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A tried and tested shopping guide to the latest foundation launches


Update your base wardrobe (Picture: Getty/

It’s that time of year again when all the big beauty brands unveil new foundation products.

Usually from January to March, there are lots of new releases to get excited about.

While it’s ideal for those in the market for a new foundation, it can be hard to know which ones are worth your while.

We’ve been testing some of the most talked about foundations that have hit the shelves to help you figure it out.

From Charlotte Tilbury to The Body Shop, one is likely to suit your base product needs and tastes.

Here’s what you need to know…

Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Foundation


It’s in the name (Picture: Charlotte Tilbury)

Get it for £34 from Charlotte Tilbury.

One of the most popular products of the moment, this comes as a replacement to the brand’s now-discontinued Magic Foundation.

It’s slightly more glowy (though not tons more), has a little less coverage, and comes in more shades.

If you loved Magic Foundation, you’ll probably enjoy this one too – which feels updated and more ‘modern’ with a fresher-looking finish.

Nars Light Reflecting Foundation


Glow for oily skin (Picture: Nars)

Get it for £37.50 from Nars.

Similar to the brand’s bestselling Sheer Glow foundation, this amps up the coverage while giving a luminous base.

It seems particularly well-suited to those with oilier skin who enjoy shine, as it feels a tad drying – despite the glow on dehydrated skin.

Rare Beauty Liquid Touch Weightless Foundation


Looking ‘made up’ (Picture: SpaceNK)

Get it for £26 from SpaceNK.

Products targeted at ‘youthful’ skin tend to assume the shopper has oily skin, which is not always the case.

This falls into that camp – it’s been designed to work best on those without dry patches.

Dry skin will struggle to make this look natural as it clings to flakiness, even making dry spots appear that weren’t visible before.

The coverage is medium, with skin looking made up. It sits on top of skin too much (rather than sinking in) to look seamless.

The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation


Flawless skin (Picture: The Body Shop)

Get it for £18 from The Body Shop.

The 40 shade range comes in a mix of undertones to suit as many people as possible – and we found shades appeared darker on skin than they seem in the bottle.

It comes in a glass bottle with a spatula applicator for easy recycling, as pumps are ‘impossible’ here – according to the brand.

Germ-phobic users will hate the spatula, but time-savvy users will enjoy the quick dab-and-go nature of it.

Coverage is on the medium to full side, with flawless skin being the aim here.

It dries down fairly matte too, despite the luminous claims.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Sheer Long-Wear Foundation


A beachy tint (Picture: Boots)

Get it for £35 from Boots.

This has lots of negative reviews, but we think they’re a little unfair.

‘Sheer’ truly is the right word here, which is why so many are unhappy. Estee Lauder discontinued the ‘light’ version of their best-selling Double Wear Foundation.

Double Wear is known for its heavy cover and flawless look, and the light option suited those who wanted something a little more natural-looking.

The new sheer version takes this even further, with coverage being buildable though minimal. It’s more of a tint than a foundation.

Plenty tried this hoping for more cover, hence the disappointed reviews.

If you like sheer and luminous base makeup, this is one for you. Even better if you like no-fuss products too, as it’s best applied with fingers.

The long-wearing claim is also true – we got caught in heavy rain while testing this and skin still looked great once back inside.

Perhaps it would help if it was marketed as entirely separate to the Double Wear line, as they feel like completely separate products.

Lisa Eldridge Seamless Skin


A blurred skin effect (Picture: Lisa Eldridge)

Get it for £44 from Lisa Eldridge.

It’s the makeup artist’s first foundation, offering light to medium coverage in a demi-matte finish.

It looks fairly skin-like and was easy to apply and blend – owing to its creamy texture.

There are plenty of shades online and shoppers can even select testing cards before committing to a full bottle.

SUQQU The Liquid Foundation


For a controlled glow (Picture: SUQQU)

This product will launch in Harrods from March 3.

For a start, the shade range is rather limited. SUQQU never excel here, and while this is better than their previous offerings in the way of foundation, it’s still disappointing.

However, for the shades they do have, the undertones are varied.

If you can find a good match, this medium-level coverage foundation gives a true skin-like finish that’s neither too shiny nor too matte.

It wears well throughout the day too.

Sisley Phyto-Teint Nude Foundation


A thin fluid texture (Picture: John Lewis)

Get it for £68 from John Lewis.

Makeup artists are known for loving this product. Jo Baker, who does makeup for a range of celebrities, previously told this was a star product for her on shoots.

It gives minimal coverage, though is buildable, and is extremely lightweight and watery.

Again, the shade range isn’t amazing here.

However, keep in mind that given how thin and sheer this product is, one shade will work for more skin tones than a medium cover product would.

No7 Restore & Renew Serum Foundation


Back by demand (Picture: Boots)

Get it for £19.95 from Boots.

A buildable option for those looking for light cover for day-to-day.

The product is back by popular demand, but now with more sophisticated ingredients to help ageing skin.

The Ordinary Serum Foundation


A solid budget choice (Picture: Boots)

Get it for £5.70 from Boots.

Not a new product, but the budget skincare-first brand have now expanded the shade range available.

It’s lightweight, best applied with fingers – due to the runny texture – and sits in the middle of glowy and matte.

Skin looks polished, not masked.

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