Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Foundation Shade Guide

As most of you know I am from a small town in Ireland which does not have a department store so I have to rely heavily on purchasing products online. This can be a nightmare when purchasing foundations. For this reason I decided to compile a list of what shades I am in each foundation so hopefully you guys will be able to use it as a reference if you are in the same predicament as me. Or even if you are looking in the drugstore and find it a little daunting as to which shade is closest to your skin tone this may help as a starting point. 

Mac Face and Body N3  
Mac Hyper Real NW20 
Chanel Vitalumiere 40 Beige (This is too dark I need one shade lighter) 
Nars Sheer Glow Santa Fe Medium 2 
YSL Teint Resist Shade 5

Estee Lauder Double Wear Desert Beige 12
Revlon Photoready 004 Nude  
Revlon ColorStay 180 Sand Beige  
Rimmel Wake Me Up True Ivory 
Bourjois Healthy Mix 52 Vanilla

Some other foundations which I have used in the past 

Mac Studio Sculpt NW20
Mac Studio Fix NW20
Mac Moistureblend NW20 (I find this shade in this foundation too light)
Mac Studio Tech NW20
Mac Mineralize Loose Foundation Medium 
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua B30 Beige Sable
Clinique Super Balanced 07 Neutral
Shiseido Cream I 40
Max Factor Miracle Touch Warm Almond 45
No7 Stay Perfect Compact Foundation 20 Blonde

If you would like to or have previously done a similar post please link it below so we can have references for all skin tones as you can see I am pretty pale. Also feel free to leave some of your favourite foundations and shade references in the comments. I will endeavor to include all the relevant links in this blog post. If you would like me to review any of the above foundations just leave me a comment. 



  1. this is a really nice post! im the same shade in rimmels wake me up :)

  2. Thank you xxx I think at lot of people are the same shade in Rimmel as every time I look for True Ivory it is sold out! xxx

  3. This is such a great and helpful post :D
    Gemma xx

  4. Great post! Such a good idea :) xx
    Come and check out my MUA Undressed Palette Giveaway!
    Beauty by Emma

  5. Would love to see some swatches, great post!

    1. That is a great idea! I never thought of doing that! xxx Thank you xxx Any swatch in particular you would like to see? xxx

  6. I'm the same. It's a freakin nightmare, I always try and buy the 2nd fairest shade in a range and hope for the best x

  7. brilliant post!
    found your blog through bbu blog hop :)
    lauren xx

  8. This is such a helpful post, great tips! Thanks so much for sharing and I am a new follower from the GFC Hop over at The Life of the Not So Ordinary Wife!
    Hope you have a great weekend!

  9. I am dying to try face and body! Is it really watery though?x found&followed your blog through the blog hop x

    1. It is a little watery in comparison to what I usually use (I love gel feeling foundations) but you get use to it and it means it is buildable which is nice xxx And you get loads of product which lasts for ages! xxx Thank you for your comment xxx

  10. Lovely foundations, I really want at least 3 of those and I'd love to try a MAC foundation, I just cant decide which one!
    What would you recommend for me? I'm very pale and would love a good coverage, long-lasting foundation...

    1. Hiya Emily, Thank you for your lovely comments xxx What skin type are you? As that will make the difference on what foundation you choose. If you go the any of the Mac counters the girls will help you out and colour match you. Also don't be afraid to ask for a sample to try it out they arent cheap so you want to make sure you love it. Personally I love Mac Studio Sculpt as it has a gel consistency and good coverage. A lot of girls love Mac Studio Fix for heavy coverage. I found I got breakouts with that one but I returned it to Mac and they let me swap it for another foundation xxx Let me know how you get on xxx Love Aveen

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  12. I cannot tell you how helpful your post is for me! :) I have the same problem like you - shopping online. And it's really hard to choose the foundation. I want to buy Nars Sheer Glow and I wasn't sure about the colour. But I see that we have very similar foundations in the same colours, so it really helped me! Thank you!!! :) Do you like Nars Sheer Glow? Is it similar to any other foundation for you? :)

  13. Wonderful post lovely. Im currently liking Rimmel Wake Me Up, MAC Face & Body, Nars Sheer Glow and L'Oreal Lumi Foundation.
    Found your fabulous blog from Wednesdays Link up xx

  14. This is an awesome post!! So informative! I'm currently loving the Revlon Whipped Foundation!!

    Thanks so much for linking up with 'The Wednesday Chronicles' we hope to see you back next week :)


  15. hi!

    I found your blog 3 minutes ago and I have a question
    like you, i am wearing the mac NW20 foundation but recently a chose nars santa fé, did you think it is to peach ? did you have a powder ?

    Thanks for your answer

    1. Hiya Noona, Thank you for your comment xxx No I don't find it peachy at all. Actually out of all these foundations people always comment on how great my skin looks when I am wearing Nars Sheer Glow. It has a slight yellow tint to it rather than pinky xxx I don't use powder with it xxx Ill send you a picture of a swatch if you would like xxx


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