Top 5 Foundations!


I often get asked what my favourite foundation is so I thought I’d write up a quick post with my top 5 favourite ones. These are the ones I reach for most often and they’re the ones that reassure me that everything is gonna be alriggghhht. I don’t like anything that feels to heavy on the skin and I always like my freckles shine through! Here we go…

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation 
This foundation has officially made it to my number one foundation…ever! It’s my foolproof, failsafe, fixes anything and makes me feel like I have perfect skin…heh…I wish. I think the reason I like it so much is because it reminds me of a combination of the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation (see below) and the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint which gives the skin a matte finish without looking flat. It glides on with ease and looks flawless. It says this is a full coverage foundation, but I’d say it’s more of a medium coverage that you can build up if you need to.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation
When I discovered the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation I thought I died and went to foundation heaven. It feels light on the skin, but evens everything out and because of it’s unique ‘gel’ texture it glides over any dry patches on my skin. The only issue I have with this is that it’s a bit too dark for me in the colder months, but I can still work with it. Fantastic drugstore foundation.

NARS Tinted Moisturiser
Technically this isn’t a foundation, but tinted moisturiser is the same kind of thing isn’t it? I would say I use tinted moisturisers/lighter bases more often than actual foundations because I like to let my skin breathe a little bit! The NARS one is fantastic because it has SPF 30, doesn’t feel greasy at all and still provides enough coverage. This is a great one to wear with a bit of mineral powder over the top.

YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation 
Oh, this bottle is dreamy isn’t it? I was all kinds of obsessed with this when it first came out and I’m happy to say that I still adore it. Another foundation with the word ‘serum’ in it…are we seeing a trend? This one provides medium to high coverage and I find it’s best applied with a Beauty Blender to create a seamless finish. I love to wear this one when I’m filming because it’s a bit glowy and lasts really well on the skin.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation 
I had to mention a mineral foundation of course! I love so many brands of mineral makeup, but this one in particular is great because it’s such a creamy texture. Of course it’s a powder, but when you buff it into the skin (really buff it in there, people), it looks like actual skin. The finish is closer to that of a liquid product and it gives shockingly great coverage. Any redness around my nose, chin etc. disappears with this and the best part is that it feels like I’m wearing nothing at all.

So those are my top 5 foundations! Let me know in the comments below what your favourites are and if you have any recommendations I’d love to hear them!


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  • Kerm

    I need to try anything at all from the Tarte range… ans that YSL foundation x

  • Lily

    Great picks and lovely posts x

  • Kate

    Great picks. Have you heard of the Shu Uemura Smooth Fit Fluid foundation? I picked it up in the Space NK sale the other day having never heard much about it. I think you would like it, and it definitely deserves more love. It’s lightweight, goes pale enough for us pale girls (NW 10ish) looks like skin and feels like nothing. Deffo check it out, thinking of doing a review on my blog in a few days. x

  • Kelly

    What shade do you wear in the Tarte Airbrush foundation? I would really love to try it when I have the chance! :)

  • septhyne

    I love bourjois foundation!

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  • Claire Pedersen

    Im currently loving the YSL Touche Eclat foundation! So lightweight but buildable coverage :)

  • Krithi Marla

    I havent used anything from this list except bourjois which broke me out terribly
    however tarte foundations are in my wish-list ,should get them soon :)

  • Jen

    Ever since you’ve talked about the Tarte airbrush foundation, I just have to get it!

  • Pauline

    Dying to try everything on this list! We have similar skin types and we both want a light to medium coverage. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Jenna

    which shades do you use for the two tarte foundations and the nars tinted moisturizer? love your blog!

  • Ladyaah Beauty

    Hi Estee,

    My favorites foundations are :
    – The Sheer Glow from Nars
    – The Healthy Mix from Bourjois
    – The Double Wear from Estée Lauder

    Xo, Elodie

  • gainorie do

    Hey, I find this so interesting. I’m still learning and discovering techniques in makeups, this could truly help.

  • Nalley Ramos

    Have you ever tried
    Giorgio Armani’s foundation – luminous silk? It’s good

  • chubbybadass

    What color are you in the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full coverage foundation are you? Also for the YSL Youth Liberator one too. I ask because we seem to have the same exact skin tone and I’d love to know which tone you wear.

  • Makenta

    Oh, I love Healthy Mix Serum too! IT is amazing, especially for dry skin!
    You have very nice blog! Thanks for following me on bloglovin (and I’m following back!) :)

  • Sharon Chua

    I have the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum. I loved it. Thanks for sharing :-)

  • Allie Letourneau

    Could you make a video of applying each of the foundations and compare them? Loved the video you made on the tarte powder foundation!!! :)