Five Foundations, Five Days

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As I’ve spoken about on my YouTube channel, I’ve made a fair few rediscoveries in my make up collection since moving house. I love finding a hidden gem in my existing stash, it’s like the thrill of shopping without harming the forever-abused debit card!

Over the years I have collated a lot of bases, many of which are high end. I decided to slap on a different golden oldie each day of the working week to see whether they are both the pennies.

Monday – YSL Forever Youth Liberator Foundation

This was everywhere last year and I was sucked in even more by an online deal. Upon purchase my skin was very oily so I was really disappointed by this. It’s serum-based formula meant I was a shining beacon of chip fat by the time I got to work, fitty.

Second time around, I’m much more of a fan. Back then I was adamant to achieve the perfect matte complexion but now I prefer a natural glow, which this provides. With my combination skin, I still needed to powder my T-Zone but it lasted all day and left a natural finish. Is it worth the pennies? For me, no. The glow it provides is similar to what I like to achieve from a BB cream but the added full coverage is not for me.

Tuesday – Nars Sheer Glow

You know those tiny bugs that you can’t see but can hear at night as they zoom towards your ear? Yep… FIVE bites on my cheek from one of those nasty bastards. This called for a full coverage favourite in the shape of Nars Sheer Glow, the combo-skinned gal’s best friend. Decent coverage, doesn’t go cakey and can be blended with a brush in a flash. 

Yes the whole pump-with-no-lid thing is annoying but it gets all the ticks where it matters. Worth the pennies? 100%.

Wednesday – Make Up Forever HD Foundation

This is another much-hyped product that I managed to nab in Sephora in Barcelona. This is really full coverage, a little more than I would tend to use for day to day. In photos, this genuinely makes your skin look airbrushed but after wearing it all day, I found this gets a little cakey and clings to any dry patches. This is perfect for a night out or event but unless you have a lot of angry blemishes, I wouldn’t recommend it for everyday. Worth the money? Only if you require really full coverage.

Thursday – Diorskin Nude BB Creme

By now, the bites had all but faded (thank da lord) so I was back to my usual everyday BB creams. This Dior offering is just a dream – smooths onto the skin perfectly, covers any redness while still looking natural and smells clean?! This lasts all day, doesn’t look cakey and it’s a one-minute blend job aka the perfect working week base. Worth the money? I’ll take ten back ups plz.

Friday – Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

Something I always forget with this is to shake the bloody bottle! The formula separates in the packaging so you can end up with a strange coloured liquid on your brush if you’re not vigourous. In terms of coverage and application, my thoughts are similar to the Dior offering. I like the consistency and the natural coverage it provides but after a 12 hour day, not much seems to be hanging around. Worth the pennies? I would say yes – the perfect minimal base for weekends and low-key days.

What is your favourite high-end base?



  1. veebz boo
    October 2, 2015 / 4:08 pm

    I haven't tried any of these foundations, but they all sound amazing! I have really wanted to try the Make Up Forever HD Foundation for so long now. After reading your review I'm a little hesitant now, thanks for the honesty too.- http://www.veebzboo.com

    • Kirstie Pickering
      October 2, 2015 / 9:47 pm

      There are much better ones to spend your pennies on for sure!!

  2. Fionna
    October 3, 2015 / 4:21 am

    i've heard so many good things about the nars sheer glow. maybe i will give it a try :)

    • Kirstie Pickering
      October 4, 2015 / 4:06 pm

      It's my favourite full coverage foundation!

    • Kirstie Pickering
      October 4, 2015 / 4:06 pm

      Thanks lovely!

  3. Georgia Jade
    October 3, 2015 / 11:43 pm

    Such a shame about the YSL one. I've always wanted to try it. Lovely post Kirstie 🙂 Georgia | The Weekend Attic – Personal Style, Beauty and Lifestyle

    • Kirstie Pickering
      October 4, 2015 / 4:07 pm

      Thanks Georgia! Love your blog 🙂

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    October 4, 2015 / 2:33 pm

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    • Kirstie Pickering
      October 4, 2015 / 4:07 pm

      Thank you so much! Means a lot 🙂

  5. May Cho
    October 6, 2015 / 11:12 am

    Gosh, what a great post! I don't own any foundation at all, really, seeing as how I've only started wearing makeup earlier this year, much less high-end base! I'm all about the lightweight bb creams and tinted moisturizers. Regardless, I loved this, Kirstie!May | THE MAYDEN | Bloglovin'

    • Kirstie Pickering
      October 6, 2015 / 11:14 am

      BB creams are my favourite too! There are some fab ones in drugstores so there's really no need to splurge! Thanks May 🙂 x

  6. Olia Shamray
    October 6, 2015 / 5:10 pm

    I haven't tried any of those, but definitely must after this review! I cannot believe you actually went through all of them! Your effort alone encourages me to go out and buy them! :)

    • Kirstie Pickering
      October 6, 2015 / 10:23 pm

      Thanks Olia! Dior is your friend 😉 x

  7. Emma Bought What
    October 14, 2015 / 4:30 pm

    Nars Sheer Glow is one of my favourite foundations! Great blog x

    • Kirstie Pickering
      October 15, 2015 / 8:39 am

      So good isn't it! Thank you lovely x

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