On Rotation: My 5 Base Products

This is my second instalment of On Rotation series. Basically, I will showcase products I’ve been using regularly and give you brief thoughts on them. It’s something like Favourites, except I might not like them even though I’ve been using them regularly. Yup, sounds about right. I’ve been talking about base products quite regularly lately, but reviews aside, I’ve been trying to put a dent to these few products.



5 base products on rotation



1. Diorskin Radiant Base in 002. This is a yellow primer that brightens my complexion immediately. I bought this a while back, and I want to use this up before I purchase another primer. I don’t use primers nearly enough, but as I age, I tend to appreciate it more. I like to use this mixed with…

2. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl. I totally bought this on a whim after watching Lisa Eldridge’s video. At first swatch, I thought this was a little too shimmery for my liking. I don’t quite like using this as a highlighter on top of foundation (read too much bling) but I do like it under a foundation. It gives the foundation a certain glow without adding oil to my skin.

The mixture of these 2 products tone down the yellow and shimmers, making it the perfect combination. I could leave it as it is, but it’s still a little too glowy. Before I add on powder, I’d apply…

3. RMS ‘un’cover up in 11. This is what I’ve been reaching for to conceal under my eyes and around my nose. It gives a very natural finish without being cakey, and the consistency is just right for me. I’ve been using it to much, I’ve already put a decent dent in the pot. This is something I will surely repurchase.



on rotation



After prepping my face, it’s become all glowy. Too much, really. So, I powder it down.

4. Bare Minerals Matte Foundation in Golden Fair (W10). This is a mineral powder foundation which needs to be buffed into the skin. Used alone, I find it dry and flat and all sorts of dull. However, when used on top of the 3 products I mentioned earlier, the finish is a subtle sheen, like healthy looking skin. I’m so happy I found the perfect way to wear this foundation (never alone or under a matte primer) because it’s been sitting in my drawer for a year untouched. Now, I actually enjoy using it, except that it oxidizes. I can’t win! It goes on bright and lovely but by midday, it dulls down, to at least a shade darker. I’m giving it a few more goes before deciding whether to keep it.






I’ve also been looking a little pasty lately, so I decided to incorporate a bronzer into my routine. I use a kabuki brush to apply it at the sides of my face, on my cheeks and nose, and along my hairline. Instantly adds color to my face. At the moment, I’m using…

5. Diorskin Nude Tan in 001 Aurora which was a limited edition from a couple of summers past. It looks orange in the swatch, but against my skin, it looks very natural. I can see slight dents here and there from frequent uses, so I’m excited to see some pan action from this.


What base products have you been enjoying lately?



xoxo Lily




  • Nice and glowy! I love that look too. That Dior Primer sounds interesting. As I age I too am noticing that a primer helps a lot!

    • Lily

      I’ve never really been good with primers, but I’ve been using this a lot and actually liking it! I don’t mind the extra step now 🙂

  • Hey Lily, wow I didn’t know about the Dior primer! I use the Pore Minimizer on my T-zone and I do really love it 😉 I’ve been sticking to Dior Diorskin Nude Air and Guerlain Baby Glow. Basically if a base product looks great without a brush/sponge, I’M GAME (because that’s really how lazy I am hahaha)!

    • Lily

      Ugh, I’m lazy as well, especially if I need to rush out with the baby. I just slap on whatever I can and do the rest in the car if my husband is driving.

  • Yay to making dents in your Nude Tan!!! Mine is still looking pretty much intact…. oh gosh. Ok, i’m going to put that one back into rotation. I bought it for the blusher side actually as I wasn’t very big on bronzers back then (still am not to be honest, but I try!) so it’s fallen on the wayside. That RMS concealer sounds really good! I’ll check it out the next time i’m in the market for a concealer! Oh yes, and i’m definitely going to dig my Becca highlighter out!

    • Lily

      I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing the Becca highlighter though… the RMS un cover up, definitely will be repurchasing!

  • Bella

    Diorskin Nude Air, Pore Minimizer, Nars Radiant Tinted Moisturiser, Chanel les Beiges no 30, Charlotte Tilbury blablabla micropowder.

    • Lily

      The NARS tinted moisturizer has been in my wishlist forever! As with some CT goodies. LOL

  • Yes you should try to make a dent in the Nude Tan as it’s gorgeous so must be such a pleasure to take out and use! 😉 I’ve been using hardly any foundation lately, sometimes only some primer, concealer, and bronzer!

    • Lily

      Oh gosh, I’ve been using tinted sunscreen, which makes me even lazier to apply foundation. However, it’s a habit of mine to powder, so I might as well use this bare minerals one 🙂

      • I’ve been lazy with foundations too! When summer arrives here I like it less and sometimes forget! I don’t know how I’d do it if I lived in Malaysia!

  • I think I like NARS All Day Luminous Weightless (seriously, too long) foundation on most days. It is quite versatile since it works well mixed with luminizer and creates sheerer effect easily. I recently started using NARS Soft Velvet (much better;) loose powder and I love it. 🙂
    I’m also interested in loose mineral foundation like BareMinerals. I just want to slather my sunscreen and dust(pat?) something over and go..

    • Lily

      That’s what I’ve been doing, Lena. When I use a more emollient sunscreen, I’d skip the primers and go for the powder. You should try it! It took me a couple of tries before finding a better shade match in Golden Fair

  • That Dior Nude Tan!! LOVE the dent on it. Shows how much love it got 🙂
    Very curious about the RMS UnCover Up — have you used it in an FOTD, Lily? Would love to see it in action!

    • Lily

      Hi Shari, I usually use it in most of my FOTDs because that’s what I reach for most of the time. It covers very naturally with a dewy finish so it looks just like skin.

  • Liz

    I love seeing what’s rotating in people’s routines! I’ve been using Dior Nude Skin BB a lot. Usually with a cream blush because I’m not so into powdering right now. (It comes and goes…) God, I just love it when you attack a powder to death. 😀

    • Lily

      Hahaha I love attacking powders too. I don’t have many powders left, so I’m slowing down a little. I have the Dior Nude Skin BB as well, and I’ll be using that after this powder dies. Which cream blush do you use? I’m so tempted by that Becca shimmering souffle! That fig one looks very natural

  • This was a fun read, Lily! Oh man, BareMinerals! I used their whole line almost exclusively for several years! I think they’ll always have a little place in my heart. Their loose eyeshadows are still some of the best loos pigments I’ve ever used. Firefly is on my top 5 shadows of life list. I tried the Un-Cover up and it didn’t work for me. I think I’m too oily skinned to use anything containing coconut oil and not expect a grease fire to start.
    Lately my base routine has been Dior Nude Air over the Antipodes Archbishop? Apostle Serum. It’s one of the only skincare products ever that I can use under foundation that doesn’t lead to a grease fire situation. I love it!

    • Lily

      LOL Kristen!! Hey, you might want to try Antipodes Worship serum. It’s my new love. The texture is just like water (no oil at all) but it makes my skin look lovely. I use it before I use other serums.

      • *ADDS TO WISH LIST!* Thanks, Lily! 🙂

        • Lily

          You’re welcome. I’m going to need to buy a backup soon!

  • Jaa

    That Dior Radiant Base looks like love! Right now I’m testing the new MAC Pro Longwear Foundation and so far I really like it. Did you depot the Becca Pearl? That pink container is super cute. Haha <3

    • Lily

      Yes, I decanted the Becca Pearl. I needed more space and that bottle is huge!