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Top Three Drugstore Foundations 2017

5 January 2018 | No Comments

Hello Beauties,

It seriously has been a while since I last posted a makeup review. I have honestly been trying my best not to purchase too much as I have so much already and am trying to use it all. Today I bring you a post about my top 3 drugstore foundations of 2017. I played around with A LOT of foundations in 2017, and these three bad boys were the ones that I always went back to. Now there is one that make it to the very top of my list but you will have to watch my YouTube video (it’s coming real soon, i Promise) to find out which one it is. All three of these foundations are super affordable. I will give you a break down in price, why I love them and which skin type they will suit best. I am lucky enough to have a mostly normal skin type, it does get a little dry in winter but nothing to crazy, so all three of these work pretty well for me. Enough rambling, let’s get down to business

Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation

This Catrice foundation is the cheapest of the three, retailing at R145. Now that’s truly peanuts. The claim for the foundation is as follows:

“The HD Liquid Coverage Foundation offers a high but natural-looking coverage, while feeling extremely lightweight – just like a second skin. Whilst providing a smooth and even complexion, the ultra-liquid texture is extremely high performing and longlasting. It covers imperfections up to 24 Hours and mattifies the skin. The extremely high definition finish is sure to make the skin beautifully even and camera ready.”

The foundation comes in a lovely glass bottle with a dropper. I find that the dropper makes the application process quick and not messy. It was definitely the first foundation I ever used with a dropper and for some reason it got me excited (I know – that’s super weird). The foundation is  more on the watery side, but the consistency is still really good. I usually apply this foundation with a dampened beauty blender, I find that this works best. The coverage is on the medium side but is definitely buildable to a full coverage. One thing I adore about this product, even after I have built up a good full coverage look, the product feels super lightweight on my skin. The foundation has a soft matte, so if you have dry skin then I would steer clear. The foundation is perfect for anyone with oily skin. I don’t use a setting powder for the foundation as I feel it isn’t necessary. I usually get a good 6 hour wear out out of the foundation, weather dependant, which I think is absolutely fantastic for a drugstore brand. Catrice is a cruelty-free brand and the foundation is also vegan. The only down side to the Catrice foundations is that their are limited shades and only cater for lighter skin. Their are only four shades to choose from which I think is a wee bit redonkulous. Hopefully they will extend their color range so everyone can experience this fabulous foundation. Catrice is sold exclusively to Dischem in South Africa and can also be purchased on Take Alot.

Quick Break Down:

❀ Blends out well

❀ Perfect for Oily Skin

❀ Medium Coverage. Build-able to Full Coverage

❀ 6 Hour Wear

❀ Cruelty Free

❀ Only 4 Shades avaliable

L.A Girl Pro Coverage Illuminating Foundation

This foundation was raved about all over social media, so when it hit the shelves in South Africa, I pounced on it like a drag queen at a wig sale. The foundation retails for R175 and is exclusive to Dischem in South Africa. L.A Girl’s claim for the foundation is:

“PRO.coverage high-definition long wear illuminating liquid foundation is ideal for a flawless looking, full coverage finish. Lightweight formula is comfortable for all day wear. Paraben free formula with added anti-oxidants helps hydrate and improve the skin’s appearance. Now available to extend the color range even further, an innovative white foundation mixer to adjust and customize color.”

The foundations packing is a lot cheaper looking than the Catrice one and is a standard pump bottle. It reminds me a lot of the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation. The texture of the foundation is creamy and a little goes a long way, so be sure not to pump out too much. I use a dampened beauty blender to apply this foundation, however I have used a brush before as well and it works out just fine. The biggest reason I was excited about the foundation was because it claimed to be a full coverage foundation and boy… oh boy is this baby a FULL COVERAGE!!!! This bish covered EVERYTHING up. Best part… it’s no cakey at all! It feels so lightweight on your skin, can I get a hallelujah. So if you are a full coverage mama then this is definitely the foundation for you. Calling all dry skin babes out there, this one is for you – the finish of the foundation is very dewy. For some it might be a little too dewy, all you would have to do is set it with some translucent powder and you will be slaying the full coverage game. I love a dewy finish, I love it when my skin is glowing  so I don’t set the foundation as much. When I hit the 7 hour mark with the foundation, I do notice slight caking around my nose – however my nose is a problem area and is usually the first place to mess things up. I just make sure I have some powder on me to touch it up. The Pro Coverage Illuminating foundation comes in 16 shades and an added bonus L.A Girl has come out with a shade called White. The soul purpose of this product is too lighten foundations. So if you purchase a shade thats a little too dark for you, add a drop or two of the Illuminating foundation in White and viola, you have yourself a perfect match. I initially went for shade Natural but it was a shade too dark for me and so the white foundation mixer came in handy. BIG UPS to you L.A Girl, you got your girls back! L.A girl is also a cruelty free brand which makes my little Herbie heart so happy!

Quick Breakdown:

❀ Blends out Beautifully

❀ Perfect for Dry Skin

❀ Full Coverage

❀ 7 Hour Wear

❀ Cruelty Free

❀ 16 Shades available

Nyx Total Control Drop Foundation

Most of you will know that I am a total sucker when it comes to Nyx Cosmetics. The brand just does it for me. When their Total Drops Foundations hit the scene, you know Mama went crazy! I heard so many great things about the foundation and the beauty blogger in me just had to have it. The foundation retails for R220, making this the most expensive out of the three but still quite affordable in my eyes. Nyx claim for the foundation is as follows:

“Customise your coverage like a pro with our Total Control Drop Foundation! Now available in six more shades to accommodate an even wider range of skin tones, this fan-favourite foundation provides sheer-to-full coverage and a soft matte finish. Use the included glass dropper to fine-tune this velvety-matte formula to your heart’s desire. For beautiful application, prep your face with our new Total Control Drop Primer.”

The foundation comes in a cute glass bottle with a dropper for application. As mentioned earlier, I find the dropper to be great for application. The product is more on the watery side. The concept of the “Total Control” foundation, is that you have total control over the coverage. This is something I absolutely LOVE about this foundation. If I’m feeling for more of a sheer coverage I put one or two drops of foundation on my face but if I’m in the mood for a full coverage kind of look then the foundation is totally buildable without looking cakey. As this is a matte foundation, if you have dry skin then I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this to you, however if you REALLY want to try it out then I would recommend using a hydrating primer first. I don’t find the Total Control foundation as matte as the Catrice HD Liquid foundation. I find that the Total Control Drops foundation is the longest wearing out of the three. Going on 9 hours the foundation still looked fabulous. Nyx has come out with a massive shade range for you ladies – totalling 30 shades to choose room. Wish say what?! Yeah you heard me 30! Nyx also prides themselves on being a cruelty free brand. Nix Cosmetics is exclusively available to Clicks Pharmacies and as of 2017 have opened up two stand alone stores – one in Cape Town, Canal Walk and the other in Johannesburg, Sandton City.

Quick Breakdown:

❀ Blends out Really Well

❀ Perfect for Oily Skin

❀ Sheer to Full Coverage. Build-able Foundation

❀ 9 Hour Wear

❀ Cruelty Free

❀ 30 Shades Available

So those are my top three drugstore foundations for 2017. I hope this review helped some of you beauties out and that you go out and purchase these gorgeous affordable foundations. I would really love to hear your views on the foundations in the comments below – did you love any of them? Hate them?

I must say, drugstore brands REALLY impressed me in 2017. They are definitely giving high end brands a run for their money. I look forward to trying out new foundations in 2018 and will definitely be doing a lot more reviews.

I hope today is as flawless as your foundation!




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