I am notoriously picky about my foundation. Over the past few months, I’ve made countless trips to the makeup counter for samples of various colors and formulas. You can read an extended list of reviews here. Very few performed to my standards, but two have stood out among the rest. Should you spend or save? Read on to find out!
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF 15 in Porcelain, $48
L’Oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminious Foundation in Porcelain/Light Ivory, $12.95
The Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Foundation was a pleasant surprise. The color was a perfect match for my fair skin (not too pink or yellow), the texture is beautiful, with medium coverage and it wears well through the day. Easy to apply, it blends smoothly, and doesn’t cake. This might actually be my new go-to foundation. The only downside for some might be the “lavender” fragrance, which smells remarkably like Noxema.
L’Oreal True Match Lumi was purchased on a whim based on my mostly positive experiences with True Match Super Blendable Foundation. It appeared a little thicker than it’s predecessor, and they also solved a color “situation”. In order to get a perfect match, I’ve had to mix N1 and N2 in the Blendable formula. The Lumi, however, solved this by marking the lightest color “N1-N2,” thus taking the mix-work out. In terms of wear, it’s a nice medium coverage foundation with 8 hour wear. It doesn’t get greasy or cake, and the color wears evenly. It’s a tad peach for my complexion, but still pretty close.
And the Winner is….
It’s a tie!
Under normal circumstances, I would always recommend a high end foundation. Having the option to actually try the product on before purchasing can save money in the long run (rather than purchasing several cheaper options and getting the wrong color/formula). L’Oreal gets around this problem by offering a clear plastic panel with foundation swatches in the store that you can hold up to your face to get an accurate color match. That takes most of the guesswork out of finding your color, thus giving L’Oreal enough of a boost to contend with high end foundation.
In my experiences, high end foundation usually offers more natural colors and longer lasting formulas. In this case, the Bobbi Brown Foundation was the winner, and what I will likely buy in the future. However, it can’t be discounted that a $12 makeup performed almost as well as a very expensive option. If $48 makeup is outside your budget, the L’Oreal is a solid choice for a fraction of the price.