Finding a good foundation can be a daunting task. How will it blend? Will it last all day? Will it give me the coverage I want?

The worst is spending all that money and sitting with a product that doesn’t make you happy.

To help you out I’ve tested five foundations for you, reviewing them on coverage, finish, blend-ability and how well each one lasted.

For consistency I blended all the foundations with a Beautyblender sponge, which worked well throughout. I also prepped my skin with the Dermalogica Hydrablur primer throughout to ensure the canvas was consistent.

Take a look:

Tried and Tested Foundations 9Lives 2

YSL Top Secrets All-In-One BB Cream with SPF25 in Medium

R700 for 40ml, YSL Boutique in Sandton City

YSL Top Secrets All-In-One BB Cream 9Lives

This was definitely one of my favourites. I have applied it using a sponge and with my fingertips, and in both cases it was very easy to get an even blend.

It provides light to medium coverage, blurring imperfections and giving my skin a soft, satin finish.

I thought the product lasted really well throughout the day. I only felt the need to apply a face powder at around 5pm that afternoon.

As a perk it also has an SPF25 that will give your skin added protection throughout the day.

Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation in Natural Bronze

R195,95 for 35ml, Clicks and

Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation in Natural Bronze 9Lives

I was really impressed with this foundation, especially considering the price. It was easy to blend using a sponge or my fingers, giving medium coverage and a beautiful satin to dewy finish.

I found it lasted well throughout the day with only a slight shine. I felt like applying powder by 3pm that day.

Overall it lasted well until evening with no slippage or movement, so overall I gave it a thumbs up.

Unfortunately they only offer four shades and the deepest will only suit darker olive skin tones.

Environ Even More Hydra+ Foundation 3

R440 for 30ml,

Environ Even More Hydra+ Foundation 9Lives (5) EDITED

This foundation promises to moisturise your skin while providing light, even coverage. I think it lives up to these promises. It was easy to blend, both with a sponge or my fingertips, and it made my skin look even and healthy after applying it.

As a bonus this foundation is packed with beneficial skincare ingredients like Ginko Biloba Leaf Extract, which has antioxidant and soothing properties, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) to defend and moisturise, and Panax Ginseng Root Extract to brighten your skin.

It is definitely better suited for a dry skin type though. It gives your skin a healthy, dewy finish if you apply it over a primer. I have also tried it without the primer and in that case I set it with powder straight after to mattify my T-zone.

Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Foundation with SPF30

R650 for 30ml, Elizabeth Arden counters

Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti Aging Foundation 9Lives

I wrote about this foundation in my January Beauty Favourites but I thought I would pop it in here too. This is a goodie if you need a product that will hydrate your skin.

It gives light to medium coverage, leaving it looking fresh and dewy. Take note that you’ll probably want a concealer to cover any dark pigmentation or spots.

The foundation has been formulated with Hydra-Pigments that help to create a shield that retains moisture while blurring imperfections. It also contains antioxidants including Idebenone, Ferulic Acid and Vitamin C that helps protect your skin against free radical damage and oxidative stress.

I found it lasted well throughout the day. During winter I had no issues with oiliness, and in summer I felt like applying powder around 1pm.

It’s available in 8 shades and will suit most light to medium skin tones.

Clinique superbalanced silk makeup SPF15 in silk vanilla

R435 for 30ml,

Clinique superbalanced silk makeup 9Lives

This product is marketed for dry combination to oily skin – which sounds a bit like everyone. I would say it is a good choice for someone with combination skin that isn’t too oily.

It gives medium coverage and it worked well to apply it with a blender sponge or your fingers. You can also use a dry blender sponge to remove any excess product.

I was very happy with the finish, which was silky and smooth and looked natural.

The foundation did become oily rather quickly though and I had to set it with powder twice that day. In that sense it falls short of its promises. I also didn’t like the bottle, which pours foundation instead of having a pump, making it a bit messy and difficult to control the amount of product.

I do like the fact that you have a large shade range, which means you can really get an exact match. I sat at a Clinique counter for about an hour working through various warm and cool undertones until I was perfectly happy.

Overall I think this is a nice product if you want medium coverage and have dry to combination skin.

I hope these reviews help you to find your perfect match. If you have any additional questions, or suggestions for upcoming articles, please pop them in the comments below. I would love to hear from you.


I am a lifestyle blogger from Cape Town trying to find the best ways to spend my time, take care of my body and express myself. I am slightly obsessed with fragrances, sneakers, Jamie Oliver and Masterchef Australia. Oh, and I probably drink way too much wine.

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