The Best Pale, Full Coverage, Cruelty-Free Foundation I’ve Ever Used
Happy hump day, gang! It’s been a really long time since I wrote a beauty post, so forgive me if I’m a little rusty. Today, I’m bringing you my dream foundation. I’ve legitimately never found one better than this, it’s completely faultless. Before I went cruelty-free, I gave away my MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation in favour if this. If that won’t convince you that this stuff is the best, nothing will! Let’s get into it, shall we?
So, the foundation that I’m referring to is the Seventeen Stay Time Foundation. I think Seventeen are one of those brands that tend to be overlooked at times. They’re a Boots own brand and aren’t as widely advertised as the likes of Rimmel, Maybelline, etc. I also wouldn’t hear people talking about them as often as more popular brands. When I went cruelty-free early last year, I severely narrowed my drug store options. I was in need of a new concealer, so I reached for the Seventeen Stay Time Concealer, and the obsession stemmed from there. That was a lesson for me; don’t knock a brand because they’re on the inexpensive side of things. I think I’ve scored a real bargain with this foundation. Why, you ask? Well, let me explain it to you in the four points below!
Finding foundations that are pale enough for me has been a struggle since I started wearing make-up. Recently, I bought a No7 foundation in their palest shade, ‘Calico’. Even this was too dark for me. I had to pick up the Manic Panic Dreamtone Foundation in the shade ‘Virgin White’ in order to match myself! Which is actually super handy, as I can use it with any other products that are too dark going forward. Yay! But yes, the Stay Time Foundation in the shade ‘Soft Ivory’ is my perfect shade, as it blends seamlessly with my neck. I’ve since found out that they have an even paler shade, ‘Porcelain’. Which I may need to pick up… For highlighting purposes, of course!
It’s full coverage.
Because my skin is oily, it tends to be quite red, blemished and extremely porous. Hence, I like my colour to be consistent and coverage to be as full as possible. I’d love to be one of those girls who can dab on a bit of tinted moisturiser and go, but I’m just not. The consistency of this foundation is quite thick and creamy, but not cakey once applied. I actually find it quite moisturising! I find that one layer does the trick, and I never really need any more than that. Granted, you probably could build on it for that airbrushed look, which is just a bonus really. I don’t need much concealer with it as the coverage is that full, but I do need to set it to keep it in place. Regardless, it’s perfect for what I need it to do, so I’m really happy with it.
I’ve always adored animals, and their welfare and rights are very important to me. Last year, I threw out €200+ of make-up that wasn’t cruelty-free with absolutely no regret. I can’t understand why there’s still a need to continue to test on animals, but that’s a post for another day. Something that I think a lot of people don’t know is that every Boots own brand is completely cruelty-free. Essentially my entire skincare range is from Boots own brands and Yes To Tomatoes, so I might do a post on that soon if there’s an interest. The point is, I’m so happy that this foundation is cruelty-free, as it’d be a deal breaker if it wasn’t. 10/10, Seventeen!
And… It’s under €10.
You read that right. I always assumed that with everything I wanted in a foundation, I’d be paying at least €30. With Seventeen, this isn’t the case. For a pale, full coverage, cruelty-free foundation, I pay €8.99. It’s an absolute star of a product, and if they ever discontinue it, you can bet that I’ll be protesting! You can pick up the Seventeen Stay Time Foundation from any Boots outlet, as well as from their website here.
Have you tried this foundation, and if so, what are your thoughts on it?