I’m a bit of a foundation snob. I have never really bought foundation from drugstore/highstreet before (except the L’Oreal TrueMatch, read here). The reason behind it is that with my yellow toned yet redness issues make it rather difficult to find a good foundation match.
After the success I had with L’Oreal True Match, I’ve certainly been more open to trying out other drugstore/highstreet base products. I use my shade in L’Oreal True Match as a guide to matching other foundations. Sleek MakeUP Bare Skin Foundation in Bamboo*, £8.99 is not an ‘exact’ match, but it’s close. Praline (one shade darker) made me look like I had a bad tan – so I opted for Bamboo.
Firstly the packaging, the glass, frosted bottle gives such a chic look to the foundation, although the lid is a tad flimsy. The pump is very precise and doesn’t dispense too much product. I need about a pump and a half for my full face and taking a little down to my neck. I use the Real Techniques buffing brush to really buff it in. I buff in the foundation section by section on my face so I’m not using too much product. I find that this way you don’t have extra product sitting on your face. Also, I found that the finish is very natural this way too, as they describe it ‘bare skin’ like. There’s no irritating fragrance and the texture is almost like a moisturiser so blends well with my skin.
The longevity of Sleek Bare Skin foundation was better than I expected on my oily/combination skin. I thought it’d slip around my face after a couple of hours, but I didn’t need to powder until after 4 hours. I expect to have to powder my skin being as oily as it is, but this foundation despite having quite a natural finish, didn’t seem to exacerbate the oiliness of my skin. I enjoyed the light-weight, medium coverage of this foundation compared to slightly heavier, matte foundations I tend to go for. I’m wearing this a lot more in the Autumn, as I find it helps me to look natural despite the drying conditions (weather change, central heating etc.).
Have you tried foundations from Sleek MakeUP before? What’s your current favourite foundation? Share in the comments below or tweet me @aspiring_london!