New to the Foundation Family

What is it with me and foundations, eh? I have *cough* three (albeit rather small) drawers *cough* of bases that really do cover all bases and yet still nothing beats the thrill of clicking checkout on yet another addition to the foundation family. Perhaps it’s cause I’m being a bit of a base floozy at the moment (the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk still wears the crown but my ‘everyday base’ slot could do with some more options), or it could be to do with my makeup mantra that preaches if you’re sorted on the foundation front then who gives two hoots about the rest of it. Gurl, you’re gonna look good. So with a lighter coverage focus, there’s been three new additions to the drawers…

The one for if you’ve tried every tinted moisturiser: By Terry Sheer Expert in 8 Intense Beige – £44 – from Space NK. So there’s already a bottle of this in my stash, but it’s in a slightly-off shade for me that I grabbed in a rush ‘no, it’s ok I’ll shade match myself‘ moment of madness. Big mistake. That was almost a year ago now, but two encounters lead to me giving this another go. One – I bumped into Ruth from A Model Recommends the other day and her skin looked unsurprisingly flawless, she credited this and dubbed it as one of her favourite foundations ever. Then I did some work with Space NK (am I dreaming?!) and the makeup artist used this on me. Shade match sorted I was sold with the finish and the next day I exited Space NK with this in my grips. Probably my favourite of the three spotlighted today – sheer, but with just the right amount of coverage for ‘ok’ skin days and with a light and luminous look.

The one for all-natural beauty lovers: RMS Beauty ‘Un’ Cover-Up in 11 – £28 – from Cult Beauty. I already have this too in a shade that’s slightly off for me right now – online shopping for foundation is not the one. But a mix of the newly purchased 11 and my old 22 works perfectly – plus I like the appeal of owning the same formula in two shades to custom mix your own blend, always makes me feel a little Lisa Eldridge-y in the morning. If the dewy look isn’t your thing then look away now, but if you like a little sheen to the skin and/or are into organic offerings and/or are a drier skinned lass then it’s worth a bit of researching into. I tend to use my Real Techniques Buffing Brush with it – pushing down into the product and then lightly sweeping all over.

The one for a no makeup, makeup base: CHANEL Vitalumiere Aqua in B20 – £32 – Selfridges. Eagle-eyed Instagrammers pointed out that this in fact a repurchase for me. Kudos. I picked this up originally when it first launched and wasn’t wowed – in fact I think it made the cut for an ‘overhyped, underwhelmed’-type video. But that was a while back now (I think I was in the grip of my Jemma Kidd Light As Air Foundation thang) and my tastes have changed a little so after passing that bottle onto a mate I thought I’d reattempt a love affair. So yes, the staying power still isn’t there and the coverage is more on the tinted moisturiser side of things, but the the colour match is spot on and I’ve been finding it to work best when I don’t want to apply foundation everywhere, just where it’s required. Tiny rice-sized dollops, blended out with my fingers – I think I’ve finally made amends with it.

So let’s call it a day there; no more room at the foundation inn (for now).


  • Anna Blush

    I’m a bit of a foundation junkie too and reading your blog really doesn’t help! I’m always left lusting after something new. These sound lovely x

  • Olivia S

    The By Terry Expert Tint sounds dreamy! Xx

    Olivia –

  • sara

    Yay a foundation post! Been looking for a good, non-SPF for nighttime foundation, I suppose only By Terry fits the criteria here, too bad we don’t have that in my country. What do you think of Laura Mercier Silk Creme or Nars Sheer Matte? I’m choosing between those two.

    • LMISMinsky

      I have both of those, both work well with my oily skin and neither are good if you have any dryness – they cling so easily and don’t blend nicely over flakey parts (gross, but this is full disclosure)
      I find that Nars is quite sheer- medium coverage, I have tried to layer on full coverage, but it just went cakey and separated. However applied correctly it is beautiful. Not totally matte, but natural and radiant in the right places after it settles.
      Laura Mercier requires a lot more blending, is easy to go overboard with, has the same kind of finish, but more flexible coverage. It can be sheer to full-on heavy. Though it does let more oil seep through and is never truly matte.
      They both last a LONG time on the skin, but be careful, too long and they really don’t look great – they both separate after 10-12 hours wear. Neither break me out, and I couldn’t pick a favourite. I use a buffing brush with both, working quickly doing each section of my face all in one go, then dabbing more on with the brush where I need it.

  • Camille

    Hi ! I read your posts from france since a while now, and i’ve never commented anything. I love your blog !

    I think this could be interesting for you :

    It’s a website that, if you give at least three foundation references that works for you, can give you your match for others ! It’s great if you want to purchase online !

    Have a nice day !

  • Shrutilaya

    I love foundations. I own 4 at the moment, and thanks to you, I’ve added a 3 more to my wishlist.

  • Mika Avila

    I’m in a similar pickle. Having just purchased the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder and NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, I’m trying to resist the pull of Illamasqua Skin Base or the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer! Base products are just so lovely in their subtlety. BTW I’m really looking forward to your review on the NARS Tinted Moisturizer. 🙂

  • Anya Cross

    I was looking into buying the Chanel foundation but I’ve heard it really clings to dry patches! I’m really intrigued by the By Terry foundation though, who doesn’t want flawless skin?

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell

    I have the chanel foundation and really like how it looks on my face but it breaks me out like no other foundation ever has! I’m not prone to spots but somehow this manages to make them all come out 🙁

  • Ugh.. I’ve been negotiating with myself on buying the Vitalumière. Now I guess I gotta give it a go… Anyone know if the Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid is better?

  • Maddy Cane

    Ugghh, three more bases added to the wish list, you’re such an enabler! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


  • Danielle

    By Terry Sheer Expert sounds amazing! It’s funny, I used to love Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, then I grew to hate it. Now I think it’s just okay. My main issue is the color range; they don’t go as light as I need it.

  • Rebecca Bryant

    I bought the by terry sheer expert while on a shopping trip as I needed a new foundation and being super fair, I didn’t have many options! I’m not really a fan as I found it a little drying on my skin but with the right skin type, it would be divine.

  • I’ve never been the one to stop by the RMS counters here, but I’m starting to question that decision…you’re a horrible influence when I’m trying to not buy more foundations…..:/ xx

    Daphne | Peanut Butter and Chocolate Life | bloglovin

  • Love your honest reviews! theres nothing worse than a foundation with the coverage of a tinted moisteriser for me so definitely appreciate your honesty!!!!
    keep up the great posts!


  • yourdailybreak

    loveee Vitalumiere Aqua. Definitely my go-to for my everyday base xo

    Your Daily Break

  • Emily Allen

    I’ve been wanting to try the Chanel Vitalumiere for so long :p I can’t believe you have three drawers full of foundations, you’re really overdue for a makeup collection post or video cough cough :p xx Emmi

  • Rachael

    I recently bought Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in B10 and I love it! I’m also a foundation fiend, and this blog post has only served to give me more ideas! xx

  • Celina

    I’ve been interested in the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua for a while now ever since I heard people rave about it in the beginning. I’m still on the fence about it but I might just end up purchasing it… :O

    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  • Anna

    If you get a chance you should try the Givenchy Eclat Mattisime Fluid Foundation- it is amazing! You can’t tell that you’re wearing it but it just evens everything out so beautifully. It isn’t really matte, but not dewy either. It just looks like perfect skin and you hardly have to use much at all.

  • Shevasherapy

    I don’t blame you secret stash of bases! It’s always good to have options! Haha I’m waiting for trip to Duty Free so I can justify buying the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua.

  • I love the Chanel Vitalumiere! It’s been one of my favorite foundation for a long time now 🙂

  • Angela

    These all sound amazing, particularly the RMS one!

  • Chrissabella

    Love your videos and blog and thanks for the foundation help 🙂

  • Wolf

    I love the Vitalumiere! It’s become my holy grail foundation. I’m the same when it comes to foundation, for some reason I just love collecting them and finding new ones to try!