A flawless base is what most people strive to achieve, and the struggle to find that ‘perfect’ foundation is real. Believe me, I’ve lost count of the number of foundations I have tried and tested.
Judging by the questions I frequently get asked, it seems like most of us are always in search of something better when it comes to our base, and although we might like our current foundation, there is always something missing.
With that in mind, I thought it would be helpful to collaborate with my lovely friend Parie from Class & Glitter to bring you our top 10 favourite foundations for Asian skin! We have both done a round up of our top 5, and I am genuinely excited to see what Parie has chosen, because, let’s face it.. I’m always looking to try new products!
Parie and I share a love of all things beauty and since meeting on Twitter a few months ago, we now stalk each other on every platform! If you aren’t already following her, you need to check out her beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog and follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Bloglovin.
It was actually tough to narrow it down to 5 foundations that I love for this post,but here goes..
For reference, I am shade NC42 at MAC.
Kiko Universal Fit Hydrating Foundation
I’m pretty sure that every man and his dog have heard me raving about this foundation, but just in case you missed it.. This is my holy grail foundation and I wear this in the shade Warm Beige 90. You can read all about why I love it so much here, here, here and here!
I don’t say this lightly as this is something that I really struggle with but this is the PERFECT colour match for me. It has just the right amount of yellow undertone, it doesn’t oxidise and is long lasting. If that isn’t enough to make you hunt down your nearest Kiko store, you’ll be pleased to know that it has a super affordable price tag of just £6.90.
It’s a great daytime foundation; the coverage is light to medium and buildable, leaving a dewy finish.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk
GA Luminous Silk is my favourite high end foundation for a number of reasons, but mostly because it simply gives you a flawless base. It’s not too matte or too dewy; it sort of sits somewhere in the middle, leaving the skin glowing with a polished, but skin-like ‘no makeup‘ texture. It lasts all day and the coverage is buildable; it can be sheered out to almost nothing with your fingertips/damp sponge, or built up to a fuller medium with a buffing brush.
If you’re looking for a foundation for a special occasion, I highly recommend this one. It photographs beautifully, and doesn’t contain SPF which means no flashback in photographs!
Shade 7.5 is a spot on match to my skin, and while it isn’t the cheapest foundation at £37, I would happily streamline my makeup collection in order to repurchase this foundation. It really, really is all kinds of awesome!
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation
I reviewed this foundation here a few weeks ago, and while the jury is still out on the longevity, I really like the texture, finish and shade match of this one. It’s amazing that there are 40 shades available in this range, and Y385 is a great match to my skin tone, again, with the perfect amount of yellow undertone.
This surprisingly lightweight foundation has good, buildable coverage and a great texture; it feels almost like second skin once applied, but isn’t great in terms of sebum control. I find myself reaching for a tissue to wipe the shine that appears after 5-6 hours. Aside from that, there is little to no oxidisation and this feels great and looks flawless on my skin.
This formula photographs beautifully and the price point is on par with other high end foundations at £29.
EX1 Cosmetics Invisiwear Liquid Foundation
Although I love that this range was specifically formulated with Asian skin and yellow undertones in mind, I feel like the shade range is too broad. F300 is the closest match to my skin, however I also have this foundation in F400 and neither are perfect. It is slightly too pale, however I can just about make it work by piling on the bronzer!
This is an oil-free foundation that provides light to medium coverage and a matte finish. The texture is slightly thick, but it isn’t cakey and feels weightless on the skin. I sometimes develop an oily t-zone throughout the day and some foundations can enhance the oiliness, however this one has pretty decent shine control. It’s a great, long lasting day time foundation and you can’t really go wrong for only £12.50.
Cargo Cosmetics Liquid Foundation
Is is just me, or does the packaging of this foundation resemble an IV drip? God forbid I’m ever in need of one, because the Cargo Liquid Foundation would probably be my IV of choice!
All jokes aside, I do like the packaging of this foundation, it’s so lightweight and travel friendly. The only downside is that it doesn’t stand upright and it can disperse a bit too much product at times.
This is a medium to full coverage, oil-free, hydrating foundation. It leaves a matte finish and lasts all day without any touch-ups. I wear this in the shade F50 and it has a great price point of £22 for 40ml of product (Most foundations contain 30ml). You can watch my in-depth review and demo of this here.
Overall, my biggest tip for anyone in search of the perfect foundation is to remember that your skin changes regularly, so what might have been working for you for the past few months, may all of a sudden not sit right on the skin and you may feel like you’re back on the hunt for ‘the one’ again. This is why when I am asked what my favourite foundation is, I cannot give just one as I change up my foundation depending on the condition of my skin at the time.
Perhaps you’ve tried some of my favourite foundations listed above? If so, share your thoughts. Which one is your fave?
Don’t forget to check out Parie’s post to see what made her list. I can’t wait to give it a read! If you do stop by, don’t forget to say hello and leave us a comment, it means the world to us!