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 46 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 October 11, 2020): Cruelty Free | Drugstore | High End | Hydrating | Drugstore & High End | Top 100 Foundations (PDF files available via Google Drive) Spreadsheet Updated: September 10, 2021 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 Ulta2021-01-18 00:00:00Wet n WildBare Focus Tinted HydratorFairA99Satin naturalVery lightweightFingers or BrushVery hydratingSlightly blurredSlightly smoothedLight to Light MediumDId not settleNot cakey11 HoursNoneSet w powderGreat for winter0.91 ozSqueeze tube7NoneDrugstoreCruelty freeVegan5.99Like a silky smooth canvas for your face! Gorgeous, comfortable, no issues for dry or maturing skin. Mind blown. ReviewBuy at Ulta2021-04-19 00:00:00MACStudio Radiance Face and BodyN2A99Satin luminousVery lightweightSponge, brush, or fingersHydratingBlurredSmoothedLight to MediumDid not settleNot cakey12 HoursNoneNoGood for summer1.7 ozSqueeze bottle30NoneHigh EndNot CFUnknown33Amazing just like the original Face and Body. Gorgeous smoothing finish, perfect for dry skin, super long wearing and great under a mask. 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 YesStyle2020-09-25 00:00:00PuritoSnail Clearing BB Cream23 Natural BeigeA98Dewy naturalLightweightFingertipsHydratingVisibleSmoothedMediumNo settlingNo caking12 HoursNoneSet w powderGood for summer1 ozSqueeze tube3SPF 38DrugstoreCruelty freeNo10.9Gorgeous. Similar undertone to CYO 101, about 2 shades darker. Handles peeling skin exceptionally well. Super smoothing. ReviewBuy at YesStyle – YESGOOW 5% off2020-10-23 00:00:00PuritoCica Clearing BB Cream21 Light BeigeA98Dewy & LuminousVery lightweightSponge or Brush or FingersHydratingVisibleSmoothedMediumNo settlingNot cakey12+ HoursNoneSet w powderGood for winter1 ozSqueeze tube3SPF 38DrugstoreCruelty freeVegan10Beautiful and dewy. Skin like but great coverage. Comfortable and great ingredients. Great for dry and maturing skin. ReviewBuy at Sephora2021-04-05 00:00:00LYSTriple Fix Serum FoundationLP4 VanillaA98Dewy & LuminousVery lightweightSponge or BrushHydratingSlightly blurredSmoothedMediumDid not settleNot cakey10+ HoursNoneNoVery Good1 ozGlass bottle w/ pump35NoneHigh EndCruelty freeVegan22Gorgeous finish, degrades gracefully, hydrating, no settling or caking. Does not need to be set with powder! Smoothing. Lovely. ReviewBuy at Ulta2021-08-27 00:00:00L’OrealTrue Match Nude Hyaluronic Tinted SerumLight 2-3A98Satin naturalLightweightFingersHydratingBlurredSmoothedSheer to LightDid not settleNo clinging or caking10+ HoursNoneNoSummer shade1 ozGlass bottle w/ dropper10NoneDrugstoreNot CFUnknown19.99Beautiful skin like finish. Wears very well under a mask. Do not need to set with powder. Hydrating. Love it. ReviewBuy at Ulta2021-09-03 00:00:00Estee LauderDouble Wear Sheer1C1 Cool BoneA98Satin naturalVery lightweightFingersSlightly hydratingBlurredSmoothedSheer to LightDid not settleNot cakey10 HoursNoneNoGood1 ozSqueeze bottle26SPF 19High EndNot CFUnknown43Beautiful finish – not matte on me as described, but perfectly satin. Wears well under a mask and sunglasses – just a little transfer. Super 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 Sephora2021-04-02 00:00:00ShiseidoSynchro Skin Radiant Lifting Foundation220 LinenA97Satin luminous dewyLightweightSponge or brushHydratingSlightly blurredVery SmoothedMediumDid not settleNot cakey11+ HoursNoneNoGood for summer1 ozGlass bottle w/ pump30SPF 30High EndNot CFUnknown47Beautiful finish, excellent wear time, did not have to set with powder, great coverage. ReviewBuy at Sephora2021-05-14 00:00:00TarteSea Water Foundation15N Fair Light Neutral A97Satin naturalLightweightBrush or SpongeHydratingBlurredSmoothedLight to Light MediumDid not settleNo clinging10+ HoursNoneNoSummer shade1 ozGlass bottle w/ dropper16SPF 15High EndCruelty freeUnknown39Beautiful finish. Smooths and blurs all the things. Hydrating, wears well with intermittant mask wearing. ReviewBuy at Sephora2021-09-10 00:00:00Tom FordTraceless Soft Matte Foundation4 FawnA97Satin matteLightweightSponge or brushSlightly hydratingBlurredSmoothedMediumDid not settleNot cakey12 HoursNoneNoSummer shade1 ozGlass bottle w/ pump40NoneHigh EndNot CFUnknown88Beautiful finish. Not quite matte on me – more satin. Super blurring and smoothing. Tiny bit of mask transfer but not bad. 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 … Continue reading Foundation Fest