Foundation Reviews

Chanel Vitalumiere Liquid Satin Smoothing Fluid Makeup SPF 15 ($50)
Shade I use: Clair
This is the liquid version of the Vitalumiere cream foundation. Despite the word liquid, this feels very rich and almost creamy on my skin. It is definitely great for the winter and it does deliver a glowy look. The coverage is medium to heavy and it can feel a little thick so remember to apply sparingly.


MAC Select SPF 15 Foundation ($24)
Shade I use: NC30
Like the MAC Studio Finish Satin Foundation, this is water-based and it is supposed to provide a “natural, matte finish”. I like that it has SPF 15 but again, I find it too dry for my skin and it accentuated my flakes. I would only recommend it to those with combination or oily skin.

MAC Studio Mist Foundation ($28.50)
Shade I Use: Light Medium
After ERA’s Face Spray Foundation and Dior’s Airflash, MAC has finally come out with its own version of spray makeup. This foundation comes in a sleek, portable aerosol can which is great for traveling. What is weird about this product, however, is that it is not meant to be sprayed directly onto your face – you are supposed to “spray onto hand or palette, then apply with a brush”. Having said that, I think this whole idea of putting a foundation into an aerosol can is kind of redundant. Despite that along with the limited color range, the foundation itself is not bad. When I first sprayed it onto the back of my hand, I thought it was kind of runny but it glides on easily and blends like heaven. The coverage is sheer and it imparts a dewy finish. The foundation is also suitable for all skin types.

Redpoint Transformative Dual Foundation ($42)
Shade I use: Medium
Unlike most foundations you see in the market, this comes with two custom blendable shades that can mixed together or used separately for highlighting and contouring. It also contains anti-aging ingredients like Elastimide Amino AC and light diffusing pigments work to blend away fine lines, wrinkles and create a youthful look; and is made with an unique Liquacreme formula so that it would glide onto the skin and provide full coverage that feels “so weightless, it’s almost like you have nothing on at all!” Texture-wise, it is very similar to Redpoint’s NOC-Out Cover-Up Compact. It feels slightly waxy and goes on really smooth but dries almost immediately to a matte finish without leaving your skin all powdery. The coverage is medium and it does feel very lightweight. I have worn this as a concealer and all over as a foundation. The former worked beautifully while the latter was a disaster. With this all over my face, it looked really unnatural and cakey. I am going to save this as a concealer.

Check out the following entries for foundation tips:
Mineral Foundation Reviews
Tools For Applying Concealer And Foundation

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

23 COMMENTS

  1. thank you for the post on more foundations! i love foundation topics ^_^. it was very informative and i’m definitely eyeing the laura one you mentioned, but they don’t have one in my area =T. you also mentioned the RMK and i’m eyeing that too because it’s yellow-based, butt i want to be able to try it on at the counters t0t, the joys of having sallow skin eh? i’m surprised that you haven’t used mac’s studio fix, it seems the most popular in that store for foundation-wise.

  2. yah most of the foundations I have tried are either liquid or cream. My skin tends to be on the dry side so I try to stay away from powder foundations.

  3. hey! I love your site. Well I’m lazibratt at soompi and I’m wondering how did you find out what your color for foundation is? What do you think is better: liquid or those ones in the compact? Also, where do you go in Hong Kong to get all these good make up things. I’m planning to go there in the summer.

  4. Hi Phyllis! MAC don’t seem to have the full coverage foundation anymore – or have they changed the name? Do you know what may have replaced it? I have sun spots on my cheeks I’m wanting to cover – any particular recomendations? Do you use a everyday ‘base’ eye shadow? If so what do you use? Thank you once again for a brilliant blog!!

  5. PS. I have found that only specialised MAC stores carry the full coverage foundation. I’m wondering what you think – does it give the same coverage as a concealer compared to their studio fix concealer? Is it more long lasting? I’m looking forward to your Teint Innocence review – I hope its good because i bought it before i discovered your blog.

  6. hi, i’ve been reading over your blog recently and i think it’s great!! it’s one of the first i’ve encountered that gives advice for asian make-up. :) kudos to you.

    just wondering… i myself am asian as well, and i’ve been thinking about purchasing maybelline instant age rewind foundation. what shade do you think is appropriate? or what shade did you use?

  7. Hi Phyllis,
    Can you post the colors you wear for these foundations and any new others you have discovered or recommend? I think we wear the same color (MAC NC25), I can use that info to shop on-line! Thanks!!

  8. hey there!
    i love ur blog and like u im in love with makeup…i like to try all kinds and love MAC makeup..

    one ques…since my quest for the perfect foundation is still ongoing, can u post a review on chanel’s teint innocence?i was considering the cream to powder version…

    thanx!

  9. Hey Phyllis…. I love your weblog!!!

    Could you please help me find a yellow-based foundation for my asian skitone and one that provides enough coverage to cover spider veins?

  10. I love the examples you give but i really think you should include bare minerals. Bare minerals is excellent exspecially for skin that breaks out alot! Its all natural powder and is just great for your face. Some does have SPF in it but with some mineral veil, i`m set for the day!

  11. I truly enjoyed checking out this site! Very helpful indeed:) I was wondering what you would suggest in my case: I’m middle eastern, and have a few blemishes which I’d say bother me:) I used to use Franche (got it from some spa -the liquid creme foundation) which was thick and although I want to change products, Im not sure what to try. I felt safer with the thick application and am used to it by now. Bare minerals seems interesting but its powder and i dont think it’ll work for me. Am considering it though -nothing decided as yet. Oh yeah I do tend to have oily skin as the day progresses.. oh that shine aka ‘glow’!

    Do you recommend any foundation products please? I was leaning more towards smashbox hi def for some odd reason :/

    Thanks

  12. Hi Phyllis,
    you must be an angel sent from the Make Up Heaven! This is so great that I have found you, because I always have problems with foundation and I only use Mac because I do not know which other colours of other brands can suit me. I am also an Asian Select NC 30!!!! Thank you for your foundation recommendations! As we do not have so many brands here in Germany I am going to try Chanel or YSL the next time!

  13. Hi, have you tried the matte lumiere liquid foundation of chanel? it is also full coverage but same as pro lumiere, it is light on skin & looks natural. It mattifies the oily areas & makes your skin velvety, smooth & radiant : )

  14. I don’t even remember how I came across your blog but I’ve been hooked ever since. I too have asian skin that dries and flakes easily so I know that what works for you will most likely work for me. Thanks so much for all your reviews.

  15. Hi, quick question. If you were to use Estee Lauder Double Wear, which shade would you be wearing? I’m trying to find the perfect shade for me and my skin tone’s similar to yours. Thanks in advance!

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