Tried & tested: High street foundations


So over the past week or so I’ve been giving four high street foundations the test drive!
I usually wear Estée Lauder double wear for pretty much everyday use or my beloved Ellis Faas skin veil for special occasions and nights out. I am a believer that high end foundations are superior to their high street counterparts but in an effort to save a bit of cash I’ve been searching for a foundation that will not only stay well on my combination skin but give me a reasonable amount of coverage at a great price.
I’ve decided to post a pic of my ugly mug freshly made up with each foundation on and then a shot of me wearing it a good few hours later. Again I apologise for the quality of the photos as they are all taken with an iPhone but hopefully you will get an idea of the wear. I used my usual primer (Rimmel fix and perfect pro) so I could compare fairly to how Double wear performs on me as well as using my trusty Real Techniques expert face brush to apply them. So here goes…..

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
I picked this foundation out because I know quite a few people who wear this and adore it so I thought I’d give it a whirl. I picked up shade 53 as when I was under the bright fluorescent lights in my local boots I thought it was a match however it was a tad too dark so I had to go and pick up shade 52 which is a much better match.
It comes in an inoffensive glass bottle with a pump – nothing fancy here!
The texture is pretty lightweight and thin but not at all watery. I found it blends lovely, I felt it did leave me with a nice glow to my skin and was a beautiful satin like finish. It gave me a perfect amount of coverage and I would say it is more of a medium finish but build able.
I had this foundation on for around 6 hours overall but I did notice the shine starting at around 4 hours in even with my trusted Rimmel fix and perfect pro primer on which was a little disappointing.
Overall I really liked this foundation for its finish (I’m usually all about the matte for daytime). I would use it again but feel this is ideal for those days when you are going to be out the house for a few hours but don’t need it to last all day.


Revlon colour stay for oily/combination skin
I went for this foundation as it promises up to 24 hours wear and the fact I’ve never actually tried any Revlon foundation ever. I picked up this in Sand Beige as I couldn’t decide what shade to go for (anyone else struggle with this under the awful fluorescent lights in stores?) and my train of thought was sand beige sounds like desert beige and that’s the shade I am in EL double wear. Luckily it seems I picked right as this was a perfect match for me.
Again this was in a no frills glass bottle minus the pump. I’m quite used to not having a pump and this didn’t put me off buying it but when I came to apply it, it was so difficult to actually get any out as it seemed the texture was quite thick and just seemed to defy gravity so I had to keep sticking my index finger in to get it out and pop it on the back of my hand. Annoying or what?
Aside the initial difficulty of getting the product out it applied very well, again with my RT expert face brush and gave quite a full coverage but didn’t seem mask like in the slightest, felt lightweight on the skin and was a beautiful matte finish (yey!)
I popped this on a few hours before heading out to dinner and then ended up staying out for a few drinks so I wore it for about 7 hours in total. When I got home and looked in the mirror I was pleased that there wasn’t really any shine at all.
Overall I thought this foundation was great and it’s one I will continue to use as it gave me the coverage I wanted along with the capability of staying shine free. I can over look the issues I had with getting to the product for that. (If anyone knows of where you can get a pump to fit then please let me know)


Max factor colour adapt
This is a foundation I used to wear when it first launched many moons ago and I LOVED it back then and wondered why did I fall out of love with it?
I picked up the shade I used to wear back in the day which was Warm Almond as i knew it was a good match and that if I’d not got it spot on the colour adapting technology would work its magic.
This one comes in a plastic bottle with a pump action for super easy dispensation.
The thing I loved about this foundation was the texture – it’s a beautiful light cream to powder finish that gives good coverage but a natural finish. I wore this for a day out with my other half and when I did my make up I felt I looked natural but flawless (ish) and as if I’d got no foundation on at all. The only downside to this one is on my oily ares it doesn’t stay fantastically well and I need to touch up after just a few hours.
Would I buy this one again – possibly. I love how it is when it’s first applied but it just doesn’t hold up like I need it to on my oily areas which is such a shame.


L’oreal nude magique Eau de teint
I’ve read so much about this and wondered what all the fuss what about. I must admit when I got this I thought that it was going to be no good for me and that it would be way to little coverage.
It comes in a glass bottle that is very slim line and feels more expensive than it actually is.
Before your start getting the product out you need to shake it first – I didn’t and got a separated mess of water and foundation all over. Lesson learnt there!
When they say it’s a lighter than water they really aren’t kidding….at this stage I was thinking this isn’t going to cover much but I carried on and was made to eat my words. I don’t know or care how they’ve done it but they’ve done it! Once it’s applied you really don’t know you’ve got it on it’s amazingly lightweight and glides on to the skin with no effort. Coverage wise it is light coverage but it gave me adequate coverage with the help of a little concealer. It held up really well and I didn’t notice a massive amount of shine until about 5 hours into my day (I was just pottering around the house)
I will definitely buy this again albeit in a lighter shade (my shade picking skills need improving) as I’m someone who’s not confident enough to go out bare faced but this is perfect for those days that I don’t want or need to wear a full face but want something to just help me look a little more human – you know what I mean, right?


So overall after trying out these high street foundations I’m actually pretty impressed all though I do still feel high end foundations do perform better overall however for the price difference I will definitely be trying more high street foundations in the future.
The two stand out ones I’ve tried is by far the Revlon colourstay for its ability to remain shine free and the L’oreal one for its amazingly makeup free feel.

I’ve loved doing this post and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it. Have you tried any of these foundations, what did you think? Or if you can recommend anymore I should try then please get in touch.

As always thanks for reading!
Beauty Barmy Bird
( no photo of me at the end of my post this time – think my face features enough in this post all ready haha )