The quest for perfect foundation: swatchfest part 2

Finally, part 2 of the foundation swatchfest! I have a pretty good idea of my shade now so there’s fewer foundation this time. With that said, I still want to find some nice tinted moisturizer, BB or CC cream in my shade so there will be swatches of those coming up.

Givenchy Photo Perfexion foundation in 104 Perfect Cinnamon and 4 Perfect Vanilla – creamy consistency but not too thick. Medium coverage with very light fragrance and provides a natural finish. The coverage faded a bit throughout the day so if you have oily skin, I’m not sure if this will be a good choice.

YSL Touche Eclat foundation in Beige 30 – natural finish with medium coverage, a lightweight foundation and it was swatched in Foundation Swatchfest Part 1. I provided here for comparison sake in case my phone and the lighting play tricks with the color.

Urban Decay Naked foundation in 3.0 – a powdery liquid, lightweight and dries to a matte finish with med coverage. It have no scent and is a bit drying. If you have dry skin and wants to wear this, I would recommend a nice layer of hydrating primer or moisturize well beforehand. Swatches for 2, 3.5 and 4 can be found in Part 1.

Guerlain Lingerie foundation in 31 and 12 – the first number is for undertone while the second number is for the light/dark shade. it is a lightweight liquid, spread easily and dries to a satin finish, med coverage. It is very scented and swatch of 02 can be found in Part 1.

YSL Fusion Ink foundation in B30, BR50, BD65 – very long lasting foundation with matte finish, but is not as thick as KVD and pretty easy to apply. The Fusion Ink line does run slightly darker than the Touche Eclat and don’t really match, as you can see in the swatches. If you want a long lasting matte foundation with good coverage, this is it.


I’ve found what is approximately my shade, so now it’s just narrowing down the undertone, the reason why the swatches below are all so close. Givenchy 4 and YSL Touche Eclat has already been mentioned above, and the other shades of the Bobbi Brown foundation was swatched in Part 1. The new ones here are:

Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation in 002, 013 and 113 – it’s a lightweight foundation with no scent. It have medium coverage and a natural finish. It doesn’t dry the skin out but doesn’t make it oily either. I’ve been a big fan of KGD for awhile because while you don’t see many KGD counters in department stores or Sephoras, their CS is very responsive and are willing to send you samples so you can find the perfect shade.

Make Up For Ever High Definition foundation in N118 – a creamy foundation that doesn’t feel heavy but provides medium coverage. One problem I have with most foundation is that I always have to go a bit darker since they almost always turn a shade darker/pinker on my face at least, but the color for this didn’t change much at all, so if you have problem with foundations changing colors on your skin, try this.foundationSwatcha

Since foundation is suppose to help even out skintone and not completely cover dark spots or acne, you don’t have to worry too much about finding an exact match versus a close match. For any spots that needs more coverage you should use concealers anyways. If the best match you can find happens to be a tad lighter, you can always use a natural/matte bronzer with a fan brush lightly dusted over it. If the best match is slightly pinker or yellower or darker, there are primers to help correct those. While you don’t need the perfect match for it to work, you do need to pick according to your skin type and prep accordingly. No foundation can cover flaky skin so if you have dry skin, make sure to moisturize well or use a hydrating primer. If you have oily skin or worry about foundation changing color, make sure to pick ones that are not too heavy, and prep accordingly beforehand with lightweight moisturizer or mattifying primer etc.

That’s it for now. Until next time, have fun! =)


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