|DMV dame of “License To Drive” fame.|
Here’s the thing about foundation.
There are a few absolutely terrible ones–that pill, are chalky, not pigmented enough, too pigmented, etc. I always recognize when I encounter one of these. All it takes is one simple question I ask myself: Do I resemble, in any small part, the hideously made-up lady at the DMV in License To Drive? If I have to think about the answer, I know I’m dealing with a dud. Check her out at 4:32 in the clip below. (And read on for my picks for best foundation EVER.)
Conversely, there are an OCEAN of foundations that are simply meh. They do the job decently, are nothing to write home about; they aren’t STELLAR. They’re not uniformly excellent in a myriad of ways, but you can admit you look better with it than without. That’s the mark of a standard-issue foundation. There are zillions.
And THEN, there are the ones that are an absolute delight. When you wear them, people ask if you’ve gotten a facial, switched up your skin care routine, indulged in a peel, been on a wildly amorous vacation with a sexy foreign stranger, etc. Alas, these are also few and far between. I can name only three I’ve encountered in the past year. They are:
Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation ($39)
This. Foundation. Is. Everything. One of the few not to aggravate my breakout-prone skin, Shiseido‘s light formulation erases pores, acne scars and redness with a smooth matte finish that makes me look as if I were perfectly dusted with a gossamer application of translucent loose powder, without having done anything save for sweep on a tiny amount of this stuff with my fingers. It’s transformative and comes in an efficiently constructed small square package, which is perfect for travel.
I believe we’re just a few years away from flying cars and mind-blowing skin care technology that yields completely flawless skin using a simple to-be-invented gadget. But until the latter happens Estee Lauder‘s latest launch is our best bet. This liquid formula uses a patent-pending IntuiTone pigment technology, which employs a mix of super fine pigments with optics. Combined, these allow the shade to adapt to your own skin tone for a perfect match, and give great coverage while allowing your natural skin to shine through. Best of all? The formula is so lightweight and airy (AIR IS ONE OF ITS INGREDIENTS), it boasts a totally non-makeupy feel. It comes in 16 shades, is oil-free, non-acnegenic, and contains hyaluronic acid, which will keep skin hydrated. This story gets a bit sad now: It won’t be available until this March. But get your hands on it once it’s out. It’s sure to be a raging success.
What are your favorite foundations of late, dolls? SHARE in the comments.
Disclosure: Samples of all were provided for editorial consideration.