My 7 Holy Grail Foundations


My 7 holy grail foundations

In case you didn’t know from the picture, foundations are my weakness. After trying more then I’d care to say I have found some holy grail products – 7 to be exact. I know it sounds like a lot but I promise they are all for different reasons… mostly.

Let’s get right in.


1. Lancôme Teint Miracle

Lancôme was the first high end make up brand I tried and fell in love with. This brand also introduced me to my first liquid foundation that changed the way I thought about makeup. Before I thought that due to having oily skin powder foundation was the only way to go – oh how wrong was I.

Although Lancôme have many liquid foundations I settled on the Teint Miracle. As a makeup amateur I didn’t really know how to apply it correctly, but I found that this foundation was very easy to apply and definitely one I would recommend to beginners. The texture is silky and light and offers a natural skin like finish with light to medium coverage, which is perfect for day-to-day wear especially as it has SPF 15. Although it is not a matte foundation it is not overly dewy, more like a satin finish that enhances a natural healthy glow, however I would recommend setting with a powder if you have more oily skin.


2. Too Faced Born This Way

When this came out last year there was so much hype, and yes I jumped on the bandwagon hoping to not be disappointed. Thankfully I wasn’t. Even though the main focus of this foundation was that it is infused with coconut water which hydrates the skin without making it oily, I found that even with my combination-oily skin it gave a flawless naturally radiant dewy finish that did not intensive my oily T-zone. Seen as it is a hydrating foundation I did not expect the coverage to be as great as it is. Upon first application I was surprised by how full coverage it was. I will point out however that if you have acne or dark sun spots you may need concealer, but for the most part I suspect it would cover a majority.

Now you’ve probably been reading this thinking “ok, it sounds perfect – is it too good to be true?” And to be honest, no. It is as amazing as people have been saying. The only downside is that it does not have an SPF, which in some ways is great as there will be no flash back in photos. Just remember that if you want to wear this out and about apply an moisturiser with an SPF first.

The only thing I have noticed is that on my skin it works better when it is applied with a beauty blender (or any beauty sponge will do the trick).


3. Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum

How could I not talk about the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation? As well as being one of the most holy grail drugstore foundations it is a fantastic all rounder product. I’m not suggesting that you don’t need concealer – unless your lucky enough to have zero blemishes or dark circles (if you do tell me your secret!), but it covers up pretty much all of my redness and most of my under eye circles even though it only feels and is promoted as a medium coverage foundation.

If your just getting into make up and looking for an affordable base then this is the one I would go for.


4. Bourjois Air Mat

This foundation was a surprise. When I read the summary of this foundation I was very on the fence about it, but seen as it was by Bourjois I decided to give it a go. It reminded me of my Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue, but it felt more like how a foundation usually feels (read more about what I mean down below #6) and provides a comfortable medium coverage.


Unlike the L’Oreal Infallible Matte Foundationthat I (sadly) didn’t like, it wasn’t drying on the skin and didn’t cake. Although it is advertised as having a matte finish it doesn’t look like it, to me it is more satin but with the benefits of a matte foundation.


You can read a full review here.

My 7 holy grail foundations

5. Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation does exactly what it says on the packaging – it’s light and I don’t know how but it gives my skin a natural glow boost. Perfect for no makeup-makeup days. Recently I have not used it as much due to blemishes making an unwelcome appearance and to be honest I don’t want to have to play dot-to-dot with concealer. However I love this foundation when my skin is clearer. It goes on well and has SPF 15, which is good but I would probably use a moisturiser with a higher SPF underneath just to keep my pale skin safe from those harsh rays.

6. Bareminerals Complexion Rescue

This has been my go-to foundation recently as it is more like a BB & CC cream, but with the same amount of coverage as a light/medium foundation. The mousse-like texture allows for an easy application with a brush, sponge or my favourite way is to use my fingers, making your makeup routine take about half the time.

All of these things make it perfect for travelling if you don’t want too much hassle with a full face of makeup and as added bonus is that it has SPF 30. If your looking for something light and easy to work with I could recommend this enough.


7. Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude

This may come as a surprise but I have tried almost all the Rimmel foundation and this is the only one that I love. I found that the colour range suited me better compared to the red top one which is fairly similar, except I found that the foundation undertone (at least in my shade) was very pink. However most of Rimmel‘s foundation do have an SPF and this is no different with an SPF of 20.

Although I haven’t tested out the 25 hour claim (I mean seriously who would have a foundation on for a solid 25 hours?), it does wear very well throughout the day. The consistency is not heavy but not as light as some of the others, so it is not a surprise that it provides a medium to high coverage.


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If you have any holy grail foundation recommendations then let the know in the comments below!




  1. June 13, 2016 / 5:28 pm

    Beauty of this post

    • November 11, 2016 / 3:37 pm

      I'm pale too and know the struggle! I'm actually going to be doing an updated version of this post at some point as I've found a couple more stars.
      If your finding it hard to find a shade that matches I'd recommend Lancome, they do a shade 010, which for a long time was the only foundation that matched me perfectly. Also, if I remember correctly, Too Faced introduced paler shades to their Born This Way foundation (I think one of them is called 'snow') – the only problem is I've never found them in a Debenhams store, but they are online.
      I'd also recommend Becca Rose, a lovely blogger and YouTuber (link below) who is also a pale gal. You might find out about more foundation that might work for you πŸ™‚ Hope this helps!

      Becca Rose:

  2. August 11, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    Hi, how would you compare the Lancome Teint Miracle to the Charlotte Tilbury one? Do they work in the same way? I wear the Lancome one and I love it and I have been wondering if they are somehow alike as I would like to try the Charlotte Tilbury Kight Wonder.

    • August 11, 2017 / 4:26 pm

      Hi Rita! In my opinion both foundations are similar, but the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder is lighter in coverage than the Lancome Teint Miracle. For me I used a brush for the Lancome and a beauty blender for CT – but that might be just what my skin prefers.
      Hope that helps πŸ™‚

  3. August 15, 2017 / 12:17 am

    Thank you so much. This question has been following me for a while. You'Ve helped me indeed.

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