Foundation Favourites!

One thing I’ve found since going vegan is how hard it is to get recommendations on vegan makeup products! There are plenty of great blogs which do ‘vegan lists’ telling you which products from certain brands are vegan (these have been godsends for me recently! Try The Ethical Evolution or Alien on Toast), but I haven’t managed to find many which do product recommendations – so if I’ve already tried a product and loved it, I can find out whether or not it’s vegan, but when it comes to making a new purchase it sometimes feels like I’m blindly stumbling around the internet. It’s for this reason that I’ve decided to start a new vegan review series on my blog. I’m not claiming to be original or one-of-a-kind in any way, I’d just like to see much more of this online!

So, without further ado, here are my top five vegan foundations. They’re all drugstore brands, ranging from about £6 to £16.50 – so all relatively affordable (the more expensive ones I tend to save for special occasions).


Collection Lasting Perfection Foundation

This foundation is one that I haven’t seen many reviews for at all, so I thought it was worth a mention. The formula is really thick so it’s definitely not an everyday foundation, but the coverage is amazing! I’d always wear this over a primer because when I tried it without I felt as though my pores showed through in a cakey sort of fashion (definitely not what you want!), but when I tried it with a primer it gave amazing coverage which lasted and lasted, perfect for a heavy night! At £5.99 it’s also super affordable, but reiterate I wouldn’t wear it everyday. As pretty much everybody in the industry knows, in the same range comes the Lasting Perfection Concealer which is honestly amazing, and I couldn’t go without giving this a quick mention! I’ve heard the colour correcting versions of this are amazing, too, but I’ve yet to try them – if you have, let me know in the comments!

Awarded: Best foundation for a night out.

No.7 Airbrush Away Foundation

Now, this was the first vegan foundation that I bought. I was really uneducated in the world of vegan makeup and this was the only foundation I could find that was vegan for sure, so I just went ahead and bought it. The consistency of it is really odd; it’s super runny and almost powdery (sort of – that’s the only way I can describe it!). That being said, I really love it. Because of the strange texture it gives a smooth matt finish – I usually feel the need to apply powder over a liquid foundation, but this doesn’t call for it at all! It also feels super lightweight, and although it advertises medium coverage I’d say it’s more medium to full. It can easily outlast an eight hour shift on the bar (not many can), but at £16.50 it is the most pricey of them all.

Awarded: Best for a matt finish.




Gosh #FoundationDrops

I am obsessed with Gosh at the minute (you’ll already know this if you follow me on social media), and this is no exception. I think it might be my all-time favourite foundation. Yeah, it’s that good. Much like the Airbrush Away Foundation it’s incredibly lightweight, it glides on like silk and feels like wearing absolutely nothing. Again, it has a very runny texture so can be a little messy to apply, but once you get the hang of it it’s amazing. It also applies really thinly so I feel like a bottle can go a long way, which bodes well as it’s £12.99. I wouldn’t say that’s pricey, but for a foundation to wear absolutely every day it would stretch me! I must also put in a special mention to the Primer Plus Illuminating Skin Perfector, which takes the foundation incredibly well, smooths out your skin to perfection and lasts all day long.

Awarded: Best lightweight foundation.

Barry M Flawless Matte Finish

Until I decided to branch out and discover a whole range of foundations (I did a huge haul recently), this was my go-to foundation for every day wear. It strikes the perfect balance between even coverage, lightweightness (is that a word??) and staying power, all for just £5.99! It’s also oil-free and super hydrating, so I never feel guilty for putting this on my skin. Since I’ve started using a lot of different products, I’ve definitely noticed my skin get drier and I think not sticking to this every day is partly to blame! The only thing I really don’t like about it is the packaging – I’m not sure why, it just doesn’t feel very elegant to me. There’s also a concealer in this range which really is decent, it just doesn’t quite stand up to the Lasting Perfection.

Awarded: Best everyday foundation.

Seventeen Stay Time Foundation

This foundation advertises full-coverage, and it definitely delivers! Just like the Lasting Perfection foundation, it’s probably a little too heavy to wear on a day-to-day basis, but this feels lighter and will apply straight onto your skin without a primer. It advertises up to 25-hour wear, but I’d say this is a bit of an exaggeration; if I put it on at the start of a 14 hour shift it’ll be long gone by the time I finish, although 14 hours is a bloody long time and that’s not to say it isn’t a great foundation! I LOVE that it has SPF 25, but I was disappointed by the lack of range in shades it comes in.

Awarded: Best holiday foundation.


As I mentioned above, this post is the first in a series I’ll be doing on my blog. Follow me on Twitter, Instagram or Subscribe to my blog for future posts containing my top five vegan: lip products, eyeshadows, eyeliners, skincare & more; for now, let me know if you’ve tried any of the products I’ve mentioned and what you think!

K x

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  1. Madiha

    August 18, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Love it! I’ve recently gone cruelty free so I’m finding it hard to find foundations! I tried the kiko and loved it at first, but not as much anymore! Might try the gosh one since it’s cruelty free too!! Thanks for the recommendations!!!


      August 18, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      The Gosh one is my absolute fave! xx

  2. Girl Enters

    August 18, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Wow love your photos 😍 So professional 💞🙏🏼


      August 18, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      Thank you! I’ve been practising 😇😂

  3. Amy Taylor

    August 18, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Didn’t realise half these brand were vegan! That’s great! I’ll be investing in a few of these!


      August 18, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      Thats what I’m here for! ☺️☺️

  4. Jordan (@_DarlingJordan)

    August 18, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    I absolutely love the Seventeen foundation and the Collection concealer! I’m currently using the No7 Stay Perfect foundation but definitely want to try out the Airbrush Away version

    Darling Jordan x


      August 18, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      The airbrush away is lovely! Never tried the stay perfect though so I couldn’t compare! Xx

  5. Helena (@HelenaMulhearn)

    August 18, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    I didn’t even know there was a collection foundation to go with the oh so talked about concealer!


      August 18, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      Neither did I until I started researching it! It feels like a very similar formula x

  6. andthenzen

    August 18, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    I absolutely adore the Seventeen foundation! I definitely agree about the lack of shade range, but this works perfectly for me as I’m basically Casper the Ghost.. 😂


      August 18, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      Yeah, me too! It’s great for finding pale shades but there are so many other skin tones that are missing out which is a bit gutting :/

  7. carlamakemeup

    August 18, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    I’ve never heard of a few of these – might have to give them a try when mine runs out. Great post!

    Carla x


      August 18, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      Thank you! x

  8. Eva

    August 18, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    I haven’t actually tried any of these! Thanks for sharing! <3

  9. Roisin K

    August 18, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Nice post! I am currently trying to go cruelty free and it is a gradual thing. I love brands like NYX, Sleek and Kiko though I have a hard time trying to find a foundation that suits my ghostly complexion, I will definitely take your recommendations.


    August 18, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    The Seventeen Stay Time in particular is great for pale skin! There aren’t many darker shades though :/

  11. Pakiimudoll

    August 18, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    I have seen KathleenLights using the No.7 foundations, it seems nice almost everyone I see is talking about it now and the other foundations seem affordable and good,defo gotta check em out! great post! xx


      August 18, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      Oh, I hadn’t noticed that! Awesome, thank you 🙂 x

  12. Nini

    August 18, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    I love the Collection foundation! I think I’ll definitely try the Seventeen one, I’m not vegan, but I do try to only use cruelty free stuff, so I know your struggle. Have you tried any of the Makeup Academy or Makeup Revolution stuff?


      August 18, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      I don’t think I’ve even heard of either of those 🙈🙈 sorry! It doesn’t matter whether you’re vegan or not, cruelty-free is extremely important! Good on you! x

  13. ranteatsleeprepeat

    September 2, 2017 at 9:31 am

    I always used to wear that collection foundation! I remember wilkinson used to always have it on offer so I’d buy three or so at a time for like a tenner 😂😂

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