1. It Cosmetics CC+ Cream Illumination
I thought I’d start this review roundup with the It cosmetics CC Cream I’ve been using for the past 3 years. This was my holy grail. I turned on so many of my girlfriends and family members onto it and they all ended up loving it too.
3 years later, I still recommend this It cosmetics CC Cream, it’s really everything you want in a CC Cream-buildable coverage, natural look and has SPF.
Pros: Blends well. Buildable coverage. Offers a pretty glow.
Cons: I do think this requires a setting powder, as it can transfer.
Best for: Dry to normal skin. Uneven skin tone.
2. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation
I thought an easy transition would be to go from using the It Cosmetics CC Cream to the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Foundation and it could solve whatever issue I was having with the cc cream. However, I was disappointed. I found it gave me less coverage and it did not blend as easily as the cc cream.
To me, an important factor when choosing to use a foundation in place of a cc cream is to be able to use a smaller amount that gives more coverage and definitely be easy to blend, but this was the complete opposite. I also didn’t like the way it looked on my skin-it was pretty dull. Which led me to believe the “illumination” the cc cream offers really does make a difference. So, if you’re thinking of trying this foundation out, I would stick to the brand’s cc cream and if anything just apply a bit more-it will give you way more coverage when building it up than the foundation does.
Pros: Has SPF 50.
Cons: Doesn’t blend well. Isn’t easily buildable for coverage.
Best for: Oily skin. Those that require very, very little coverage to achieve desired look.
3. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation
I recently did an entire makeup look using only Charlotte Tilbury products and shared it here. I’m a huge fan of her products and the most recent product I’ve tried out of hers is this Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation. It’s a great foundation and it’s texture is awesome. It’s silky, blends easily and feels good on the skin-no suffocating feeling. However, I do think this foundation requires a primer to get the most out of it and to last all day. Which isn’t a big deal and could be a “duh” thing to say, as I think many of us already use primers and know of their importance to get the best out of most products.
If you happen to be extremely minimalistic with makeup and never wear primers, I do think that as long as your moisturizer is of high enough quality, you may be fine using just that as a primer for this foundation too. The main concern is just to use something prior to the foundation that will allow it to grip onto, thus lasting longer. This is probably because of it’s super soft and silky consistency, which is what I love most about this Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, so I definitely think it’s worth just adding a primer to the mix to get the most out of it. All in all, a definite recommendation. Especially if you love a foundation you can use sparingly or build up for great coverage-it’s wonderfully versatile!
Pros: Silky, soft texture. Blends quickly. Contains vitamin C.
Cons: No SPF. Requires primer for full benefits.
Best for: Textured, uneven skin and pore concerns. If you’re looking for an everyday foundation that can build to full coverage.
4. bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick
Up until about 5 years ago all I wore were bareMinerals products. Their powder foundation was probably the first foundation I ever wore and I just stuck to it for years after, until it started to oxidize when I’d wear it (turn orange on my skin). Then I swore off any of their face makeups until I came across the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick and I am so that happy I did.
I’ll start by saying that I love the way this foundation looks on the skin once it’s completely blended in. It looks like you’re not wearing anything at all. It’s not matte, it’s not glowy-it just looks like another layer of skin. However, I do feel that it takes forever to blend in. I’ve applied it with a beauty blender and with a foundation brush and both ways takes me so long to get the blended look I want. It could be the fact that it’s a solid foundation that makes it more difficult, but that being said, I do think the finished outcome is worth the blending.
I also like that because this foundation doesn’t make your skin particularly matte or glowy, you can switch it up depending on your desired look with your other makeup products. So, this foundation just gives you a great neutral base to work with.
Pros: Second skin feeling. Neither shiny or matte. Has SPF 25. Doesn’t require a setting powder for full benefit or for it not to transfer.
Cons: Takes a while to blend on skin.
Best for: Normal to oily skin (not dry skin). If larger pores are a concern. If you’re not a fan of the shimmery, glowy skin trend. A very natural look.
5. Makeup Forever Matte Velvet Skin Full Coverage Foundation
I’ve spoke about this Makeup Forever Matte Velvet Skin Full coverage Foundation before, because it’s what I used on my wedding day. I’ve used this foundation just two other times since my wedding almost 3 years ago, because it really is full coverage and I rarely feel the need for it. However, for weddings, big events or if you have skin you think requires full coverage, this foundation is incredible. Even on my wedding day, I used such a small amount, because a little goes a long way.
This Makeup Forever Matte Velvet Skin Full coverage Foundation lasts all day and if you use with the quality primers and setting spray it will stay looking fresh. So, while I personally don’t think it’s lightweight and breathable enough for an everyday makeup, I like it for special events or maybe even when your skin is just not cooperating and is going through a blemished time.
Pros: So. Much. Coverage.
Cons: I think it requires primer, setting powder and/or setting spray to get it’s full benefits.
Best for: Blemished skin. Textured skin. Special events. Long-lasting events.
6. Revlon Photo Ready Candid Natural Finish Anti-Pollution Foundation
Last, but certainly not least, is this Revlon Photo Ready Candid Natural Finish Anti-Pollution Foundation. I spoke about how impressed I was with this foundation on my IG Stories and here I am days later still in shock that this drugstore brand makeup that is $11 is SO GOOD. I picked it up because it had so many selling points that honestly sounded too good to be true, but I’m here to say that they are indeed true!
It really does blend like a moisturizer. The application reminds me of putting water on my face, as it just disappears into the skin. And for a drugstore product I’m also very impressed with everything else it offers like being made without oils, parabens, phthalates, synthetic dyes and fragrances.
Pros: Blends easily and quickly. Has anti-pollution and antioxidant ingredients. Buildable coverage.
Cons: The product is small, only .75 oz.
Best for: Normal, dry or oily skin.
Okay! That was a doozy, but I really hope my foundation and cc cream reviews are helpful to you. I know this part of makeup shopping tends to be the most tedious and the hardest. I do have a few more tips!
Tips for Testing out New Foundation/CC Creams
- Remember to shop for foundations/cc creams somewhere that you can return them to, since they don’t always work out.
- Try each foundation/cc cream out for at least 4 consecutive days. (unless of course it breaks you out or skin has some other reaction to it). This is because as a woman, our bodies are constantly going through hormonal cycles daily, which inevitably affects our skin. So it’s better to test a product out for a good amount of consecutive days to understand how your skin truly reacts to it.
- Try out the foundations/cc creams both with primer and without primer. Sometimes your go-to primer works well with a new foundation, sometimes it doesn’t. And you won’t know if it’s the primer and foundation combination you don’t like, or just the newly-tried foundation you don’t like until you wear it both ways.
- Don’ change your skincare routine while testing out foundations/cc creams. Try and have the only variable be the product you’re testing, so you know any outcome will be the cause of that one new product.