After two years of hiding behind face masks, we are ready to go out and surprise everyone with luminous-looking skin. These radiance-boosting liquid foundations are 2022’s most exciting beauty launches that will ensure that glow-from-within. Just a hint: reformulated Dior Forever Skin Glow is on the list!
Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Foundation
If you are a raving fan of the brand’s Hollywood Flawless Filter, you know that it’s not easy to find a liquid foundation that will work perfectly with this beauty editor’s favorite. Most of the full-coverage foundations will diminish the “inner glow” that comes with the primer. While dewy finish tinted moisturizers will deliver that see-from-space glow you don’t necessarily want from a foundation.
This new Charlotte Tilbury foundation is a perfect right-in-the-middle kind of product. The foundation covers some skin imperfections (you’ll still need a concealer to cover that zit). It also allows your glowy primer to be present but in a subtle kind of way.
It goes on the best when applied with a beauty blender. But a quick fingertip application is possible and recommended too. Brush? Not so much. When working with dewy on top of dewy products, it’s easier to blend these layers in with a sponge.
The sell: Achieve luminous but not too shiny, “glow from within” kind of product.
Pros: Natural-looking results.
Cons: Little coverage of skin imperfections; you’ll need a concealer to use along the way.
Compare: The texture of this foundation reminds me of YSL Touche Eclat Radiance Awakening Foundation.
My Shade: 2 Neutral.
Shop: $44 at CharlotteTilbury.com and Sephora.
Dior Forever Skin Glow Foundation
On some occasions, I prefer matte coverage foundations. When I’m wearing a white top or other light options, it still moves, no matter how much I set my makeup with a powder and setting spray. So when I learned that Dior launched a new, updated version of their best-selling product, I was all ears.
The new Dior Forever Skin Glow formula was designed to hold high humidity and heat. And while New York weather hasn’t given me the option to properly test the product when it’s hot and humid outside, I can confirm that it works well in situations of winter cold and combined with electric heaters.
I couldn’t comprehend why the foundation is marketed as glowy when it comes to coverage. Yes, it provides a beautifully even skin look. But it’s more of a matte finish than dewy. You can certainly build it to cover as many skin imperfections as desired. If you do so, either application tool will deliver stunning results.
The sell: “Clean, radiant foundation – 24h wear and hydration.”
Pros: Long-wearing; great coverage of skin imperfections, but doesn’t look like a mask. Bonus: SPF 15.
Cons: It could look dried out around the eyes when combined with loose setting powder. So use just a concealer, and you’d be good to go.
Compare: Coverage-wise, it’s similar to Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation.
My Shade: 0CR Cool Rosy.
Shop: $54 at Sephora and Dior.com.
Nars Light Reflecting Advanced Skincare Foundation
We didn’t have an easy start with this new Nars foundation. It settled weirdly with my loose setting powder, which made me reapply the entire look. But I gave it a second chance and changed my opinion about this product.
The brand calls this product a makeup-skincare-hybrid for a reason. Not only is it packed with skincare-grade ingredients like biomimetic oat and cacao peptides, but it does have that soothing feeling upon application. If you ever tried Luminous Silk foundation by Armani Beauty, you’ll understand what I mean. It’s like your foundation goes on as your serum rather than a makeup product.
The new Nars foundation does feel skinlike when applied with your fingertips or a makeup sponge. I experienced difficulties blending it in with a brush, but it’s not my preferred application method anyways.
The best part about this foundation is that it’s suitable for sensitive skin like mine. Often I notice that my zits come back and around my nose redness emphasizes if my foundation is too heavy or contains fragrance. The new Nars product felt the opposite: no irritations whatsoever, which is a big win in my book.
The Sell: “Advanced makeup-skincare hybrid foundation with a natural finish that instantly blurs and smooths.”
Pros: Vegan formula that blends the lines between makeup and skincare. The ingredients included in this product minimize the negative effect of blue light and help to soothe the skin.
Cons: It didn’t combine well with my concealer and powder. It looked crusty to the point that I had to remove makeup from that area and reapply.
Compare: It has a thinner consistency, more of a serum-like. The application reminded me of Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation from the application standpoint.
My Shade: I tested the Shade L4 Deauville, but it was too dark. I could go two shades down to L2 Mont Blanc.
Shop: $49 at Nars.com and Sephora.
Which new liquid foundation is on your wishlist?