20 Mar 2014

top five thursday: high end foundations

Hey guys!

Guess what time it is again? Oh yes.. It's Top Five Thursday - my most favourite blogging day of the week. Loving going through all my collection and finding the top five of everything - I find so many old faithfuls that have just been sitting there waiting for me to show them some love.

If you are a regular viewer here, you may remember that my first ever post for this series was on my top five drugstore foundations - so it seemed only fitting that at some point I would do my top five high end foundations! For those of you who are new to my blog, I'm a serial foundation junkie. Seriously. It's getting ridiculous - I own so many, that I don't see how I'm ever going to finish even one of them.

This post will be a little different to my previous editions. I do own quite a few high end foundations. However, I'm really only impressed by four of the ones that I own. I didn't see the point in adding another foundation just for the sake of the 'top five', as the point of this is to not put them in an order - but rather talk about which ones I use frequently and would recommend to others. So, todays post is really a Top Four. I really do adore each one of these foundations, and all for different reasons.

Read on to see what I think of them individually!

Products pictured (l-r) - Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation, Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation, MAC Face and Body Foundation, Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

1. Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation
Words cannot describe the love I have for this foundation. I would probably wear it more often if it wasn't so expensive to replace. This foundation is absolutely full coverage, probably the best coverage foundation that I own. It is thick and creamy, and I really only need about a pea sized amount to cover my whole face to achieve full coverage. I usually wear this when I have a special event, not only because of the coverage, but also because of the luminous finish it gives. For such a creamy foundation, it really looks healthy and radiant on my skin when I wear it. Love this foundation so much, and I really would like to try the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser as well. Let me know if you have tried this in the comments below! I did buy this overseas, and I'm fairly certain it's not available in any major retailers here in Australia. But you can find it at www.adorebeauty.com.au for $59AU with free shipping within Australia.

Wearing Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation

2. Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation
So you've heard me talk all about the Urban Decay Naked palettes and how much I love them - now meet the foundation that goes hand in hand with their Naked line! I really really like this as an everyday foundation. It is so lightweight in texture and really easy to blend into your skin. The colour selection is fantastic too - although the colour I picked up is a little light for me, personally, so I usually wear this on the days where I am not as self-tanned. It has a light to medium coverage that is so easy built up, and I find it to cover really well. It's not as long lasting as I would like, but putting a primer underneath and powder on top does help the longevity! Sadly, Urban Decay is not available in Australian stores, online or otherwise (boo, hiss), but www.beautybay.com does stock it for $56.10AU with free shipping.

3. MAC Face and Body Foundation
I have had quite a few go-to foundations in my time. Allow me to introduce another. This is one of my favourite all time foundations - it is super lightweight, has a light coverage that can be built up and it stays put all day. Rain, hail or sunshine, rest assured this will not budge off your face until you are ready to remove it. I used to wear this to work all the time, especially on good skin days. I would always get so many compliments, saying how great my skin looked every single time I wore it. I'm not saying that you need it - but I'm not going to say you don't either. It's not often that I like a light coverage foundation, as I definitely prefer more medium to full foundations, but this the exception to the rule. I have the baby version, which has 50mLs in it, and it has lasted me ages. But there is a bigger version available which contains 120mLs. This foundation is available at any MAC Counter, or from www.maccosmetics.com.au and the 50mL retails for $49AU, and the 120mL for $60AU. 

4. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
A cult favourite. And for good reason. This makes my skin look like different skin (if that makes sense). I honestly have no real problems with my skin in general, but this literally makes it look so good that I could do promotional work for NARS (seriously, are y'all hiring?). I adore this stuff, it is a lightweight formula with a solid medium coverage. I wouldn't say it can really be built up, but I don't find that I need to. I don't wear this nearly as much as I should, mainly due to its price tag, but if it wasn't so expensive I would be wearing it almost everyday. Everyone who has normal to dry skin should buy into the hype of this foundation - it really is all that. To the girls with more oily combination skin, Sheer Glow has a sister named Sheer Matte. I would recommend you pop into your local Sephora or Mecca (whichever country you're from) and try a sample. I highly doubt it will disappoint! NARS is available in Mecca Cosmetica here in Australia, and this foundation retails for $68AU. You can either go instore, or access their website here www.meccacosmetica.com.au .

Wearing the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

And that's it :) my Top Five (four) high end foundations! Was there anything on this post that you wouldn't have included? What other high end foundations do I need to try?

If you have any suggestions for next weeks Top Five Thursday, please let me know!

Until next time babes!


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  1. Oh gosh I really want to try the LM now! Awesome list!

    1. Thanks girl! You need to try it! It's well worth the expensive price tag :)

  2. 1 & 4 next purchases!!!!!!!!! Look at that gorj face!!!