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.
I have always been skeptical about drugstore foundations but I have to say I really liked Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Foundation ($6), a gem I discovered when I was in college.
The foundation contains caffeine to perk up your skin and micro-pearls to give your skin a more radiant look. It felt very moisturizing on my dry skin and has a super creamy, blendable texture. Coverage is medium to heavy and the SPF 18 is also a huge plus.
The only downside is the color range. While the foundation comes in 12 shades, I have to mix Classic Ivory and Sandy Beige to get the right shade for my NC30 skin. Despite that, I would still repurchase.
With a built-in brush attached to a liquid foundation, Yves Saint Laurent Perfect Touch Radiant Brush Foundation ($52) is the first-ever brush foundation to deliver a flawless finish in a simple and unique way.
The brush design is not only genius and easy-to-use, but it also saves you from getting your fingers dirty and helps to achieve that airbrushed look in no time and with no streaks!
The foundation itself is very creamy and dries super fast to a semi-matte finish without ever looking cakey. I use #Sand for my NC30 skin and the coverage is medium with decent staying power. The result is super natural, just like real skin with a subtle glow. No wonder this foundation was voted as Editor’s Pick for Best Foundation by InStyle magazine! Highly recommended!
Containing “moisturizers infused with vitamins and whey protein to encourage supple, healthy skin”, Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation ($35) is one of my favorite liquid foundations to brighten up a pale complexion during the winter.
The foundation comes in a heavy glass bottle that is cute but not very practical. For my MAC NC30 skin, I use 30 watts, a yellow-based shade suitable for light to medium skin tones.
The texture is slightly thick for a liquid foundation and can feel a little heavy, even on my dehydrated combination skin. But it is packed with tiny shimmer particles that create such a pretty yet natural-looking glow! Coverage is also light to medium and plenty enough for me.
Definitely a great foundation for the colder months!
Max Factor Pan-stik ($5) used to be my go-to concealer back in my college days. It is a cream foundation that comes in an easy to use, swivel-up stick.
The packaging is slightly tacky but the product is da bomb! The texture is very creamy and it provides light to medium coverage. On my good skin days, I could just apply this under my eyes and around my nose, blend and I would be good to go.
Highly recommended if you are looking for something simple, cheap and effective!