Favorite Cruelty-free Foundations for Summer: Part 2 medium coverage

Thanks for sticking with me for part 2 of this series!

These are my picks for a slightly fuller coverage, with SPF, for summer.   To stay consistent with my previous post, I’ve once again used 1 full pump (or it’s equivalent) for my whole face, and use hands to apply the product.

First up, the base that has been my indubitable favorite for months now.  The Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint (in Shell).  It gives a luminous, but quite natural, look to the skin.  What’s more, I wore it to work all spring and was really impressed with the staying power.  I’m currently being very miserly with it, trying to make it last until the next Sephora sale!

Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint
Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint
Left to Right: bare, Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint in Shell
Left to Right: bare, Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint in Shell

Next, another Hourglass product, the Illusion Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free, reported SPF of 15.  I also wear the shade Shell in this product, and one of the many things I love about Hourglass is how consistent their shades are across different base products.  I’d say this formula is a bit drier than the Skin Tint.  I wore this on a VERY muggy walk with our Maggie the other day, and it hadn’t budged when we arrived back home an hour later.

Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer Oil-Free in Shell
Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free
Left to Right: bare, Hourglass Tinted Moisturizer
Left to Right: bare, Hourglass Tinted Moisturizer in Shell

Now for a head-to-head of two It Cosmetics products.  The original Your Skin but Better (YSBB) CC+ and the new Your Skin but Better (YSBB) CC+ Illumination, both of which have a reported SPF of 50!  I wear the shade, Fair, in both formulas.  It’s a little light for me, especially with my bit of post shore tan, but the Light is both too dark and too warm for me.

It Cosmetics Your Skin but Better CC+
It Cosmetics YSBB CC+
Left to Right: bare, It Cosmetics YSBB CC+ in Fair
Left to Right: bare, It Cosmetics YSBB CC+ in Fair
It Cosmetics YSBB CC+ Illumination
It Cosmetics YSBB CC+ Illumination
Left to Right: bare, It Cosmetics YSBB CC+ Illumination in Fair
Left to Right: bare, It Cosmetics YSBB CC+ Illumination in Fair

I think both products provide great coverage and staying power.  And, how can you beat an SPF of 50!?  As far as repurchasing, I’m planning to stick with the newer, Illumination, formula.  I think this formula is a little more forgiving of the fact that it’s a bit too pale for me, and, for some reason, I feel like I like the scent better.


Stay tuned for Part 3, featuring mattifying/acne control formulas, coming soon!

*These are only my opinions, formed through my personal experience as a consumer.  I am not a medical doctor, an aesthetician, or a health/beauty professional.  There is no guarantee what effect, positive or negative, these products may have on anyone else.

**All products were purchased by me from brands that, to the best of my knowledge, are cruelty-free.

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