Foundation testing and final purchase review

In the spirit of making better buying decisions I’ve been taking advantage of the foundation samples brands are happy to give to potential customers, so they can try before they buy. Bobbi Brown, Estée Lauder and Lancôme all offer seven to ten day samples so you can really give it a good test before parting with hard earned cash.

foundation samples


As you know my skin is pretty temperamental and acts up the minute I try something new so I’ve been testing three different liquid foundations over the last few weeks to see which formula my skin prefers.

I originally had the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation which I used literally until the very last dregs, short of smashing the bottle open it was as empty as it could be. But rather than just stick to what I know, I wanted to branch out and test what else is on the market. I find buying foundation a minefield, there are literally hundreds of different brands, formulations and textures which is why I love that brands will give out substantial samples for testing.

I’m a one application a day kinda girl when it comes to makeup, so I need a foundation which will go the distance and not look patchy or cracked by the end of the day.

So here’s how I got on with the samples I tried:

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation

I had high hopes for this foundation, it was brand new on the high street and promised to be long wearing. Although it applied really evenly and gave good coverage over my blemishes, towards the end of the day it started to go patchy and shiny! It also highlighted my pores and left my skin feeling a little clogged and just a bit ick by the time I got home.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation

I really liked this foundation it blends well and gave me a really even base. I think 24hr long lasting is a little bit optimistic, although it did last the day it was a little shiny in places by the time I got home.

Lancôme Ultra Wear 24H Wear & Comfort Retouch-Free

Out of the three this is the one I really loved, it super lightweight and almost doesn’t feel like I’ve applied it, the only downside, it’s a bit scented. It’s not unpleasant just a bit weird for a foundation. I love that it’s retouch-free and I really have put it to a rigorous test by wearing it all day at work. Plus the added bonus – it’s SPF 15 which although isn’t designed to stop sun burn, it does provide some protection. I bought mine from Boots for £32.

In this instance Lancôme came out on top and is currently taking pride of place on my dressing table.

Lancome Ultra Wear Foundation

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