If there's one item of make-up I can never get enough of, it's foundation - and it's no secret! I think I've read enough reviews on most high end foundations that I can tell you a bit about each of them!
My nerdiness aside, it seems that in 2012, some of my most popular videos and blog posts were my reviews of foundation. So it was only natural that I wriggled uncomfortably in my seat as my mouse hovered over the "Publish" button of what I had forcefully declared as my top 3 products of the year. It felt wrong, forced and unreflective of my 2012. Instead of stubbornly sticking to tradition, I decided to scrap it and do only what I felt I could honestly declare - my favourite foundations of 2012! There's no better feeling than doing what you really want to do, ey?! ;) So in no particular order, here they are..
Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Touche Eclat
I fell in love with this foundation back in September when my skin decided to go through a drought. It was the only foundation that smoothed over my dry patches and brought a glow to my face. I haven't been able to justify purchasing this in full size yet, but it'll undoubtedly be the next one on the list!
MAC Studio Fix Fluid
A saviour when my skin erupts (yes my skin has all kinds of natural disasters going on), this foundation provides the flawless base I need yet maintains that semi-matte finish I want. I wrote a post on how I apply this to do that - it's definitely not the masky foundation many people say it is!
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua
I think this was the foundation I used the most this year. When it says, "skin-perfecting foundation" it really means just that. It has a natural level of coverage and just seems to add that oomph to your skin to make it look glowy, perfected, polished but you :) It's by no means drying but it's great for the summer when I don't want any more hydration than I already do on my face. Click here for a full review and a video application.
Maybelline FIT Me Foundation
I wrote about the dream team this foundation makes with the famous Real Techniques Buffing Brush here. This has a very similar finish to YSL but with more oil control, despite being slightly more hydrating and with a bit more coverage. It's fab for the autumn for me!
Lunasol Skin Modelling Water Cream Foundation
The newest in my foundation collection, and one of the hottest foundations in Japan at the moment, this is something between a gel and a cream. The blendability of this product will blow you out of the water - I never knew such a texture was possible! It has a nice amount of coverage and leaves a nice dewy finish and a glow. Very similar to the YSL in many ways, but I think this has a bit more coverage and hydration, which will come in extremely handy in these winter months!
L to R: YSL, MAC, Chanel, Maybelline, Lunasol.
As you can see, 2012 for me was all about the skin-like finish with the appropriate hydration for my skin and the right amount of coverage for that time of year. The YSL and Lunasol are perfect for when my skin is dry, as they both hydrate and somehow turn dry, dull skin into glowing skin. The Chanel is great for the summer, when I don't need hydration. The Maybelline is an essential for the autumn when my skin needs that balanced amount of hydration. And all four give skin-like finishes that is natural, smooth and glowy with varied amounts of coverage - all falling into the low to medium category. And the MAC will always be there for those pesty acne and their scars!
2012 was the year of bases. I tried so so many - The Body Shop, CoverFX, Estee Lauder, Dr. Jart+, BareMinerals.. too many to count! But these 5 were definitely the stars. Some, I feel, have even joined the ranks of the Diorskin Forever which used to be my one and only favourite! But as needs and tastes change throughout the year (I definitely got more normal skin this year!), it's always difficult to figure out which ones I'll still be on about in a year's time.. I suppose we'll have to see! But until then, I can fully and honestly recommend the 5 I've spoken about today :)
Were any of these your favourites this year too?
What were your favourite bases this year?