When it comes to foundation I prefer those which give me medium to full coverage, especially during colder months when 'the makeup melting off' is not an issue. My skin has very uneven tone with some hyperpigmentation, redness, broken capillaries and large pores. So if I do my makeup I want my skin to look as much perfected as possible without looking like a mask. Finding the right foundation with fuller coverage is not easy, but after trying many drugstore offerings I decided to share with you my current favourites. All three foundation claim to be full coverage and apart from one they're more suitable for combination/oily skin. For reference my skin is combination with oilier T-zone but also with some dry patches appearing out of nowhere ;)
All three foundations I've been using for a few months so I got to know what they're like and how well they perform on my skin. All of them are really affordable apart from the Revlon one which is a bit of a high end of drugstore products but definitely worth the money. Neither of them irritated my skin nor break me out. I didn't notice any oxidation process on my skin with any of them. All three foundations contain SPF, at least factor 15, which is always good for extra protection from the sun radiation.
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25HR Skin Perfecting Full Coverage Foundation, RRP £7.99, comes in 7 shades and mine is 201Classic Beige which is a good match for my skin but not perfect as it has pink undertones and my skin is more on a yellow side but I can make it work bronzing a bit my face. The packaging is nice, glass bottle and a red cap with a pump. The formula of this foundation is really lovely, not thick and feels very light on the skin but still gives very good coverage. The first time I tried this foundation I was amazed how beautifully, flawlessly it blends and how nice it looks on the skin, the finish is somewhere between matte and dewy, I'd say kind of satin. I really like this foundation, it covers most of my skin concerns but the face still looks fresh and natural. The coverage is buildable but I noticed that if I layer the foundation for extra coverage it quickly becomes a bit cakey, so I'd rather avoid that. As for the long lasting claims, I don't think it can stay on the skin 25hrs, on my skin it looks good for around 8 hours and I need to blot my T-zone around 3-4 hours after applying the foundation if I didn't use any mattifying primer. The Lasting Finish foundation has been on the market for a few years but it seems like recently the formula has been improved by adding the Comfort Serum. The foundation doesn't accentuate any dry patches and I think it's suitable for any skin type considering how comfortable and hydrating it feels on the skin.
Revlon Colour Stay Foundation for combination/oily skin, RRP £12.49, comes in 13 shades and there is also separate option for dry/normal skin. The shade of my choice is 180 Sand Beige and it's perfect for me at this time of the year. It has yellow undertones which is ideal for my skin tone. The bottle is made of glass but it lacks the pump which some people may find annoying but it really doesn't bother me that much. Revlon Colour Stay has been hyped about in the blogging/vlogging world but it's taken me ages to try it but I'm so glad I did, as it definitely is worth all the praise. The formula is thicker than your average foundation but not too thick, I love to apply it with damped beauty blender just because it's my favourite method of application but it worked well also with a brush and with my fingers. The coverage it gives is definitely more on the full side and the finish is matte but it doesn't look like a mask. I love this foundation, it feels comfortable on the skin and looks really good for around 10 hours which normally is the longest I have my foundation on anyway but I can definitely keep it on for up to 12 hours. The foundation is specifically formulated for oily skin and it certainly helps to keep the skin shine free, in my case I need to blot my T-zone after around 6 hrs. Revlon Colour Stay is my favourite of the three as it's not only giving me good coverage but also keep my skin shine free for longer.
Seventeen Stay Time 25HR Foundation, RRP £6.49, it comes in 6 shades, mine is Natural which matches my skin really well. The packaging is plastic but it has a build-in pump which is always a bonus. This foundation is definitely the hardest, from the bunch, to work with . It has a thick consistency which makes it more difficult to blend into the skin. I've found that the best way to apply it is with my fingers or damped beauty blender which personally I prefer. This foundation gives really a full coverage and leaves a matte finish. I like to use it when I'm doing a heavier eye makeup and I want my face to look really flawless. To make it look dewier on the skin I use a illuminating primer underneath, my favourite is Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal, but Seventeen also has a good alternative. This trick is perfect if you want your heavy coverage foundation to look less mask-like but still to get the high coverage. The Seventeen Stay Time foundation looks good on my skin for around 8 hours, I wouldn't wear it for longer than that as I noticed that after the 8hrs mark it starts separating and gathering in any fine lines and pores, but I love wearing it for an evening out when I want my face to look more perfected.
So these are my current favourite full coverage foundations from drugstore. Have you tried any of them? Did you like it?