Today I would like to continue my weekly series of posts dedicated to fresh and glowing look that you can create with different products. As the very fist step of your routine in creating this famous ‘glow-from-within’ look you can use glowing makeup bases that we talked about last week. But you can also use some foundations that will give you comparable results if you are not into makeup bases or don’t have enough time for an extra step or just don’t want to have too many layers of makeup on your face. Even though the idea of creating this glow is very much the same in both approaches, foundations have a tint to them and can allow you to get different results and effects that cannot be achieved with bases.
Glowing appearance always makes you look fresh and rested, younger and more attractive – no wonder this look is on top right now. And a lot of women like to use foundations on daily basis: to cover some imperfections, to even out their complexion and simply brighten up the face, to make it look more full of life, that comes very much in handy when we are tired and don’t have enough sleep. Foundation is quite an easy step to achieve all the above-mentioned benefits and to significantly enhance your look overall. Why not to insert some sparkling particles in it or make it a bit iridescent to give us a little bit of glow? That is exactly what each and every one of makeup producers thinks and brings to practice – as you can easily find brightening and glowy foundations both among high end brands and in drugstore.
Yesterday I published a comparison post about two amazing products from both sectors – Chanel All-in-one Healthy Glow Fluid and Bourjois CC cream, both devoted to creating healthy and glowy look and both more or less successful in reaching this particular goal.
Chanel Les Beiges All-In-One Healthy Glow Fluid ($45.00) is a very nice summer foundation due to rose-orange hue in it and it definitely provides you with a visible glow with no distinguishable particles in it – all you can see is luminous and healthy skin, that looks even more alluring when the sun hits it. This fluid is first of all a good hydrating base so it benefits the quality of your skin and also allows you to layer other products over it with ease and get beautiful results in the end in terms of staying power and color pay-off.
As for Bourjois 123Perfect CC cream (£9.99 or $14.85) – its a nice and budget-friendly alternative to Chanel’s fluid and very appropriate for everyday use as it gives you subtle glow and fresh look overall. It also has a better coverage compared to Chanel and to my mind is as good as a liquid foundation, not just a tinted moisturizer.
Both of the above-mentioned products originate from world-known Korean BB and CC creams – and Tony Moly Pure Aura Luminous CC Cream ($13.00) is very much worth mentioning in this case. The product has very thick texture and a very cosmetic smell to it. The color of the cream is white with beige particles in it. When applied on the face it changes the color from white to light beige and is supposed to adapt to your skin tone. On my NW20 skin it looks nice and the color seems to be a really good match. It provides a ton of hydration and is not very suitable for oily skin types. But for dry skin it as an amazing foundation. The finish is dewy and quite highlighting and your skin feels hydrated and remains the same by the end of the day. I honestly really like this product and tend ti use it when my skin seems too dry to use anything else, as it does not emphasize any dry patches and applies very evenly with a beauty blender.
To keep on talking about BB/CC creams I have to introduce another product that also deserves your attention. Last summer I really enjoyed using Stila Stay all day 10-in-1 HD illuminating beauty balm ($38.00). It is a perfect product for this period of time as it has broad-spectrum SPF 30 and is water-resistant up to 80 minutes! Isn’t it just an amazing discovery for sunny days on the beach? The product has a balmy texture and a nice smell, spreads really well on your skin and is very easy to blend with your fingers that is quite useful on the beach. It won’t give you a lot of coverage, but it’s very hydrating and makes your face lit from within. As it has quite a bit of orange tint in it – this beauty balm really suits you if you have some tan and it evens your skin color a bit. A very nice product to use in summer due to the fact that it has SPF in it, it’s water-resistant, hydrating, glowy and very lightweight. I can definitely recommend it for hot summer days.
Moving on to makeup products that provide more coverage. There is a very interesting product you can find in the drugstore department – Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation (£10.99 or $16.00). It doesn’t particularly offer you a lot of luminosity, but the finish of the foundation is quite glowing. This is mainly achieved to due quite a hydrating formula, that makes your skin dewy and glowing. It is a light coverage foundation and is a good option when you want something lightweight and moisturizing on your skin but still want to stick to foundation.
If the light coverage is not an option for you I might suggest using Max Factor Skin Luminizer Foundation (£11.99 or $18.00). It has a very thick, cream-like consistency that nonetheless spreads really well on your skin and is very, very moisturizing. It wears really decently throughout the day, doesn’t emphasize pores or fine lines. The luminosity it offers is achieved due to invisible on your skin, but still sparkling particles that the white part of a beautiful (by the way!) swirl contains. I personally like this foundation for my dry skin and reach for it whenever I feel that my other luminous foundations won’t give me enough coverage for the day.
And finally there’s Nars Sheer Glow Foundation ($45.00) that has already been raved so much about in the makeup world. It is not particularly sheer or glowy, but when applied it feels nice and moisturizing on your skin that leads to dewiness and very much skin-like look. The overall glow is very subtle but your skin looks very fresh and well-rested. It is the best foundation for photography and special occasions due to a medium-to full coverage it provides.
These are the comparison swatches of all seven foundations for you:
And also blended:
Honorable mention goes to other two products I’ve tried but don’t own – Lancôme Teint Miracle ($44.00) foundation with beautiful silver sparkles in it and gorgeous Giorgio Armani Luminous silk foundation ($62.00) that speaks for itself. Both foundations have amazing staying power and extremely comfortable formulas and I can easily recommend them to you.
This is it for all the glowy foundations. I hope my post was entertaining and useful for you. What foundations do you use to achieve luminosity on your skin? What are you favorites?
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