Good Coverage Without the Heaviness

Justsophierce asked if I knew of any non-MAC foundations that still give good coverage without feeling heavy or mask-like.

Actually, I must admit, the one thing I detest from MAC are their foundations.  I find them heavy, they oxidize within hours, they transfer… Ugh.  Now, I’m appreciative towards the brand for establishing the NC/NW system, but after trying Studio Fix, Studio Tech, Full Coverage, and Skinfinish Natural, I will never again purchase one of their foundations.

Now, where to look?  It really depends on what formula you want and what price range you’re willing to go for.  So I’ll cover all of em!

  • Cheap Creme: Graftobian.  Oh my lord, are these foundations fantastic.  I picked up a palette originally for some freelance work I was doing for a play that had actors with a lot of different skintones, and fell in love.  Blends like a dream, looks like real skin, comes in every shade imaginable, doesn’t feel heavy, and doesn’t oxidize.  Sounds perfect, right?  Just not for oily skin.
  • High-End Cream: Shu Uemura Nobara compact.  Simply divine, creates a luminous finish, heavy if applied straight, but using a dampened application tool, applies lightly while still covering major problem areas, with buildable coverage.
  • Cheap Powder: Unfortunately, I really can’t recommend anything here.  Drugstore powder foundations are never very finely milled, and rarely come in more than a few colors.
  • High-End Powder: MUFE Duo Mat.  Extremely buildable, comes in a great variety of shades, portable, quick to apply, pretty fool-proof, stays matte nearly all day, easy to touch-up.
  • Cheap Liquid: Revlon Colorstay.  Now, I realize a lot of people hate this stuff, but if you can get application down, this stuff produces some of the most realistic, great-coverage results I have ever seen.  Lasts all day long (even through intense workouts!), too.  Only problem is that it doesn’t come in a fantastic array of shades, especially for darker skintones.
  • High-End Liquid: MUFE Face & Body (for lesser coverage), or Illamasqua Rich Liquid.  F&B looks extraordinarily real, but provides less coverage. Rich Liquid is amazing.  What most people don’t realize is that it’s not meant to be applied straight-up; it needs to be extremely diluted, such as with a moisturiser.  The only real problem is their severe lack of shades.  But if you can find one that works for you, buy it!

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