High-end Bases Worth the Splurge

12 Jun 2016

High-end Foundations

For the past three years I have definitely converted to high-end bases. For me personally, the quality of high-end foundations is superior, leaving me to go out from morning to night without worrying about my base sliding off my face or going dry and cakey. Add to that a more natural finish, fantastic coverage options and a variety of formulas that work with my dehydrated combination skin, not to mention far bigger shade ranges and undertones in skin catered resulting in spot-on shade matches. For me it's worth paying a little extra and not having to reapply or touch up my makeup several times throughout the day. 

These are my favourite high-end bases, the ones which really do tick all the boxes when it comes to finding that perfect foundation. Covering liquid to powder, sheer to high coverage, the bases I know I can rely on for the look and finish I'm going for.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish SPF15 Review

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish SPF15 - £31.50, 30ml
Short and sweet run down on this beauty, as I've raved about this base for years (very recently, too, in my feature on everyday essentials from Bobbi Brown). My favourite high-end base and one I have repurchased, always needing it in my beauty stash. A liquid foundation available in 19 shades covering both yellow and pink tones, it has an oil-free formula and a built in SPF15. Designed for normal to oily skin but working well with my dehydrated combination skin type, it provides the most perfect natural finish and has fantastic longevity, keeping shine and oil at bay throughout the day. You can easily choose your coverage with this one, applying lightly for a more sheer-medium coverage, as normal for a medium coverage, whilst being buildable up to a flattering full coverage base. The long-wear formula offers 12 hour wear and there's added skincare benefits with antioxidant Vitamins C and E, Glycerin and Shea Butter added in for good measure. I find the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush works best for application with this one.

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF40 - £39, 30ml
Another Bobbi Brown base and one which almost beat Long-Wear to the top as my favourite, this is a lovely base especially for winter time. Available in 22 shades, also in a variety of tones, this base is different to any others in my foundation drawer, with a formula unlike any foundation I have tried before; formulated with Lychee, Bamboo Grass and Cordyceps Mushroom extracts to provide a high-powdered foundation with the skin-benefits of a hard-working serum. Perfect for normal to dry skin types, it manages to work wonderfully with my dehydrated-combo skin in the colder months to give a really beautiful, glowing, radiant look to my skin. The glass pipette applicator is a little fiddly and you have to work to find the right application method for you (I start with a traditional foundation brush, followed by a beauty blender to finish), but once you've cracked the application you are set for long-wearing flawless looking skin!

Both bases available from Bobbi Brown, John Lewis, Debenhams, Selfridges and House of Fraser.

Antipodes Performance Plus Mineral Foundation with SPF15 Review
Antipodes Performance Plus Mineral Foundation with SPF15 - £27.99, 6.5g
I have a big love for loose mineral bases. They're super quick to apply, give better coverage than you'd expect and make my skin looks healthy with a very natural finish. Anitpodes offering is my favourite when it comes to loose mineral powders and is a base I happily use all year round. Lasting far longer than any other base formulas I've tried, a little goes a long way and the coverage can be anything from sheer to full. It's only available in 3 shades, which is the only downside to this base, but if you can find one to match your skin then it's well worth a try. It covers imperfections really well and I find not only can I skip setting powder with this base, but I don't have to touch up throughout the day or worry about unwanted shine. One great for all skin types, Antipodes have ensured this base also works perfectly alongside normal, oily, blemish-prone and rosacea skin.
Available at FeelUnique.

Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation Review
Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation - £18, 30ml
The most budget-friendly of my picks, a liquid base that truly is utterly amazing. This little beauty can cover absolutely anything and I'm talking redness, blemishes, scarring, the lot! The shade range has also recently expanded, which is fantastic as a lot of Vichy fans were struggling to find a shade to match their complexion. Quite a high coverage base, it has been formulated to work alongside even the most sensitive and fragile skin and offers 16-hour coverage. Whenever I apply this base I feel like I am creating a completely perfect veil, it's incredible how well it covers every last imperfection whilst still looking insanely natural. It's a little heavier than other bases, due to the high coverage, but still feels comfortable and easy to wear. A little goes a long way and a tube lasts months even with daily use!
Available at Boots, Escentual and Look Fantastic.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation Review
Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation - £26, 9g
Although I love loose mineral powders, I've never been very keen on pressed powder foundations - that was until I tried the Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation from Urban Decay. This stuff is just absolutely beautiful. The quickest of quick bases when you're short on time but don't have a chance to sit down and apply a liquid base, it offers an even sheer-medium coverage. It has a deliciously soft powder formula that feels completely weightless and gives a very natural matte finish. It manages to cover slight imperfections and redness, although won't work miracles for drastic coverage. I used this a lot when Willow was first born, as it was such an easy base to just apply and be done in super-quick time. Probably one to avoid if you have overly dehydrated skin, but one that will work well with normal, oily and combination skin types.