Foundations. A good foundation is hard to come by, right? If you’re a woman that wears make up (or a man?) regularly, you’ll understand how hard it is to find the perfect foundation. Some are too dry, some are too oily, some make your skin look shiny, some are far too heavy, or the wrong colour etc, etc, etc.
Pasty and pale
I have a very pale complexion. In fact I’m probably paler than pale. If it wasn’t for my rosey red cheeks then I’d blend into most white walls. :-)
I don’t even tan. I can sit out in the sun (with sufficient sunscreen I might add) on holiday for a couple of hours and still all that happens is that I go red and then back to white. Lee on the other hand, just has to go look at the sun and he has a nice healthy sun-kissed glow. Not that I’m jealous or anything. :-) I’ve actually come to accept my fairer than fair complexion over the years. So much so, that even for my wedding I decided against faking it (although that was partly because my work colleague said I’d look like an Oompa Loompa).
One big cover-up
Because I’m so pale I’ve always, always struggled with finding a foundation to match my natural skin tone. I dread to think how much money I’ve spent over the years on foundation, tinted moisturisers and more recently, BB cream. Here’s a selection of the foundations and tinted moisturisers I’ve tried over the years.
From left to right…
So, what is the perfect foundation for me?
Well, I don’t think there is one. :-(
However, my latest purchase thanks to a recommendation from Rebecca Norris over at Florence Finds, was Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser. I was dubious at first, but I decided to give it a go…and I love it. It’s lightweight, but gives enough coverage to even out my skin tone. You also don’t need a lot of it, so the tube does last a long time!
The two things I don’t like about it are firstly the hefty price tag (at around £30 a go, it’s not exactly a bargain), and secondly if you don’t hold it upright (which is fairly impossible because it’s meant to stand on it’s head as per the picture above), it does tend to leak out a bit, which is slightly wasteful if you ask me.
However, I have and will be recommending this to my friends and family as THE tinted moisturiser to have. :-)
Do you use Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser? Have you used it in the past and found something better? Do share!