Since my last foundation swatch post, I’ve added a few more base products to my never-ending collection. While I was trying to find the best possible shade matches in these foundations and concealers, I had a hard time finding swatches for most of them because the ones I purchased are newer additions to the existing ranges. To help others who may be looking for similar shades (light medium and medium olive skin tones), here are some swatches for the following products: Dior Airflash Spray Foundation in 2.5 Warm Olive (321), Rare Beauty Concealer in 230N, Make Up For Ever Reboot Active Care Revitalizing Foundation in Y244 – Neutral Sand, and Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation in Y373 Amber Honey. I’ll be using the Giorgio Luminous Silk foundation in 6, Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3W1.5 Fawn, and the Pat McGrath Sublime Concealer in LM14 as comparators.
- Dior Airflash Spray Foundation in 2.5 Warm Olive (321)
- Described as “Light skin, warm olive undertones”
- I was debating between 2.5 Warm Olive (321) and 3 Warm Olive (311), which is described as “Light medium skin, warm olive undertones”. I went with 2.5 Warm Olive instead because I have 3 Warm Olive (3WO) in the Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation, which is currently a little too dark for me to wear. I figured because I have a darker shade in the Dior Airflash Spray Foundation (4 Warm Olive) and the Dior Backstage F&B Foundation, I went with the lighter shade. I think 2.5 Warm Olive is a decent match for me at the moment, and it’s nice that I can easily adjust it with the other shades.
- Rare Beauty Concealer in 230N
- Described as “Light medium with neutral olive undertones”
- Because of the fail that is the Pat McGrath Sublime Concealer, I needed another lighter concealer for the winter months. I heard good things about this particular shade, especially for those who have olive undertones. I was worried it would be too light on me, but because it doesn’t have the most coverage, I thought it was a pretty good match for me. I’d say it is definitely true to its shade description.
- Make Up For Ever Reboot Active Care Revitalizing Foundation in Y244 – Neutral Sand
- Described as “for lighter medium skin with golden olive undertones”
- This shade is definitely not golden or olive. If anything, it is pink. It’s such a shame because this formula is so damn good, especially if you have dry skin. I am really hoping MUFE expands and improves their shade range for this line!
- Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation in Y373 Amber Honey
- Described as “for lighter tan skin with slightly golden undertones”
- This isn’t really an olive foundation so the blunder is entirely my fault. I wasn’t sure whether to go with this shade or Y383 Sepia, which is described as “for lighter tan skin with slightly olive undertones” but decided on Y373 because I thought Y383 would be too dark on me. I’m not exactly sure why I thought Y373 would be lighter on me if it’s also described “for lighter tan skin”, but I guess this is a nice glimpse into my lizard brain when it comes to trying to figure out foundation shades without good swatches. In hindsight, Y255 would’ve probably been a better match for me, as it’s described as “for lighter medium skin with golden-olive undertones”, but because the same shade exists in the Reboot foundation and was described as having a peachy undertone, I was thrown off. Blah. I’ll probably return or exchange this shade when I get a chance.
- Giorgio Luminous Silk foundation in 6 (comparator)
- This is a true medium olive shade. Compared to the others, it looks green, which is exactly that I’m going for. This is basically the standard for me, but I’m just on the hunt for something a bit lighter for the winter months.
- Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3W1.5 Fawn (comparator)
- Described as “medium with warm, golden-olive undertones”
- I was between the shade Rattan and Cashew in this foundation – Fawn is the perfect middle between these two shades. It’s not really olive, however. It’s a bit too yellow IMO.
- Pat McGrath Sublime Concealer in LM14 (comparator)
- Described as “light medium with neutral olive undertones”
- This shade description is so inaccurate, it hurts. Going off my experience with the foundation in the shade darker, I thought going with LM14 would’ve been a match made in heaven – boy was I wrong. It’s just as dark and just as orange as the MUFE Ultra HD foundation in Y373. To top it off, the formula is probably one of the worst I’ve tried. My disappointment with this concealer knows no bounds.
Hopefully these swatches are useful! My hunt continues…