The drugstore bases

06 March

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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  1. I'm so tempted to try the Nearly Naked foundation, my skin is super oily so I often struggle with foundation slipping off but this definitely sounds like it's worth a try :)

    Jess xo

  2. I love the Healthy Mix foundation but I've never tried the serum, I'll have to give it a go next time I run out!

    Catherine, xo // Lady Liquor Vintage

  3. I love the Healthy Mix Serum, I also apply it with the tighter bristles of the expert face brush, a total dream of a foundation x

    Amy / srslylou

  4. I don't really try foundations too often, and usually stick with my MAC Studio Fix for special occasions and nights out and a random high street one for day to day work. The one I've been using recently is the Maxfactor 3 in 1 Foundation which I hated at first, but now I've practically finished it, I think I might have grown to like it!

  5. The only one I've tried is the Nearly Naked but I'm much more of a full coverage girl and am currently obsessed with the Estee Lauder Double Wear but it's just so expensive!

    LydiaGraceXO- UK Beauty Blog

  6. Healthy Mix Serum and Nearly Naked are two of my favorite foundations. They are incredible and as a bonus affordable. I will need to check out the Max Factor whipped foundation too, but I'm really loving their 3-in-1 foundation at the moment, it gives great coverage. x

  7. I am obsessed with Nearly Naked!

    Georgina at

  8. I really love the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, its such a great foundation. Think I'm going to give the Revlon Nearly Naked a whirl next as I think it'll be right down my alley! x


  9. I really want to try the Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation, i've heard so many good things about it. I love the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation.


  10. I know everyone and their mother loves Healthy Mix foundation, but I was left disappointed by it. Maybe it's just me :P


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