It took me a few years and lots of money down the drain to realize that just because a product is listed in InStyle or Allure Magazine’s “Best Beauty Products” list or just because my BFF loves something, does not mean that it’s going to work on my skin. I feel like foundation or tinted moisturizer is one of the main products where everyone is always trying to find the perfect one. My friends are always asking me what foundation I use, and I used to do the same to them. Foundation is so important because you want it to smooth right into your skin, covering anything that needs to be covered and evening out any blotchiness, while looking like you have NOTHING on. The key is to make everyone think that you are au naturale.
I think I have finally ended my search for the ONE. But, like I said, I wasted a lot of money along the way. Last year, InStyle’s best of beauty list named Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation as the BEST, so I ran to Saks to get it and ended up hating it. Hate may be a little dramatic, but you get my point! My best friend Mary Catherine swears by Dr. Perricone’s No Foundation Foundation, so I bought it, and ended up giving it to her because it didn’t work on me. One of my other best friends, Anna, has always loved the Bare Minerals foundation, and I went down that road too and still wasn’t totally satisfied. I could go on and on…
I say all this to say, take everyone’s product advice in stride. I love testing products so I will always be reviewing things and telling you about them on here, but always try before you buy. It’s ok to be the weirdo at Sephora or Ulta who tries way too many things or to ask for samples at department stores. Or even better, just be sure that you SAVE YOUR RECEIPTS because beauty products are returnable. I alwayyyys make the mistake of losing my receipts so I get stuck with stuff!
While I am on the subject, I will tell you the foundation that works so incredibly well for me! But, don’t take my word for it…run on over to the Chanel counter and demand a sample!!! (Or just buy it and save the receipt!)
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua – This is good stuff. WARNING: it gives very little coverage…definitely more of a tinted moisturizer. It is so lightweight, feels amazing going on, it evens me up, and leaves my skin with the freshest glow.
Have you found the perfect foundation or tinted moisturizer?? If so, I’d love to hear what it is!!