Chanel Teint Fluide Universel Multi-vitamin Natural Makeup SPF 15 ($42) was one of my very first foundations and definitely one of my favorites. I liked this so much I even wore it to my high school graduation!
The foundation comes in a 30ml glass bottle so you do get a decent amount of product. There are a variety of shades to choose from and I use 20 Clair for my NC30 skin.
The oil-free, vitamin-enriched formula has one of the creamiest textures that moisturized my skin nicely. It blends like a dream and does a good job evening out my skin, giving it a dewy, natural look. Not to mention that it stays on really well and comes with SPF 15. Highly recommended!
* Update: This foundation is now discontinued – what a shame!
A popular on the runway, MAC Face And Body Foundation ($30) is a water-based, water-resistant foundation that claims to provide a long-lasting, natural coverage for your face and body.
The foundation comes in a huge 120ml plastic bottle so you do get a lot of product. But other than that, this foundation does not seem to work out for me at all.
Despite its so-called water-based formula, it feels really greasy even on my dry skin. The coverage is also very sheer. In fact, so sheer it barely covered anything for me. Not to mention the foundation seems to separate easily. Blah!
I have always preferred liquid foundations but when EVERYONE raved about MAC Studio Tech ($27.50), I had to find out what it is all about.
A tri-system blend of water, emollients and powder, the Studio Tech comes in the regular MAC compact with a sponge on the bottom compartment.
While the foundation looks solid, it has a creamy texture that goes on smoothly and melts into my skin, leaving behind a natural and semi-matte finish. Coverage-wise, it is on the heavier side so I like to apply it with my MAC #190 foundation brush to sheer it out.
The only thing I did not like is the color. I always use NC30 for MAC foundations/concealers but for some reason, this one seems to run a lot darker and looks more orange. It also does not oxidize well so at the end of the day, I always end up looking darker – not hot!
I got Becca Luminous Skin Color ($40) when it first came out back in 2002.
A combination tinted moisturizer and sheer foundation, Luminous Skin Colour promises to visibly improves the complexion, yet looks incredibly natural on the skin while offering skincare, makeup, and sun protection in one ingenious product. It also contains anti-oxidant vitamins, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic ingredients with a broad spectrum SPF 25+.
Laura Mercier Moisturizing Foundation ($40) used to be my holy grail foundation. It comes in an 1 oz bottle with a pump for easy and hygienic application. There are a total of 7 shades with different undertones available and Sunny Beige is a good match for my NC30 skin.
When I mix this with Laura Mercier Foundation primer (another of my faves), it stays on and looks fresh all day. Since it offers medium to full coverage, one drop would suffice to even out my whole face. Plus it is super easy to blend and very moisturizing for dry skin without adding grease. I cannot say more about this foundation – I *love* it!
Laura Mercier Moisturizing Foundation is available at Nordstrom and Sephora.
Literally every makeup artist and model in Asia owns a bottle of RMK Liquid Foundation ($45).
The foundation comes in 8 shades that are all yellow-based and perfect for Asian skintones. I use 102 for my NC30 skin.
The texture is thin and runny yet the coverage is medium and buildable. It blends effortlessly and sinks right into my skin. I never look like I have makeup on whenever I wear this. The foundation also comes with SPF 14 which is a great plus.
My only complaint is the huge glass bottle and limited availability (the foundation is only available in Asia). Other than that, this is a great foundation and I will definitely repurchase when I get a chance.