Everyday I receive questions about olive foundation matches. I feel you girlfran, my google search history is populated with ‘olive foundation matches swatches green foundation plz halp! much frustrate’.
Oh hey that’s right, I’m a blogger! Let’s start a olive-foundation-database of sorts.
NB: My inner arm is ~NC15 and rather olive. I wish I had a more pink-toned person to help portray the green-ness in these swatches but I’m a one man show so this is going to have to do ;)
The two controls on the right are (top to bottom): MAC Studio Fix in NC20 (actually a cooler yellow tone) and Armani Luminous Silk in 5.5 (a warmer, peachy hue). The most olive of the bunch: Koh Gen Do Aqua in 213 and Armani Luminous Silk in 6.
Koh Gen Do – Aqua Foundation in 213* // This one is discernibly green, even amongst olive foundations. A depth of about NC20ish. Finish is on the dewy side and formula is best suited for normal-dry skin types. Review here. US buy. AUS buy.
Bourjois – Healthy Mix in 52 // This may be the palest of the bunch but still around an NC20ish in depth. Not quite as olive as the KGD but definitely on the greener spectrum. More coverage than the Koh Gen Do, satin finish and best suited to a ‘normal skintype’ (not particularly oily or dry). Review here. US buy. AUS buy.
Urban Decay – Naked Skin Foundation in 4 // I actually haven’t tried UD Naked Skin yet (might feature in the next foundation first impressions) but many of you guys mentioned shade 4 leaned olive so I picked it up. I eyeball it at around NC27ish (?) and it looks to be a warm olive. US buy. AUS buy.
Tom Ford – Traceless Perfecting Foundation in Fawn // About an NC25 in depth (though Fawn runs lighter in the other Tom Ford formulas, be wary). Another warm olive, this formula is crazy long wearing but not particularly smoothing on pores/texture/peach fuzz. I think it would be best suited to combo/oilier skins. US buy. AUS buy.
Charlotte Tilbury – Magic Foundation in 6* // About an NC25-30 in depth. This does have an olive lean but not for the super green-skinned. Demi matte in finish but not particularly long wearing :( I have reviewed it in a first impressions video here. US buy. AUS buy.
Armani – Luminous Silk in 6 // About NC35 in depth (can anyone confirm?). This one is actually uber green (although it may not look it in this swatch), so much so that I actually use this as an ‘olive mixer’. US buy. AUS buy.
For reference… My matches
Depending on the time of year, I swing between an NC20 and NC25. I’m close to an NC25 in depth at the moment so Koh Gen Do Aqua 213 and Bourjois Healthy Mix 52 are too pale for me right now. Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting in Fawn is a good match but I’m not the biggest fan of the formula (on my dry skin). Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in 6 is a touch deep and Armani Luminous Silk in 6 is much too deep (hence the ‘olive mixer’).
Any other olive foundations that I should add to the database? Any depth is welcome :) Beggars can’t be choosers lol.
* Denotes products sent for consideration. I’m always honest with my reviews :)