Okay, so here is post #1 of my pale foundation series! I apologize in advance for the lack of photos, but my camera just doesn't get the colours right no matter what I do. :(
To show you my skin colour, here's a reference picture:
Maybelline Pure Make-up in Porcelain Ivory (Light 1)
I've used this foundation some years ago, but stopped because the colour match wasn't so great - for some reason, they never sell all shades in Germany, and finding a really pale foundation here is probably harder than the search for the infamous holy grail. Recently, I've had the idea of searching the internet for it, though, and discovered the lightest shade for about 7$ at ebay. Of course, I had to order it immediately because apart from the colour mismatch, I really liked it back then.
The lightest colour, Porcelain Ivory, is just about right for me, I'd say. It could be a tad bit paler, but it's still a lot more acceptable than shade #3 or so I was using before.
It claims to be oil-free and water-based, which I believe. At least it never gave me break-outs. This means, however, that it is also a bit drying and feels rather tight on your skin, it's also hard to blend out because it dries rather quickly. What I do is, I apply moisturizer and then don't wait until it fully absorbs into my skin, but quickly follow with the foundation, which I apply in circular motion.
Coverage is okay - it doesn't cover major pimples or even the redness around my nose, but I do feel that my skin looks more perfect with this foundation on and an additional concealer. (I have a good really fair concealer - somehow, they sell those even here. Hm.) Since it's rather dry, you don't need to apply powder over it (only on my nose), which I like. I guess this will be my go-to foundation for the starting hot season.
The only drwabacks are that I have to buy it via ebay, which doesn't bother me, that it doesn't have an SPF which is okay since I use sunscreen all the time anyway, and now the major drawback: It has actually been discontinued. I want to stock up, but I'm afraid it will spoil after a few months or years, which means eventually, I will definitely need to find a replacement for this. Any ideas, anyone?
+ oil-free, doesn't give me break-outs (could be different for you, though!)
+ lightest shade is pale enough for me
+ does not need to be set with powder
+ makes my skin look good
- a bit drying
- a bit hard to blend
- doesn't cover too well (use concealer)
Other foundations I plan to review are:
Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream #13
Astor Mattitude HD
Bourjois Healthy Mix #51
Btw, does anyone have a recommendation for a very pale powder foundation? I've heard about Kate's, but how is the coverage?