My Foundation Collection and Experience

My Foundation Collection | Maddie's Beauty Spot

Since I’ve recently picked up Nars Sheer Glow in Deauville, I thought now would be a great time to talk about a few foundations I’ve tried over the last year – from Lancome, MAC, L’Oreal, Estee Lauder, and Nars. This post is about my journey with my foundation collection over the last 7 years I’ve been wearing them!

I first started with a CoverGirl foundation when I was 16, which was always super oily on me, and I always thought that meant it was a trick to make me buy a powder as well (you bet it worked) when made over by a friend. I think CoverGirl and drugstore foundations, in general, have hugely improved from my 2008 foray into drugstore foundations that scarred me for life into using High-End foundations!

The foundations I currently own are:

Lancome’s Teint Renerge Lift $74.00:

I was given this foundation by my mum last year as it was too dark for her and I used it until the pump stopped working. Then I tried just opening the bottle and getting a bit from the pump’s inside straw. This worked great until one day, this time last year, it snapped! No more Lancome foundation for me. I’m not entirely sure if this colour was even good on me, I can’t find any photos of me from the time I was wearing it, but just looking at the swatch below – I can’t imagine it did!!

MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NW18 $49.00:

I’m not sure why I keep being matched this colour when it still seems orangy on me, but apparently, it’s MAC’s only “Neutral” shade from. I’m not sure why I keep being matched this colour when it still seems orangy on me, but apparently, it’s MAC’s only “Neutral” shade from its entire range. I do find that MAC seems to oxidise on me in the first hour I wear it, but then settles down a bit and seems to match just ‘ok’. MAC Studio Fix Fluid is supposed to be recommended to skin’s that is a bit oily so as to ‘stick’ more. Studio Fix foundation is medium to full coverage with a satin finish I would say – definitely not matte!

I have honestly worn this one for years and years and not had too much of a problem with it, however, it does tend to wear off my chin and around my nose. Strangely, whenever I go to findation.com, I get matched to NC20 of MAC Foundations, has anyone else had this? I did try out a swipe of NW20 and NC20 on each side of my jawline and didn’t notice a difference of either on my skin. I may need to go get samples at some point, but I really think MAC doesn’t suit Neutral skin tones. If anyone has any ideas – let me know!

Foundation Collection lancome mac loreal estee lauder nars

L’Oreal True Match in N2 Vanilla $29.99:

Lauren Curtis’ holy grail foundation is pretty good I must admit! I was late to the bandwagon with this one, but I had heard it was a lighter but good dupe for Estee Lauder Double Wear which I loved but was pretty heavy day to day. This foundation range has a huge variety of colours (even though we don’t get all of them here in Australia!), I found a great neutral for me, after doing their quiz online and honestly spending hours reading reviews!

This one is a great colour for me, but the foundation is not really matte, it definitely leans oily on me after a few hours, depending on the weather. It just needs to be set quite well and it lasts well through the day. I’d definitely recommend this one, and, if you can, do the quiz online to see what colour you are as you get a $5 off voucher at Priceline for the foundation! The silly girl in the store tried to match me to W1, on my wrist for heaven’s sake, so girls, try it yourself as I don’t think they’re trained well in understanding all skin tones (Neutral, Cool, Warm)!

This one is a great colour for me, but the foundation is not really matte, it definitely leans oily on me after a few hours, depending on the weather. It just needs to be set quite well and it lasts well through the day. I’d definitely recommend this one, and, if you can, do the quiz online to see what colour you are as you get a $5 off voucher at Priceline for the foundation! The silly girl in the store tried to match me to W1, on my wrist for heaven’s sake, so girls, try it yourself as I don’t think they’re trained well in understanding all skin tones (Neutral, Cool, Warm)!

Estee Lauder Double Wear in 2N1 Desert Beige $50.00:

I love this foundation, and as you’ll see in the swatches below, this really is my most true colour! It actually blends right in, just from the swatch. The Estee counter girl (who’s name was Chanel… confusing ha!), was super lovely and explained that I had always been incorrectly matched to a pink tone because I have pigmentation on my cheeks, however, I am super neutral.

I used to wear Double Wear when I was a teenager – it was the first high-end foundation I ever purchased, and I used to purchase it at Terry White when they had their packs of goodies when you reached a spending point – pretty much how I gained all my makeup in the early days! It was just too heavy for me as a teenager, as I had horrible acne and it really just accentuated it, which was when I moved to MAC Studio Fix. I have to say, this year everyone was obsessing over it, so I gave it another chance.

This baby is sweat proof, swim proof, all day proof; it will not budge! It holds your blush, bronzer and highlights extremely well and you literally look like you did when you applied it at 6 am, as you do return home at 6 pm! I have found I don’t need a powder for Double Wear, as it’s so matte. This one is probably my all time favourite foundation – great colour match, a great formulation for my combination skin!

I have to say, this year everyone was obsessing over it, so I gave it another chance. This baby is sweat proof, swim proof, all day proof; it will not budge! It holds your blush, bronzer and highlights extremely well and you literally look like you did when you applied it at 6 am, as you do return home at 6 pm! I have found I don’t need a powder for Double Wear, as it’s so matte. This one is probably my all time favourite foundation – great colour match, a great formulation for my combination skin!

Nars Sheer Glow in Deauville $65:

This one I have just picked up as I noticed I’ve had horrible dry patches peeling on and around my nose and mouth that Double Wear just wasn’t currently cutting it! I had heard Sheer Glow was fantastic for dry skin as the caking was minimal so I picked up a sample Friday night, and by Sunday last week, I was going in for a purchase. Like True Match, I have read reviews for months and asked everyone I know who uses it what they think, colour matches etc, and spent more time than I’d like to admit perusing Findation.com to see what colours I’d be (they picked Deauville)! I do still get a little bit of caking around my nose area, however on a scale of one to ten, with Double Wear being a nine, Sheer Glow is definitely around a 3, which is pretty good!

The colour seems super light on my hand but is actually near perfect on my skin, if not slightly darker. Sheer Glow has a satin style finish, which for Winter I am loving! This might end up being my winter shade, as my skin seems more oily in Winter, and doesn’t need to be set as much, however, in summer this may slide off, so Double Wear will be my go-to. I urge anyone thinking about trying Sheer Glow to get and get colour matched and a tester to see their right colour, they have a great range of about 20 or so colours!

Like True Match, I have read reviews for months and asked everyone I know who uses it what they think, colour matches etc, and spent more time than I’d like to admit perusing Findation.com to see what colours I’d be (they picked Deauville)! I do still get a little bit of caking around my nose area, however on a scale of one to ten, with Double Wear being a nine, Sheer Glow is definitely around a 3, which is pretty good! The colour seems super light on my hand but is actually near perfect on my skin, if not slightly darker. Sheer Glow has a satin style finish, which for Winter I am loving!

This might end up being my winter shade, as my skin seems more oily in Winter, and doesn’t need to be set as much, however, in summer this may slide off, so Double Wear will be my go-to. I urge anyone thinking about trying Sheer Glow to get and get colour matched and a tester to see their right colour, they have a great range of about 20 or so colours!

This might end up being my Winter shade, as my skin seems more oily in Winter, and doesn’t need to be set as much, however, in summer this may slide off, so Double Wear will be my go-to. I urge anyone thinking about trying Sheer Glow to get and get colour matched and a tester to see their right colour, they have a great range of about 20 or so colours!

I have gone from a one foundation girl to a five foundation girl in a matter of months, but I’m loving trying out all these foundations and finding, even more, ways to create a flawless base!
As you can see from the swatches below, I bet you can’t believe I used to wear the Lancome foundation!! And you can see how the Double Wear is the perfect shade for me, as it sunk right in!

Foundation Collection lancome mac loreal estee lauder nars

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