The Lightweight Base Breakdown

I don’t know about you but when summer rolls around I am dying to break out the lighter bases. Long summer days, exciting adventures and nights out with friends mean I don’t have the time for full coverage foundation or touch ups throughout the day. I want something that covers up the sunburn but lets my skin do the talking. I am all about a breathable base that feels like air and I have rounded up my top 4 in the lightweight base breakdown. 

The Fluid Foundation: Maybelline has knocked it out of the park with their newest release; buildable coverage, satin finish and feels like nothing on the skin. The Dream Wonder Liquid Touch Foundation is the perfect pick for those nights out and looks amazing in photographs. 

The CC Cream: For those super natural days when all you need is a little bit of a complexion correction, pick the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream. A dewy finish base with sheer coverage that covers up any redness and dark shadows but lets your skin be the main attraction.

The Cult Classic: When I think about tinted moisturizers, the first one that comes to mind is Laura Mercier‘s oil free option. A creamy base that offers a bit more coverage than the average TM and applies a bit more like a foundation. Gives a flawless finish that can’t be beat. 

The Underdog: The Balm is still a relatively new brand that is making it’s mark on the beauty world, one product that definitely does that get enough attention is their Balm Shelter Tinted Moisturizer. A lightweight base that applies like a lotion and has the best colour match I’ve ever found! 

For those “no makeup makeup days” these beauties are the way to go. What is your go to lightweight base?



  1. Tragic Wardrobe
    August 25, 2014 / 3:14 pm

    I've always wanted to try a CC cream! Might have to go ahead and try this brand! Thank you for yet another awesome product review!

    • Courtney Connolly
      September 2, 2014 / 6:25 pm

      Youre so welcome! Thank you lovely!

  2. Jessie-Ann Lewis
    August 25, 2014 / 3:57 pm

    I love the sound of Laura Mercier's oil-free base. I haven't tried any Laura Mercier products but always read really good reviews about the brand! Great review

    • Courtney Connolly
      September 2, 2014 / 6:26 pm

      It is such a good base to have in your collection, and I love that they offer so many options!

  3. Jenny Cole
    August 25, 2014 / 4:31 pm

    I've been looking for a drugstore alternative so thank you for posting this! At the moment I use Benefit Big Easy, which I love but it's a bit pricey. I'm very tempted to try the Bourjois or Laura Mercier ones you've written about. Jenny

    • Courtney Connolly
      September 2, 2014 / 6:26 pm

      You're very welcome! I'm so glad my post helped you!

  4. Meg
    August 26, 2014 / 12:14 am

    I love a good lightweight base! The Laura Mercier and Maybelline are favs of mine, can't wait to try the Bourjois CC cream!

    • Courtney Connolly
      September 2, 2014 / 6:27 pm

      It's so nice! I can't wait for it to come to Canada

  5. Jen27
    August 26, 2014 / 3:08 pm

    Nice picks! You're definitely tempting me with Dream Wonder. I'm loving Chanel's Perfection Lumiere Velvet lately- light, but amazing coverage :)

    • Courtney Connolly
      September 2, 2014 / 6:27 pm

      Oooh I want to try the Chanel one so badly!

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