Best & Worst: Fair Skin Foundations

June 7, 2017

I’m starting a new series on L&L called Best & Worst. Over the next several weeks, I’m going to be sharing what I think are the best and worst products from each makeup category.

Up first is foundation. I meant to start with primer, but I forgot and scheduled this first so here we are.

I’m breaking this up a little beyond best and worst. I’m doing best and worst color matches and best and worst formulas. It’s hard AF to find a foundation that matches my pale self. I’ve tried so many different foundation and while some of them weren’t the best matches, the formulas weren’t bad.

Best Color Matches
Maybelline Matte + Poreless (new shades coming out soon!)
Kat Von D Lock It
Revlon ColorStay Makeup
Models Own Matte Runway
Anastasia Stick Foundation
NYX Total Control Drop
Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12 Hour Primer
CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea
Wet n Wild Photo Focus
Tarte Double Duty Hybrid Gel
Tarte Double Duty Creamy Powder Foundation
Deciem Coverage Foundation

Best Formulas
It Cosmetics CC Cream SPF 50
Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush
LOreal Infallible Pro Matte
Estee Lauder Double Wear
Maybelline Matte + Poreless
NYX Total Control Drop
Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12 Hour Primer SPF 30
CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea
Wet n Wild Photo Focus
Tarte Double Duty Creamy Powder Foundation
MAC Studio Fix Fluid
MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation
Deciem Cover Foundation

Worst Color Matches
Too Faced Born This Way
It Cosmetics CC Cream SPF 50
Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush
LOreal Infallible Pro Matte
elf Moisturizing Stick Foundation
LOreal Infallible Total Cover 
Bare Minerals Blemish Remedy
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage
Soap & Glory One Heck of  a Blot
Urban Decay All Nighter
Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft Matte Hydrating

Worst Formulas
Models Own Matte Runway
LOreal Total Cover
Kat Von D Lock It
Anastasia Foundation Stick

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  • Angela June 7, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    So good to know which ones to avoid!


    • loubsandlips June 13, 2017 at 1:30 am

      I’ve got you covered haha

  • Amanda Bellantoni June 8, 2017 at 12:56 am

    Ohh I love this idea for a series! We definitely have a few of the same faves – and I have to say, the KVD lock it was a nightmare the first few times I used it…definitely took some experimenting. That is some heavy ish!!!

    • loubsandlips June 13, 2017 at 1:29 am

      It sure is! I can only wear it if I mix it with a facial oil. Ain’t nobody got time for that every day haha

  • Michele June 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Have you tried Almay Smart Shade? I have a very light skin tone too & it’s been so much fun over the years to find something that works! But we all know that misery loves company, so to go along with my pale complexion, I have oily skin as well, good stuff!

    I really like Almay Smart Shade in Light/Medium #200. It seems to match pretty well (at least nobody has told me that it doesn’t!) & it’s not too terrible on my oily skin. I also use the matching Almay Smart Shade Finishing Powder in Light/Medium #200. I have recently switched to the powder & I love it. Before, I mixed my own finishing powder, I would get a “Light”(which is usually too light) & a shade darker(which is too dark) & mix them together until I got a shade that worked.

    My mother, whom I got this pale complexion from, has been mixing her foundations for years to get a shade that works for her. Of course that’s where I learned about mixing them to get the right shade.

    Thanks for your input on this!

    • loubsandlips June 13, 2017 at 1:06 am

      I haven’t tried that one, but I will check it out. I can mix foundations and make them work, but that’s too much some mornings when I’m in a hurry. I used to have super oily skin so I feel your pain.

  • Ashley Sue June 9, 2017 at 6:37 am

    I love this series! I definitely know it’s hard to find the right shade for pale skin. For some reason, I always like my foundation a tiny bit darker than my skin though. So far for me the worst color match is the Milani foundation, I have to wait until I self tan to wear it, and same with the L’Oréal Pro Matte!

    • loubsandlips June 13, 2017 at 12:55 am

      I want to try the Milani foundation so bad, but the lightest shade is SO dark.

  • AyRGalaxy June 26, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Curious, when you say best color matches, do you mean that those generally have a wider range in shades? Because if so, that’s great.
    I’m also loving how the nyx total control drop (which I have yet to try) and the WnW Photofocus foundation is in both “best” lists. That’s a really good sign lol. Also, tarte appears to be in there a lot, so the brand must be really really good 🙂
    And even though I only tried a sample, I do agree that the KVD Lock It foundation needs a better formula. Perhaps I’m being biased because I don’t typically use full coverage foundation, i generally like to keep it pretty natural looking,  but that foundation was thick af on me and it looked super cake no matter how little I tried to use. It also dried up my skin a lot. And I’m a little oily, so that says a lot lol.

    • loubsandlips July 4, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      By best color matches, I mean the best shades that match my very fair skin. I like full coverage, but the KVD is just too thick. I agree with you that it looks cakey no matter how you use it.