I’ve tried out a lot of foundations over the past few years. I started off with NYX’s Stay Matte Not Flat foundation to Rimmel’s Wake Me Up foundation – this was before I ever knew I had combination-oily skin. Let’s be real, I had no idea there was such thing as oily skin. I was a newbie. However, after all the trialling and erroring, I’ve managed to choose my top two foundations of all time. My holy grails. My ride or dies. One is high end and the other is drug store. They both work for my combination-oily skin.
Before I dive in, I wanted to give you guys an insight into my skin – just so you know how and why these foundations work for me. As mentioned above, my skin is combination but more on the oily side. Since taking fish oil tablets, I’ve realised that my hair and skin become a whole lot oilier than normal – no Omega-3 tablets for me, I’ll stick to salmon thanks. As someone who has taken an interest in beauty, I started to be extremely cautious with what I use on my skin as well as client’s skin. We’re all different, so what might work for me may not work for you.
Apart from my combo-oily skin, my skin tone is fairly olive – I’m usually the darkest shade in drugstore foundations which is ridiculous to me. I have large pores on my inner cheek area and I don’t really break out except for the occasional monthly pimple that likes to visit. When applying any type of makeup, I need to powder my t-zone no matter what. I also have a little bit of hyperpigmentation on my cheeks – only the slightest bit. Overall, my skin is pretty tough, I haven’t had any major issues with it over the past few years.
Now onto the nitty gritty stuff.
Let’s dive into the drugstore foundation first. My holy grail drugstore foundation is none other than the L’oreal Infallible 24 Hr Matte Foundation. I’ve gone through 2 empties of this and onto my 3rd. I’m not 100% sure what it claims to do, but for me personally, it ticks the following boxes:
- Matte finish
- Medium-full coverage
- Applies well with both a beauty sponge or brush
- Long wearing
- Matte but not two-dimensional
- Tube packaging so no spillage when dispersing product
The L’oreal Infallible 24 Hr Matte Foundation retails for $29.95 (Priceline) and comes in 7 shades at 35ml a tube. My shade is the darkest – Amber which may be a problem for anyone darker than me. I’m not that dark by the way. But let’s leave that issue we have for another blog post. If you feel like your skin is similar to mine, I highly recommend this foundation for you! If you have dry skin, L’oreal also carries a 24 Hr Stay Fresh Foundation in the Infallible range – do your research though as I’m not too sure how this one works!
And finally, my high-end holy grail foundation. I’ve read A LOT of beauty articles that claim the Estee Lauder Double Wear is their go to, but mine is the Too Faced Born This Way. How do I even begin? I’ve never loved a foundation so much in my life you guys!
Too Faced has always been such an incredible brand and I’ve followed them ever since they were made available to us Aussies in Mecca stores. When they released the Born This Way foundation, I knew I had to try it. I remember trying it in store for the first time, a Mecca assistant colour matched me to the shade Golden – at the time it was a perfect match. I asked for a sample and she generously gave me a small sample pot to take home. I used it once and I was seriously hooked. Despite the price tag, I just knew I had to have it! When I went back into Mecca, I had gone darker from the summer break and purchased the shade Honey which was beautiful.
Again, this foundation ticked all the boxes like the L’oreal one however it did feel more luxurious on the skin, it had an even fuller coverage and stayed matte longer throughout the day. Too Faced Born This Way Foundation comes in 18 shades from Snow which is very fair with pink undertones to Mahogany, a deep brown with pink undertones. This foundation is retailed at $57 from Mecca (cha-ching!) so I really recommend you go in and ask for a sample before committing to it.
Please share with me your holy grail foundations in the comments below!