Best & Worst Pale Foundations (Combination / Oily Acne Prone Skin)
Here are some of the best and worst foundations that I've tried for pale skin which is combination (oily in the T-Zone) and acne prone. The reviews below are all based on my personal opinion and my own experiences. Everyone's skin is different and we all prefer different types of foundation so what works for me might not work for you and what doesn't work for me, might work for you. But I hope you find the swatches and reviews below helpful!
- This is a rare find for us pale princesses. A foundation that is too light for most pale people! This shade is the lightest in the range and is a tad too pale for me (I know right, unheard of!). It comes in a fancy frosted glass bottle with a dropper type applicator (it doesn't suck up the product, its more like a dipper). The best thing about this foundation, (besides the shade!) is that you need the tiniest amount to achieve a VERY full coverage. Many beauty gurus have said it is the fullest coverage foundation on the market. It has a very matte finish and dries down quickly. Along with many other reviewers, I do find after around 6-8 hours of wear, it starts to sink into fine lines (I'm 21 years old, I don't have many fine lines!), but it does stay matte and looking good despite this. It is a pricier foundation but my god, it is worth every penny. I love it! You only get 22ml of product of this foundation, which is less than the standard foundation bottle but it lasts just as long as you need such a small amount.
7. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (Shade 1CO Shell) RRP: £31.00
- This is an cult favourite for many people; it offers medium - full coverage (depending on whether you apply with a brush or a beauty sponge) and is a nice pale shade, which leans slightly on the yellow side. The bottle does not come with a pump, however, you can purchase a Mac Foundation pump and it fits the bottle nicely (just doesn't look as nice without the gold lid). It dries semi-matte, so you can wear it as a dewy foundation or set it with powder and it has a reasonable staying power. The good thing about brands like Estee Lauder is that most large Boots or John Lewis stores will have Estee Lauder counters from which you can ask for a free sample of various shades to try the foundation before you shell out £31 for it. For this reason, it's on my list of favourites. This contains 30ml of product.
8. Dermacol Make Up Cover (Shade 208) RRP: £8.99
- Many people have recently discovered this foundation, however, it has been used in theatre and film for a long time. It comes in a squeezy tube and has a mousse like consistency. This again, is a VERY full coverage foundation (as it can be used to cover tattoos) and you only need the tiniest amount to cover your face flawlessly. The shade is nice, it's not yellow or pink, it's more like a beige. 208 is the lightest shade in the range and this foundation can be found on eBay or Amazon (the price varies a lot between around £5.50 - £10). This foundation is very dewy and can be set with a powder but will never be matte. I absolutely love mixing the Dermacol Make Up Cover with the Marc Jacobs Remarcable foundation. If you like a very full coverage foundation and the Marc Jacobs is too matte for you and the Dermacol is too dewy for you, the mix is perfection. For the price of the Dermacol, you really can't complain! This foundation contains 30g of product and has an SPF30.
I'm always on the look out for new pale foundations that work for my skin so I will keep you all updated!
Sarah (aka. Pale Princess) x