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.
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!