Maybe it’s that I’m an obsessive skincare lover, or maybe I’ve gotten older and just don’t worry about the same things anymore but I am definitely not enjoying full coverage foundations nearly as much. Instead, I find myself reaching for Sheer & Glowing Bases 90% of the time because I really just enjoy my skin looking like skin. I’ve got three in my makeup drawer on rotation at the moment, they’re all clean and they’re all lovely…
RMS ‘Un’ Cover Up | shade 11
Marketed as a concealer designed to leave skin looking like skin, the ‘un’ cover up concealer works well to conceal any minor blemishes but I find it works really well all over the skin. It’s super concentrated, so a few swipes buffed into the skin leaves skin looking exactly like skin but just a little bit brighter and more even. I’ve worn this a lot post-baby if I want to cover up redness in my skin but also only have 2 seconds to do it. I would say that it’s not a heavy duty concealer for masking those pesky once a month monster blemishes – it also has coconut oil in it, which those with blemish-prone skin might want to avoid. The brand has also recently launched a full-size foundation to match this concealer, which is launching in the UK soon. I am very tempted to try, obviously, and see how it compares to this!
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol(non-GMO), *Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499]
Ilia Sheer Vivid Tinted Moisturiser | shade T1
If you want skin to look a little bit more matte but still very much on the low-key side of things, then this option from Ilia is perfect. The slightly matte finish means it has really good longevity and it doesn’t leave your skin looking too shiny or shimmery but it still helps to hydrate the skin. It contains aloe vera to help with said hydration as well as rosemary to protect the skin against pollutants. Texture wise, it’s thick and creamy which means a little goes a long way – I find it works best when blended in with fingers, which also means it’s another speedy application. It’s definitely sheer, offering less coverage than the RMS.
Zinc Oxide 12%, Titanium Dioxide 2%, Water (aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract**, Glycerin, Caprylic Capric Triglyceride, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Olivate, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract**, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Methylcellulose, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Butyrospermun Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract**, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenethyl alcohol. May contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Iron Oxide (CI77491, CI77492, CI77499)
Tropic Beauty Booster Sheer Foundation | Porcelain
Offering sheer, buildable coverage, this option from Tropic gives skin a serious glow boost – it leaves the skin looking dewy and moisturised whilst still imparting a light veil of coverage. It’s really fluid in texture so that it blends over skin smoothly, making it a great option for anyone with dry or dehydrated skin. I wore this a lot throughout July & August as it was such an easy base to throw on (I always love a glowing base!) but it’s going to stay in rotation as it gets colder and I want skin to keep looking dewy. It also contains SPF35 to protect against UV rays and HEV light from phones & screens.
Organic Aloe Vera Juice, Titanium Dioxide, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Coconut Derived Emollients, Plant Glycerin, Plant Esters and Emulsifiers, Probiotic, Jojoba Seed Oil, Olive Squalane, Safflower Seed Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Resveratrol Ferment, Vitamin E, Alumina, Coconut Emollient, Sunflower Seed Oil, Mineral Thickener, Rosemary Extract, Aztec Marigold Flower Extract, Plant Phytic and Stearic Acid, Plant Derived Emulsifiers, Rapeseed Oil, Essential Oils of Rose Geranium, Sweet Orange, Frankincense and Lavender, Plant Derived Preservatives, Maize Derived Polyhydroxy Acid, Sugar Beet Lactic Acid, Colourants from Mineral Oxides