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Need foundation to hide redness & safe for sensitive skin


I am looking for a new foundation, but I need something that is safe to use on my sensitive skin. I have an oily T-zone but dry patches around the chin and I break out very easily. I also have a lot of redness and some acne scars and want something with good coverage to hide this. In the past I have tried products from Revlon and Cover Girl but they did not provide enough coverage and made my skin look flaky even though I used moisturizer. In pictures I often looked as though I wasn't wearing any foundation at all. In the past I have always bought the usual drugstore brands but now I think it might be worth spending more money if I can get something better. I'd like to get some recommendations for new products to try. I'm pretty low-maintenance so I'd prefer something that isn't difficult to apply and travels well.
Feb 26, 2009 @ 01:24 pm

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MAC !!

Go to your nearest MAC and ask them to recommend something for you. The great thing about MAC is they have a great refund policy. If for any reason you don't like MAC foundations, then go to Sephora and have one of their experts recommend something - there are a lot of medium - high end brands at Sephora.

At both places they will try the product on you right then and there so I recommend go au naturel with no makeup so they can best evaluate what you need.

good luck and let us know how it goes! :)
Feb 26, 2009 @ 03:43 pm

Same problem

I have the same problem as you. I used to use L'Oreal True Match and
although it matched my skin perfectly I found the liquid foundation too
heavy. I tried a lot of foundations since then and I've now settled
with Bare Minerals. This is light and covers well. You can add more or
less depending on how much coverage you want. I find it doesn't last
the whole day for me like it does for some people and my face can get
really oily if I don't touch up. It's not irritating and I don't break
out from it.

After this foundation I might try a mineral foundation that's in press
powder form (Bare Minerals is loose powder) so it's more portable. From
what the people tell me in Sephora they're about the same.

I'd suggest to go to Sephora and try something out for a week or 2. If
you like it, keep it, but if you don't just go back and return it and
try something else. The people there are usually very nice about it.
Feb 28, 2009 @ 04:12 pm


I went to Sephora yesterday and sure enough they recommended Bare Minerals. I am going on vacation soon and my one concern is that it's a loose powder and could be messy for traveling, especially since I am used to applying makeup in pressed form with a sponge, not loose and with a brush. I am debating looking for something more portable, maybe from MAC, but I would like to at least give the Bare Minerals a try in the next couple weeks before I leave.

Side note: Does anyone know where to get brushes? I thought the ones at Sephora were too expensive but I couldn't find much at Shoppers, either.
Mar 03, 2009 @ 03:26 pm


Shoppers carry Quo... give that a try. One of my friends is a makeup artist of sorts, and she recomended quo brushes. Try those out :)
Mar 03, 2009 @ 09:45 pm


I could try Quo. How often do you need to get a new brush?
Mar 03, 2009 @ 10:16 pm

Brushes best for application!

I wear all oil free stuff, Make up forever HD Foundation and New York Color Pressed Powder both applied with the Quo Bronzing brush (2 brushes) Hope this helps . Make sure your cleanser, scrub and moisturozer are also oil free and you clean your brushes lots. (I use sulfate-free shampoo to clean.
Mar 04, 2009 @ 01:44 pm

Starter Kit

I bought the Bare Minerals starter kit. It comes with 2 shades, mineral
veil, warmth and 3 brushes. I think this was about $70. I don't wear it
everyday so even though I bought it last summer I still have a lot
left. That's up to you if you want to buy it though. I'm sure you can
use any brush that looks similar, like quo.

If you're worried about the loose powder I'd suggest to get a press
mineral powder foundation. I think it'll be as effective although I
haven't tried it so I can't say for certain. I did try it once in
Sephora and it seemed fine and I will try that afterwards. I think a
press powder should be about the same and Bare Minerals just has a lot
of "hype" around it.

I have travelled wtih the Bare Minerals loose powder and it has never
spilled into my luggage. But I can't really carry it in my purse likeI could a press one.
Mar 04, 2009 @ 07:48 pm

foundation and skincare

I found Simply Karen mineral powder foundation online and it doesn't have Bismuth, which can be an irritant. I don't breakout like I did with bareminerals. I also use Caudalie skincare which is very soothing to me anyway. I have tried soooo many. I feel the frustration! Best of luck
Mar 04, 2009 @ 10:58 pm
Hot Cuppa

MAC pressed powder breakage

This discussion is really helpful. I have the same issues (redness, dryness, breakouts) as "Anonymous", so I'm reading this with interest. I was using MAC pressed foundation for years and years, but I found that the powder cracked too easily if I dropped the compact even onto the counter or if it got rattled in my purse. I admit dropping makeup isn't a good thing for any kind of makeup, but it happens -- A makeup artist told me that MAC pressed powder is particularly prone to cracking / breaking easily because of the design of the container: there's a hollow space at the bottom to hold the sponge, and the hollowness doesn't absorb the shock of dropping the compact. I've been on the hunt for a new foundation and will go to Sephora to try your suggestions. Thanks.
Mar 05, 2009 @ 10:28 am

So I went to MAC...

...just to see what they had, and I was unimpressed. The guy tried a couple of their pressed powder/foundations on me but I didn't think the coverage was as good as Bare Minerals and it looked like it might make my skin look flaky. It didn't look much better than what I normally buy at Shoppers so I did not buy anything. Plus I have heard too many stories about the compacts breaking. This happened to a friend of mine recently, too.

What I am wondering is if I should get a pressed powder to take in my purse, since Bare Minerals isn't the most portable foundation and my skin gets oily during the day so I may need a touch-up. Any good recommendations?
Mar 05, 2009 @ 12:13 pm

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