Something I really struggle to find is a good foundation. I'm really fair skinned, so a lot of 'paler' foundations still leave me with an orange and muddy complexion which isn't really the look I'm going for. So far, the only foundation I've repurchased numerous times and is pretty close to my skin colour is MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NW10. With it being over £20 and still not a perfect match, I'm always on the hunt for an alternative. On a trip to Boots with my sister earlier this week, we were browsing the Seventeen stand, and although Seventeen isn't a go-to makeup brand of mine, the products I have tried from them I've really liked. Boots are currently running an offer of "buy one get one half price" on all Seventeen items, and so I decided to pick up the Seventeen Stay Time Foundation in the shade Soft Ivory (which is the palest I think!) on a whim, after the swatches I took looked pretty promising.
I was a little wary to begin with as not only am I super pale, I also have dry skin, so some foundations can look really cakey in next to no time. My first impression of the foundation upon application was how easily it blended in to my skin. I used the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and found that it was really easy to pat the foundation into my skin, and then blend it out. I also found that there wasn't a huge different between the shade of foundation and the colour of my skin, so I didn't have to worry about any harsh lines which is always a bonus when I'm trying to get ready quickly in the morning. It's also pretty high coverage. Although the back of a hand isn't the best place to colour match, for the purpose of this post you can see in the swatches the coverage it provides and how when blended in, it just looks like my natural skin. The Stay Time Foundation also has an SPF of 25, which is always a plus.
After finishing my foundation and brushing my translucent powder over my face, I really liked how it looked. My skin appeared more even and dare I saw, flawless? I was actually really pleasantly suprised by this and was looking forward to seeing how it held up over the course of the day. The bottle states "25 hours wear", and while I've never needed to wear makeup for that long and don't know if I will ever need to, it was interesting to see how long it would actually last. I applied the foundation at around 8am this morning and I was so pleased to see that around 12 hours later, although not perfect, the foundation still looked pretty good! Like I said, I do have dry skin and so there was some caking in some areas on my face but not too noticeable and definitely not as bad as a lot of foundations I've used.
Overall I'm so happy I decided to pick this foundation up, and especially with it being under £7! I'll definitely be repurchasing this and will have to check out some more of Seventeen's makeup. What do you recommend?