Favorite Liquid Foundations

I will never forget my first experience at the Clinique makeup counter with mom, which is where she took me to pick out and get color matched for my first liquid foundation. I believe I was in junior high and suffering from sensitive, acne-covered skin. Once the makeup artist applied the foundation and concealer to my skin, I was hooked. How could a tinted liquid make my skin look so flawless?

I’ve come a long way since my Clinique foundation days – I still love the brand, but they discontinued my favorite liquid foundation a long time ago – and I have experimented with several different brands of liquid foundation, both drugstore and high-end.

These foundations, without fail, have been my holy grail go-to liquid foundations throughout the past couple years. They provide a healthy range in coverage from sheer to full, and most importantly for me, they don’t irritate or dry out my skin.

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua – The hype around this foundation is certainly well-credited. It offers a sheer-to-light coverage, and it really looks like your skin, but better, when applied.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light – If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know this is my favorite liquid foundation of them all. It provides a solid medium coverage, but you can build it up to a more full coverage if applied correctly. I used this on my wedding day, and it lasted from morning to night with almost no touch-ups. This stuff is the real deal.

CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 – This is the newest foundation to my collection during the past year, but it ranks in power with some of it’s more expensive counterparts. When my skin is especially red or broken out, I turn to this full-coverage foundation since I don’t have to use a concealer on top of it. It lasts all day and blends beautifully when used with a damp makeup sponge or the Beauty Blender.

What is your go-to liquid foundation?

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  1. 5.29.14

    The DWL is my holy grail of liquid foundations – you should try it out!

  2. 5.29.14

    The Nars tinted moisturizer is so great! I've tried a sample of it before.

  3. 5.29.14

    I used to wear Revlon Colorstay religiously, but then it randomly started breaking me out! I don't know if they changed the formula or what.

  4. 5.29.14

    I've always wanted to try the UD foundation!

  5. 5.29.14

    The CoverGirl one is so impressive for a drugstore foundation! And, it has a pump – always a plus.

  6. 5.29.14

    Girl, you NEED to try the Tarte powder foundation. It seriously is the best! That's what inspired me to do this post – I felt like my liquid foundations needed a little love. πŸ™‚

  7. 5.29.14

    Do a review on it if you do give it a shot! I've heard mixed reviews.

  8. 5.29.14

    I really think you'd like the EL one … it's the best!

  9. 5.29.14

    I've heard good things about the YSL!

  10. 5.29.14
    Nadia said:

    I like the sound of the Double Wear Light – I've always hear great things about the original formula but I thought it might be too heavy for my particular taste. I love the Stay Fabulous too – I'm wearing it right now!

  11. 5.28.14
    emi said:

    good to know! i am always on the hunt for makeup tips, since i am so basic with mine haha. i don't always wear foundation but i do love nars tinted moisturizer kind of as an all-in-one cover-up and moisturizer! xoxo

  12. 5.28.14
    Britt @Perpetually Daydreaming said:

    I've been using Revlon Colorstay foundation which I really like, but it's feeling too heavy for summer! I'm on the hunt for something for warmer weather.

  13. 5.28.14

    Right now I'm loving Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition, but I so want to try the new Bare Minerals liquid foundation.

  14. 5.28.14
    Mia- MakeMeUpMia said:

    The Covergirl 3in1 is my fave too! I have really been wanting to try both of the other ones πŸ™‚

  15. 5.28.14
    carly said:

    I've been tempted to try the Double Wear Light– it always sounds like such a gorgeous product and I usually need more of a medium/buildable coverage. I actually think I might try the powder tarte foundation! I thought I was sold on the liquid version but now I'm changing my mind!

  16. 5.28.14
    Pamela said:

    That Este Lauder foundation used to be my absolute favorite! I haven't used a liquid foundation in years but I'm thinking about giving the new Bare Minerals liquid foundation a try though!

    <3, Pamela

  17. 5.28.14
    Biana Perez said:

    I'm actually on the hunt for a new liquid foundation and of course have heard great thinks about Girogio Armani's…the price is the only blah thing about it!! I like your review of the Estee Lauder one – I like that you can build more coverage!!


  18. 5.28.14
    Abby said:

    I swear by the YSL foundation but all of these sound great too!


  19. 5.28.14
    Becky M said:

    So glad you reviewed these! It was helpful!