Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Which foundation for combination skin?

Hellooo... How are you doing?

Me - I am on the look out for a tinted moisturizer namely the Laura Mercier because I am currently experiencing clogged pores and breakouts from my regular sunblock and stick foundation.

I am a long-term user of Clinique's 1-2-3 Basic Skin Care range and had been using the Clinique Derma White Bright C Stick Makeup (stick foundation) since it was launched in 2010 (now discontinued) with no issues.

Unfortunately, it's not been doing well in our hot and humid weather. Next, I tried Clinique Super City Block Ultra Protection SPF 40 for Unisex but that's feeling rather heavy too after basic skin care.

As a result, I've got a really oily T-zone by mid-day!

Now, I am quite fascinated by bareMinerals mineral makeup because it's free of parabens, waxes, dyes and binders, which means that it will not clog your pores ^_^

Alexandra McCormick lists out a number of tinted moisturizers, BB and CC creams that she likes

The first one she reviews is the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Tinted Cream Gel SPF30 (USD21.95) (what a mouthful!), which is cheaper than Laura Mercier.

A luminous 100% pure bareMinerals finishing powder for the face. For the ultimate, translucent "finishing touch" to your makeup, Mineral Veil melts into your skin, infusing it with softness and light, giving the look you see with a soft focus camera lens. 
Buff on Mineral Veil over bareMinerals Foundation to lend extra staying power. Completely sheer and ideal for all skin tones, Mineral Veil gently absorbs oil and minimizes the appearance of lines and pores without the buildup of pressed or loose powders that contain parabens, waxes, dyes and binders.

After reading Paula's Choice's tips for choosing the right foundation, I now know that people with combination skin like me should:

a) stay away from stick foundations like the Clinique Derma White Vit C and also a Bobbi Brown one I used for a while and

b) look for tinted moisturizers like the Clinique Super City Block SPF 40.

Reading the collated Amazon reviews on TheVenusFace for the best tinted moisturizers for oily skin, I find out that I should find either: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20, Fawn, 1.7 Ounce

OR Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Oil Free, Fawn

A word of caution: the oil-free one is best for really oily skins thus if you're checking out Laura Mercier's foundations too, check IF your skin is that oily first.

After a visit to Sephora, one of their wonderful beauty advisors suggested me the Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation for WoMen (in a warm shade) (RM200+) for my dehydrated face.

Product information: An ultra-lightweight fluid foundation. Contains micro-fine Radiant-Pearl Mica to even skin tone. Reduces the appearance of lines, wrinkles, pores and other imperfections. Stay-true color blends into skin to flatter your natural complexion. Delivers a refreshing double boost of hydration. Provides sheer to medium, buildable coverage. Gives a soft, luminous and natural looking finish. Fragrance-free, talc-free, non-comedogenic and dermatologist-tested.

Are you experiencing this strange oiliness from your foundations/sunblock too?

Have you tried either the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer or Bare Minerals?

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