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Monday, April 11, 2011

My HG Foundations & Comparisons!

After much searching, I've finally found two foundations that I consider HG (Holy Grail) status, and surprisingly, they don't cost a fortune (2 thumbs up for saving $$$)!  Those are the two that I currently rotate.  So far, I've tried MAC's Studio Moisture Tint in two shades, MAC's Face & Body foundation, MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, Benefit's Playsticks, Benefit's You Rebel Tinted Moisturizer, L'oreal's Visible Life Foundation, Covergirl's CG Smoothers Tinted Moisturizer and Foundation, Tarte Smooth Operator Tinted Moisturizer, NARS Sheer Glow, Avon Smooth Minerals Liquid Foundation, and Covergirl Natureluxe Silk Foundation.  Out of all of those, two that have currently reached HG foundation status are the Avon Smooth Minerals Liquid and the Covergirl Natureluxe.  (I really like the Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay tinted moisturizer, as well.  That one is my favorite tinted moisturizer for the warmer days when I like a bit more SPF.  I did like the L'oreal foundation.  I HATED the CG Smoothers Tinted Moisturizer and Foundation, but the other foundations that I've tried are give or take.  I'm not really crazy about them.  I could give or take, and I most likely wouldn't repurchase any of them)

Price & Availability:
I think that the Avon Smooth Minerals Liquid and the Covergirl Natureluxe are both awesome products that have a very awesome price tag.  The price of both of these combined (at full price) is $24.99.  The NARS Sheer Glow costs a whopping $42 plus $5 extra if you want the pump for it, and you get the same amount of product (1oz) as you do with the Avon and Covergirl.  (Sheer Glow's glass bottle is crappy and hard to get the foundation out without the pump.  For that kind of money, the pump should be included.)  The Avon Smooth Minerals foundation is originally $11, however, during certain Avon campaigns, you can find this at a reduced rate.  Avon sometimes even has sales for their foundations, where you can get buy one, get one free!  Right now, Campaign 9 is going on, and the Smooth Minerals foundation is $7.99.  I actually got to purchase it from one of the Demo books, because I'm a rep.  I purchased it for $4.39, which is an awesome steal!  The Covergirl Natureluxe foundation retails from between $9.99-$13.99, depending on where you purchase it.  I've seen it on sale at Walmart and Target for $9.99, and I've seen it at the drugstores for $13.99.  However, a lot of times the various drugstores have BoGo sales, where you can get Covergirl (& other) products buy one, get one 50% or buy one, get one free.  I've also seen 40% sales on Covergirl products in various drugstore weekly ads.  The prices are both affordable.  You get 1 ounce of product in each, and a little goes a long way.  A nice thing about the Covergirl Natureluxe foundation is that it's easily accessible.  It is available at supercenters, such as Walmart, Target, & KMart, as well as most drugstores.  The Avon Smooth Minerals foundation is available through your local Avon representative or from avon's website.  If you order directly from a local rep, you avoid a shipping fee that you may encounter if you order online.  However, their are often coupon codes available for free shipping.

Both of these foundations are lightweight.  The Covergirl Natureluxe performs exactly as described on the bottle.  It truly does have that barely-there feels, while still giving flawless coverage.  It doesn't feel heavy or look cakey at all.  I was truly impressed, because I had been disappointed with the Covergirl Tinted Moisturizer and CG Smoothers Foundation.  I was reluctant about even trying this new one.  I decided to try it after reading and watching reviews online and on Youtube.  I'm glad I gave this one a try.  I purchased this at 20% for Rite Aid with my wellness card.  The Covergirl Natureluxe has an SPF of 10, which isn't very high, but it's better than nothing.  I really like the coverage of this one.  The coverage is light to medium, and it's definitely buildable.  This has more coverage than the Avon Smooth Minerals.  I use this one when I want a little more coverage and want I want a more matte finish.  The Avon Smooth Minerals has a dewy finish, but not overly so.  The Avon Smooth Minerals is described as sheer to medium coverage.  It's on the sheerer side, but it's buildable as well.  I love the natural looking finish of this one.  Both of these foundations look very natural and are light.  These are perfect for everyday use.  The Smooth Minerals is a more liquidy consistency than the Natureluxe.  They both remind me of a tinted moisturizer almost, just because of their consistencies.  I tend to reach of the Smooth Minerals more than with the Natureluxe because the consistency is a tad lighter, and I find that my skin tends to actually look better after I take it off.  The Smooth Minerals is marketed by Avon to be safe for sensitive skin and to be good for your skin even after you take it off.  I think that is true, atleast in my experience with it.  I'm not a fan of mineral powder makeup, but I really like the liquid. With my experiences with mineral powder foundations, they have felt heavy and looked cakey.  I was still interested in using mineral makeup, and this liquid version caught my eye as soon as I saw it a few months ago.  I'm glad I finally tried it, because I really like it alot.  I have sensitive skin.  My t-zone can get somewhat shiny during the warmer months, but my forehead is drier.  Both of these foundations have worked well with my skintype.

I'd definitely recommend both of these if you want light to medium, buildable coverage that truly feels lightweight on the skin.  Some foundations can feel heavy on the skin, like you are wearing makeup.  Neither of these feel that way.  You can't even feel that you have anything on your face.  In my opinion, the Natureluxe has more flawless looking coverage (but still natural).  If you're a fan of mineral makeup and have sensitive skin but don't like the mess or feeling of the powder, you are going to love the Avon Smooth Minerals Liquid foundation.  Both of these get an A+ in my book.  Check them out!!

Check out my Avon/Mark store for great deals, as well as the Avon Smooth Minerals line!!  Give the Smooth Minerals Liquid Foundation a try by shopping my store! :) -

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