Practical test: choosing the best foundation

The best 5 foundations on market

After extensive research born out of necessity (i.e. my makeup was running out), the best 5 foundations have been selected out of 20 something I tried myself. The selection criteria were: 1) coverage of uneven skin tone, 2) masking fine lines, 3) natural look, and 4) long lasting.

Here is the Top 5 review:

1)    By Terry – Light Expert Perfecting Foundation brush – $52 at

The best for 30-somethings as this is so far the only foundation that efficiently soften fine lines. Convenient click-pen foundation brush which means saving on a makeup brush! Complete elimination of shadows and instant skin illumination. Great for dry skin. Light and silky.

2)    Chanel – Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation – $45 at Chanel

The best for mid-20-s. Also great for oily skin. Creates a fresh, refined and natural complexion which lasts. Quite economical as you need only a tiny drop for your makeup. The fluid formula has a soft, light texture which feels fabulous. SPF 15.

3)    Dior – Forever Extreme Wear Flawless Makeup – $49.50 at

Evens out skin tone perfectly and creates a radiant complexion. Contains moisturizing regulator for optimal comfort. Great coverage, waterproof and long wearing! Best protection – SPF25 but its texture feels heavier than other foundations in the Top 5.

4) YSL – Perfect Touch Radiant Brush Foundation – $55 at YSL

Same as By Terry foundation, this YSL is made as a brush applicator.  Flawless, even and naturally radiant finish with sheer coverage. However, this foundation is more visible on skin than By Terry and Chanel. Hydrating and a non-comedogenic formula.

5) Lancome – Photogenic Lumessense Light mastering Smoothing Makeup – $48 at Strawberrynet

Perfect for those who frequently find themselves in front of the lens. Includes micro-pigments that catch light, hide fine lines and imperfections. Silky smooth and moisturising texture. To be completely satisfied with this product you should have a fairly good skin as it provides only a sheer coverage.

Girls, I would highly recommend investing in a quality foundation as flawless complexion is the most crucial element in looking beautiful. Better save on mascara, pencils, etc.  Research on price and buy foundation online (much cheaper than in retail!), while retail cosmetics stores are great for consulting to select the right colour.

I picked Chanel for myself even though I loved By Terry (no shipping to Australia). See the result:

Marusya V foundation test - Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation

What is your favorite foundation or do you have any tips on how to choose the right one? Share with us – we would love to know!

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  1. Marina March 8, 2011

    Thank you so much for this post. I loved it!!! And you’re gorgeous!

  2. Kori March 9, 2011

    I am so glad you posted this honey! I used to work for MAC and wear their foundation, but am looking for something better. I want to try the Armani foundation. Have you tried it? I’m having a giveaway to celebrate Spring Break…make sure to head over and enter! kori xoxo

  3. Marusya V March 9, 2011

    Thanks girls:) Dear Kori, I did try new Armani foundation, its good too (as all designer brands) but for me it was a bit heavy. I would highly recommend to get different samples and try them before you buy any :) you want to be happy with your final choice i.e. purchase! Marusya V xox

  4. Kisten March 9, 2011

    Thanks for this post… I’ve been using Bare Minerals for ages, but lately I feel like it’s not enough coverage… By Terry and Chanel are more than I might typically spend but I’m inpired, your skin looks great!

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  6. mirjam March 10, 2011

    i LOVe number 5!

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  7. Vilte March 15, 2011

    I’m gonna try the dior one, sounds great xoxo

  8. DanniiBeauty April 3, 2011

    Great post! I am a foundation junkie and love to experiment with them. I tend to like medium to full coverage foundations. Will have to give some a try from your list. The Chanel looks great on you! xx

  9. Maryam April 7, 2011

    What a great post!!! I have never been able to find a liquid foundation to satisfy my needs, so I always use mineral powder foundation. Will definitely give Chanel a try :)) Thanks for visiting my page, let’s definitely stay in touch… I go by Marusya sometimes too haha

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