Since what feels like forever, I have been trying to find a great foundation. I was using the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24h for a few years, but the glass bottle and high price made me want to look for something different (I'm really clumsy, glass is never a good plan). The last time I ordered it, the bottle head was cracked off and that was when I decided to go for something more reasonable... with a plastic bottle.
I will post reviews on different foundations I have tried in the past 2 years from Chanel and Benefit to Bourgois and Maybelline... none of them were 'perfect'. Until now...
Ladies, if you are on a budget (even if you're not), Artdeco has turned out to be fantastic. It isn't cheap (it also isn't the 'sexiest' brand), but it is really solid beautiful middle-priced make up. I picked up the Oil-free foundation a few days ago and WOW. Think of this as the Volvo of make-up.
Consistency: Like a cream, but not at all greasy. It is a little thick, but blends out beautifully and doesn't stay thick on the skin. It is oil-free, perfect for oily or combo skin! It also has SPF 20- always a plus!
Coverage: Medium to full. This covered up old acne scars and some redness I had. I do go in with a concealer under my eyes and for any current break outs.
My hands actually look worse than my face does right now (thanks, winter). This is why I am showing you the level of coverage on my hands!
Longevity: Lasted all day and since it is hat weather here in Berlin, I am happy to report no make up transferred onto my hat! Never before has this not been a problem. There were also no problems with oxidation!
Finish: This is a 'mattifying make up for all skin types'. It is mattifying, but not mask-like or cakey. I still have a healthy glow to my skin, but without the excess oil on my nose, forehead and chin. I did not have to powder once during the day when I used my MAC prep+prime Skin Refined Zone. No-fuss make up is the best and, in my opinion, only way to go.
Shades: Now there aren't as many shades as there with, for example, MAC. However, they do go fairly light (no pun intended? what?) and dark. This is great news for people like me.. half human half vampire.
Smell: We all know I can't have anything on my face/near my nose/in my life generally which doesn't smell good. Especially foundation. If is smells bad, I won't use it. There is nothing worse than getting up early and then dealing with chemical smells on your face. This smells like really luxurious, fresh face cream. Yum!
Dispenser: You squeeze the product out of the top. The opening is small, so you end up with a very controlled amount of product and is very hygienic.
Price: 20€. The bottle is quite small, but you do not need a lot of product. It is perfect for traveling or throwing in your bag if you're having a sleep over.
All in all, this is a beautiful product, which is reasonably priced and feels absolutely luxurious. I won't be going back to high-end foundations anytime soon!
What is your favorite foundation? Do you care if it's high end or drugstore? I love all your opinions, as I said: I'm nosy! :)
Until next time!