Foundation Fest

Here they are – all of the foundations I’ve reviewed on my YouTube channel, searchable and sortable! You can view the entire Foundation Fest playlist on YouTube. These notes are based on my full-day wear tests. I am 45 years old and have fair, dry to normal skin with some fine lines and some sun damage. I have a neutral skin tone and can vary from neutral undertones to very slightly warm or cool. Depending on the time of year, in the Sephora ColorIQ testing I am 1Y03, 1R03, or 2R03. I prefer the look of foundations with a cool undertone (the 1R or 2R). My winter MAC shade is NW10 and the rest of the year I am NW13-15. My favorite finish is a natural satin to luminous finish, and I do not like to appear overly dewy (i.e. sweaty-dewy). Type in the SEARCH box below to filter results. Some keywords to try: drugstore, high end, hydrating, smooth, blurred, dewy, matte, satin, cruelty free, vegan, SPF Scroll the table horizontally (swipe left) to see all fields.  Printable Top 10 Lists (Updated April 24, 2020): Cruelty Free | Drugstore | High End | Hydrating | Drugstore & High End | Top 100 Foundations (PDF files available via Google Drive) Spreadsheet Updated: September 18, 2020 ReviewBuyDateBrandProductShadeGradeScoreFinishWeightPref ApplicationFeelPoresTextureCoverageSettlingCakingWear TimeOxidizingSticky?Shade MatchQuantityPackagingShade RangeSPFCategoryCruelty Free?Vegan?PriceNotes    ReviewBuy at Sephora2018-08-24 00:00:00DiorBackstage Face & Body Foundation1.5NA99Natural MatteVery lightweightSponge or BrushHydratingSlight blurSmoothLight to MediumNoNone10 HoursNoneNoGood for summer1.6 ozGlass bottle w/ pump40NoneHigh EndNoNo40Fantastic. Love. Does not settle into lines. Super comfortable. Smoothing, Feels hydrating. Bravo. ReviewBuy at Amazon2020-02-26 00:00:00L’OrealAge Perfect Radiant Serum Foundation15 Rose IvoryA99Dewy & LuminousVery lightweightSponge or BrushHydratingBlurredSmoothedLight to MediumNoNot cakey12 HoursNoneSet w powderSlightly too dark1 ozSqueeze tube30SPF 50DrugstoreNot CFUnknown15.99Gorgeous finish, degrades gracefully, hydrating, no settling or caking. Super smoothing! ReviewBuy at Nordstrom2020-07-03 00:00:00MACFace and Body FoundationN2A99DewyVery lightweightBrushVery hydratingBlurredSmoothedSheer to LightNoNot cakey10 HoursNoneSet w powderGood for summer1.7 ozSqueeze bottle13NoneHigh EndNot CFUnknown31Inexpensive at $18/oz and gorgeous!! No clinging at all, no settling into lines. Super hydrating. Dewy finish. ReviewBuy at Sephora2018-01-22 00:00:00YSLAll Hours Full Coverage FoundationBR10 Cool PorcelainA98Natural MatteLightweightSponge or BrushNot dryingVisibleBlurredMedium to FullNoNo12+ HoursNoneNoExcellent0.84 ozGlass bottle w/ pump22SPF 20High EndNot CFNo58Gorgeous finish! Incredibly long wearing. Comfortable and lightweight. Does not settle into lines. Fine for dry skin. ReviewBuy at Sephora2019-09-27 00:00:00Milk MakeupFlex Foundation StickVanillaA98Satin naturalVery lightweightSponge or BrushHydratingBlurredSmoothedLight to Light MediumNoNo12 HoursNoneSet w powderGood.35 ozStick36NoneHigh EndCruelty freeVegan36Beautiful finish. A bit light on coverage but very skin like, very comfortable. ReviewBuy at Sephora2019-02-01 00:00:00DiorForever Skin Glow 24h Wear Radiant Perfection1CRA97Satin luminousLightweightBrushSlightly hydratingSlight blurSlightly smoothedLight to MediumNoNo8 HoursNone to SlightSet w powderSlightly too dark for winter1 ozGlass bottle w/ pump24SPF 35High EndNot CFNo52Beautiful finish, no settling, no clinging to dry patches. Comfortable. Grade bumped up a few points after wearing it more. Excellent for flaking/peeling skin. ReviewBuy at Yensa2020-09-11 00:00:00Yensa BeautySkin on Skin BC FoundationLight NeutralA97Satin luminousVery lightweightSponge or BrushNot dryingBlurredSmoothedMediumNoNo caking12 HoursNoneNoGreat1.08 ozSqueeze tube w/ pump11SPF 40High EndCruelty freeUnknown38Gorgeous finish! Very long wearing. Undertone matches CYO 101, just a smidge darker. Made my flaking skin melt back into my face. Wonderful. ReviewBuy at Sephora2019-02-08 00:00:00HourglassVanish Seamless Finish StickAlabasterA96Satin naturalVery lightweightBrushVery hydratingBlurredBlurredHigh Med to Full in 1 layerNoNo12 HoursNoneNoExcellent0.25 ozStick26NoneHigh End46Amazing coverage for one coat this lightweight! Dewy look by end of day. Feels hydrating. Great color match, great blurring. Very little wear off up to 10 hours, then around chin and lower nose. Best coverage with brush. ReviewBuy at Sephora2017-03-16 00:00:00Estee LauderDouble Wear Stay in Place1C1 Cool BoneA96Satin matteLightweightSpongeNot dryingBlurredBlurredMedium to FullNoNo9++ NoneNoTiny Bit Dark1 ozGlass bottle, no pump38High End39.5Excellent long wear. Blurs pores and texture. No settling into lines. ReviewBuy at Macys2017-06-12 00:00:00MACStudio SculptNW15A96Satin matteSlightly lightweight SpongeVery hydratingSlight blurBlurredHigh Med to Full in 1 layerNoNo10+ HoursNoneNoTiniest bit too dark for winter1.3 ozSqueeze tube19SPF 15High End34Looked remarkably good at the 10 hour mark. Barely any wear off – very slightly on chin. Nice finish, comfortable to wear. ReviewBuy at Sephora2017-08-11 00:00:00Estee LauderDouble Wear Nude Water Fresh1C1 Cool BoneA96Natural, slightly dewyVery lightweightBrushHydratingSlight blurSlightly smoothedLight to Light MedNoNo10+ HoursNoneNoGood1 ozGlass bottle, no pump12SPF 30High EndNot CFNo42Sunglass marks visible. Very, very comfortable. Wears well in hot weather. ReviewBuy at Ulta2018-06-14 00:00:00Makeup Revolution Fast Base Stick FoundationF2 Fair WarmA96Dewy & LuminousLightweightSponge or BrushSlightly hydratingBlurredSmoothMediumNoNo9+ HoursNoneSet w powderSlightly too yellow.21 ozStick18NoneDrugstoreCruelty freeVegan9Beautiful! Hydrating, comfortable, does not settle into lines. Dewy finish. Wears well over time. ReviewBuy at Ulta2019-07-19 00:00:00PURLove Your Selfie Foundation LP4A96Satin to slightly dewyLightweightSponge or BrushHydratingSlight blurSmoothedMediumNoNo12 HoursNoneNoGood1 ozPlastic bottle w/ pump100NoneHigh EndCruelty freeVegan36Has pump and doe foot. Excellent wear time. Beautiful finish. ReviewBuy at Ulta2017-02-10 00:00:00PhilosophyHope in a Jar (discontinued)3 Fair LightA95Satin to slightly dewyLightweightSponge or BrushHydratingSlight blurSlightly smoothedLight to MediumNoNo9 HoursNoneNoExcellent1 ozPlastic bottle w/ pump8SPF 20High End39Exceptionally comfortable. Great for dry skin. Wore off around nose and chin. ReviewBuy at Ulta2019-10-04 00:00:00NyxBorn to Glow Naturally RadiantLight IvoryA95Dewy & LuminousVery lightweightSponge or BrushHydratingBlurredSmoothedLight to MediumNoNo10 HoursNoneSet w powderGood for winter1.01 ozSqueeze tube45NoneDrugstoreCruelty freeVegan10Beautiful finish, very smoothing, hydrating and very comfortable. ReviewBuy at Ulta2020-01-15 00:00:00Estee LauderFuturist Hydra Rescue Moisturizing Makeup1N2 EcruA95Natural GlowLightweightBrush then spongeHydratingBlurredSlightly smoothedLight to MediumNoClings slightly to bad dry patches12+ HoursNoneSet w powderSlightly too dark1.18 ozSqueeze tube w/ pump20SPF 45High EndNot CFNo45Beautiful finish, wears well, degrades gracefully. ReviewBuy at Ulta2017-10-06 00:00:00Too FacedPeach Perfect Comfort MattePorcelainA94Soft matteLightweightSponge or BrushSlightly dryingSlight blurSmoothLight to MediumNoNo10+ HoursNoneNoSlightly dark, slightly yellow1.60 ozSqueeze tube12NoneHigh EndCruelty freeVegan36Slight accentuation of deeper lines around mouth. No settling into lines at all. Trouble blending concealer into foundation. ReviewBuy at Sephora2018-06-10 00:00:00IliaTrue Skin Serum FoundationTexelA94Natural dewyVery lightweightSponge or BrushHydratingBlurredSmoothMediumNoNo8 HoursNoneSet w powderGood1 ozGlass bottle w/ pump10NoneHigh EndCruelty freeVegan54SUPER easy blending concealer & powder on top. Must set w powder for longevity. Phenomenally comfortable. Would be higher grade w more shades. ReviewBuy at Ulta2018-10-05 00:00:00Makeup RevolutionConceal & Define Full CoverageF4A 94Satin natural luminousLightweightSponge or BrushSlightly hydratingBlurredSmoothedMedium to FullNoNo12 HoursNoneNoGood for end of summer0.85 ozGlass bottle w/ doe foot24NoneDrugstoreCruelty freeVegan12Superior smoothing of texture. Very pretty finish. Not transfer resistant to touch. ReviewBuy at Beautylish2020-04-24 00:00:00By TerryTerrybly Densiliss Anti Wrinkle Serum Foundation5 Medium PeachA 94SatinVery lightweightSponge or BrushHydratingBlurredSmoothedLight to MediumNoNot cakey9 HoursNoneNoSlightly too dark1 ozGlass bottle w/ pump13NoneHigh EndNot CFUnknown116Incredibly smooth. Skin felt … Continue reading Foundation Fest