I've tried lots of drugstore foundations which do give me that healthy glow such as the Bourjouis Healthy Mix, Loreal True Match, Loreal Lumi Magiue, Revlon Photo ready to name a few however with my sensitive and prone to break-out skin type, I always end up looking a spotty wreck =(
So I've decided to spend that little extra in again for my winter foundation and go all high-end!
For the past 3-4 weeks, I've been sampling various high-end foundations to find the perfect match for my skin - and most importantly one that will work for my skin.
I ended up spending a whole afternoon browsing in the Selfridges beauty hall, which is like a candy store for all us girls (note: this was only possible after ditching the boyf!) and picked up various samples of foundation which claim to give a dewy glow and hydrate the skin.
I ended up leaving with samples of the Giorgio Armani Maestro & Luminous Silk, Dior Nude Glow, Chanel Vitalumiere Satin Smooth & YSL Touche Eclat.
The GA maestro £38 - one I've been dying to try since its release!
I tested the GA Maestro first even though it was not one that gives a dewy glow, I was so intrigued to use this properly reading the raving reviews from other bloggers! I was matched to a 4 which was perfect - this has to be the most amazing finish a foundation gives that I have ever used.
- Velvety soft matte finish - like a second skin
- A little goes a long way
- Perfect for my combination skin
- Controls oil fairly well - only my t-zone got oily towards mid-day
- SPF 15
- Clings onto any dry patches - causes flakiness thus no good for those with dry skin
- Too sheer and does not cover enough of my redness and imperfections
- Extremely pricey at £38 (when I picked up my samples it was £36!)
- Needed touch-ups by mid-day - staying power not so good
Overall, I loved this foundation for days when less coverage is needed, however I will wait until summer before I pick this up as its matte finish and sheer coverage will be perfect for a summer's day.
GA Luminous Silk £34
- Gives flawless skin and glows in all the right places
- Photographs beautifully (as there is no SPF) - great to wear out or for special occasions where cameras are out!
- Looks natural, yet with buildable coverage
- Shade 4 was a good match for my skin and was easy to blend.
- No SPF if you want some protection in your foundation
- Staying power is weak - by mid-day I feel like I need to re-apply
- Gets oily quick
- Thick consistency - can feel cakey if you apply too much
The Dior Nude Skin- Glowing - one of my favourite foundations out of them all.
- Gave an amazing healthy glow in any light - the skin's natural luminosity was emphasised by the sheer pigments used in this foundation
- Buildable coverage - even though this is supposed to be like 'bare-skin', it still provided the perfect amount of coverage for daily use
- Shade match #31 was close to perfect for my skin tone and blended perfectly - currently I am Mac NC20; #31 is more yellow toned, whereas #30 I found was more pink.
- SPF 15
- T-zone needs powder and touch up half-way through the day
- Apart from the price, I do not have many bad words to say about this foundation!
Chanel Vitalumiere Satin Smoothing £34
This is amongst the top 2 with the Dior Nude. I can't decide which to go for as this one also did good!
- I tried Clair #20 which was a really close match to my skin
- Finish, like the bottle says was 'satin smooth' and really gave off a dewy glow
- Medium coverage - gives slightly more coverage than the nude so can also work as an evening foundation too
- Great staying power
- SPF 15
- T-zone got slightly oily towards the end of the day... other than that....
- ...it was pretty much all love for this one! <3
YSL Touche Eclat £29
Another one of my faves, the legendary YSL Touche Eclat pen in the form of a foundation. I was matched to the B40, however I am looking to try the shade lighter:
- That all-over glow you get after a swim in the pool on your beach holiday - LOVE!
- Feels so light (gel-like texture), fills in pores to give smooth coverage however if you have acne/blemish skin it may not work as well in covering up these for you.
- Felt really hydrating to the skin
- Highlights all the right places
- SPF 19
- I found that this just doesn't stay on my skin - by mid-day I felt like my make-up was sliding off, even after setting the foundation with powder.
- Compared to the Dior Nude & Vitalumiere, I found it was slightly more shiny too.
The main thing for me for all these high-end foundations I've tested is NONE of them broke me out after using each for a week or so. I just want to buy all of them! I ended up picking up the Chanel AND Dior (oops) this weekend which I am super happy about! Once the weather gets warmer, I am looking forward to buying the GA Maestro which will be a perfect, light foundation for everyday wear.
Fingers crossed for some more sun as recently I've been 'diagnosed' with vitamin D deficiency - seriously I'm sure 99% of us living in the UK must suffer from this?! I think this is the perfect excuse to book myself a holiday in the sun don't you think? ;)
Thanks for reading guys xoxo