Thursday, 27 March 2014

Foundations for Pale / Fair Skin

As someone with a 'porcelain' complexion, I know how hard it can be to find the correct shade when it comes to foundation. After almost a year of blogging I now have a better understanding of skin 'undertones' and finding a suitable colour match. I have now road-tested a fair amount of foundations and thought I would share my findings as it may be helpful to someone else. From the lightest shades I have found on the high-street, to which brands are better for 'cool' and 'warm' complexions.

I currently have 8 foundations sitting in my collection...

Vichy Dermablend Ultra-Corrective Cream-Stick Foundation in Porcelain

This foundation was going to be the answer to my much needed coverage prayers but unfortunately, I have never been able to make it work for me. When swatched on the back of my hand, it is smooth, blends effortlessly, has a fantastic full coverage and leaves a youthful desirable finish. For some reason this just doesn't transfer to the face. Instead it is a thick cream foundation that applies in patches and clings to every dry area on the face. I have tried it over primer and thick moisturiser, I have applied it with fingers and a brush but it just won't work. In my experience I would say it's for oily skin only. The shade however, is great for my skin tone, if maybe even a little too pale.

Price - £19
Shade Range - 7 shades from Porcelain to Coffee
Coverage - Full (if you can get it to work)
Undertone - Neutral
Rating - 1/5

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation

This foundation has the weirdest shade range! I own the two lightest shades, 010 Light Porcelain and 100 Ivory. Ivory is actually the darkest out of all the foundations I own and Light Porcelain is by far the lightest shade I have ever come across in the high-street/drugstore. I personally need to mix equal parts of the two shades to match my skintone. If you are very pale and really struggle to find a shade to match, I would highly recommend trying Light Porcelain.

This foundation has great coverage and leaves a matte finish. Even though it is matte it works pretty well with my dry skin and it lasts a reasonable amount of time. Because it is a mousse foundation, it's best to avoid it if you have a lot of hair on your face as it will make this more obvious! (Pictures of me wearing this one - here).

Price - £5.99
Shade Range - 6 shades with a very pale option (010 Light Porcelain)
Coverage - Medium - Full
Undertone - 010 - Cool, 100 - Warm
Rating - 4/5

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation in 005 Light Beige

This is a reasonably new foundation for me which I have been road-testing on and off over the last month. It is fast becoming a favourite and I find myself reaching for it on a regular basis. The shade is one of the best I have found, pale with a cool/slightly pink undertone. It has a reliable medium coverage with a very natural finish (not too matte but not too dewy) but still evens out the skintone and reduces the appearance of redness. I have a feeling this is going to be my new go-to daily foundation!

Price - £8.99
Shade Range - 8 shades (005 light beige is the lightest)
Coverage - Medium
Undertone - Cool/pink
Rating - 4/5

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation in Shade 51

A favourite in the beauty blogosphere, this foundation has a lovely texture and a healthy/dewy finish. Although it is pale, it has a very warm/yellow undertone which is way too warm for my own complexion so this one really doesn't get used. If you're pale but find most pale foundations too pink toned I would highly recommend giving Bourjois foundations a try. I would say that it is a light-medium coverage, whereas I personally prefer a medium- full coverage.

Price - £10.99
Shade Range - 6 shades all with yellow undertones (51 is the lightest)
Coverage - Light - Medium
Undertone - Very warm/yellow
Rating - 3/5

Revlon ColorStay Foundation for Combination/Oily Skin in 110 Ivory

This foundation is available in two formulas, one for combination/oily skin and one for dry skin. After reading a few reviews, a number of blogs actually recommended the combination/oily formula for those with dry skin as well. I have however, found that it does sometimes cling to dry patches and perhaps the dry formula would be better for my skin type so I am tempted to try this one in the future

When first applied it leaves a lovely semi matte finish and sets quickly so that you can layer. With one layer I would say it was a light-medium coverage but this is buildable to an extent. I do love the finish of this foundation when it is first applied but after a few weeks of use I have noticed that it seems to separate on the skin after 4 or 5 hours wear, sometimes quite noticeably! I then need to blend it again with my fingers.  I am very impressed with the shade range that Revlon offer, this shade in particular being the second lightest foundation that I own, I am however not impressed with the price as it is definitely one of the more expensive high-street brand foundations. (Pictures of me wearing this one - here).

Price - £12.49
Shade Range - 9 shades (110 Ivory is the lightest)
Coverage - Light - Medium (but buildable)
Undertone - Neutral
Rating - 3/5

Maybelline SuperStay 24 Hr Foundation in 005 Light Beige

I used this foundation for years before I started blogging and actually wore it on my wedding day. I didn't realise at the time that there were foundations with much better coverage and longevity and that dry areas on my face didn't need to be quite so obvious. The shade is the same as the Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation (005 Light Beige - pale with a cool/slightly pink undertone). It is a nice foundation but there are better for my particular skin needs. This one would perhaps be better for oily skin. (Picture of me wearing this one - here).

Price - £8.99
Shade Range - 8 shades
Coverage - Light - Medium
Undertone - Cool/pink
Rating - 2/5

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Mont Blanc

The Nars Sheer Glow Foundation definitely has a blogger hype surrounding it and it is one of the only high-end foundations that I have invested in so far. It has a slightly yellow undertone but no where near as much as the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum so instead it just works nicely to counteract redness on my skintone. When applied it has a lovely dewy healthy finish and although it is described as 'sheer' it is actually more of a medium coverage.

I thought I would love this foundation more than I do. Don't get me wrong I do think it is a beautiful foundation but something is missing considering the hefty price tag so I probably won't re-purchase it when it runs out. It is also disappointing that this foundation does not have a pump and being quite a runny liquid foundation it can be tricky not to accidentally pour too much! (Pictures of me wearing this one - here and here).

Price - £31.00
Shade Range - About 20 (Mont Blanc is the second lightest shade, Siberia is the lightest).
Coverage - Medium
Undertone - Slightly warm/yellow
Rating -3/5

Based on the foundations/shades that I own...
Best for a cool undertone - Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin or SuperStay 24Hr Foundation
Best for a warm undertone - Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation
Best for a neutral undertone - Revlon ColorStay Foundation
Palest shade - Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain
Darkest shade - Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation in 100 Ivory
Best for a dewy finish - Nars Sheer Glow Foundation
Best for a natural finish - Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation
Best for a matte finish - Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation 
Cheapest - Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation 
Most expensive - Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

It is certainly easier to find pale foundations with higher-end brands as they tend to have a much larger shade range than high-street offerings. One foundation I am tempted to invest in is the Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation, a buildable medium coverage foundation with a vast shade range and a weightless finish. The woman at the counter tried this is on me and for reference I am shade 1.0 (the lightest shade is 0.5 which really is very pale!). At £27 it is slightly cheaper than the Nars Sheer Glow. 

It is hard to justify buying a new foundation when I have 8 already in my collection but I am yet to find that perfect foundation that does everything I need. Any suggestions??

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for making this post for us fair skin girls!


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