1. Chanel Vitalumiére ($50-ish)
Pros: Radiance! My skin is on the dry side, and even with alpha-hydroxy exfoliation, I combat dullness. This foundation blends smoothly and seamlessly with a blender sponge, or the fingertips. It leaves a “my skin, but glowing” finish that is unsurpassed, is moisturizing, and contains SPF 15.
Cons: It costs over $50, which is prohibitive for many people, and it takes time to apply. Not much, mind you, but I’m a five-minute-or-less face kinda gal most days, so this foundation is for days when I’m loitering in the beauty ritual.
2. L’Oréal Magic Smooth Soufflé ($16-ish)
Pros: Easy, effortless blending with the fingertips, the soufflé texture melts into the skin for a perfect velvety finish. I’ve tried three colors, and each color blended really well into my skin, so it would be hard to go wrong on that score. Takes less than two minutes for a flawless application, so has been getting plenty of face time.
Cons: Matte finish isn’t something I love, and I can’t wear this one on days when I’m feeling particularly dry. It isn’t drying, per se, but it’s not moisturizing either.
3. Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse ($10-ish)
Pros: Quick, easy application with a blender sponge (<2 minutes), moisturizing, with a slight radiance boost, although not as good as what I get with the Chanel foundation.
Cons: Color matching is a little bit more difficult**. Both the Chanel (obviously, the Chanel rep matches you!) and the L’Oréal are easier.
I use each of the three about equally, and am not faithful to one over another: depending on how I’m feeling, how much time I have, and what my skin is telling me, one of them will get the job done nicely!
** A quick note on the photos below: On my arm, the Maybelline looks like the best color match, but on my face, it’s the least well-matched of the three.