A while back I put together a blog post titled The Mascara Showdown and it had a great response so I thought it was time for a repeat. This time the subject is foundation which is a pretty personal thing. Everyone prefers a different formula, finish and coverage so it was a little bit trickier to score it the same way as the mascaras. I have treated this more as a guide to help you narrow down what may suit you, based on coverage, formula, finish etc.

What I look for in a foundation is a luminous finish, that it’s easy to blend, flexible coverage (meaning I can go as light or as full as I like) and longevity. I have to admit that within this group of 9 it was hard to separate some from others and I really had to think hard about their flaws. There is some really good competition out there!

So without further ado may I introduce…

14e cosmetics Aloe Nourish Foundation (full blog post here)

Ellis Faas Skin Veil

FitGlow Beauty Vita Active Foundation

Gressa Skin Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation (full blog post here)

ILIA True Skin Serum Foundation (full blog post here)

Kjaer Weis Foundation

Kosas Tinted Face Oil (full blog post here)

rms “Un” Cover-Up

Sappho New Paradigm Essential Foundation (full blog post here)

I’ve broken the categories down into Shades, Formula, Coverage, Finish, Longevity, Application (ease of), $AUD cost and my personal rating.

Let’s start with my absolute favourites. ILIA True Skin Serum Foundation, Ellis Faas Skin Veil and Kosas Tinted Face Oil are in a league of their own. They feature innovative formulations, an amazing finish on the skin and they are so easy to apply with fingers (my application mode of choice). They can also be applied lightly or built up to increase the coverage. Technically all foundations can do that, but these just do it really well without bunching up or caking.

I want to talk about the cream products next. I found the Kjaer Weis Foundation pretty tricky to work with and I have to apply an oil to my skin before I use it. I don’t always want to wear an oil on my face during the day, especially in summer, so that is not an ideal scenario. It dries quickly so I have to apply it in sections and blend as if my life depended on it. It also tends to hang out in my pores so I have to really pay attention when I’m putting this on. It’s certainly not as easy to work with as the liquid formulations but the coverage is amazing. Great if you have any sort of pigmentation.

rms “Un” Cover-Up is a product I’ve used for at least 5 years now and I mainly use it as a concealer. It’s a bit fiddly to use as foundation since the pot is so small and you would go through it pretty quickly as well. It has a lovely finish but again, the cream formula is not as quick and easy to apply all over the face as the liquids which is why I took a star away from its overall rating.

14e cosmetics Aloe Nourish Foundation is technically a liquid but it’s a little thicker than the others and it has a light, whipped consistency. I can’t compare it to any of the others, I find it really unique and the finish it gives is that of real skin. The only flaw I have found with this one is that on very sweaty days it separates on my skin.

FitGlow Beauty Vita Active Foundation and Sappho New Paradigm Essential Foundation are quite similar in texture but the FitGlow Beauty foundation has some seriously good skincare ingredients which is why I’ve rated it higher. It seems to plump out my skin really nicely and it blends easier than the Sappho one. To be honest, it is hard to separate the two!

Last but not least is the Gressa Skin Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation which is a very pigmented formulation. It’s an oil, but compared to the Kosas Tinted Face Oil it is slightly drier so you need to work quickly. It doesn’t spread as easily and I don’t reach for it too often as the coverage can be a little too full for me.

Stay tuned for part 2 because I have more foundations in my stash that need to be talked about! I hope that this quick guide gives you a good starting point when searching for your next foundation. If you have suggestions of what I should include in part 2 please leave a comment below or email me and connect with me on Instagram. To listen to the latest Fluke podcast, please visit iTunes.

Next week: FLUKE Podcast – Interview with Erika Geraerts from It’s All Fluff.

2 replies on “Foundation guide, part 1

  1. Great post as always I look forward to your blog. I was wondering if the Kjaer foundation broke you out? I want to try and herd there was coconut in it.

    1. Thanks so much Belinda! It does contain coconut oil but I didn’t have any reaction to the Kjaer Weis foundation. I would recommend getting a sample first and doing a patch test. Beautiful Because and I Am Natural Store do samples which is a good way to try the shades too. 😊 Let me know how you go!

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