I picked up the new Collection Lasting Perfection Weightless Foundation on a whim last time I visited Superdrug. I’ve nearly come to the end of my Wet ‘n’ Wild Photo Finish Foundation and was looking for something around the same price to replace it. My collection of high-end foundations do have a special place in my heart (especially my YSL All Hours, Lancôme Teint Idole and Huda Beauty Faux Filter), however, I don’t wear them on a daily basis. For everyday wear, I like something quick to apply, affordable and with medium coverage. When I saw that this foundation was on offer for only £3.99 I thought there was no harm in giving it a go, especially when I really enjoy the concealer.
As well as the foundation, I picked up the Primed & Ready Colour Fix Drops (£3.99/15ml) which come in Light Warm and Deep. Shade adjusting drops have become an important addition to my makeup arsenal in recent years due to poor shade ranges and even poorer judgement on my part. You just add a few drops to your foundation to personalise your shade. Some can alter the texture and performance of your foundation, however, my current favourite from The Body Shop (here) work well with most of the foundations in my collection, even the full coverage matte ones.
So let’s start with the shade range… it’s abysmal. There are currently 10 shades available and they look almost identical. I automatically threw the lightest shade (1 Cool Ivory) into my basket and I should have known better. At first, I thought it was a good match but it oxidises slightly which just tips me over the edge into Oompa Loompa territory. Good job I bought the Colour Fix Drops, right?
I like the simplicity of the packaging and how the tube allows you to squeeze out every last drop of foundation. There isn’t much information about the product on the tube at all. It emphasises how long lasting it is (16-hours apparently) and how lightweight it is, however, there’s no inclination about the finish or coverage which I find a bizarre. It just so happens that this foundation is very similar to Photo Finish. It has a runny consistency that blends out very easily and gives a natural-looking matte finish with medium coverage.
For under 4 quid, the coverage is seriously impressive. It’s buildable without looking over cakey and covers all the discolouration around my nose and the enlarged pores around my chin. It wears nicely throughout the day but tends to get a little shiny on my forehead and starts to break down around my nose after the 7-hour mark, which is normal for my skin and totally expected. It’s nothing a bit of powder can’t fix and, let’s be real, I wasn’t expecting miracles for £3.99. Despite its obvious flaws, I really like this foundation but only when used with the shade drops… which leaves a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth. It’s 2019, why launch a foundation range with such a poor shade range?2