There was a time when I would’t have considered putting a drugstore brand foundation on my face. It didn’t matter how broke I was, I never, ever, skimped on foundation. In fact I would have much rather gone without that layer of flaw-softening color rather than put on something that might look fake, orange or ugly. Oh my how times have changed. I can afford department store makeup again, but why pay those prices when the stuff at the drugstore is so lovely? These formulas are outstanding. Each one is slightly different and I use them all for different moments and reasons. One has a light texture but provides medium-weight coverage, one is very sheer, one is just right for travel, and one is perfect for any occasion.
For the record I have combination skin but I’m not really prone to breakouts and so far the wrinkles are not very substantial. I don’t really need a lot of coverage unless I’m posing for photos. (Then I bring out the heavy-duty, super matte finish, foundation.) All these foundations offer between medium to light coverage and a dewy or softly matte finish.
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Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse comes in a flat round compact with two sections; One side holds a sponge and the other a pan of color. The name is somewhat misleading as it is not a mousse at all. It’s a solid cream makeup but don’t let the heavy-looking consistency fool you. This isn’t pancake makeup. It glides on effortlessly and blends flawlessly. Smear a bit on your skin with a foundation brush or the sponge for a creamy-looking complexion with a soft, dewy shine. I find it delivers medium coverage but it can be built up in specific areas if more camouflage is needed.
Obviously, this one is great for travel. If it does break nothing much will happen to the content. But I don’t just use it for vacations. It’s a great foundation for the days when I want a little more coverage. Of all the products in this article I’ve used this foundation the longest and have gone back and repurchased it several times.
Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup received rave reviews on the internet almost as soon as it hit the market in the fall of 2012. Intrigued, I waited until I found a jar on sale to try it out. This one is a little pricier than most, but worth every penny. The texture is thick and creamy, almost like sour cream. The coverage is fairly substantial but it looks natural and softly matte once on the skin. I usually wear this foundation in the evening when I want a flawless look and I always apply it with a brush. Fingers in a pot of liquid makeup is a no-no!
Another new product to receive rave reviews is Maybelline Dream Liquid Foundation. This sheer foundation is the one I grab when I want something light and natural. The pump bottle dispenses what feels like a regular liquid foundation but it glides on the skin like a dream and quickly blends in until you hardly even notice anything is there. It’s quickly become my favorite daytime foundation.
Tinted moisturizer isn’t really makeup foundation, but I am so in love with e.l.f. Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 that I think it would be neglectful of me not to mention it. For years and years I searched for an inexpensive tinted moisturizer at the drugstore. Even though I found some by Neutrogena that I liked, nothing was quite as good as my favorite $30 tube from the department store. When I read a rave review online of this product I was skeptical. This little tube costs $3! How could anything that retails for less than a cup of coffee compete with a tube that costs nearly three times as much? Well, it does. It really is just a moisturizer with some color and offers very little coverage, but often its all I need to look a bit more polished.
Finding the right color
One of the challenges with drugstore makeup is that it’s not always easy to find the perfect color. The color charts can be confusing and often one can’t tell by looking at the container what will and will not work. I’ve had the best results when I bring a department store foundation with me to the drugstore. I have a glass jar of makeup that matches my skin exactly. The last time I went foundation shopping I held it up against the drugstore bottles and it made it much easier to find the right color. If worse comes to worse, buy a couple different shades to take home and try out. Keep the receipt and return the ones that don’t work.
Have you tried any of these foundations? What do you think of makeup foundation? Do you wear it?
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