Day 1: Foundations for Ghosts (The Quest for Pale Foundation)

9:00 AM

Makeup has existed since even before the ancient Egyptians, blinded by harsh sunlight, decided it would be an excellent idea to rim their eyes in kohl. Not only did it coat their eyelashes, providing additional protection against the sun’s rays, but it looked pretty sexy, too. Thanks to their enduring artwork and iconic royals — hello, Cleo — we have the Egyptians to thank for many of the grooming habits we still use today. Henna, eyeliner, eyeshadow, lipstick, and essential oils were all tools of the trade, used by men and women alike. 

What they didn’t have, however, was foundation, but we have the ancient Greeks and Romans to thank for that. Using lead-based pigments to create a fair, unblemished canvas was all the rage. Unfortunately, that sometimes led to heavy metal toxicity and death, giving all new meaning to the phrase “you have to suffer for beauty.”

I’m not about to go smearing white lead all over my face, but seriously, what does a pale girl have to do to find the right foundation around here?!

I have an ultra-pale, ultra-oily complexion, so I not only have trouble finding something that matches my coloring, I also have issues with finding makeup that doesn’t slide right off my face. Saving that rant for another day, let the is-this-REALLY-the-lightest-shade-you-make?! bitching commence.
Exhibit A - Givenchy Eclat Matissime: What the bloody, buggering hell is this? It looks like I dripped a mango-banana smoothie on my arm. I don’t understand how this could possibly be considered a light shade let alone the lightest in the range. It can be sheered out with moisturizer, but then it loses its color payoff, so why bother?

Exhibit B - Skin 79 BB Cream: The swatch on my arm is roughly the color of J.Lo’s skin. While she isn’t what I would call dark, she’s definitely a medium, and yet this offering — from Korea, the so-called hub of beauty, no less! — would almost certainly look good on Jenny from the Block. The real problem here is that when you first apply it, it seems to match your skin perfectly. I made the mistake of slapping this on and walking away from the mirror before it oxidized only to see the horror that was my face ten minutes later in the car’s rear view mirror. Never again.

Exhibit C - Covergirl Outlast: This is the closest match, and by match, I mean “this is way too pink.” I can work with it if I blend it really, really well into my sunscreen. If it were just the slightest touch more neutral, it would have been perfect. Close, Covergirl, but not perfect.

Exhibit D - Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation: On the flip-side, the Hourglass foundation skews ever so slightly too yellow. I have attempted to mix it with the Covergirl foundation to create the perfect shade, but the two formulas don’t compliment each other at all even if the color is fairly spot-on. 

I have a few more foundations/BB creams/tubes of magical-perfecting-goodness-made-of-unicorn-tears tinted moisturizers left to try and review. Maybe, just maybe, one of them will actually work. 

But I'm not holding my breath.
(This is also the start of my attempt at Sarah Arrow's 30-day blogging challenge. Wish me luck!)

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4 comments

  1. I have this same problem! I currently mix 2 different foundations together to attempt a match. I'm going to bookmark and keep checking back!

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  2. It's so annoying! I've tested two more and have another couple to try, so I should hopefully find something that will work that I can share!

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  3. I don't often use make-up. But when I do, I follow Ash's advice. Stay made up, my friends.

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  4. Hahahahaha! I'm not sure makeup suits you, but sunscreen suits everyone!

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