My favorite foundations for winter – Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday has rolled around again and I’m excited to be sharing my favorites for foundation. I have more than on my list but just as important as my favorites are my two tools of choice so that took two spots. I purposely left out CC Creams even though I will use them in the winter but I wanted to stick with foundations for a change.

These are in no particular order. These are all sitting on my vanity right now! I may not be neat but I’m happy!!
1.
BOBBI BROWN INTENSIVE SKIN SERUM FOUNDATION is pretty new to me and pretty impressive too. It has SPF 40 in it and is available in 18 shades plus it’s very forgiving. I’ve been wanting a serum foundation and the one I bought from Armani a few years ago never felt right. The makeup artist I went to loves this foundation and gave me a sample. That brought me back to buy it. It’s very lightweight and you wouldn’t expect it to hide imperfections but it does. It feels great on my skin too.
2.
TOO FACED BORN THIS WAY ABSOLUTE PERFECTION FOUNDATION just moved into my house last week. I keep reading about it and Sephora F&F finally put me over the edge. I’ve worn it twice which really isn’t enough to put it on a list but both times I was quite happy with the way it looked and lasted. This $38 foundation comes in 18 shades and is oil-free. I love that it has ingredients to help with hydration (coconut water and hyaluronic acid are two).
3.
IT COSMETICS O2 O2 ULTRA REPAIR LIQUID OXYGEN FOUNDATION ($38) was my foundation favorite of the year for 2014 and remains a favorite 11 months later. I’m a huge fan of IT Cosmetics but with all brands some products are better than others. This is a ‘better than others’ foundation. Fair matches me perfectly but it only is available in 5 shades which might be a problem for some. One of the biggest reasons to love IT is their anti-aging ingredients (Peptides, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Niacin, Hyaluronic Acid and Grape Seed Oil plus Vitamins A, C, & E). This is actually a serum foundation which I didn’t realize until I was typing this up!!
4.
SENNA LASTING ILLUSION FOUNDATION* has been one that I’ve counted on for an airbrushed finish for almost two years. This is a fuller coverage than most of the others I own and there are many days and occasions that I crave that coverage. It’s a matte satin that reflects light away from imperfections. Senna isn’t talked about enough but in my opinion people are missing out on this great Hollywood indie brand. ($48, 7 shades)
5.
MALLY BEAUTY EFFORTLESS AIRBRUSH PERFECT SKIN MOUSSE is another foundation that people need to know about. One of the problems with Mally Beauty is that it’s hard to find – all the great places that carry the line only carry parts of Mally. This is only sold at Mally’s website and it’s worth it to shop there. The coverage with this mousse is perfection. I need so little but I could build it up if necessary. Plus it comes with a fabulous foundation brush that feels wonderful and works like a dream ($45*).
6.
GIORGIO ARMANI LUMINOUS SILK FOUNDATION – there are no words for this foundation. I’ve gone through 3 bottles since I started using it and I’m sure to go through more. It’s available in 23 shades and it’s worth every penny of the $62 cost to me. It’s weightless and oil-free and the coverage is like silk.
7.
RIMMEL LONDON LASTING FINISH FOUNDATION is the opposite in cost from Armani and not similar to it in finish, but it’s the best drugstore foundation I’ve ever bought. The problem with drugstores is being unable to test colors but I got lucky with O91 Light Ivory. At first I noticed a perfumey fragrance but once applied I noticed it for about 15 seconds and never again. If you are looking for great coverage to last through the day and you have $6.99 laying around, this is what to spend it on.
8.
GERI G INNOCENT FOUNDATION isn’t known at all. I just reviewed it again along with their Transceutical Canvas so I hope that this comes more to the forefront. It’s a medium coverage that can be built up. On the days I’m looking a little worse for the wear, I turn to this to make my skin look its best. The downside is that it only comes in 4 shades and the swatches on the website aren’t really helpful. ($38)
9.
BEAUTY BLENDER SPONGE is amazing. Don’t accept imitations. I don’t care that it’s $20 while others are much less, this is the one that works. It now comes in many colors like the new royal purple. The black one is called the Pro one but I don’t think it’s any different than my pink ones. Trust me when I tell you that this could change your makeup application.
10.
ARTIS OVAL 10 ELITE BRUSH* has become holy grail to me. It changes your paradigm about what a foundation brush is and you won’t want to look back. The softness, the bristles (2500 of them!), the ergonomics, and the luxuriousness of this $72 brush make it worth the high cost. If was told I could just take a few items out of my house this would be high up on the list. It’s that precious. Review here.
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Which of these 10 products do you have or want? What’s your top 10? — Marcia


*denotes products sent for review consideration, some affilate links used

Let’s meet Geri G (and her Transceutical™ Canvas and Innocent Foundation)

Geri Giagnorio creator of Geri G Cosmetics

Geri Giagnorio creator of Geri G Cosmetics

This beautiful woman is named Geri Giagnorio and she’s a licensed aesthetician, make-up artist, product developer and Certified Nutritional Consultant and Coach. She’s also the persona behind Geri G Skincare and Cosmetics. She has developed a line of all natural skincare and cosmetics after spending her life learning about how to put your body into a healthier state, including through nutrition.

I was introduced to Geri G Cosmetics via Wantable. The Geri G Innocent Foundation was in my December 2014 box and it amazed me then and continues to do so to this day. It is so rare for a foundation to be a perfect match in a subscription box but the lightest shade is ideal for me. This comes in 4 shades (Light, Medium, Tan and Dark) ($38).

 

Geri G Innocent Foundation in the lightest shade

Geri G Innocent Foundation in Light

Geri G Innocent Foundation ranks right up there with my favorite foundations. While it’s considered to be a foundation that can be sheer or built up for moderate coverage, I find it to be a medium coverage on me. I didn’t use it as much this past summer as I used it in cooler weather but I did use it. This is a water based formula that has a matte finish that looks great on my normal to dry skin. It has some wonderful ingredients that help with moisturizing. It uses Squalen Oil from olives, green tea, and white tea. Plus it contains radiant pigments that help to conceal imperfections (of which I have many) and work to illuminate my complexion.

Geri G Innocent Foundation is my most used and loved product from all the ones in my many Wantable subscription boxes. Therefore when the company offered their Transceutical™ Canvas primer for me to test I knew instantly that I wanted to explore their line more and what a great start.

Geri G Transceutical Canvas and Innocent Foundation

Geri G Transceutical Canvas and Innocent Foundation

Geri G Transceutical Canvas and Innocent Foundation Light swatches

Geri G Transceutical Canvas and Innocent Foundation Light swatches

Transceutical™ Canvas contains a signature formula, Nanomarine-5®, that absorbs into the skin and offers a protective barrier between the skin’s surface and the cosmetics you apply. What makes this so interesting is that they recommend that you mix this primer in with your Innocent Foundation in a 1 to 2 ratio (1 pump Transceutical™ Canvas to 2 pumps Innocent Foundation). Not only that but it’s also recommended to be used alone as the final product in your skincare regime before you go to bed and the first product you apply in the morning. This is amazingly versatile.

Geri G Transceutical Canvas

Geri G Transceutical Canvas

I haven’t been using primers much lately as I’ve been much more concerned with serums to get added skincare but using Transceutical™ Canvas is the best of both worlds. This is an anti-aging product that helps with moisturizing and healing.

When I first received it I hadn’t looked at the website to see their recommendations for use so I started using it alone on my skin and then later applying my Geri G Innocent Foundation (I now mix it though). I continued testing Transceutical™ Canvas with half a dozen other foundations and CC Creams in order to see if these two needed to be used in conjunction with each other. What I found was that they are both great on their own as well as together. Transceutical™ Canvas is also a great base for powder foundations which to me is wonderful because I have several and never hit upon the right combination before.

Geri G Transceutical Canvas ingredients

Geri G Transceutical Canvas ingredients

Geri G calls this a moisturizer, primer and cosmetic transformer all in one. Along with Nanomarine-5® complex it is Aloe-Vera based and contains vitamins A, C, and E. So we’ve got anti-aging and protection in this great product. What started out, in my mind, as a test of a primer has instead turned into a product that does so much more. It even helps foundations become water resistant.

I’m glad that the Transceutical™ Canvas has given me a chance to learn more about this great line as well as helping to make the foundation an even better product than I thought it was. Have you heard of the Geri G line before? — Marcia

 

 *Transceutical™ Canvas sent for consideration

“NanoMarine-5®—The Nutrient-rich Ingredient-Exclusive to Geri G.®

Proprietary ingredient created by Geri G. Nanomarine-5® is nutrient dense formula exclusively created of sea and land based proteins vitamin, mineral, and omega that are cell permiable and easily absorbed into the skin, Nanomarine-5® ingredients are all-organic a from nature. Nanoamarine-5® is in every one of Geri G.® products. Nanomarine-5® strategically optimizes skin health via botanical hydrators, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and nutrients. The cells absorb nutrients better from Nanomarine-5® and can be absorbed without upsetting the PH balance of the skin.”