Fall Holy Grail Foundations (Primers & Powders too!)


Fall is almost here and it is time to update the foundation stash with more moisturising products. Additionally, with the Autumn- Winter trend being big on demi-matte to luminous skin, my holy-grail foundations will help you decide, what is really worth the buy.

I have tried and tested these products for at least 6 months to give a comprehensive review. Let’s dive into it – foundation by foundation.

Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser 

Coverage – Light

Finish – Luminous

Texture – Cream (loose)

Best Application – by the warmth of your fingers

This is such a lightweight tinted foundation that is perfect for winter (and for dry skin). For me, it personally only works this time of the year, when my skin has transitioned from oily to normal skin type. Definitely a luxury product worth every bit. Does what it says.

Available at Bloomindales, The Dubai Mall

Guerlain Parure De Lumeire Foundation

Coverage – Medium – Full

Finish – Demi-Matte

Texture – Cream (thick)

Best Application – Beauty Blender or Buffing brush

Absolutely love this one, when I am looking for a ‘finished’ finish. It has a cream texture that instantly brightens the face. Best applied with a damp beauty blender for a more subtle finish or a buffing brush for an airbrushed look. Because of the texture, it can work as a concealer as well for some people who have clear skin and no dark spots.

Available at Sephora all across UAE



Daniel Sandler Invisible Radiance Foundation 

Coverage – Light – Medium

Finish – Glowing

Texture – Cream (thick)

Best Application – Finger or Foundation Brush

A product worth every penny. This has a sheer-glow that is so beautiful for evening wear. This is intensely moisturising for the skin, so if you have oily skin, always powder the T-zone. I prefer using this with my hands, as it goes on exactly how I want it. But to build the coverage, use a foundation brush to blend on the face.

Available at asos.com 

Clinique Even Better Foundation 

Coverage – Light – Medium

Finish – Natural

Texture – Cream (light)

Best Application – Stippling brush

I heard so many good reviews about this one, so had to experience it for myself. Amazing product, lightweight and provides a healthy finish to the skin, that is neither too shiny, nor too matte. Use a stippling brush to enhance the coverage it has to offer.

Available at Debenhams

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

Coverage – Medium

Finish – Semi-Matte

Texture – Cream (light)

Best Application – Stippling brush, Beauty Blender & Foundation Brush

This was a summer purchase for me and for now the colour is too dark for me. However, it is still a great foundation for coverage, affordability and finish. It is also a very versatile base – try it with stippling brush to maximise coverage, beauty blender to sheer the formula or a foundation brush to give a natural look.

Available at Boots Pharmacy



Primers & Powders

Just a quick lowdown of these products (I will do an elaborate review on each one of them if you like). My current two favourite primers are Hello, Flawless by benefit and Laura Mercier Primer Radiance. Both of these are very different in functionality. Benefit’s Hello Flawless is matte, long lasting and colourless in application. Laura Mercier’s Primer Radiance is glowing and lightly tinted in application.

Pro Tip – Do not use the radiance primer and a illuminating foundation at once, if you have oily skin!  

Obsessing over the Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Powder. It is colourless, not powdery and very natural on the skin. It is amazing if you have oily skin with dry patches (I do!). A good drugstore alternative is Rimmel Stay Matte powder. It is light, no-fuss and get’s the job done!


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