6 Mar 2014

top five thursday: drugstore foundations

Hey guys!

I am starting a new series on my blog! Basically, every Thursday from now on will now be known as Top Five Thursday. Each week, I will be picking my top five favourites in a certain category, and giving a mini review of each of the products for you! To me, this is a great idea, because it really helps me to narrow down my extensive collection and tell you guys what I really believe to be the best out of what I own.

In case you couldn't tell by the title, this week will be all about my top five drugstore foundations! As someone who is an absolute foundation junkie (I counted and I own 31 foundations. Who needs 31 foundations? Well, me, apparently..), I found this easy and hard at the same time. I tend to use several foundations at any one time, because lets face it, I want one with light coverage for everyday, one for when my skin isn't looking so great, one for special occasions.. you get the idea.

 Anyway, in no particular order, here are my top five drugstore foundations!

Products pictured (l-r): Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation, Revlon Nearly Naked Foundations, Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup, Neutrogena Skin Clearing Liquid Makeup, L'Oreal True Match Foundation

1. Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation
You guys are probably sick of hearing about this foundation on my blog (I have spoken about it here and here) but I can't stop raving about it! This is really climbing the ranks fast to be my most reached for foundation in general, and not just in the drugstore category. If you want to read a more in depth review, click the links above, as I just want to touch on it here. This foundation is perfect for everyday - its really lightweight, and has a bulidable light-medium coverage. It doesn't cake on me whatsoever, and looks so natural! It's definitely a must-have for anyone still searching for the perfect foundation. It retails in Australia for $32AU, but you can easily find your shade and buy it cheaper on eBay.

2. Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation
This was my obsession for a long time. To date, it is the only foundation that matches me when I am at my palest. Not only that, it has really good coverage that looks like my skin, but I wouldn't call it a light coverage. This is definitely a solid medium coverage, but it still looks like so natural! I will probably go back to using this in the winter months and I really cannot be bothered to self-tan anymore. This retails for $25.95AU, but I did purchase mine cheaper online.

3. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup
If you haven't heard of this foundation, you must be living under a rock! This is hyped up a lot on the blogsphere, and for good reason: its amaaaaazing! Supposedly, this is dupe for Nars Sheer Glow. I personally don't think its a dupe, but there are definitely similarities between the two. The Neutrogena one has a decent medium coverage that can be built up, and has a really luminous, dewy finish. It lasts all day as well, which is another benefit. I love this foundation, it was my go to for a long time, and I really recommend picking it up if you can. Neutrogena doesn't actually sell their cosmetics in Australia (boo), but I guessed my shade and brought it off eBay for $12AU. 

4. Neutrogena Skin Clearing Liquid Makeup
Again, another Neutrogena foundation (they really are all that). This is a newer addition as far as I can tell, and is aimed at oily and combination skin types (Healthy Skin is aimed at dry to normal skin). I have normal skin myself, but that doesn't stop me from loving this. It has a fuller coverage than the Healthy Skin, and dries to more of a matte/powder finish. It also contains salicylic acid, which is really good for those who suffer from pimples and acne. I personally love to use this when I do have a blemish or a pimple - I find that this really helps keep it under control while covering up anything nasty all day. Again, this isn't available in Australia, but I brought it from the same retailer on eBay for $12AU.

5. L'Oreal True Match Foundation
Now this is an amazing drugstore foundation. Let me just say.. There is a reason this is a favourite for nearly every makeup addict. This is probably on the same pedestal as my Bourjois foundation, but for totally opposite reasons. I literally need one pump to cover my whole face and achieve full coverage. Not only that, it is super lightweight and watery, and it really feels like you are wearing nothing on your face. And did I mention it lasts all day? Because it actually lasts ALL DAY! I wouldn't say its terribly buildable, but because it is full coverage, I personally don't need to use any more than 1-2 pumps. This retails over here for $29.95AU, and is slightly different from the US version (the US formula is thicker and creamier, and the bottle doesn't come with a pump).

So there you have it! My Top Five Drugstore Foundations! Was there any foundations you would have switched out? What would you replace it with?

Also, if you have any suggestions on what you'd like to see for next weeks Top Five Thursday, please leave it in the comments below!

Until next time...



  1. Is Bourjois a strong coverage for something that's build-able from light to medium? I need something that i can build as medium but doesnt look like it can be scrapped off my face lol!

    1. Yes it is! I wouldn't say its a light coverage or a medium coverage at first, but I find it so easy to build up and it doesn't look cakeface whatsoever! It is honestly the perfect everyday foundation for me.

    2. Priceline here i come! I will be buying that foundation and leaving with that plus who knows now that i walked past pitt street today and saw "SALE" :) If its easy to build up i trust your word i love when they build and not just cake on i hate feeling heavy faced!

    3. Ooooh sale! Yes I definitely think give it a try! Its sooo good, I love it so much! But if its too expensive in Priceline, match yourself there and buy it on ebay! It seriously is so much cheaper xx