So, I've suddenly become tan. It sort of snuck up on me. This means it's time to pull out some of those "too dark" foundations, or use it as an excuse to pick up some new ones I've been wanting to try. So here are my current favorites that I've been using a lot recently, with my thoughts on what I love (and don't love) about them. Keep in mind that my skin is very much combination and I breakout easily.
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF 15 in Warm Beige ($48, $33.75 at CCO):
I've wanted this foundation for a LONG time, and when I finally made a trip to the Cosmetics Company Outlet about 3 weeks ago and saw it for only $33.75, it was the first thing in my basket. So far I've found it to be a great day-to-day long wearing foundation. It is a lot lighter than something like a Double Wear, and has more medium coverage with a satin finish. The texture is surprisingly watery, but even so I prefer to use it with my beauty blender. Lasting power definitely maxes out at 12 hours. I can see it starting to break down by the time I get home from work, but that's really all I need my foundations to do. The packaging is a simple glass jar and pump, which is perfect at home but not so great for traveling. The biggest downside is that it does my skin no favors. It has lavender in it which smells lovely, but has no benefit other than irritate your skin. While I don't think it's caused any major breakouts, it hasn't helped and I make sure to thoroughly wash my face in the evening.
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick in Warm Beige ($44):
I've had this for a few months now, but it was slightly too dark. Instead of returning it, I could tell that it would be perfect for summer. It has medium coverage and disappears into the skin once blended. The finish is not quite matte or dewy, just very skin-like. I've found it to be ideal when I'm in the mood for partial foundation, I just put a little down the center of my face and blend into nothingness. It can also double as a concealer because it builds so easily. The packaging is a lovely simple tube that is perfect for both storage at home and for traveling. The downsides are the lasting power and the size. It maxes out around 8 hours for me before I notice it breaking down, and it only has 0.31 oz. While most foundation sticks are on the smaller side, I just feel like I'm using it up way too fast already. Even Tom Ford gives you 0.5 oz!
bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation in Bare Nude ($29):
See my first impressions post here. I've since exchanged Bare Ivory for Bare Nude and have continued to fall more and more in love with this. I highly recommend visiting a bareMinerals boutique and getting color matched, we went through about 4 shades before we landed on this one which just disappeared into my skin. It was also a good lesson in pushing the SA's a little, she was ready to stop on the 2nd one but I kept saying it wasn't quite right yet. Anyway, I've really found most of my points from my original post hold true, I use only 4 drops for my entire face and buff, buff, buff, buff. It just seems to even out my skin tone and give a wonderful glow. Any more than 4 drops is too much, but the correct color match has definitely helped with my previous issue of it "sitting" on top of the skin. Even with a light moisturizer now it seems to just disappear and give me more even-looking skin all day long. A little mineral veil on top, at least down the t-zone, helps it last all day. As mentioned in my first impressions post, in my opinion this is absolutely a sheer foundation, not at all full coverage. The biggest issue I have is covering any spots. Because the foundation is so lightweight, I feel like any concealer is very visible on top. I try to keep it minimal and well blended.
One thing you may have noticed, especially from the swatches below, is that these are all very yellow toned foundations which can be difficult to find. Bobbi Brown is well known for their yellow foundations, and the new bareMinerals Bare Skin has a great range of "golden" shades. I've been known in the past to actually mix OCC Traffic in with foundations before to make them more yellow, especially drugstore foundations. Maybe I'll do a post on that in the future.
I hope this has helped anyone looking for a new foundation. This is one of those products that is so personal, and I would love to hear your thoughts or recommendations.