Concealer: I use the Laura Mercier concealer in the palest shade on just the inner corner of my eyes, on the little purple triangle-y things. This product lasts so long that I am still on my first pot, even though I bought this ages ago. So long ago that it must be time to replace it, but it still seems fine. And I only ever use a brush and I keep my brushes very clean, so..! Speaking of brushes, I prefer to use a lip brush for my concealer as I find the smaller, firmer but flexible bristles best for getting in there. I love this concealer, the coverage is good and it is nice and creamy and long wearing. I would buy it again and it gets 9.5/10 – almost perfect but I do wonder if dream concealer is out there somewhere. I also don't use this under my eyes as a more brightening concealer, and am still looking for a great product for that – I find this one doesn't blend perfectly on larger areas. Just got a new one yesterday so I will let you know how that goes!
Sunscreen: Olay SPF30, mostly in the sensitive version. I've been using this for years, and while smothering my face in sunscreen will never be a joyous thing, it doesn't irritate my skin and the moisturising effect is good enough, even on my dry skin. It also works well under my foundation, and after a few minutes I can use my liquid foundation over the top without it going scummy and gross. Which is a good thing. Also, this gives my skin a whitening/reflective effect in photos, which is fine if you want that, but be aware of it if you don't! This one gets 9/10 from me as, again, I still dream of the perfect product, but this is pretty close for me.
Foundation: Covergirl Trublend in 1 (405) I shook the bottle up halfway through taking these photos to make it easier to read the info on the bottle, but as you can see I am halfway through this one. I've been using this since late last summer/early Autumn this year, and it's the best I've found so far. I like that it is a drugstore product – always happier if a product is more affordable, obviously – and it is pretty good. It still, STILL is a tiny bit too dark, but overall the colour is pretty good, and the finish is really good. It lasts all day on me, even in warm weather, and only gets tired at the end of the day in the creases around my nose. It is my current everyday foundation but I am looking to find something with an even better colour match, and one that will work well when it actually gets hot this summer. I tried a tinted moisturiser (that calls itself a BB cream) that some friends of mine like but I didn't. I also got a new something yesterday that I will be trying and I'll let you know how that goes! While the Trublend is my current repeat-buy go-to, I still have hopes for a paler one! I give this one 8/10; like the above two, it's my staple, it's really very good, but it could be better! Powder: Essence compressed powder 02 Soft Beige. Yes, I chose a slightly darker shade! I want a warming, golden effect for summer, so this is basically my bronzer. Not joking! I've been watching lots of Betty Grable films lately and love that slightly golden glow on her still-fair skin. I only got this powder a week or so ago and as it is very cheap it was a kind of risk-worthy, split-second purchase, but I am loving it. Great matte finish, no clumpy cake face, no drying or cracking and the colour is good. Would definitely buy again! Of course, the real test for it will be the hot weather, but then again I don't think I want a matte face in 40C+, so I'll just see what happens.
And that is my current base essentials! I hope that was helpful – please let me know if it was. Also, I am thinking of writing about the products I've used that I have NOT liked – would you be interested? I've been on a bit of a makeup spree lately so have a few things to share, good and bad! Do let me know! And if you've any amazing products you want to share, please do! x