Foundation Shopping Realizations + 20 Days of Foundation Challenge (Week 2 Update)

I didn’t commit myself to a specific product in Week 2. I wanted to know which ones I would actually pick up.

But before I talk about them, I have good news, I think I already know the silly reason why I own too many face bases. I’m not sure if knowing would help curb my foundation appetite, but I have a feeling that it will.

I used to hate foundation. Every time I go to a makeup person to get caked up for an event, I always feel like erasing everything after checking the makeup in the mirror. My face would always end up looking  either too ashy, too dark, too light, too pink, too orange, too dry-looking, or too off.

It’s the same thing when I try to shop for foundation. Did they only recently started making Rae-shades? Looking back at those years, it seemed like I came from another galaxy and there was no other person on this planet with the same skin color as me. Then, I finally knew what my skin color was and how to google for foundation shades. One of the first foundations I bought was the Shiseido Sun Protection Stick followed by L’Oreal Lucent Magique and Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick (it all came tumbling down from there).

Who knew that there are foundations that would actually make me look like a better version of myself? I got so excited that I wanted to try everything — different textures, finishes, and coverage. It was like I was deprived of good foundation for so long and I am making up for lost time.

Realizing that I’m not a unique snowflake, and that there is no shortage of foundation brands carrying a shade that will match me (however few they are), helped me reach a zen state that’s something like: Chill, Rae, you will always find something when you need it and you don’t have to buy now.

Let’s move on to the foundations I used in Week 2.

20 Days of Foundation

Apparently, I don’t prefer layering wet products e.g. a liquid foundation over a cream-type sunblock.

Speaking of sunblock, I’m trying to use them up too, so Week 2 ended up being powder foundation week.

I always do any of the following, it seems:

  • Liquid Foundation with SPF (worn alone)
  • Sunblock + Powder Foundation
  • Tinted Sunblock (aka mixing sunblock and concealer or a full coverage foundation at the back of my hand, then slapping the goop on my face)

I have three zero-SPF non-powder foundations, which means I will have to do the Tinted Sunblock trick more often if I want to use them up. I’ll probably do that in Week 4. I already started this week with SPF foundations.



Categories: Makeup, Makeup - Face


  1. I really wish I will find my shade too! I don’t have that much of foundation din puro Bb Cream kasi before now onti onti ako g lumilipat sa foundie no idea pa lang talaga, pero I think warm tone ako? 😀 Hazelnutlatte from ellana matches me perfectly, try ko visit MAC next week try ko foundie nila sana di ako mag breakput like Victoria.


    • Hope you find your shade. I’ve always preferred tinted moisturizers and foundations over bb creams. I don’t quite get the latter. I prefer bases that match me perfectly.

      Ang lawak din ng spectrum ng warm. I’m yellow-olive but I don’t think I’m warm though. 😛


    • Holy grail of eyeliners. Clearly something is wrong when my first impluse is to go to the eye section of Landmark and swatch eyeliners on my arm. Now there are the colored pencils. Waah!


  2. So in short, natigang ka sa foundation, HAHAHA! Oh I was this way before. Very pa-demure effect and so hesitant of any makeup accessories. I felt like they were non-essentials and was so proud of using stock applicators or my hands. So the first time I got really into makeup, I splurged a month’s salary on MAC brushes. I now regret it because some of those brushes have better and/or cheaper dupes, but whatever. It made me really happy 😛 At least now I’m smarter about brushes, and I think you’re that way with foundation, too.


  3. I’m glad you found your “Rae shades.” I’m actually thankful that I have an equally kikay sister growing up and she explored the beauty of foundations before I could wear foundations (makeup wasn’t allowed in high school) so I already found shades that suit me when I began buying foundies. Anyway, I like liquid/cream sunscreen and liquid foundation. Hehe… I usually apply my moisturizer and sunscreen first then probably do something like eat breakfast and let the products set on my skin before I apply my foundation. 🙂


    • Waaah, that won’t work for me. Parang max na yung isang layer ng liquid stuff to make everything else hold up. Or pwedeng thin serum + something a little heavier. 😦


  4. I haaaate layering, too. This is why I ended up getting the NARS UVA/B primer instead of a TM muna until I see the shade I want in person. HAH. It’s so annoying to think about SPF in this heat T^T


  5. It’s great being able to get to a root cause of any issues. It’ll definitely help with control! I will need to do that with my issue with eyeshadow palettes. :/


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