The ‘I Woke Up Like ‘Dis’ Face Base Round-Up




My favourite types of bases are the barely-there ‘I woke up like ‘dis’ ones. And no I’m not retiring my Beyoncé leant phrase anytime soon as it just sums up my attitude to make up perfectly. I’m currently sat on the floor with all of my light coverage foundations/tinted moisturisers/BB’s/CC’s surrounding me and I thought why not cobble them together in one gigantic fresh skinned edit. I haven’t discriminated between the categories of base here at all; if it’s more on the light side of things and makes my skin look nice and even, well slept and glowy then it’s in. I’ve given them a score out of 10 for all-roundedness, but don’t take too much notice – I just thought I’d bolt that on the end just so you can distinguish which ones I really love…

Bourjois Happy Light Foundation – £11.99 from Boots – I use No.50. This is one of the few light coverage foundations I own. It can definitely be built up to more of a medium finish, but gives just the right amount of coverage for daytime and isn’t too matte nor dewy in finish. My score: 8/10.

CHANEL Vitalumiere Aqua Skin Perfecting Makeup – £32 from Selfridges – I use B10 for winter and B20 for summer. I love this stuff. If I had to pick a base to wear everyday for the rest of my life, I reckon this would be it. It just melts in the face and literally looks just like skin. My score: 10/10.

Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturiser – £58 from Space NK – I use Nude for winter and Glow for summer. If you’re after polished skin that’s on the sheeny side of things then this is your guy. It has the coverage of a medium foundation with the glow of a BB. Nice. My score: 9/10.

Dior Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation – £33 from FeelUnique – I use 100. This is probably the lightest textured base I own, so if you don’t really count yourself as the foundation type then this is one to try. It definitely fits into the lighter finish category, but leaves things looking über natural. My score: 8/10.

Dior Diorskin Nude BB Creme – £30 from Escentual – I use 002 (but could do with 001 for winter). In terms of BB’s this is my favourite one I’ve tried, probably because it’s got decent coverage and is slightly more matte in finish which I don’t tend to gravitate towards, but it means that the longevity is a step up from others. My score: 9/10.

Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint – £29 from Cult Beauty – I use Pearl. If you want glow, then girl here it is. When swatched there looks to be a terrifying amount of shimmer in this, but when applied directly to the face it just comes off as skin that is seriously hydrated. My score: 8/10.

Jouer Matte Moisture Tint – £29 from Cult Beauty – I use Linen. It’s tough to find a light coverage, matte base, but this is the best I’ve tried. Not chalky or heavy it coats the skin with a light dose of shine-free tint. Personally my favourite way to wear this is with the blob of the aforementioned in with it. My score: 8/10.

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Tinted Balm – £38 from Space NK – I use SB02 for winter and SB03 for summer. This was one of the first light coverage based I tried and I loved it at the time, but compared to my more recent discoveries it just doesn’t quite compare. A little heavy and difficult to blend, though the finish is spot-on glow-wise. My score: 5/10.

Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturiser – £33.50 from Space NK – I use Bisque. In terms of formulas billed as tinted moisturisers this is my all-time favourite. It’s pretty thick, but that means that it brings the coverage and the finish is just perfection and looks sheeny without the grease. My score: 9/10.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser – £29 from Space NK – I use Alaska. I’d say that this is a good one for more drier skinned gals. It feels the most ‘moisturiser’ of all the tinted moisturisers I’ve tried with the finish being very nourishing with a light dose of colour. My score: 7/10.

Resultime by Collin Multi-Corrective CC Cream – £35.50 from Cult Beauty – I use Natural. A recent discovery that when I first applied I let out an audible ‘wow’. Everything just looked almost airbrushed, but so natural. With good lasting power too it’s the best CC I’ve tried. My score: 9/10.


  • Nicole

    Thank you Anna for posting your shades! I’m always annoyed when beauty bloggers don’t do it. Love the choices! 🙂

  • Mia

    The Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser and Chanel foundation are my holy grail products (although I have the Perfection Lumiere, which is a more matt product and seems to suit my oily skin better than the Vitalumiere Aqua). Genuinely, not found anything to beat them. Fantastic coverage with both, the LM is my summer skin and Chanel is my go to for the winter – with the Chanel base lumiere primer underneath, my skin glows! Have you thought about doing this type of post for other make-up that you own – primers, blushers etc?

  • I love the Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser, but don’t have the right shade as I bought it on holiday after I had tanned! Other than that, I need to try out a few of these!

  • nueyork

    I need to try the Bourjois foundation, it sounds so perfect for me and what I look for in a base!

  • I hear so many good things about Bourjois foundation! x

  • Sybil Mae

    I have wanted to try the Nars tinted moisturiser for so long but i’ve just never got around to purchasing it, I hear so many good things about it though! 🙂

  • I like a lighter coverage for summer – you should try No7 Essentially Natural Foundation – it’s a budget buy and feels like you aren’t wearing anything, but evens the skin beautifully. Here’s my review if you fancy more info!

  • Sophie ♥

    How have I not tried any of these before!? The Jouer Matte Moisture Tint is at the top of my wishlist.

  • Love the selection! Can I add The Body Shop’s newest addition to their tea tree range, the tea tree BB cream too your list?? Ive just purchased it and it’s truely amazing!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  • Laura

    Love so many of these… I think the NARS TM is the best though

    Laura | Laurzrah xx

  • Great post! Have you tried the Clarins Skin Perfecting BB cream? I really liked it but I’d love to try out that Dior one. **loosening up the purse strings***

  • Alice

    Great round up! I’ve got a sample of the Jouer tinted moisturiser that I need to try out!

    alicekatex ♥

  • Soo many I’d like to try! I’m personally very much in love with the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer in the normal formula! X

  • Lorena

    Anna you definitely need to try the Guerlain Lingerie de Peau BB Cream ! It is A-MA-ZING!

  • I obviously need to try the Jouer matte tint now..

    and beauty or something.

  • Rachel Polansky

    what a great selection! i also love nars sheer glow 🙂

  • rano

    great foundation collection, thanks for the reviews hun

  • Great post as always Anna!

  • Bella

    I recently purchased Chantecaille Just Skin and I am a believer. My previous all time favourite was the Nars, and I have Chanel V.A. too.

  • I love the Jouer matte moisture tint. I prefer the original Bourjois healthy mix foundation for coverage and the lightweight feeling 🙂

    Ella xx

  • Daniella

    need the happy light!



  • Definitely want to try the Nars tinted moisturizer and the Jouer moisture tints!

  • The nars tinted moisturizer is amazing!

  • Becky

    would you say the cc cream in the natural shade would be too dark for someone who’s super super pale like me? loved this post by the way!

  • I’m glad you rated these I really want to try the vitalumier aqua now 🙂 x


  • I must agree, the Chanel one wins it! It’s perfect for summer.

  • AlinaValero

    you NEED to try the armani luminous CC cream!!!!! it trumps everything in the perfect, glowy, natural skin category!

  • Joycelyn Steib

    Wow….I’ve been waiting for a review of this nature for quite some time!! Love your choices and think I would go for the 10/10….Chanel!!! Thanks for sharing with us.

  • PeonyandPeach

    Love that you rated them all out of ten, makes it a lot easier to compare. Can this become a regular thing?

  • Avanti

    Really interesting post! Must try the Vitalumiere. Hopefully they have my shade.


  • Food, Fash, Fit

    This is such a cool, indepth review, I love it! Some excellent choices here!

  • Cute title! I love how quirky you are, even in your writing 🙂

  • This is my kind of post! I love a good Queen Bey-esque base. I do have drier skin, and I adore the NARS tinted moisturizer. In fact, I’m wearing it right now!

  • I am a big fan of NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer — it somehow is very compatible with my oily skin, and I love that it can be built up from sheer to medium coverage! Thank you for the round-up, I’ve always been interested in Vitalumiere Aqua but have never tried it. It’s on my list for bases to try!

    The Makeup Writeup

  • Such lovely picks! Love the sound of the Laura Mercier one! x


  • Antonella_7694

    great post!

  • Helen K

    Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua is THEBOMB.COM! I use B30 currently being Summer…use the buffing brush or flat top kabuki and omg, beautiful skin!

  • Manouk

    I really want to try the Nars tinted moisturiser but I’m already head over heels with Sheer Glow.. So there’s no point in getting something else really x

    WOMANOUK (beauty and portrait

  • I genuinely want to try all of these x


  • Need to get my hands on some of these! I’ve been wanting the Chanel vitalumiere aqua and NARS Tinted Moisturiser for a while now, you’ve made me want them even more

    Taslima | The little things in life

  • Cassandra Rigsby

    I love, love, love the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser! I’ve been wanting to try some of the more full-coverage foundations from this line, any suggestions?

  • Wish I had all these foundations! x

  • Sherrie Webster

    I need all of these! I want to try the Nars Tinted Moisturiser

  • Angela Sandez

    Ooooh I want to try all of them! 😀

  • Really want to try Just Skin, it sounds absolutely amazing! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


    Oh no! Anna I do not need you to share any more of these! It’s becoming a problem – I’m gonna need counselling to quit my ‘lighter base buying’ addiction.

  • Cherie Joyce Tang

    I want it all! I’m also loving lighter coverages with a glow.

  • THIS IS THE BEST POST EVER. Seriously though, ‘barely there’ face products are what I base my existence around. I really want to try Jouer’s moisture tints, but I have absolutely no idea what color I would be…. Oh and I’m obsessed with Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua as well. Just did a post with it on my blog actually! Love, love loooove.

    xx Sally

  • Kiera May

    Oh my goodness you have made me want to go out and buy all of these haha! This is a really helpful post, thank you!! Xx

  • I have that Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, I love it too! Def gives great glowy ‘i woke up like ‘dis’ skin. xxx

  • Kyla

    You should definitely try Tom Ford’s liquid foundation, Anna! It’s already great as it is, but they’re apparently coming out with a newer formulation this coming fall. I like to alternate between that and Chanel’s VA (and maybe Tom Ford’s foundation stick for the colder/drier months).

  • I really want to try the channel one and i have for quite a while but i dint know if it was worth the money but know i think i might have to look in to it even more. thank you. lovey post! xx

  • F

    Great post and now I definitely need to try the Chanel foundation (and all the rest).

  • Great list, I wish bourjois was more available in the US!
    Carolyn | BLOG

  • My love for bases is jumping with joy at a post like this from you!

  • What an incredible roundup, Anna! Vitalumiere Aqua really is a beautiful foundation and I’m dying to try the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint 🙂

  • I’d love to try the CHANEL Vitalumiere the finish has always looked lovely when you’ve swatched it, plus the Resultime CC cream sounds amazing a great light product for days I want to look human without the layers

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography –

  • Imy L

    This is weird for me. I’ve been reading your blog everyday for about a year but I hardly ever comment. Just wanted to say I love your blog Anna and this post was so helpful. I love the name of it too! x x x

  • Sophie

    Great post, Anna! Interestingly, I’d give opposite reviews of the Laura Mercier and the NARS tinted moisturisers. The NARS has my heart!

  • Emily Knott

    Theres a lot to choose from there! I love to wear Bare Minerals for my ‘I woke Up Like This’ base!

  • Linnea

    Hi Anna, just wanted to contribute with a tip for maybe an upcoming post (or to kick this post up a notch), and that would be to include what type of brush you use with each base. It would make an already helpful post even more helpful!

    • Tanya Werger

      This is a great idea. I hope Anna will see this and maybe do another post!!

  • gracie

    I just started adding up those prices for some reason, eeeeek!

  • Interesting post! I have only used Laura mercier tint moisturiser but kind of love/hate relationship with it. I would love to try Chantecaille one though

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  • L&L

    Love this post! I really wanna try the Laura Mercier TM x

  • Carolyn Wolfram

    I want to try the Laura Mercier tint moisturizer and the Jouer Matte Moisture tint. Right now my face needs the heavier coverage though.

  • I’ve heard so many good things about the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua that it’s on my wish list. However, I have so many foundations/bases that I don’t think I’d need another one any time soon. 🙁

  • mojo2010

    I’d have to say I haven’t had much luck with the Vitalumiere, it just sits on top of my skin and looks like makeup. I def did not wake up that way! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Nars TM. I have oily skin, and yet it looks so smooth and airbrushed and, well, perfect. When I swatched it on half my face at Sephora, the sales associate said “wow.” I’ll take it!

  • SevenMins

    What a beautiful post, I love the pictures! Also, thanks for the allround-review, I really like when one can see the way several products out of the same family perform side-by-side!