I have received a few foundations as PR and bought a new foundation in November and December , and I have used them all a few times now to form a decent opinion of each. Some are very budget friendly and some are pricier options - So there is one for every budget.
Before I start - I'll share my skin type. While I was usually more on the oily side , my skin is now more dehydrated combo skin - I have dry patches but I still get an oily T-zone. I do ALWAYS prime my skin before make-up - so keep that in mind when I do mention wear time .
So onto the six that have been in my beauty rotation the last few weeks.
Clarins Everlasting Foundation +
I bought this on the Woolies 25% off sale last year and was super excited to try a fancy foundation. I have used a Clarins mask or two before but this would be my first make-up product. Even with the 25% off - this still had a hefty price tag. To be completely honest - I'm a little disappointed in this foundation. Some days it looked great - other days I looked super greasy. I do love that the foundation includes an SPF - but I felt it clinged to drier spots (and I really had issues making it last on my nose - and I didn't even get that oily ). I will finish the foundation - as I do find it wears okay on cooler days - but I won't be reaching for this on hotter days or buy this again . I get about 10 hours of wear time before the foundation fades slowly on me. This foundation offers medium coverage.
Revlon ColorStay Make-Up for Combination / Oily Skin
I mentioned this gem in my Summer Essentials post last week too - this foundation is pretty bomb. I do find that if my water intake isn't that great it does make my skin look drier , but this foundation lasts in the hot humid weather - and still makes me look like a put together person. This with the Revlon Colorstay powder makes you look flawless . I don't reach for this foundation everyday though - as I mentioned I do have dehydrated skin that acts up if I don't stay hydrated enough - but for those days you want to look perfect in the Summer Heat - this is highly recommended. The foundation lasts until YOU take it off - which is great for those long days. This foundation offers full coverage.
Revlon Colorstay Make-Up for Normal / Dry Skin
This is my favourite everyday foundation at the stage - I reach for this one the most. The formula is a lot more hydrating and while I do have an oily T-zone , somehow this foundation doesn't make my nose look shiny and bright at midday (which is never a good look ) . I do set this with a light powder , but the formula makes my skin look healthy and pretty awesome - and lasts a decent about of time on my skin. This foundation offers natural coverage.
Essence Get Picture Ready Compact Make-Up
As you know I LOVE Essence foundations - but sadly this one didn't work with my skin at all. This is a cream foundation that has a cute mirror and sponge making it perfect for applying on the go. But the foundation just didn't like my skin. It made me super greasy and I had the hardest time blending it to look smooth on my skin - even with a primer this sinked into my pores - and honestly I won't be coming near this foundation again. Save your money and buy the one I mention at the end of the post.
Revlon ColorStay 2-1 Compact Make-Up and Concealer.
Although I don't like cream foundations - this one was pretty awesome . This foundation comes with a mirror and sponge (which is actually pretty good - I did apply the foundation with it ) . What I love about this one though - it has a pretty nice concealer too - a shade lighter than the foundation -taking the guesswork out of finding the perfect shade of concealer. The concealer covers dark circles and spots pretty good . The foundation blended in perfectly and at the end of the night when I took off my make-up I could see the foundation was still on my skin. I'm really pretty impressed . This foundation offers medium to full coverage.
Essence Camouflage Make-Up and Concealer
Now while I might not have liked the Essence compact foundation - I LOVE this one. The foundation is budget friendly yet heavy duty - I do find this covers any imperfections pretty decently and creates the perfect canvas for my make-up. This does last a pretty decent about of time on me - certainly better than even the Clarins foundation one. This foundation I know I can grab and apply and it will look perfect - I don't have to worry about how dehydrated my skin is or if I need to apply a hydrating serum first. This is just an easy one to grab if I know I will be running errands but still want to look put together. This foundation offers medium coverage.
Overall , my two favourites of them all is the Revlon ColorStay one for Combo / Oily skin and the Essence Camouflage Make-up one - both are great for different reasons but I can't see myself without them .
If you are interested in the prices of the foundations :
Clarins Everlasting Foundation - R445
Revlon ColorStay Combo/Oily - R299
Revlon ColorStay Normal / Dry - R299
Essence get Ready compact foundation - R89,95
Revlon Compact 2-1 Make-Up - R299
Essence Camouflage Make-Up - R79,95
What's YOUR current favourite foundation at the moment ??
*Please note all the foundations except the Clarins one I received as PR - all opinions are my own*