the Stila Stay all Day foundation. The shades work really well with everyone and the coverage is amazing on it! It is easy to sheer out or really buildable. The finish to me is as close to a natural, non-matte, non- glowy I have seen in a foundation. I feel like it doesn’t get the recognition that it should because it’s a little higher of a price point without it coming from a luxury or a more artistic line. Also the concealer it comes with is excellent for on the face concealing (i.e a blemish or hyper pigmentation) I just wish it didn’t come with that cheesy brush. I feel like that too makes it seem not as good as it really is. But for anyone who hasn’t tried it they really should!

Lisa Avatar

Just like everyone else, I’ve tried a ton of foundations from high end to moderate to drugstore. And believe it or not the foundation I’ve been crushing on is “Covergirl Outlast 3 in1”. It looks like skin, doesn’t oxidize, and lasts just as long on my oily skin as every other department store foundation I own. I’ll never have to purchase another high end foundation!!

xamyx Avatar

Do the CoverGirl foundations still have that Noxzema smell? I stopped wearing CG foundations years ago, as they contained Noxell (an ingredient in Noxzema), and it really dried out my skin. The shade range was always a good fit, though, so I was bummed about the formula.

Susan Avatar

yes, but only the original formula has the smell, which I love. The green to and blue top do not. It is a good lite foundation, I agree. These department store foundations are too expensive for me. I’d rather blow my $ on something more fun ! lol

Marina Avatar

I love YSL Touche Eclat and MUFE HD. They last a long time on me, I like their finishes and, even though YSL doesn’t come in a huge color range, they are some of the few ones that match my skin tone perfectly.

Klee Avatar

Guerlain, without a doubt. I have Lingerie de Peau for light coverage and Perfection for when I want more coverage. Armani Maestro is a good light coverage one as well, a bit more moisturizing than Lingerie.

dtan0914 Avatar

Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup and Kevyn Aucoin Beauty Liquid Airbrush! Both of them aren’t heavy, have great natural finishes, medium-buildable coverage and last all day. I have tried many foundations and these ones work great on me.

Lisa Avatar

I’m still searching for my HG, but the best I’ve tried is the Kat von D Lock-It Tattoo foundation. Nothing else matches it for coverage, and as long as you don’t pile it on it doesn’t get cakey. I do wish it lasted longer, It starts to break down after about 6-8 hrs. But I’ve never found a foundation that will stay looking decent longer than 8 hrs or so without major touch-ups. I dream of the moment when I can find a foundation that will last me through my 16hr days.

Mimi Avatar

I don’t wear foundation daily (I prefer LM TM), but if I ever do, these are my go-to products:
-Normal “everyday” foundation: UD Naked Skin (light-to-medium coverage, wears well, natural satin finish, photographs nicely when I’m not oily lol)
-Special occasions – lighter coverage: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk (light-to-medium coverage; very natural luminous finish but not quite dewy, photographs beautifully)
-Special occasions – better coverage: MUFE HD (medium-to-full coverage, looks UNBELIEVABLY undetectable when you find the perfect shade match, not too great for oily skin but that’s what powder is for, photographs beautifully)

Helena Avatar

I love the light, dewy texture of MAC’s Face and Body but there isn’t a standalone shade light enough for me–N1 becomes a mask of pale orange if I don’t add in some white. I would wear it constantly if I didn’t have to mix up my own shade EVERY damn time! Lancôme’s Teint Miracle has a closer color match (Ivoire 1N, not quite there but passable) in a beautiful finish with good coverage.

AudreyNZ Avatar

A sample of Guerlain Parure de Lumiere which came with the meteorite perles. The morning I had that foundation on hubby said, “I think you found your HG foundation!”

Out of curiosity, Christine, why the different foundations from Guerlain? Do you have an every day one or a special occasion, or an all day, etc.?

ale Avatar

Cristine could you please breafly explain the different finishes and level of coverage between guerlain foundations?i didn’t understand from your more detailed reviews. i really want to buy a guerlain foundation and i don’t know wich.
ps parure gold is still avalable in my country for now so i could still get it if i wanted to

ale Avatar

thank you for the answer. you are so sweet to answer to all of us. what about perfection? how does it compare coverage whise and finish to parure gold?

Leticia Avatar

The best liquid foundation I´ve tried is, by far, Lancome’s Teint Idole 24 hrs. Coverage is just right and can be built up, it feels light on the skin, it doesn´t crease, it´s easy to blend and looks natural. It is also long-lasting – I haven´t left it on for 24 hours, but it last well throughout my 14 hours days. I only need to touch up my t-zone with powder in the afternoon.

grlnxdor Avatar

When I do wear foundation I like L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder for my combination normal/oily skin. It’s supposed to be a dupe for the Armani Maestro foundation.

Casey Avatar

I’ve been liking Revlon ColorStay lately–for me, it keeps the shine away much better than my Loreal True Match, which I’ve previously used for years. A bit sad to say I haven’t nailed down my right shade in the ColorStay yet; the shade I have is too light for my skin but I’ve used it too much of it to be able to take it back!

Lynne Avatar

I really like MAC Mineralize Moisture Foundation since it’s really lightweight but heavily pigmented. A little bit goes a LONG way and you can easily target just a few ruddy areas. It’s much like MAC Studio Sculpt in the tube (which I also like) but gives comparable coverage results minus the heaviness and more “formal’ SS finish. It’s a good addition in winter over alot of moisturizer and an equally solid light fix in the summer when you don’t want to look like you have a face full of foundation. I use different MMF colors by season and oddly, while I’ve been an NW25 in MAC forever in every possible foundation, concealer, etc., I have to go to NW20 MMF for winter, occasionally adding a touch of liquid concealer. But it works.

Ellen Avatar

Yes, I find it oxidizes. I’m normally close to NW20 but it is too dark for me in this formulation. I bought the NC15 because I love the formula and the coverage, ,but I wish they would expand the lighter color choices. NW 15 would probably be perfect for me in winter. I tried the MAC Pro moisture cream foundation online and it was too light and pink in NW20, so you never know. I guess that’s why I’ve never found a MAC foundation before this one. Ths color is not perfect, but the texture is as perfect as it gets for me. I tried NARS Sheer Glow in Mount Blanc, which swatches perfectly on my skin, but it just doesn’t sit well. The color changes to yellow and it seems to separate, I just don’t seem to have the luck with foundations that others have, I have to steer clear of the highly fragranced onles like Guerlain, so I do hope MAC expands the color selection of this particular one, Maybe I will try to get a sample of the SS, although I thought it was a bit dry and heavy the last time I tried it.

Soleil Avatar

Drug-store: Revlon Colorstay
High-end: Estee Lauder Double Wear

I’ve tried tons of liquid foundations! So far these two meet my needs but I’m keen on trying Shiseido Radiant Lifting Foundation and of course, Guerlain’s. Let’s do this post again next year!

Mia Avatar

My requirement for foundation is natural “undetectaeble” finish, sheer “non-mask” coverage, perfect colour match which can cover my rosy cheeks matching my neck colour (I am NC15-20), not emphasizing my dry patches on cheeks, and colour not turning orange after wearing it for prolong period. I have tried so many foundations and finally found my top 5 for my aformentioned requirements:
1. Koh Gen Do HD Aqua Foundation #213 (sorry but MUFD HD has to step aside :P)
2. Armani Luminous Silk #5/#4 (for winter) and Lasting Silk #5.5/#4.5 (for summer)
3. Guerlain Lingerie de Peau #32 Ambre Clair (Asian Exclusive Colour)
4. YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat BD20/B30 (for summer) and YSL Youth Liberator B30 (for winter)
5. Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua (only the Asian-exclusive colour #21 Beige Ocre works for me as the #20 turns orange/peach)

* I have yet to try Chantecaille Future Skin and By Terry Sheer Expert. Heard they are good as well. 🙂

Konconsc Avatar

Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Foundation!
I initally hated this foundation because it completely emphasized the dry area of my skin and the application was very patchy. I tried using it with a flat top kabuki, my fingers or a sponge but nothing works! The consistency of the foundation is somewhat like the Loreal magic sand (is it what its called?). The foundation is very liquidy and runny that comes in a bottle with a dropper. I was gonna return it after multiple unsuccessful attempts but the sephora staff taught me to use a beauty blender. I was like OH! why wouldnt I consider my beauty blender at home earlier?! And I started using it with my beauty blender and it became my holy grail foundation. Smooth, seamless, light coverage! If your skin is problematic and needs something with high coverage, this foundation is probably not a good choice. For people with dry skin, definitely remember to moisturize your skin very well! And dooo nooot use any dragging motion when apply the foundation! It has to be a dabbing or blotting motion or else the coverage will be very uneven and accentuate ALL the dry spots!

Ellen Avatar

I had to return this foundation, it just didn’t work with dry skin. I know it has gotten rave reviews, and the color selection is good, but I haven’t had any luck with GA foundations. I found the perfect color match in the Luminous Silk, 3.75 and 4.75. but it just wan’t luminous enough for my skin. The search for the combo of perfect color and perfect texture marches on!

Annie Avatar

Most brands don’t offer a shade pale enough for me, so I haven’t been able to try a whole lot of foundations. My two favorites so far are NARS Sheer Glow (Siberia), Diorskin Nude and Diorskin Forever Fluid. Unfortunately, the Dior ones only work for me during summer when I have a tan. However, they wear very nicely throughout the day, don’t cause breakouts and photograph well. If anyone knows a medium to full coverage foundation for combination to oily skin that is available in a very pale shade, let me know!

Sasha Avatar

I’m NC 15-20 (nars siberia was too yellow for me) and Giorgio armani lasting silk #4 is a perfect match for me and they have .5 variations that are either pink or yellow toned if that’s what you need. MUFE has a good shade range too so you could try the lightest shades in the MUFE HD or Mat velvet formula.

Veronica Avatar

I’d recommend trying Bobbi Brown’s foundation in Alabaster. I have a friend who’s an NW5/10, and she swears by the stuff. The shades do vary based on type, though, so you should get it matched in person – I can wear Alabaster from the liquid range, but the cream compact worked better for me in Porcelain.

Ellen Avatar

Try MUFE HD, it comes in a pale, porcelain color, so does thier more moisturizing formula, I forget the exact name. Bobbi Brown Alabaster is also very light and comes in most of her formulas. The darker colors are just too yellow for me, otherwise the quality of her products is excellent.

Little Red Avatar

Well, I actually shelled out the bucks for Armani Maestro. It looks a bit matte when I first put it on but once it sets, it looks absolutely seamless and perfection.

beck Avatar

Revlon Colorstay (the original not the reformulation) pretty much *the* best drugstore foundation I have ever used better than Chanel and MAC for me personally!
Nars Sheer Glow
Guerlain Lingerie De Peau (got this from this site! thanks Christine!)

Jan Avatar

Still searching.
Like the silky feel of Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua, but am allergic to the scent – not just the occasional sneeze, whatever chemical is in the scent can slight pulling on my skin on occasion.

Also like It Cosmetics’ cc cream but it takes 20-30 min to blend fully with my skin.

Lauren Avatar

Still searching. I really like Lancome Teint Idole due to the beautiful, lightweight finish, but I don’t like that it has alcohol. And my skin is really dry right now so I can’t wear it. Estee Lauder Doublewear lasts better than any foundation that I have tried but it’s too makeup-y for regular use. The light version lacks the lasting power and I can’t get a color match (2 is too light and 3 is too dark). Hourglass Immaculate is too powdery a finish for me and the coverage isn’t super. I like it for work but I don’t love it. And my skin is too dry to wear it right now. Tarte Amazonian Clay is too heavy. It also highlights dry patches so it’s not good for winter dry skin. But it doesn’t last long enough for summer. Also, the light medium is too pink and the medium is too dark for half the year. Revlon Colorstay is too heavy/makeup-y and doesn’t blend well. Hate the packaging on the whipped version.

Aelita Avatar

in no particular order, cos all of them are great for different occasions and for different skin conditions because of the weather:)
MUFE HD -great allaround
Bourjois healthy mix – for oilier times
Chanel tient innocence liquid – for normal to slightly oily to slightly dry times
YSL le teinte touche éclat – for when skin feels dry

want to test nars sheer glow and mac f&B

Christina Avatar

My top choices for my oily skin with some hyperpigmentation and acne. I’m an NC42 for reference.

1. Chanel Perfection Lumiere – great color match, medium to full coverage, matte finish
2. Givenchy Eclat Matissime – great color match when I have a tan, medium coverage, radiant finish, super lightweight
3. Kat Von D Lock-it foundation – pigmented, full coverage, matte finish
4. Becca Ever-matte shine proof foundation – great color match, pigmented, full coverage, matte finish
5. Naked skin – great color match when I have a tan, medium coverage, matte, lightweight

I’ve tried a number of other foundations (MUFE HD, HOURGLASS, BOBBI BROWN, INGLOT, MAC, , TARTE, LANCÔME) but had issues with a color match or performance.

Ceri Avatar

I have dry-combination skin and have tried so many foundations in the past 2 years. Top picks are:
1. Estee lauder double wear which never fails to stay perfect and doesn’t budge all day, I get up at 5:30am for work and if I stay out for drinks till 10pm it still looks great 🙂
2. For lighter-medium coverage with a lovely satin finish I’m loving Lancome teint visionnaire (which also has added skincare)…
3. For more dewy medium coverage I love Clinique even better makeup. Both these last two give a nice healthy glow 🙂

StrangeOne Avatar

Drugstore: Bourjois – 10hr Sleep Effect, True Match foundation – L’Oréal Paris
High end: Nothing yet. I tried MAC once upon a time but it oxidized on me and made me feel itchy.

Kat Avatar

This post is just in time for my new discovery: Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow.

This is my new HG, for sure. Now, I have dry skin, and if I didn’t, I might not use this because, even though it’s oil free, it feels extremely oily. I also might not use it if I had more to cover than redness and a few broken capillaries because it’s definitely not full coverage. If you’re like me though, this foundation is incredible. In-credible.

Sorry for the fangirl, but I just wanted to share my love.

Jade Avatar

I know I’m in a minority but I really like MAC Studio Fix Fluid. It wears really well on me, and it doesn’t need a setting powder. It actually has a little too much coverage for my needs, but it’s still my no 1 fallback.

And while it’s not technically a liquid foundation, I was blown away by Garnier’s BB cream for combination/oily skin. I wear it almost everyday. Light is quite a good shade match (lucky as there are only TWO shades), it minimizes/blurs my pores, gives PERFECT coverage (not too little or too much), I can apply it with my fingers, and it LASTS. It actually doesn’t need setting with powder or setting spray (though I do as it’s summer here in Australia!). All for less than $15 AUD. Amazing.

Krista Avatar

I won’t wear a foundation w/ fragrance or alcohol (isopropyl , not the emollient fatty acid alcohols) — don’t want the irritation. I w ear MAC’s Mineralize liquid foundation in the winter and Nars sheer glow in summer. Great texture and nice finish and doesn’t look like I’m wearing a mask. For photographs & events Laura Mercier’s silk creme– a little heavy for daily use but looks great in HD photography.

CatWoo Avatar

Some days are better than others and it really depends on what my skin needs that day. UD Naked is my everyday foundation when my skin is dull and dry (I layer it on top of the UD BB Cream). When I need a little pick-me-up, I mix a little bit of liquid luminizer before applying. If my skin is really dry, I reach for Laura Mercier TM. If it is dry with a few breakouts, I use Revlon ColorStay Combo/Dry Foundation. If my skin is regular with a few breakouts, I use Kat Von D’s Lock It Foundation; holy wow is that thing pigmented.

I gotta say, even with my rotating foundations, I will always go back to UD Naked. I love the finish and longevity I get with it.

attika Avatar

– clinique even better
no one mentioned this, but this is one of my HGs! it’s a great all rounder, medium coverage, natural satin finish, wears well, still looks good at the end of the day. shade match is great for me, i’m a truly neutral nc30 and some foundations are too yellow, but Neutral is great.
– neutrogena healthy skin
affordable, smooth, lightweight! one of my first foundations and still love it today.
– l’oreal lucent magique (lumi magique in the UK, lucent is the asian name)
beautifully luminous
– giorgio armani lasting silk
beautiful skin in 5 seconds! such a gorgeous finish

CF Avatar

BEST by far – Lancome Teint Miracle Natural Light Creator – fantastic match for dry skin you should try!
It lasts a long time, covers redness, stays very natural on skin, enlights the face from within. Finish is awsome, smell too. Love it!

Also my first foundation – Revlon Colorstay for Dry/Normal. Classic choice.

And my recent discovery – INGLOT YMS foundation – very nice for combination/oily. Lightweight, smoooothhhhh, has peach extract (very silky), covers well, has yellow undertone. FANTASTIC.

Juliana Chiari Avatar

I have oily skin , so I do love Dior Diorskin Forever when I need full coverage. Best ever. When I want a natural skin, I tend to use Guerlain Lingerie de Peau.

calimom Avatar

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light. The trick for me is to cover red areas with a concealer first and then use a THIN layer of foundation. It’s a cross between luminous and matte and photographs wonderfully.

Mari Avatar

I tried the Estee Lauder Double light in no. 2 (around nc 30 (or something like that), and it looks good, but after a few hours looks mask-y, dried and it shows off whatever tiniest line I have in my face (dry skin in winter), even the ones I did not know I had. I have to put enough moisturizing underneath, and try to keep it hydrated during the day. I liked the lasting power and the color, but I had that problem.
I am loving the Chanel Lift Lumiere foundation in 20. it looks luminous, but not dry, and has good coverage.
I have patches of melasma on my cheeks that are not too dark because I wear sunscreen everyday, but they are noticeable.
On most days I go by wearing a BB cream , like GArnier for oily skin or Smashbox.
If anyone can suggest me a nice foundation in the Sephora realm, like which one from NArs of Mufe, I’d like to try them (Sephora in my country hardy gives any samples 🙁 )

Elisa Avatar

Hourglass immaculate because it is the only thing that minimizes the pores on my nose and keeps me matte

Armani luminous silk because it makes your skin look for a lack of a better word luminous but not at all oily or shinny.

crystalD Avatar

@the moment im loving my double wear, that stuff dont budge& I dont find it to look mask like (I use a sponge& just a tiny bit does the job) it dosnt sink into my pores, or my fine
iInes around my eyes,because the stuff dont move (nars sheer glow would leave me with little dots all over within 3 hours of wear, no matter if I used a diff primer or not)I will always have a bottle in my rotation, I also like laura mercier silk cream but I didnt like it this summer, the bamboo beige shade made me looks grey&was too heavy for my summer prefrence.in summer I like double wear&mac studio sculpt (just wish its glowy prettyness lasted all day).I plan on buying chanel matte real soon, tried it& luv it.

Rachel B Avatar

Dior Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup SPF 15 in 010 Ivory. I’m always looking for the next, new, best products, so for me to be on my 3rd bottle of this foundation is a testament to how great it is. The only other time in my life I can recall purchasing the same foundation even twice would be a Lancôme foundation I used in high school. Although I can’t say I’m not totally tempted to try out Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk or (okay, and) Guerlain Lingerie de Peau.

KK Avatar

127 comments and no one seems to like Shiseido??? Im surprised! My go to foundations are:
Estee Lauder Double Wear – the workhorse that it is and perfect shade match
Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation – great shade match, lightweight and brightening!

Kayla Avatar

The Illamasqua Skin Base foundation. I love the dewy finish it gives, and it is one of the only foundations I’ve found that offers a shade light enough for me. Most foundations lean way too pink or way too yellow.

Annette Avatar

It wasn’t until I found Chanel’s Perfection Lumiere that I finally understood what people meant by an HG product (not foundation – product), since I have bad skin I never expected much from foundation but wow do I love this stuff – it melds with my skin without pooling or creasing and gives me a glow without that annoying shimmer stuff. The color is also amazing on me (B10) as I struggle a lot with anything being too warm or too cool.

Armani Maestro would be my second choice, although I never bought the bullet since I didn’t love it as much as my Lumiere, it had that same skin like look but lacked that glow that really sold me, I may have just not found the best application method.

I tried the Guerlain Lingerie but it was a bit matte and the color not perfect enough, didn’t really stand out compared to the above two – but after all the love it gets I feel I need to give it or the other foundations they have another try.

MUFE HD is what I used before, amazing in photos or for night events it’s a great foundation with an amazing shade range (MUFE 117 for a light neutral)! Didn’t repurchase because as someone who never had great skin I’m still looking for that perfect look and this is more of a “perfect, but I know it’s makeup” look. If you like that more matte and slightly powder finish this is the best I’ve tried in that category, I just want something more real for everyday

Kate Avatar

For a light, natural looking foundation, I love Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. It has the loveliest finish and it really doesn’t feel as though you’re wearing foundation. I would really like to try MAC Face and Body next though. I’ve heard it’s very similar in terms of coverage and weight (and much cheaper…).

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