It’s All About the Base

It’s All About the Base

A few months ago I decided I wanted to add a new foundation range to my kit. I already use Chanel Vitalumiere and Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation as well as Temptu Airbrush makeup but I fancied a change. As I was heading to London I thought I’d pick up some samples while I was there and put them through their paces. Below are my thoughts for those looking at new foundations. Obviously these are my opinions and my skin type (fairly normal with a potentially oily nose) is not the same as everyone else’s but it’s a good starting point! N.B. Please excuse the terrible selfies – I still haven’t got these mastered!

Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation, £64.

Coverage: Medium which can be built to full.

Finish: Demi matte but leaves a nice glow.

Fade: Lasts around 8 hours with primer then fades without going patchy or cakey.

Pros: Gives a beautiful skin look.

Cons: Can settle into large pores.

Apply with: fingers or a damp sponge/beauty blender.

Tom Ford Traceless


Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation, £32.50. 

Coverage: Full

Finish: Demi matte

Fade: Nose started fading after 8 hours, rest of face fine after 13 hours.

Pros: Gives full coverage without looking mask like

Cons: Needs blending well over larger pores otherwise it can sit in them.

Apply with: a damp sponge/beauty blender or brush.

Illamasqua Skin Base


NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, £31. Coverage: Light to medium.

Finish: Demi matte with a soft glow.

Fade: Nose faded, but not noticeably, after about 10 hours. Rest of face fine for 14 hours plus.

Pros: A beautiful, soft glowy finish.

Cons: May need to powder after a few hours if oily. Need to buy the dispensing pump separately.

Apply with: Fingers or a damp sponge/beauty blender.

NARS Sheer Glow


Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, £37.

Coverage: Medium.

Finish: Very glowy but exceptionally flawless finish once it sets.

Fade: Stayed in all day – nose faded after 11 hours but not noticeably, rest of face fine.

Pros: Extremely long lasting.

Cons: Very expensive if used daily.

Apply with: Fingers or a damp sponge/beauty blender.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk


Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation, £35.

Coverage: Full.

Finish: Very matte.

Fade: Started to fade on nose and sit in pores after about 8 hours.

Pros: Great for oily skin.

Cons: Colour range isn’t brilliant as it doesn’t go very light. The lightest shade was slightly dirty looking on me. Oil started coming through after just a few hours.

Apply with: A brush or a damp sponge/beauty blender.

Laura Mercier Silk Creme


Delilah Time Frame Future Resist Foundation, £34.

Coverage: Light – almost like a tinted moisturiser.

Finish: Really luminous and glowy.

Fade: Nose faded after only 2-3 hours. Rest of face lasted around 9-10 hours.

Pros: Contains SPF20.

Cons: Not long lasting enough.

Apply with: Fingers or a damp sponge/beauty blender.


For me the best foundations were the NARS and the Giorgio Armani and in the end I plumped for NARS for my kit and splashed out on the Armani for myself. So far I’ve had great feedback from clients so it’s definitely worth a try if you’re looking for something new!