For reference, I have normal/dry skin, & am an NC25 in winter, and NC30/35 in summer. Some of the swatches look SO dark on my pale winter hands (hnngg, I would self tan but it is TOO COLD TO GET NAKED), but it is what it is. I also apply everything with either a flat top brush or a round top brush, depending on which one needs washing the least. Sigh. Enjoy!
Packaging: A VERY luxe glass/metal bottle with a teeny tiny wand dispenser. Don't drop this- because you'll cry & so will I. Probably not so great for travel, but fantastic to sit in your makeup area, where it will look gorgeous & lord it over your other cosmetics while they cringe in shame.
Coverage: Light to medium. One application will look super natural, but if you want to cover discolouration, you'll either need to build it up or use a concealer.
Longevity: It's meant to have a 24 hold, but like I ever stay up for 24 hours. I was happy with the 12 hours it gave me- I just had to touch up my chin & nose, but this is typical.
Suitable for: Oily/combination/normal. If my skin is dry, this foundation doesn't like me, TEAR.
RRP & stockists: $97.00, from YSL counters in department stores.
Extra Kirk thoughts: Lightweight, blends like a dream- probably the most beautiful foundation I've ever worked with, blendability-wise (is that a thing? It is now). If you hate how heavy foundation feels, this is for you. It really does feel just like a serum that happens to be a foundation. Pricey, but there isn't a worldwide waiting list for this for no reason.
Packaging: A basic plastic tube- nothing spell-binding, but excellent for travel, using in a kit, hygiene, & for REALLY being able to use every drop of foundation in there.
Coverage: Medium to full
Longevity: For me, it depends on the season. In winter, it lasts a solid 8-10 hours. In summer...well...you don't want to see this on my face in summer. Perhaps 5-6 hours, with a fair bit of setting powder.
Suitable for: Dry/normal skin. You could try using it in conjunction with a hearty primer & a powder if you have oily/combination skin? But I recommend trying a sample first, I really do.
RRP & stockists: $70, from MAC Cosmetics retailers.
Extra Kirk thoughts: I decided to purchase this after I saw C Harps using it. I wanted her skin. Not her actual skin, I'm not a psycho, I just wanted my skin to look THAT good. And in winter, it's bloody fantastic. The formulation is so creamy, almost gel like- & super easy to blend. You don't need to work at the speed of light, & it'll last you a good few months (if you wear it every day).
Packaging: Another plastic tube, very similar to Sculpt- but smaller. Don't have a mare about this, though, because you seriously only need a TINY drop for ze entire face.
Finish: Satin, but sliiiiiightly matte. But more satin. You feel me.
Coverage: No less than medium to full, but I advise you apply it in thin layers if you'd like to build it up, & for goodness sakes don't mess about- it sets quickly.
Longevity: INSANE! I tried this when I knew I'd be having a long day, & it wore from 8am until around midnight.
Suitable for: In my opinion, all skin types. Those with dry skin should apply moisturiser liberally beforehand, mind you.
RRP & stockists: $70, from MAC Cosmetics retailers
Extra Kirk thoughts: I really love it! It gives fantastic coverage without feeling heavy- or looking heavy.I very rarely have to use a setting powder with it- OR concealer...actually, this foundation is able to be used as a concealer. I don't know if it's "waterproof" per se, but it is DEFINITELY water resistant. If anyone goes for a swim wearing this, or wears it in the shower (if that's your vibe, I won't judge), tell me how this wears.
Packaging: Anotherrrr plastic tube, but with a fancy pants gold lid. Because, Lauder. And I'm not complaining, I love gold packaging.
Coverage: Light to medium, but awesome. I don't need to use concealer (except for around my eyes) or powder with this guy.
Longevity: Wears a LOT longer than 100% of other BB creams I've tried, absolutely.
Suitable for: Dry/normal.
RRP & stockists: $69, from Estee Lauder counters at department stores & chemists
Extra Kirk thoughts: I've been reaching for this more and more lately, because I just really like it for every day use. If my skin is having a drama, I probably wouldn't use it, but that's par for the course with most BB creams. Another product that you need to work quickly with- it WILL streak if you try & watch Real Housewives of New Jersey while applying, take my word for it. But that was my own stupid fault.
Packaging: A nice, weighty, frosted glass bottle. For the love of god, be careful when using this because there's no stopper/dispenser. To spill this would mean, well, I don't know what it'd mean but it would be terrible.
Finish: Ahh- tricky. It's like a matte with a glow. Not satin, not dewy- your skin just looks REALLY good.
Coverage: Certainly not sheer. It's more medium, and crazily easy to build up.
Longevity: Pretty bloody good, actually. Not 24 hours worth of wear, but then, it doesn't claim to be. I've worn it from 9am until after 7pm without touch ups.
Suitable for: Apparently normal/oily, but I have zero problems with it when my skin is dry.
RRP & stockists: $72, from Mecca Cosmetica
Extra Kirk thoughts: I love this foundation so much that I wish I could wear it most days, but I'm too scared of it running out. Another product that C Harps influenced me to buy, it's hard to describe the finish (as evidenced above) as anything other than just enhancing your skin & making it look shit hot. It's important to get colour matched if possible, because there are so many options with so many undertones.
Packaging: A glass bottle with a metal gold pump dispenser. YAY for how sexy the glass & gold looks, and YAY for the pump dispenser.
Finish: Luminous/satin... or like you've had 12 hours sleep, or like you are Beyonce, or like you are part angel.
Coverage: A solid medium- don't use powder over it because you'll waste the GLOW it gives.
Longevity: Very similar to NARS Sheer Glow- I can wear it all day or all night without having to touch up.
Suitable for: All skin types, as long as you're prepared to take out a second mortgage or get a loan. Really though, it's fine for normal/oily skin, and if you have dry skin- just moisturise thoroughly first.
RRP & stockists: $94, from YSL counters in department stores.
Extra Kirk thoughts: Just like that old children's song from the sea, I saved the best for last. OF COURSE it had to be the second most expensive, which means that I simply cannot wear it as often as I want to. When I do though, I get stupid amounts of compliments about my skin. It smooths your skin out, makes it even, makes it glow, seems to highlight & contour all on it's own...WHAT IS THIS. It's YSL is what it is, (and I'm mixing up my slogans here) but- you're worth it. I will recommend this to anyone forever.
HUZZAH! That's it for this week- I have so many more (in differing price ranges) to swatch & share with you all! I'd love to know if there are any foundations in particular you'd like me to talk about- if I don't have it, I'll do my best to get it. Let me know below! LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU CRAZY CATS xxx