28 November 2016

Five Favourites: BB creams/Foundations

If you're a regular reader of the blog you'll know that I've always preferred BB creams to foundations. I do think that that was because I just haven't tried the right foundation or used the right tools! In today's "Five favourites" post I'll share with you my current top 5 things to slap on my face after primer and before powder.

L.A. Girl Pro BB Cream in "Light"

Oh man, this one is such a goodie. It's cheap (around R55 from Dischem), travels well (light plastic tube) and is available in eight shades. It's hydrating and acts as a tinted moisturiser. It doesn't provide a lot of coverage, but on good skin days, or on no-makeup days, it's the perfect option. I have this in both a winter shade and a summer shade, and there's already a backup waiting in the wings.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation in "52 Vanilla"

I honestly don't know if this is (still) available in South Africa. I bought mine online a long time ago but I haven't seen it in any Clicks stores. It's not a heavy foundation, nor is it a watery serum foundation-- it sits somewhere in the middle. It melts into the skin and looks very natural, not at all like a mask.

Physician's Formula Youthful Wear Spotless Foundation in "Medium"

This foundation comes in a glass bottle with a pipette. The reason for the pipette is because the foundation is extremely watery. It's quite messy to work with, but you don't need a lot to cover your entire face. I use about two drops for my entire face and that provides a lovely natural finish. The foundation is very "glowy" and feels nourishing on the skin. The only downside is the fact that this foundation only comes in three shades: light, medium, and dark. I have the middle shade and it's a bit warm for me, but upon blending it does look very natural. You can get this from Dischem stores.

Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation in "030 Sand Beige"

This is another drugstore goodie! This foundation also comes in a glass bottle with a pipette. The consistency of the foundation is a bit thicker than the Physician's Formula one, but it's still more liquid than most of the other foundations. I really can't say enough good things about this foundation: it costs a whopping R145 and provides ample coverage on the skin while still looking natural (sort of a "my face but better" effect). There are unfortunately only four shades in the range.

L'Oreal Infallible 24H-Matte Foundation in "20 Sand"

This is the only matte foundation on the list and is by far my favourite non-glowy foundation (you can read my review here). It's quite a thick foundation, but not so much that it feels like you're wearing a mask. The shade suits me perfectly (there are seven shades in the range) and the coverage is buildable. It's easy to go overboard and apply too much, but I've learnt that I only need a little bit dotted on each of my cheeks, my forehead, and my chin, to achieve a perfected look. You can get this from Clicks for R190, although Dischem might be a few rands cheaper.

Honourable mentions

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in "200 Soft beige"

This is quite a thick foundation, but when used with a light hand it provides a natural finish. Two perks of this foundation are the fact that it comes in a pump bottle, and that it has an SPF of 20. You can get this from Clicks for around R135.

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC cream in "32 Light beige"

I've had this for quite a while and there's still a lot of product left. The CC cream is very watery (much like the Physician's Formula), and the tube packaging is an absolute nightmare in this regard. The CC cream applies nicely but I find that I need to properly buff it in, otherwise it tends to look like it just sits on top of my skin. It does provide a natural finish and is buildable, which is quite incredible for a CC cream. Bourjois is exclusive to Clicks and you can get it for R196.

Until next time!



  1. That's odd - I'm on my 3rd tube of the bourjois cc cream and they've all been rather thick and creamy, not watery at all so I haven't had a problem with the tube packaging (unlike the garnier oily skin bb cream which is very runny and leaks out of the tube)

    1. That *is* odd, mine is definitely very liquidy (basically the same consistency as the Garnier Oily Skin BB one). Maybe I got a dud? Well, a dud consistency-wise. I'll go try a few testers next time I'm in Clicks. Thanks for commenting, LJ!