The drugstore bases

6 Mar 2014

The drugstore bases

Over the past week or so I have really been on the drugstore bases bandwagon again. Although I prefer high-end bases for a product I can rely on to last all day, the drugstore has an amazing variety of formulas, finishes and textures. Luckily, with a slightly warmer Mediterranean complexion, I usually fit quite nicely on the far end of the shade scale with bases in the Boots beauty aisles, but I know it can be a real pain for those with both paler and darker complexions to find a drugstore base to fit their needs and look natural. One thing I would suggest for paler beauties, is looking into the coveted Illamasqua Skin Base (Selfridges, £27). It's a fantastic foundation which I've reviewed in full before and they have a huge range of shades, as well as a white foundation which I know lots of paler beauties love using alongside drugstore foundations to get the shade right. For those who can find a good shade match in the drugstore, there's three brands and foundations which really stand out to me that work with a variety of skin types.

The MaxFactor Whipped Creme Foundation (Boots, £9.99) is a base I have mentioned time and time again and even more so lately that I have rekindled my love for the soft, soothing and weightless base that comes in a perfect round pot. The coverage is more on the light side than medium, but it's a base which is easily buildable - although ensure you allow the first application to settle before popping on a second, as otherwise the product moves around rather than settling into a natural finish. As a mousse foundation, it's very easy to use with a light consistency that I find works best with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (Boots, £9.99), which also happens to be my favourite base brush. It doesn't cake or settle in fine lines, it feels hydrating and leaves a lovely demi-matte finish. 

The Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation (Boots, £10.99) is by far my favourite drugstore base and one which works amazingly well with my skin, which is both dehydrated and oily. I'm almost out of my Winter shade, and I can't wait to purchase a bottle ready for Summer as it's a base I can never be without. It applies effortlessly and evenly, feels very comfortable on the skin and gives your skin a boost, leaving you with a radiant and effortlessly flawless complexion. The Expert Face Brush is also my preferred brush for this foundation, the pump gives out the perfect desired amount of product and I rarely need powder with this base. 

The Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation (Boots, £8.99) is another favourite and one I became quite smitten with when first released. It's the only foundation I struggle to find a perfect match with, so I have two shades to mix together which is quite affordable when Boots have their popular 3 for 2 offer across beauty. It's light, it feels comfortable on the skin, the finish is more matte than dewy and the lasting-powder means I rarely need to powder. For application I find Nearly Naked works best with a beauty blender! The closest drugstore offering I've found to the quality of high-end bases of choice. 

What's your favourite drugstore base?

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