{Beauty} Best Foundations 

It’s been a minute since I last shared a beauty post, my blog is slowly drifting into travel and Fashion direction and though I am happy about it I don’t want to continue neglecting the beauty side to this blog. To help me revitalise the beauty side of the blog I am sharing the findings from the research done by review.com on the best foundations around.

Reviews.com Searched for the Best Foundation; Here’s What They Found

Best Foundations

Trying to find a foundation ideal for your skin isn’t an easy task, especially when every product claims to be “a perfect match.” The team at Reviews.com set out on a quest to find the absolute best all-around foundation available. In doing so, they had a number of criteria in mind that a foundation would have to meet.

First, they removed any foundations that contained potentially harmful or controversial ingredients. They eliminated any foundations that had ingredients that clogged pores, increased the risk of sun damage or increased the risk of skin irritation. Some of the ingredients on their no-no list included formaldehyde releasers, sodium lauryl sulfate, mineral oil, chemical sunscreens, and retinoids.

Then they eliminated any foundation that had fewer than 12 shades. This turned out to be the biggest challenge for the reviewers, as the average number of shades among all foundation lines was eight! A wider variety of skin tone colors in foundations is necessary because women of color are being underrepresented in the beauty industry.

Next, any foundations with less than a minimum four star rating on the popular websites like Amazon, Sephora, Nordstrom and Ulta were removed. While admitting that reviews can be somewhat tricky and unreliable, they did this in order to find the foundations that actually worked for consumers.

Out of 364 formulas, these three criteria narrowed the field to 63 foundations. Here’s where the real hands-on testing began. First relying upon experts including cosmetic chemists, makeup artists, and the CEO of Focal Point Research, Rob Ross-Fichtner, and scouring user comments and YouTube for tips, they chose their final foundation selections after trying out each formula themselves. They found their perfect shades then wore the foundations while going about their normal, busy lives, in some cases even trying out one formula on one half of the face, with another formula on the other half! All of this research led them to these two top picks and several honorable mentions.

Best Sheer to Medium Coverage

MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation

Reviewers praised its consistency and refreshing feel on the face. They also liked its natural look. They recommend this shade for those looking for sheer coverage who also have naturally good skin.

Best Medium to Full Coverage

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup

The reviewers liked this buildable foundation for its staying power and coverage. It was also deemed to be long-lasting as the authors confirmed that the “15 hours of wear” touted by Estee Lauder’s advertising held up under their testing.

Best Foundations


Check out the honorable mentions included in their review: http://www.reviews.com/foundation/

What do you think of these findings? Do you agree with the best foundations the research concluded on? I do love both of these brands MAC more so than Estee Launder and they have both served me well in the past. For me these two foundations are the best foundations around. Do you agree?

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  1. mummyslittlemonkey
    August 15, 2016 / 11:01 am

    I’m a massive fan of MAC Face & Body Foundation, it gives great coverage but still lets your natural skin shine through. x

  2. August 14, 2016 / 11:11 am

    I agree that brands need to have more foundations to represent all shades, I can never find one that actually matches my exact skin colour. I like Estee Lauder.

    • August 14, 2016 / 1:04 pm

      Tell me about it, some high end products hardly cater for other skin types

  3. fashion-mommy
    August 13, 2016 / 4:51 pm

    I love the powder foundations from Bare Minerals and think Boots No 7 do a good one too.

    • August 14, 2016 / 1:03 pm

      I have not tried either of those but they sound lovely

  4. Ickle Pickle
    August 12, 2016 / 9:34 pm

    I don’t wear foundation so can’t agree or disagree really, but my daughter swears by MAC. Kaz x

    • August 14, 2016 / 1:03 pm

      I wear foundation occasionally and these seem to agree with me more than other foundations

  5. August 12, 2016 / 8:05 pm

    I always wear Estee Lauder double wear for a full coverage and find it amazing! 😀 x

    • August 14, 2016 / 1:03 pm

      That’s awesome, I have tried it and loved it too

  6. Elanor
    August 12, 2016 / 9:10 am

    I always struggle when choosing a foundation, so thanks for sharing this info, now I feel better informed! 🙂

    • August 12, 2016 / 9:20 am

      You’re most welcome, I am glad to have shared

  7. Rosana McPhee
    August 12, 2016 / 12:18 am

    well, this post arrived just in time! I am looking for a new foundation. Great tips thanks R

    • August 12, 2016 / 9:20 am

      I am glad to hear it.

  8. April 2, 2016 / 8:17 pm

    I have never owned a MAC foundation but have been to the counters and trialled it a few times and I love how it looks and feels. My favourite right now is No7 from Boots, they do a colour match so I don’t end up looking orange or too pale

    • May 17, 2016 / 7:16 am

      I love me some MAC and I have only tried a handful of Boots No.7 products

  9. April 2, 2016 / 1:49 pm

    I am still yet to try the MAC foundations however I did try Double Wear and it did not suit my skin. There is another DW that I could try, think it’s like a lighter version or something.

    • April 2, 2016 / 2:22 pm

      I love MAC foundations

  10. April 2, 2016 / 8:23 am

    Im off to buy some foundation today, so will give your recommendation a go! X

    • April 2, 2016 / 12:07 pm

      Awesome

  11. March 31, 2016 / 10:30 pm

    I commented on my hairdressers foundation the other day and she was wearing the Estee Lauder double wear, I must check it out:)

    • April 1, 2016 / 6:26 am

      Oooh awesome

  12. March 31, 2016 / 1:33 pm

    I’d love to try the Estee Lauder foundation, it looks and sounds great! I have a feeling that would really suit me! xx

    • March 31, 2016 / 2:49 pm

      I hope you do

  13. March 31, 2016 / 10:30 am

    I don’t wear foundation but my eldest daughter adores MAC. Great post, thank you. Kaz x

    • March 31, 2016 / 10:31 am

      Thanks Kaz, I love Mac too

  14. March 30, 2016 / 9:57 pm

    I love the double wear foundation and I was so happy when I purchased it. I haven’t tried Mac’s foundation yet because I get quite intimidated going in cause of all the shades x

    • March 30, 2016 / 10:36 pm

      I know the feeling, I think once I tried my mum’s colour I was hooked

  15. March 30, 2016 / 9:31 pm

    I adore ByTerry, that is my favourite liquid foundation right now, I absolutely love it x

    • March 30, 2016 / 10:35 pm

      Awesome I need to check it out

  16. March 30, 2016 / 8:12 pm

    Do you know I haven’t tried any of these foundations how bad is that! I totally need to get my foundation trying on! x

    • March 30, 2016 / 8:14 pm

      Hahaha it’s not bad at all, I only tried mac foundations and the others I don’t know their names lol

  17. March 30, 2016 / 8:10 pm

    I have only worn foundation a handful of times, when applied by a beautician. This is mainly because I can never find a shade that suits my complexion.

    • March 30, 2016 / 8:12 pm

      I am the same

  18. March 30, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    I use Estee Lauder Double wear ever since my friend’s wedding last year and now I simply can’t live without it! It’s by far the best foundation in the world haha! H x

    • March 30, 2016 / 8:10 pm

      Awesome

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