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My review on budget foundations

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My review on budget foundations

Tips & Tricks / 22nd July 2015 / 7 Comments

“I cant afford to wear expensive foundation all the time, can I use budget foundation?”

When I spend time with my clients, they will enjoy a full face of high end products (MAC, Illamasqua, Nars, Tom Ford, Chanel etc). However, this is their treat, we cant all afford expensive make up for a daily basis.

My clients always ask me what my favourite budget foundations are. As I haven’t used many of them I thought I would trial a few of them out for you and provide you with my favourites.

Skin Type

This review will not be suitable for everyone as your skin type may vary compared to mine.

My skin dehydrated (dehydrated skin feels tight and stiff, whereas dry skin is more flaky). Due to my skin being dehydrated I have always used a moisturizing/satin/dewy foundation (satin means more of a smooth wet look feel)

However, I work long days at a very fast pace which means I get very hot during the day. My skin gets shiny with sweat very quickly so sometimes a 100% satin foundation can look like oil on my face if I am already sweating. (NOT a good look)

If you do find your skin is instantly oily before even applying make up, you will be more suited to a matte foundation (more of a non slip/dry finish)

So, with that information, a medium satin foundation is suitable for my skin.

Testing foundations

During my time working at MAC i noticed many people testing their foundation shade on the back of their hands. The back of your hand is exposed to much more sunlight and has a different texture compared to your face. You will find your hands are usually a darker skin tone than your naked skin on the face.

For that reason I always recommend matching your foundation shade on the jaw line. This means you can compare the swatch to your face shade but also your neck and chest to ensure you have a perfect blend.

Rimmel Stay Matte primer & foundation (£5.99 each)

Coverage: (Foundation) Full, thick, mousse like / (Primer) smoothing, medium thickness

How it wore: Initial application was flawless, cracked on the smile lines of my face and around nose after 4 hours.

Comments: This foundation I picked as one of my top budget foundations simply for the coverage it gives. Its so smooth on the skin however i do NOT recommend for dry/dehydrated skin types as you may find it will crack like it did for me. However, if you have more of an oily skin this could be your new best friend! The primer has a silicone based formula which will smooth out any pours & fine lines in the skin (dips and wrinkles) however it is still very moisturising so I would say it isn’t created for mature skin as it wouldn’t smooth out the fine lines enough.

Rating for my own skin: 5/10

Rating of value for money: 8/10

Dream Satin Liquid (£7.99)

Coverage: Medium-Full, smooth, liquid.

How it wore: Very shiny, lasted most of day but slipped off of areas which are touched frequently (chin/nose/eyebrows).

Comments: Really like how smooth this liquid is, really glides onto your skin and covers any dry areas. However its super shiny. I wouldn’t be able to wear this without a powder to finish, even with my dry skin it still looked too shiny. The only thing I didn’t like about Dream Satin Liquid was I felt I couldn’t touch my face as it may transfer. Also, if you like a full coverage you will need two layers so you may finish the bottle quite quickly. Primer is 100% needed for a long lasting application of this foundation, especially if you have oily skin.

Rating for my own skin: 7/10

Rating of value for money: 8/10

I hope you have found this review helpful, if you have any further questions about these products or would like to make any suggestions for future blog posts please comment below. Thank you x 

  • Lauren Snook | July 26, 2015 |

    I really enjoyed reading this article and can’t wait to test the rimmil matte primer/foundation myself.
    I love following your work on social media and it helps me create my own looks too. Very inspirational.

    Thank you.

    • Sabina Porter | July 26, 2015 |

      aw Lauren thank you so much for your kind comment

      I am so glad that my work can inspire you, would be lovely to hear any suggestions you have for future blog posts as I always want my supporters to be happy x

      Thank you so much darling,
      all my love,


  • Sian Bedford x | October 23, 2015 |

    Trying to find myself a suitable foundation, so I thought I’d look on your website for some inspiration! This is the first time I have been on here, so proud of what you have achieved. Well done girl X

    • Sabina Porter | October 23, 2015 |

      wow thank you sian for such kind words.

      Is there something you would like me to write a blog about? Your more than welcome to request if you are looking for help with something?

      thank you so much sian this has really made me smile xx

  • Ella | January 11, 2016 |

    Hiya, Sabina, I love love love you work, I follow you on everything! You have achieved so much in life after reading your blood about setting up a make up career for yourself it’s making me push myself into becoming what I want to do! I need some advice, I have a very oily t zone and very dry cheeks, I use the rimmel stay Matte foundation but still finds it comes off in the t zone of my face, is there anything I can use to stop this?

    • Sabina Porter | January 11, 2016 |

      Hi Ella, thank you so much for your kind words my love. To be able to inspire people like you is exactly why I do what I do, and im so glad you feel you can ask for advice.

      My advice would be, maybe try using the liquid foundation on your dry areas but a powder foundation on your oily areas? Maybe try MAC studio fix powder?

      Or you could try a different foundation all together, another one of my suggestions would be NO7 beautifully matte, its lovely xxxxx

      Does this help you at all my love?

      • Ella | January 12, 2016 |

        Hi Sabina, it’s okay girl! I always use garnier moisture matte+ before applying my make up which works perfect but as soon as I apply my primer my skin becomes oily again? And I’ve tried no7, also have tried max factor but feel none works but I will try the liquid foundation on my dry bits and powder foundation on my oily parts! Thank you for your help xxx

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