Pale Foundations Rundown | Budget Buys

If you’ve caught our ‘Why do we wear make up‘ Tea & Chat video, you will know that I have a stupidly pale complexion. The sun is not my friend, never has been and the likelihood is it never will be, so I have learnt to embrace my pale skin for what it is. So bearing that in mind I bring you my top foundations for the paler skin tone and since I have many I like (and a few I love) I’m going to break it down into high end and budget buys. Here are my budget friendly buys:


3) No 7 by Boots Beautifully Matte Light Foundation* (£12.99)

This foundation is very light feeling, and as it’s oil free it doesn’t break down with the natural oils on my face as the day goes on. It’s got a good medium coverage, and SPF 15.

The colour matching service* available at some Boots counters deserves a mention here – I have tried a few shades of their foundations in the past without much luck, but the girl with the colour match device managed to sort me a match straight away!

2) E.L.F Tinted moisturiser spf 20 sunscreen (shade porcelain) (Amazon*, £8.99)

Another very light tinted moisturiser, its more a your skin but better coverage, in that it just evens the complexion and helps keep the redness at bay, I bought this from the states where they have E.L.F shops to try the colour, but it proves to be the perfect shade for my skin tone, great for no-makeup makeup days. E.L.F are available on Amazon* but they have recently entered Superdrug stores!

1) Revlon ColourStay foundation for combination/oily skin* (Shade:110 ivory) (£12.99)

This is a more full coverage option; it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin and covers blemishes and redness very well. It wears all day without sliding off your face (I do wear a powder with it and touch up through the day). I would recommend it as a good option if you feel you need a better coverage but don’t want to feel as though you’re wearing too much makeup.



Honorable mention: I also have got the Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless foundation from the US but the shades are a bit better in the states and I haven’t ever managed to find a match for me in the usual UK places, so it’s definitely something to pick up if you head out there!

Sidenote: concealer and powder – I do wear both pretty much daily, however I dont really have a budget concealer that I like enough to wear regularly (in fact I don’t think I have one at the moment) as it’s one thing I have really struggled to find on a budget (if you are a little less pale than me there are several great ones out there). I will mention the ones I use on my high end post. Powder; I tend to use either Rimmel Stay Matte, or L’Oréal Infallible for budget powders but its all about what works for you.

There you have it my top three budget foundations for pale skin! If you have any recommendations of things for me to try or review please let me and my pale face know and I will try to find them.


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