Sunday, September 16, 2012

Some pale (and "pale") foundation and concealer swatches

I decided today to swatch all the foundations and concealers I own or have samples of lying around. (Most of the ones you're about to see, I only have in sample form.) This was really eye-opening for me; I can't believe how unnatural some of the shades look in comparison to the others! My face is a bit darker than my arm, so a couple of these shades are even a little bit too pale for me, but some of them are clearly too dark, too. I will add that these foundations are all over the map in terms of coverage and blendability, so even some of the ones that look too light or too dark can work IF they are sheerer and blended out properly.

Please note that this is NOT intended to be a review post. Some of these I haven't even worn on my face or haven't tried more than once so I don't feel qualified to talk about their quality or lasting power. This is just intended to show color. I made it a point to let them all dry for at least 10-15 minutes on my arm before taking the pictures so the ones that might oxidize would have a chance to do so first. I also tried to do heavy but semi-blended long swatches with an unblended blob at the top to give you a better idea of color.

Here goes! Three sets of foundation swatches first, then one set of concealers and correctors.


Left to right: Boujois Healthy Mix #51, Clinique BB Cream #1, Estee Lauder Double Wear #1C1, Holika Holika Peach Girl BB Cream #1, Neutrogena Healthy Skin #10, Revlon Colorstay Ivory, Revlon Colorstay Whipped Ivory


Left to right: Burberry Velvet #2, Burberry Sheer Luminous #2, Chantecaille Future Skin Porcelain, Chantecaille Just Skin (tinted moisturizer) Alabaster, CoverFX NaturalFX E0, Dior Nude (2012 reformulation) #10, Giorgio Armani Maestro #2, Giorgio Armani Maestro #3


Left to right: Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer #2, Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24 #110, Laura Mercier Silk Creme Soft Ivory, Make Up For Ever HD #110, Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet #15, Yves St. Laurent Touche Eclat #B10, Yves St. Laurent Touche Eclat #BR20


Left to right (concealers/correctors now): Lancome Effacernes Porcelaine I, Maybelline Superstay Ivory, Maybelline Age Rewind (the discontinued double-ended version with concealer and highlighter) Light, Lancome Effacernes Light Buff, Cle de Peau Stick Ivory, Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer #5, Burberry Concealer #3, Dior Skinflash #1

Regarding the dramatic shade range in concealers: I use the lighter ones on my face and the darker ones as undereye correctors/concealers. Please don't ask me how the Burberry one works on me, because I can't explain it, it just does somehow. :)

I hope this is helpful to some of you!

14 comments:

  1. The trouble I have is that nearly everything is too yellow for me. My favorite light foundation has been discontinued -- wouldn't you know it!

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    1. Oh no! Which foundation and shade was that? How light are you?

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  2. Wow! Thank you for the great swatches! I currently want to try the new armani maestro and Burberry's velvet foundation. I need a pale yellow foundation and am very hard to match! How do you like Burberry's velvet foundation?? Thanks! :)

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    1. Hi Cathy, Burberry Velvet is one of the ones I only have a sample of and have only worn once, so I don't feel qualified to review it, sorry! I would recommend Chantecaille Future Skin in Porcelain, though, or LM Silk Creme in Soft Ivory if you're more dry. Both are pretty pale and yellowish.

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  3. Thanks for the reply.. I have the Chantecaille Future Skin in Alabaster but it's a little too peachy?? My best match ever is Sisley's Oil Free in Porcelain but it's so expensive... I'm always looking for something else. I've never tried Kevyn Aucoin... that looks like a pale yellow in number #2.

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    1. Yes, Alabaster is much peachier than Porcelain. I'd really recommend getting a sample of Porcelain, especially if you already know you like the Future Skin formula but just have the wrong shade.

      KA SSE #2 is actually a bit more neutral in real life. It may work for you but if you are truly *yellow* it may not as it is very very full coverage and does have some pink in it.

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  4. Thanks Kristina for the heads up on the KA SSE #2 being a little pink.. so thats out. I did try the Chantecaille in Porcelain and it was a tad too light. Hearing that the GA maestro caused bumps on your face is probably a no too. I'll have to get a sample of the burberry velvet sometime... Cathy

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    1. Sure - did you only swatch it briefly, or actually wear Porcelain for a little while? I ask because it oxidizes slightly on me - starts out a bit too light and then darkens just a tiny bit but it ends up being just the right color after that!

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  5. Sorry Cathy, I accidentally deleted your most recent comment (about the two sample jars) and can't seem to recover it, but I did see it! Thank you for commenting! :)

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  6. i'm lovin the revlon whipped in ivory 110. applied it thin and it was pale enough for me and didnt oxidize darker! yay. for me it had no detectable undertone. no pink or yellow, which is GREAT. since I hate both. ive grown to hate yellow more than pink. orange is the worst. and death grey just sucks,ha. this has none of that. and it does last,and looks better an hour after wear than when you first put it on (melts into skin, becomes 'part' of it.. looks like your own skin...as the day goes on...... 5 hours later...passed mirror pleasantly surprised, still in tact,... full coverage... not oily... and... was looking 'better' finally a makeup looking better as theday goes on rather than worse. rather than trying to keep that 'just applied' look.... the later on was MUCH better than the 'just applied' that is new for me. and ive noticed many reviews on it saying same exact thing.revlon whipped colorstay creme.

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  7. Would you happen to be able to suggest an extremely pale foundation with strong yellow/olive undertones? I'm Mexican and have the yellow and olive tones to go with it, but I'm also incredibly pale. I've never found a foundation light enough for me, even if I disregard all undertones :/ everything just looks pink and dark on my skin. Like I've taken a deep shade of rouge and smeared it all over my face.

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    1. Hi! I guess it depends on how pale you are - can you guess your MAC shade equivalent (NC5? NC10? NC15?) or tell me some of the palest ones you've already tried that were too dark?

      I don't generally go for strongly yellow foundations because my undertones are neutral leaning cool, but I might be able to at least help you figure out where to start looking. The palest foundations I like that are truly, truly neutral and not leaning pink are Dolce & Gabbana Creamy foundation in #60 Classic and Cover Fx Natural Fx foundation in E0. I would call both of those N10s in MAC terms. If that's still too pink or dark, you might want to look into Graftobian HD Cover Creme, which comes in incredibly light shades in a variety of undertones (including ones even too pale for me). Fortunately, there are a LOT of helpful color guides online for that one so you can help determine your shade.

      Another option would be to find a foundation whose formula you love and that has the right undertones, even though it's too dark, and then mix it with a white corrector to lighten it. I like Yaby Daisy myself, but other popular ones are MAC Face & Body White, Face Atelier, and more. Hope this helps!

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  8. I really have no point of reference as far as Mac goes, but I know that they tried putting NC15 on me at a wedding once and it was still way too dark and pink :/ so far, the closest things I've found have been Loreal's True Match foundation in W1 Porcelain, which is almost light enough, but still too pink, and a powder in the Coastal Scents Countour and Blush palette that was still about two shades too dark, but finally the right amount of yellow.

    Thank you so much for replying!

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    1. Hmm, okay. It sounds like you do need something VERY yellow, and around NC10, I would guess.

      I have to default again to suggesting Graftobian HD creme, which I've used before and quite like. They make several VERY pale options and they clearly identify what the undertones of each are. I haven't tried other stage makeup brands like Ben Nye and Kryolan, but they may also be worth considering. And, as I mentioned, there are always white correctors!

      I also recommend you check out one of my favorite blogs, Drivel About Frivol. She is paler and pinker than I am, but she tries and swatches LOTS of super-pale foundations and she or her blog might be able to point you in the right direction.

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