We have tested several different kinds of foundation and name Jane Iredale Amazing Base Loose Powder as the best mineral foundation. Is is a loose mineral foundation with high sun protection and long-lasting effect. The product is also available in a wide range of colours. The best cushion foundation was Lancôme Miracle Cushion Foundation, thanks to the fact that it comes in many different nuances and gives a natural coverage. Our choice of best premium foundatin was Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF15, which is a durable, liquid foundation which gives a full, natural finish.
We carry out our tests ourselves and test all products as they are intended to be used in reality. In our tests of foundation, we asked someone who works professionally with makeup to use the products, both in their work and on their own face. An additional two people of different ages, with varying skin types and under various conditions, have also tested them. In this test we have focused on examining the following:
What’s the consistency like? How easy or difficult is it to apply? And how economical is the product? What type of skin does it suit best?
What effect does it produce? How much coverage does it provide, and what’s the finish like? And how long do the results last?
Packaging What does the product promise? How is the bottle or tube designed, and how easy is it to use?
In addition to this, we have also included in our calculations how much foundation is contained in the packaging, whether the formulation has any skin nourishing ingredients or sun protection, and how many colours are available in the range, compared to its price. We have then designated the test winner.
For many women, there’s no doubt that foundation is the most important makeup product, and we have seen exponential development over the last ten years, with foundation technology being repeatedly refined so that today's products give an extremely natural result. When you choose foundation, you should first decide what effect you are aiming for. Do you want to make your skin matte, give it a radiant glow or provide complete coverage? Today the majority of foundations are suitable for all skin types, so it's more important to focus on the results than on skin type. However, if you have oily skin you may want to choose a matte finish to obtain a more durable result, and dry skin often looks best with a moisturising foundation that produces a radiant finish. It's also sensible to have a number of different foundations for different occasions – such as a light, natural makeup for everyday use and more coverage and durability for partying.
Consistency often goes hand in hand with results. If you want a foundation that's barely visible, you should choose a liquid foundation. For greater coverage, you can choose a mousse or powder-based foundation. There's one simple rule if you're unsure about the level of coverage a particular foundation gives: the thicker the consistency, the more coverage it will give.
The "cushion" is the latest packaging trend, and a foundation phenomenon that originally comes from South Korea. In recent years a large number of new products have been launched on the European market. The cushion format is a liquid foundation in compact form. The foundation cream is contained in a sponge, and you apply it with the help of a special puff included in the compact. The advantage of this type of foundation is that the results are naturally sheer, but you can also build up greater coverage. The compact is also easy to use, with a mirror in the lid, and easy to grab from your bag to improve your makeup during the day. The prices of this type of foundation are often higher if you compare the millilitre price and you pay a lot for the actual packaging technology. However, you don’t always need to buy a completely new compact as the majority of brands offer refill solutions.
You should always choose your foundation according to your skin tone; it’s important that it isn’t too dark or too light. Find the right shade by testing it in daylight. Apply the foundation to the jawline so you can see the shade against both face and neck. The right shade should be least visible and should blend into the skin without you having to work it in too much. The aim of foundation is to even out the skin tone, not to give it colour. If you want your skin to look sun bronzed, you achieve this using bronzing powder, and not foundation. Also remember that your skin tone can change, often depending on the season, so be careful to test the shade before each new purchase.
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