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Best Sweat-Proof Foundations For Summer!

Nest Property


~Because good coverage is the meat and potatoes of  any makeup ritual~

Summer is tricky when it comes to foundation. In Hong Kong’s humidity, ensuring a foundation stays on for more than a couple of hours without making you look like a Dalí painting is a huge ask!

Whether you’re roasting yourself at the pool or out and about, the last thing you should stress about is your makeup disappearing after 3pm! As the season of sweat shines upon us, Nest Property went through the beauty minefield to bring forth an edit of the best summer foundations in the market-  as good as your skin but a notch better, these will get you through hell and high water without a smudge.

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1. L’Oréal Paris’ Infallible 24-Hour Stay Fresh Foundation


Foundation which lasts as long as you!


Transfer-proof, waterproof and sweat-proof – this is what an ideal summer coverage should look like!

Foundations which come in a variety of shades, effortlessly blend into the skin and don’t make you look flat are hard to come by. This is where the L’Oréal Paris’ Infallible range fits in -it’s ultra-fluid, has 40 shades, applies like a dream without making you look cakey. For the price tag, you really can’t go wrong with this guy!

Priced at HK$ 149.


2. Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush Flawless Longwear Foundation


Flawless is a feeling!


This magical potion eliminates the need for a primer altogether – one pump is enough to give a smooth youthful veil for hours. It blends, spreads, hydrates and stays on like a dream and comes in 44 creamy shades.

Even for a foundation-phobe like me, I loved its refreshing, soothing feel on my skin. It stays put no matter the environment- a workout sesh, a day at the beach or a night-out at LKF (aah, those were the days!).

True to its name, if you want an airbrushed look, it gives you an airbrushed look but I would reserve this one for special events when I want to look extra-cherubic, ultra-smooth and all matt-y. For everyday wear, it’s a bit much!

Priced at HK$ 400.


3. Dior Backstage Face & Body Makeup


Fancy looking like Meghan Markle? We can’t get you Prince Harry but her wedding day foundation is up for grabs!


This range has an incredibly thin, watercolour perfection to it and instantly sinks into the skins leaving it dewy, light and glowy! Remember, Meghan Markle on her wedding day- bright, minimalist, classy; luminous enough to give full coverage, light enough to inspire global freckle-envy!

Her skin was the stuff of every dermatologist’s dream!

This barely-there foundation is perfect for the hot and humid Hong Kong summers and for days you couldn’t be bothered to blend. It will give a more natural, lit-from-within kinda nude glow instead of a perfect, full coverage. Know what we mean?

Priced at HK$ 360.


4. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer


This lightweight formula comes with SPF 30 – tried and tested way to get the glowing, barely-there make-up look seen on the runways season after season!


More skin, less makeup.

Continuing on the water-based products we love for sticky summers is the tinted moisturiser by Laura Mercier. Not only is this long-loved classic a bestseller since its launch in 1996; it’s the go-to product for a ‘no-makeup’ makeup look.

Its skin radiating abilities and the sheer hint of coverage can truly be compared to none.

The lightweight formula blends and sinks into the skin and hydrates it for more than 24 hours. It’s totally like a second skin – only more dewier and brighter! If you want a full coverage-mug, top it off with a heavy concealer or a dab of another foundation.

Priced at HK$ 306.


5. Guerlain’s L’Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation


Skin which looks intentionally flawless but won’t make you feel any extra slickness!

16 hours of coverage, buildable with a natural glow finish, 97% naturally-derived ingredients and designed to minimise your pores and pigmentation with regular use.

The breathable, subtle formula feels light as air, gives you the confidence of fresh skin and is your ticket to sheer, smooth, radiant glow!

Sold, are we not?

Priced at HK$ 490.


6. NARS Cosmetics Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation


Best companion for oily skin! The radiance is real


Okay, so there’s longer and then there’s strongwear. Full coverage but light, smooth, breathable. Who doesn’t like the sound of that? 

Oily/greasy skin? This is a must-have summer product. Not only is it armed with an unbeatable formula for 16 hours of fade-resistance – the foundation is creamy and thick in texture but it dries out super quick leaving a smooth, satiny, lightweight radiance on the face. The fruit extracts in the foundation have a healthy and restorative property- it makes the skin look plump even when you take it off at the end of the day.

Those with dry or super-dry skin please skip this one! It does nothing to quell those dry, red patches, in fact, it highlights the flakiness even further. So, either exfoliate and moisturise your face pretty well before using this foundation or opt for the Laura Mercier or the Dior range for a more natural, plump finish.

Priced at HK$ 470.