So for the past month or so I've been swatching and trying on a few foundations. I visited various counters at department stores and have been able to get some samples (Estee Lauder and NARS). I purchased Revlon ColorStay today as it was on sale for ~$20 a bottle when it usually retails for about $39.95. It's definitely cheaper than the alternatives above.
As you probably notice, there's a big range in color there from Estee Lauder's double wear up to MAC's foundation (Pro Longwear). I've been using MAC for about a year and a bit now. I don't wear foundation much, so I still have at least half of the bottle left. I bought NC 35 during the summer when I was EXTREMELY tanned, so now it's waaaay too dark for me. NC 30 is funny on my skin. It's very yellow and I don't like how it looks on me so I've steered clear of MAC until I get tanned again and use my NC 35. It's such a shame because the texture and the whole formulation of MAC's foundations are perfect for me, whereas Estee Lauder Double Wear accentuates my dry patches SO MUCH. I didn't bother finding out how long it lasted because after 20 minutes of putting it on, I just tried to rub it out of my face. It was THAT drying on me.
My love-hate relationship with NARS Sheer Glow is that the formulation is so light and smooth on the skin, but it slid off my face in just a few hours. NOT HAPPY. It looked great while it lasted though. Not worth the $68 they charge in Australia.
They did give me Santa Fe to try out as a sample, but I came back asking for a darker shade which is Punjab. I still think it's slightly too light for me, but I guess bronzer evens it out a little to create a healthier, sun-kissed look. Maybe in winter it would be perfect as my skin lightens down.
As for Missha's Perfect Cover, it is a BB cream. The sales consultant advised me to use number 23, only to come home and find that it is TOO WHITE for me. Something about Chinese/Koreans wanting to bleach their faces WHITE, so to speak. I don't particularly want to look washed out. I've been mixing the BB cream with my MAC NC35 to create a better colour match for my skin. It does make it last longer since Pro Longwear is a long wearing foundation, and the BB cream is not.
I came home and tried Revlon Colorstay and I'm happy with the coverage of the foundation - comparable to MAC Studio Fix and Pro Longwear. The texture is a little more liquidy and runny than MAC's Studio Fix. Pro Longwear however, I find to be slightly more creamy than Studio Fix. Colorstay is also somewhat easier to build up as it dries quicker on the skin than MAC which has a creamier texture overall.
After foundation, I pat on a little powder on my T-zone to set it, and under my eyes to brighten it up a little and also provide a powdery base in case my eyeliner smudges. Putting powder under your eyes prevents eyeliner to smudge a little as it mattifies the general area, as well as giving it another base to cling on to, other than the foundation or your skin. This makes it easier to remove the smudged liner.
Anyways, I hope this helped some of you.
My skin is dry/sensitive, with a slightly oily T-zone (depending on weather).