Favorite Things 2011: Foundations & Powders

It has been quite the journey this year. Just when I thought I knew everything about foundations… several brands came out and totally surprised me. I’ll break my favorites down by formula…

STICK: Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation

This foundation has made me fall in love with stick formulas all over again. It’s full coverage, but perfectly weightless. And it really is TRACELESS. It blends through with the ease of a cream, and sets softly matte on my oily skin. It wears well all day, with minimal need for touch ups.

LIQUID: Guerlain Parure Gold

 Every time I stray from this foundation, I go back and it impresses me all over again. Guerlain broke the mold with this liquid foundation. It blends out beautifully, sets soft, and really gives your skin an overall ‘glow’ from within. Just stunning. This is an amazing foundation. Everyone should try it at least once.

CREAM: Dolce & Gabbana The Foundation

This foundation is just STUNNING. The coverage (full) is ridiculous, and it wears beautifully. This is a recent discovery for me… and I’m so glad that I gave this foundation a chance. It’s really amazing, and worth every penny.

SILICONE: Armani Face Fabric

This foundation is completely weightless, and imitates the look and feel of perfectly smooth skin. It’s conveniently packed in an easy to use tube, and just a little bit goes a long way. Love this stuff.
POWDER (Loose): Kevyn Aucoin The Gossamer Loose Powder

I’ve been using this powder consistently since I bought it. My color is RADIANT DIAPHANOUS, which is how you’ll typically see it described in my FOTD’s. It’s lightweight and really works to ‘set’ the finish of the makeup, without giving you a powdery or cakey look. The amount of yellow in my particular color really makes my overall look ‘glow.’

POWDER (Pressed): Dolce & Gabbana The Foundation Powder

I am typically not a fan of pressed powders, but this one has blown me away. You can  use it wet (like a foundation) or dry (like a pressed powder). For me, it’s the perfect companion to the cream foundation. Used together, the effect is perfectly airbrushed, without looking overdone.

That’s it! Those are my favorite ‘bases’ for 2011. Ciao for now!