4 Foundations for the Sweltering Summertime Heat

Above: Four foundations to fight the summer heat and one beautiful brush for good measure.
Living in Southern California, I know that it is positively gauche to complain about the weather; we know that we are blessed with one of the most temperate climates in the world! That being said, boy has it been hot and humid lately; instead of complaining, however, I been using this sweltering spell as a chance to test the longevity and humidity-proof properties of some new foundation formulas in my rotation.  I have determined four new formulas that have proven to have stalwart performance in the face of extreme heat!
Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the formulas in action as well as the Bottom Line…

Above: Formidable foundations.
The four foundations (which that I have found to be particularly powerful in extreme heat are as follows:
(1) Marc Jacobs Re(Marcable) Full Cover Foundation Concentrate (reviewed HERE): I am over the moon for this new formula that officially launched TODAY.  The intense pigmentation means a little goes a long way and while the coverage is wholly full at first application, it looks extremely natural on the skin.  The lasting power, even for combination skin facing intense humidit, is truly terrific…today, I got 9+ hours of touch up free wear (as demonstrated by the images at the end of the post).  I haven’t been this excited about a liquid foundation–for reference, Beige Golden is currently a spot on match–since the Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting debuted last summer! 
(2) Make Up For Ever Ultra HD (full overview soon): I do declare that this reformulated version of the original MUFE HD foundation is a significant improvement; it has much more pigment, dramatically increased lasting power (6+ hours, even in heat) and a decidedly smoother finish (that doesn’t pool in pores as the original version, in my experience, did).  With 40 shades, from the palest alabaster to the deepest ebony (I wear shade #123), everyone is sure to find a match, making this new formula one of the most inclusive ranges on the market.  
(3)  Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet (closeup soon): I haven’t found a shade match in Chanel foundation in a few years but this formula has changed all this; the Lumiere Velvet formula (in shade 40 Beige) has a flattering matte finish that doesn’t look flat.  Although it may look neutral to pink in the swatch, it blends perfectly with my current NC 27-30 skin and doesn’t oxidize as the day wears on.  Medium coverage is acheived in a single layer and, once set, the formula doesn’t budge, even in the rain (as I experienced yesterday…more on this later on this week!).  It is, without question, my favorite foundation formula in the Chanel line. 
(4) Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion in #25 (reviewed HERE): In my experience, this is the cushion compact gold standard…if you can find a match (there are currently only two shades in the US market and #25 Deep Beige adapts beautifully to NC 25-30 skin), you will be enchanted by the buildable medium to full coverage that looks nearly invisible on the skin.  With SPF 50, minimal scent, and 8+ hour lasting power, I cannot laud it enough!
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.
Above: Swatches in outdoor shade.
Above: The Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion in #25 is a perfect match for my NC 25-27 skin…my favorite cushion compact to date! 
Above: Brush poetry…the Artis Elite Mirror Oval 10 Brush (more on this innovative line forthcomng!) and Chikuhodo GSN 8 perform as stunningly as they look.
Above: Products for a long lasting summertime look.
For the look that follows, I shot the images at the end of the day after having worn all the products listed below for 7-8 hours, thereby reflecting their impressive efficacy and performance in 90 degree weather with well over 70 percent humidity:

Above: Swatches of products used in direct sunlight. 
Above: The Sisley Lip Twist in Chestnut is a neutral rust-meets-berry shade that looks rich and juicy on the lips.  
Above: MAKE Face Gloss and Juara Candlenut Oil for effortless warm weather polish.
The following images reflect all products in action in various lighting situations…

Above: Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this summertime foundation story and would love to hear which formulas you’ve been gravitating towards in the warmth…do tell!
As aforementioned, the brilliant Marc Jacobs Re(Marcable) Full Cover Foundation Concentrate launches today and the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet, Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion and MUFE Ultra HD (with a range of swatches to come!) are equally marvelous options.
Good things ahead, including bronzer talk, even more foundation and a haircare-centric feature…I am also working my way through your lovely comments and emails, thanks, as always, for your patience!
–The Beauty Professor

** PR sample provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own. 
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Comments (16)

  • Unknown Reply

    Great roundup! I'll definitely be looking into the MJ come summer (it's winter here in Aus). Have to say, Chanel perfection velvet is one of my all time favourite bases. It's just a flawless medium base xx
    The Beauty Bloss

    July 21, 2015 at 9:35 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thank you, Beauty Bloss!

      Glad we're both loving the Chanel Perfection Velvet, too…it's flawless, indeed.

      Have a lovely rest of the week…xx,

      –The Beauty Professor

      July 28, 2015 at 6:40 pm
  • Suzanne Gabrielle Reply

    Melting here in NYC right now so this is spot on information. Not complaining. Will always take heat over cold. Enjoy your day and thanks for a great post.

    July 21, 2015 at 1:16 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Happy to hear that this post was timely, Suzanne! Thanks for the feedback ; )


      –The Beauty Professor

      July 28, 2015 at 6:41 pm
  • wefadetogray Reply

    Thank you my dear foundation wizard! You are the encyclopedia of base make up! Yes to all. I need them all.
    Happy week BP,

    July 21, 2015 at 2:40 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      My pleasure…I am absolutely honored by the moniker ; )

      Have a beautiful rest of the week…XOXO, my friend!

      –The Beauty Professor

      July 28, 2015 at 6:42 pm
  • Unknown Reply

    Love all of your reviews! How does the new Makeup Forever HD compare to the KGD Aqua foundation in terms of finish and lasting power? I love the KGD but wish it had a little more lasting power. Thanks so much!

    July 21, 2015 at 5:12 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Cassie,

      Thanks so much! I find that the MUFE Ultra HD has more coverage than the KGD Aqua and the lasting power is better…all in all, it's a great option and a massive improvement on the original formula!

      Hope that helps…xx,

      –The Beauty Professor

      July 28, 2015 at 6:43 pm
  • Sunnykm Reply

    Love the post! The Chanel Lumiere was too pink for me. And the swatch looks pink on you too

    July 22, 2015 at 6:10 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thanks for the feedback, Sunny. The Chanel Lumiere was a bit pink in the swatch but on the face, it becomes neutral with my chemistry!


      –The Beauty Professor

      July 28, 2015 at 6:51 pm
  • Unknown Reply

    Very beautiful as usual. I appreciate you and your reviews! xoxoxo Judi

    July 24, 2015 at 1:20 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thanks so much, Judi!! Your encouragement means a great deal!


      –The Beauty Professor

      July 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm
  • Unknown Reply

    I recently also tried Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation…and love it so much. I use a mix of Fawn and Linen. I was surprised how well it held up in the Texas humidity and heat even though I had to touch up, it didn't melt at all. Now I'm itching to try the Marc Jacobs Remarcable one. You are right, I can not use the Dior Nude in the summer…doesn't last on my oily skin (have dry patches due to some topical acne treatments I am on) and I am also thinking the fragrance in the Dior has made my skin a bit irritated as I have been using it consistently for the past few days. Would you mind comparing the TF traceless perfecting to the Marc Jacobs? Thanks so much for all of your reviews!

    July 29, 2015 at 5:22 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Cassie,

      Glad to hear you are loving the TF PF…it's such a great formula for the heat. I love your comparison request and will see if I can work that into a post. In the meanwhile, I would say that the MJ has more initial coverage than the TF but that the TF has the edge on lasting power (by a smidge). Both have a beautiful natural matte finish that looks like good skin as the day wears on!


      –The Beauty Professor

      August 10, 2015 at 8:04 pm
  • Heather Reply

    Hi Rachel!! I love reading your blog posts, and reviews!! 🙂 I was just wondering which shade in the Marc Jacobs Re(marcable) Foundation would you recommend, to one whose perfect match is Bare Beige in the Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation. 🙂 Thank you!!

    July 30, 2015 at 11:01 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hi Heather,

      Thanks so much for the kind words! I am in the midst of integrating swatches of additional shades of the Re(Marc)Able foundation and should hopefully have them up later on this week. I am guessing that Bisque Gold would be close, but you may want to wait for the swatches ; )


      –The Beauty Professor

      August 10, 2015 at 8:07 pm

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