Foundation 101: Full Coverage

When it comes to foundation, I’m a “let’s try it all” kind of girl. There is no one size fits all foundation, so you’ll probably go through a few before you find just the right one.

When I’m looking for a full coverage foundation, my most coveted quality is coverage (duh!) that doesn’t look cakey or settle into lines and pores. That means the formula needs to have some form of moisturizing element to it, and probably shouldn’t have a matte finish.

Here are the full coverage foundations I have tried, along with a bit of overview. They are in order of best to worst (in my opinion only).


MAC Pro Longwear, $29.50

A good, long lasting foundation. Goes on evenly for a full coverage. Buildable. Can be applied with foundation brush or fingers. A little bit goes a long way. Colors oxidize a bit, so be sure to test the shade before you buy. Sets matte so I would not recommend for overly dry or mature skin.

Make Up For Ever HD, $40

Very similar to MAC Pro Longwear, this foundation is a full coverage, buildable formulation. Best for oily to normal skin types. Can be applied with fingers, but looks best blended in with a foundation brush. Sets matte.

Estee Lauder Double Wear, $34

Best applied with a foundation brush. A full coverage, buildable foundation. Suitable for normal to oily skin types. Tends to be a thicker formulation so be sure to blend well. Sets to a satin finish. Oily or combination skins will want to powder.

Revlon Colorstay, $12.99

A good drugstore alternative for those wanting a full coverage foundation. Is best applied with a foundation brush. Buildable coverage, sets to a satin finish. Doesn’t last as long on skin as MAC or MUFE. Suitable for all but very dry or mature skin types.

Chanel Mat Lumiere, $54

A VERY matte finish foundation (hence the name). Medium to full coverage. Not as blendable as Estee Lauder. More product is required to get an even coverage. Prone to clogging and thickening in the bottle. This foundation does oxidize on the skin so let it set before you buy. Not suitable for dry or mature skin types. Color range seems a bit limited.

Hope that helps you a bit on your quest for the perfect foundation! Up next I’ll give you the ins and outs of medium coverage foundations – Including my favorite foundation to date!

Have you found your Holy Grail Foundation? I’d love to hear (really, I don’t bite)!


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  2. Excellent article! Revlon Colorstay is my favorite drugstore foundation and with a good primer and a finishing powder it can stay on all day like MAC :) Another great full coverage foundation you should review is Maybelline Dream Mousse, it builds up for excellent coverage!

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