I just wanted to share some tips on how I choose and buy my makeup. Everybody has different ways on how they decide and what they like about products, so no judging -.- these are just my standards.
* Foundation *
A lot of people seem to make a big issue out of "greasing out" or "becoming oily by mid-day". If you are an oily person, I think that is totally normal. I would be worried if I didn't become oily because that is really unnatural for an oily person and that means that the foundation you have on your face is blocking the natural happenings of your face. I would fear that my oil glands will be artificially clogged up which will lead to break outs or worsening of my skin condition.
So, oiling up is really not that much of an issue for me.
What I really consider is "does it get cakey after mid-day?". It bothers me when I see streaks of makeup pushed around the surface of my face or especially around my eyebrow areas. For instance, Chanel Vitalumere doesn't provide full coverage, and I do get a bit oily at the end of the day, but I have absolutely no problem with the foundation sliding around on the surface of my face. Getting oily does not mean your foundation is going to become cakey, and several foundations proved that on me. On the other hand, mark. face xpert gives similar coverage, doesn't oil up easily either, but gets really cakey mid-day. That's a big no-no for me and I tend to shed away from it. I wouldn't say all high-ends don't cake and all drug store products cake, but if I do find a product that does that, I don't reach for it often.
How do I know if the product is going to slide around?
I get sampled first. If it's a Sephora brand, I just ask a MUA there are the spot to clean her/his brushes and apply the right shade of foundation on my face and leave it on all day long and see if it slides around. If there are no MUAs in the store, I disinfect the bottle openings with the alcohol and pads provided, apply foundation on my forehead (that's where most of the sliding happens... above my brows and in between my brows) and leave it on all day long.
If I go to department stores, I definitely ask the MUA to match my shade, and I get a whole face application - and again, leave it on all day long to test it.
Drug store products are a bit trickier since I can't test it out.
I rarely jump on foundations without research or reading reviews and testing them out.
Products that DON'T slide around (on my face - I oil up really fast)
--> use them for important occasions (interviews, socializing events, meeting important people.. when oiliness shouldn't get in the way)
* when they are used 7+ hours on a single day
* Chanel Vitalumiere liquid foundation
* Chanel Blanc Essentiel (pressed compact foundation)
* Bobbi Brown Oil-Free foundation
* Chanel Teint Protection Lumiere
Kindda..., but not really.. (forgivable & still lovely)
--> more like everyday usage. Everybody knows how greasy I am, so this is at a forgivable level
* Revlon colorstay foundation
* MUFE HD foundation
* Estee Lauder Double Wear
* Chanel Vitalumiere Compact (seriously.. the liquid type it so much better)
Slides around like butter on a heated pan..
--> ...... I only use them once in a while for no particular reason
* mark. xpert face
* MAC studio fix fluid
* MAC studio fix
* Lancome Dual Finish (when used as powder-foundation alone, not as a setting powder)
It's just my opinion. I don't blot oil away, don't do touch ups and leave everything as it is from morning to evening. I don't touch my face because I have a huge fear of germs on my hands. I don't let others touch my face... because I fear germs on their hands too. -_-;; especially guys since some seem to have issues with not washing hands after going to the bathroom, but that's a whole other story. (And I'm not referring to my bf!! LOL he is 100x OCD than I am)
So, literally it is just oil pumping out, and the foundation is put to test whether or not it is going to stay in place.
- Side note:
* Foundation-ish thing I am eyeing to buy when I am done with my currents: Perfekt Skin perfecting Gel (tried it twice at Sephora and loved it LOL)
Foundations I want to try out..
Sally Hansen Natural Beauty your skin foundation (heard heaps of good reviews on this one!), Missha Radiance compact foundation, Clinique Superbalanced foundation, ... what else? ^_^ I'm willing to try a lot of stuff since I like foundations
What's your HG foundation? share it with me :)