How important is wear time in a foundation for you?

Important for sure! I’d say that how it wears away/down is second most important; I want something that is long-wearing enough on its own to get eight solid hours of wear with it, but then it shouldn’t just… slide off inelegantly!

— Christine


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Penny Avatar

Wear time is very important! After all, people’s last impression of you is at the end of the evening and a face where foundation is sliding off or eaten away off your nose is not a pretty sight! Long wearing foundations help, but can look too dry for mature skin yet more moisturizing foundations look great at the beginning of the day but don’t last. It’s so hard to find one that doesn’t emphasize lines and add years to your face yet really lasts! I have many foundations that look fantastic at the beginning, but after 5-6 hours start breaking down……having dry skin doesn’t help…using enough moisturizer to soften my skin doesn’t add to longevity of makeup…..I’m still on the hunt for the Holy Grail of foundations to give me soft perfect baby skin, not settle in lines yet last and last…..I’m very open to suggestions!

Wednesday Avatar

Hi Penny: Agree regarding foundations which add years to your face as they break down.. this is my biggest peev with long-lasting formulas. They make me look haggard at the 5 to 6 hour mark. I find they settle into lines, or worse, sit like pin sized pigment dots on top of my pores… yuck!

Anyhow, I forgo longevity, or use a smidge of a long-wearing formula in concert with Estee Lauder Futurist Hydra Rescue foundation. It’s super lightweight and provides really good coverage on its own. If I want better longevity, I add a long wearing formula to the mix, but just a touch. I like Fenty matte or EL Double Wear. It’s a terrific foundation for mature skin, imo. It’s not as clunky and thick as IT cosmetics CC+ cream, and has better shade selection.

Also, I add polyglutamic acid (Inkey List) to my moisturizer. I find it works better for me than hyaluronic at keeping my skin plumper.

Maybe something here will help! Hope so!!!

M Avatar

Wear time is everything! There is no point in going to work looking great only to have any redness, scars, pimples, etc on full display by lunchtime. A lot of days, there is an outing, errands, or school events (at least in non covid times) afterward, and the coverage needs to make it through that too. That being said, I understand that for the lucky ones who just use foundation to make good skin into great skin, it might be different.

DVa Avatar

I expect a product I’ve paid good money for (generally $40-$65 CND) to hold up it’s end of the bargain. Thankfully I’ve never had one completely break down on me that I recall. I generally find if there’s an issue as soon as I put it on (patchy, immediate creasing etc.) then it’s not going to work for me at all.
Over time, I’ve found most of mine wear quite well; I’d love to say I don’t get creasing around mouth, eyes and nose esp.) or wear away spots, but that’s not the reality.

Ana Maria Avatar

It’s very important for me, since foundation is the base of everything else that goes on top. I guess since I like long days and hate to retouch makeup, for me everything needs to be long wearing; but if I have a first priority, that’s foundation.
And I want my foundation to be long wearing independently of the SPF I wear, or if I use a primer or powder. Because if I want a light make-up bag for travel or in my carry-on to apply after a long flight (which isn’t a thing right now, but wishful thinking), I don’t want to need other products to make it long wearing.

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