The Marc Jacobs Base
Before you hop along for the review ride, I'd like to let you know that I have combination/oily skin and I welcome a fuller coverage satin/matte finish (as long as it doesn’t feel heavy).
The Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Foundation ticks all those boxes! It offers medium-to-full coverage and a natural matte finish that doesn’t require setting powder or extra concealer. You only need a small amount of product to offer great coverage. It comes with an interesting dispenser that allows you to dot the product on your face before blending it out - check out this makeup tutorial to see in action. I have shade #27 Bisque Neutral and it’s a great match for my NC25-ish skin. It has a satin/matte finish, it does not oxidize on me and it does not require powdering. Keep in mind, though, that it is winter and while my skin is still on the oily side, it's not as bad as in the middle of the summer sweats. Application-wise, I get the most coverage from it when I use a buffing brush to blend it in:
The Marc Jacobs foundation brush does a fantastic job at blending the product in, it's a sturdy and luxurious brush. Do you absolutely have to buy it? No. If you don’t want to splurge on a foundation brush, the Sigma F80 or Real Techniques Expert Face Brush are excellent budget options. The BeautyBlender sponge also works well with this product if you want to sheer out the coverage.
My favorite thing about the Re(marc)able foundation is the way it smoothes out the acne-scarred texture of my cheeks. It makes them look a lot less noticeable and it looks great all day… on most of my face. The one thing I don’t like? My skin eats up some of the foundation around my nose area after about 4 hours of wear. It's not something a midday touch-up can't fix but still... I don’t have this problem on any other area of my face with this foundation, and the sides my nose isn't oilier than the rest of my face. You can see the faded coverage around my nose/mouth at the midday mark in this photo:
Alas, I have to use a primer/powder on that particular area in order to get more lasting power. Speaking of primers, the primer marketed along with this foundation is the Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Primer. I find this primer incredibly light and very moisturizing. While it does not affect the longevity of foundation for me, but it does make application of matte/dry foundations easier because it allows for more slip. If you have skin on the dry side, you will love this primer. If you have skin on the oilier side – you can skip this as it will be too much for your skin.
Are you like me and prefer a fuller coverage face in the winter? What are some of your favorite full coverage foundations?
*These products were sent to me for editorial consideration. I only feature products I personally use and that I have thoroughly tested. All opinions are always 100% my own!