Foundation Swatches for the Perilously Pale

I am FINALLY posting some foundation swatches for you. I can’t believe that I started Perilously Pale over a year ago and have never done foundation swatches, or reviews for that matter, for you. I apologize. Helping my fellow fair complected beauties navigate the world of beauty was my reason for starting this website and not having done this earlier is unacceptable. Bad blogger!

Here are swatches of the following foundations:

Cover FX Cream Foundation E0
Cover FX Cream Foundation C10
Face Atelier Ultra Foundation 1
Make Up For Ever Face and Body #38
Bobbi Brown Natural Finish in Porcelain
Revlon Colorstay in 110 Ivory
Rouge Bunny Rouge Milk Aquarelle Foundation in Coconut Milk Parfait
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in BR10
Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge in Shade 1
Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Foundation in Shade 2

For reference my arm is likely about NW10. My face is between NW10-15. I’m starting to discover that going closer to a NW15 blends in better with my freckles. If I match my skin my foundation can look too artificial over my freckles but if I match somewhere in between the colour of my skin and the colour of my freckles it looks more natural.
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Natural light

Direct sun

Direct sun with flash

I hope this helps!


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  • karen!
    August 21, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Thank you! I love seeing pale beauty bloggers post foundation swatches.

  • MarciaF (Beauty Info Zone)
    August 22, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    It’s interesting to see that all of these are the lightest shades yet they differ so much. I’m most surprised with the LMDB since I found the 2 too dark and the 1 a lot lighter.

    Do you have a preference among these on how they match?

  • Veronica, the Gorgeois Pig
    August 22, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    Revlon Colorstay 110 is a fantastic color for the super pale imo. It doesn’t have a crazy orange or pink undertone like some of the others. 150 buff is also good if 110 is too light. Sometimes I mix the two. I also have CoverFX E0, but I never use it. Just feels kinda heavy, and really brings out dry patches. But I didn’t buy the special brush they sell with it. Thanks for the swatches!

  • Krystle (Baking Beauty)
    August 22, 2012 at 3:19 AM

    Thanks for the swatches. Which is your favorite for a go to everyday look?

  • Perilously Pale
    August 22, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    You’re welcome Karen!

    Krystle my favourites that I wear most regularly are the Face Atelier (which is for my kit but I keep stealing it), the MUFE F&B #38 which is probably my best match, the RBR, and the Chanel even though it is too dark.

    Veronica the Revlon is super light for drugstore. It is too light for me with my freckles. I will have to check out Buff. I don’t wear the Cover FX. I got the Cover FX foundations for my kit but even with their brush haven’t found a way I’m happy with applying them.

    Marcia the Shade 1 is quite dark. I love the finish though and it’s sheer so I still wear it often.

  • Kelly Stallings
    August 22, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    I’m about a Cover FX E0 and it’s nearly impossible to find a good match! That is a clever trick though /w freckles to go just a touch darker.

  • lizzybee
    August 22, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    This is simply beautiful!! So so helpful as many of these foundations I had wondered about- I thought I was your “color”, but, at least from these photos, I am more pink than you- although I am the first to admit that photos can be difficult. Wow!! Thanks again- I just purchased some drugstore brands (Maybelline Age Rewind, Loreal Lumi, and Maybelline Fit Me- the results are not bad, not bad at all- for the nice price point). xoxo Beth in Pgh 😉

  • Kit
    August 23, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Wow, this is fantastic! It’s so hard to find foundation shades if you’re pale! Do you find the LMdB Classic Flawless Foundation in 2 to be on the dark end on your face? I’m trying to work out whether it’ll be too dark for me. I can wear the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua, but it’s on the dark side. The LMdB Peau Vierge in 1 is definitely too dark and yellow on me (despite the protestations of the SA).

  • Perilously Pale
    August 23, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Beth while being cool toned with quite a bit of pink in my face I do run fairly neutral. Isn’t it crazy that drugstore brands seem to be doing a better job of catering to fair skin than higher end brands?!

  • Perilously Pale
    August 23, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Kit the Shade 2 did work pretty well on me because of my freckles. I also had a sample of shade 1 but the container broke and it dried out. They are about the same depth of colour just shade 1 runs more yellow and 2 more pink. They both worked OK for me.

    It’s because of the sheerness and the way it blends so well into the skin that I can pull off the PV. It is definitely too dark yet it still looks good!


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