P1060421I’m always on the look out for budget foundations that are long lasting for work day to day, and this summer’s base has come from the Rimmel stand; the 25HR Lasting Finish Nude Foundation. If you didn’t already know (like me), this bottle has the white lid as opposed to the original Lasting Finish with a red lid. I’d read a couple of rave reviews about the new ‘nude’ version, and since I loved Rimmel’s Wake Me Up Foundation I thought I’d give it a go.

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All hail the ultimate summer foundation! I shouldn’t be giving that away before I get down to the details, but I can’t help but love this product. L’Oreal Lumi Magique Light Infusing Foundation has been around for a good couple of years now, and I really wish I’d tried it sooner.

Summer always usually calls for a lighter, glowy foundation. Back when this one was released, I was using (also newly released at the time) Rimmel’s Wake Me Up Foundation, which I reviewed here. L’Oreal’s Lumi Magique offers a better shade range, and to be honest, I generally just like this one more.

Why? I’ll explain below…

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Products I used:

  • Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in 303 True Nude
  • Sleek Luminous Pressed Powder in LPP 03 – as a bronzer
  • Sleek Blush in Flamingo 937
  • Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in Medium 3
  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Primer
  • Sleek Au Naturel 601 Palette – Cappuccino as a base, Taupe as a inner corner highlight, Bark as a brow filler
  • Sleek The Original 594 Palette – Gold shimmer shade for the outer corner and crease
  • Loreal Superliner Perfect Slim in Intense Black – on the eyelid
  • Rimmel Scandeleyes Mascara in 001 Black
  • Primark natural lashes (not sure of the name)
  • No. 7 Eyelash curler
  • Natural Collection eyeliner in White – in the bottom waterline
  • Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Barely There 776 – dabbed on using my fingertip

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From Left to Right: Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Sand Beige – £12.49, MAC Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation in NC25 – £22.50, Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Natural Tan

After being a lover of MAC foundation since I was 17, realising that my budget for makeup would be made hugely smaller as a student this year has forced to me to switch to a cheaper alternative.

My favourite foundation was MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid before I came to uni. I loved the coverage as it wouldn’t slide off my face during the day and made my skin look flawless. It did feel ‘cakey’ applying it to my face when I used it for the first time as it’s such a thick coverage, but I got used to it and never looked back… until September. (I ran out of Studio Fix Fluid which is why I have no picture in this post)

I did a lot, and I mean a lot of research to find a cheaper alternative to MAC’s high end products. I was desperate to find a foundation that was pretty much the same; I wasn’t expecting anything exact as I believe you get what you pay for when it comes to foundation, but I hated the thought of going back to the products I used to use.

So, I googled a ‘drugstore’ alternative to MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid, and many people recommended Revlon’s Colorstay Foundation. When I went to buy it, I had no idea what colour to pick, as there wasn’t as wide a range of colours comparable to MAC’s.

I picked up two – 180 Sand Beige and 330 Natural Tan. Yes, two completely different colours, one being considerably lighter than the other, but they had the yellowy tones that MAC is known for having in their foundations which I like. I decided I would buy both, and mix the two together, while it was still summer and I had a nice tan!

The next puzzle for me was deciding whether to choose the Combination/Oily or Normal/Dry version. Considering I have combination skin and suffer from spots, I immediately thought the first one.

But then I realised the problem I had with a purchase a few weeks before of MAC’s Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation. I wanted a foundation that wouldn’t slide off my face during the summer if I sweated it off, so I wanted to try Pro Longwear to see whether it would last the 15 hours it claims. It ended up sucking in all the moisture I had on my face, making it patchy and dry. So, I knew that buying the Normal/Dry version of Revlon’s would be a better idea.

As soon as I got home, I mixed them together to create a really nice shade that matched well with my tan. As I was applying it, I noticed it didn’t have the strong ‘paint’ smell that MAC foundations have. It did have a thinner consistency, so I needed to apply more than I would usually, but looking in the mirror my skin was flawless, and I definitely didn’t expect that.

Throughout the day, I did have to top up my foundation where it had rubbed off, but not as much as I thought. After that day, I knew this would be the foundation I would use for the next few years.

The consistency of the foundation keeps my face moisturised without feeling oily, as I didn’t break out when I started using it. It gives my skin a dewy look, but not to the extent of looking shiny or greasy. And, as a bonus, it has SP15  just like MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid, which is good for keeping my face protected from the sun every day!

Left: MAC Pro Longwear in NC25, Right: Revlon Colorstay in Sand Beige

MAC’s Pro Longwear SPF10 Foundation has recently creeped back into my foundation routine as a top up for areas on my face that always tend to rub off. I’ve found that it agrees with my skin in the winter for some reason, and doesn’t manage to dry my skin. I don’t have to touch it up at all the days that I apply it. So I’m finally getting my money’s worth!