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What have you guys found to be the best foundation for acne? I am very picky over foundation, as it has to look completely natural as I am in harsh fluorescent lighting all day! It has to provide light to medium coverage and it has to last.

All foundations I seem to try just look awful after a few hours, and completely unnatural. I have a very oily t-zone and dry cheeks, so very combination skin.

I mainly use drugstore foundations, and I have found the following:

Maybelline Wonder Finish: The worst I have ever had, looks completely unnatural when it dries. Doesn't stay matte. Lasts max of 1 hour!

Clinique Anti-aging: Reasonable, did only last about 2 hours on my skin, did not provide the finish I wanted, and looked ok. But then again, I borrowed that one!

No.7 Luminising Foundation: Poor colour selection, gave a fake cakey looking finish, did not last.

Sally Hansen Fast and Flawless Airbrush: Looks good when you put it on, but the look only lasts about 2 hours, then it has to be redone, and does not like powder!

Rio So Perfect Airbrush Foundation: Very hard application, looks natural in normal lighting, but under fluorescent lights looks fake. The foundation is very drying.

Max Factor Colour Adapt: The best one I have found so far, provides natural looking finish, lasts max of 4 hours, works well with powder, but very sheer.

I am thinking of trying MAC as everyone seems to rave about them! Any product recommendations or other brands?

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Well I had Estee Lauder Equalizer that I really liked, but the coverage is pretty heavy and gave me a slightly 'dead' look. I used up the whole tube, but I always look elsewhere when I finish a foundation, trying to find a better one. Now I have Chanel luminising foundation but unfortunately it is VERY luminising and shows my spots up like beacons. I set my foundations with MAC Studio Fix, which I find better as a powder than a foundation as I didnt find the coverage to be all that, but maybe I am using it wrong. Other than that I had a Clinque one for combination skin, but I hated it. So so far the best was the Estee Lauder in fact I am thinking of going back to it.


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I have been using Neutrogena foundation for about 5 years now. It's the blemish treatment and contains salycic acid. I know that some people have a problem with salycic acid, but there's not enough in it to really make a difference. It provides a natural looking finish and it's oil free and non-comogenic. Neutrogena products are usually the best makeup to go with from my experience. Then I use physician's formula coverstick and covergirl powder. Anyway, the foundation is in a square bottle and costs about 12 dollars, but it lasts for a long time.

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I've tried many drug store foundations, none seem to appear natural, especially when the makeup dries, and is set with powder.

I just started using Marcelle True Radiance SPF 15 hypo allergenic non-comedogenic, etc, foundation and it seems to be doing a good job. I've really cut back on how much I use, and I lightly blot my sponge in a drop of water first and I apply Aveda all-sensitive moisturizer and all-sensitive toner before I apply any makeup, so I don't get a heavy, matte finish, which I hate.

I've tried only one MAC foundation, so I can't say for the others, but the Studio Fix I found was too matte for me, but then again, that's the only liquid foundation by MAC that offers a matte finish.

Clinique Superbalanced Makeup was good, but in the sunlight it didn't seem to blend well with my pale olive skin...I don't understand why they can't make a foundation for all the Latin, Greek, Italian, etc. people that have olive skin.. sad.gif ...anyway. This is a very long post, but that's from my experience. Different foundations work well for different people...you just have to go broke trying a hundred of them before you find a good match eusa_angel.gif

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I have been using Neutrogena foundation for about 5 years now.  It's the blemish treatment and contains salycic acid.  I know that some people have a problem with salycic acid, but there's not enough in it to really make a difference.  It provides a natural looking finish and it's oil free and non-comogenic.  Neutrogena products are usually the best makeup to go with from my experience.  Then I use physician's formula coverstick and covergirl powder.  Anyway, the foundation is in a square bottle and costs about 12 dollars, but it lasts for a long time.


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Seriously try mineral makeup if you don't want to look like you're wearing ANY makeup. I have found that if covers as well as liquid, and with liquid foundation, people can ALWAYS tell you're wearing it. Sorry, but it's true.


My regimen:

Eat regularly: a wide variety of vegetables, eggs, meat/fish, cheese, yogurt, butter, fruit, nuts/seeds.

Occasionally eat: beans, squash, potatoes.

Don't eat: sugar, grains, most processed food.


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Yep, I think I am going to have a go at Mineral Foundations. And if that is a no no, then I am going to try MAC. And then if not I am going to a department store and am going to spend all day finding something good! My draw is literally full of foundation powders and brushes! And I am fed up with looking in the mirror and having to spend 10mins removing and re-doing my foundation!

Do mineral foundations last a long time? Even with very oily skin?

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Edat,

I'm probably not the best source on all this since I've only been using them for about a week, but here is my experience. I ordered some Jane Iredale like a year ago because my mom recommended it and it was horrible. It didn't cover at all, so I gave up on minerals because I thought they were only for people who didn't need any coverage. But after reading some gals on this site who really liked them, I decided to give them a go again. The idea that there are no extra preservatives and chemicals in them is really appealing to me, because I think my acne might be partially, or totally caused by my makeup. So I got some Aromaleigh samples, and I really like them! I also am waiting for some samples from Cory and Alphaskincare, as those seem to be 2 other co's that people like around here. I'll try some of JLynne's once she gets her site up and running too. From what I've read, application is key, but all I do is use a little aloe vera as moisturizer, wait 10 min for it to dry and just brush the minerals on. I did order a sample of the coquille corrective powder from aromaleigh, so I brush that on first, which evens out any blotchiness and then brush the minerals on for coverage. I have to do several layers to get the coverage I like, but it still doesn't look powdery or anything. It lasts all day too. I don't really have oily skin, but I did get oily when I wore liquid foundation. I think some companies have primers that are supposed to help with oiliness. So, my skin doesn't look perfect with minerals, but it didin't look perfect with liquid either! And I'd rather look like I'm not wearing any makeup, than look like I'm trying to cover something that everybody can still see anyway! Anyway, I'm sure Jess will give you some more tips if you want them. Good luck!

Carrie


My regimen:

Eat regularly: a wide variety of vegetables, eggs, meat/fish, cheese, yogurt, butter, fruit, nuts/seeds.

Occasionally eat: beans, squash, potatoes.

Don't eat: sugar, grains, most processed food.


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Revlon Colorstay..I recommend it all the time. I love it and wouldn't try anything else. It covers great without looking cakey and stays for about 6-7 hours before it gets oily (on me, anyway). I have moderately oily skin and I don't even need to use a powder with it. It's great.

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Revlon Colorstay..I recommend it all the time. I love it and wouldn't try anything else. It covers great without looking cakey and stays for about 6-7 hours before it gets oily (on me, anyway). I have moderately oily skin and I don't even need to use a powder with it. It's great.


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3/4 AHA Toner* & 1/4 Glycerin (cotton pad) -- good toner, moisturizer, and makeup base (use less glycerin if not under makeup)

Occasional Treatments (2-3x/week): Exfoliating bp wash* in shower, 2.5% bp lotion* at night

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d'oh...I forgot to add in the mineral foundations...

Jane Iredale pressed - way too coarse (looks bad); way too low coverage

Aromaleigh, Monave, Cory:

The higher coverage formulations (higher concentration of titanium dioxide) got oily and separated rather quickly, and also had a strange-looking finish. I had to apply too much (enough that it looked weird) to get decent coverage. The more diluted formulas did not provide enouh coverage. They all got really, really oily on my skin unless I diluted the formula almost 50/50 with starch (and/or kaolin), and then the coverage was too low. (Putting starch or talc-based powder above or below the formulas didn't fix the oil problem for me). My skin also doesn't seem to like starch very much, so my skin condition did not improve - it actually felt congested with slight bumps. My skin actually improved when I switched from the mineral makeups to Revlon Colorstay. (Using talc instead of starch probably would have agreed with my skin more, but I didn't want to be applying a formula containg a lot of loose talc around my nose).


99.5% Clear (skin gets 'congested' PMS week, but no actual breakouts)

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Fragrance-Free Baby Wipes + a few drops Rimmel Makeup Remover solution

3/4 AHA Toner* & 1/4 Glycerin (cotton pad) -- good toner, moisturizer, and makeup base (use less glycerin if not under makeup)

Occasional Treatments (2-3x/week): Exfoliating bp wash* in shower, 2.5% bp lotion* at night

CoverGirl TruBlend Powder Foundation

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* = Klear Action Kit (Pro-Activ knockoff)

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Gluten-free diet (for non-acne reasons, but it seems to have cleared my acne)


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Revlon Colorstay..I recommend it all the time. I love it and wouldn't try anything else. It covers great without looking cakey and stays for about 6-7 hours before it gets oily (on me, anyway). I have moderately oily skin and I don't even need to use a powder with it. It's great.


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The higher coverage formulations (higher concentration of titanium dioxide) got oily and separated rather quickly, and also had a strange-looking finish. I had to apply too much (enough that it looked weird) to get decent coverage. The more diluted formulas did not provide enouh coverage. They all got really, really oily on my skin unless I diluted the formula almost 50/50 with starch (and/or kaolin), and then the coverage was too low.

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Hello

While Kaolin can be too heavy if used alone, if you get the correct blend, it is the perfect remedy too stop oily break through during the day.

Mica, on the other hand, does not absorb oils, it merely provides an optical illusion. You really don't want to use Mica Secricite on acne prone skins. Mica has a jagged particle shape that tends to lodge itself in the pore, cause more pimples.

Likewise, Zinc Oxide should also not be used on individuals prone to acne. While zinc oxide is very soothing, and somewhat antibacterial, it also clogs pores. Zinc Oxide is especially noted for exasperating cystic acne.

For more information on Mica go to:

http://www.acne.com/p_cosmetic.php

and read paragraph labeled 3.

For more info on Zinc Oxide got to:

http://www.zerozits.com/Articles/article6.htm

just scroll down to find Zinc Oxide and the level to which it clogs the pores. It's only a one, but for me, I don't even want to take that risk.

To read a very thorough and comprehensive list of comedogenic (pore-clogging/acne causing) ingredients common to Mineral Makeups you could try my site:

http://www.realmineralmakeup.com/TheirIngredients.html

or to read about the specific actions of certain ingredients, with links to outside information:

http://www.realmineralmakeup.com/LinksInformation.html

Hope this helps!!

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i love Trumatch by loreal..great stuff! but when my skin is acting up and i need more coverage..instaed of getting a thicker foundation..i dot on Benefit Bo-Ing concealer which totally covers everything up!

i tried lancome photogenic..ok but not worth the 55$

Revlon dream matte mousse..i do enjoy it- but in the winter,,my skin is too dry for a matte finish

Sally HAnsen airbrush makeup..totally broke me out like crazy!

so i guess Truematch it is then!


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Well I brought some of your Revlon Colour-Stay and unfortunately it is a very bad colour match for me. I brought the lightest available shade - 02 buff (I would have thought there would be an 01 but there isn't) and although the colour does make me look nice and tanned, I have to put it all over my neck etc, or suffer a major tide mark! The finish it gives it quite good, and it lasts on me for about 3 hours. But rubs off VERY easily and as I wear white quite often, it’s a very big no no!

I got a free sample of Marvaldi Airbrush Foundation yesterday and this stuff is amazing, it looks like there is nothing on you but it provides very buildable coverage. Even without being applied with an airbrush. Unfortunately it is VERY red??? All of their colour range appears to be pink based, apart from one! So when I am done trying on thousands of other foundations I may go back and try that one.

I have ordered some mineral foundation, which should be arriving tomorrow. And I am going to try MAC Studio Fix asap. So I'll let you know how I get on with those!!

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I have been using "Prescriptives Virtual Skin - Natural Finish" for about a month and I absolutely love it. Top it off with their "Powderful Adjustable Coverage Pressed Powder" and you look airbrushed, but in a natural way. I have combo skin and it is, by far, the best I have tried. Can be layered to adjust coverage from light to medium, doesn't get cakey, doesn't look phony. Also, doesn't break me out.

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I have been using "Prescriptives Virtual Skin - Natural Finish" for about a month and I absolutely love it.  Top it off with their "Powderful Adjustable Coverage Pressed Powder" and you look airbrushed, but in a natural way.  I have combo skin and it is, by far, the best I have tried.  Can be layered to adjust covered from light to medium, doesn't get cakey, doesn't look phony.  Also, doesn't break me out.


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I have boots naturals matte foundation. It is ok, but you have to be careful putting it on when ure a boy but no one obviously notices.


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I've used loads of different foundations too.. most of which I can't even remember the names of now!

The most recent were..

Max Factor Hyper Smooth. This was ok. It gave even coverage, but I found my face got greasy quite quickly, whilst wearing it, so I had to blot and powder regularly.

Next was Maybelline Everfresh. I used this up until only a couple of days ago. I liked this. It stayed on well.. even when I went to a very bouncy, sweaty gig for 4 hours. I bounced and I sweated.. and it was still in place when I went home!

I got the Maybelline foundation in the summer, so the colour was a bit too dark for my pale winter skin.. so I thought I may aswell try something new, seeing as I'd got to get a lighter shade anyway..

Yesterday, I bought MAC Studio Finish. I only used it yesterday (after the lady at MAC applied it for me), while I was shopping and today at work, but I have to say, I'm quite impressed!

It's soooo easy to apply. I just put concealer where I need it, then just brush the powder/foundation onto my face. It's so much easier than going through the routine of applying liquid foundation with a sponge! It took me a fraction of the time it usually takes, to apply it this morning.

It looks really natural and is a perfect match with my skin..

And it stayed on all day! I blotted and powdered once, with my regular pressed powder (Boots No 17), at lunch time.. and that was it!

I'd seen these powder/foundation combinations before, but never really thought they'd be up to much.

I'd read on the make-up help board, about people who were in love with MAC Cosmetics.. I'm so glad I decided to try it now! biggrin.gif


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Hey everyone,

I have used makeup for YEARS. I started wearing it in the 8th grade because I thought I was too pale (I have albinism), and then of course, I never stopped. I'm almost 27 now and just started getting acne about a year ago, but even before that, in my early twenties, my skin started getting blotchy looking. I hated it, but I sort of ignored it because I just covered it with makeup every day!

Maybe a little over a week ago, I started using mineral makeup, and the tone of my skin has changed dramatically. (I also haven't gotten one new zit, but as it's only been a week, I don't want to speak too soon on that front.) But as far as the blotchiness, it is completely gone. My skin looks so much better. It used to be all ruddy after I washed off my makeup or got out of the shower, but now it is much more even toned.


My regimen:

Eat regularly: a wide variety of vegetables, eggs, meat/fish, cheese, yogurt, butter, fruit, nuts/seeds.

Occasionally eat: beans, squash, potatoes.

Don't eat: sugar, grains, most processed food.


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Well I brought some of your Revlon Colour-Stay and unfortunately it is a very bad colour match for me. I brought the lightest available shade - 02 buff (I would have thought there would be an 01 but there isn't) and although the colour does make me look nice and tanned, I have to put it all over my neck etc, or suffer a major tide mark! The finish it gives it quite good, and it lasts on me for about 3 hours. But rubs off VERY easily and as I wear white quite often, it’s a very big no no!


99.5% Clear (skin gets 'congested' PMS week, but no actual breakouts)

---------------------------

Fragrance-Free Baby Wipes + a few drops Rimmel Makeup Remover solution

3/4 AHA Toner* & 1/4 Glycerin (cotton pad) -- good toner, moisturizer, and makeup base (use less glycerin if not under makeup)

Occasional Treatments (2-3x/week): Exfoliating bp wash* in shower, 2.5% bp lotion* at night

CoverGirl TruBlend Powder Foundation

---------------------------

* = Klear Action Kit (Pro-Activ knockoff)

---------------------------

Gluten-free diet (for non-acne reasons, but it seems to have cleared my acne)


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I have been using Estee Lauder's "Maximum Coverage" but I hate it now and want to change.

It provides excellent coverage, stays matte if you just apply powder with a brush after applying the foundation, but it rubs off and its has a tendency to look cakey.

I was quite tan when i first bought it, now that I lost my tan it looks orange on me. They dont have a wide range of color so when i went the next shade lighter, it was too light and pinky looking for my Asian skin.

I used #3, creamy vanilla, and it was too orange and dark... then I got #1 (there is no #2), creamy ivory, and it's too pinky white.

After reading those reviews on the MAC makeup, I am definitely going to buy it and try it out. I'm a fan of MAC eye makeup and lip gloss, I just havent tried the foundations yet.


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