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I’ve tried a lot of foundation in my life as a beauty editor/writer/blogger, and have always held the belief that this is one makeup product you should spend a little more on. However, over the past three years, I’ve had to reconsider. There have been so many amazing budget foundations, BB and CC creams that have crossed my desk over that time that I can honestly say, sometimes budget can be best.

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This is the case with the newly launched Yardley Even Complexion Foundation SPF 20 (R189). I got to try this beauty last week, just before it launched in-stores, and was bowled over by how well it worked for my skin. The formula provides medium coverage, but is buildable and works really well if you have pigmentation marks that you want to conceal, or even if you suffer with redness and rosacea. One can also mix it with a small amount of moisturiser to create a tinted moisturiser. Yardley Even Complexion Foundation is appropriate for all skin types: dry, oily and combination and, because there is no fragrance in this product, it’s great for sensitive skin types too.

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The Yardley Even Complexion Foundation is available in 8 shades that I think are pretty representative

Now, I generally prefer foundation that leaves my skin with a bit of a glow, so anything billed as ‘Mattifying’, I tend to avoid. While this formula has Mattifying microspheres, it didn’t leave my skin with a traditional matte finish. Rather, I’d descried the finish as luminous with a healthy and vital glow.

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How luminous and skin perfecting is the finish of this foundation? My colour is ‘Medium Beige’

I was also impressed to learn that the formula contains antioxidants. Without getting too scientific, antioxidants neutralize the oxidant (think of when you cut an apple open and it goes brown – that’s oxidation) effect of free radicals, which are molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine line, wrinkles and pigmentation. Vitamin C – one of the best antioxidants – has been added to the formula to help diminish the appearance of dark marks, while Vitamin E works hard to repair existing damage in the skin. Also worth a mention is that antioxidants have the ability to make sunscreen even more effective, and this formula has an SPF20.

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My top foundation tips

There are two ways I like to apply foundation:

  1. The heat from your fingers warms up the foundation, allowing it to melt into the skin giving the complexion a dewy look.
  2. Using a foundation brush ensures a perfect, professional finish. The easiest technique when using a foundation brush is to work in a crisscross motion all over your face.

I always use a blending sponge after application to ensure my foundation blends seamlessly into my skin.

Here is a short video I shot on how to find the perfect foundation colour for your skin tone.

Do you have a favourite budget foundation, BB or CC cream? I’d love to know which it is and why you love it.

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Wow love it will definitely stock up on this one!

Thanks for the heads up.

I will definitely keep an eye out for this. Need a foundation to cover up some pigmentation.

Sounds just right and great price too.

It’s a winner, Juanita. Wearing it again today and admiring how healthy and even toned my skin looks. Thanks for the comment 🙂

Such a pleasure, Carmen. This foundation is fast becoming my favourite and the fact that it only costs R189 is such a bonus! It covers pigmentation brilliantly and leaves your skin with a gorgeous glow. Thanks for the comment 🙂

Thanks for this Candice Lee! I’m about to top up on my foundation (again) and have been wondering what other budget options there are… I have been using Revlon as per your previous recommendation when I enquired with you 🙂 But I will give this a try for my next purchase.. I like that they have varying shades too, so hope to find my perfect match!

Thanks so much!!

Shafs xx

Pleasure lovely Shafs, this one is great at covering dark marks and pigmentation. You will definitely find your shade and PLEASE let me know what you think of the formula. XXX

Thanks for this review Candice. I’m always on the lookout for products that offer value for money. Can’t wait to try this foundation.

Oh, almost forgot to mention that I love your tips for finding the right shade foundation! Thanks.

I’m sooo excited, Yardley London SA let me know that I won one of the hampers for the competition they ran when you took over their Instagram! Cannot wait to try this, hopefully my skin will look as good as yours does! 😘

I absolutely love the Garnier 5-in-1 Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream – Light/Medium. I got that as a sample once and I fell in love with it. My skin doesn’t really need much coverage, but I found that this one BB Cream glided on smoothly without leaving any “cake” feel. It also gave me that matt finish without looking dry, plus even I had taken it off, my skin felt very smooth. Coming in at below R100, it’s a bargain!

I love the LA Girl foundation as well as Woolworths foundation.

I laughed a little when I watched your video because I used to be that person who tried to match foundation to their hand colour. After countless bad foundation purchases I finally got into the habit of testing it out on my face.
x Rivania | The Glam Unicorn

Sooo, I went and bought some Yardley even complexion foundation.. Have used it twice so far and I am very happy with this budget buy.
I got my PERFECT shade and for that I couldn’t be happier.. The texture is extremely light which is amazing and my face doesn’t feel cluttered. It covers evenly just as you have mentioned in your review. It’s so light it doesn’t feel like I have any foundation on and my skin seems to breathe better.. I also love that it’s not a matt finish so I don’t end up looking like a porcelain doll and my skin looks radiant with a gorgeous glowy finish. I bought it at Dis-chem for R175.

Very happy with the even-tone coverage and super excited to have found my perfect colour match yayyyy! 🙂

Hi Candice, can you please help? Is Medium Beige more or less the same colour than MAC NW 20?

I’m one if the Yardley Hampers Winners and they want to know my foundation shade. I’ve also used Chanel Healthy Glow (glass bottle) in no.30 and Chanel CC Cream in no. 30.

Thanks so much! 😙

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