Foundation collection

My complete foundation collection. Over the years I have accumulated quite a lot of them.

My complete foundation collection. Over the years I have accumulated quite a lot of them.

Over the years, I have accumulated quite the makeup collection. A big part of my makeup collection consists of a whole array of foundations. Today I'll talk you through them, one by one. I'll tell you why I like or dislike them, my favorite way of applying them, how they wear and what coverage they provide. We have quite a lot to get through, so let's jump in!

Note: All of the opinions are my own. Some products that might not work for me, might work for you and vice versa.
 

Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+

Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+ Foundation in 30

Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+ Foundation in 30

Let's start this post off with the newest addition to my foundation collection: The Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+ Foundation. This is an oil-free, water resistant matifying foundation. I bought this one in Amsterdam last month, but I only really started using this in the last few weeks. 

Consistency: Lightweight
This is a very lightweight foundation when you put it on the skin. It doesn't really feel as if you're wearing any product on your face at all, which I really enjoy. However, it does come out of the tube as a little bit of a thicker cream than some of the other foundations I'm going to talk about, which does have its effects on the way you best apply this foundation.

Application: Foundation Brush
I usually apply this one with a foundation brush. Because it is a little bit of a thicker consistency I find it quite difficult to apply this one with a damp makeup sponge. When I use a makeup sponge with this foundation, I find it really stays concentrated on one spot on the sponge, which results in a very localized application. For that reason, I prefer using a foundation brush for this one. 
Wear-time: Longwearing and waterproof
In my experience, this foundation stays put throughout the entire day, even when you get soaking wet because of the rain (yes, I did find this out first hand when I got caught in the rain without an umbrella). 
Coverage: Light coverage
I use this foundation when I don't feel like I need a lot of coverage, or when I just need to even out my skin tone a little bit (I have some redness around my nose and on my cheeks). 
SPF: No
Price: €41,95 for 30ml

This is the price that is shown on the Make Up For Ever-website.
I did buy this foundation with a 20% discount during the sales, but it still was quite pricey. It's great quality but €41,95 is still a lot of money, even for a great product.
My opinion
I love this foundation! I haven't been using it for that long, but every time I've worn it in the last couple of weeks I was pleasantly surprised by the results. And what I like most about this foundation is that it doesn't even feel as if you are wearing any foundation at all! It doesn't break me out (oil-free foundation is usually safe for my skin) and even though it has a matte-finish I don't feel like it dries out my skin.
The only downfall to this product is that it is quite expensive, so unfortunately I can't afford to use it every single day (if it were less expensive this would definitely be my everyday foundation).
 

MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation

This was actually one of the first high-end foundations I ever bought for myself and for a long time I absolutely loved this product. It is no longer one of my favorites, but I still reach for it every now and then.

MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation in NC25 (left) and NC20 (right)

MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation in NC25 (left) and NC20 (right)

Consistency: Lightweight
I love, love, love the formula of this foundation. It's lightweight and very easy to apply! I used to wear this all the time and it didn't break me out and it really didn't even feel as if I was wearing any foundation at all. That's why, for a long time, this used to be my everyday foundation. 
The formula is quite runny, which has its effects on the way I like to apply this foundation
Application: Makeup Sponge
I always apply this foundation with a makeup sponge (damp or dry, both work). Because it is quite runny, it tends to leave streaks on my face when I apply this with a brush. You can get this to work with a brush, but it will take you a lot longer than were you to apply it with a makeup sponge. I also found this foundation to be more build-able when I use a make up sponge.
Wear-time: Medium to longwearing
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his foundation is longwearing and it can even withstand some sweating once you have set it with some powder. I don't really know how it acts if you don't lock it in with powder, but based on the consistency, I'm guessing it won't wear as long as it would with a powder on top.
Coverage: Light to medium coverage
This one has more coverage than the Make Up For Ever foundation, but not nearly as much as some of the foundations I'm still going to talk about. It's great at evening out your skin tone and it will even cover up some small blemishes. 
SPF: 15
Price: €36 for 30ml
This is the price shown on the MAC Cosmetics website. This foundation is still up there in price, but it's already a lot better than the Make Up For Ever one. You do get quite a lot of product and the product is really good quality.

Consistency of the MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF15 foundation.

Consistency of the MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF15 foundation.

My opinion
I used to swear by this foundation, I even bought a second bottle of it in a different shade (NC20 and NC25), just so I could wear it all year round. However, a couple of months ago, upon applying it, I noticed I had some shimmer on my face. At first I thought this was because I had used a dirty brush (oops), but I noticed it again the next time and the next time and so forth, so I stopped using it all together. 
I will probably pull these out again when summer comes around, since I do love how lightweight it feels on the skin and I don't mind a little bit of a glow (or shimmer) in summer. 

MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation

I bought this foundation a couple of months ago because I wanted a foundation that had a little bit more coverage. I already owned my MAC Mineralize foundation, which I really like, so I decided to visit my local MAC store in my search for a good high-coverage foundation and this is what they offered me.

MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation in NC20

MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation in NC20

Consistency: Lightweight Mousse
Even though this is a higher coverage foundation than the previous one, it still has a very lightweight consistency. The foundation has an almost whipped feel to it when it comes out of the tube. 
Application: Foundation Brush
Because of the kind of whipped up consistency, I find this foundation easiest to put on with a foundation brush. Just like the Make Up For Ever foundation, it tends to stay in one place on you makeup sponge which makes it harder to get an even coverage all over your face. 
Wear-time: Longwearing
This foundation stays in its place all day long. According to the MAC cosmetics website, it's waterproof as well but I haven't really tested that out, so I can't tell you whether this is true or not.
Coverage: Medium to high coverage
I use this foundation when my skin isn't doing great. It covers up blemishes and it even covers up any spots you might have. Even though putting on makeup when your skin is already acting up is a risk, I haven't had any trouble with this foundation. It doesn't irritate the skin any further, thus not worsening any breakouts you might already have.

The foundation comes out of the tube as a whipped up mousse.

The foundation comes out of the tube as a whipped up mousse.

The foundation does provide a medium to full coverage.

The foundation does provide a medium to full coverage.

SPF: 15
Price: €34,50 for 40ml

This is the price that is listed on the MAC Cosmetics website. Once again, this foundation is on the pricier side, but it really is worth the money if you ask me.
My opinion
This is my go-to foundation when my skin isn't feeling its best. I like the finish on it, since it's not completely matte, yet not too glowy (I'm not that into glowy skin). It covers up blemishes and spots and it wears all day long. Since this is a MAC product, it's more on the expensive side, but I think this product is totally worth it.

Rimmel Fresher Skin

Rimmel Fresher Skin Foundation in Ivory (100)

Rimmel Fresher Skin Foundation in Ivory (100)

Consistency: Lightweight Gel
This foundation has a very lightweight gel-like consistency. It feels very refreshing on the skin when you first apply it and the gel-like consistency is quite pleasant. It does need some effort to get it worked in to the skin. If you don't work it in to the skin it tends to be a little streaky. 

This foundation has a gel-like consistency that feel very refreshing when you first apply it to the skin.

This foundation has a gel-like consistency that feel very refreshing when you first apply it to the skin.

Application: Foundation Brush
You really don't have a choice with this foundation, the only way you are going to get this from the pot to your face, is with a brush. The opening is quite small, so you can't use to big of a brush either. When you first apply this to your face it is quite streaky, but with a little bit of an effort you can work the product in to your skin.
Wear-time: Not great
This foundation lasts a few hours, at most. Even when you lock it in with powder, the product just disappears, leaving you bare-skinned once more.
Coverage: Light to medium coverage
I would say this is a light-coverage foundation. However, it is build-able (with some effort) and you can get it to a medium coverage.
SPF: 15
Price: €13,49 for 25ml

This is the in-store price at Kruidvat.
The price is probably the only thing that's good about this foundation. This is a drugstore product and the price reflects that. Even though this might be a very affordable foundation, I would still suggest going for something different, because the product is just really not good.
My opinion
NO! Just no! I don't like anything about this foundation! It comes of in a matter of hours, the coverage isn't great and worst of all, it breaks me out. Let's go through all the things I do NOT like about this foundation.
The packaging on this product is an immediate turn-off for me, just because it is so difficult to get the product out. The opening of the pot is too small, it can't even fit a lot of brushes and it definitely won't fit your makeup sponge.
Rimmel has a few items in its makeup range that are supposed to be good for your skin, including this one. It is supposed to give your fresher looking skin and supposedly it does not clog your pores. I don't think any of that is true. The few times I wore this foundation, before it got banished to the bad bin, it broke me out every single time. At first I thought this was because I was doing something different in my skincare regimen or because of my hormones, but after a while I just had to accept that it was the foundation that caused my problems.
And then, there's the wear time. Like I said, it will stay put for a few hours, but that's it.
Overall, a bad foundation, that I would not recommend to anyone. It might be cheap, but there's other affordable makeup on the market that's way better than this one. Like the next foundation I'm going to talk about, for example.

Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation

I actually bought this foundation because it came with a free concealer (and I needed a concealer), but I'm very glad I did since this foundation was actually one of my February favorites.

Catrice HD Liquid Coverage in Light Beige (010)

Catrice HD Liquid Coverage in Light Beige (010)

Consistency: Quite heavy on the skin
The bottle says it has a second skin effect, but I don't agree with that. I find it does feel quite heavy on the skin, you are certainly aware of the fact that you are wearing foundation. I don't really mind this, but it does mean that I don't like to use this on an every day basis, because I do like to let my skin breathe every now and then.
The formula is quite runny, which means I like to apply it with damp makeup sponge.

This foundation comes with a dropper. 

This foundation comes with a dropper. 

Application: Damp Makeup Sponge
I find this applies best with a damp makeup sponge. You get a better coverage with a damp makeup sponge then were you to use a dry makeup sponge or a brush. You can apply this with a foundation brush as well, but you won't get the coverage you get from a makeup sponge.
Wear-time: Longwearing
The bottle says it has 24h-wear and I completely believe it! I haven't actually worn this foundation for 24hours straight, since I don't usually stay up for a full 24hours (but maybe I will in the future because the life of a vet student can be hard ;) ). It wears all day and at the end of the day there's still a lot of foundation left on your face as well.
Coverage: High coverage
This foundation is pretty high coverage, especially when you apply it with a damp makeup sponge. The coverage doesn't fade during the day, so this foundation will help you stay flawless all day long.

Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation in Light Beige (010)

Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation in Light Beige (010)

SPF: No
Price: €6,99 for 30ml

This is the in-store price at Kruidvat
This is probably the cheapest one out of the bunch but also one of my favorites. And it was even cheaper when I bought it since it came with a concealer (and a really good one for that matter) for the same price of €6,99. 
My opinion
This a good and affordable foundation, that's why it deserved a spot in my February Favorites. Since it is really high coverage and it does feel quite heavy on the skin, I don't like to use this too many days in a row, out of fear of irritating my skin. I like to use this quite regularly but I do switch it up every now and then with something that's a little lighter on the skin. It is also incredibly cheap, which makes it a good product to be using regularly.

L'Oréal Infallible 24h Matte 

L'Oréal Infallible 24h-Matte Foundation in Vanilla (11)

L'Oréal Infallible 24h-Matte Foundation in Vanilla (11)

Consistency: Lightweight
This is a little bit of a thicker foundation but it does feel light on the skin. Just a little dollop of this is enough to cover your entire face with medium coverage. However, if you build this up to get a higher coverage, it does get heavier on the skin as well and it doesn't feel as comfortable as it does with just one layer of foundation.
Application: Damp Makeup Sponge
Even though this is a little bit of a thicker foundation, I do use a damp makeup sponge to apply this one. When I use a foundation brush, it tends to be a little streaky and I don't get as much coverage as I would were I to use a makeup sponge.  
Wear-time: Longwearing
This is another foundation that stays put all day long. It does fade a little during the course of the day, but you're still left with a nice coverage at the end of the day.
Coverage: Medium coverage
I would say this one is medium coverage. You probably could build this up to get a high coverage, but I don't think it would sit as comfortably on the skin if you were to build it up that much.

L'Oréal Infallible 24h-Matte Foundation in Vanilla (11)

L'Oréal Infallible 24h-Matte Foundation in Vanilla (11)

This foundation has a thicker consistency and is medium coverage.

This foundation has a thicker consistency and is medium coverage.

SPF: No
Price: €15,99 for 35ml
My opinion

Even though I really like this foundation and it is quite similar to the MAC Studio Sculpt foundation, I do prefer the Studio Sculpt foundation over this one. I really like this foundation and I find myself reaching for it quite regularly, but it's not my absolute favorite.
Thiis is a drugstore foundation, which means it is quite affordable as well at €15,99.

L'Oréal Accord Parfait

L'Oréal Accord Parfait in Rose Vanilla (2R/2C)

L'Oréal Accord Parfait in Rose Vanilla (2R/2C)

Consistency: Lightweight
This foundation is a little different, in the way that it transforms from a liquid to a more powdery consistency. It has a matte finish and because it turns to a powder-like substance it feels really light on the skin.
Application: Foundation Brush
I apply this with a foundation brush, since I've found that when you use a makeup sponge, it doesn't have the same liquid-to-powder effect as it does with the brush. If you do apply this with a makeup sponge, it will feel a little heavier on the skin and I've also found it doesn't wear as long as it does when you use a brush.

This foundation comes out of the packaging quite runny but once you start working this in to the face it turns into some kind of powder.

This foundation comes out of the packaging quite runny but once you start working this in to the face it turns into some kind of powder.

Wear-time: Medium to longwearing
It does wear for a fair amount of time, but not as long as some of the other foundations I've mentioned, like the Catrice HD Liquid Foundation or the Make Up Forever Mat Velvet+ Foundation. You can get through your day without having to touch up, but at the end of the day your foundation will have faded quite a bit.
Coverage: Medium coverage
This one has a medium coverage as well. It evens out your skin tone, covers up blemishes and even some small spots. Bigger spots will need some concealer if you plan on wearing this foundation. I don't recommend trying to build this foundation up, since it will start to look quite powdery if you do.
SPF: No
Price: €16,99 for 30ml

My opinion
Once again, I like this foundation a lot. This, once again, is a drugstore foundation, which means it is quite affordable, even though this is one of the pricier foundations at the drugstore. It is still completely worth the money though and I'll probably buy this one in a darker shade soon, so I can wear this during the summer as well.

Max Factor Miracle Touch

I have to be honest, I haven't actually tried this out enough to give you a good review. I bought this at the end of last year, but unfortunately I bought the wrong shade. I do believe this shade will be perfect for summer, but since I'm still the same shade as Snow White right now, I haven't had the chance to really play around with it. That's why I'll just talk you through the specifics of this one, but I'll have to give you my review at a later time.

Max Factor Miracle Touch in Warm Almond (045)

Max Factor Miracle Touch in Warm Almond (045)

Consistency: Lightweight cream
This foundation has a solid to liquid formula. It is a liquid in the pot, but glides on the face like any other liquid foundation would. It's also very lightweight and sits very comfortable on the skin. 
Application: Foundation Brush
Since this has a solid to liquid formula there really is no other way for applying this, than a foundation brush. You need the foundation brush to get the solid foundation out of the pot. If you try to use a makeup sponge with this, you'll find it hard to get a good amount of product on the sponge. 

This foundation has a solid to liquid formula. It's a solid in the pot but smooths over your skin like any other liquid foundation would.

This foundation has a solid to liquid formula. It's a solid in the pot but smooths over your skin like any other liquid foundation would.

Wear-time: Longwearing
I don't really know if this is true. The few times I have already worn this foundation, I didn't wear it long enough to get an idea of the wear-time.
Coverage: Light to Medium coverage
The foundation is great for even out your skin tone or covering up small blemishes. It is difficult to get a higher coverage than that since you only pick up a little bit of product each time you swirl your brush around in the pot. You could build it up a little but but will take a little more time than it would with some of the other foundations in this post, just because you'll have to go back and pick up more product every time. It gives you a very natural looking finish, even when you build it up.
SPF: No
Price: €16,99 for 11,5gr

Another drugstore foundation, with a price to match. 

Essence Soft Touch Mousse

This is another foundation I bought on a whim. I was planning on going to a Vampire party and I just needed a foundation in a very light shade. So I just went for the cheapest foundation I could found. Turns out, I could use a very light-shaded foundation in my every day life. Once I put on this foundation, I discovered it was actually an almost perfect match to my skin tone and so I have been using it every now and then.

Essence Soft Touch Mousse Makeup in Matt Ivory (04)

Essence Soft Touch Mousse Makeup in Matt Ivory (04)

Consistency: Lightweight Mousse
Because of the  mousse-like consistency, this foundation feels very lightweight and even refreshing on the skin. It does have a kind of powdery finish. I don't mind this at all, but if you don't like this, this might not be the foundation for you.
Application: Foundation Brush
This foundation has the same problem as the Rimmel Fresher Skin Foundation. Because of the way the pot is shaped, the only way you can get any product out of the packaging is with a foundation brush. When you first put the foundation on your face, it might look a little streaky, but this is easily solved by working the product a little better into the skin.

Essence Soft Touch Mousse Makeup in Matt Ivory (04)

Essence Soft Touch Mousse Makeup in Matt Ivory (04)

Wear-time: Not great
Just like the Rimmel Fresher Skin Foundation, the wear-time on this foundation isn't great. You can't go a whole day without needing to reapply. It does wear a little longer than the Rimmel foundation, but it still isn't great.
Coverage: Light to Medium Coverage
The coverage on this foundation, on the other hand, is better than the Rimmel one. It evens out the skin tone and helps cover little blemishes, thus leaving you with a natural look. 
SPF: No
Price: €3,89 for 16gr

This is in the same price-range as the Catrice Foundation and that is exactly why I bought it. I just needed a cheap foundation. I could never have guessed I would end up using this in my everyday life as well.
My opinion
Even though this isn't a bad foundation, I don't find myself reaching for this one. It just doesn't wear long enough for all-day use. I use it every now and then, when my eye falls on it, but that's about it. I prefer some of the previously mentioned foundations to this one, but if you need a really cheap lightweight foundation, and you don't mind reapplying your makeup every now and then, this might be the foundation for you.

 

I hope you found this post helpful. Let me know if you've tried any of these foundations yourself or if you know any good foundations that I didn't mention here (I'm always looking for new makeup to try ;) ).

Talk to you soon,
Nakiska