All About That (Beauty) Base

Foundation, eh? It can be such a tricky job finding something that works, although once you do it's even harder to ever try something else. For years, my go-to has been La Roche Posay’s Toleriane Teint (€18.49 at Boots) for sensitive skin. Like many Irish women, I have cheeks prone to redness and my teenage years involved masking them with chalky green creams (attractive) and thick foundations.

Oh how I wish Toleriane was around back then. While the staying power isn’t the best on my skin -  I apply powder a lot during the day – it covers any redness without ever looking heavy or mask-like.


I don’t even have to use a mirror for touch ups, I just pat it on and know the redness is handled. I also love that it feels like another layer of skincare, as opposed to a make- up that just sits there, or worse, even dries out skin.

So, I’ve pretty much stuck with that for years although two other foundations have lured me away on occasion.

Rimmel’s Wake Me Up foundation which I tried for beauty awards ages back, is one product that actually has a visible effect and lives up to the radiance boosting claim. Much like the brilliant concealer in the same line, it does make skin look brighter and more rested – and it’s only €10.99.


wake me up

As for high end I’ve flirted heavily with Chanel and Armani but last year’s YSL launch, Le Teint de Peau (€40) is a winner for me. The texture is so light and watery I was convinced it wouldn’t give me the coverage I need (or think I do) but somehow it does and the staying power is fantastic!



What's your fail safe foundation? Have you tried any of the foundations above and loved / hasted them? What's going to be your next foundation purchase?



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