I think every girl is forever on the hunt for the perfect foundation and I'm a strong believer that if the base is good, the rest will kind of fall into place!
For over three years now I have had the same go-to foundation, an absolute favourite which I couldn't imagine falling out of love with. However over the past year I have sampled some other foundations and bases, some of which haven't impressed me at all, but there are a few which have managed to make their way into my makeup bag.

For reference I have dry and sensitive skin and with foundations I always look for a medium coverage which can be buildable and prefer a dewy/glowy finish as opposed to matte.

Illamasqua Skin Base: This is the foundation I swear by and have used for years, constantly repurchasing every time I start to run low at the fear of ever running out. I literally have nothing bad to say about this, it leaves my skin feeling and looking smooth and even with a healthy glow and with just a small amount of product any blemishes or marks are evened out and disguised. It does more than your regular foundation as it primes, hydrates and controls any shine in one and it's so long lasting, I can apply this first thing on a morning and after a ten hour shift at work it won't have budged.
Illamasqua describe this as 'the ultimate skin realism foundation' and I couldn't agree more, for daytime natural or a completely flawless nighttime look this foundation really does it for me.

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue: After always being a little dubious about BB Creams and the like, this product completely took my breath away and changed my views instantly. Described as a 'tinted hydrating gel cream' the sensitivity in my skin thrives on this, it's cooling on the skin which makes application really heavenly and for the dry skin problems, this is proven to improve skin hydration by up to 215% in just one week. Needless to say, with the cold months ahead, this will be perfect for helping to battle the elements and the damage they do to my skin.
As for coverage, it is surprisingly good at evening out skin tone and disguising any redness, open pores or small blemishes. It also leaves my skin looking extremely fresh and it almost looks like I'm not wearing much or any makeup when I wear this.
To read a more in depth review of Complexion Rescue see my post here.

bareMinerals bareSkin: Another bareMinerals foundation, but they are the brand for bases, right?! I was actually talked into trying this foundation when speaking to an MUA about my dry skin issues and bought it straight away after one little swatch. It's a mineral foundation and skincare serum in one, so it looks after your skin while you're wearing it and is completely different to anything I've used before. It's a really runny liquid consistency that has to be shaken up before use, and a tiny drop covers the whole face. This leaves my skin looking bright and truly flawless with it's really buildable coverage and amazingly this is available in 20 shades, so there should be one to suit everyone!
I wear this alone and paired with my Complexion Rescue as a top up if my skin has broken out at all. 

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Oil Free: The newest addition to my foundation stash, this is the thickest consistency of them all, with the highest coverage. It's really long wearing on the skin, doesn't feel heavy when applied and although it's not quite as easily bendable as the Skin Base, this has a very similar finish on the skin once it's been buffed in... it's really natural looking and any blemishes are easily hidden. I was quite surprised that this being oil free actually suits my skin type (I do always wear some kind of primer) however this doesn't sit on any dry patches and feels fairly creamy and moisturising.
It gives a very smooth finish and although it claims to give a 'natural matte' look to the skin, I find that if I mix this with a little bit of my illuminating primer or apply that to the skin first, I can achieve a bit of a glow to the skin for a fresher end look for day to day wear. It is sold as 'photo edition foundation' which is where the semi matte finish comes in handy... there's no shine or flashback with this, so for photoshoots and the like, this is the one to reach for.

If you would like me to write full reviews on any of these products with photos of them on the skin, please leave a comment and let me know (the Complexion Rescue blog post is linked above).
Let me know your foundation favourites too!
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