Saturday, August 23, 2014

Drugstore foundations for pale skin for under £10!

Today I wanted to talk a little bit about my favourite drugstore foundations for pale skin, all of these guys are under £10 so there's no bank breaking today. Now I'm a pale girl and have always struggled finding a foundation that doesn't make me yellow, orange or just plain weird looking. I must say in advance please forgive the next photograph, all of my foundations are in full use and aren't the pristine little bottles they used to be!

So from left to right we have:
Rimmel Match Perfection in 101 Classic Ivory
Maybelline Fit Me in Ivory
Maybelline Ultra Stay Better Skin in 010 Ivory
Rimmel Stay Matte in 010 Light Porcelain
Maybelline Cover Stick in 020 Vanilla (Ok this is a bit of a cheeky one, but it's amazing).

First of all I swatched all of my foundations against white paper:

Here they don't look too diferent to each other. You can definitely tell there are some minor tone differences and some small texture differences. All of them have a very liquid texture apart from the dark horse that is Rimmel's Stay Matte, this guy is completely matte. So matte you could put it on olive oil and it would still look matte. Here's the same picture from an angle, you can see just how matte it actually is:

Now for some actual skin swatches:

The top image is taken in bright light, the bottom in a darker room. The first thing you can see is that Maybelline's foundations have a slightly warmer tone to them and that Rimmel is slightly cooler in appearance. Coverage wise they all vary, here's the list from top full coverage to less coverage:

1)Cover Stick
2)Stay Matte
3)Better Skin
4)Match Perfection
5)Fit Me

I find that Better Skin, Match Perfection and Fit Me all have great coverage, blend excellently and sit well on the skin. Better Skin actually helps me have better skin! The only foundation I have a problem with is the Stay Matte it's exceptionally thick, it feels quite cloggy and seems impossible to get even on the skin. However I feel it would work for greasier skin, and is definitely worth it for a full coverage.

Now for a little final review of each one:

Rimmel Match Perfection in 101 Classic Ivory
This one is my favourite to mix, it's slightly cooler toned, very light, blends well, works excellently on dry skin and can cool down any warmer foundation. It comes in a pump topped bottle and for the price it works very well. 
Score: 8/10
RRP: £6.99

Maybelline Fit Me in Ivory
This has been my go to for a few weeks now, it's slightly warmer, very light on the skin and blends wonderfully. The design is ok but the cap is a little bit leaky.
Score: 8/10
RRP: £7.99

Maybelline Ultra Stay Better Skin in 010 Ivory
This foundation actually makes my skin better. I'm so sure it evens my skin tone and it really doesn't break me out, it has a light feel and sits on the skin brilliantly, blends in fabulously and really lets your skin breath. The only downside I could possibly think is that my pump is a little bit wonky, I'd love to see a more sturdy top.
Score: 9/10
RRP: £8.99

Rimmel Stay Matte in 010 Light Porcelain
This foundation makes me sad. It just really isn't brilliant on my combination skin, I imagine it would be excellent for greasier or acne prone skin, but I find it pretty cloggy. It's very full coverage, you could have green skin and you'd still appear pale after application. On a positive note it's great to mix into other foundations and has a nice light cool tone.
Score: 4/10
RRP: £5.99

Maybelline Cover Stick in 020 Vanilla
This is a cheeky one, it shouldn't really be in here but I love it too much. It's an excellent cover stick, it hides purple, red and pink tones and blends very well. For a stick it feels very liquidy and doesn't have a problem sitting under or over foundation. Tone wise it's slightly cooler and if I could I would get down on one knee and propose to it.
Score: 10/10
RRP: £3.99

I hope this little run down has given you some ideas, I'd love to hear from you!



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