I seriously wish I could live on just drugstore foundations. FYI we don't actually call them "drugstore" foundations here in Malaysia, because we call those stores "pharmacy" here, but since nobody ever calls them "pharmacy foundations"...

The only reason I can't is the colour selections of foundations at our local pharmacies are really not the best. Considering that Malaysia is made up of plenty of races, with varying degrees of fair, tanned and dark skin tones, the idea that a foundation range comes in only about five shades is almost absurd, but that's what's basically happening here.

Back in the days I was willing to mix two shades to get the right one but I discovered it's too much of a hasslewhy bother mixing two foundations when you can get one high-end foundation that perfectly (or almost perfectly) matches your skin colour? And yet that didn't stop me from dipping my toes back in the local drugstore pool of foundations (drugstore pool? Sounds dodgy), but I always come out disappointed. One option for me is to buy from overseas. Hardly the best option, but why not?


Revlon Colorstay for Combination / Oily Skin 360 Golden Caramel: One of the very first foundations I used and extremely loved, there are very, VERY limited shades of Revlon Colorstay foundations in the pharmacies here. I used to mix shades 350 and 370 to get a nice match, so I figured 360 would be the one for me, and searching about it online confirmed this. Weirdly this shade isn't being sold in Asia or Europe; I couldn't even find this when I was studying in New Zealand. Thankfully Shah visited Atlanta a couple of months ago and managed to buy me this.
I really like its semi-matte finish, and I'm pleased that the full coverage doesn't end up cakey on my face. My favourite part of this foundation is shade 360 is pretty spot on for me! Some drugstore foundations made me break out but this one never has, so thumbs-up all around.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup in 110 Honey Beige: I knew about this foundation from watching Marlena of Makeup Geek's videos years ago. I had no idea what shade I was, though, so Shah had to compare their foundation shades to L'oreal True Match N7 and W7 when he was in US' Walmart (what a trooperand a keeper!), and he decided on Honey Beige. It's a close match to my forehead, which is darker than the rest of my face, but it still works for me. One of the advantages of wearing the hijab is you don't need to exactly match your foundation shade to your neck or body!
This foundation feels light on the skin and I really like the glowy, dewy finish. It provides less coverage than Revlon Colorstay but as always I'm all for a good natural-looking foundation. I might even go as far as saying Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup is almost as good as NARS Sheer Glow.
Not quite. But almost.



Colour-transfer could be a bit of a problem with these two, though. I always think it's better to splurge on a really good high-end foundation than to get a subpar one in a pharmacy / drugstore, but that being said, I would still re-buy both these foundations as they're so affordable, and good enough.

Nowadays I only use Mario Badescu Special Healing Powder to finish up my makeup, because I discovered that my pressed powders changed the colour of my foundation. I did mention that I would one day ditch my regular makeup powder for it, but to be honest I didn't think it would actually happen!

If you're a Malaysian (or an Asian), do you experience the same kind of frustration of not finding the perfect foundation shades from pharmacies as I do?
To those who have tried out these two foundations, what do you think of them?