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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Drugstore Foundations: A Quick Look, from the Best to the Worst!


My 2-Week Makeup Challenge: Day 6
You can find the challenge post *here* if you’d like to join in!

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Day Six:  List every foundation you’ve ever used (that are worth mentioning) from Best to Worst
(I’m only going to do the inexpensive foundations I’ve used… otherwise this will be a VERY lengthy post!)

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 Revlon Colorstay for Combination/Oily Skin
Big surprise!  I’ve reviewed it Here and Here

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Neutrogena Healthy Skin Compact Makeup 
Neutrogena Healthy Skin is a miracle foundation for those of us with normal, dry, or very dry skin!  It’s hydrating and really nice to your skin, and can actually help heal and prevent breakouts.  This is a cream makeup that comes in a sleek compact.  This can apply very sheerly or can give a lot of coverage depending on how you apply it!  With SPF 55 you’re protected wherever you go. **I would also place the Healthy Skin Liquid Foundation in this spot - it is just as nice!**
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Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Tinted Moisturizer
This is my summer-skin staple!  This provides a ton of moisture and sheer, even coverage.  This also contains SPF 15… and the best part is that it is 100% Certified Organic.  There are no parabens, fragrances, dyes or other harmful ingredients, meaning that it’s going to baby your skin.  I love it!
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Revlon PhotoReady Foundation
This is a fabulous makeup product.  It provides very light but good coverage; it hides blemishes and other flaws very well, and is luminescent on the skin.  This is great for people with oily to normal skin (and dry skin, as long as you’re not flaky). It lasts quite a while on the face and the packaging is an incredibly convenient pump!
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Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer
This is another tinted moisturizer that is very dear to my heart!  Although the coverage is sheer, it is even and luxurious.  It is very hydrating, contains SPF 20, and also includes Retinol which moisturizes, prevents wrinkles and can treat acne.
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L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Makeup
This is a creamy, easy-to-apply foundation that comes in a TON of shades, with different undertones to help you find the right color for you.  This does require a powder to set it if you have oily skin, but otherwise it lasts a decent amount of time.  True Match provides medium coverage and doesn’t feel cakey!  Unfortunately the bottles are small and inconvenient.
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 Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse
This is a creamy, hydrating whipped foundation ideal for people with dry or normal skin.  Although this isn’t particularly longwearing, the texture is divine and it provides flawless coverage.  It softens the skin and doesn’t accentuate rough patches.
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Almay Truly Lasting Color
TLC foundation by Almay is actually quite nice.  It does last a good amount of time, but I wouldn’t classify it as a “longwear” foundation.  The colors are varied and the coverage is nice… about medium to light.  
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Maybelline SuperStay Foundation
This is an okay product, but it doesn’t wow me.  It lasts longer than most foundations, but not long enough to be impressive.  It doesn’t control oil, and gets slightly shiny.  However the coverage and texture is similar to Colorstay, and you get a lot of product for your money.
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Rimmel Clean Finish Foundation
This is the only real foundation that I’ve enjoyed from Rimmel (that hasn’t been discontinued).  Although there’s really nothing clean about it, it does feel light on your skin while providing a nice medium coverage (not “poreless” as it claims).  The shade selection is not impressive, but if you are lucky enough to find the right color this is a decent product.  Also - to claim that there are “Vitamins” in a makeup product is a lie, and/or does nothing for your skin!
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Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse
This is a very popular foundation, and a lot of people seem to love it, but I’m afraid it’s a definite miss for me.  It just feels so cakey, and it doesn’t last long at all.  Even the matte finish, which at first is nice, turns shiny after a good half day of wear.  This is definitely something for oily-skinned people, because it accentuates flakes and dry patches on those who didn’t even know they had any.
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Covergirl NatureLuxe Liquid Foundation
This is a very light, sweet smelling foundation that provides light coverage with an incredibly smooth texture.  However it only lasts about two hours and then leaves the skin feeling horribly greasy!  Even with powder, this doesn’t stay on your face, even if you don’t have oily skin.  The shade selection is quite poor, and there is NOTHING natural about this product.
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Covergirl Clean Liquid Foundation
In my highschool years, I used Covergirl faithfully.  Looking back, it’s no wonder why I had a face full of acne!  Even though these claim to be “clean”, they aren’t at all.  The coverage is decent, and they don’t feel heavy on the skin, but the formulation of these is horrible and well-known for causing breakouts.  Even the oil-control formula doesn’t hide greasiness throughout the day!  These also transfer onto everything with the slightest touch.  I’m not a fan.
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Maybelline FITme! Liquid Foundation
This foundation had a lot of hype when it first came out, but soon people realized it’s true nature.  Although it does work nicely for some people, for most it causes horrendous breakouts!  The shade selection is very nice though, which is surprising, and it looks very nice when originally applied.  It doesn’t have a long wear time, though, and this makeup transfers easily as well.  Too bad!  The shade range gave it good potential.
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Covergirl TruBlend Liquid Foundation
This was my go-to in high school, and as I mentioned previously, my skin reflected that (badly!)  Even though this claims to “truely blend” into your skin, it doesn’t - it sits on top, feels greasy (and LOOKS greasy), transfers off your face within a few hours, and is not good for your skin whatsoever.  There are also only about 6 shades… very disappointing.  I blame my prolonged use of this on sheer ignorance!
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ELF Studio Tinted Moisturizer
Unfortunately, I have to put this at the bottom!  As much as I love ELF, their foundation products simply don’t do the job.  This applied patchily, smelled strongly of sunscreen, had a horrible shade selection, provided NO moisture, and faded within an hour, literally.  It has the texture of a whipped mousse, but won’t blend into the skin at all.  It just plain looks bad.
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Don’t worry… it’s OKAY if you disagree with me!  Certain products work better for certain people, and we all have different preferences when it comes to finish, texture, and formula.  These are my opinions.
Originally posted on http://DrugstorePrincess.com!

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  1. Thanks alot for telling me about the trublend. I have to disagree with you on some aspects but overall i just bought this and am basically just as unsatisfied with it as you are. Thanks i'll look at your top 3 and try some of them

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  2. I was never one to have breakouts... Always had great skin growing up and suddenly started seeing some changes, unevenness that was never there before. Until this, I never heard that FITme caused breakouts, but it definitely explains a lot now. I did like the coverage and the way it felt, but the bottle is definitely going in the garbage tonight!

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  3. Whats the best moisturizer for dry skin? From the drugstore please.

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    1. Cera Ve !!! I have eczema and use to have VERY dry skin; but ever since I started using Cera Ve it went away i can actually say i have normal skin now!:)) I don't know if it will work as good on it's own because I use the face wash & night mosturizer (I also use that in the mornings doesn't matter because it's not greasy at all). You should check them out tho, definitely worth the try!

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