Top 4 favourite foundation formulas of ALL TIME, featuring La Prairie, Guerlain, Dior, and Too Faced

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As a beauty blogger, I go through so many products. One of the things I love testing out the most is foundation. In addition to great skin, it’s also important to start your makeup with a beautiful and smooth complexion, with the help of a good foundation. Today, after nearly 10 years of blogging and foundation testing, I want to share with you my top four formulas.

La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation

If money was no issue and I could have an unlimited supply of any foundation, it would be this one. My go-to foundation for when I need my skin to look flawless for endless hours, the La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer + Foundation never ceases to amaze me with how amazing it can make my skin look and feel. It does an incredible job at smoothing out my fine lines and pores, and also hides any dryness really well. Every time I use this, I am basically guaranteed to have good skin. It’s so expensive though, so I really only use this when my skin needs it, otherwise I’m so scared to run out because the high price means I am likely to pick up another one. I did a full review here. I wear the shade Warm Linen, which is the perfect match for me.

Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation

My second favourite foundation, and something I am actually very likely to repurchase is the Parure Gold Foundation by Guerlain. Again, this is something I use when I need good skin, whether its for an event or wedding, or maybe I have something after work and I need my makeup to look good all day. This doesn’t have as good staying power as the La Prairie, but it does make my skin look lit from within. This is my go-to foundation to take with me when I travel, because flying wrecks havoc on my skin so I need a good foundation to balance out the dryness and also give back some of that glow. You can check out my full review here. I wear the shade 02, which is a 95% good match to my skin.

Diorskin Air Nude

My go-to foundation for when I need to cover a bit of redness, or on a good skin day, the Diorskin Air Nude is a “serum foundation,” super lightweight, easy to apply, and generally foolproof. It doesn’t have very good coverage, so I only really wear this when I have nowhere fancy to go, and it’s also great in the summer when I want something lighter. The only thing is because the foundation is so light, I tend to go through this very quickly. That being said, it’s not too too expensive that I can definitely repurchase this when the time comes! I wear the shade 020.

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

I was so in love with this foundation when it first released that I wore it nonstop for months. I was later introduced to a few other foundations and then forgot about this in the back of my foundation drawer. I recently took it back out because I remembered how much I loved it, and alas, it was like falling in love all over again. The Born This Way foundation is the most high coverage of all the ones here, and in addition to being a high coverage foundation, it also soft focuses my skin and blurs out all of my imperfections. I can layer this over itself and it never looks or feels heavy or cakey. It is also extremely long wearing – after a full day’s work without touchups, it is still mostly intact on my face. I wear the shade Warm Nude, which is a great match for me. You can see my previous review here.

You can purchase La Prairie, Guerlain, and Dior at Holt Renfrew, and Too Faced at Sephora.

What are some of your favourite foundations?

Products provided by PR for review consideration; all opinions are my own. My original Diorskin Air Nude was purchased by me, but then the Dior PR graciously sent me another one.

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Review + swatches + look: Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Vanilla and Warm Nude review and swatch

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation (C$49), new for summer 2015, is an oil free, full-coverage, luminous finish foundation. Currently vailable in 12 shades with 6 new shades coming out this fall, it is infused with coconut water for hydration and boosting radiance, alpine rose for brightening and promoting elasticity, and hyaluronic acid to hydration and smoothing the skin’s surface.

The shade Warm Nude is the perfect match for my NC25 skin tone. Warm Nude is yellow-based but definitely a lot more neutral leaning. I also received Vanilla which is a tinge too light, which normally would be okay but it’s also too yellow. Vanilla would be better for NC20 skin tones.

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Vanilla and Warm Nude review and swatch
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Vanilla and Warm Nude review and swatch

For a long-lasting foundation, Born This Way is very hydrating. Even though it is high coverage, it feels ultra light on the skin, and melts in like silk. In terms of hiding imperfections, it does an amazing job at covering redness and small blemishes. The freckles on my cheeks still peek through, which is great because it’s not an entirely mask-like effect. Pore coverage is above average; the foundation smooths over most of my pores leaving an even look. The finish on this foundation is a satin – not quite dewy and not quite matte. If you have dry skin, you don’t need to powder afterward. I powder anyways to help with lasting power, and also because I prefer the matte look on work days.

The most impressive thing about Born This Way Foundation is that last power is incredible – I wore this for a full 14 hours (apply at 8AM, remove at 10PM) and the foundation looked almost exactly the same as when I just applied it, maybe even better due to it blending with the natural oils on my face. Because of its hydrating properties, oil control weren’t great and I generally have to blot after a few hours, and then throughout the day. Despite the blotting, it still stayed mostly intact on my face throughout the day.

I can’t say enough good things about this foundation. I’ve previously found full coverage foundations that I liked but I didn’t love, whereas I really love Born This Way Foundation. I have been finding myself reaching for this almost every day since I received it. For a full coverage foundation, you end up with flawless, yet natural-looking skin at the same time, which really is magical.

You can purchase Too Faced Born This Way Foundation at Sephora in stores and online.

The swatches

Vanilla and Warm Nude

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Vanilla and Warm Nude review and swatch

The look

Wearing Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Warm Nude

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Vanilla and Warm Nude review and swatch
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Vanilla and Warm Nude review and swatch

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Vanilla and Warm Nude review and swatch
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Vanilla and Warm Nude review and swatch