The best foundations for summer

nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser; photo:

hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint 30ml -2018 collection

Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint ( 30ml ); photo:


Powered by article titled “The best foundations for summer” was written by Sali Hughes, for The Guardian on Saturday 4th August 2018 07.00 UTC

More often than not, when someone asks me what foundation I’m wearing, it’s a tinted moisturiser or sheer-coverage base. I find this heartening at a time when full-coverage foundation sales are going gangbusters, as customers, especially those under 30, seek to cover and conceal everything.

It’s true that full-coverage bases are better and more natural-looking than ever, and I’m not one to judge the occasional desire for a full face of makeup (nor the need: those with melasma, scarring or birthmarks, say, often feel more comfortable in full coverage). But in hot weather, I prefer to lighten things considerably. I alternate between Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser (£30, 30ml) for its high SPF (it doesn’t replace sun protection, but adds belt to braces), creamy but oil-free texture and glowy, lasting finish; and Givenchy’s exceptional Teint Couture Balm (£31, 30ml), which has a less satisfactory shade range (it goes neither light nor dark enough), but a bit more coverage and a line-blurring, plumping texture.

Broadening my repertoire for this column, I was reminded how brilliant and well priced Mac Face and Body Foundation (£24.50, 50ml) is. This sheer, very natural-looking base has a shade for everyone, and hydrates all types without grease or chalkiness. It blends easily, layering well in areas where you’d like a little more coverage (mix with moisturiser, if you’d like even less). I don’t know why Mac doesn’t shout louder about what is arguably its most iconic product.

Newer is the expensive Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint (£50, 30ml). The name is misleading: I’d classify it as foundation more than tint. It does a similar job to the Givenchy, only via a more inclusive shade range, blending well and suitable for everyone but the dry-skinned. Brand new and impressive – particularly if you want the feel and comfort of a tint, but the increased coverage of foundation – is CC+ Illumination (£30, 30ml), a radiant and improved version of IT Cosmetics’ bestselling CC+ Cream. There’s no flatness, but also no glitter, leaving skin bright and even all day. It contains physical sunscreens, making it a great choice for those with chemical SPF sensitivity or rosacea, which is often aggravated by sun and left visible by other foundation lightweights. © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

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