Best of 2014 : Base Makeup


Hello ladies!

Continuing with the Best of 2014 series, I have my favorite Base Makeup products next! Leaving the Lips & Nails for the end because that is going to be one long list! I was pretty loyal to a couple of products in 2014 and if you are a regular reader of Corallista, you might already be familiar with some of them. Lets have a look –



Best of 2014 : Base Makeup
Best of 2014 : Base Makeup


Best of 2014 : Base Makeup
Best of 2014 : Base Makeup






1. Shiseido Sheer and Perfect Foundation

I actually finished up this foundation and that is really something because I tend to switch between foundations. I loved the sheer, watery light weight formula which actually evened out my skin exceptionally well (considering how thin it feels). The overall effect is clean and fresh looking skin which I love. Works great for all skin types, round the year!



Shiseido Sheer and Perfect Foundation
Shiseido Sheer and Perfect Foundation




2. Clinique SuperPrimer Universal

I’ve been serious about primers in 2014 and the second half of the year, I stuck to the Clinique Super Primer which is a do-it-all primer – it smoothens the skin, feels lightly moisturizing but gives a satiny finish and extends the wear of my foundation. I don’t think I have much left in the tube, I have used this quite religiously in the past few months!



Clinique Universal SuperPrimer Review
Clinique Universal SuperPrimer




3. Revlon Photoready Primer (Color Correction)

While the Clinique primer was my go-to pick for the colder months, the Revlon Photoready was my staple in the warmer months. The primer doesn’t offer much color correction but its great for oilier gals like me. It mattifies the skin and controls oil quite well while giving a smoother look to the skin. If oiliness and foundation breakdown troubles you, go for this one!



Revlon Photoready Color Correcting Primer
Revlon Photoready Color Correcting Primer




4. Kate BB Gel Cream

This was one of my best drugstore discoveries in 2014 and you might recall seeing this numerous times in monthy favorites and such. The gel formula feels quite easy to blend, it gives about medium coverage and a very natural looking finish. It stays quite well on my combination/oily skin as well. I haven’t used this much in recent months but I loved this during the spring/summer months!



KATE BB Gel Cream
KATE BB Gel Cream



5. Kate PowderLess Foundation

Another great base product from KATE! This is a matte, long wearing foundation that gives good coverage and stays very well without getting cakey or dry by the end of the day. I see myself going back to this in the summer.



6. MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder

The Select Sheer Pressed powder is an excellent setting/touch up powder that takes away shine without adding cakiness. Its silky and light weight and is excellent for setting liquid foundation or concealer. I also carry this in my handbag most times for touch ups if I’m out. I’ve hit pan on it – enough said!



MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder Review
MAC Select Sheer Pressed Powder




7. Chambor Light and Sheer Highlighter

My favorite liquid highlighter from 2014 – ideally should have gone in cheek products but I loved using this mixed with foundation hence I’ve added this in the Base products list. Love the blendable fluid texture and the gorgeous glow it gives. Its noticeable but not too heavy duty so you can easily use this in daily wear too for a touch of glow on the cheeks.



Chambor Light and Sheer Skin Highlighter Review
Chambor Light and Sheer Skin Highlighter




8. Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Concealer (Honey)

I love LOVE this concealer and it works great paired with the Shiseido foundation (or alone). Its got a very blendable liquid consistency which gives medium coverage and does a great job of concealing under eyes with a natural satin finish. It doesn’t cake up (a common problem with concealers), doesn’t get into lines and the staying power is excellent. I have run out unfortunately and I wanted to repurchase (very rare for me!) but the shade Honey was sold out when I wanted to buy it during my India trip πŸ™



Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Concealer
Lakme Absolute Face Stylist Concealer




9. Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer

Another concealer that I loved using was the highlighting one by Maybelline. I like the concept of highlighting concealers and this one actually gives decent coverage to mask under eye pigmentation. This works great for pictures for me personally because it adds a soft highlighted effect to the eye area which always photographs well. The only downside – doesn’t work for other parts of the face for me (like sides of the nose etc.) because the formula is a bit rich for my skin. Great for the under eyes though!



Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer Review
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer



Also read :

Best of 2014 : Blushes

Best of 2014 : Eye Makeup



[note color=”#FFE4C4″]And that rounds up the Best Base products of 2014! Stay tuned for the Lips and Nails post next. What were your favorite base makeup products in 2014? Let me know your picks in the comments below! [/note]




  1. Evn tho i m still in search of a perfect shade fr myslf, i agree to ur list….

    lakme face stylist is the winner in his list….
    n yes its only coz of you tht i m waiting to try sheisido sheer n perfect foundation !!

  2. Thanks for the amazing compilation of base products… Well in this year i have also tried sm base products… well i dnt have a huge stock but i have bought only after reading ur review… & m just loving them… so my favorites are Mac prep+prime, Mac Select Sheer (using 2nd pan nw) & Maybellline dream mousse liquid foundation…
    Failures were Inglot AMC foundation (wrong shade & makes my skin patchy & dry), Inglot pressed powder (makes skin dry), Oriflame everlasting foundaton (wrong shade & dryness issues)….

  3. well after reading this post.. i really want to try Shiseido foundation, Clinique superprimer universal, Kate products & Chambor highlighter…

  4. This is a great series!!! I recently started using L'Oréal superblendable concealer for my under eyes and it's just great. I really want to try the Chambor highlighter and MAC sheer pressed powder.

  5. Wow, I am dying to try the Shiseido foundation too! In terms of concealer, I would like to know if the Lakme one works for oily lids.

  6. You have such an amazing collection.. sadly I havent tried any of these πŸ™ ..

    The Shiseido foundation is drool worthy and so is the Kate products.. πŸ™‚

    But I have few question as I have dry skin
    Do you think Revlon Photoready foundation would work on dry skin? Also if MAC Select sheer powder is better or the MAC Mineralize skin finish for dry skin??

  7. Waiting for this post.. Can you please mention the shade you use for Shiseido Sheer and Perfect foundation.
    Thanks a lot in advance…

  8. Dear Ankita

    I love your blog and must say that u are the best in what u do πŸ™‚

    Could u tell me where I can get the kate BB gel cream in India and what shade have u used ?

  9. Hey ankita what a lovely real sister is getting married in may this year.. So I want you to suggest me a foundation which will photograph really well.. I have oily skin and my face starts to look dull after few hours.. So please can you suggest a foundation within 3000 rs (max) and I have fair to medium complexion and please suggest one which isnreally longwearing.. And sorry for such a long post.. I hope you understand how confused I am ;-):-D

  10. My fav foundations are always compact powder foundation!
    I love the Too faced amazing face powder compact ( I use honey beige) i am on my second one, it gives v natural finish and I bought MUFE profinish wet and dry foundation compact ( shade 125 pink beige) last dec and I love the way it goes on my face! I apply it with a wet sponge! It stays pretty good even without a primer for 5-6 hrs without making me oily! These two are my day to day foundations!

    Primer is bare minerals original formula. I have it for a year now and it's good but I don't wear a primer everyday!

  11. hii i would like to know the name of base foundations which you have used in your tutorial of aishwarya rai’s cannes look 2014.thanks

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