My favourite foundations for combination / oily skin

FoundationsAs you may know from other posts, I have a combination to oily skin with the unfortunate tendency to breakouts every now and then. My skin is very awkward, it’s quite oily through my forehead, temples and the sides of my nose but at the same time quite dry on my cheeks and chin.

Combination skin can be annoying because oil free, mat foundations are too drying for me (I am also not too keen on a completely mat look anyway) and moist, dewy foundations leave my skin too oily and the makeup doesn’t last.

After years of testing and trying of different formulae, consistencies and ingredient combinations I came up with a fairly big collection of foundations that are a really good match for my skin. There are two reasons why I have several foundations (actually I have more than the below in my private collection but these are the ones I use on a regular, day-to-day basis):

  • I am obsessed with makeup and can’t resist buying lots of products.
  • My skin changes during the week / month, depending on temperature, moisture in the air, stress and hormone levels, etc.
  • Depending on the make-up look I'm after I will go for a different finish / coverage foundation

So, without further ado, let’s look at the foundations:

1. Vitalumiere Aqua, ca.€40

This is probably my favourite foundation that I tend to use most often for day makeup. It has a velvet finish, so it isn't really dewy but also doesn't give you a tight feeling mat skin. It has medium (buildable) coverage and looks very natural on the skin. Love this one! The only down side to these I can think of is that the lightest shade is not really that light... Otherwise really worth the money!

2. llamasqua Skin Base Foundation, approx. €33

This is a great foundation if you are looking for a good coverage without the mask effect. It sits beautifully on the skin if you use a stippling or buffing brush to apply it. I have tested with a lot of brushes and it doesn't work very well with a flat foundation brush, it sits on top of the skin and looks cakey. It has a medium to full coverage with a very perfect finish. With this one remember: a little goes a long, long, long way!

3. MUFE HD Foundation, approx. €39.50

This is a beautiful foundation, it leaves your face looking very perfect but still fresh and luminous. It is amazing for special occasion makeup, where you know you will be photographed a lot as it doesn't have any SPF in it (if you are using it during the day make sure your moisturizer has sun protection built in!!!). I think MUFE recommend to put this on with a regular foundation brush but I find it looks better when it's buffed in with a stippling brush.

4. Chanel Vitalumier Aqua Compact, approx. €40

This one is the sister of the Vitalumier Aqua liquid foundation. I love it for make-up on the go and touch ups during the day. It has slightly more coverage than the liquid version and I tend to use it with my fingers. Can also be used as concealer in an emergency. I couldn't be without it!

5. Nars Sheer Glow, approx. €40

This is a relatively new discovery for me but so far I am in love! The name of the foundation is a bit deceiving - it is neither sheer nor glowy! It has a velvety finish and medium coverage that can be built up. It looks amazing on the skin, it gives you the most perfect and healthy looking skin. This one also doesn't have an SPF and photographs very well. The colour range of this foundation is fantastic!

6. Clinique Anti Blemish Foundation, approx.€30

This is my go to foundation for the days when my skin breaks out. It has a velvet to mat texture and quite good coverage but is not cakey, you can thin it out on the edges of your face for a more natural look. This foundation contains salicylic acid  (the magic ingredient for acne prone skin) as well as other skin clearing ingredients. A life saver!

What are your favourites? Would love to try out some of your recommedations!


Fresh Faces

Being major Mac addicts, we sadly get a little flutter of excitement whenever a new line, campaign or pigment (!) arrives in store. Also having an unreasonable attraction to pretty packaging, the arrival of their Making Pretty’ Collection has added a whole list of items onto my mental wishlist. Being drawn not so much the shades on offer but more so the fabulous vintage inspired packaging combining rose gold with pale pink faux shagreen (a rawhide leather imitation), its spells out 50’s glamour and there’s something very Lana Del Ray about the whole collection. MakingPretty-LineUp-300-1024x791

The collection includes lipstick in 3N (dusky pale pink) and Runaway Red (soft darker red), sheer ‘mystery’ sheer pressed powder in three shades: Dark Secret, Light Medium, and Medium Plus, Loose Iridescent Powder (complete with powder puff topped off with a black satin bow) and a two piece face & eye brush set. With the brush duo alone coming in at $100 this one is a pricey collection and has yet to be seen at Irish counters- with some items sold out online, sadly it’s doubtful they’ll be reaching our shores anytime soon. What we can look forward to is the collections to follow Mac beauty trend predictions 2013! As advised by the always brilliant Glamour beauty ( there are four key face-trends being forecasted for the coming year:


1. Nu-ance: beautifully barefaced this look is really minimalist with a flawless base, complimented with soft pigments, pretty pastels and natural contouring.


2. Sig-nature: gorgeous highlighted glow creates a radiant dewy base, with shaded brows, a naked lash and a natural lip.


3. Sci-chedelic: dramatic block colouring on lids combines with a graphic liner for the mod-inspired intense look.


4. Puri-tan: beautifully smoked bronze lids and cheekbones with a natural lip set on a dewy base (LOVE this one!)