I’ve tried many foundations in my time, from Rimmel to Clinique, Makeup Revolution to Revlon, I’ve tried so many but I was yet to find a high coverage foundation to fulfil my every need and conceal my every blemish.
My go to everyday foundations are: Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude, Rimmel Wake Me Up and also Makeup Revolution Face Base. I use the lightest shade in all of these as I am basically Casper the ghost. I hardly tan. easily burn and shy away from the outdoors whenever possible. I could honestly be a vampire… Highend foundations are on my radar, however, I’d much rather try drugstore alternatives as they are less money if ultimately they are not the right shade, also beauty counters scare me, if you want to know why I’ll happily explain in another post! Anyway, I’ve been searching for drugstore full coverage foundations for a while and stumbled upon this after watching someone on YouTube raving about how good for pale skin this is.
The foundation I am talking about is the SEVENTEEN Stay Time Foundation, Soft Ivory, (£6.49.) I decided to buy this with my points so I would not feel upset if it did not work for me. Okay, so the packaging isn’t all that special however, IT HAS A PUMP! Now I don’t know about you but pumps just make life easier, there is less chance of spillages and waste as you can decant as much product as you need easily through the pump! NARS Sheer Glow: take note. Now if you look carefully at this pump you’ll see that it has a ‘lock’ type feature too, in the shape of an L. To use you must turn the bottle until it clicks allowing you to pump, if you do not turn it there is no way that the foundation can dispense saving you from foundation explosions. Genius. The plastic of the packaging does give the whole product a cheap feel, but, it’s what’s inside that counts.
Stay Time has a very thick consistency; it feels, essentially, like sun cream, thick and gloopy, it smells like sun cream too, which isn’t everyones cup of tea. The SPF 25 is a definite plus to the product, (unless you were thinking it would be good for photos that is.)
Application requires more time than that of a lower coverage foundation, to get a completely flawless finish I like to spend time either buffing the foundation in or using a sponge. I buff it in with my RealTechniques Expert Face Brush, in circular motions allowing time to work it under my neck too, so my flawlessness doesn’t suddenly stop with a harsh line. With the sponge I use the RealTechniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, damp, and I dab and blend it onto my face. The moisture in the sponge makes the foundation feel lighter upon application.
This is by no means an everyday foundation for me, it is so heavy and I can feel it on my skin which is not a feeling I like. If I’m in need of medium/full coverage on a certain day I mix this with my Makeup Revolution Face Base, which lightens it in both weight and colour, and apply the same way.
If you’re on the lookout for high coverage, this has it, but it also has the heavy feel. If you don’t mind the heavy feel then this should be great for you, inexpensive and does the job, it’s high SPF is also a bonus.
Have you tired this? Have you got any other full coverage foundations you think I should try?