17 March 2016

Foundation Matrix: A Comparison Guide to Foundation Shades for South Asian/Olive Skin Toned Women

This post has been in the making for MONTHS!  I have been waiting for various things to fall into place before I posted.  The pictures alone took me forever to take, I mean daylight hasn't been my friend...anyway rambling over.  I hope you enjoy this post as a lot of effort has gone into this.  Please let me know your thoughts and feel free to share with others!


Foundation Matrix: A Comparison Guide to Foundation Shades for South Asian/Olive Skin Toned Women - Aspiring Londoner
The main reason behind this post was, I often shop for makeup online and trying to find my shade match is one of the most difficult things!  Even when I find someone with similar shade to me, they either don't have pictures of swatches or have any other equivalent foundation shades for comparison purposes.  So the post won't go in to details of foundations like a review, but show you swatches and briefly say describe shade suitability etc.


A word of warning, there are a lot of pictures of my face.  It is a picture heavy post so might take a while to load.

For reference, the first picture is just my bare face without any makeup at all.


Comparison Guide to Foundation Shades: Makeup free skin - Aspiring Londoner

The photos have not been edited in any way so you can see the shade against my skin as truly as possible. I've taken all the pictures in natural daylight, although there are variations due to daylight being quite temperamental!

Bobbi Brown Long-wear Even Finish Foundation (£31)
Shade - 5 Honey
Match - Too warm, yellow undertone
Coverage - Medium/Full
Finish - Matte

FOUNDATION SHADE MATCH BOBBI BROWN LONG-WEAR EVEN FINISH FOUNDATION REVIEW SWATCH - ASPIRING LONDONER

FOUNDATION SHADE MATCH BOBBI BROWN LONG-WEAR EVEN FINISH FOUNDATION REVIEW SWATCH - ASPIRING LONDONER

Bourjois 123 Perfecting CC Cream (£9.99)
Shade - Bronze
Match - Too warm
Coverage - Medium
Finish - Dewy

FOUNDATION SHADE MATCH BOURJOIS CC CREAM REVIEW SWATCH - ASPIRING LONDONER

FOUNDATION SHADE MATCH BOURJOIS CC CREAM REVIEW SWATCH - ASPIRING LONDONER

Burberry Skin Fresh Glow Foundation (£28)
Shade - Warm Honey No. 38
Match - Slightly too warm, yellow undertone
Coverage - Light
Finish - Dewy

FOUNDATION SHADE MATCH BURBERRY SKIN FRESH GLOW FOUNDATION SWATCH - ASPIRING LONDONER


Delilah Cosmetics Time Frame Future Resist Foundation (£34)
Shade - Nutmeg
Match - Too warm, yellow undertone
Coverage - Light/medium
Finish - Satin/natural

FOUNDATION SHADE MATCH DELILAH COSMETICS TIME FRAME FUTURE RESIST FOUNDATION REVIEW SWATCH - ASPIRING LONDONER


Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in Place Foundation (£29.50)
Shade - 3N2 Wheat
Match - Great, neural undertone
Coverage - Full
Finish - Matte

FOUNDATION SHADE MATCH ESTEE LAUDER DOUBLE WEAR Foundation REVIEW+SWATCH - ASPIRING LONDONER

FOUNDATION SHADE MATCH ESTEE LAUDER DOUBLE WEAR Foundation REVIEW+SWATCH - ASPIRING LONDONER

EX1 Cosmetics Invisiwear Liquid Foundation (£12.50)
Shade - F300
Match - Perfect, yellow undertone
Coverage - Medium, buildable
Finish - Satin matte

FOUNDATION SHADE MATCH EX1 INVISIWEAR FOUNDATION REVIEW SWATCH - ASPIRING LONDONER

FOUNDATION SHADE MATCH EX1 INVISIWEAR FOUNDATION REVIEW SWATCH - ASPIRING LONDONER

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation (£32.50)
Shade - SB10
Match - Too light, neutral
Coverage - Medium
Finish - Dewy

FOUNDATION SHADE MATCH ILLAMASQUA SKIN BASE Foundation REVIEW+SWATCH - ASPIRING LONDONER


Kiko Sunproof BB Cream (£8.99)
Shade - Medium
Match - Too warm, pink undertone
Coverage - Light
Finish - Dewy/satin

FOUNDATION SHADE MATCH KIKO BB CREAM REVIEW SWATCH - ASPIRING LONDONER


L’Oreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Foundation (£9.99)
Shade - N6 Honey
Match - Great match, yellow undertone
Coverage - Medium
Finish - Satin/dewy

FOUNDATION SHADE MATCH LOREAL TRUE MATCH FOUNDATION REVIEW SWATCH - ASPIRING LONDONER

FOUNDATION SHADE MATCH LOREAL TRUE MATCH FOUNDATION REVIEW SWATCH - ASPIRING LONDONER

Max Factor Miracle Match Shade-Matching Foundation (£12.99)
Shade - Caramel 85
Match - Good, slightly too yellow
Coverage - Medium, buildable
Finish - Satin

FOUNDATION SHADE MATCH MAXFACTOR MIRACLE MATCH FOUNDATION REVIEW SWATCH - ASPIRING LONDONER

FOUNDATION SHADE MATCH MAXFACTOR MIRACLE MATCH FOUNDATION REVIEW SWATCH - ASPIRING LONDONER

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (£32)
Shade - Syracuse
Match - Too warm, yellow undertone
Coverage - Full
Finish - Demi-matte

FOUNDATION SHADE MATCH NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation REVIEW SWATCH - ASPIRING LONDONER

FOUNDATION SHADE MATCH NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation REVIEW SWATCH - ASPIRING LONDONER

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint (£30)
Shade - St. Moritz
Match - Great, yellow undertone
Coverage - Light/medium
Finish - Matte

FOUNDATION SHADE MATCH NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint REVIEW+SWATCH - ASPIRING LONDONER

FOUNDATION SHADE MATCH NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint REVIEW+SWATCH - ASPIRING LONDONER

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (£31)
Shade - Syracuse
Match - Too warm, yellow undertone
Coverage - Medium
Finish - Dewy/satin

FOUNDATION SHADE MATCH NARS SHEER GLOW FOUNDATION REVIEW SWATCH - ASPIRING LONDONER

FOUNDATION SHADE MATCH NARS SHEER GLOW FOUNDATION REVIEW SWATCH - ASPIRING LONDONER

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation (£7.99)
Shade - 400 Natural Beige
Match - A little too warm, pink undertone
Coverage - Medium to high
Finish - Satin

FOUNDATION SHADE MATCH RIMMEL MATCH PERFECTION FOUNDATION REVIEW SWATCH - ASPIRING LONDONER

FOUNDATION SHADE MATCH RIMMEL MATCH PERFECTION FOUNDATION REVIEW SWATCH - ASPIRING LONDONER

Sleek MakeUp Bare Skin Foundation (£8.99)
Shade - Bamboo
Match - Good, neutral undertone
Coverage - Light/medium
Finish - Satin

FOUNDATION SHADE MATCH SLEEK BARE SKIN FOUNDATION REVIEW SWATCH - ASPIRING LONDONER

FOUNDATION SHADE MATCH SLEEK BARE SKIN FOUNDATION REVIEW SWATCH - ASPIRING LONDONER

Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation (£29)
Shade - Medium 6
Match - Slightly lighter, yellow undertone
Coverage - Medium
Finish - Demi-matte

FOUNDATION SHADE MATCH SMASHBOX LIQUID HALO HD FOUNDATION REVIEW SWATCH - ASPIRING LONDONER

FOUNDATION SHADE MATCH SMASHBOX LIQUID HALO HD FOUNDATION REVIEW SWATCH - ASPIRING LONDONER

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation (£29)
Shade - Warm Beige
Match - Perfect, yellow undertone
Coverage - Medium/full
Finish - Demi-matte

FOUNDATION SHADE MATCH TOO FACED BORN THIS WAY Foundation REVIEW+SWATCH - ASPIRING LONDONER

FOUNDATION SHADE MATCH TOO FACED BORN THIS WAY Foundation REVIEW+SWATCH - ASPIRING LONDONER


That's all the foundation that's in my collection right now.  I will keep updating as I try more brands/ranges - please let me know what you think and if this was helpful.  I will try and do something similar with concealers too in the coming weeks if I receive positive feedback from you guys.  Please do let me know your thoughts!  

Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below or tweet me @aspiring_london!


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