I’m proud to admit I’m a complete vampire when it comes to my skin. I’m that girl who wants a foundation in shade ‘paper’ or ‘talcum powder’ or something like that – and seriously, it’s SO hard to come across. Gone are the days where I have orangey-blotchy fake tan which actually match my extremely dark foundation which is labelled fair.
I’ve had a long battle with finding foundations that are super pale and that haven’t got a hint of yellow or orange in them, but I’ve recently found a few that I love so I have to share them with you. I’ve got a budget buy, a medium range product and a high-end product to show you. Swatches are at the end of the post!
MY BUDGET BUY – SEVENTEEN STAY TIME FOUNDATION (and concealer)
I was sent this to try out by Seventeen and I have to say for around £6-7 it’s a pretty darn good pale foundation. The palest shade is Porcelain and as you can see, it looks pretty white. I have the concealer which is the shade Fair but if I put the concealer on first before the foundation then they blend really well and you don’t get any blotchy dark patches. As for the ‘stays up to 25 hours’ claim I’m not sure, but I’ve worn it a few times for about 12 hours and didn’t need to touch it up at all. It’s pretty mid-coverage so if you want a lot of coverage it does layer up well but if you have the concealer with it you’ll probably love it just as much as I do!
WHERE TO BUY – Boots
MY MID RANGE BUY – VICHY DERMABLEND CORRECTIVE FOUNDATION
My mid-range product is the Vichy Dermablend corrective fluid foundation which you can buy for about £18. I was sent this to try out from Vichy – they have a new range of shades out and one of them is the shade 05 Porcelain, so I obviously needed to try it… When you swatch this foundation it’s the darkest/most coloured of the 3 I’m showing you, but I find the swatch is super misleading because when you apply it and buff it out on your face it doesn’t look as dark at all. The coverage of this is SO good and if, like me, you have red patches and spots then you’ll really like this! I wear it without concealer and it lasts all day without touch ups!
WHERE TO BUY – Boots
MY HIGH-END BUY – NARS SHEER GLOW
Over £30 for a foundation is a lot, I’m aware, but here me out… This stuff is literally amazing. I bought this from a blogger who didn’t like it – she had dry skin and this foundation claims to be good for that, however I’ve got oily skin and I love it. Weird right? I’ve used this foundation with a primer and it really wasn’t great, but when applied on my normal moisturiser it’s perfect and it’s the best shade out of the 3 I’ve mentioned. This is shade Siberia and it’s the palest foundation I’ve found on the market – obviously you’re paying a higher price so you would expect a good foundation but I’m using this for special occasions or make-up looks. I literally treat it like gold!
WHERE TO BUY – NARS
So in reality if you’ve got really pale skin then I’d recommend all of these foundations. The Seventeen products are the cheapest and obviously if you end up not liking them it doesn’t matter too much. If you’re going to try the NARS product I’d definitely encourage you to get swatched and tested out first before spending all that money, but in my opinion you really are paying for good quality foundation. Want something in the middle? The Vichy foundation is great quality too and has the best coverage for red areas and spots.
Let me know what foundations you pale babes use!
** the Seventeen products and the Vichy foundation were sent to me to try out, but not for full review, the post was fully my idea and includes 100% honest opinions **