I Tried It: 7 Foundations That Withstand Holiday Heat
When you're out and about on an overseas summer holiday, it seems like no amount of sunscreen can protect your outer layer of skin from burning. And if you have to get a tube or a metro around to explore your destination? It's pretty much hell. Luckily, though, I've found a foundation that doesn't melt away along with my soul in the summer heat: Revlon ColourStay Foundation ($21).
I've written about this foundation so many times that I probably sound like a broken record at this point, but it's one of those products you shout about from the rooftops. For only $21 a bottle, I've found a foundation that makes my skin look flawless and seamlessly matches my complexion. But above all, it stays put like a champ in the heat. I don't even glisten when it's scorching hot out—it's pretty amazing. But because I've faithfully devoted myself to this foundation for years, I thought I'd take a week to test a variety of foundations and see how they hold up against a sweltering forecast (and my tried-and-true formula). See how they all fared below!
Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundation ($90)
On day one of my week-long quest for melt-proof foundation, I went big. Like $90-a-bottle big. I'd never tried Armani foundation before and was so excited to give it a go, albeit a bit nervous that I'd fall in love with it and consequently go broke from continuously buying it. And much to my wallet's dismay, I fell—hard. While I applied it, I found myself oohing and ahhing. The finish was insanely smooth, and even after a walk through the streets of New York at peak sun time, it didn't budge. Colour me impressed.
MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation ($49)
This was another foundation I'd heard so much about but never actually gave a try. Fans of the formula mentioned that it gives incredibly full coverage while holding on tight to your skin all day. Turns out these reviews couldn't have been more accurate. I found this foundation to be the thickest of the entire week's roster, so next time I would probably cut it with a little moisturiser to thin it out a bit—but I'm pretty sure it could withstand a hurricane if put to the test.
Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Foundation ($63)
Described as "exercise-resistant" and "sweat-proof," this absolutely had to be added to my list and, of course, tried out in a fitness class. The class held at my gym this day was Vinyasa yoga, but to be fair, the room was very warm, so I felt that I was giving it a good trial. After the class, I was slightly glistening, but in a radiant kind of way instead of an oil-slick situation. Two thumbs up for this formula.
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation ($54)
Day five was crazy hot. I even opted to take a lift to work this day because I knew I wouldn't be able to stand on the subway platform without passing out.
I really loved the way this foundation blended into my skin, but later in the day, I did notice a bit of slippage around my nose area. It's nothing a blotting sheet and a quick touch-up couldn't fix, though.
Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation ($40)
I thought this foundation would be appropriate on the evening of day six considering I was headed out for a girls' night. The bar was chock-full of people (as NYC bars are) and insanely hot. After some dancing and profuse sweating, however, I'm happy to report that I was only mildly shiny. There was definitely no streaking or smudging like I expected after such a damp evening (gross).
Revlon ColourStay Foundation ($21)
Okay, I had to add this one to the list and save it for last to compare to the week's foundations. This day, I went to the beach and decided to wear it there (sorry, dermatologists). After baking in the sun and going in the ocean, it was still on my face. I swear this stuff is magic. I was a bit oily (which I blame on my sunscreen), but I couldn't believe how much coverage I had after boogie-boarding. You win, Revlon.
What's your go-to summer holiday foundation? Tell us below!