Hello. My name is Victoria and I'm a drugstore addict.
See that? I'm not even trying to deny it - I love cosmetics, I really enjoy trying out new products and simply adore make-up just as a fun part of girls life. So when earlier this year I've run short of my old foundation I gladly accepted a challenge to find myself a new - better - one.
Just that everything would be clear: I have a nasty skin, which is combination on it's best days (normal + oily T-zone) and super oily on it's worst. In addition, it's acne prone, tends to suffer from redness, dullness and is kind of sensitive. I know that haters gonna hate, but I still like to explain why I search for perfect foundations rather than visiting dermatologist / using medicine / stop eating junk food and all the other mythical helpers. In fact, I know what's wrong with my skin (it's hormonal problems) and I do my best dealing with that. Seriously. And foundation is something that can help me feel just a bit human-like... Okay, just a bit prettier :)
So, without any further ado, here are my little winners:
3rd place: Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation. I was eager to try it ever since it hit
the shelves other bloggers cosmetic bags. Seriously, I've read so much amazing reviews about it that I just couldn't walk by. What can I say? It is simply amazing. It smells heavenly (a bit fruity but not too much), it blends amazingly, it doesn't make me break out. What more can a girl wish for? I know! A better staying power. Since it's better suited for dry to normal skin, it just disappears from mine, leaving me shiny and bit disappointed. Still, I love it.
2nd place: Revlon ColorStay foundation, a version for combination / oily skin. I know that Revlon is super popular in many countries, however, it's not available in Lithuania. Still, I've wanted to try it out so much, mainly because it's said to be Estee Lauder's Double Wear dupe and I heard so many good things about the latter that I bravely ordered Revlon's online. I mean, without any sampling. I was lucky to draw out a good matching shade for myself and overall left happy about this buying decision. Firstly, it stays. In fact, it smells like glue (yuck), sticks like glue, ruins my brushes like glue (seriously!) but it stays put like... yup, like glue. It survives anything - heat, long hours, dancing, anything. And does not even transfer to clothes. Secondly, it keeps my skin matte. However, due it's glue-iness I would not be comfortable to wear it every day. In addition, it has medium to high coverage, something that also is a bit too much for my daily looks. That's why I say love and save it for parties / special occasions / super nasty skin days.
1st place: (drumrolls...) Bourjois 1.2.3. Perfect foundation. Oh, that was a love from the first
sigh t use. It blends amazingly, it stays pretty well (especially with setting powder, to 8 hours on me - aaamaaazing!), it does not clog my pores or make me break out. It has sheer - medium coverage which makes it workhorse for daily wear. Oh, and it never looks cakey. I'd say it's a must to try for every girl with a combination or oily skin! I've read that it might be too drying for dry-skin ladies, sorry. You still have your Healthy Mix, though.
I'm pretty sure that I do not need to search for a better one as my Bourjois 123 does everything that I've except a foundation to do. I'm gonna repeat on using it as long as my skin remains in the same condition or it will be discontinued...
P.S. I've mentioned only my favorite ones. You can't even imagine how many I've tried during my search! I've digged up all L'Oreal, Rimmel, Clinique, etc. samples. And most of them did not stand up to my expectations, sorry guys.
P.P.S. I think I might have just lied. I will keep on sampling, it's something that I really enjoy to do. And I might even buy some other foundation. Let's say this post is just a reminder where I can always come back to.
Diclaimer: all photos are from cosmetics brands official pages and is for illustration purposes only. I did not receive any payment for this post and it's my honest opinion. All of the samples were bought with my own money or received at drugstores / cosmetics shops without any obligations to write smth about it.