I wish this post was sponsored by L'oreal...it's not, they're just the stars of my make-up bag at the minute!
These three cover all bases, the matte, the dewy and the just right. For us with oily skin types, finding the right foundation that not only looks good when first applied, but stays good is a tricky task. I spend five days of the week completely make-up free, maybe stretching the effort for my eyebrows every other day. My make-up just never seems to last a day at the office and I like to give my skin the chance to breath.
This means that I no longer feel the need to spend copious amounts on foundations, so when my favourite Charlotte Tilbury base ran out, I didn't run to Selfridges to replace it. Instead, i headed to boots in search of a drugstore alternative for a fraction of the price.
A few months later, Nars, Mac and Chanel have taken permanent residence at the bottom of my make-up bag in favour of three L'oreal choices, all of which work so well for my skin type.
I must admit that this isn't new to my collection, but it's one I've recently rekindled my love for.
I don't know who wears make-up for a whole 24 hours, I won't be the one to try it. However if I were to wear make-up to the office, this would be my choice. All the coverage with all the comfort. What I love most about this is how blendable it is considering the matte finish.
This is one of the few foundations that keeps my oily skin at bay, covers all blemishes and redness and mattifies any shine.
Out of the three this has the highest longevity and only after around 5-6 hours does it start to cling to any dry patches (Still no shine!). Which for me, is amazing!
I went for porcelain, as this is my choice for everyday, when I might not have applied fake tan and it has a lovely cool tone that is so natural. I apply with a damp beauty blender and having tried with a make-up brush, a sponge definitely works best for an even, flawless application.
Dewy isn't a quality I look for when foundation shopping because my skin nails that all by itself, especially in the summer.
However this foundation gives my skin a lovely glow and is by far the most natural finish of the three.
L'Oreal have an impressive selection of shades in this foundation, meaning you can select the perfect one for you, that kind of your skin but better shade. The formula is lightweight and again so comfortable on the skin and even though it may not last as long on my skin type, it has a gorgeous demi-matte finish, that's smooth and radiant. It's so easy to apply using a foundation brush and the coverage is very build-able and takes care of any pesky blemishes with ease! It lasts around 3-4 hours before I need to touch it up.
New to the bunch is this beauty. A relatively recent addition to the L'Oreal stand, Total Cover is the perfect inbetween. The coverage is insane, L'Oreal claim it will even cover tattoos (I have yet to convince Ryan to let me test that theory) and I can safely say it covers any imperfections with one single coat. Much to my surprise it doesn't look or feel thick or tight and stays that way throughout the day.
The texture is not as thick as I anticipated for such a full cover foundation, it again blends easily and the shade I chose is perfect for me, no orange undertones in sight!
It comes just under the Infallible Matte in terms of longevity, but a light dusting of powder after a few hours wear buffs away any shine.
The finish sits perfectly in between True Match and Infallible Matte, natural and healthy looking but completely flawless, I'm in love!
Have you tried any of these foundations yet?