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Foundation Sample Smorgasbord

As a woman of colour, I find selecting a foundation a bit of a task.  I am currently testing out four foundations that I hope to add to my rotation.  To begin with, I am surprised that I am even considering purchasing additional foundations.  My current inventory consists of the Nars Sheer Glow in Macao, the Estee Lauder Resilience Lift Extreme Ultra Firming Creme Compact SPF 15 (both of which are best suited for the winter months when my complexion is more pale); and the Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Foundation in 6NW1 which is perfect! The reason I am surprised is that, even though I wear foundation on a regular basis, I used to be the type of girl who only bought one foundation and used it till it was all gone or lost while traveling. The search for a new foundation is mainly due to all the new products and formulations hitting the market.  And, unfortunately for my wallet, I’ve caught the lemming bug.

The top two are the same foundation

My list of samples includes:

  1. Chanel Perfection Lumiere #114 ($55)
  2. Dior New Nude Foundation #63 ($48)
  3. YSL Le Teint Touch Eclat Foundation #B80 ($55)
  4. YSL Le Teint Touch Eclat Foundation #BD70 ($55)

It started with the Chanel Perfection Lumiere foundation – I swear I love Chanel cosmetics and was absolutely thrilled to see their range finally grow to include a more diverse range. Unfortunately, finding an appropriate colour match was an issue.  Not because I don’t have a match, I do, but because the SAs did not seem to know how to match me.  One even suggested the colour 104, which was so red that I looked like a ripe tomato when I put it on. For the record, I am #94 in the winter and #114 when I tan during the summer.  I find that many SAs always suggest the shade that is a little too dark and that’s why I am so bold when it comes to requesting samples!  Chanel folks kept insisting on either #104 or #114, so I gave up and bought my beloved Nars instead. By the time I figured that #94 was my correct winter shade, it was already time to start purchasing darker options.  I did however, manage to snag a few vials of #114 and have used this on-and-off during the summer with great success. It’s lightweight, the colour match is excellent, it doesn’t break me out and has no weird smell.  I even forget I am wearing it most of the time.  I plan on purchasing bottle soon.  Yes, I know summer is almost over, but I will probably stay this lovely tan colour for a few more months.

Top of pyramid is YSL B80, 2nd row is YSL BD70 & Nars MACAO, 3rd Row is Dior 063 and Chanel 114

I’m not very happy with the YSL foundation.  Since I am a big fan of the Touche Eclat highlighter/concealer “pens”, I had very high expectations for this. I read multiple reviews online and was so excited to see the extensive colour range. The pics in Micheleista’s review SOLD me on this product.  However, this was a “meh” for me, too much hype, not enough illuminating and brightening for me.  If I am paying $55 I want perfection.  My main issue has been the colour match.  It looks to me like there is a big jump in colour from the Beige 70 to Beige 80.  B80 left me looking just a little muddy.  As you can see when compared to the other samples, B80 is the darkest.  However, in the bottle, the B70 looked way too light.  I tried the Beige D’ore 70 and it was a little “rosy”, but the step down in colour worked better.  I can almost get away with the BD70, while the B80 requires mixing, I will probably mix it with the Nars Macao if I decide to finish the sample.  I am tempted to try the B70 once my winter colour comes in.  But since I am in no great rush for a foundation I’m not a 100% in love with, for now this is a pass.  

Top is YSL B80; Left 2nd Row is YSL BD70 & Nars MACAO, 3rd Row is Dior 063 and Chanel 114

The surprise of the lot has been the Dior New Nude Natural Glow Radiant Foundation.  I first came across this on the youtube channel for TheLuxeBabe.  Her complexion is darker than mine, and it is perfectly clear.  Her skin is amazing.  She regularly raves about the older version of this product.  In addition to her, Shahada, a gorgeous professional make-up artist, also raved about the same foundation.  The former uses shade 070, Shahada uses shade 051.  Imagine my disappointment when i discovered sometime ago that there were no in between shades!!!  But problem solved with the new expanded range!!! My perfect match is Rich Amber in 063.  And the best part is, the SA, took one look at me and perfectly matched me!  Now this is HG material.  The shade selection is broad, and its flawless on the skin.  It provides light to medium coverage, and best of all, that no-foundation-look that I adore!  I will return to the mall to purchase this very soon.

Just as a bit of an aside, I wonder how much of this colour matching issue is a result of bad lighting on department stores  cosmetics floors.  The NARS lady who matched me to MACAO was located very close to the large windows at SAKS, while the Chanel (at SAKS) and YSL folks (at Neimans) were located in the middle of the floor, under bad yellow-ish lighting.  The Dior counter (Macys) isn’t very close to the windows, but has bright lighting.  How about you, tried any new foundations lately?  How about colour matches?  I am pretty positive that women at the palest end of the sptectrum also have difficulty finding their perfect shade.

Please don’t ask why there are no drugstore brands listed in my search for a new foundation. My experience with liquid foundations at the drugstore has been pretty dismal thus far.  However, I will consider your recommendations.

Thanks for stopping by and Be Blessed.


AhhhsoNeo loves writing about beauty, fashion and prosperity from the point of view of the every day woman.

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