Sunday, August 14, 2016

Swatches of All My Foundations, Tinted Moisturizers and BB Creams


One of the questions I get asked the most on Youtube is what shade I use for my bases as well as what color I would recommend for that person. These are very difficult questions to answer for numerous reasons. Firstly, my skin tone changes depending on what time of the year it is so it's pretty common that I'll mix a few different shades to get one that suits me at the moment. Also, I don't feel confident in recommending a shade for someone I've never seen in real life. 

While this post won't stop those questions from coming in, perhaps this will serve as a reference for those who have a similar skintone to me. This post is simply a swatch post - it will not be a review post where I compare and contrast products but I will link to previous reviews where I can. 


I had a rummage through my makeup stash and resurfaced with 12 different bases. It's a little eye opening to see that I have a dozen bases in my inventory, granted a majority were gifts, gratis or sent by companies (PR samples will be denoted with a *).

I tried to order the bases from lightest to darkest but there were some instances where I should have swapped a few shades. The above photo was taken in natural lighting whereas the one below was taken with flash. Using the numbers in the photo as a guide, here are the liquid bases I currently have in my collection along with the shade names:

1. L'oreal True Match Lumi - Porcelain Light Ivory W 1-2 
2. Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid Touch Foundation - 15 Ivory
3. Laneige BB Cushion - #21 Natural Beige (Korean version)
4. IOPE Air Cushion XP - C21*
5. IOPE Air Cushion XP - C23*
6. Missha Magic Cushion - #23
7. Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation - Neutral 3*
8. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer - Nude
9. Marcelle BB Cream - Light to Medium 
10. Laneige BB Cushion - Medium (American version)*
11. L'oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation - 105 Natural Beige
12. Shiseido Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation - Neutral 4*


As you can see my bases run the gamut from pale ivory well into the truly medium shades. Right now I've been mixing the two Shiseido Synchro Skin Foundations (a 2:1 ratio of the Neutral 3 and Neutral 4) or using the Laneige BB Cushion in Medium or Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. I've also been mixing the L'oreal Pro Matte, which is way too yellow, with the Marcelle BB cream to get a suitable summer color match. I can also get away with using the IOPE Air Cushion XP in #23 if I set it with a slightly darker powder and bronze up the perimeters of my face. 

Let me know if you'd like me to do an in-depth review on any of these bases! How do you go about finding the right shade before you purchase? Also feel free to recommend me your current favorite foundations, tinted moisturizers and BB creams in the comments!

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