Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

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What’s the Best Foundation for Combination Skin…?

What brand/products win this category? What makes it so great?

Thanks to Halee for today’s topic!

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68 thoughts on “Hit List: Best Foundation for Combination Skin

  1. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Casey Casey

    Revlon Colorstay for Combo/Oily. My HG foundation!

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of artemis artemis

      :( it looks horrible on me…i have this flaky skin problem…it accentuates it…and also, it accentuates my pores for some reason :(

  2. MUFE HD Invisible Cover Foundation!

    There’s a reason it’s so talked about. It doesn’t accentuate oily parts and doesn’t stick to dry areas of your skin. I’ve worn it to a Texas Summer wedding and in the middle of a New York Winter when my skin is totally different and it has been outstanding! Also doesn’t clog my SUPER acne-prone skin.

    • I had the complete opposite experience with MUFE HD. It slid right off my oily areas and showed EVERY dry patch on my face. I think it’s awful. I tried it multiple times with several different application methods and it was just as bad each time.

      • Mistli

        I had the same bad experience with MUFE HD, it made me look so oily & broke me out. I wanted to love it so bad because of all the shade options, oh well.

    • ValbonaPro

      Agreed! I love this foundation!

      For others: I have oily/combination skin and I was told to ALWAYS EXFOLIATE—to remove my flakes, dry patches, stubbs, etc…

      It really works. Then, after my skin has been cleansed and exfoliated, I put a little moisturizer. Then, I use SMASHBOX Foundation Primer (SO WONDERFUL–IT LEAVES MY SKIN SMOOTH LOOKING AND MINIMIZES MY PORES A LOT). Then, I apply the MUFE HD foundation (2 squirts only) and use my stippling brush to spread all over. Then I set with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish powder. I have aging skin and I have always had problems. But now, with this routine, I found my skin to look so good! Even my husband noticed–finally lol

  3. Grace

    Revlon colorstay, for oily and combo skin!
    Use MAC blot powder too

  4. Revlon Colorstay Foundation!

  5. Stephanie

    Chanel Perfection Lumiere hasn’t given me any problems, but I also make sure to really exfoliate and moisturize as well.

  6. Tiana

    I love mufe hd foundation. It gives perfect coverage and it doesnt feel heavy on my skin. I love the covergirls natureluxe foundation too.

  7. I have combination skin and I dig Bourjois Healthy Mix! It is not heavy, the lasting power is amazing, and with a bit of setting powder (my favorite is Tarte Smooth Operator) my T zone can stay shine-free for several hours before I feel the need to blot!

  8. Angela

    I love chanel vitalumiere aqua.. it looks very natural yet it gives enough coverage.. and while most foundation oxidize on me.. this one does not! and it does not break me out…

  9. Dana Almarri

    I find that bobbie brown spy foundation looks best on my skin..

  10. Courtney

    Mineral foundation! That stuff was a life changer for me.

  11. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Emily Emily O.

    DiorSkin Nude all the way! The finish isn’t oily, nor is it over drying. It feels perfect on my skin.

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Magdalena Magdalena

      With you on that one, Emily; that’s one great foundation. The trick is to find your own favourite way of application, though.

  12. Heather

    Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural!

  13. Revlon ColorStay for Combination/Oily skin. Great coverage, and it doesn’t melt off of my face even in the midst of a heatwave…trust me, this is tried and tested.

    Estee Lauder Double Wear Light is also fantastic, but the Revlon color range is much better.

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Melissa Mel

      Estee Lauder Double Wear is fantastic and also has a huge colour range. Definitely the best foundation I have ever worn.

      • Amanda

        Agree on both foundations – I bounce back and forth and get Revlon when I don’t think I should be spending the money on EL Double Wear. Double Wear does sit better on my face but it’s also three times the price!

  14. Beckie

    Mac studio fix fluid

  15. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Cynthia Cyntha

    Love MAC Prolongwear i’m nc35

    • Kazumi MD

      I agree with you! I’m a NC25, combination skin. After the MAC Prolongwear I put on my shiseido matifying sheer I20.

  16. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Ana Ana G.

    I like Mac Studio Fix!!

  17. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Melanija melanija

    I love MUFE HD and Shiseido Dual Balancing Foundation, and for summer Shiseido Sun Protection Liquid Foundation.

  18. Miss J

    NARS Sheer Glow! This is THE BEST foundation for my skin, which leans a little more oily in summer and a little more dry in the winter. This is the only foundation I can wear all year around with no real problems. It doesn’t oxidize on me. It leaves the nicest satiny, smooth finish on my face, and at the same time it doesn’t feel too heavy. I love this stuff! Been using it for over two years, and I don’t see a change anytime soon.

    • Frances

      how do you apply this foundation? I own it and find it always clings to dryness around my nose and chin and look really cakey throughout the day :(

      • Tina

        Frances, try to apply it with a wet Beauty Blender. Flawless finish!

      • Maria

        Have you tried using a beauty blender with it?? What I usually do is use a foundation brush to get into the pores and fine lines. Then I tap the sponge over to it set it or pick up the excess (especially around my nose). :)

      • Miss J

        Hi, Frances! I get really bad dry patches with excess flakes around my eyebrows, nose, mouth, and chin. I know what you’re experiencing. First, it’s vitally important to properly exfoliate and moisturize. Certain parts of my face get extremely oily throughout the day, so I can’t use a thick moisturizer all over, but in spots of dryness, I use a thick cream over the area.

        With applying the actual foundation, I use my fingers. I warm it up between my fingertips then press it into the skin. To blend, I dampen a beauty blender sponge knock off from Walgreens that was like $7. I lightly roll the sponge in a downward motion, which helps to press any remaining flakes down then I top my face off with Fix+ from MAC, which just adds additional moisture. I only apply powder to oily areas. I find this to be the best method to help decrease the chance of exacerbating flakes or creating cake face. I also use less product then I think then slowly build up. I find I don’t need a lot of this foundation for good results with this stuff.

        I hope this helps some! :)

    • Maddison

      Too bad the color selection is so poor.

      • Miss J

        I feel they have a good range of pale to deep-dark; it’s the undertone range that is lacking. Most of the shades are yellow based or golden-peach. For me, though, this is the only brand that has right undertone for me.

        MAC has more foundations in SFF, but their lightest isn’t as light as the NARS and I believe the NARS darkest is darker than the MAC one. MUFE HD seems to have more pink and beige shades than anything else, and so on. Every brand lacks something in their shade range.

      • Miss J

        Or on the topic of poor shade ranges, Laura Mercier Silk Creme that has somewhere between 5-10, or most drugstore ranges that fail to make foundation for people darker than a paper bag, or always make their lightest foundation way too pink and exclude anyone who is light and yellow or olive.

        Foundation shade/undertone ranges = THE SUCK.

  19. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Christina Christina

    My HG formula is MUFE Face and Body. Keeps my dry cheeks hydrated and I dust my t-zone with any loose powder for dewy, fresh skin all day!

  20. Revlon Colorstay Dry/Combination or Dior Forever (Fusion Wear) <– both amazing.

  21. For me it has to be Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation, lasts all day, covers blemishes and keeps oil at bay, perfect! Jude x @jadlgw

  22. Missy

    Okay this is something I have a lot of experience with but also trouble with (it can be really hard finding a good foundation for mixed skin types) so here it is:

    I would say Revlon Colorstay Combination/Oily if your skin is combination but on the oilier side, but if you have dry patches, be careful with this foundation as it can be drying/dry-patch enhancing because it is a mattifying and long-wearing foundation. Just make sure to have well moisturized skin (even if you have oily patches) and primers make it go on smoother. It has medium-full coverage depending on what you apply it with, and can be used just as a concealer (to cover spots without covering your face) that will last all day, but when layering this foundation as concealer overtop of it already on your skin can get a bit cakey if you’re not careful, but it can still work really well.

    I would also say Bare Escentuals Matte if you have combination skin that tends to lean drier sometimes. I wore this summer with oily skin and winter with combination/dry skin, and it keeps your skin hydrated but matte and lightweight and able to breathe. It also has great staying power if you buff it into your skin. You might need to blot during the day if it’s hot out or if you have oily skin and don’t prime first. It has medium-full coverage and you can use the foundation as concealer as well (I use a fluffy crease brush for buffing it over spots and under my eye). I need to buy my replacement soon!

    Important to note: I have very acne-prone skin and neither of these foundations ever broke me out, except Revlon if I had it on my skin for too long or didn’t manage to wash it all off completely. (Usually around my chin, which is an oily area for me.)

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Melissa Mel

      I would say try Clinique acne solutions foundation its super good it will not clog your pores. as well its a natural finish with moderate coverage so it should be good for you

  23. Maisara

    Mac pro long wear. Best for oily skin. It’s a full coverage foundation so u only need one to one and a half pump. It doesn’t move at all the whole day and it blends like a dream!

  24. Chrissy

    I’ve been using Origins Stay Tuned for about a month now and it has really done wonders for me! It has helped to balance my skin and it matches my skin tone perfectly, which is really hard because I’m really pale all year round. So I definitely suggest it!

  25. Kristen

    Revlon Colorstay for Combo/Oily. I swear by that stuff living in Florida.

  26. catherine

    Revol colorstay combo/oily or mac studio fix fluid my favorites foundations by far and i’ve tried everything……

  27. Em

    1. Revlon Colorstay oily/combo is good for combo skin, although it can look too heavy if not applied with a light hand.
    2. Bare Escentuals is great. It blends in easily and doesn’t look powdery, but because it is a powder, it hold up when your t-zone starts to get oily.
    3. My favoirte combo skin foundation though is Josie Maran’s Serum foundation. This keeps the dry parts of my skin hydrated and the oily parts under control. It’s pretty expensive though, so I’d recommend trying it out before commiting.

  28. I use a combo of MAC studio tech + dior’s diorskin forever compact powder

    OR

    MUFE HD with MAC MSFN

  29. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Roxanne Roxanne

    I tend to lean more towards the oily side and honestly I have been pleasantly surprised with a combo of: Inglot primer, match master foundation by MAC and MAC MSF. Usually at about 12 noon, I would have to blot my forehead and nose – with this combo I’m good to go almost all day!

  30. Victoria

    I have combination acne prone skin and I wear two foundations. A light layer of Lancome Tient Idole and the a light dusting of Bare Minerals Matte. It works very well for me.

  31. A mixture/combination of MAC Pro Longwear + MUFE HD Foundation. Set the T-Zone with MUFE Super Matte Loose Powder

  32. Softy

    Revlon colorstay and diorskin nude are the best

  33. MUFE Face and Body. My skin is extremely oily, but still gets the occasional dry flaky, and I don’t like heavy coverage. It provides the perfect amount of natural looking coverage, moisturizes my skin, and when I am having flakes, it doesn’t accentuate them. (And it lasts if I set it with powder)

  34. Varsha

    I am probably a minority here, but Lancome Teint Miracle is my HG.

    • Amanda

      I used that for sooo long, but just veered away after a while. Lancome really does make some great foundations in Teint Idole and Teint Miracle and I think they’re underrated in that department!

  35. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Berrylicious Liz

    MAC Studio Sculpt is awesome for high coverage and an utterly flawless finish although it does transfer (plus MAC told me they were phasing the Studio Sculpt line out which is a bummer)
    Also Bourjois Healthy Mix (not the serum version), is fantastic, less coverage than SS bur very buildable and long lasting too, not easily transferred, a high quality foundation and drugstore prices (not the best shade range though)
    I live in Cyprus so it’s often above 40 Celsius and high humidity, so I rely on these two foundations for my oily skin
    Both mix well with water based moisturisers for your own tinted moisturiser in summer too
    I always set with MSFN too :D

  36. Jess

    Revlon Colorstay Foundation in Combination Skin

  37. Ana

    1. Dior Nude Liquid,
    2. Chanel Perfection Lumiere,
    3. Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua.

    This is my top 3 list.

    Plus Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre to mattify complexion for whole day.

  38. Shivangi

    Revlon Colorstay, even in hot humid weather, it stays put :)

  39. heidi

    Before I tell you let me explain my skin. It used to be combination oilywith breakout in T zone recently it has started freaking out and going combination dry with breakout on my cheeks(the dryest part) I don’t really understand it but whatever. For coverage I’d hgave to say I prefer revlon colorstay for oily/combo above and beyond anything but now that it leans dryer I’m having a crisis of foundations. I liked rimmel stay matte mixed w/ nyx hd which has really full coverage and lasts forever but what I’ve switched to is neutragena skinclearing when I have active breakouts, it has salasylic acid that totally does improve my skin and neutrogena healthy skin when I don’t have active breakouts. The coverage is not as full but it helps now that my skin is dryer. Not sure I would’ve liked it when I was more oily though because it does leave a dewey finish.

  40. Courtney

    MAC Prolongwear Fopundation. It can make it through a Texas summer and thats saying alot!

  41. Ali

    Lancome Teint Idole!!

  42. Miasara

    Lumière veloutée Voile de teint By Terry

  43. I like using Meow Cosmetics (an indie company) foundation with their combination skin primer. I usually prefer powder foundations though I’ve had great luck with Prescriptives All Skins foundation in the liquid formulation. It has really good coverage and I just dab it onto blotchy areas like a concealer. I have issues with liquid foundation being too slick and slippery on my skin throughout the day and this does not do that. It also feels comfortable, lightweight and is moisturizing enough for my dryer skin days, particularly during winter. If I’m in a hurry I won’t even set it with powder and it still works awesome.

  44. Collier Phillips

    mac studio fix pressed powderrrr

  45. 2 of my favorite Foundations- Exuviance Skin Caring Foundation by NeoStrata and Era by Classified Cosmetics. Both are great for all skin types.

  46. yamille

    Dior Forever, i have combination skin , and it looks flawless i set it with Estee Lauder Aero matte and it works!

  47. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Maria Maria Jose Jimenez

    Hi! Well I’ve seen many of you recommend Revlon Colorstay, but has anyone tried the Revlon New Complexion Oil Control makeup? Is there a lot of difference between these foundations or are they similar? :O

  48. AivyLam

    i am looking for a new foundation. I have not bought any from MAC and would like to. I have bought their select coverup in shade NC30. the problem is that color is my winter shade and i have tan a bit on my face (mid-june now). I heard that depending on the product from MAC the shade from one product is different from another. I was wondering if i got a foundation that was NC35, would it just be a tad darker from the concealer?

  49. diamond_8806

    Make Up For Ever Face & Body is my fave!

  50. Vink

    Revlon Colorstay Foundation for Combination Skin
    I live in Indonesia (super hot humid weather) ^^