Finding the perfect foundation is like having a spiritual experience. Once you finally discover the right formula and shade for your skin tone, you hold on tight, never daring to switch or deviate from the plan. You’re set for life.
I had a go-to foundation. I was content with my daily makeup routine. And then I was sent a sample of the Dior Diorskin Forever Foundation and my world changed. All of a sudden my skin was brighter and had a nice natural glow (without looking greasy) and all of my blemishes were covered, yet I never seemed to look like I had foundation on. Then I ran out.
Don’t get me wrong: This foundation was a game changer, but $62 for one makeup product just isn’t in the budget right now. So I set out to see if I could find a more affordable dupe.
CoverGirl Outlast Stay Luminous Natural Glow Foundation
Promise: That glows-from-the-inside-out feeling in an oil-free, non-greasy formula. Luminosity is key for any summer look.
Verdict: While I love CoverGirl, this was probably my least favourite of the bunch I compared to the almighty Dior. It was a little thicker than the Dior, so while it provided a bit of a dewy finish, I’d prefer it as a natural glow creator in the winter months.
L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup
Promise: A foundation that aims to make your skin healthier while you’re wearing it? Hard not to try it. There’s added hydration for dry skin, and it’s packed with vitamins C and E for brightness and improved skin tone.
Verdict: I was pleasantly surprised by this foundation. When I started applying it, it was a little difficult to blend (and the key to a good foundation is its ability to blend), but once it was on, it looked great and I (almost) felt like I wasn’t wearing anything. My only qualm: It didn’t cover all of my redness like the Dior did, but if you don’t have too many problem areas, this may be your new foundation jam.
Garnier SkinActive Skin Renew BB Cream
Promise: Like most BB creams, this one promises to hydrate, brighten and even out your complexion, while the oily-combination-specific skin type also claims to control shine, minimize the appearance of pores and correct and cover blemishes.
Verdict: Of all the foundations in the world, this may be the closest thing to a Dior foundation without being a Dior foundation. Lightweight formula, check. Good coverage, check. Smooth, blendable texture, check check. I just found my new summer foundation.