Drugstore vs high end foundation

This post has been written by countless amounts of bloggers, but today I am going to give my reviews on drugstore vs high end foundation!


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High end: Nars Sheer Glow in Deauville (light 4)

I had visited the Nars counter in my local Selfridges store, eager to try this foundation after hearing so many good things. The lady at the counter matched my skin to the foundation, I bought it and that was it. I was matched to the shade “Deauville” which is described as “light with neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones”. I began using the foundation and instantly noticed that it was too light for my skin, and if I built it up then I would look extremely pale.

However, the actual foundation itself is absolutely wonderful. It is a lovely formula that is hydrating and long lasting. I found that the foundation didn’t cake or flake all day, which is obviously a big tick. My skin did glow and I had comments on how my skin looked really healthy. It also seemed that it had cleared up my skin, which I was delighted with. It is a medium coverage foundation which is buildable, so extremely suitable for everyday wear.

Retailing at £31, it would have been nice if the bottle came with a pump, as application can prove quite messy without one. I had purchased one from the Nars website for an additional £3, but the pump broke after just a few uses. But, this is the only downfall to this foundation!

I have only ever had one bottle of the foundation as the incorrect shade means I would have to go back to the counter and I haven’t got around to doing this, but I will probably purchase it again at some point in the future.

Rating: 8/10


Drugstore: Rimmel lasting finish 25 hour foundation in “Soft Beige”

I picked up this foundation after finishing my bottle of sheer glow as I wanted a cheap foundation that does the trick.

The lasting finish foundation comes in either medium or full coverage and I opted for the full coverage option. I decided to go for the shade soft beige and it matches my skin perfectly.

Application is simple and the foundation feels so lightweight you don’t feel like you’re wearing full coverage at all. It is easily blended into the skin with a finish similar to sheer glow. Just last week I was told I had “flawless” skin and was asked what foundation I use.

Obviously, it doesn’t last 25 hours but it does last a heck of a long time, with no need to reapply throughout the day/night.

At £7.99 a bottle from Boots, I am on my 4th bottle of the stuff! I absolutely love it and can’t see myself changing brands for a long time.

Rating: 10/10


Overall, both of these foundations are great. Using a drugstore foundation is ideal for everyday wear, and when going to an occasion, using a high end product is a good way to treat yourself.

I feel that the Rimmel foundation is an excellent dupe for Nars’ foundation and at the price it is, drugstore wins this round.




  1. 20th December 2015 / 3:21 pm

    I’ve never tried Rimmel’s foundation before! I am a huge fan of their Stay Matte powder, I will check it out next time I go to the drugstore 🙂 Loved your post!

    • 20th December 2015 / 3:37 pm

      It’s great! I love their powder too I go through it so fast haah. thank you!! 🙂

  2. 29th December 2015 / 7:44 am

    The rimmel one is definitely worth it, especially for every day I think 🙂

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