The ‘Fuller Coverage’ Face Base Round-Up

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Seeing as I shone the spotlight on every single fresh-finished ‘I woke up like ‘dis’ base that currently resides in my stash, I thought it was time to lavish the same attention on my fuller coverage formulas. If you asked me point blank which side of the spectrum I’m more likely to pick up on a daily basis I would immediately plump for the less covering formulas, but after riffling through the to-be-mentioned I was surprised by how many that I’d deem more ‘evening appropriate’ made it through the daytime net. So here you go my medium to full finish formulas; scored and reviewed…

CHANEL Perfection Lumiere Velvet Smooth Effect Makeup – £33 from Selfridges – I use 20. Think a matte version of CHANEL Vitalumiere Aqua with a little more coverage and you’ll end up here. It’s not as matte as you’d think – I’d dub it a ‘New Gen Matte’ if I was feeling fancy – as it’s much more malleable, non-drying and fresh looking that older formulas out there. If you find Vitalumiere a little too much in the dewiness stakes, then this is the one for one. My score: 7/10. 

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation – £35.50 from Selfridges – I use 4 for winter and 6 for summer. I don’t think there’s anything new to add to the conversation with this one as I’ve spoken its praises for years, but I’ll attempt to cobble together a new ode to it. On the fuller end of things, this stuff can do some pretty serious covering with just a smidge of product. It’s a difficult finish to describe that’s dewy, yet matte at the same time making it just look very natural. It’s not something I reach for everyday, but for special occasions, filming, evenings out (no SPF, so it photographs ridiculously well), this is the one I go for. My score: 10/10. 

L’Oreal True Match Foundation – £8.49 from FeelUnique – I use N1 for winter and N2 for summer. The best budget formula that I’ve tried. In terms of properties it’s most similar to that of the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk; matte but sorta dewy, medium to full coverage and it’s pretty long lasting stuff. The shade range is good and with brush or fingers it works equally well. A good one to throw on when I need coverage, but want things to look nice and fresh. My score: 8/10. 

Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer – £37.50 from Cult Beauty – I use SX-05. A pot of full coverage goodness that has many guises: full-on foundation, concealer, cream contour, a tinted moisturiser (when sheered out with a mixing medium moisturiser), the list and uses are endless. I find that this works best mixed with a drop of tinted moisturiser to make it a little easier to work with and it only gets rolled out when my complexion in is dire states; a.k.a) once a month if you get my drift. My score: 7/10. 

MAC Studio Fix Fluid – £21.50 from Debenhams – I use NW20. A blast from the past! I used up countless bottles of this when I first discovered foundation/MAC/makeup in general and thought it was the best thing since sliced bread. I’ve since discovered that although it has the tendency to oxidise (go a shade down, I should definitely purchase NW15 next time) and smells…well like nothing else on this world, it actually does a good job. It’s just a classic full-ish coverage foundation that gets the job done without too many bells and whistles; lasting well, evening everything out and providing a good base of the rest. My score: 7/10. 

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation – $42 from Sephora – I use 125. If my skin is looking pretty alright in videos, then have a scroll down to the description box and 9 times out of 10 I’d take a bet that this is what is noted as on my face. Full coverage and a concentrated formula that manages to cover-up with just two pumps I find this a little drying to don everyday, but when filming is involved it’s now the one I reach for by default. My score: 8/10. 

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation – £31.50 from Space NK – I use Deauville. Just the right mix of coverage and dewiness this is one that I reach for when things are looking a little dull and spotty and I’m telling you – this stuff is good skin in a bottle. I used this stuff years ago, recently rediscovered it and I’m not letting this one out of my makeup drawers again. It’s a staple of mine that gets me out of many bad skin day. My score: 9/10. 

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation – £6.99 from FeelUnique – I use Ivory. A medium coverage, good all-rounder that won’t break the bank. It’s natural in finish and sits slap bang in the middle of the spectrum in terms of concealing capabilities. With a light finish it blends in ridiculously easy with fingers or a brush and is one of those formulas that you can slap on without having to think about too much, making it a nice every-dayer. My score: 7/10. 

Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick – £62 from Selfridges – I use Pale Dune. I’m not the biggest fan of stick or compact foundations, but this one has managed to get through the net. My main bugbear is that I find them to sometimes to come off a bit greasy, but this one – though dewy in finish – has just the right balance in formula meaning that you don’t look like a greaseball after you’ve striped it on. I apply in a warrior-like way, concentrating it in places that need it most, then blending in with a buffing brush. And if you want coverage? Here. It. Is. My score: 7/10. 

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation – £30.50 from Selfridges – I use B20 in the winter and B40 in the summer. In terms of the foundation spectrum, I would put this as a step up from CHANEL Vitalumiere Aqua; still with that ‘glowy, barely there, completely undetectable’ thing, but a level up in the covering stakes. I prefer to smooth this in with my fingers as I get the most natural looking finish that way and for such a radiant finished foundation I still find the longevity to be there. A great everyday choice. My score: 9/10. 

YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation – £36 from Selfridges – I use B10 in the winter and B30 in the summer. A slightly beefier formula than their other offerings, this one ramps up the coverage while still preserving that dewy, healthy finish that YSL are known for. It’s a bottle I reach for when my skin is not behaving, but I still want things to look fresh. It just melts into the skin with fingers or can be built up to a pretty full coverage finish with a brush; one for drier skinned gals I reckon. My score: 8/10.


  • Bella

    Great post!! I also like the Perfection Lumiere Velvet, though I’m slightly too dark for mine right now, and the Tom Ford Traceless Stick, which I only use to layer over the TF Traceless Liquid: I think that as you imply its too heavy to use as an all over base. Nars Sheer Glow is a perennial favourite; I mix two shades.
    Have you tried the Nars Radiant Creamy Compact Foundation? It’s probably my favourite full coverage foundation and it’s so very comfortable to wear, too. It is incapable of giving Mask Face like so many full coverage foundations can and it still gives a dewy finish. The colours don’t always completely correspond to the Sheer Glow colours though they have the same names, so do try it out in person!!

  • Great post! I really want to try the Chanel. I love Covergirl Outlast foundation, I discovered it when I visited the US earlier this year & now I’m hooked! 🙂 x

  • chntl

    Great, great post, can’t thank you enough! I do love a light base but I much prefer a more fuller coverage foundation! So many options here that I didn’t previously consider as full coverage but I definitely will have to give them a go! And thank you for including the shade names/numbers. My skin tone seems to be a similar to yours so this helps me a lot!

    Chantalle x

  • Mia

    The Chanel foundation is my holy grail product. I was using the Perfection Lumiere before, and then they brought out the ‘Velvet’ version, and it’s just so perfect for my combination skin, especially in the summer months. I tried a sample of the YSL Touche Eclat, and it felt wonderful on, but just not right for my combination/oily skin. A lot of the ‘glowy’ finish ones you’ve listed really are for drier skins, I’ve found, but it’s great seeing all these side by side reviews.

  • Gaby Zickar

    Love the post! I always get somewhat sad reading all these foundation posts though as many brands don’t go pale enough for my skin 🙁 #firstworldproblems

  • Avanti

    Nice post! I’m really interested in trying YSL foundations. They seem perfect for me but the price is quite steep. Hopefully I’ll save up one day but meanwhile I’ll be sans makeup.


  • Emily Knott

    Love that you have rated them out of 10!

    I have just mentioned your blog over on mine!

  • I really like the Rimmel Match Perfection foundation. I feel like it’s just so good for everything, it leaves you looking radiant but not oily and really really healthy! x

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  • Sarah Hale

    I tried to buy a different shade of YSL Youth Liberator last year and was told it had been discontinued as they are changing all of their foundations to bring out 6 new ones? I would consider the Chanel Velvet more of a light to medium coverage but I love it, despite usually liking a higher coverage. Dior Sculpt is a high coverage one that I always get the most compliments when I wear it.

  • Anna

    I’m a little confused as the Chanel one you mentioned first is actually very light coverage – lighter than its dewy counterpart.

    • Mia

      I would definitely say medium coverage – I don’t have perfect skin, but this foundation makes me look like I have! The formulation, though, is extremely light – very fluid – and putting it on you do think it’s not going to cover much but, for me, it really does. It dries down into a lovely soft, semi-matt finish, and gives much more coverage than looking at the product coming out of the bottle would indicate. I guess it’s different for everyone!

  • I wish we had L’Oreal True Match in N1 here in Australia – I think it would be perfect for my skin tone! I love the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation too – but personally i’d say it’s a light to medium coverage. ♡

    Eila | theblushingbrunettes

  • emily couture

    really want to rimmel match perfection 🙂

    emily xx

  • Kristy

    Great review, I love hearin about others favourite bases.

    Kristy |

  • Emma and Emily

    Some of these have been on my list for a very long time. I might have just been convinced!

  • I like the LOreal True Match foundation in winter!!

  • So many fab looking products – I have so many foundations at the moment, but haven’t reached for my Nars recently – I think it needs to come out of hiding!

    Josie xoxo Fashion Mumblr

  • Laura

    Sheer glow is my favourite! At the moment I am obsessed with chantecaille’s TM though 🙂

    Laura | Laurzrah xx

  • The Chanel foundations always sound so good! I really want to try them x

  • Stephanie

    Rimmel Match Perfection is my all time favourite foundation!



  • I love that Chanel foundation, I wish I could afford it!

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  • Geena

    I love the L’Oreal foundation but am desperate to try the Chanel, although it’s completely out of my price range. One day…

  • Hollyzee

    I’ve been toying with the idea of getting the Armani Luminous Silk, you’ve just sold me! Why do you do this to me Anna!!

  • I am waiting to save a little for the Chanel one too 🙂

    Pam @

  • i just purchased the ysl touché éclat foundation last week and am in love! i have nars sheer glow too but i think i like this better

  • PeonyandPeach

    Thanks for doing this round up, so many of these foundations are on my wish list so it’s great to see them compared to each other. I loved Studio Fix back in the day too, I think I still have a neglected bottle somewhere!

  • Love that product.


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  • Iris

    Thank you for this! I have my formal in a couple of months so I’ll definitely give some of these foundations a try 🙂

    Iris | Encountering Beauty

  • It always surprises me when I see Rimmel Match Perfection on a full/medium coverage list because I use it as a light/barely there foundation and associate it with that in my head. It’s so good to know that it is buildable!

  • Eleri Roberts

    Anna have you ever tried Chanel Vitalumiere? It’s my all time favourite!!

    Eleri Roberts

  • I love the Rimmel Match Perfection and the Nars Sheer Glow! I’ve been dying to try the L’oreal True Match one too.

  • I think I have never used foundation as I am massive fan of tinted mosturizers and more so of Laura Mercier’s.To be fair I only use that. I however need to find an alternative as it has SPF which really looks bad in pictures. So I think I am going to have to buy one of the products you suggested in this article 🙂

  • Anna S.

    I love match perfection and mac and i’m dying to try out the True Match and Sheer Glow!

  • Beautyandtheb

    My favourites from your picks have to be the YSL youth liberator and NARS sheer glow. Had really high hopes for the Luminous silk but sadly didn’t really get on with it 🙁

    B xx

  • Wow, that’s a lot of foundations.. great list, I’m going to come back when I’m in need of a new one! 😉

  • Johnna Quick

    Thank you for this! I am in search of a perfect foundation, if that can be found. This gives me some great suggestions to try.

  • Anais

    Hello Anna,

    Great question what do you think about a NYX foundation ?

  • joysteib

    Thanks again for a great review of all things worthy!! These posts mean so much!!!

  • Going to try the Georgio and Nars! Thanks!


  • Amazing roundup, Anna! I’ve totally fallen for Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet (wearing it today!) and I’m super tempted by the Tom Ford foundation stick 🙂

  • Bethany Chandler

    So helpful! Thanks!

  • Love this. Thanks!❤x

  • This is actually really helpful – thanks for rating them 🙂 I have a similar post on my blog ‘battle of the foundations’ 🙂

  • Angela Sandez

    I just bought the loréal true match foundation and i´m looking forward to trying it. The nars sheer glow is on the top of my “must try” list 😀

  • sporata

    I must be the only person out there hating Nars Sheer Glow!

    Anna, could u pls review the Ellis Faas foundation pls?


    • Jessica

      Unless it reacts poorly with your skin try using less product & applying it with a beauty blender. Too much Sheer Glow ends up super cakey.

  • I’m not a liquid foundation girl, but I do need to check out the l’oreal foundation.


  • I’m definitely going to go back to this post the next time I have to buy a new foundation! I love myself som full coverage once in a while 😉

    Scent of Fashion

  • I think i might need to repurchase MAC Studio Fix again after reading this. Man, I used to love that stuff.

  • Daniella




  • Lovely post. I love the true match foundation, however I recommend the Max Factor face finiity too x

  • Carina Stewart

    I finally got the Rimmel Match Perfection, so far I’m loving it 🙂

    Carina |

  • Definitely going to be picking up L’oreal True Match next time at the drugstore. I’m in desperate need of a fuller coverage foundation this summer.

  • this is a great guide that I shall use as a wishlist! Love these posts!

    Multitasking Damsel Blog

  • My favourite foundation is the YSL Touche Eclat by far!

    Great blog post!

    Dinar Banfield | Founder & Editor FIWL |

  • Abby Evans

    I never realized that the Rimmel Match Perfection had fuller coverage. Thanks!

  • I love Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet and Nars Sheer Glow, my two favorites!

  • Love this post, even though I wold change pretty much all the ratings myself… I cannot get enough of foundation themed posts! xx

  • sveti9505

    Nice post and great collection of foundations <3 My fave is Colorstay so far, but I'd love to try some of these too.

    Girl’s Temptations

  • Hiren Joshi

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  • There’s so many of these that I want to try – NARS, Giorgio Armarni, CHANEL and HD Forever. They all seem to have great coverage and I like the ‘flawless’ look now and again 🙂

    Lauren x

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  • Hiren Joshi

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  • NARS Sheer Glow is one of the top high end foundations I really want to try, but for now my Revlon Colourstay does the trick 😀

    Ashley |

  • I love the L’oreal True Match and the Rimmel Match Perfection 🙂

    Kate xo //

  • Becky Hughes

    Rimmel Match Perfection is my fav for everyday, its so easy to apply! really want to try a high end foundation, theres too much choice!

    Becky |

  • Annie

    I always want to try the Nars one and the one from Make up forever! Love your blog!

  • Viktoria

    I don’t like the ysl youth liberator serum! We just don’t get along 😉 . On me it is stripy, it doesn’t cover redness. I think the bourjouis healty mix foundation is very similar.
    Love the ysl touche eclat!

    Would like to try the armani one

  • likeavirshin

    what about Revlon Colorstay?