Lately I've been putting a few base products to test. Some of them I liked (the new foundation from Revlon), some didn't live up to my expectations. Hence the reason I've decided to revisit my holy grails of base and see if they still work as well as I remember.
Bear in mind I like to take my time prepping my face before I put make up on, so the finish of the products below might differ. I always layer a combination of my trusty Indeed Labs Hydraluron, hydrating serum, facial oil, Weleda Skin Food, 3CE Back to Baby primer depending on what my skin needs. Plus I'm currently testing Priming Moisturizer from Glossier too.
GIVENCHY COUTURE BALM FOUNDATION
I discovered it about two years ago via Sali Hughes' recommendation and none of the others I've tried seem to have come close yet. If I'm correct I think more shades have been added since launch, hence I bought it in N2 Shell this time and it seems to be a better match. I like to apply it with fingers and finish up with a damp blender. This way it stays flawless for longer. The texture sits somewhere between a balm and a lightweight cream, it's easy to apply and offers a soft glowy finish. The blurring properties definitely do work as well. Despite the fact it may oxidize, it's honestly still everything I look for in a foundation and I hope I can still repurchase it in the future.
BOBBI BROWN CORRECTOR
Nothing seems to work as well as this one under my eyes and honestly I have no intention of looking for anything else at the moment. This pot brightens up my under eye area very effectively, lasts all day while doing so, doesn't accentuate lines and doesn't go dry or powdery. Sounds like a winner to me. No wonder it's one of the Bobbi Brown's best selling products. I like its creamy texture and crease-free finish. Usually, I use it on its own but recently I've been pairing it with Glossier's Stretch Concealer and so far they appear to be working well together [more on that soon.]