TOP 5 TUESDAY – Drugstore foundations

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Time for another Top 5 Tuesday post!
Today I’m going to talk about my favourite foundations from the drugstore (i.e. Clicks or Dischem).  I have always been an avid fan of the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation (I wear the shade 2W1 Sand), but with me studying part time this year, and putting myself through these studies, I haven’t exactly had the free cash around to blow R495 on a little bottle of foundation.  I’ve been keeping my Estee Lauder for when I go out in the evenings, or for ‘special occasions’, just so I can keep it around a bit longer.
These are the foundations I’ve been reaching for in place of my Estee Lauder one.  Well, 4 foundations and 1 BB cream that offers me enough coverage to count as one!  Also – please notice a trend, in that there are 2 L’Oreal foundations in here.  They are by far my favourite brand for drugstore foundations.

Right, let’s get to it!  I’ll go from lowest to highest coverage.

1. Sorbet BB cream in Light R120

This is my go-to BB cream.  I’ve tried the offerings from Garnier, LA Girl and even a Revlon BB cream, yet none of them are as good as the Sorbet one.

You can see I’ve even cut the tube in half to scrape out the very last drop of product – that’s because you won’t find this shade in stores at the moment.  There’s older stock still of the Medium and Dark shades, but one of the ladies at Sorbet told me that they’re repackaging/reformulating the product, and then there’ll be all three shades back in stock.

This gives more coverage than other BB creams, it’s light and yet very moisturising, and it lasts all day, when paired with concealer and set with powder.  Even when my skin isn’t looking it’s best.


2. Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation R139.95

To be honest, this foundation doesn’t last as long as my others (and it doesn’t claim to, so I wasn’t that concerned).  I even felt that on certain days it was a little too hydrating for my skin, and I’d need to set it with more powder than usual, just to ensure it didn’t slip off.

However, this feels so soft and velvety that sometimes you don’t even remember you’re wearing foundation.  It doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry or cakey, and it looks so smooth and soft on your face.

It definitely felt moisturised, and I didn’t get that tight skin feeling after a few hours, that some matte foundations leave, yet I prefer to use a good moisturiser and a long-lasting foundation.  This would be more of a go to for a relaxed day rather than a party evening.  It just feels so darn good on your skin!

3. L’Oreal Paris True Match Super Blendable Foundation R199.95

I realise this is a liquid foundation, and therefore you’d think it would give less coverage than the Maybelline one.  However, this foundation is very buildable – I can easy apply two layers and it builds up, and lasts really well too.

I found it so easy to find a good shade match for me in this foundation, as they come in warm, cool and neutral shades, which really helps.  The only problem is a lot of stores don’t have testers of all the shades.

The foundation is super easy to blend into your skin, and the very slight shimmer helps to blur imperfections and pores.  It feels incredibly light on your skin too.

4. Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hour Foundation R145.95

Camilla from Jane Wonder suggested I try this, in our videos for both our April Favourites, and our No Mirror Makeup Challenge.  It’s her go-to foundation, so I thought, hmmmm why not?

It’s a thick, creamy foundation, it has really good coverage, and it feels light and very very hydrating on my skin.  It also really does stay put (perhaps not for the 25 hours that it claims to, as who honestly wears their makeup for a full 25 hours??? Sies!).  However, this is my second favourite out of all of these foundations, and it really is so good.

5. L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24h Matte foundation R189.95

This is my absolute favourite of all of my drugstore foundations.  This shade in 11 Vanilla is my winter shade, or for when I don’t have self tanner on.  Otherwise I use 22 Radiant Beige, which is perfect for when I have a golden glow.

It is good coverage, but you can totally build it up, and apply a second layer on areas you feel may need a bit more, and it doesn’t go patchy or bunch up.  Sometimes I don’t even feel the need to use concealer when I use this foundation!  If I set this nicely with powder, it will literally last me ALL. DAY. LONG.  Right up until I remove my makeup in the evening.

I have had a lot of people asking what foundation I use, and during the week, and even when I go away, more often than not it’s this one, as I know it won’t let me down.

I’m on my third tube of Radiant Beige, and my second tube of Vanilla.  That speaks volumes.

Which drugstore foundations are you reaching for more and more often, as I’d love to try out a new one!



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  1. Simone Cameron

    The L'Oreal Infallible is my fave as well! I use the shade Golden Beige (24) and almost finished my first tube now. I thought in winter now it would be drying and I wouldn't be able to use it, but nope, I still use it daily. It just looks so natural on the skin.

    I love L'oreal so will look into the True Match foundation as well as I am on the hunt for a backup foundation.

  2. Marné

    What an awesome post, thank you!! I have to admit that I haven't used a drugstore foundation in a long time, but that's because I'm not heavy on foundation. I use so little that they get old before their time, so I don't have to replace it that often. But I promised myself that the next foundation will be a drugstore one, and I'm considering the Loreal True Match and Rimmel one you reviewed here. I'm also curious about the other Loreal Infallible one, I think it's “fresh”, not “Matte”. So glad to see that it's great options, thanks for your review!
    PS, how much do you use if you're already on 5 tubes of your Infallible? Makes me wonder if I use enough or am I just playing around, lol 🙂 xx

  3. Siobhan Hughes

    You know, I always look forward to your comments!
    I was SUCH a foundation snob before, I was all for my Estee Lauder or Clarins foundations. I very seldom use concealer, unless my under eye circles are showing up, or I have a little visitor that needs covering – other than that, I usually find that foundation covers perfectly for me! I only whip out the full concealer thang if I have an event or night out.
    Spend some time playing with the True Match testers if you can. I took a couple of tries to get the shade right, so see if you can find somewhere that has a lot of testers. The Rimmel one doesn't have as much of a shade range, but I figured I'd go for the lighter one, and just bronze it up to warm my skin up, if it was too light, and this worked perfectly.

    P.S. I have the two colours in the Infallible, and I either use one or the other, or I mix them to get my perfect shade. My sister comes home from varsity in CT and 'borrows' my foundation, and I use them sometimes in my makeup kit for my makeup artist classes I'm going to, so I find I'm always reaching for them, even before my proper Kryolan ones. The finish looks so fresh and natural, rather than flat matte, and they blend like a dream and last until you take them off. So you can see why I use them a heck of a lot hahahaha! xxxxx

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