Today I had a rather epic session of applying then removing my foundation collection. For reference (and if you don't want to hear me ramble on) there are photos and info after the jump. If not here's my verdict in video form:
(comedy thumbnail courtesy of Youtube)
The photos look very similar on first glance but if you look carefully you can see the difference in undertones as well as variations in coverage and finish.
For a fair comparison of coverage and finish all of the foundations were applied on top of my everyday moisturiser without the help of primer, concealer or setting powder. The liquid foundations were applied with the Sephora Mineral Powder Brush #45 and the mineral foundation was applied with bareMinerals Full Flawless Face Brush. Ok enough with the science experiment speak...
bareMinerals Original Fairly Light
Pro: I find my skin looks clearer and less congested after switching to this for a week or so, very quick and easy to use, sheer natural finish, buildable coverage from light to full, good colour range (20 shades)
Con: Some people may suffer allergic reactions to the bismuth oxychlorides, emphasises pores.
Would I buy again?: Sadly not due to its exaggeration of my pores!
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua B20 Beige Tendre
Pro: Feels beautifully light on the skin, light to medium buildable coverage, sheer natural finish, SPF 15, reasonably good wear, easy to work with and well packaged.
Con: Limited colour range (10 shades), expensive, very fragranced, predominantly neutral-pink undertones.
Would I buy again?: No.
Revlon Colorstay 150 Buff Chamois
Pro: Slightly cheaper, reasonable colour range for a drugstore foundation (10 shades) with slightly yellow undertones, very long wearing, medium-full coverage.
Con: Can look and feel a little heavy or waxy on the skin, colour range could be wider.
Would I buy again?: No, simply because I don't like the way it feels on my skin for everyday use but I do rate it as a drugstore foundation!
Jemma Kidd Makeup School Light as Air Liquid Foundation 03 Light/Medium
Pro: Feels beautifully light on the skin, medium coverage, sheer to semi matte finish, SPF 15, reasonably good wear.
Con: Difficult to find in stores - so hard to swatch and colour match, limited shade range (7 shades), runny so tends to dribble out of the tube.
Would I buy again?: Maybe, I love the formula but not totally happy with the shade.
NARS Sheer Glow Light 6 Ceylan
Pro: For me it is the idea finish and coverage, best colour match I have found and a decent colour range (although they are predominantly yellow based which may be an issue for some skintones), it hasn't caused any breakouts and is very comfortable to wear.
Con: Not very long wearing, no pump included, no SPF and rather expensive!
Would I buy again?: Yes, it's love.