Thursday, 9 May 2013

The Summer Foundation Switch

The Great British Summer is something that I equally love and loathe. Although there are few things nicer than the feeling of the sun on your back, personally I don't like peeling off the layers and getting my legs or arms out, in fact I dislike it so intensely that I generally refuse to do it and end up baking slightly (although I do deny this).

One thing I like about autumn, winter and spring is that generally, the make up you put on in the morning stays put on your face all day. In summer? Not so much. As someone who hasn't had smooth, clear skin since before puberty, the switch to a lighter base or even a tinted moisturiser or even naked, is not a option I entertain if I am spending time out in public. Don't get me wrong, when I'm home with my family or friends and I'm not going outside my village, I am more than happy to be be bare-faced, however as soon as I'm going out into the wider world, I like to keep covered.

Summer is always a problem. The heat, the days spent totally outdoors, the festivals, I want my foundation and concealer to stick all day and I also want a decent amount of SPF for my fair, freckly and generally sun-sensitive skin without having to constantly reapply sun cream to my face (which both takes off my makeup, makes me look greasy and breaks me out). As much as I love my Revlon Colorstay, SPF 6 just isn't going to cut it, I will burn.

For reference: candid photo of my feet on an overcast day last year after forgetting the SPF

So, yesterday after my first exam, I decided to go in search of my Holy Grail summer foundation. There was a few I particularly had in mind, (in particular I imagine the Shiseido Sun Protection liquid foundation being my HG), but I basically went to every counter I could with my criteria (SPF, good coverage, long-wearing) and came home with a bunch of samples to try at home, varying from SPF 10 to 35.

From L-R: Guerlain Lingerie de PeauDior Diorskin Forever, Estée Lauder Double Wear Light, Estée Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Makeup, Vichy Dermablend (both pots)

I will write a post on each of these when I've given each a proper road test (apart from the Double Wear Maximum Cover which I wanted to try as a long-wearing concealer) and also track down the Shiseido sun protection foundation as I am desperate to try that, then hopefully I will have found my perfect match by the time the first festival hits on the 25th May! (Which, if you're wondering is Love Saves The Day, I'm only going for the day but it still counts!)

On a final note, I've managed to get Dermablend on my cream sheets while writing this post... will this wash out?? HELP!!

What are do you look for in a summer foundation? What are your favourites?


  1. Love the picture of you feet i did this a few years back haha.

    Carrieanne x

    1. Haha it's the worst isn't it! Did yours take months to fade too?