Post # 1
I need advice on choosing a foundation. I have used MAC for years, but since I began treatment for cancer, everytime I put on my foundation I break out immediately, then it seems as if the make up is melting off my face, it becomes greasy and looks like its sliding in places.
So Im looking for something for sensitive skin and something that wont be oily or greasy. Also I need good coverage, I’ve had a couple of rounds of radiation and my skin is blotchy and red, so I need some good coverage.
Can you give me the brands you use and why you use them. I dont want to go out and buy a ton of stuff and spend a whole lot of money and it not give me good coverage.
Thank you in advance.
Post # 2
What are you using for primer? I find that makes a big difference in how my make-up goes on and whether or not I break out. I use Vichy’s anti-acne corrective moisturizer and I haven’t had a break-out since. (currenlty I’ve got covergirl, maybelline and colourpop foundation but I’ve had the best results with colourpop so far)
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2018 - Location
I use the Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Hydrating Foundation: https://www.sephora.com/ca/en/product/studio-skin-15-hour-wear-foundation-P292403
It doesn’t dry out my skin and I find it’s the right amount of coverage without being too thick. I apply with a beauty blender.
I think your best bet would be to go to Nordstrom (they’re more generous than Sephora) and ask for some samples in those little jars you can take home to try different brands before committing to an expensive bottle. Try each for a week and see how your skn reacts.
Wishing you a healthy recovery.
Post # 4
Do you have a Sephora by you? If you do, you can go in and get samples of a couple of different things. And they can recommend something. My mom got a sample of foundation and it lasted her 5 days so she could really try it out!
Post # 5
ladyvk : I was using a primer but then it was breaking me out worse when I used it. I was using the Covergirl primer. I stopped that first, and the breakouts got better, but its still happening with the foundation too.
jayrock : I wish there was a Nordstrom here. Its like 3 hours away.
Sunshine024 : Same for Sephora
The only thing we have here is an Ulta and I have never used their products before.
Will look at all the suggestions online. I will head to the mall this weekend and see if any of the department stores have some samples.
Post # 6
I have sensitive skin, and find a lot of foundations break me out. Clinique anti blemish solutions works for me, but as others suggested, see if you can get a sample first. Good luck
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2019 - Country/barn
Regarding primer. I can’t wear primer that has silicone in it as it breaks me out. I have used Smashbox photo finish light for years and love it. It never breaks me out.
Post # 8
I used to wear Clinique and highly recommend. I would find a Clinique counter at a department store and actually speak to a consultant. Clinique is hypo-allergenic and are generally a very good brand to address various skin types.
If you’re looking for drugstore brand, Almay is also hypoallergenic. It’s been a long time since I’ve worn a drugstore brand foundation and I don’t recall ever wearing Almay foundation specifically, but I’ve worn other make-up items from Almay and was pleased.
I agree that skin prep/priming and finishing powder will likely have more of an effect. You can also try powder/mineral foundations, but depending on what your skin is sensitive to you will want to watch the ingredients carefully. Many contain bismuth because it has a pearlescent or glowy finish which is a common ingredient that those with sensitive skin may react to. For example, the only version of Bare Minerals powder foundation that doesn’t contain it is the matte version.
Post # 9
- Wedding: May 2019 - Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
I have sensitive, rosacea prone skin and really like Estee Lauder Double Wear. It is very high coverage.
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Post # 11
Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation has been great for my sensitive skin. The clay keeps it from getting shiny throughout the day, and it has good staying power. I set it with a bit of powder from the same line.
Post # 12
I have a silicone sensitivity, and I’ve used PUR 4-in-1 Powder Foundation for years. Love it and it has great coverage.
Post # 13
Estee Lauder – double wear
Post # 14
Im a fan of Tom Ford. As well as tinter moisturizers (I believe they are also known as BB or CC creams)
Post # 15
I like both the Revlon and Maybelline foundations for long wear. I have oilier skin so I need a foundation with a built-in powder or one designed for a long day, and I find both the Revlon and Maybelline ones stay put and provide a very smooth, even finish. I also find the Maybelline one in particular is not at all greasy.
Make sure your skin is clean and dry before you put the foundation on. I’ve found that makes a big difference. You might also want to use a toner beforehand, or put some rose water on your face. Using powder and a setting spray also really helps.