We love us some expensive foundation, but we've got Christmas pressies to buy, dammit!
December can be an expensive time of year, whether you’re stocking up on Christmas presents for the family, catching up with friends for dinner and drinks or simply waiting for the next heating bill to come in. Knowing that, a little savvy shopping when it comes to your make-up bag can make all the difference.
We’re all looking for the perfect foundation, the one that will make our skin look smoother, more radiant, shine free, flawless… the list goes on. Quite often, of course, the best foundations come with a hefty price tag. These three cult classics, with their dupe counterparts that will help save you some cash this Christmas.
Make Up Forever Ultra HD Foundation €39 - We love this foundation because of the beautiful buttery smooth texture it has. The stick glides over skin, reducing redness and imperfections, without looking heavy or dull, for a supremely natural finish.
DUPE: Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Stick €14 – This also has a smooth texture and is easy to blend for a natural finish. The addition of the anti-shine core makes it a great choice for those with combination skin too.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation €45 – You don’t get much more cult classic than Armani’s signature foundation. Luminous Silk gives skin a radiant, almost airbrushed smooth appearance. Because of that, it is often found back stage at fashion week and in the kit bags of international make-up artists such as Val Garland and Pat McGrath.
DUPE: Revlon Photoready Foundation €19 - Designed to give skin a flawless finish in any kind of lighting, Revlon’s Photoready foundation is a great product in its own right but it’s also the closest dupe there is for the much loved Luminous Silk.
Clinique Beyond Perfecting 2-in-1 Foundation and Concealer €34 – We love that this formula is versatile, allowing you to build from medium to full coverage depending on your needs and preferences. Not needing a separate concealer is a major bonus too!
DUPE Essence Camouflage 2 in 1 Makeup and Concealer €4.80 – Medium to full coverage? Check. No need for a separate concealer? Check. Essence’s Foundation may not look quite as pretty as Clinique’s, but it does what is says on the tin.