Wednesday, April 15

- Ditching Foundation...

I thought I'd focus today's post on my love for lighter makeup bases. I've never really been one who wears a full coverage foundation daily (unless we count those dreaded days spent as a 15 year old experimenting with Maybelline's dream matte mousse, but I'd rather forget those). With us now well into Spring and with the emergence of Summer before we know it, most of us are now favouring lighter base products...because who enjoys a clammy cakey face where skin can't breathe? AMIRITE?

Applying makeup has become an automatic behaviour for a lot of us, and we each have our own little routines. Foundation is arguably at the forefront of this as it provides the base for following products and impacts the overall appearance of our skin. But do we really need it? In my opinion, a lot of us apply a heavy foundation when either a) it's not needed at all, or b) across the entire face rather than just, say, the T-zone area.

Recently, I've been having more no makeup days over rocking a full face of makeup, but when I do want a little something to perk my skin up, I've been reaching for CC creams. My two favourites have to be this Olay CC cream*, which will forever make me think of a Mr.Whippy ice cream, and the CC cream that's become hugely popular with beauty bloggers (and rightly so): the Bourjois Perfect 123 CC cream.

CC creams feel so light on the skin, blend beautifully and contain colour correcting properties whilst providing hydration at the same time. Alternatively, there's tinted moisturisers which I'm also a fan of. Don't forget that you can always make your own; mix a tiny blob of foundation together with your daily moisturiser to form a much lighter base!

To apply any base products, I dot some onto my face using clean hands and then dab it in using the Spectrum Flat Top brush. If you're yet to use a flat top brush like this then I thoroughly recommend you do: it's a serious game changer! I then swirl around the Real Techniques Buffing brush to ensure everything is blended in.

Ditching founation doesn't necessarily mean you also have to ditch concealer - just make sure it is blended in thoroughly. I've repurchased the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer for years now, but even though I'm still a big fan, the Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser may surpass it. In my opinion, the formula works a lot better for under the eyes as it's not as thick. At first, I thought the palest shade was too dark/orange for me, but once blended in with the Spectrum Concealer brush, I've found that the yellow-y tones disguise any under the eye discoloration perfectly. It's also effective for covering up spots, but if any major beasts do arise, then it's the Collection one I'd reach for.

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know what your holy grail base product is!


  1. I much prefer a lighter base too and really don't like the feel of a foundation on my face.. makes me feel somehow claustrophobic !!

    I havent tried it yet but being as its not a fortune to buy I really ought to try the Bourjois Perfect 123 CC cream as its been recommended to me on a couple of occasions now from other bloggers.. going to add it to my list again.. A useful article to save .. thanks

  2. I haven't tried any of these yet.. Great review ☺


  3. Totally agree with a lighter base for the hotter months - I always feel so gross if it's like 23 degrees out and I've got a full face of foundation! I'm a fan of tinted moisturisers/BB creams but I haven't given CC creams a go as of late so these are definitely some I wanna try out :)
    Zelda /// OhZelda xxx

  4. Oh my word, I need that Spectrum flat brush, it's GORGEOUS!
    I'm working on my skin at the moment, it needs some serious tlc before I can even consider ditching the foundation but that Olay CC cream looks very interesting. I'm a sucker for pretty products :)
    Gill xx EyelinerFlicks

  5. Great post! I haven't tried either of these yet but will pick them up. I hate the feeling of thick foundation or a lot of makeup on my face, so I don't wear foundation daily either. Have you tried the Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream? That's my current go to for everyday!
    Amy xx
    LipGlossRebel Blog

  6. I'd love to try out those CC creams, I'm getting to a point where I don't want to wear foundation especially with summer coming up! x

  7. Such a lovely post, I'm going on holiday in a few weeks time and hate wearing make up apart from in the evenings but even then I much prefer something lighter so that my skin can breathe. I might have to go out and purchase these.
    Gemma x

  8. Thanx for the review ama be sure to check it out.

  9. Definitely want to try out the Bourjois CC cream this Summer as I've heard nothing but amazing things about it x

    Jordan | Keep Dreaming ♥

  10. I've never used a CC cream I am so uneducated I swear! Xx
    Love Vicki | victoriajanex

  11. Great post, so timely for me because the last few months I have been wearing only a little bit of concealer during the day. Letting skin breathe alright!

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  12. You are so right, Karen! It's definitely so nice to let our skin breath once in a while! Haven't heard from this product before, but I might give it a try! xx

  13. I've never used anything like this before, I think I should do the same because I shouldn't always use my heavy foundation for everything even for days out. Great post!

    Anything & Everything | Bloglovin'

  14. I am definitely using cc creams and tinted moisturisers instead now and love using brushes as much as I am devoted to my little beauty blender, I always find bourjois doesn't go pale enough for me though as I used their healthy balance foundation before and it was the lightest colour but so dark :( Definitely will try the Olay one xxx

  15. I haven't heard of these before but I totally agree with you! Now that it's getting warmer it's better to have light coverage :)
    I'm so using that tip, mixing my foundation with moisturiser, thanks!

    Neeny x

  16. I'm one of those people that feels much better when I've got a nice layer of foundation or BB/CC cream on! I'm a huge fan of Bourjois' offering, just as much as I am a fan of their Healthy Mix Serum. I do like a lovely light coverage in the hotter months. Nothing worse than a thick foundation melting off your face haha! I really want to try the Maybelline concealer, I've heard so many good things about it! I keep forgetting to buy it though. But I might get it on payday as I'm suffering pretty dark circles atm!

    Amanda Jayne / beauty, style + everything else

  17. I'm reaching for lighter bases at the moment too :) I just use a good concealer. I agree the Maybelline one blends with light bases so easily! xx

    Magpie Jasmine | Zoeva Brush Set Giveaway

  18. I've been wearing lighter bases instead of full coverage foundation too. The Rimmel bb cream has been my favorite of the moment.
    xoxo Lauren | Will Sing For Makeup

  19. I literally have on my list of things to google/search youtube "look for foundation-less make up looks!" so you can imagine my relief when I found this post!!

    Will definitely be trying out the Bourjouis CC cream and the Maybelline concealer! And probably all the brushes you mentioned haha! Thanks for posting hun :)

    Gabby xo

    Blog - What She Buys / Instagram / Twitter

  20. I rarely wear foundation, I just use a colour correcting serum and a brightening primer and then I'll add some blushers and eye make up. I hate the cakey make up look!
    (Totes remember trying the maybelline matte mouse foundation - worst idea ever!)

  21. I have been using BB creams but never CC creams however, I am intrigued about the Olay one. It's not cheap though and I've read mixed reviews on it. :-/

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  22. I am also preferring a light base over heavy foundations these days, as I find that they can sit on top of the skin if they are really heavy. I didn't find the Bourjois version as amazing as very one else but I will have to give it another chance soon to see if I still feel the same x

    Beauty with charm

  23. I love the Bourjois CC Cream. So light, yet has a great coverage. One of my go to bases this time of the year. :) x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

  24. Usually I would always go for a tinted moisturiser or other light base for the spring/summer months but my skin is annoyingly rubbish lately which makes it a bit difficult! I know wearing a lot of foundation isn't great for your skin though so maybe I will try mixing it with moisturiser or just use a high coverage concealer like the Collection one :)

    Sabrina Jaine

  25. I rarely wear foundation and just go for concealer. I also use the Maybelline concealer :)

    Sarah |

  26. Such a good post, I'm really intrigued by the Olay moisturiser!

    Hollie //

  27. I'm usually a medium-full coverage girl but REALLY want to try that Bourjois CC Cream as I always love a lighter base in Summer :) glad you like it!

    Kat |

  28. Fab post, I've been trying to break away from foundation for a while, but quite often chicken out and end up coating my face in a thick layer of MAC studiofix, oops!
    I really want to try the Olay CC cream... I'm not sure if thats as it reminds me of an ice cream, or that it looks good - but I'll give it a go! :)

    Lyndsay | Fizzy Peaches

  29. I more than often have no makeup on, do I look better with makeup on probably but the hassle of applying it everyday and what it does to your skin is not great. A BB cream is a great alternative. I like the sound of the Olay cream especially if it is like Mr Whippy Lucy x

  30. Oooh, I'm intrigued to try the Bourjois CC cream. It sounds great! Light bases is great for those lazy days haha. :)
    Yours Truly, NY

  31. I'm really liking the Maybelline concealer and the Bourjois CC Cream - though I'm not keen on the smell of the latter! xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

  32. I honestly never really wear foundation anyway but have always been curious of CC creams! LOve your images
    Laura x

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