Totally Off Subject-What Foundation/Makeup Line Do You Use??

I know this is totally off subject, but I posted a similar question elsewhere on the board, but figured I would get a better response here.
Now, excuse the assumption, but I am assuming that most of the women in this particular thread are African American, and could probably do better with pointing me in the right direction.
I am looking for a new foundation. In the past I have tried covergirl, bobbi brown, mary kay, and I'm sure many more, but I have yet to find anything I love.

I am 33,(check out the photo for my complexion)- Maybe Jada? Jill Scott? I don't know anyway. I am prone to breakouts, have some dry patches and oily spots, and nothing makes both areas happy!
What foundations are you all using?? I'm not too concerned about the price if I can get it on ebay, after checking it out in the store. I'm thinking maybe something water-based would work best for me. Who knows, i've never been really good at this kind of thing
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I also have oily/combination skin, and I've had great success with Bare Minerals. It doesn't aggravate breakouts. I used it a few years ago and stopped, and recently revisited it....now I'm wondering why I stopped, LOL.

I wear the "Warm Deep" foundation. I originally ordered a starter set off of Sephora.com, but you can easily find the makeup line at Ulta or Sephora stores.
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I also have oily/combination skin, and I've had great success with Bare Minerals. It doesn't aggravate breakouts. I used it a few years ago and stopped, and recently revisited it....now I'm wondering why I stopped, LOL.

I wear the "Warm Deep" foundation. I originally ordered a starter set off of Sephora.com, but you can easily find the makeup line at Ulta or Sephora stores.
Originally Posted by preciousjewel76
Now, I have been eyeing that but then I hear it can make black women look "ashen". I assume you've never had that problem.
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I also have oily/combination skin, and I've had great success with Bare Minerals. It doesn't aggravate breakouts. I used it a few years ago and stopped, and recently revisited it....now I'm wondering why I stopped, LOL.

I wear the "Warm Deep" foundation. I originally ordered a starter set off of Sephora.com, but you can easily find the makeup line at Ulta or Sephora stores.
Originally Posted by preciousjewel76
Now, I have been eyeing that but then I hear it can make black women look "ashen". I assume you've never had that problem.
Originally Posted by akilamonique
Nope, never had the ashy look. I use the foundation, then a bit of the "Warmth" All-Over Face Color, then the Mineral Veil (which is like a setting powder). Sounds like a lot, but it really isn't. It takes just a couple of minutes to brush it on.
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I use Bare Minerals too and I highly recommend their product! My skin feels soft and it gives a "flawless" look, unlike regular foundation.

For lipsticks and eyeshadow I use MAC
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I use Revlon Colorstay makeup with Softflex for combination/oily skin in carmel. This foundation is great, stays on for hours, and gives you a natural flawless look.
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You should look for something oil free and non-comedogenic if you are prone to break outs. I used to use Clinique, Iman and I recently purchased Smashbox (which I havenít used as yet).

Also, I have an issue with oily skin and Iíve tried it all from toners to mattifying lotions to blot papers/powders etc. I recently stumbled on this sheer blot power from Urban Decay. I highly recommend it if you are experiencing a similar issue with an overly oily t-zone. You can try/buy it at Sephora.
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I wore Bare Minerals for two years and the Bismuth Oxychloride set my face on fire. It would itch like I had fiber glass in my skin sometimes. Bismuth Oxychloride is what BE uses to give their foundation that dewy finish. After awhile, I could also tell the foundation was too red for my skin and on my dry skin, made me look a bit cakey. So, I decided to try a different brand and now I use MAC foundations. I use their studio tech cream foundation which is water based and great for dry skin. It is also non-comodogenic and hypo allerginic. For the past month I've been using their Studio Select SPF 15 liquid foundation and I think I love it a little more than my cream because it's lighter. For me, both don't dry out my skin more, don't irritate it and match my skin perfectly. I wear NC50 in both foundations.

I tried to try mineral makeup again and got samples from everyday minerals and those made me look very ashen and aged me quite a bit. It felt heavy on my skin.

I don't have to use a primer because my face doesn't tend to get oily unless I'm sweating or have been wearing my makeup for hours on end, but something that apparently works wonders as a primer is monistat anti chafing gel.
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I have very oily, acne prone skin and started using Sally's Femme Couture Pressed Mineral Makeup a couple of weeks ago and love it. It offers full coverage, lasts all day and looks natural. Most makeup causes me to break out and usually has melted off of my face by mid-day - but not this. This makeup lasts most of the day for me. I have tried Bare Minerals and like this brand by Sally's a lot better and it's only $12.99. They also have the loose powder (I just prefer the pressed). If you prefer loose powder, they have a special for a starter kit for only $19.99. I have included a link below:
http://www.sallybeauty.com/mineral-p...efault,pd.html
I use Revlon Colorstay makeup with Softflex for combination/oily skin in carmel. This foundation is great, stays on for hours, and gives you a natural flawless look.
Originally Posted by cysyca
Ditto! This is good stuff. I finally learned that you don't always have to pay a fortune for make-up. I use drugstore make-up all the time. I make sure it's hypoallergenic, oil-free and fragrance free. I love Loreal for lips and Maybelline for my eyes.
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i use MAC foundations (liquid and powder) in NC45.

i have super oily skin and ive found that using both coal face soap and tea tree water both by lush has helped me out ALOT.
I ended up trying the Femme Couture from Sally's. I will give it a try tomorrow and see how it looks!!
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I use GloMinerals. My friend who told me about it said it's made by the same company that makes BareMinerals, but I don't know how true that is. What I like about it is that the color I use, Chestnut Medium, is the only foundation I've ever found that matches my skin perfectly. It goes on smoothly and it makes my skin look better but still natural instead of "made up" if you know what I mean. It may be hard to find, but I buy it on eBay.

Hope this helps
In the past I used the color stay for combination skin and I actually liked it but the coverage was a bit to sheer for my post acne trouble spots. I am currently using MAC liquid foundation which works a bit better for fuller coverage. I am tempted to try the bare minerals but am hesitant because I have not had great success with other mineral make up.

BTW, we better get some reviews and possibly some pics with the product you decide upon! Happy searching!


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I've been using Prescriptives Virtual Skin in Real Antelope. It's nice, but I've been wanting a change, so I'm planning on trying MAC.
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I use a concealer stick from Bobbi Brown, to cover up my acne scars, then I use Prescriptives custom blend powder. I used Bare Minerals before, and the color was amazing, but it rubbed off. It would come off on my clothes, my hands, everything. If that doesn't happen for you, then I say use it.
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I know this is totally off subject, but I posted a similar question elsewhere on the board, but figured I would get a better response here.
Now, excuse the assumption, but I am assuming that most of the women in this particular thread are African American, and could probably do better with pointing me in the right direction.
I am looking for a new foundation. In the past I have tried covergirl, bobbi brown, mary kay, and I'm sure many more, but I have yet to find anything I love.

I am 33,(check out the photo for my complexion)- Maybe Jada? Jill Scott? I don't know anyway. I am prone to breakouts, have some dry patches and oily spots, and nothing makes both areas happy!
What foundations are you all using?? I'm not too concerned about the price if I can get it on ebay, after checking it out in the store. I'm thinking maybe something water-based would work best for me. Who knows, i've never been really good at this kind of thing
Originally Posted by akilamonique
I use Arbonne Line Defiance Liquid Foundation, #13.

What are you using to cleanse you face?
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Last edited by Mo_Gemini22; 09-12-2008 at 09:57 PM. Reason: !!
Bare Minerals rocks!

I hardly ever wear full-makeup (usually gloss, maybe mascara). Whenever I do, I get so many compliments on my skin. Most people think I have no make-up on at all.

My skin is sensitive. I have had issues with break-outs from make-up in the past. Not with this stuff. It's awesome!
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What are you using to cleanse you face?
Originally Posted by Mo_Gemini22
I used to use proactiv, but stopped using it to see if I could find anything cheaper that worked just as well. I didn't, so my new set of proactiv is in the mail now. I hope it gets here soon!!!
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