My Foundation Stash

My foundation drawer has been through a major purge this year. Over the last couple of months, I’ve downsized my stash by over fifty percent(!) and I’m loving the new streamlined selection at hand. Here’s my current foundation collection and my thoughts on each product:

  • Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer: This is my go-to base for that ‘no makeup’ makeup look we all love wearing. Whether I’m speeding through my routine to race out the door or want just a hint of coverage for Sunday brunch, it’s great at evening out my complexion and adding a dewy glow.
  • Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer: The coverage and effect of this one reminds me of a BB cream. It’s lightweight, has a touch more coverage than something like a tinted moisturizer, and leaves my skin looking great.
  • YSL Touche Eclat: This is a bittersweet topic for me – it’s probably my favorite foundation of all time, and it was discontinued at the end of 2015. YSL has replaced it with the supposedly similar Touche Eclat Radiance Awakening Foundation (which I’m yet to try), but I don’t see how the original Touche Eclat could be improved. It’s light coverage, lightweight, dewy, and wears flawlessly. I’m savoring this bottle!
  • Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet: If you’re looking for a lightweight, light coverage matte foundation, I highly recommend this one. It reminds me a lot of the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, but with a velvet finish. Perfect for those who have oily complexions or don’t like the dewy look.
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin: I just recently started using this one and can’t believe I’ve waited so long – I love it! It has a semi-dewy finish (not quite as glowy as my YSL favorite), and offers light to medium coverage. I’ve been applying it with my beauty blender and it looks great.
  • Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide: I rarely wear foundations with medium to full coverage, but when I do this is one of my favorites. It’s buildable, has a semi-matte finish, and I find it applies best with my fingers!
  • Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft Matte: Another new addition to my lineup, the latest release from Maybelline offers full coverage and a ‘soft matte’ finish. The consistency is quite thick and creamy – it reminds me of the Laura Mercier Silk Creme foundation. I’ve been wearing this one when I want my skin to look flawless, and I’m impressed with how well it holds up throughout the day.
  • Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream: (not pictured) Totally forgot this was stashed in a travel bag when I took the photo for this post – oops! This applies and wears like a BB cream, and I like that my shade (Light 2) has rosy undertones. I’ve found that most BB/CC creams have limited color ranges, and the shades tend to be much more yellow, but this one is perfect for me!

What foundations are in your stash?

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  • Liz | Lipstick & Confetti

    You have a great collection! I really want to try the Chanel one! Estee Lauder Double Wear and the Maybelline Superstay Better Skin foundation are two of my current favourites.

    xo, Liz

  • Alexandra L

    I love the Vichy foundations ! Not expensive but still very nice !

  • rchiariello

    I’ve been enjoying Maybelline Fit Me in the Dewy formula and the Dior Star foundation

  • Samantha Dunk

    I’ve recently picked up a tester of the new YSL foundation and I love it and can’t wait to try out the full-size version! xo

  • Taylr J

    I almost picked up the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer today, but opted for the new Nars one that just launched recently!

    Taylr –

  • beauty bloss

    I love Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet, one of my all time faves. I’m also really the Givenchy Teint Couture Balm right now and the new Chanel Les Beiges Foundation x

  • Emma Louise

    I have the UD one and find it is just too runny and a pain! I do want to try the Maybelline one as i love full coverage but my foundation stash is getting out of control i own about 30 now! oops!
    Emmy | Emmys Beauty Cave | Bloglovin

    • Allison Anderson

      Haha! I know, it’s so easy to accumulate them because it takes forever to use one up! I have at least 5 on my wishlist right now and I’m trying to resist!

  • Kiss & Make-up

    Nice stash! Some of my favorite foundations are the MAC Waterweight foundation, the Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation and the new Dr. Hauschka Tinted Moisturizer.

    • Allison Anderson

      I haven’t tried any of those! It’s been ages since I’ve tried one of the newer MAC ones, I’ll have to check it out :)

  • Philippa

    I own way too many foundations, I should probably have a good sort soon!

    Philippa x

  • Erin Elizabeth

    Love the new layout and A signature!! Laura Mercier foundations have always been my favorite but you’re really selling me on the new Maybelline. I’ll have to pick that one up soon!

    • Allison Anderson

      Thank you!!

  • Sammi the Beauty Buff

    Wow, I’m REALLY surprised they discontinued the YSL Touche Eclat. That was a popular foundation!

  • Sisi

    I’ve pretty much stopped wearing foundation lately, but I want to try the laura mercier foundations because I keep hearing great things about them!

  • Beauty-trips

    such a choice… I love the laura mercier one