Everyone always talks about ‘glowing’. How to get a ‘glow’. Foundations that make you ‘glow’. Get ‘glowing’ skin.

But if I’m honest, as a girl with really oily skin, I can’t think of anything worse that having an intentional ‘glow’. Until now. When I swatched the KIKO Glowing Potion Perfecting Serum in the shop, it seemed different to any other ‘glowy’ primer/serum/base that I’d tried before. It offers a glow, without being too dewy or slick. It really dries down quickly without leaving any feeling of tackiness or slip.


I use it as a primer, on top of my skincare, but underneath my foundation, and I can honestly say I haven’t noticed any difference in the longevity of my matte complexion throughout the day. My skin stays matte with just a slight luminous sheen on my temples and on top of my cheekbones. I don’t tend to use it across my forehead or down my nose as I tend to get oily here pretty quickly anyway. It’s great for someone who might find certain matte foundations a bit too matte, it really does just lift the complexion.

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The packaging is cute, a slim frosted glass bottle with a really handy pump and rose gold lid – doesn’t that just sound dreamy? At £13.90 for 30ml of product I guess it’s not the cheapest, however it is a whole lot cheaper than some other products that I’ve tried and hated. Definitely a recommendation from me if you have skin that’s on the oilier side.


Having oily skin can be such a burden throughout the day. There are some days when I wish that I knew what it’s like to have NORMAL skin. If I’m honest, I don’t believe that ‘normal’ skin exists, but if it does and you have it, I hate you. Rather than curl up into a ball and rock back and forth forever and ever, I have been pro-active and found what I’m calling a ‘Power Quad’ (don’t shoot me for the slightly half-witted name) for keeping my foundation in tact for a long day.

I’m usually applying my makeup at around 6am, with a 3-hour commute to uni which includes a sweaty, sooty, smelly ride on the disgusting never-ending void that is the London underground, having a day at uni and then repeating the commute home again in the evening. Sometimes, this means I’m out of the house for a total of 14 hours, and my makeup has to last that length of time too. Most of the time I can’t be dealing with touch-ups, ain’t nobody got time for that.

So here is my Power Quad: Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector (fabulously snappy name there), Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation*, KIKO Soft Light Powder and Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray (mine is the travel-size version).

Primers have always been a love/hate thing for me, most of them don’t work on me, some are even a burden to wear as they don’t allow makeup to apply well over the top. The one that I’ve found that works the best is the Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Perfecting Primer. There are quite a few negative reviews online for this product (although mostly great ones) and I genuinely think that the negative reviews are down to those who don’t know how to apply it properly. I take a pea-sized amount in my hands and warm it up before applying it to my t-zone area. It allows makeup to easily smooth onto the skin and looks flawless. It’s expensive, but definitely worth it.


I wanted to do a mini-review of the newly re-packaged Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation in this post. With an expanded range of shades, I can finally find this in the right shade for me (Yay! I’m shade 05 Porcelain). I have to admit, I was excited to try this foundation as I’ve never used Vichy foundations before, however I’d heard great things and I love their skincare. The thing that impressed me most was the pigmentation and coverage, I hardly have to use any of this product to get a full-face-full-coverage look with it, great for helping the product to last. The shade match on me is ever so slightly too yellow, but once I’ve got the rest of my makeup on (bronzer, contour, blush etc.) it’s not noticeable. One thing I have noticed with it though, is that it really does make my skin look FLAWLESS. It’s not cakey in the slightest and the high coverage means you don’t need a concealer – I even tried this when I had a major acne breakout on my chin and the foundation did all the work in covering it. And as for the lasting power? It stayed looking fresh for around 8 whole hours which is a miracle for me. Overall, a really fab foundation – one that definitely rivals my favourite Estée Lauder Double Wear.

I always powder my face, no matter what makeup look I’m doing, where I’m going or the weather. I tend not to re-purchase the same powder over-and-over as there are so so many different ones out there to try, and if I’m honest I don’t believe that I’ll ever find a miracle powder. The one that I’m currently using (and really liking) though, is the KIKO Soft Light Powder. It’s nice and light (as the name would suggest, duh) and does a good job of keeping my face shine-free for a few hours.


If I want to give my face that extra chance of staying out for the day, I’ll use a setting spray. I’ve been using the Urban Decay De-Slick setting spray for a couple of months now and I’ve been really impressed with it. 

What are your favourite long-wearing products?

To see my favourite foundations for oily skin, click here.

*PR sample from Escentual.



Sometimes I feel like my skin is the bane of my life, I have very oily acne prone skin and at age 21, is so far showing no signs of calming down. I currently own 22 foundations, most of which are sitting in the bottom of a draw having only been used a few times, however there are a few that I do tend to return to again and again. I’m always eating new foundations as I’m always trying to find my perfect match in terms of colour, consistency, coverage, finish and longevity and whilst I’m still yet to find “the one”, there are some that I really really like. Below are my top five picks.


R1.C1 Rose Ivory
Match – I find this shade to be the perfect match for me, it’s quite pink in tone which is what I look for.
SPFPackaging says SPF 17, although I always wear factor 50 underneath all foundations.
Packaging – Glass bottle with a handy pump, easy to use and hygienic, however a bit annoying to travel with as it’s glass, quite weighty and the plastic cap comes off easily.
Application – Easy application, dries relatively fast, but is easily blended out, not too thick or cakey and has a build able coverage.
Coverage/Finish – I would say this is a medium but buildable coverage, definitely doesn’t look cakey and also doesn’t stick to any dry patches around any blemishes. It has a satin finish on me, however I do always powder that down as I know I will be oily as soon as I blink again.
Wear – This isn’t a particularly long wearing foundation on me, although I don’t tend to find that many are. This foundation does seem to look patchy at the end of the day, with oil break-through on my t-zone.
Overall rating – 3/5 I would say that this is my least favourite of my favourites. However, it is a lot cheaper than my other favourites (except Revlon Colorstay) and I do tend to reach for it often if I am in need of something that doesn’t need to be particularly long wearing.

Price £29.50
Shade – Intensity 0.5
Match – This shade is ever so slightly too yellow on me, it’s not really noticeable, especially once it’s been powdered and the rest of my face is done, however I do notice it to be a different shade to the normal Double Wear.
SPF – Contains SPF 10, so not much.
– Packaging for this product is great, easy to travel with as it’s so light, the squeeze tube allows for the product to be easily controlled so you don’t use more than you need. One downside is that you can’t see how much foundation you have left in the tube. Some sort of clear panel down the side of the tube would rectify this.
Application – This foundation is so easy to apply, the consistency is really nice, not too thick and not runny either. I find that it blends easily into my skin and doesn’t make dry patches or pores stand out. It doesn’t need too much buffing to blend, it’s quite a seamless application.
Coverage/Finish – Even though the name suggests this is perhaps a light coverage, it certainly isn’t, it’s simply just lighter than the original Double Wear. I would say this foundation is more on the matte side on it’s own, but doesn’t leave the skin looking cake or flat.
Wear – I find that this foundation wears really well on me throughout the day, it’s definitely less of an oily situation on my face than some of my other foundations. I don’t find this foundation to move around a lot on my face throughout the day and it stays pretty matte for many hours.
Overall rating – 5/5 This is possibly dare-I-say-perhaps-maybe my favourite foundation. Of course, I am always testing new ones out, and my skin goes through phases, however I find that I am never disappointed with the finish and wear of this one, even when my skin is going through a hard time. (My skin needs therapy, that’s all there is to it). Considering the price, this is certainly not a cheap product, however I would definitely purchase it again when mine runs out. I would like the product to contain a higher SPF, but that is the only downside I can think of.

Price – £30
Shade – 1C0 Shell
Match – This is a great match for my skin, due to the consistency of the makeup however, I do find I need to perk it up a bit with blush/bronzer.
SPF – Contains SPF 10.
Packaging – The packaging is the biggest let-down of this foundation, it comes in a glass bottle without a pump, so you just have to pour the product out onto your hand which I find to be annoying for a few reasons. Firstly it seems a bit unhygienic, secondly it’s really difficult to control how much product comes out, and thirdly it goes everywhere!!! The glass bottle isn’t the most travel-friendly in the first place, and with an open bottle it seems like a suitcase disaster waiting to happen. The only upside is that the bottle is very old-school glamour and looks great on my dressing table.
Application – This foundation is fairly easy to apply, doesn’t tend to go streaky or leave brush strokes on the face like some other heavier foundations. I do tend to use a buffing brush and a sponge with this, just to make sure the coverage is seamless.
Coverage/Finish – Despite popular belief, I don’t consider this foundation to be too heavy or even extremely full coverage. I do have acne prone skin and I do still use a concealer on top of particularly angry spots. Having said that, I can imagine that this foundation wouldn’t suit those with drier skin types and it probably would come off looking cakey. I really like the finish on this foundation, it’s not totally matte but I always powder and leave the house assured that my foundation will last.
Wear – This is a fantastic foundation wear-wise, I’m always going to have the type of skin that needs powdering and touching up throughout the day, no matter how many shine-free promising products I leave the house with that day. Double Wear however does seem to last all day. I do see oil breaking through by the end of the day if I haven’t touched up my makeup, however the foundation “stays in place”, as it says on the bottle, and doesn’t slide around everywhere.
Overall rating 5/5 I’ll give this one full marks like the other Estée Lauder foundation, I just find that my skin really reacts well to them. This product does have it’s downsides with the less practical packaging and ever-so-slightly more difficult application, however I think that the overall finish and wear on my skin overrides all that, this is definitely a fail-safe product for me and one that I will probably always repurchase.

– £28.50
Shade  01 Fair
Match – A surprisingly good match for my skin, when squeezed onto my hand it looks too dark and not the right tone, a bit too yellowy, however when buffed into the skin it seems to blend in really well.
SPF – Contains SPF 35 which I think is great!
Packaging – A light squeezy tube, great for travelling and really practical in terms of hygiene. Easy to control how much product comes out.
Application – Applying this foundation is really nice, it seems to blend really easily no matter what tools I use. The consistency is not too thick, but thick enough to allow for decent coverage.
Coverage/Finish – This foundation has good coverage, I still use a concealer on spots and any areas I’m feeling conscious about, but overall this gives me a nice, radiant complexion, without the caking or the product sticking to dry areas. The finish is pretty matte, and does last for quite a long time throughout the day.
Wear – This foundation is (surprisingly?) long-wearing for a considerably “light-weight” foundation that is not advertised as a full-on foundation, more as a BB-type product. I am wearing this foundation as I’m writing this post, and so far I’ve been wearing it for almost 8 hours and everything is still in place as it was first applied, with no touch ups so far. I do have oil breakthrough on my forehead, but comparing this to some of my other foundations, the longevity of this product gets a big thumbs up from me.
Overall rating 4/5 I really enjoy this foundation, I love the handy packaging, the amount of SPF claimed to be in this product, the application process is seamless and the finish and wear is great. The only downside to this product is the coverage, this is definitely not a product that will decently cover blemishes or imperfections, and for the price, I would like to not have to use a concealer with it as well but having said that, it does leave me with some sort of radiance that none of the others do.

 – £12.99
– 110 Ivory
Match – This is a great match for me, the best match I’ve found in any drugstore foundation.
SPF – Contains SPF 6, which is hardly anything, it would probably be better without.
Packaging – Very similar packaging to the Estée Lauder Double Wear, highly impractical with a glass bottle and open bottle lid, no pump. Kind of gross to deal with. Not a lover of this type of packaging at all!!
Application – The application process for this foundation, I find, to be really difficult. First of all, the packaging is impractical and hard to use with the open glass bottle, but the consistency of the foundation itself is really strange! Firstly it stinks. It smells horrible, really chemically, a bit like paint – the smell is bad, but it doesn’t necessarily put me off using it as I can’t smell it once it has settled on my skin. The consistency is hard to blend, it almost has a glue-like quality in that its really streaky when you try and blend it out, with a brush or fingers, I’ve found that the only way I can apply this properly with no streaking is if I first dot it around my face and blend it out slightly with a buffing brush, then blend it in properly with my fingers and a sponge. It takes a long time to blend it all in, not a foundation I would grab to use if I’m in a hurry.
Coverage/Finish – Coverage is good, it doesn’t seem to cover most blemishes and I don’t tend to use a concealer alongside this foundation. The finish is nice and matte, without being too flat.
Wear – Wear is great, lasts all day, just as well as Estée Lauder’s Double Wear and is quite hard to remove it all at the end of the day so suggests that it doesn’t really move throughout the day.
Overall rating – 3/5 As much as I really dislike the packaging and the application process, I really like how this foundation wears throughout the day, the shade is a perfect match for me and the price is great.

So that was my top five picks for foundation for oily skin, please let me know if there are others that I should try, like I said, I’m always on the hunt for the perfect foundation, when I feel like my foundation looks good, it can make a huge difference to my mood that day – I am forever grateful for those ever-rare good skin days!