Edwina Ings-Chambers: Best new foundations

These clever newly-launched foundations deliver instant radiance and super-natural finishes.

However much people talk about trends, what drives beauty forward is technology. New developments mean new textures – and that’s what makes cosmetics look modern. So it is with the latest foundations – even full coverage feels lightweight and looks natural. Here’s my roundup of the best of the latest launches. I found they all lasted well throughout the day and weren’t dehydrating…

best foundations

Best new foundation picks

Maybelline Instant Anti Age Perfector 4-in-1 Whipped Matte Makeup has a mousse-like texture, is very mattifying and will help to blur the look of fine lines – not eradicate, so manage expectations. Available in six shades. £13.99, boots.com.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Light Revealer does exactly what it says with a more luminous finish than its iconic tinted moisturiser. Wonderful for when you want a bit of sheer coverage so your complexion is boosted rather than covered – but you can build it up a little. The launch has now been delayed until the summer but check lauramercier.co.uk for updates.

Givenchy Prisme Libre Skin-Caring Matte is beautifully luxurious to use and a great formula. It is matte but has a dash of luminosity and gives a delectable finish. Skincare benefits include nasturtium extract to naturally boost oxygenation and thereby radiance, plus annatto extract to tighten pores. A firm favourite of mine. Available in 35 shades. £40, givenchybeauty.com.

Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Foundation is a great product. There’s been much hype around it and rightly so. It offers medium coverage and a bit of a mix of demi-matte and demi-glow finish. The effect is healthy-looking skin with just enough of a dash of radiance to add light. Thanks to the inclusion of hydrating hyaluronic acid this didn’t feel drying at all. Available in 30 shades. £34, charlottetilbury.com.

The Body Shop Fresh Nude isn’t new but it has been improved. It now has 40 shades, soothing vitamin E and hydrating Fair Trade organic aloe vera. It’s also certified vegan and housed in 100 per cent recyclable packaging. I really rate this: it delivers a light to medium coverage, feels as though you’re wearing nothing and gives skin a natural radiance. £18, thebodyshop.com.

Erborian Super BB is a new full-coverage version of the brand’s brilliant BB. It’s also part matte, part glow and great for those who suffer from breakouts and redness. It’s full of skin-friendly ingredients, including ginseng to moisturise and niacinamide to reduce imperfections. Available in five shades. £39.50, spacenk.com.