Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Pick 5: "My Skin, But Better" Bases

Anyone who is acquainted with me is well aware of my addiction interest in makeup and beauty.  Over the years, I've amassed quite a large collection of products and one thing I am always on the search for is the perfect base.  Perfect for me means:  light-to-medium coverage, a finish with a glow, and imperceptible on the skin.  In short: my skin, but better.  Here are my favorites!

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream / $29 
Like the name suggests, this is a gel based tinted moisturizer.  This feels very much like applying the last step to my skincare routine.  I get a light coverage, evened out skin, and a bit of warm glow.  Don't expect this to cover up blemishes or dark circles - you'll still need a concealer, but the glow you get as the day wears on is pretty nice. 

La Roche-Posay Athelios 50 Mineral Tinted Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid / $33.50
I wear this on days where I really can't be bothered with makeup.  The tint in this sunscreen is darker than my face so it gives me a healthy glow without the sun damage.  I like using this on camping trips, at the gym, or generally days where I'm slumming it in workout gear as clothing.  The high SPF without a white cast is a great bonus.

L'Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation / $16.99
This is L'Oreal's first cushion foundation.  The application is super easy and it's great for chucking in your bag if you're running errands all day.  I'm not a huge fan of how unhygienic the pad is so I sanitize it between uses with 91% rubbing alcohol.  The only downside is that this wears off a bit during the day so I need to touch up occasionally.

The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream / $20
I mix the BB cream in with a facial sunscreen since it doesn't contain SPF which is odd for this type of product.  The cream is white with little spheres in it that dissolve as you rub it onto your skin; it's a color adapting BB cream that matches you as you apply it. 

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer / $42
My favorite tinted moisturizer is a toss up between NARS and bareMinerals.  The NARS tinted moisturizer provides light-medium coverage and is the thickest of all these products.  This is the only high end base I repurchase.  This doesn't break me out, evens out my skin really well, and applies like a dream!  You only need a little bit of product so despite the hefty price tag, a tube of this will last you a long time.

With the exception of the L'Oreal foundation, I apply all of these products with my fingers.  Since I carry my makeup bag around in my backpack, I like to minimize the tools I need.  I also race to get my makeup done in the morning so the mister and I can leave the house on time.  These "my skin, but better" bases offer fairly idiot proof application!


  1. I want to try The Body Shop bb cream, I heard a lot of good things about it and thinking of giving it a go :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  2. I'd like to try more of NARS' products, ive only tried a few and I actually dont own any products at all from NARS. I gotta change that!

    - LS

  3. There are so many good foundation recommendations on this list! I've been dying to try the L'Oreal cushion foundation and the Nars tinted moisturizer, and your review sold me on both of them! I love sheer to medium coverage that gives you a dewy finish - so these seem right up my alley. Great post.

    Tazhiana |