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The Best Prestige Liquid Foundations of 2016: 165K Reviews
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The Best Prestige Liquid Foundations of 2016: 165K Reviews

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Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation
By Estée Lauder
4.6 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars76%
  • 4 Stars17%
  • 3 Stars5%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star1%
4.6 (5,913 reviews)
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My first luxury foundation and I will never go back. The versatility of this product still to this day amazes me; whether I want a dewy, natural look or a full, matte base I will never be let down by its coverage and finish. Over years of practice with this foundation, I have learnt that application is key, just because it is high-end, you can’t just slap it on and expect a miracle. From fingers, flat brushes, buffing brushes and a sponge, each application method provides a unique finish. First experimenting with my fingers, I quickly discovered this left a streaky, un flattering finish; disallowing the products full performance. I spontaneously bought the original Estée Lauder Foundation Brush, hoping it would provide a perfect finish. Unfortunately although a vast improvement, I still didn’t see the result I hoped for. Quickly following the beauty blender trend out of curiosity, I was amazed by the change in result! The damper the sponge, the more dewy and lightweight the foundation will become, however on days/evenings where I want a full, matte base I will go in with a slightly dryer beauty blender and slowly build up the product; giving me a flawless look that doesn’t budge for hours on end. I will stress this though, do not apply a lot of product, you will quickly regret applying a vast amount of product as it will lead to a cakey, streaky mess that is very hard to work with.
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Charlotte A. Charlotte A.
England
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MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Foundation
By MAKE UP FOR EVER
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars67%
  • 4 Stars21%
  • 3 Stars8%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star1%
4.5 (4,170 reviews)
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This is my holy grail foundation! I have a medium complexion with very yellow undertones. I sampled many shades of this foundation before I purchased the color Y375. I have ALWAYS had an issue finding a foundation that's the right shade for me and one that has a strong yellow undertone. I definitely recommend not only getting matched in Sephora for your shade but asking for a sample. Originally I was matched to a shade that seemed to match but throughout the day made my face very red looking (Y415). I ended up emailing Makeup Forever asking for a lighter more yellow shade and they recommended Y375 which was my perfect shade.

I love this foundation because the color matches me perfectly and it makes my skin look flawless on stage and off stage. I have very dry skin and this foundation has never clung to any dryness on my skin. It holds up fabously throughout winter and summer months when I'm sweating buckets or flaking. Another reason I love this foundation is because it looks great in photos and on stage! I do a lot of theatre and this foundation holds up during all my performances and stays on beautifully under the harsh stage lights. In my experiences it hasn't transferred onto any clothing items. I use this foundation with a beauty blender and it's definitely a buildable foundation. I definitely recommend this foundation and if you're unsure about buying it get a sample at a Sephora near you! Originally I was tied between this foundation and Born This Way but the Ultra Hd won my heart!
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Natasha S. Natasha S.
Schenectady, NY
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MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation
By MAC Cosmetics
4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars59%
  • 4 Stars24%
  • 3 Stars11%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star2%
4.4 (6,035 reviews)
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I'm one of those women that have exhausted the entire line of drugstore foundations, poured through the Walmart selection, and ended up seeing very little difference in any of the dozens I tried. Until Mac. I have found my holy grail, ladies!! I have dark spots on my face, rosy cheeks, freckles, weird bumps on my nose and forehead that I've never been able to identify... And when I put on the Studio Fix, it all faded to the background and I could actually focus on my better features for once! It doesn't smooth on as well as I would like, as it dries fairly quickly, so I use a good moisturizer right before I put on my primer, so it has a good base to cover. It matches my skin color perfectly and doesn't look too "done up" and mask-like as some foundations can.
Everyone is different, as is their skin, so not everyone might like this. I'm Caucasian with fair skin though I tan very dark (supposedly have Hispanic origins in me somewhere) with normal skin that's a tad bit oily in the morning on my nosenose, never really dry until winter. But I think this foundation could work for many different types of faces. It's worth a try, I promise. It changed my makeup routine. Everyone asked if I had botox or used some expensive serum on my face! ☺ It really is a fantastic foundation, and I'm certain if this isn't the one for you, another one in their line will definitely be. I'm won over.
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Kristin S. Kristin S.
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Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation
By Kat Von D
4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars61%
  • 4 Stars21%
  • 3 Stars11%
  • 2 Stars4%
  • 1 Star2%
4.4 (7,797 reviews)
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My sister bought me this foundation from Sephora for $35 as a gift and I was really, really excited to use it. My sister always has the nicest foundations and I've always had the $8 drugstore ones. When I first tried this, about a month ago, I didn't really notice a difference in how my skin looked compared to how it would look when I used my $8 foundation. I was disappointed. I apply foundation using a damp beauty blender, by the way. I thought I looked the same... But, after school started back up and I have been wearing it every day to college, I have actually noticed that my skin looks NICE for once in my life! I think I just sloppily applied it the first time, because now, my skin always looks so finished and, dare I even say air brushed!?! I'm someone with really pale skin. I also have dark purple under eye coloration, bright red/pink rosacea, and oily skin. The Kat Von D foundation works well with all of this. For me, it hasn't become cakey. My skin also ceases to look greasy. Once in a while, if it's hot or something, my skin will look a little shiny, but I think it actually works because of this new highlighter/illumination trend happening now :-). Overall, I really love this foundation, thanks to my sister. You get a lot for what you pay for, especially since you only need about one pump to cover your full face. (I love the pump, also, by the way, very convenient). It applies very easily with my beauty blender, and it looks nice!! When I wear it, I actually feel like I have CLEAR SKIN for once in my life! I'm so happy to have this foundation, try it out! I'm very pale and my shade is "Light 44 Cool".
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Sara R. Sara R.
Saylorsburg, PA
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Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup
By Urban Decay
4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars60%
  • 4 Stars25%
  • 3 Stars10%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star2%
4.4 (8,854 reviews)
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As a long time Urban Decay fan, I was so excited to try this foundation when it first launched. Upon reading about the foundation, I was initially impressed. Upon using the foundation, I was astounded. Being in the beauty community, I was able to try the Naked foundation about a month prior to its formal release. In that month, I found that my skin looked better than it had in a long time. The Urban Decay naked foundation is ideal for normal to oily skin types. As it dries to a demi-matte finish, it really has a wonderful lasting power on the skin. Another plus about the foundation is that it is a sheer light to medium full coverage. As a make up artist, I do not personally believe in full coverage foundations. I really try to steer people away from making that choice and opting for a buildable coverage. The Naked Skin foundation provides just that. Depending on the day or the occasion, you select how much of a coverage you want. While many foundations offer this, you might be asking yourself, "but why choose this foundation over another?" I have your answer! With the Urban Decay Naked Skin, you have the option to build your coverage, without building up the feeling on your skin. I know you all know what I'm talking about. How many times have you used a so called "buildable" foundation and ended up feeling like you have 900 pounds of makeup on your face? I know I have, and I can't stand that feeling. With this foundation, you don't run into that issue. Overall, this was my top foundation pick for 2012 and has continued to impress me in 2013.
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Victoria D. Victoria D.
andover , KS
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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
By Giorgio Armani
4.6 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars74%
  • 4 Stars18%
  • 3 Stars7%
  • 2 Stars1%
  • 1 Star0%
4.6 (687 reviews)
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Lightweight, luminous, and natural. I just finished a long search for my perfect foundations and this Luminous Silk Foundation is now a favorite. This is the foundation I wear that leaves people saying, "You're wearing makeup?!" The coverage is light (build-able to medium) and can be applied with fingers, brush, or sponge. If you've got pretty great skin but want to take it to a next-level silkiness and glow, then this is for you. My skin isn't like that, though! I have a lot of pigmentation (post-inflammation, sun damage, plus melasma), but I still like it because it gives me something between au naturel and full-on, I'm-definitely-wearing-foundation makeup (for that I rely on Makeup Forever's HD Invisible Cover foundation). You can still see my spots underneath, but they're lighter and I love the finish of this foundation: lightweight, luminous, and natural. And for my dry skin, this formula is nice---it stays, but it doesn't turn cakey or settle in weirdly.
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Chezka P. Chezka P.
Edmonton
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